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VickiPettersson
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I love Nora Roberts! She's one of my writing heroes!

Just thought I'd throw that in there. {G}
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LordRuthven
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Did everyone always know that J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts were the same person, or was it a legitimate industry secret for those firstfew books?
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KristyJo
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Hi Vicki,
I have only read a couple of trilogies by Nora Roberts, but I loved them both. The Circle trilogy involving the witches and the vampire trilogy (not correct name).
I just wanted to add my two cents worth. Thanks
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I did not know that. Good info though.
Just finished reading "A Fistful of Charms" by Kim Harrison. Currently reading "For a Few Demons More" by Kim Harrison.
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Derek,

I think it was an open secret.



LordRuthven wrote:
Did everyone always know that J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts were the same person, or was it a legitimate industry secret for those firstfew books?



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VickiPettersson wrote:
Derek,

I think it was an open secret.



LordRuthven wrote:
Did everyone always know that J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts were the same person, or was it a legitimate industry secret for those firstfew books?







I agree -- I knew from the beginning. I have yet to try any of her paranormal titles or series yet.

Carol
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I have to be Honest... I did really like early hamilton books, but she, IMHO, hit a point where she seems to have put more emphasis on the sexual content then plot, and that is why I have not enjoyed her more recent work.
I do not mind sex in the books I read, I just mind when that is all there is.



Chomp wrote:


VickiPettersson wrote:
Derek,

I think it was an open secret.



LordRuthven wrote:
Did everyone always know that J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts were the same person, or was it a legitimate industry secret for those firstfew books?







I agree -- I knew from the beginning. I have yet to try any of her paranormal titles or series yet.

Carol


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ShadowCougar:
I remember really looking forward to the next Anita Blake or Merry Gentry novel. But, the last few that I have read have been 90 percent sexual Twister and 10 percent plot. I still enjoy the series but it doesn't enthrall me like it used to... I'm hoping that future installments in both series will get both series back on track. Historically, she is still one of the Queens of the genre...
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I was just wondering if anyone has ever read Poppy Z. Brite? She's definitely one of my favorites.
1. Laurell K. Hamilton
2.Anne Rice
3. Mary Janice Davidson
4. Poppy z. Brite
5.Lynsay Sands
6. Shana Abe
7. Jude Deveraux
8. Nora Roberts
9. John Saul
10.J. K. Rowling
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shannon_burke wrote:
I was just wondering if anyone has ever read Poppy Z. Brite? She's definitely one of my favorites.


Shannon, what type of book does Poppy write? Paranormal?
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Poppy Z. Brite writes non-genre fiction these days, but her early books were horror. These days, a lot of people like to wrongly use the "goth" tag to describe books where the main characters have tattoos and a snarky (read: unlikeable) attitude. Brite's early stories are the Real Deal when it comes to the goth subculture. Her vampire novel "Lost Souls" is a real love it or hate it novel. It's in the vein of "The Hunger," where the vampires aren't undead but a separate race living and hunting amidst humans. It's been years since I've read "Lost Souls"; it's about time for me to revisit it.

Message Edited by LordRuthven on 12-19-2007 07:13 PM
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Hey hey!

I thought I'd throw my two cents in for this thread myself, since it's been soo helpful in my quest for new reading material. My favorite authors (for the moment and in no particular author are):

1. C.E. Murphy
I enjoy her descriptions of shamanism and Native American magic in the Walker Papers books, they're quite vivid and well-written. She's a genre-crosser for sure, but that's a great thing in my opinion.

2. Kat Richardson
I first chose her books because of Charlaine Harris' positive recommendation of Richardson's work. For those of you that enjoyed earlier Laurell K. Hamilton (pre-Incubus Dreams), I think you'd really dig Kat Richardson's work. Harper Blaine is a private detective with the ability to be a "Greywalker" after a client nearly beat her to death. There's just something about these books, I think it's the combination of old-school detctive noir, sexual tension and supernatural elements that really hooked me.

3. Richelle Mead
Okay, I just looked at my first two authors and realized that everyone's books takes place in Seattle. Weird. Anyway, you should read Richelle Mead because she made Georgiana Kingcaid - a succubus, a fleshed-out, real character and I would want to be friends with.

4. Kim Harrison
Everyone loves Kim Harrison, if you don't, it's because you haven't read the books. ;-)


5. Lilith Saintcrow
Talk about imaginative! I love Saintcrow's ability to mix familiar settings with fictional settings. They're incredibly fast, fun and interesting reads. Hey, even my boyfriend likes these books.


6. Carrie Vaughn
I love Kitty! I have the hardest time getting into werewolf based books, but the Kitty books are an incredibly engaging read. I can't wait for "Kitty and the Silver Bullet" to come already.


7. Kelley Armstrong
I'm a total sucker for an author who can take present day society, talk about current events(like 9/11) and the supernatural in all one go. Fantastic, fantastic work.


8. Vicki Pettersson
Superheroes! The Zodiac! Comic books! How can you not like that? How?


9. Charlaine Harris

The Sookie Stackhouse books are really special to me since I am a Southern-friend Yankee. She manages to capture all aspects of Southern culture and tell a fantastic story about the supernatural.


10. Spot reserved for Ilona Andrews

So far, Ilona Andrews has written one book, "Magic Bites" which takes place in my home city, Atlanta. Lots of authors have chosen Seattle, Saint Louis, Chicago but I love the idea of cruising down Peachtree Industrial and having my car stall out because of a "magic wave." It's a different sort of setting and book, well worth the read. I'm quite eager to see if the follow-up is just as good.
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Hey Paul,
I agree with you about the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. However, A Lick of Frost did have less sex and more plot than some of the others. I also thought The Harlaquin was not as graphic. I hope this trend continues with her writing.
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Loved your top Ten, but LKH can drop off the face of the planet as far as i'm concerned. She ruined AB character.
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LordRuthven wrote:
Poppy Z. Brite writes non-genre fiction these days, but her early books were horror. These days, a lot of people like to wrongly use the "goth" tag to describe books where the main characters have tattoos and a snarky (read: unlikeable) attitude. Brite's early stories are the Real Deal when it comes to the goth subculture. Her vampire novel "Lost Souls" is a real love it or hate it novel. It's in the vein of "The Hunger," where the vampires aren't undead but a separate race living and hunting amidst humans. It's been years since I've read "Lost Souls"; it's about time for me to revisit it.

Message Edited by LordRuthven on 12-19-2007 07:13 PM


Everything he said is true. She's a little more "dark" than usual. i've read a couple of books by her and they dig deep. She's one of those authors that'll stick in your head for quite awhile. Thanks to my sister, i now love this author. Some of her stories can get really graphic too.
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Hello,
I am new to this, can you tell me about Rachel Vincent?
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Rachel is a new writer. Last year? her first book, Stray, was published. It features werecats. I (& others) really liked it. It is part of a six? book series. The next installment, Rogue, comes out in April. More info at www.rachelvincent.com.
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Chingchewy wrote:
Hello,
I am new to this, can you tell me about Rachel Vincent?


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I enjoyed "Stray" as well!
Just finished reading "A Fistful of Charms" by Kim Harrison. Currently reading "For a Few Demons More" by Kim Harrison.
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Stray was pretty good, but felt too much like a cat based rewrite of Armstrong's Bitten.



KristyJo wrote:
I enjoyed "Stray" as well!


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I read Bitten awhile ago, but I didn't connect the two books. But thinking about it, I do recall some similar circumstances. I still liked both books.
Just finished reading "A Fistful of Charms" by Kim Harrison. Currently reading "For a Few Demons More" by Kim Harrison.