Sookie Stackhouse Readalikes

A few weeks ago, Charlaine Harris announced that the 13th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series will be the last. The good news for fans is that True Blood is still around and the twelfth book, Deadlocked, was just released in May. The bad news is that we have to try to find another series filled with humor, romance, mystery, and lots of mythical creatures.

The Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn — While Sookie is human with  special gifts, Kitty is a werewolf at the bottom of her pack’s heirarchy. When Kitty accidentally launches a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged, she becomes the target of a werewolf hunter and several homicidal undead. Start with Kitty and the Midnight Hour.

The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger — Instead of Louisiana where vampires are out of the coffin, travel back in time to Victorian London where vampires, werewolves, and many other paranormal creatures live among the mere mortals. Alexia Tarabotti, our heroine, has her own special set of issues…she has no soul; her father is both Italian and dead; and a vampire rudely attacks her. Then a rude werewolf is sent to investigate. It’s paranormal romance meets steampunk and it’s a lot of fun! Start with Soulless.

The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost — Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield pursues the undead with a vengeance in the hope that one of her prey will be the father who ruined her mother’s life, but her plans go awry when she is captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter. Start with Halfway to the Grave.

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan — The diary of a two-hundred-year-old werewolf. Unlike the werewolves in many paranormal novels, this one is more wolf than man. If you like to mix in the occasional horror novel with your paranormal romances and mysteries, this is a good one! (And if you enjoy this one, look for Talulla Rising later this summer.)

Also try…

For more readalikes available in Pinal County, take a look at our printable guide (it also includes more books by Charlaine Harris).

For even MORE similar reads, take a look through these lists:

Don’t forget! You can place a hold in our catalog if your local library doesn’t have a copy of the title you’re interested in.

Happy Reading!

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Abraham Lincoln

In honor of President’s Day, we thought it’s the perfect time to take a look at a couple of Presidential book & film trends we’ve noticed. First up…Abraham Lincoln.

Two films are in production about the 16th President, based on two very different books.

The Book: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin – This multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.
The Film: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abe, is based on the final section of Goodwin’s work. The movie is in post-production and is rumored to be out December 2012.

The Book: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith – In this alternative-history bloodbath, when young Abe learns that his mother’s death is actually the result of a vampire attack, he vows to cleanse the country of the undead scourge.
The Film:

There have also been a few books about Lincoln’s assassination and the hunt for his killer:

For more information on Lincoln, check out:

We Recommend…A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Waiting on Diana Gabaldon to publish the next in her Outlander series? Looking for a book where vampires don’t sparkle? Try Deborah Harness’ debut novel A Discovery of Witches.

Take a look at Deborah’s website for more information about The All Souls Trilogy. (The second in the series comes out this summer!)

Penguin is holding a Twitter book club featuring A Discovery of Witches. You can follow along and participate by using the hashtag: #readpenguin. Take a look at this Pinterest board to see all of the places & things mentioned in the book.

Publisher’s description:

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

If you fall in love with this book, you might like:

Book Club Kit: Twilight

TwilightTwilight
by Stephenie Meyer
First Published: 2005
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife — between desire and danger.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Information, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Reviews:
Booklist OnlineReviewed November 15, 2005 by Ilene Cooper
Goodreads – Find out what fellow readers think of Twilight and leave your own thoughts!

On the Web:
Stephenie Meyer’s Official Website – http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/
Read the book? Now watch the movie – Check our Catalog!
Twilight Saga Wiki – Want to know more about the books and movies? Check out the Twilight collaborative community at the Twilight Saga Wiki.

More by Stephenie Meyer:
New Moon (Twilight Saga #2)
Eclipse (Twilight Saga #3)
Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4)
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight Saga #3.5)
The Host

If you enjoyed Twilight, you might like:
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness