Sometimes the anticipation and wait time between books in a series or even the latest work by a favorite author gets to be too much. I keep checking online to see when the next book is due, breath deep sighs, and try to find something else to read. Recently, I decided to check out what else my favorite authors have been writing, and discovered that most of my favs write in multiple genres, or if in the same genre, have written other series built on equally interesting characters. And I even discover new authors writing in similar genres. Check out what I’ve discovered recently:
Charlaine Harris — Tired of waiting for her next book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I discovered her Harper Connelly mystery series. Loved them. Very quick, entertaining reads based on the odd ability to “find corpses and their causes of death” by a woman who was struck by lightening, Harper Connelly. She and her brother, Tolliver (no blood relation, interesting story there) travel the country helping people understand the last moments of people’s lives and getting into and out of trouble all along the way. Ms. Harris keeps to her knack of developing heroines you enjoy and want to succeed.
Laurell K. Hamilton — I stumbled upon this author through Chris. He “lent” the first in the series via my Nook, and the rest was history. The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series take place in St. Louis and tell the story of vampires, lycanthropes, necromancers from an entirely different perspective than that of the Sookie Stackhouse series. It’s hard not to compare the two, however, just due to their subject matter. Anita is a spunky little spitfire with near superhuman recovery abilities — if I got beaten up even once a year like she gets beat up weekly, I’d be in a wheelchair. But that’s what you grow to like about the characters and the story lines — like weekly TV shows, everything heals and gets solved in record time, and then we move on to the next adventure. The characters — whether human or inhuman or superhuman — are likable and interesting.
Stieg Larsson — A good friend of mine introduced me to Mr. Larsson and his heroine Lisbeth Salander, a gifted, quirky, hyper-intelligent character who sneaks into the plotline and steals the story. In looking for additional works by this author, I discovered that “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was the first in a trilogy, and could not have been happier. I just downloaded “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and cannot wait till my flight home tomorrow to dive into it!