[identity profile] yinyang172.livejournal.com
Forgive me but I really want to share. I looked through the most recent posts and it seems that no one has made mention of this.

In the Kitty Norville series the latest book has a woman call Kitty's radio show.
The kicker is that the woman's story sounds like Anita's.
Read more )
[identity profile] dwg.livejournal.com
I got my hands on a copy of Never After, the anthology featuring the non-AB:VH/MG short story that LKH was so gleeful about earlier this year.  So, I took a bullet for the team and this is the result.

She turned me into a newt. I got better. )
[identity profile] knowthyself.livejournal.com
You seem like a group who might know the answer to this one. Particularly since we call Anita one all the time!

Are there are series where a succubus character is one of good guys? Main character or minor, the notion occurred to me and I'm curious now.
[identity profile] raging-muse.livejournal.com


Hi guys!

The recent posts I've seen about the new Merry book Swallowing Darkness has got me thinking on an old disappointment.  I remember when i first read the first Merry book. I admit somewhat embaressingly now that I liked the first book, it had promise and I liked it alot better then the Anita series which I'd been reading through at the time.  I remember thinking that more then the ANita series, the Merry one had alot of promise and looked to be a really good series.

Back when I first read it there weren't any other books around about Faeries, bar a few young adult/teen aimed ones.  Not sure if any of you can remember any Faerie based books out at the same time but please advise me if you know of any. SO to me Laurell was the first author i got to to do Faeries in the way she's done them - the 2 courts and all. I keep thinking ot myself that under the hands of a different author that whole series could be been really well done. The idea of the 2 seperate courts  of Unseelie and Seelie wasn't new but 2 mad monarchs at the helm and the problem of a dying race due ot infertility was interesting. But alas like the Anita series it bombed and died a horrible death as all the sex and bad writing got in the way. Does anyone else think under a different author or if Laurell had done it right it could ahve gone on to be quite good? And does anyone know of any really good Faerie books? The ones i find these days are all the awful paranormal type ones and i find myself insulted to see powerful Faeries treated as sex toys.

 

[identity profile] polymexina.livejournal.com
hey, fen!

i hadn't seen this book mentioned here before, so wanted to let y'all know about it. i'm reading it now and it is AMAZING.

Nadya by Pat Murphy
A female werewolf roams the Old West in this deeply absorbing dark fantasy from Murphy (The City, Not Long After), whose The Falling Woman won the 1987 Nebula Award for Best Novel. While the story kicks off in rural Poland, it soon moves to the American frontier and the descendants of the Old World's hardy, furry peasants?foremost among them, Nadya Rybak, who tries to accommodate both her human and her lupine natures. The heart of the novel consists of Nadya's trek in the mid-1800s from Missouri to California. Having come through great personal tragedy brought about by a trusting nature and her own burgeoning sexuality, Nadya befriends the more cultured Elizabeth and the prepubescent Jenny. Together, the three young women fight their way across the swollen rivers, parched deserts and frosty mountains of the vast American frontier. En route, they encounter rattlesnakes, Indians, the remains of the cannibalistic Donner party and Elizabeth's repressed sexual urges, which lead to an affair between her and Nadya. While Murphy's description of the trek sometimes reads more like a historical travelogue than a fantasy, it features welcome bursts of supernatural flourishes. Especially fine are the passages dealing with the Cheyenne, in which the author highlights the strengths of Nadya's werewolf heritage by contrasting it with the Indians' spirituality. With its strong heroines and passionate storyline filled with romance, adventure and dangers both physical and moral, this novel will appeal to a wide array of readers, not just those who shiver with delight when the moon is full and the wolf's bane blooms.
http://www.amazon.com/Nadya-Pat-Murphy/dp/229030543X

ETA: i have not yet gotten to the spiritual indians part... hm.
[identity profile] ephemeralthings.livejournal.com


I...I found something terrible today. This community has been discussing the way that LKH tries to ride on Gaiman's coattails of awesomeness for months, and even I've gotten a little bored with it. (It's induced eye-rolling and the comment, "That's nice, Laurel." *pat, pat* "Now go off and play with your friends.") But before today, I kind of thought the connection was all in LKH's head. After all, it seems that's the place where many things live. (Oh, owww. Mental squick. I just thought about what goes on in her head. Bad idea. Very Bad Idea.)

