Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Irony...it makes me love these novels more!

I'm curled up on the bed, enjoying Dark Lover, and I erupt in laughter. It's not because something is explicitly funny in the book, but rather something I experienced reading the book. This is where I might also add in a disclaimer: I am by no means knocking the genre- in fact I'm actually impressed. Why? Irony.

Ever since I had high school English and learned about irony I've always been impressed by effective use of irony. What is irony? I'm lazy so I'll use the Internet dictionary.

(1): incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2): an event or result marked by such incongruity b: incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play

Needless to say I don't believe anything in the song "Ironic" by Alanis is actually irony...but alas that is neither here nor there...

Back to Dark Lover, I was impressed by this following passage:

"Besides, they irritate me. Look at how their folklore portrays our species. There's Dracula, for Christ's sake, an evil bloodsucker who preys on the defenseless. There's piss-poor B movies and porn. And don't get me started on the whole Halloween thing. Plastic fangs. Black capes. The only things the idiots got right are that we drink blood and that we can't go out in the daylight. The rest is bullshit, fabricated to alienate us and stimulate fear in the masses. Or just as offensive, the fiction is used to create some kind of mystique for bored humans who think the dark side is a fun place to visit."

So perfectly hilarious and I am in love. Bring on the fun playground of lust and vampire erotica!


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Lily on Lynsay Sands

Now that Helena has taken the time and pains to introduce herself and the point of this blog, I feel it is necessary to follow suit. I am Lily Ghates, lover of vampires and debauchery alike. Like my friends and blog compatriots, I am a fledgling paranormal romanceaholic and writer. My favorite paranormal romances (PR) are JR Ward's Brotherhood of the Black Dagger series and Lynsay Sands' Argeneau series, both exceptional additions to the PR field. There is some confusion with Sands' series, though, and I plan to address it now.

Lynsay Sands, for whatever reason, decided against writing her books in order. That's correct. Her first published Argeneau book "Single White Vampire" is actually the third book in the series. The fourth book to be published "A Quick Bite," is actually the first book in the series. Confused? Well, I was when first I started reading. To save others this same confusion, I offer up a proper reading list for anyone interested in the wonderful fantasy world Sands presents:

1. A Quick Bite
2. Love Bites
3. Single White Vampire
Tall, Dark, and Hungry

5. A Bite to Remember
6. Bite Me If You Can
7. The Accidental Vampire

8. Vampires are Forever
9. Vampire, Interupted

Why go to the trouble of correcting the book order? Because Sands' books are just damn good. These books have provided me with some of the most valuable reading time I've spent with paranormal romances. Her take on the vampire myth is fascinating, primary because she imbues the myth with a scientific background. Sands uses science to explain the existence of the vampires, called "immortals," in her books. This scientific backing explains all of the strengths and weaknesses that render her characters so delightful. While I don't have the time to go into a proper review of each of Sands' books at the moment, I have read all save the last two (one of which I am over halfway through), and the series most definitely gets my stamp of approval.

Until next time,

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