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Re: Top Ten Paranormal Authors

5 YEARS AGO I WOULD HAVE PUT HAMILTON AT #1. TODAY...WELL, THINGS REALLY CHANGE!!!
IN NO ORDER WHAT SO EVER...
1. YASMINE GALENORN
2. LILITH SAINTCROW (DANTE VALENTINE)
3. KIM HARRISON
4. PATRICIA BRIGGS
5. KERI ARTHUR (RILEY JENSON, GUARDIAN)
6. LIZ MAVERICK (CRIMSON CITY SERIES BOOK 1)
7. KELLY ARMSTRONG
8. MARJORIE M. LIU (CRIMSON CITY SERIES BOOK 2)
9. MARIANNE MANCUSI (SHOMI SERIES WITH LIZ MAVERICK)
10. STEPHENIE MEYER (TWILIGHT SERIES) I DON'T CARE IF THIS IS A YA SERIES!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE EDWARD AND BELLA!!!
 
I MUST GIVE HONORABLE MENTION TO:
GENA SHOWALTER- I HAVE ONLY READ ONE OF HER BOOKS (PLAYING WITH FIRE)AMAZING!!! CANT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL
JOHN C. WRIGHT (CHAOS SERIES) THESE REALLY SUPRISED ME!!
THE RAINTREE SERIES: INFERNO BY LINDA HOWARD
.                                          HAUNTED BY LINDA WINSTEAD JONES
                                           SANCTUARY BY BEVERLY BARTON
     I REALLY WISH THAT THE RAINTREE SERIES WOULD CONTINUE ON. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE WHERE THE NEXT GENERATION OF RAINTREE AND ANSARA HEADS!!
RACHEL VINCENT (WERECATS SERIES)REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO BOOK 2!!
SUSAN HUBBARD (THE SOCIETY OF S) NOT REALLY PARANORMAL BUT VAMPIRE THEMED
 
TOP HONORS GO TO THOSE WHO EVERYONE KNOWS AND LOVES:
CHARLAINE HARRIS
MARY JANICE DAVIDSON
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Re: Top Ten Paranormal Authors

For Adults
1.Katie MacAlister/Kate Marsh
2. MaryJanice Davidson
3. Michelle Rowen
4. Kelley Armstrong
5. Kim Harrison
6. Charlaine Harris
7. Patricia Briggs
8. Laurell K. Hamilton
9. Lynsay Sands
10.Tanya Huff
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Re: Top Ten Paranormal Authors

Last year i read a book just to kill some time. Yes this was the only book that was sitting around at the time. Author was Irene Coletti and the book Fallen Eagle. It was a paranormal love story and I didn't think i was going to like it but i enjoy it. i like to get your take on the book if you have the change to read it.
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Re: Top Ten Paranormal Authors

I'm fairly new to the paranormal genre and have found that I am thoroughly entralled with urban fantasy.  My top 10 authors is not any different from most listed here.  Although there are a few authors that people really like that I just couldn't get into - Kim Harrison, MaryJanice Davidson.  I was surprised that no one listed L.A. Banks, although I haven't ever read her many of my friends like her.
 
1. Vicki Pettersson
2. Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson series)
3. Kelly Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld series but I also enjoyed her new hit woman book)
4. Rachel Caine (Weather Warden series)
5. Charlaine Harris (Sookie, of course but I like her new Grave series and the Shakespeare mysteries)
6. Rachelle Meade
7. Karen Chance
8. Laura Anne Gilman (Retriever series)
9. Carrie Vaughn
10. Kat Richardson
 
There are a few new authors that I found and enjoyed their books so I'm listing them as my honorable mentions.
 
1. Savannah Russe - Beyond the Pale, The Darkwing Chronicles
2. Carole Nelson Douglas - Dancing with Werewolves
3. Marie Brennan - Doppleganger
4. Jeanne C Stein - The Becoming
5. Ilona Andrews - Magic Bites
6. Phaedra Weldon - Wraith
 
I tried to read the Keri Arthur series and enjoyed the first book but when I started the second book it seemed as if it was going to follow LKH and stopped reading.  Not sure if it does but I haven't had a desire to pick it back up.  Maybe those who have read and liked the series can let me know.  FYI - am not opposed to sex in books but it can't be the focus of the book.  I want story, plot, characters and if appropriate to the story, some sex.  Like others have said in this thread, LKH started writing pornography with no story. 
 