But no.

On Amazon, the page for Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" quotes LKH in the editorial review section.

I feel the strange urge to cry now, and I'm not even a huge Gaiman fan.

"After finishing The Graveyard Book, I had only one thought -- I hope there’s more. I want to see more of the adventures of Nobody Owens, and there is no higher praise for a book." -- Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels
-Amazon

www.amazon.com/Graveyard-Book-Neil-Gaiman/dp/0060530928/ref=pd_ys_shvl_title

[identity profile] delilahkanes.livejournal.com
I think it's quite easy to find Anita-like alternative reading material in this day and age (I can't spit without hitting a book about some girl dealing with vampires/werewolves), but I was wondering if anyone has stumbled across some quality urban fantasy material about faeries? I'm almost completely clueless.

The only one that immediately comes to mind is War for the Oaks (highly recommended).

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm without any books lined up to read right now and it's kinda freaking me out.

Book Rec

Jun. 26th, 2008 12:39 pm
[identity profile] tsubaki-ny.livejournal.com
So, via self-pimpage-by-invite by the author, via John Scalzi's weblog (where he devotes a weekly-or-so feature to such self-pimpage-by-invite), I'm reading Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu.

This is a legit post! Really! It's connected to this comm (however tenuously) through this Publisher's Weekly plug: "Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now and catch a rising star."

The bolded bit seems to be becoming a theme.

Anyway, I was skeptical, but Scalzi's word sent me to it, and then the first line hooked me: "When I was eight, my mother lost me to zombies in a one-card draw."

(That's every bit as awesome as "The small boys came early to the hanging." ^___^ Possibly more.)

Read more... )


Oh, and people? SHE THANKS HER COPYEDITORS. Who does that??! I love her. She could write drivel from page 88 onwards and she'd still own me.
[identity profile] shadowrider.livejournal.com
Hi, mostly a lurker here but I was wondering if anyone else had stumbled across Lilith Saintcrow? I read her first book (Working For The Devil) and enjoyed it though never got around to grabbing the second (because I cried at the end and was debating whether I liked the ending but I can't explain that without spoilers). Just a couple of days ago I stumbled onto her site through a gmail suggested link and found her interview about books she'd written under another name here and was really impressed by the fact that she considered them Mary Sues and was very upfront about the fact she thought were her first stumbles into to novel writing.

I enjoyed the world the books were set in and was wondered what other people thought about them. And since looking ahead at the other books am thinking about buying them.

Sorry for any mistakes in grammar/spelling, rushing out to work and I'm also sorry if this has been brought up before and I just missed it.

ETA: Thanks for all the opinions! I'm probably going to at least check out the second book and be reading the author's blog (she seems very cool).
[identity profile] octoroks.livejournal.com
Newcomer here; sorry if it's off topic, but I thought Merry Gentry fans (if they can be called as such ;) ) might enjoy news of a saucy romance set in the fey world that won't make their eyes bleed from paragraph one.

Having faithfully endured the mental torture of Merry Gentry for about five years now, I decided to branch out and see what other horrors I could inflict on my brain between more serious (and competent) writing. My mom and sister have read romance novels for as long as I can remember. I grew up regarding them as soft core porn for the middle aged, and dismissed them as flowery and unrealistic. With this in mind, it was with great glee that I strolled through paperback isles of my local library and found a book entitled Dangerous Temptation by Kathleen Korbel. A paranormal romance that, according to the blurb on the back, involved a beautiful fairy princess who must choose between her duty to rule her people and the love she feels for Rugged Romance Lead #36125.

