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Summer Reading...?

I was recently looking through my shelves and realized I have a few books that bear some strong similarities to a certain TV show....

- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - This is probably the classic--a couple of boys trying to figure out what's going on when a carnival arrives in town and weird stuff starts happening. One of them yearns, the other is content. Sound kinda familiar?

- The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix - A family line who goes around killing dead things that have been raised by necromancers. Mostly girls, if you'd like to balance things out a little. (One of the main characters works for a while as a 'third assistant librarian"--basically living in a gigantic archive full of books and things locked away under protective magic.)

- Dracula by Bram Stoker - Okay, this is the real classic: a bunch of civilians have to turn themselves into Hunters in order to take down the incredibly powerful vampire Dracula. There's newspaper clippings, witness testimonies, a Texan with a pile of guns, and a desperate race to find and kill the monster before it's too late.

- The Human Edge by Gordon R. Dickson - Sort of the odd one out of the bunch, as it's SF instead of fantasy, this is a collection of short stories where humans keep going up against other beings that theoretically have every advantage--and the humans always come out on top. Ranges from laugh-out-loud humor to pretty deep philosophical considerations.

- Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells - Mystery, monsters, protagonists on dubious terms with the law, intense family loyalty and the burning need for revenge, lots of running around in the sewers....

- John the Balladeer by Manly Wade Wellman - A guy with a silver-stringed guitar goes wandering around Appalachia, dealing with various supernatural creatures and threats; music plays a pretty important part. (There are also four novels, which even more strongly resemble certain episodes of a certain show.)
Don't you just love it when you realise that our tastes have morphed and changed and yet are wholly recognisable ;)
Yup! There's actually a couple more that kinda fall into this same pattern, but the list was getting a bit long...
Nothing wrong with that hun, the best bit is sharing your tastes with others and maybe they find something they love :D
(Anonymous)
Have you ever read the Leandros series by Rob Thurman? It was an impulse pick at the library for me one day - not at all the kind of thing I normally gravitate towards - but the brothers' story gripped me. Found an entry on her author page repeating that NO, she didn't base the story on some TV show - her books predated the series by a few years - but that got me to wondering what the TV show might be… and I've watched SPN ever since.
I think that's the first time I've ever heard of that path to SPN--I'll have to keep an eye open for the books when I'm at the library or our local used book store.
(Anonymous)
The first is called "Nightlife". All ten are single compound words, and the fifth is "Roadkill" which lead to the SPN question. Two brothers, the elder human and the younger only half, a gritty NYC setting, and lots of monsters. When my kids were younger I put brown paper wrappers on them when I read them, as the scary front covers tended to lead to questions about content I seriously didn't want to answer!

But what is a soul, what does it mean to be human, how much of your own life do you owe a brother who has lived his for you?

If you do find and read them, I'd love it if you made a post about what you thought! I personally devoured them even though the graphic descriptions made me cringe and the language is occasionally foul. Like I said, not my usual fare [that would be Dorothy Dunnett or Tey or Dickinson :) ]