Recommend me a good vampire/werewolf book

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That has 'proper' vamps not twilight type pathetic ones!

Have to choose a book for my book group and I love sci-fi/ fantasy but most of the rest of the group doesn't usually read in those genres so I thought vamp/werewolf would be a good compromise.

I've read and liked the sookie stackhouse series and Keller armstrong's 'women of the other world' but I couldn't stand twilight or any of those that claim to be vampire fiction but are actually romance

I don't mind a bit of romance in it a lot of vamp novels have it after all just not for it o be he main point if that makes sense! Thanks

daftdame Thu 08-Aug-13 13:23:37
daftdame Thu 08-Aug-13 13:26:28

Dracula? It has the advantage of being a classic, to sell it to the others too.

The Passage is quite good and has interesting vamps and not silly, glowing ones.

daftdame Thu 08-Aug-13 13:32:57

Ooh thanks, I shall have a look at them thanks

lucysnowe Thu 08-Aug-13 17:03:36

Sunshine by Robin McKinley! It is aces. smile

Tubemole1 Thu 08-Aug-13 17:37:59

Husband loves Charlene Harris True Blood series.

I am hmm about vampires but whatever.

BonTemps Thu 08-Aug-13 17:42:11

Try the Black dagger brotherhood

Loveleopardprint Thu 08-Aug-13 17:43:06

Anne Rice. Queen of vampire stories.

KatieHalfPrice Thu 08-Aug-13 17:50:21

I like the JR Rain Vampire Moon series. More like novellas as they're short but an interesting take on the vampire genre.

Great thanks smile I've read Sunshine lucy agree it was great nice take on the vampire story.
I'd thought of Anne Rice but wasn't sure if they'd be too long for book group will have a look though (and I'll likely end up reading a lot of these suggestions just for me grin)

motherinferior Thu 08-Aug-13 18:09:00

Kit Whitfield's Bareback is really quite excellent.

PlotTwist Thu 08-Aug-13 19:07:37

The Passage by Justin Cronin (although it's a doorstep of a book). The vampires are barely human and are quite different to 'normal' vamps. - Ah, I see it's been mentioned. And it may be too long for book club. Worth a read for yourself though, and it's sequel - The Twelve.

Oh I loved Vlad:The Last Confession too. It's about Vlad the Impaler, the man, rather than about vampires - but is a decent, if gory (obviously!) read.

There is an 'official' sequel to Dracula, written by one of Bram Stoker's descendents Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. Dracula: The Un-Dead It has been a few years since I read it, I think it was okay. Not brilliant, but entertaining enough.

pointythings Thu 08-Aug-13 21:33:17

Tim Powers - The Stress of her Regard. Though it might be out of print.

2kidsintow Thu 08-Aug-13 21:53:38

I love, love, love the Ilona Andrews books.
There are vamps in there, but there's a bit of a twist and the books aren't centred on them.

It's a book of magic, with vamps/witches/shapeshifters/monsters.

They are funny and full of action, with one of the best heroines I've come across.

6th book released this week. I've waited with baited breath to read if for the last 2 years.

I like a good bit of magic 2kids I'll check them out, thanks.

gokhuvegeta Fri 09-Aug-13 16:24:13

If you look at Amazon's top ten for occult/ horror the Shifter/ Lycan books by M.L. Briers are all in there.
The books are all self contained stories, no cliffhangers, thank god, and can be read in any spacific order.
Really roll on the floor funny, especially The Lycan the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Mating Season.
The writer has done vampire books too, and I'd recommend Runner and Hunted and both Darkness Books.
They are all under £1 and worth it. But as with all self pubs, don't expect perfect editing.

elQuintoConyo Fri 09-Aug-13 16:28:54

Angela Carter: The Company of Wolves.
Scary AND sexy grin

daftdame Fri 09-Aug-13 18:10:39

elQuinto Is that the book that the 80s film was based on? Loved the film.

VeryDullNameChange Fri 09-Aug-13 18:15:10

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. Does require a decent knowledge of the original to really appreciate it though.

Or Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

Yes, the Pratchett is fun.

Mumbledore Fri 09-Aug-13 18:22:16

I'm enjoying the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, first book A Discovery of Witches, second Shadow of Night, awaiting third. It might be a bit too romancey as it's basically about forbidden love between a vampire and a witch but there's also some history and mystery which makes quite an entertaining read. Don't know if it's quite what you're after (maybe a bit twilight) but worth a mention I thought. And Dracula is a good read too.

Mumbledore Fri 09-Aug-13 18:37:56

Actually, after re-reading your OP, forget my post! I thought the magic in it might appeal to you but on second thoughts....

elQuintoConyo Fri 09-Aug-13 21:25:52

Yes daftdame Neil Jordan 1984. (77% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is a GREAT film!).
The Company of Wolves is actually in a collection of short stories, 'The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories', 1979. A fantastic book, but no more wolves/vampires.

daftdame Sat 10-Aug-13 15:33:32

Thanks, interesting, I'll have to look it up. Book habit is getting a bit bad at moment though, I'm averaging 2 or 3 a week blush, summer hols......

Moomintime Mon 12-Aug-13 14:03:00

I love the all souls harkness books too, i think it's better written than some of the vampire books, can't wait for the third, whenever that will be...

RabbitIssue Mon 12-Aug-13 14:08:37

I like the Kresley Cole ones, bit raunchy for bookclub though. The romance is them is a bit 'duh' but the stories behind the books and the world she creates is actually really good. Well really good for a erotic vampire story (shows low standards) grin

Oh God! The Historian left me wanting to beat myself around the head with boredom! confused
Alice Borchardt wrote some good werewolf type books. None of this whimsycal Twilight shit!
Interestingly, she is Anne Rice's sister.
Anne Rice has recently released a new Werewolf series, and her Vampire books are great. Some are better than others, but the main ones, interview with the vampire, The Vampire Lestat etc are very good. She writes some excellently uncomfortable books. Her Mayfair Witches books come with my highest recommendation.

NanetteCarter Mon 12-Aug-13 14:18:07

I quite enjoyed the Morganville Vampire series...I've read the first couple anyway and they were ok!

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine is the first one

NanetteCarter Mon 12-Aug-13 14:24:43

Perhaps should add it's not my usual thing but I read the Sookie Stackhouse too and preferred these...I realised I didn't actually sound as though I enjoy them!

Has anybody said, 'Salem's Lot' yet?

Skoggy Mon 12-Aug-13 14:35:34

How about the Anita Blake : Vampire Hunter series by Laural K. Hamilton?
There are 22 books now I think. I'm up to 8.
Link on Amazon

GlobalWarning Mon 12-Aug-13 14:39:57

Definitely Anne rice and the vampire chronicles!

Hmmm. Armand.... <<dreams>>

Thanks smile always good to have some recommendations. I now have a nice list of books to read, now to find the time...

Heiderose Mon 19-Aug-13 10:53:58

For werewolves you can't go wrong with Rachel Vincent's Faythe Sanders series. I read all of them in 4 days and was very upset that there was no more.

Rachel Vincent

Heiderose Mon 19-Aug-13 10:54:51

Forgot to say they're werecats not werewolves!

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