Oh yes, says I, with a wicked cackle. This will be HILARIOUS.

I was wrong. So wrong.

And my life was forever changed. )
[identity profile] ichini-sanshigo.livejournal.com

Hey all. I've been lurking around lashouts for the past few months, and I gotta say, I love the snark here. I've decided to kick off my first thread-like topic here by asking for a book recommendation. Let me explain.

You see, when it comes to heroines it's not just Hamilton's Anita Blake I'm sick of. Hamilton gets a lot of flack around here, but her "Snappy Sue" protagonist is hardly unique. Ms. Blake is just a particularly egregious (and mind-bafflingly popular) example of what I'm finding is a predominant character in urban fantasy and even some sci-fi - at least in those stories penned by female authors. To wit: the fiesty, spunky heroine who doesn't take guff from anybody. Except the fiestiness/spunkiness tends to tip over into bitchiness more often than not. I see many heroines who are varying degrees abrasive, self-righteous, and judgmental, and that's something I don't really mind. Okay, I do mind it a little, but the main problem is that the abrasiveness isn't borne out in other characters' reactions to them.

 

[identity profile] wonderbink.livejournal.com
Who knew that my guilty pleasure for fandom wank would lead me to such a great book?

So, I was reading some literary wankness and came across the blog of one Kit Whitfield, Ms. Whitfield being one of the voices of sanity.

Her debut novel is subject to US/UK quirkiness in title, much like the first Harry Potter book. In the UK, the novel is called Bareback; in the US, it's called Benighted.

The book is, much like LKH, set in a universe Slightly Different From Ours. In this case, not only do werewolves exist, they are the majority of the population. Each full moon, most folks lock themselves up for the night, while the 'barebacks' who are not subject to lycanthropy have to watch the streets and bring in those who break curfew.

The execution is a breath of fresh air after enduring LKHs plotless sexfest crap. I could wax rhapsodic for days about how much this book rocks and how many ways this is unlike what the Anita Blake series has become, but I just stayed up way past my bedtime getting to the end and I really need to go to bed now.

Just . . . buy this book. You will not regret it if you are a fan of great writing, actual plotting and worlds where things are not always pretty in a genuinely grown-up way.
[identity profile] ladyniko.livejournal.com
Hi All -

I was in desperate need for books the other night and made a hike up to the Borders in Ballwin since I sort of live out in the boonies and that's the nearest bookstore that's open past 6 pm. :p  (I like living out in Washington, MO - it means that I'm just that much further away from the taint that is LKH.  *laugh*) I was hoping to find the latest Sherrilyn Kenyon and JD Robb (Nora Roberts) books.  No Sherry, but got the latest JD Robb hardback. 

So, as I was browsing, looking for more than one book to buy, I stumbled on Kelley Armstrong - she's got a necromancer character named Jaime Vegas (real name is Jaime O'Casey) who's like what Anita should have been.  She's older than Anita, in the beginning stages of a relationship with a werewolf pack Alpha named Jeremy and is a stable personality!  Not the drahma queen bitch that Anita likes to be. 

There are mentions of vampires in the book I picked up - No Humans Involved - but they don't factor into this story.  They seem to be more "rare" and "elusive."  Jaime is supposed to be filming one of those Hollywood seance specials leading up to the raising of Marilyn Monroe's ghost. except it doesn't go that way and she seems to be the only real necromancer/medium of the group and gets involved instead with trying to solve a series of child murders, because the child ghosts are trapped in the garden of the house that they've been filming at. 

There are hints and teases of what might happen between Jaime and Jeremy if/when they finally make it into the sack together.  When they finally do - it's not until like pg 270 and then, it's just a small bit and very well written, unlike the gross-outs that LKH seems to delight in w/ Anita/Merry. 

