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Sep. 20th, 2007

Book Recs: Vampire Novels, Part One

Book Recs: Vampire Novels, Part One (Part Two)
All summaries are mine and are in no way official.

Last Updated: 9/4/08

As in those containing explicit sex.

The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton (author’s website)

Sixteen titles (on-going)

In a St. Louis, Missouri, where vampires, werewolves, and zombies are real, there has to be someone to police the paranormal. Anita Blake, called “The Executioner” in preternatural circles, fits this bill. Though not technically a police officer, she consults with the St. Louis Police Department’s Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT)—when she’s not raising zombies for Animator’s Inc., that is. Things seem pretty clear in her life—raise zombies, examine crime scenes, collect penguin paraphernalia—until sexy master vampire Jean-Claude enters her life.

Note: I haven't read the sixteenth book, Blood Noir, yet, so I can't comment on it.

Warning: This series contains explicit sex and violence and, sometimes, very little in the way of plot or consistent characterization.

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The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris (author’s website)

Eight titles (on-going)

In rural Bontemps, Louisiana, Sookie Stackhouse is your average, telepathic barmaid. Vampires have just come out of the coffin, so to speak, and are legal in the United States. Sookie has been waiting for a while to meet a vampire of her own. Enter Bill Compton, former resident of Bontemps, who became a vampire after the Civil War (sometimes called the “Late Unpleasantness” by many a Southern Belle).

Warning: This series contains some explicit sex and violence.

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The Undead series by Mary-Janice Davidson (author’s website)

Six titles (on-going)

Chick-Lit meets Vampire Novel. Betsy, narrator and protagonist, is not what you would call “down-to-Earth”—in fact, she’s as far from it as she can be. She’s shallow and shoe-obsessed. She’s also the Vampire Queen.

Note: Due to its utter shallowness, I've stopped reading this series. I still recommend it for fans of Sex and the City and other overtly Chick-Lit-esque things.

Warning: This series contains explicit sex and violence and is sometimes lacking in substance.

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