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Top Ten Paranormal Authors

Here's one for everyone:
We all know how good Vicki's writing is, so that considered,where would you guys rank her with other heavyweight authors like Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, etc.
When I get enough replies, I'll show everyone my humble list! Best!
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Re: Top Ten Paranormal Authors

Well, my fave writers usually get ranked by what percentage of their writing that I like, with certain variables taken into consideration. So, taking that little fact into consideration, I don't have a "top ten" list that's 'this is my absolute fave author at number one' type of thing, but rather, these are my top ten fave authors to read, in only a slightly particular order. So, enough said on that. On to my list.

1. Vicki Pettersson (of course she's at the top, it's her board, and I absolutely adored Taste and Scent)
2. Kim Harrison (of all the material of hers, that she's written, that I've read, I have loved every single minute of it.)
3. Rachel Vincent (a new author with only one book out so far, but it was such a trip to read.)
4. Kelley Armstrong (has an excellent series out, which was a blast to read, and then started a another series that's just straight mystery, but still just as good)
5. Carrie Vaughn (I just love her series. I mean, seriously, who could resist an author that would name a werewolf Kitty?)
6. J. K. Rowling (sure, you want to get technical, it's a "kids" series, but it also grows up with those kids to the point that the later books really don't belong in the young reader sections. Besides, it really is an awesome story.)
7. Laurell K. Hamilton (yes, she's lower on my list, but that just means that I don't absolutely adore every piece of literature that she's ever written. And let's be honest here, she's written a lot. But her AB and MG series are great. Who says that sex can't be plot?)
8. Lynsay Sands (she writes a lot of romance, which I really just can't seem to wrap my brain around, but she has a to-die-for-and-rise-again series mixed in with all those romance books.)
9. Jacqueline Carey (the only reason she's down here is I haven't finished her books yet. But what I have read, I loved every minute of it.)
10. Lilith Saintcrow (I love her Dante Valentine series, but, that's all of her material that I've read. Mainly cause she has a lot of e-book publishing, and I just don't have the computer time to sit down and read a novel on a computer. I prefer a real book in my hands when I read.)

So, yea, that's my top ten. And like I said, it's only in a slightly particular order.

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Let's see (in no particular order):
1. Vicki
2. Kim Harrison
3. Charlaine Harris
4. Kelley Armstrong
5. Laurell K. Hamilton
6. Rachel Vincent (loved Stray, anxiously awaiting Rogue)
7. JK Rowling (wait...Harry Potter is a kids series:smileywink:?!?!?!)
8. Karen Chance
9. Patricia Briggs
10. Mary Janice Davidson
Keri Arthur
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Katie MacAlister
Jacqui Frank

Paul, I can't believe you expected me to stop at 10. And I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but lucky for you, I'm too tired right now to go upstairs and check the bookcase.

Thanks, Crash! Now I can add Sands, Vaughn, and Saintcrow to my to be read list. They just might hold me over until Holiday Are Hell. I like Carey too, but have only read the first of Kushiel series. Someday I'll get back to that one too. Oooh, and per Paul, I need to add Madelyn Alt to the list! Woooooooooohooooooo! Just don't call DYFS when I start neglecting my children:smileyhappy:.
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I think Vicki's right up there with the best of them, that's for sure. She pretty much instantly made my 'favorites' list way back in the spring when I discovered the first title while browsing at Wal-Mart.

Naomi Novik, Jim Butcher, Mercedes Lackey and Stephen King are among my other favorites, in no particular order. Not sure where to draw the line between paranormal and, um, whatever other categories there might be. If they've got great characters and solid writing, I'm in. I also like the Obsidian Mountain series that Mercedes Lackey's writing with James Mallory.

Sword and sorcery stuff isn't usually my favorite, but somehow these writers make the characters so vivid that it's well worth the read. Most recently I discovered Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas books (three so far), and even though most of his stories are just too gory for my taste, I really like the Odd series, and hope there will be more.

Vicki's books inspired me to get a bit more adventurous in my search for something to read, so I've branched out into graphic novels and comics a bit this year. Lately I'm loving the 'Buffy Season Eight' comic, the Buffy Omnibus Volume 1 TPB, the 'Spike Asylum' TPB and the 'Spike Shadow Puppets' comic.

I'm unfamiliar with some of the other names in people's lists, so I suppose I've got some exploring to do.

Oops, forgot to mention JK Rowling, Love her work so far, and can't wait to see what she'll do next.

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Crash and adoring fan:
I don't know about you guys but I love "top ten" lists. One of my favorite jobs while editing B&N's Explorations newsletter was compiling my top 10 novels each year – half the fun was listening to my friends go crazy because I left out certain titles. The debating is great! I also love looking at other people's lists because I can find titles – or in this case, authors – that I haven't had the opportunity to read yet. Like on Crash's list – Rachel Vincent, Lynsay Sands and Lilith Saintcrow, still haven't read them, and from adoring's list – Jacqui Frank, still haven't read her either.

