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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-03-07 10:24 pm
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FMK #3: I heard there was some real kinky stuff in these, y'all*

Okay! Now that I have gone through all the paperbacks and have a better idea of what I actually have, this should be a fun one. :D

Results from last week's FMK.

How FMK works: I am trying to clear out my unread books piles. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away, immediately and with prejudice. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I am going to start officially closing the poll and picking winners on Friday nights because I don't always have time on Sunday to read a whole novel. (although not actually closing it probably, people can still vote.)

Link to long version of explanation (on previous poll)


Poll #18074 FMK #3: I heard there was some real kinky stuff in these, y'all*
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 49


Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel (1980)

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F
16 (40.0%)

M
7 (17.5%)

K
17 (42.5%)

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqcueline Carey (2001)

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F
32 (74.4%)

M
6 (14.0%)

K
5 (11.6%)

The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure by Storm Constantine (2003)

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F
14 (60.9%)

M
5 (21.7%)

K
4 (17.4%)

Touched by Venom by Janine Cross (2005)

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F
11 (50.0%)

M
4 (18.2%)

K
7 (31.8%)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991)

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F
16 (42.1%)

M
6 (15.8%)

K
16 (42.1%)

Guilty Pleasures by Laurel K. Hamilton (1993)

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F
12 (41.4%)

M
2 (6.9%)

K
15 (51.7%)

House of Zeor by Jacqueline Lichtenberg (1974)

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F
15 (71.4%)

M
4 (19.0%)

K
2 (9.5%)

High Couch of Silistra by Janet Morris (1977)

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F
15 (71.4%)

M
4 (19.0%)

K
2 (9.5%)

Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman (1966)

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F
6 (17.6%)

M
1 (2.9%)

K
27 (79.4%)

The Healing of Crossroads by Nick O'Donohoe (1990)

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F
11 (50.0%)

M
2 (9.1%)

K
9 (40.9%)

Kildar by John Ringo (2006)

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F
7 (29.2%)

M
1 (4.2%)

K
16 (66.7%)



*I may have heard wrong
slashmarks: (Leo)

[personal profile] slashmarks 2017-03-08 05:08 pm (UTC)(link)
I didn't vote on it, but I'd say just get rid of it if you aren't intending to read more of the series; the first book is basically mediocre paranormal romance without any sex scenes, so you aren't going to get quality OR entertaining fail out of it.
slashmarks: (Leo)

[personal profile] slashmarks 2017-03-09 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
Guilty Pleasures is the name of a club that's important to the plot. Deceptive, isn't it?

My gut reaction was no, but thinking about it some more I'm less sure, though you might have to read some of the series to get anything out of it. In particular, the creepy-sexy vampire romance lead doesn't seem to have been originally intended as a romance lead; the protagonist rejects him repeatedly through the first few books to the point of actually going no contact when she doesn't have to deal with him for work.

So, if you were interested enough to read the first several books, the evolution from unromantic-borderline-stalker to love interest could potentially be interesting in terms of genre evolution, and the evolution of the vampires in general from more classic to more paranormal romance types.

Eg. The villain of the first book is a child vampire played for horror, and a lot of tropes that aren't often used in contemporary paranormal romance are used, for instance, making eye contact with vampires is always dangerous and you can tell, looking at them, that they're dead at the beginning of the series. As the series goes on, the vampires get less creepy and disgusting, and the protagonist gets powerful enough things like avoiding eye contact get less important to her.

However, the quotient of sex and rapiness also goes up as the series goes on, and the writing quality goes downhill, so YMMV.