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I am a HUGE fan of paranormal romance books (get over it - I like what I like).

I'm very loyal to my favorite authors, but as one of my favorite series, by Christine Feehan, has gone on. I've found her writing becoming tiresome, repetative and predictable. She's developed a language for her characters which dominates the reading now, more than the story itself and I find my suspension of disbelief stretched so far - and yes I know it's a fantasy, but even within the boundaries she has set herself.

Case in point, a huge part of so many of her books revolved around the evil doings of a sorcerer, but when his final confrontation came in the latest novel, it was predicatable and over in about 3 pages.

As a reader... if this happened to you, would you give up on the series or carry on in the hope it does an about face. The series is 20 stories so far including 3 novella's in anthologies.

The same thing happened in the Blackdagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, my current absolute favorite. Her series is only half as long, and because I'd already bought the books I kept going and was really pleased to find that after two dispointing stories, she managed to recapture what I had initially fallen in love with about her writing.

So, with regards to Christine Feehan in this instance. Do I quit or keep going...

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Skim through the books in her series you have not yet read. If it is still predictable and repetitive give it up. I read a certain author whenever he comes out with a new novel. Rarely does he fail to disappoint but on a few, very few occassions, I found his work to be less than his best stuff. Now I skim his new books. If it hits the right note I buy and read. If not, I pass. Seems to work.

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Old 05-21-2010, 04:58 AM
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I thought you were Tweedledum

I pre-order all her stuff from Amazon, so I get it before release date - because I am the impatient type. Therefore skimming is impossible!

Perhaps I should be more patient...

And if I'm a Nancy, does that make you Bill Sykes or Fagin?
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Sykes... and you got one coming! For now I and bulldog will just wait.
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Give up. Life's too short to be reading shit.
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:38 AM
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Oooh, I'm scared!

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Sykes... and you got one coming! For now I and bulldog will just wait.
And that's Bullseye! <shakes head>


And thanks Mike, for your frank suggestion...
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You probably read the back of cereal boxes waiting for the next installment. Like you were just told...give up...now!
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:48 AM
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Oi, I'll have you know my reading stretches beyond the cereal box! For your information, I read the instructions on the bleach bottle too!

I think somone doesnt like being corrected
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Originally Posted by Redlorry View Post
I am a HUGE fan of paranormal romance books (get over it - I like what I like).


So, with regards to Christine Feehan in this instance. Do I quit or keep going...
Write your own, love. That process will grind the joy out of para/romance for all time (for you).

Seriously though, I'm always on the hunt for new authors.
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Write your own, love. That process will grind the joy out of para/romance for all time (for you).

Seriously though, I'm always on the hunt for new authors.

keep hunting.
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Write your own, love. That process will grind the joy out of para/romance for all time (for you).

Seriously though, I'm always on the hunt for new authors.

Actually, Mudge I have written my own paranormal romance novel. Soul Reunion, from a planned series called Soul Takers: 84,000 words and currently out with the last 2 of my first four submissions.

one rejection from Little Brown because their no longer taking new authors
one from an independant agent as her books are currently full

Second in series - working title Soul Reflections is WIP, although I am having fun with other projects right now.

And SHUT UP Gaines, before I come and sing 'Umpah-pah' at you
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Write your own, love. That process will grind the joy out of para/romance for all time (for you).
That's actually one of the reasons I got back into writing fiction, sometimes it's a challenge for me to find things to read that I actually enjoy.
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Paranormal romance? Sounds like a polite euphemism for wet dream. Is he tall dark and handsome, or just your run of the mill swarthy type carrying a sword around the mall while he shops for a body spray that makes him smell like a beaver in heat? Big teeth, huh? Thought so.


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Originally Posted by Gaines View Post
Paranormal romance? Sounds like a polite euphemism for wet dream.
I'll go with this part, but the reference to a body spray smelling like a beaver in heat was a bit of a turn off.
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He's big, strong, always sword carrying - d'uh!

Not a shopper - I like men to be men, none of this metrosexual crap!
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Actually, Mudge I have written my own paranormal romance novel. Soul Reunion, from a planned series called Soul Takers: 84,000 words and currently out with the last 2 of my first four submissions.

one rejection from Little Brown because their no longer taking new authors
one from an independant agent as her books are currently full

Second in series - working title Soul Reflections is WIP, although I am having fun with other projects right now.

And SHUT UP Gaines, before I come and sing 'Umpah-pah' at you
Niche market is tough to get into. I have to confess to reading the occasional bodice ripper just to try and get a feel for that genre. I'm afraid I'm quite hopeless and left brain, and not romantic in the least.

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Not so niche anymore... although research show paranormal romance writers from the UK are a minority.

As for bodice rippers - yuk. All my stories have strong female characters, I can't be done with the fainting and swooning crap!
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:24 AM
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Who doesn't like polka music!!!! Nothing like a five gallon pail of warm German beer and ten pounds of heavy meats smothered in sauerkraut to get the ticker beating at Mach 2.

.. and now Bobby and Sissy will do their interpretation of the Viennese Two Step. A one and a two and...
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Gaines! Are you even in the right thread?!
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Oktoberfest is a German holiday not a foreign sports car. Duh! For christ's sake get in the loop will ya?
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Du'h, that was like a whole post ago, live for the moment
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They pass so quickly when you're around. I try to savor each and everyone. Like truffles...without the tastiness. May I have another...please?
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Are you saying I am not tasty - I take offence sir!
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Originally Posted by Redlorry View Post
I am a HUGE fan of paranormal romance books (get over it - I like what I like).


So, with regards to Christine Feehan in this instance. Do I quit or keep going...
First I am going to say, So am I. Paranormal romance books are my favorite.

I would say...If the series has really failed over the pass few books then give up. There is only a certain amount of failing books I can read before I give up on a series entirely. Or if a certain character dies I give up. You can always pick it up again, but don't waste time and money on a series that's failing.


I'm say all this but I doubt I would give up on the Psy-Changeling series if it ever started to suck. Book 7 wasn't my favorite (Missed those cats and wolves) and I'm not to sure if book 8 (comes out in July) will be all that. But I know books 9 and 10 are going to be awesome. So if there is hope, keep going.
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:07 AM
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First I am going to say, So am I. Paranormal romance books are my favorite.
Cool! Someone to talk to properly about this stuff!
There seems to be some definite snobbery around this genre on here!

Who are your favorite authors?
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Paranormal romance? Sounds like a polite euphemism for wet dream.
No, that would be "paramasturbatory."
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No, that would be "paramasturbatory."

She made that word up. But is sounds like it's real.
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Especially when mentioned in the same sentence as YOU!!
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Especially when mentioned in the same sentence as YOU!!
Beg all you want. It will do you no good!
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