I'd debate a few of your authors, Crash – I don't really consider J.K. Rowling paranormal fantasy and Jacqueline Carey, while I absolutely LOVE her stuff, I'd classify her as more mainstream fantasy.

Here's my humble list – feel free to comment!

1. Laurell K. Hamilton
2. Kim Harrison
3. Charlaine Harris
4. Vicki Pettersson (I put Vicki a little lower because she doesn’t have quite the tonnage of books out like the above three)
5. Jim Butcher
6. Mario Acevedo (The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Bloodsuckers, etc.)
7. Simon R. Green’s Nightside saga
8. Charlie Huston’s Joe Pitt novels (Already Dead, etc.)
9. Chris Marie Green
10. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – the grandmother of them all…

Honorable Mention – Kelley Armstrong, C.E. Murphy, Madelyn Alt and Rachel Caine

If anyone out there enjoys their paranormal fantasy with a hard-boiled twist, you've got to check out Mario Acevedo and Charlie Huston – fantastic!!!
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Scraggles:
You're so right – where do you draw the line between paranormal fantasy, romance, mystery, etc.? I talked about that a little earlier (the Genre Transcendent Revolution) and I think it's kind of cool that in a society where everything – and everyone – is categorized, classified and catalogued, some works of fiction just CANNOT be labeled. And, really, who cares? Either a book is entertaining and compelling or it's not. (But it's still fun to create these top ten hypothetical lists!)
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You know, I haven't seen anyone mention Richelle Mead/SUCCUBUS BLUES. I'm reading her follow up right now, SUCCUBUS ON TOP, which comes out in January 08 and it's fabulous. She has a strong, smartass character, great conflict, and crisp prose. You guys should check her out!

And I'm extremely flattered to be in this stellar group of authors, though I automatically duck my head at the comparison. I'm just doing my thing, hoping it resonates somewhere.

Oh, in YA Urban Fantasy there's Melissa Marr. She's killing it with her WICKED LOVELY debut.

And if you like paranormal romance, October will see the debut of Jeaniene Frost's HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE. She has a great voice, and is really edgy. Plus she doesn't shy away from the sex scenes. (If you're going to write romance, friggin' do it! {g})

And a gorgeous, lyrical writer, the incomperable Charles DeLint.

Must get to Acevedo and Huston asap...

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Dunno if I can do just 10.......

Vicki. Not sucking up. Honest. You truly are my fave based on originality and actual dealing with everyday issues alone. Followed closely by,

Rachel Caine. I'm just transfixed by the Weather series.

Kim Harrison. I've got a crush on Jenks.

Rob Thurman. There's just something about that fables thing come to life for me ....

Jim Butcher. Harry's okay, but I LOVE Bob and his dog!

Kelly Armstrong. She got me away from the disappointment of Laurell H, and made me believe in good urban fantasy again...

Shanna Swendson. I don't think I've seen anyone mention Enchanted Inc, but it's one of the best of the 'light' urban fantasy's I've read, along with :

Julie Kenner, I hate soccer, but love the storyline, which manages well to stay light while getting darker with each book.

Patricia Briggs, there's something about a girl in leather who's a mechanic......

Lilith Saintcrow - Necromancer for hire. Just got the new one today, preparing to be absorbed....

MaryJanice Davidson tho I have to admit, I hope she gets back to the more detailed stories she started with.

Laurell Hamilton has completely dropped off my radar sad to say. I have no desire to read her stuff anymore at all. If I want soft-core porn with no real discernable plot, I'll get the playboy channel.
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Re: Top Ten Paranormal Authors

Mine are in the following order

1. Charlaine Harris
2 Kim Harrison
3. Vickie Petterson
4. Karen Chance
5. Marjorie Lui
6. Keri Arthur
7. Kelly Armstrong
8. Carrie Vaughn
9. Lilth Saintcrow
10. Laurell K. Hamilton

I have others but those are my top ten.

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paulgoatallen wrote:
Crash

I'd debate a few of your authors, Crash – I don't really consider J.K. Rowling paranormal fantasy and Jacqueline Carey, while I absolutely LOVE her stuff, I'd classify her as more mainstream fantasy.




Oka, so you've got me on Jacqueline Carey, but JKR has wizards, which adds in a magical and/or mystical quality to the books, which makes it "paranormal" to me.

As for "making" top ten lists, I've never really found an interest in deciding which something was THE best out of all these other somethings. I don't mind debating which ones of this or that are good, and enjoy it often, but when it comes to picking favorites, I just don't do it. I'm more concerned with what's good, rather than what's the best.

Besides, what's best is each individual's opinion, and as I've become fond of saying, your perception is your reality. So, while I disagree with some of your choices for your list (I really just couldn't get into the story with a couple of them) I do understand that it is your opinion of the books and how you perceive them.

Oh, and an aside to Vicki; I had a customer come into my store a while ago that the author of Succubus Blues was their daughter, IIRC. It was amusing.

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That's right; she's from your area!

She was probably coming in to check out VAMPIRE ACADEMY. It just came out in YA and sounds really good.



