Friday, March 5, 2010

What Would You Recommend? - Charlaine Harris

This is a question I get asked all the time working in the bookstore: "What would you recommend for somebody who loved "_________"? (fill in the blank)" Usually I can come up with something, but that something can be a bit of a wild guess if it's not a book or genre I normally read. This is where you helpful people come in. If you have a suggestion, I'd love to hear it.

This week I'm asking about the novels by Charlaine Harris. Primarily, I'm wondering what you'd recommend for the fans of her Sookie Stackhouse books, which are the basis for the True Blood T.V. series. However, Charlaine Harris has also written a number of mysteries, which I've seen people buying, though not as often her vampire series.

I've neither seen the True Blood series, nor read the books it's based on, so I'm not overly familiar with Charlaine Harris's style of writing. It is on my 'read one day' list, as quite a few people have recommended the books and the t.v. show to me. In the mean time though, I've got to come up with recommendations for people who've liked the books.

I've been recommending the Blood Ties novels by Tanya Huff, which starts with Blood Price, and also the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson books (first book Moon Called) for fans of the Sookie Stackhouse series, although I do think the Blood Ties books may be closer in style. I don't know about suggesting the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels by Laurell K. Hamilton. I like them, but there's been such a debate about the most recent books in the series. What would you suggest (and yes, I'm also asking because I like urban fantasy and would always like to have more authors/series to try)?

And, if you've read her other mysteries, what would you suggest for fans of those?
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