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Fev 9, 2009, 11:02 am


Merry Gentry Series, by Laurell K. Hamilton - They aren't as strong (to me) now as the used to be, but I still love them! It's set in the present time where fae co-exist with humans. I adore some of the characters in this series.

Night Huntress Series, by Jeaniene Frost - great story line (about vamipres, killing vamipres, etc), sexy, good characters. :) LOVE!!!

Fev 9, 2009, 12:13 pm

Mentioned these in another post, but my favorite paranormal series has to be the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur (starting with Full Moon Rising).

A very close second is the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn (starting with Kitty and the Midnight Hour).

Fev 9, 2009, 1:43 pm

My number 1 Favorite series is the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, which is about vampires and wereanimals, with lots of killing and maybe a little to much sex but I still love them!

My 2nd favotite series would have to be Christine Feehan's Dark series I've been reading them since they started coming out and they can always be counted on for a good read.

I also Love Stephenie Meyers Twilight series four books just isn't enough....:(

Fev 10, 2009, 9:48 am

Right now I think my favorites are Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series and Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series. But I am rather new to the paranormal genre so I'm sure that may change.

Fev 11, 2009, 5:49 am

I like Kelley Armstrong too - and Carrie Vaughn. I like Nora Roberts paranormal trilogies as well. Other favourite paranormal authors at the moment are Patricia Briggs, Kerrelyn Sparkes, Victoria Laurie, Shanna Swenson, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Charmaine Harrison, Christine Feehan, C.E. Murphy and Shirley Damsgaard.

I find Laurell K Hamilton a bit too over sexy for me. I don't mind sex in books but I find a lot of her sex scenes to be very unnecessary to the plot.

Fev 11, 2009, 9:14 am

I feel the same way about Hamilton. I enjoyed the earlier books in both the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series, but she finally got too over the top for me. I mean, how many different ways can you describe a "menage a umpteen" - and how many times do I have to read it? I'm even beginning to read double entendres in her new titles - her newest, Swallowing Darkness conjures pictures no one should have to see. :-)

Fev 11, 2009, 11:44 am

I also agree that she has gotten a bit to carried away with all the sex but I can't help but continuing on with the series in hopes that she might return to some of her better writing. I find myself not as excited as I used to be about new releases in her books. I'm hoping that my favorite series will turn itself around....:)

Fev 11, 2009, 12:07 pm

I also really enjoyed Keri Arthur, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Briggs. I like Charlain Harris but sometimes I feel like something is lacking.... just a twinge. She's on my "I like a lot" list, not adore. ;)

6&7: Ditto! The books started out pretty good...but both series are flailing. It's like she's just writing...to write. There doesn't seem to be a plan for these books. It seems like things aren't really going any where (more so the Anita Blake books than the Merry Gentry books).

It is bad that I like Mistral? Haha.

Fev 11, 2009, 2:29 pm

There are so many to love!

My faves that I can think of offhand:

The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Dark Series by Christine Feehan

The Weather Warden books by Rachel Caine

The Morganville Vampires books also by Rachel Caine

The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

The Modern Faerie Tale books by Holly Black

I'm also enjoying the Psycop books by Jordan Castillo Price

There are lots more but those are the ones immediately coming to mind.

Editado: Fev 13, 2009, 3:29 am

I'm another newbie to the contemporary paranormal genre, so my experience is limited...but Jeaniene Frost & Karen Chance are 2 favorites.

my first & truest love is historical paranormals--of which I can't ever find enough. :) I adore the Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason & the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray (YA level, but dark enough to beat any adult series).

Editado: Fev 13, 2009, 8:29 am

silverwraith, I'm not sure if you have read anything by Susan Squires but she also has a series of Historical Paranormal books out that involve Vampires.

I'm not sure the order of the books but I thought you might like to give them a try if you haven't already! :)

Fev 13, 2009, 11:41 pm

hey Kat,

no, I haven't read anything by Ms Squires, nor heard of that series, but the user reviews sound intriguing...as if my TBR pile isn't towering enough as it is. hehe.

one I do know of but haven't read is the "Brotherhood of Blood" series by Kathryn Smith. have you read any of those? I have the whole series on my wishlist but for some reason I haven't gotten around to buying any.

Fev 14, 2009, 5:24 am

I think if I can remember right that I do have 1 or 2 of Kathryn Smiths books, but like you said my TBR pile is huge and I haven't read any of them yet but they do sound like they would be really good reads. Maybe I'll have to get the rest of the series and use them in next years challenges!

Fev 22, 2009, 8:12 am

I think my favorites at this point are Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Series, Kelly Armstrong Women of the Other World along with the Men of the Otherworld, Stephenie Meyer Twilight Series, The House of Night Series and Night world Series. I am fairly new to this type of group as well, however I do have Several more on my ever growing TBR pile. I also enjoy some Murder Mystery so I mix it up here and there. I wish I had time to read all the time so my time to catch up with some of you will take a little longer than others. Cool Groups in this category. I am really getting into the Paranormal and enjoying it.

Fev 23, 2009, 7:52 pm

I love Patricia Briggs Mercedes Thompson series...and the cover art is fantastic.

I also enjoy almost any Gena Showalter novel, but particularly I love the Atlantis series.. Jewel of Atlantis and others.

Mary Janice Davidson..I can read anything that she writes...but particularly, I love her Betsy the Vampire Queen series, which a new book is due out in May!! I also love her Fred the Mermaid series as well!

Charlaine Harris of course...Sookie Stackhouse has one of the many keys to my heart!! And I do enjoy the tv series on HBO and have gotten my entire family hooked on it and quite a few friends...if only they'd read the books!!

Of course Laurell K. Hamilton I love her Merry series and her Anita series..I think I'm addicted.

Erin McCarthy......She has a ton of fantastic books out there, but I love her Vegas Vampires.

Annette Blair.....I've only read her witch series so far....I think The Kitchen Witch is the first book? These books are addicting and all of the characters seem so unbelieveably real. You'll get hooked as well.

P.C. Cast ....she has some great books out there...they're too far away on my shelf and I'm too lazy to get up at the moment, but trust me , she's a fantastic author!

And of course Kelley Armstrong ....just finished the last book in the Women of the Underworld series today.....I'm in love with an author. Can't wait for the Men of the Underworld to come out!

Hope I wasn't supposed to pick just one....that felt kind of impossible!

Fev 25, 2009, 3:21 pm

oh, man, Sookie has a show now? We don't get HBO, darn it! Of course if I started watching one more "weird" show, my husband will probably have a cow. I love paranormal, CSI-type, and sci/fi; he likes reality game shows (Biggest Loser, Cops, etc. which I can't stand) Luckily we have 2 tvs, and dvr! (The man doesn't read either!!)

Fev 25, 2009, 7:27 pm

Theexiledlibrarian----LOL yes...Sookie DOES have a show now, and I think it's pretty fantastic and Bill and Eric are pretty darn dreamy. My mom added HBO just so I could watch the show and I got my family hooked on it and they don't even like to read! The first season has only been on so far, and the first book and part of the second I think was covered in it...thoe show was so good, but I was sad when the first season ended. Second season doesn't start until this coming summer....since you might not want your husband to have a cow (Cows are hard work) you could always order the first season on dvd, or keep an eye out for it at blockbuster!! It's so worth it....heck, if the first season is still on my HBO on demand , I could burn you a copy? I've been meaning to do it for myself, so hopefully they haven't taken it off the on demand yet. Darn procrastination..

Fev 26, 2009, 9:55 am

I will so check out renting it. Please don't think TOO badly of my husband lol; he's really rather patient w/my tv tastes...he just leaves the room when it gets too weird for him. I try to be as patient when he's wanting the big tv to watch the Mavericks play or some stupid *#$@!&*# reality show. I keep telling him he has no "whimsy" in his soul whatsoever. btw, he is the only man in America who has NEVER seen Star Wars...any of them, and never intends to! Oh, and he has been known to read a Louis L'Amour book on occasion, so maybe there's hope for him yet!

Fev 27, 2009, 5:29 am

don't get anything over here in the UK. I have a cousin in the US that tapes things for me. I have asked for the sookie series but it clashes with something else he watches. Probably repeats of star trek. I bought Dresden and was somewhat impressed that it didn't have me jumping up and down in frustration, ike the HP films have me doing!

Mar 1, 2009, 11:46 pm

18-A man who hasn't seen Star Wars....not to stereotype, but I didn't think that was possible!!!! Isn't that the eighth sin or something?

19- I've read some of the Dresden stories from various anthologies I've read and have been meaning to read the books, but I haven't gotten around to it.

