Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Undead and Undying

So, is the current resurgence of interest in all things vampire dying out yet?

The answer is---probably not quite yet.

Many readers are looking forward to the May 3 release of the latest book in the Sookie Stackhouse southern vampire series by Charlaine Harris. Dead Reckoning is the eleventh book in this series which inspired the HBO television series called True Blood. Vampires, good or bad, are also featured in series by Laurell K Hamilton, MaryJanice Davidson and Sue Ann Jaffarian, to name just a few.

However, if you are a reader who would like to sample the vampire genre without committing to a long series, we suggest you try one of the following stand-alones:

The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn. In 1858, author Theodora LeStrange flees spinsterhood in proper Scotland to the wilds of Transylvania where she meets the enigmatic Count Dragulescu. This is the story that might have been written by a female Bram Stoker with wonderful creepy atmosphere and characters.

Dracula In Love by Karen Essex. The Dracula story told from Mina’s point of view, this is Bram Stoker’s kind of gothic, but with a twist.

The Radleys by Matt Haig. Set in modern times, this is the story of a “typical” suburban family trying to hide just one small thing from the neighbors.

The Society of S by Susan Hubbard. A coming of age story about a teenage girl searching for her true identity: is she a vampire or not?

Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth. How does one introduce the newly-inaugurated President of the United States to his own personal vampire?

We may not get any more vampire books from Anne Rice or Stephanie Meyer, but there is still so much to sink our teeth into. It looks like the undead are not dying out quite yet.

Leslie and Maryellen@Warrenton

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