I'm looking forward to May when Vicki P releases The Touch of Twilight, the 3rd in the Zodiac series.   VP, if you read this, could you maybe write a little faster so we don't have to wait so long for the next book? :smileywink:
 
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Hello,
 
I read a lot of Paranormal fiction but I have yet to read a book by Laurell K. Hamilton, I just got one of her books in the Merry Gentry series.  It has a high rating on both bn.com and amazon.com but I noticed a lot of people mention that she has a lot of sex in her books and very little plot.  I added this book to my TBR pile, since my weekend plan is to read and finish our featured title of the month, Happy Hour of the Damned.  I also have some books to read by L.A. Banks.  :smileyhappy:
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Wow, the responses to this thread have been amazing. It's really cool to see the amazing variety of Top Ten lists. Since I started this thread back in August of 2007, my list has changed quite a bit – in no small part to all of your influences! Here's my updated list:

1. Kim Harrison – the reigning QUEEN of paranormal fantasy
2. Laurell K. Hamilton
3. Vicki Pettersson
4. Jeaniene Frost
5. Charlaine Harris
6. Jeanne Stein
7. Mario Acevedo (The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Bloodsuckers, etc.)
8. Charlie Huston’s Joe Pitt novels (Already Dead, etc.)
9. Cherie Priest
10. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – the grandmother of them all…

Honorable Mention – Jim Butcher, Yasmine Galenorn, Kelley Armstrong, Simon Green, Rachel Caine, Patricia Briggs, Lilith Saintcrow and Marjorie Liu

What do you guys think about this list?
Paul
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Paul,
 
I like the list but I haven't read any of Charlie Huston's books but I have read all the rest though now it is hard for me to have a favorite since I have so many of each of those authors books.  I guess that Charlaine Harris and Lilith Saintcrow and Kim Harrison are in a three way tie since I have all of their books.
 
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Good list, Paul, though some of the folks you have on there I have yet to read, though it should come as no surprise when I say that I have at least one book by all of them on my continually growing tbr shelves.
 
It is also hard (for me, anyway) to have to pick just ten. :smileysad: 
 
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paulgoatallen wrote:
Syn:
Yeah, the new Cherie Priest is part of a series but the cool thing about her novels is that you don't necessarily have to read them in sequential order. The main character Eden Moore is a woman who can see spirits of the dead and each novel is a new ghostly adventure. So don't worry about reading the first two, although I would definitely recommend it. Her debut, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, is still one of my all-time favs...
Paul




I must respectfully disagree with you Paul. I picked up her latest and got about a quarter of the way in and realized it was great writing but was terribly confused -- I looked for FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS in my library - not available - then started looking in used bookstores. Luckily I found a copy fairly soon, read that (a tremendous first book) and then finished up NOT FLESH NOR FEATHERS, and am now finishing up her middle one, WINGS OF THE KINGDOM.

It definately helped me to go back to the first in the series . . .
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I can't believe nobody's mention Chris Moore yet. I love Chris Moore.
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Thom:
Chris Moore is an interesting author. Although his novels have obvious paranormal fantasy elements, I don't classify him as a paranormal fantasy author. For whatever reasons, some authors and some works are simply considered fiction. Take Cormac McCarthy's The Road – that's post-apocalyptic fiction and horror but it's not shelved in SF or horror.

I think regarding Moore, there are just too many areas where he doesn't fit into the mold of the stereotypical paranormal fantasy author – which is definitely a good thing.

Why do you think people don't consider him in this category?
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Re: Top Ten Paranormal Authors



paulgoatallen wrote:
Why do you think people don't consider him in this category?


The only reason I can think of is that publishers and/or bookstores don't want him in SF/Fantasy. Which is odd, since his books are definitely fantasy.
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Re: Top Ten Paranormal Authors

i think you might want to rename your subject topic to top 10 paranormal/romance authors.
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jim butcher outshines all those authurs in a genre that needs a little clarification. if you want to talk about erotic books that throw in so called paranormal then thats all fine, but call it like it is.  in most book stores, half of these authors atleast arent even found in the fantasy/sci fi section. nothing aside from the authors, but if you're going to do a poll on something, why dont you get the subject right, instead of give a broad subject title, and then listing authors of only a specific genre bratching off of paranormal/sci fi/ fantasy.
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Nickaaron,
 
As far as I can tell Urban Fantasy does not necessarily be Science Fiction/Fantasy and Paranormal books can be romance/sci-fi/fantasy/urban fantasy.  So to me I don't think it matters where it is shelved in the bookstores.  They cross many genres an so I think that they can and should be talked about here.  I personally feel that everyone should be able to have their say and each person can decide for themselves.  I know some of the authors talked about here are also discussed in the romance bookclub as well as the Science Fiction /Fantasy bookclub which I think great.  I acknowledge your opion and just wanted to express mine.  I hope that you enjoy our group and find books you might want to try.
 