CaRnAgSeHlS wrote:
Oh, and an aside to Vicki; I had a customer come into my store a while ago that the author of Succubus Blues was their daughter, IIRC. It was amusing.

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Thanks Vicki – and everyone else. I've now got a lot of new authors that I have on my "to-read" list. Richelle Mead Succubus saga sounds really good, V, and I've heard Lilith Saintcrow's name mentioned before in other discussions so I'll definitely have to check her out.

And lilrabbitfoofoo (love your name, btw!), you have a valid point with the LKH novels. The last few that I've read have been more heavy on the sexual acrobatics than on plot development. I put Laurell at #1 on my list, though, because it seems that without the huge popularity of her Anita Blake series, a lot of these authors that we're talking about may have either never have been published or published work in other fields – historical fiction, romance, mystery, etc. But, yes, I do agree that hopefully future Anita Blake novels will focus more on plot development instead of shapeshifter orgies....
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Hmmm...Well, I'm not even going to try to rank nthem, and I currently can't think of 10 (I always need some sort of memory aid, in this case a handful of books by my side)...Also I only discovered the genre really last year so I'm stil catching up...I have to agree about Jacqueline Carrey though...

1) Vicki (obviously or I wouldn't be here :smileywink: )
2) Laurell K. (I'm glad Harlequin has brought plot back to the Blake series, just hope Merry Gentry kicks back into plot soon)
3) Kelly Armstrong (Very good stuff)
4) Rachel Vincent ("Stray" is well worth the read!)
5) Elain Cunningham (Shadows Series is good, though I also liked her TSR novels)
6) Yasmine Galenorn (I'm still in the middle of reading my first by her but I'm very much enjoying it)
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Deathlynx:
Good call – I completely forgot about Yasmine Galenorn. Her Sisters of the Moon series also have some of the coolest cover art around. I know they say you can't judge a book by its cover but I just love those covers – they're so simplistic but so memorable – suitable for framing!
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Thanks for the link! Yeah, I saw Changeling sitting in the book section of my local Wally-world (VERY dangerous section!) and just finished reading it last night! I need to stop by B&N after work to pick up Witchling! :smileyvery-happy:
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lilrabbitfoofoo wrote:
Dunno if I can do just 10.......

Kelly Armstrong. She got me away from the disappointment of Laurell H, and made me believe in good urban fantasy again...
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OMG. ME TOO!

Dude. I'm writing down a list of authors to check out here.
I agree with several already listed.
Lemme think of my Top 10 and get back to ya.

Good thread idea. :smileyhappy:
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Good discussion :smileyhappy: It made me think- and go dig around on my tripple deep book shelves for my favs LOL

OK- I may be cheating here but I'm going to break it down into 2 lists... That way I get to lists 20 authors! And though I'm listing them 1-10 their rank varies depending on my mood

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal - these authors are most often shelved in sci/fi fantasy

1. Vicki Petersson Luv you! I read alot and love the fact that I'd never read anything quite like your books. Original voice, original world... You had me at...
" He didn't look to dangerous, not at first glance. Still a girl can never be to careful on a blind date," LOL

2. L.K. Hamilton I agree with Paul. L.K. opened the door for many authors published today

3. Jim Butcher Harry Rocks!

4. Kelley Armstrong I love her Women of the Otherworld series

5. Kim Harrison The Hallows series is great

6. Charlaine Harris Southern Vampires

7. Lilith Saintcrow Dante Valentine books

8. Rachel Caine I just finished her newest Weather Warden book- Thin Air - Good Stuff :smileyhappy:

9. C.E. Murphy The Walker Paper's

10. Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series



Paranormal Romance Shelved in Romance :smileyhappy:

1. Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunters

2. J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood

3. Christine Feehan Dark series and Ghost Walker series

5. Marjorie M. Liu Dirk and Steele

4. Alyssa Day Warriors of Poseidon

6. Nalini Singh Psy-changeling series

7. Christine Warren The Others

8. Lori Handeland Nightcreature series

9. Lynn Veihl Darkyn series

10. CT Adams and Cathy Clamp Sazi books


Aaahhh! I still ran out of room! But anyway- there's my top 10 lists at the moment
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Kat:
Wow! Talk about an insightful – and impressive – list! I just printed it out and am going to circle the authors I haven't read yet. Thanks!
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Mine in alphabetical order by author's last name... (because I work in a bookstore and we roll like that. :smileytongue: )

1- Kelley Armstrong
2- Patricia Briggs
3- MaryJanice Davidson
4- Charlaine Harris
5- Kim Harrison
6- Katie MacAllister
7- Sherrilyn Kenyon
8- Vicki Pettersson
9- Savannah Russe
10- Lynsay Sands

I, too am planning on trying out some authors mentioned here like Paul is.

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Aside from Jim Butcher, are there no male authors in this genre? If there are, do they just suck? Is this just an example of gender loyalty?

I'm holding off on a list because I haven't read 10 authors in this genre yet.
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