If you're looking for a good read, I give this book a thumbs up.  I'm going to have to track down her other books now because I'm curious about the folks back in New York that obviously have more of a role in the previous books.  :)


[identity profile] lovedstrangely.livejournal.com
In my quest for good things to read (similiar to early lkh) I've come across...

Kim Harrison

the woman is made of win. Alot of the stuff in her Rachel Morgan books seem to be lkh ideas...done right. no purple prose here. The editing leaves a little something to be desired (but here it's rather simple conjunctive or tense mistakes. no blatant misspellings or fucking commas up the wazoo) but the actual story is so believable. is anyone else here reading her? I heartily recommend her. You'll look back at anita (early or late) and go wtf was I thinking? this is really. good. stuff.

check out

Dead Witch Walking first and foremost and visit her site kimharrison.net
[identity profile] lovedstrangely.livejournal.com
I know this community has quite a few writers. I was wondering if a few of you could help me out. We all know lkh uses *shudder* calendars and her own sex life as research, which is teh lame. I was wondering what you writers here use when writing about a place you've never been and are not familiar with? to give it a real authentic feeling, ya know?


any help appreciated!
[identity profile] jeannette.livejournal.com
Considering I've played various AB characters in role plays (both for my own enjoyment and at the request of others) believe me, I've had a great many books to become offended over what she's done to "my babies". But up till now, I've been content to leave my LKH hate (relatively) unvoiced, and simply bask in the frustrations of others. Unfortunately, scanning through previous posts in this community, I came across something that really burned me.

Here be general ranting. )

Maybe I'm not angry. Maybe I just envy LKH's remarkable ability to remake the entire universe so that she doesn't have to break her brain by being notthebest.

[BTW, I'm sure someone's reccomended her already, but anyone who hasn't really should read Huff's vampire fiction. They've just republished the first two in an anthology called The Blood Books Part I, and they are very, very worth investing in.]
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Let's consider the "counteract fangirlism" challenge on hold. If you come up with a lovely scathing post, by all means, don't deprive us of it. But for now, a change of pace.

What do/did you like about the books? Be as positive as possible in your response. I'm saying you have to gush and say "OMG Laurell is so kewl!!!!11!". But by the same token, don't constantly draw the negativity/errors into your post either. For example, if your thought is something like "I really liked how she managed the sexual tension between Anita and JC", don't end the sentence with "until she turned Anita into Super Whore 3000." It kinda kills the point of the exercise, which is prove that there are/were things we still like. After all, if we flat-out hated LKH's work, would we waste our time on it in an LJ community? (Rhetorical question, that.)

happy furry monsters holding hands )
[identity profile] freyalorelei.livejournal.com
According to amazon.com, A Stroke of Midnight is due out in paperback March 28th, 2006. Micah will be out sometime in February, and of course Incubus Dreams is scheduled for paperback release September 27th--two months from now.

I know I shouldn't be looking forward to these. )

question

Jul. 19th, 2005 09:34 am
[identity profile] katatsumuri.livejournal.com
I just recently got into the Anita Blake books and i decided to look up reviews on it before i decided to buy the books. I can't believe how horrible people think these books are! I still want to buy them but i'm not sure if i should buy the whole series now. Should i buy just the first 4 and skip the rest or what?

randomness

Jul. 6th, 2005 09:52 pm
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[personal profile] pith
a) Imagine that. laurellkhamilton.org has been revamped. (No pun intended.) Still not the greatest site design (not that I have the expertise to critique), but hey... almost anything's better than that annoying ripple thing and the huuuuuuge picture. Perhaps [livejournal.com profile] refche's in-depth dissection of the site didn't go unnoticed.

b) Please feel free to pimp out authors you DO like (and, if you feel you have to make it relevant, you can compare/contrast to LKH). Tentatively, let's stay within the realms of fantasy and supernatural for pimping for now, since we can safely assume that most LKH readers, disgruntled or not, enjoy supernatural stories.

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