Vampires and Werewolves and Preternaturals, Oh My!

Rave about Reading
Let’s see, how can I say this nicely?
Hmm …  I don’t think I can, so I’ll just come right out and tell you that I dislike  hate — no, that’s not strong enough — abhor, loathe, detest, despise(!) paranormal fiction.

I’m not interested in werewolves or vampires, and no, I didn’t even read Twilight.
Vampires leave me cold. Werewolves make me howl. And as far as I’m concerned, demons can all go to hell.

I don’t read paranormal.

I’ll say it louder: I DON’T READ PARANORMAL!

At least, I didn’t. Until quite recently (like this week), I had read exactly one book that might be considered — okay, is — paranormal. My friend Linda Robertson writes an urban fantasy series, and I read one of hers.

To my surprise, I enjoyed Hallowed Circle, not because of its other-worldly creatures, but despite them. Linda’s writing is entertaining and witty, well worth the $7.99 or so one of her books costs. Still, I had no intention of repeating the experience any time soon, not even for her. (Sorry, Linda.)

So, you can imagine my surprise when I got hooked into Soulless by Gail Carriger.

You see, I recently started a new position at my library that requires me to be cognizant of a variety of genres. Though there’s no rule that says I need to read them all, I find I want to. Hence, the Soulless experiment.

To my shock, I loved this book. I started listening to it on audio, and fell into the story immediately. Then, when my CD player refused to play the (brand new, unmarred — grr!) disc, I went out and bought the book instead of waiting for another copy of the audiobook.

I’m a sucker for quirky characters, and Carriger’s book has them in abundance. Like Linda, her writing is so clever I was able to ignore the fact that many of the best characters were vampires and werewolves.

So, will I become a paranormal or, to be more exact, an urban fantasy fan? Probably not. But, reading Carriger’s and Linda’ books reminded me that good writing transcends categorization. I need to quit judging a book by its genre.

Having written the above, I realize that once again I’ve lied to you. I also read all of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series and am eagerly waiting the next installment. I began the series because it’s full of mythological references but to be honest, I kept going because Hearne’s writing is just so darned funny.

Maybe I’m becoming an urban fantasy fan after all.


About kymlucas

"Taking care not to take love too seriously." Writer of smart, fresh, contemporary romance and women's fiction. Blogging about writing, reading, and more recently, dealing with the ins and outs of breast cancer.
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7 Responses to Vampires and Werewolves and Preternaturals, Oh My!

  1. LynneW says:

    We’ll win you over to the Dark Side yet … //evil chuckles//


  2. Susan says:

    Oh I am going to try these ..thanks 🙂


  3. kymlucas says:

    Lynne W, maybe I’ve already been won and didn’t know it because you were so sneaky! And Susan, they really are good books. Let me know if you enjoy them! 🙂


  4. joysann says:

    Just finished Souless on audio. That was fun. Waiting for the next one now. I’m glad you enjoyed it too.


  5. kymlucas says:

    The narrator was really good, don’t you think? And paired with such a fun story!


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