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  • I would have to say I haven't read any of Vicki's books. But I will def check them out with all the good things im reading from yall. But here's my list as of now.          1. Kim Harrison  2. Christine Feehan 3. Kelly Armstrong  4. Charlaine Harris  5.Laurell K Hamilton  6. Keri Arthur  7. Nina Bangs  8. Sherrilyn Kenyon  9. Rebecca York  10. Susan Krinard       Ya kno there are sooo many others I love but it's a top ten fav's list so thats it.
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paulgoatallen wrote:
Thom:
Chris Moore is an interesting author. Although his novels have obvious paranormal fantasy elements, I don't classify him as a paranormal fantasy author. For whatever reasons, some authors and some works are simply considered fiction. Take Cormac McCarthy's The Road – that's post-apocalyptic fiction and horror but it's not shelved in SF or horror.

I think regarding Moore, there are just too many areas where he doesn't fit into the mold of the stereotypical paranormal fantasy author – which is definitely a good thing.

Why do you think people don't consider him in this category?
Paul





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I did place Christopher Moore on my top ten list several months ago, based upon my reading of Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck. I would say those two definitely fit the Paranormal category. I haven't read anything else by him, but I would say that he qualifies in the category. It is interesting, though, that he has not been pegged that way. This may be explained by the fact that he was writing some of his stuff "before the boom" and has kind of missed out on the designation.

On a side note, I met him at a signing last year, and he is a very nice guy, and as funny and entertaining as one would expect.

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Hello!  I also am a big fan of Jim Butcher.   I found his books in the library and read the first 6 back to back.   This forum is a great place to find new authors!  While most of the authors mentioned in this thread do have romance in them, I have found a couple authors that have created a detailed, interesting, dark alternative world for their characters.   Butcher himself has provided cover quotes for Simon R. Green.  Green writes of the Nightside, an area of London that no one can see unless you have a reason to be there.   His character, John Taylor,  is a PI with a gift for finding things.  He can focus and find ANYTHING, but retrieving them is complicated in a place where information is money.    His sometime ally, Razor Eddie, is deadly fascinating.    Scott Lynch's first book, the Lies of Locke Lamora, isn't exactly paranormal.   It does have magic, but only for the rich nobles.  The book centers around the different thieves guilds and their infighting.  Locke Lamora was an orphan who was sold to an obscure priests guild.  In reality, the priest is the leader of the Gentleman Bastards, who specialize in intricate plans of deception.   They have a regular area that they control, but secretly they plan to infiltrate and scam the wealthy.    This is one of those that keep you guessing! 
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nickaaron wrote:
but if you're going to do a poll on something, why dont you get the subject right, instead of give a broad subject title, and then listing authors of only a specific genre bratching off of paranormal/sci fi/ fantasy.



If I were to guess, I'd say that many of the people who post here and participated in the poll came from a romance-reading background. As a result, a lot of their favorite authors are probably those that come from the romance genre but have crossed over. FWIW, I come from a horror background, so the books I prefer are the ones with a grittier feel (such as Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt books).
 
Genre boundaries are getting fuzzier if not downright invisible in some cases. Last year I quit going by what genre a book is placed in at the bookstores, or even what is necessarily printed on the spine. If a novel has a well-developed fantasy concept, I consider it fantasy regardless of what it is marketed as. Not everyone is going to have the same tastes, but that's my speculation as to why so many romance writers get listed in these kinds of threads. No one is stopping anyone from listing non-romance authors; in fact, I would love to see more discussion of urban/dark fantasy books that don't fit into the popular crossover area. The people who post here are pretty open-minded and would probably love to be exposed to good dark/urban fantasy authors "outside the expected."


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I'm more of the grit-n-grime school, myself--both the reading and the writing--than the romantic school. Since I've been observing this niche for a few years, I think I'm finally seeing a division make itself clear between Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy and that line seems to be at the degree to which the protagonist's personal and sexual relationships anchor the plot. The books with a larger personal relationship component tend to lean into Paranormal Romance (which makes the early LKH books Urban Fantasy while the later ones are PRom), while the books with less emphasis on personal relationships are UF. But that's my observation and may be colored by the position from which I view it.

And having just finished reading THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA, I'd have to say not only "wow!" but, it's not UF. It's a traditional Fantasy setting with a traditional fantasy anti-hero. It's an amazing book, but even though it takes place in a city, it doesn't have what I consider a fundamental hallmark of Urban Fantasy: a contemporary or near-future setting (or the seeming of one.) Still a great book, though.

On the original point, I'm a weirdo and my favorite Urban Fantasy authors would have to be (in no order, 'cause how could I do that?):

Cherie Priest
Simon R. Green
Charlaine Harris (OK, they are rural, but the rest of the UF tropes are there)
Mario Acevedo
Jim Butcher
Tanya Huff
John Meaney (if you haven't read BONE SONG and you like Simon Green, Run, don't walk to get this one)
Jeanne Stein

I also have to give a huge nod to Richelle Mead, who I think writes more in the PRom category, but she's on the cusp, since relationships are important, but they aren't the pivot of her books.

And that Mark Henry guy--so disgusting. :smileywink:
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