Recommendations List

July 31, 2008

I read a lot faster than I review, so there are plenty of great books that I haven’t had time to post about. That’s why I decided to add a book recommendation page to suggest some of my favorites. There are quite a few more books I already plan to add in the coming weeks, and I’ll try to update it with new releases and authors from time to time.

Basically, these are the books and authors that I would recommend to anyone. As a general rule, they have likable protagonists, moderate to heavy action, and addictive worlds. There may be mature situations, but they’re used sparingly and don’t overwhelm more important considerations. I promise that you won’t pick up a book on the list only to find the characters call time-out in the middle of mortal peril for two chapters worth of vampire orgy.

I probably won’t be posting about list updates, but there will always be a link to the recommendation page in the menu if you’d like to check back for new books later.

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3 Responses to “Recommendations List”

  1. Sinner Ella Says:

    Please, recommend away. I have gone through all of my books at least twice and am at a stumper where to turn next. Kim Harrison, Kelley Armsrong, Charlaine Harris, Lynsay Sands, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kerilyn Sparks, Lori HandelandRebeccah York, Kimberly Raye, Carrie Vaughn, Yasmine Galenorn. I am dying. 7 books in 8 days and the kids are in school, so I can read all I want to for 6 hours of uninterupted pleasure!

  2. David Street Says:

    My Top Picks:
    *PATRICIA BRIGGS (Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson VW mechanic a coyote shape-shifter) Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, Silver Borne (2010) (Other Books) Alpha and Omega: On the Prowl, Cry Wolf, Hunting Ground.

    *CARRIE VAUGHN (Kitty Radio host & werewolf) Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty goes to Washington, Kitty takes a Holiday, Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, Kitty Raises Hell

    *JIM BUTCHER (PI Harry Dresden a wizard with too much power and not enough fine detail skills) Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Night, Small Favor, The Warrior, Turn Coat (or Wizard for Hire, Wizard by Trade, Wizard at Large, Wizard Under Fire)

    *ILONA ANDREWS (Kate Daniels has the blood of ancient power in a world where magic and technology come in waves) 1) Magic Bites, 2) Magic Burns, 3) Magic Strikes

    *LILITH SAINTCROW (aka Lili St. Crow) – (Dante Valentine she Necromancer (raises ghosts) & new demon powers) Working with the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil’s Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, To Hell and Back (Jill Kismet series) 1 Night Shift 2. Hunters Prayer (The Watcher Series) 1) Dark Watcher 2) Storm Watcher 3) Fire Watcher 4) Cloud Watcher (*The Society Series) 1) The Society 2) Hunter, Healer (The Keeper Books (under the pseudonym Anna Beguine)1) Smoke 2) Mirror (Steelflower Series) 1. Steelflower. (Dru Anderson has the athe touch ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) 1. Strange Angels

    *KAT RICHARDSON (PI Harper Blaine Greywalker) 1.Greywalker, 2.Poltergeist, 3.Underground, 4.The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog

    *KERI ARTHUR (Riley Jensen she is a rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf learning to be a seagull) Full Moon Rising, Kissing Sin, Tempting Evil, Dangerous Games, Embraced by Darkness, The Darkest Kiss, Deadly Desires (Nikki and Michael) 1. Dancing With the Devil 2. Hearts in Darkness 3. Chasing the Shadows 4. Kiss the Night Good-Bye (Damask Circle)1. Circle of Fire 2. Circle of Death 3. Circle of Desire (Ripple Creek)1. Beneath a Rising Moon 2. Beneath a Darkening Moon (Spook Squad) 1. Memory Zero, 2. Generation-18, 3. Penumbra

    *JOHN MEANEY (Donal Riordan a zombie cop) 1. Bone Song, 2. Black Blood

    *KIM HARRISON (Rachel Morgan is a witch a bounty hunter w/ demon taint in her blood, partners Ivy a living vampire & Jenks a pixy) Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way But Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a few Demons More, Outlaw Demon Wails White Witch, Black Curse

    *CHARLAINE HARRIS (Sookie Stackhouse cocktail waitress and mind-reader) Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone

    *KELLEY ARMSTRONG (Hope half chaos demon w/a werewolf jewel thief boyfriend), Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, No Humans Involved, Personal Demon, Living with the Dead, Men of the Otherworld, Made to Be Broken, Frostbitten

    *SIMON R. GREEN (John Taylor finder goes to the Nightside, an otherworldly realm in the center of London) Something from the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness, Nightingale’s Lament, Hex and the City, Paths Not Taken, Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth, Hell to Pay, The Unnatural Inquirer, Just Another Judgment Day, The Difference A Day Makes: (Secret Histories, Eddie Drood Licensed to kick supernatural arse) 1.The Man with the Golden Torc, 2.Daemons are Forever, 3.The Spy Who Haunted Me

    *MERCEDES LACKEY (Diana Tregarde is a witch investigator and Guardian series) Jinx High, Burning Water; Children of the Night: (Tannim Umoren is a car racer and a wizard trained by a shape-shifting dragon series) Chrome Circle, Born To Run with Larry Dixon; Wheels of Fire with Mark Shepherd ; When the Bough Breaks with Holly Lisle; Spiritride by Mark Shepherd; Lazerwarz by Mark Shepherd; Stoned Souls with Sarah, Hoyt; Ill Met by Moonlight with Roberta Gellis; (Eric Banyon is a bard who makes magic thru his flute music, a Julliard student that ends up in wars between the elves (seleighe vs.unseleighe) series) Bedlam’s Bard with Ellen Guon, Summoned to Tourney with Ellen Guon; Knight of Ghosts and Shadows with Ellen Guon; Bedlam Boyz by Ellen Guon ;Beyond, World’s End with Rosemary Edghill, Spirits White as Lightning with Rosemary Edghill, Mad Maudlin with Rosemary Edghill, Bedlam’s Edge with Rosemary Edghill, Music to My Sorrow with Rosemary Edghill

    *LA BANKS (aka Leslie Esdaile Banks) – (Sasha Trudeau a solider who has the werewolf virsus, the truth is weres & vamps are at war and some weres made a deal with demons creating bad blood wolfs and humans cannot tell them apart, and vamps wont tell us- Crimson Moon Novels) Bad Blood, Bite The Bullet, Undead on Arrival. (The Neteru Guardian team of Vampire Hunters) Minion, The Awakening, The Hunted, The Bitten, The Forbidden, The Damned, The Forsaken, The Wicked, The Cursed, The Darkness, The Shadows, The Thirteenth. (The Dark Avengers Series) Finders Keepers, Loser’s Weepers. (Primal Desires Series) 1. I Burn For You, 2. I Thirst For You, 3. I Hunger For You, 4. Master of Darkness, 5. Primal Heat, Primal Desires, 6. The Shadows of Christmas Past

    *RACHEL VINCENT (Faythe Saunders werecat shifter) 1.Stray, 2.Rogue, 3.Pride

    *KAREN MARIE MONING (MacKayla goes to Ireland works in bookstore as country being taken over by elf’s Underhill) 1.Darkfever; 2.Bloodfever; 3.FaeFever, 4.Dreamfever, 5.Shadowfever

    *NICHOLAS PEKEARO (Marlowe Higgings only controls his werewolf form by directing it towards a victim hunting for killers and those who escaped the law) 1. The Wolfman

    *J. K. ROWLING (Harry Potter boy wizard) 1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (3) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (5) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    *CHRISTINE FEEHAN (Dr. Peter Whitney, creates a technique to enhance the natural abilities of psychics. These men, Ghostwalkers, leaving unseen and unheard) 1. Shadow Game 2. Mind Game 3. Night Game 4. Conspiracy Game 5. Deadly Game 6. Predatory Game 7. Murder Game. (Carpathians Princes must find their life-mates before turning into vampires). Dark Prince, Dark Desire, Dark Gold, Dark Magic, Dark Challenge, Dark Fire, Dark Dream, Dark Legend, Dark Guardian, Dark Symphony, Dark Descent, Dark Melody, Dark Destiny, Dark Hunger, Dark Secret, Dark Demon, Dark Celebration, Dark Possession, Dark Curse, Dark Slayer.

