Riona (post: 1503125) wrote:My favorite dark fantasy without vampires:
Glen Cook's Black Company series...though the first four books are better than the later ones. We're talking about A+ books as opposed to B+ books.
I also really like the Abhorsen books. Also try Tanith Lee's Unicorn books. Both of these are YA, and therefore suitable for everyone, though still pretty dark. Some of Tanith Lee's other books are very disturbing and very adult in all senses of the word, though some of them I also think are very good.
I know everyone is just sick of vampires now (me too!) but there are actually some terrific vampire books that were written before the current craze. For non-romancey vampires with a kind of SF feel, try Barbara Hambly's Those Who Hunt the Night (1988) and Travelling With the Dead (1995). I just finished the new one, Blood Maidens, and wow, these are great books. Robin McKinley's Sunshine is also terrific.
mysngoeshere56 (post: 1503689) wrote:Anyway, has anybody else read the TrueBlood/Southern Vampire Mystery/Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris? I read "Dead Until Dark" because I heard good things about it, and heard that the sexual aspect of the books wasn't as bad as the TV show... But honestly, "Dead Until Dark" had a lot of content in it that was really heavy as far as sexuality goes. The plot was very solid and I really liked the mystery, though. Does the sexual aspect get any lighter in the later books? If not, I think I might as well stop now...
Atria35 (post: 1503692) wrote:I don't like chick lit, but I adore this series. But... the sexual content stays pretty high. It happens at least once a book. Sorry. You could try the live-action tv show, but I don't know what the content is like in it.
Neane (post: 1515096) wrote:Are Terry Goodkind's books good?
And are there any of his books that you recommend?
Esoteric (post: 1524586) wrote:Hey all, I'm looking to do some reading. Specifically, I'm looking for urban/contemporary fantasy in which the existence of supernatural creatures is known to the general public. Like in Robin McKinley's Sunshine, for example. I suppose even something like X-Men with super-powered mutants being known about would be okay. Basically, I'm trying to get ideas and insight on how this knowledge/reality would effect modern society--culturally, politically and otherwise. So I'd like to see what other authors have done with the theme. Thanks for anything you can recommend!
Right, I should have clarified. Adult content is fine. I don't mind some sex, language or violence as long as it's not super gratuitous with gore or erotica.Atria35 (post: 1524652) wrote:Anything?
Atria35 (post: 1524652) wrote:Anything? ... the Trueblood series, but I will warn about the sex content, and it doesn't delve too deeply into the social/political consequences.
Adorima (post: 1524740) wrote:Esoteric: There's the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, it's about these genetically mutated teenagers/children/half bird/half human (but are real cuties and look like angels, meaning they have great, big, pretty wings) who are born to...SAVE THE WORLD! The catch is that there are scientists that made them are also trying to use them. Liken their desire to have a "birdkid" to countries wanting nuclear weapons.
That's for young adults, it's not necessarily very complex, but it's pretty good writing from the 1st person perspective of a young teen girl.
Atria35 (post: 1515141) wrote:I've only read the first Sword of Truth book
rocklobster (post: 1529631) wrote:Agreed. After book 4, Terry decides to get on his soapbox and turns into a male Ayn Rand. Half of book 5 is his dissertation on the evils of communism. I was like, "Terry, get back to the steamy stuff with Richard and Kahlan please! I'm begging you!"
steenajack wrote:Soooo....I'm curious about the book "Warm Bodies". I've never really been into zombies per say, but I just like good stories. Is the book any good as a story? It sounds interesting on wiki.
sierralee wrote:Has anyone read the series Vampire Kisses? I want to try it but also want to ask if it's a semi-safe read.
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