Mar 2, 2009, 6:26 pm

#18 - That's funny because I thought MY husband was the only man in America that's never seen Star Wars! LOL

Mar 2, 2009, 7:11 pm

Interestingly enough, he watched and enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy; he also didn't object to the Lion the Witch and Wardrobe. I really didn't think he'd like them and was going to go w/ a friend instead of him!Mostly though, if there isn't a car crash or something blowing up every 3 minutes, he's not really into it (now THAT is typically male!) On the other hand, sometimes he can be pretty sappy--he actually like The Notebook! He told me that in the men's room afterward, there was 2 guys kind of snuffling; one of them said, "She didn't tell me it was going to be SAD!" LOL!

Mar 2, 2009, 9:30 pm

I've gotten my husband to try some stuff..... as long as it's not too wierd. We've watched every episode of Lost and True Blood. I think I've (MAYBE) got him convinced to go see the new Star Trek movie with me when it comes out, but I never could get him to watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He said anything with elves and dwarves in it was too wierd. LOL!

Mar 2, 2009, 9:53 pm

He just MIGHT go see Star Trek; I remember we went to the first movies when we dating oh so long ago...he did like the *original* series. He never got into the *Next Generation* et al, though. Mostly, though he really likes reality tv, sigh. Have I mentioned how much I HATE reality shows???? Give me total fantasy/sci fi! I LIKE dwarves, elves, witches,and brain-sucking aliens! I live reality; I NEED the fiction!

Editado: Mar 3, 2009, 2:17 pm

I hear you about the reality shows. I can't stand to watch them. Luckily my husband doesn't care for them much either. His favorite show is House and when he has the controller we watch alot of the Science and Discovery channels, which most of the time bore me to death (the shows he watches anyway)! LOL It's a good thing I always have a good fantasy/sci-fi book on standby.

Mar 3, 2009, 6:31 pm

yeah, the Mavs have been playing a lot this week, so I just stick my nose in a book while he's shouting at Dirk and the gang. Then we're both happy.

I looked at True Blood website and saw some clips, looks really good. Currently I am rewatching all the episodes of Buffy, my daughter has them all and loaned them to me. I started watching that about 5 years ago when I had surgery and could only sit and push the clicker. LOVED the librarian bit!!

Mar 4, 2009, 9:51 pm

I'm liking True Blood so far. I was bummed it was such a short season.

Yeah, Buffy would be a good one to rewatch. I used to catch an old episode here and there but I haven't seen it on anywhere in a awhile. I might have to put the first season in my Netflix queue!

Mar 8, 2009, 7:33 pm

Can't wait for the new season of True Blood...starts this summer, they haven't said when it starts yet though!

Abr 8, 2009, 1:27 pm

I'm not exactly certain what falls into this subject matter, but I know these three do:
1. Jim Butcher
2. Patricia Briggs
3. Carrie Vaughn

Timothy Zahn's The Green and the Gray might fall into this genre, and I liked that one also.

I've read the three listed above this year, plus Mean Streets that has stories by Butcher, Kat Richardson, Simon R. Green, and Thomas E. Sniegoski

I'd be willing to try all three that I haven't read yet. Though I might be more inclined to try to find something by Richardson and Sniegoski, though the I have not found them yet.

John M. Ford's The Last Hot Time was readable, not a favorite.

Course there was also the graphic novel series I read this year also, Season 8 of Buffy (The Long Way Home, No Future For You, Wolves at the Gate; and the last set of comics that I do not recall the name of).

Abr 15, 2009, 9:53 pm

hey, good news...I got my husband (the reality tv addict!) to watch Moonlight! He actually watched 2 episodes back to back and seemed to enjoy it! Maybe there's hope for the man yet!

Abr 29, 2009, 11:56 am

I've re-started reading the Harry Dresden books and just finished Death Masks last night. A few weeks ago I picked up Backup which really whet my appetite for continuing the series.

I'm also in the "might go to see" the new Star Trek movie camp. I've enjoyed all the incarnations so far, except I never watched Enterprise, and I think I'm open to this one.

Editado: Abr 29, 2009, 6:22 pm

I agree the new Star Trek does look like it will be a great movie. I usually try to go see all the big special FX movies in theater they just seem better on the big screen than they do at home!

I've only read the first 2 books in the Dresden series and really enjoyed them, one of these days I will get round to the rest

Jul 21, 2009, 9:28 pm

I have a huge list of TBR paranormal series, but so far my absolute favorites of the books that I have read are

1. The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
2. The Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank
3. Women of the Otherwolrd by Kelley Armstrong

and I've recently started reading the Sisters of the Moon series by Yasmine Galenorn, and am really enjoying that series.