    *RACHEL CAINE (Joanne Baldwin is TV weather girl & a magical Weather) Ill Wind, Heat Stroke, Chill Factor, Windfall, FireStorm, Thin Air, Gale Force. (Once she was Cassiel, a Djinn Now, she is human) Undone

    *LAURELL K. HAMILTON (Anita Blake animator (raising zombies) to a the Vampire Slayer to a powerful necromancer who connects weres and vampires to a slutty succubus) Guilty Pleasures; The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned; The Lunatic Café, Bloody Bones; The Killing Dance; Burnt Offerings; Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly; Narcissus in Chains; Cerulean Sins; Incubus Dreams; Micah; Danse Macabre, The Harlequin; Blood Noir; Skin Trade

    *C.E. MURPHY (aka Catie E. Murphy) – (Margrit “Grit” Knight Lawyer-Negotiator to the Old Races aka dragons, djinn, selkies, gargoyles & vampires) 1. Heart of Stone 2. House of Cards. 3. Hands of Flame. (Shaman Siobhán Walkingstick aka Joanne Walker half Irish, half Cherokee Indian a police mechanic, she is learning to be a shaman) 1.Urban Shaman, 2. Thunderbird Falls, 3. Coyote Dreams.

    *SHERRILYN KENYON (aka Kinley MacGregor) Fantasy Lover, Night Pleasures, Night Embrace, Dance with the Devil, Kiss of the Night, Night Play, Seize the Night, Sins of the Night, Unleash the Night, Dark Side of the Moon, The Dream-Hunter, Devil May Cry, Upon the Midnight Clear, Dream Chaser, Acheron, One Silent Night, Dream Warrior. ( Anthologies) Midnight Pleasures, Stroke of Midnight, My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, Love at first Bite, The Dark-Hunter Companion.

    *CHARLES DE LINT Widdershin, Spirits in the Wires; Someplace to Be Flying

    *STEPHENIE MEYER (Bella Swan meets old pretend student Edward the vampire and falls in love) 1.Twilight, 2.New Moon, 3.Eclipse, 4.Breaking Dawn

    *EILEEN WILKS (Lily Yu is a Chinese American sensitive who works for the magic crimes division of the F.B.I. Rule Turner is the Werewolf leader) 1.Tempting Danger, 2.Mortal Danger, 3.Blood Lines, 4.Night Season

    *ANTON STROUT (Simon Canderous who has the power of psychometry (the ability to divine the history of an object by touching it) Agent of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs’ fights vampire incursions with no funding) Dead to Me; Deader Still

    *ANYA BAST 1.Witch Fire, 2.Witch Blood, 3.Witch Heart, 4.Witch Fury

    *SERGEI LUKYANENKO 1.The Night Watch 2. Day Watch 3. Twilight Watch 4. Last Watch

    *ROB THURMAN (Cal Leandros) 1. Nightlife, 2. Moonshine, 3. Madhouse, 4.Deathwish

    *JOHN LEVITT – 1. Dog Days, 2. New Tricks

    *CAITLIN KITTREDGE (Nocturne City Series) Night Life; Pure Blood; Second Skin; Street Magic

    *THOMAS E. SNIEGOSKI (Fallen-angel-turned-detective Remy Chandler) The Fallen, The Fallen: Aerie, Leviathan (The Fallen), Dancing on the Head of a Pin: A Remy Chandler Novel, Reckoning (The Fallen), A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, Noah’s Orphans

  3. David Street Says:

    Correction:
    *KAT RICHARDSON (PI Harper Blaine Greywalker) 1.Greywalker, 2.Poltergeist, 3.Underground, 4. Vanished

    Note: in book two you learn how ghosts walk thru stuff (they don’t) They walk thru time, and so can a greywalker go sideways as layers of time, not time travel. It is cool thinking about mind made ghosts or constructs and ghosts.

    Kat is a favorite because these books are so well thought out.


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