Help me find new books to read.

This is for Mrs Cad. She loves Stephen King although she has been less than thrilled with his latest works. Her problem with Dean Koontz is that he writes the same story over and over and so he’s monotonous. She liked the Anne Rice vampire chronicles and IIRC that one about the castrati. She likes HBO’s Game of Thrones but doesn’t want to spoil the series by reading the books.

So what book/series/author should she look at? Feel free to ask more questions if you need more information.

Wool. Maybe not here genre,but it wasn’t really mine…futuristic, somewhat dystopian, but it is has a great story, great characterless, excellent writing.

Oh and she liked the Thomas Covanent series too.

If she’s a Stephen King fan, she’ll probably like Peter Straub (who is a better writer, IMO). These aren’t new, but she can’t go wrong with his first three Blue Rose books: Koko, Mystery and The Throat. There are a couple more recent ones, but they aren’t nearly as good.

She might like Ruth Rendell. Her books are not about supernatural stuff, but do feature people battling their own internal demons, like many of King’s. The ones she has written under the name Barbara Vine are the first ones I thought of. She also has a more conventional detective series featuring Inspector Wexford.

This is the first of 3 books & I don’t even like horror/thrillers. Amazing world, amazing characters - please read this!

Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, has written a couple books that I really enjoyed. Heart-Shaped Box scared the bejeezus out of me.

Stephen King is my favorite author also. My second favorite is Joe R. Lansdale. He’s written stand-alone novels and short stories, well as the excellent Hap & Leonard series.

She may also like Joe Hill, who is King’s son. Not as good as his dad, but no slouch!
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This was going to be my answer. It’s fantastic. And there’s 7 installments, so there’s planty to read if she likes it.

I’ll second early Straub and Joe Hill and Joe Lansdale* and Wool. Robert McCammon is often compared to King, so she might like his stuff – Stinger, Swan Song, Boy’s Life, Mystery Walk, Bethany’s Sin, Baal, They Thirst.

Since she likes Game of Thrones, she’d probably like Robin Hobb’s Assassin, Liveships, and Tawny Man trilogies.

There’s a fantasy series of novellas called Legends. Reading those samples would give her a good intro to what’s happening in fantasy.

*I thought his most recent Hap and Leonard story was awful.

Julian May’s Saga of Pliocene Exile, beginning with The Many-Colored Land.

Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon. Creepy, spooky, and you’re not sure what’s real and what isn’t… Her Dismantled is pretty good too.

Also by Joe Hill, and well worth reading: the Locke & Key graphic novels. He writes 'em, and Gabriel Rodriguez illustrates 'em. Funny, spooky, occasionally gory, but fantastic! Start with Welcome to Lovecraft.

And if she likes both vampires and George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, she can’t go wrong with Martin’s own Fevre Dream, a vampire thriller set on the Mississippi River before the Civil War. The kind of book Mark Twain and Bram Stoker would write together. Very, very good.

If she likes Stephen King and doesn’t mind gore (more than King, even), Graham Masterton is a very good (and underrated in the U.S.) horror author. Just stay away from “Unspeakable,” which was awful.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, it’s one of those novels that you must read in life. It will soon be on HBO just like Game of Thrones.

Kim Newman’s back-in-print-with-new-material ANNO DRACULA series, including The Bloody Red Baron, Dracula Cha-cha-cha (formerly Judgement of Tears), and upcoming, Johnny Alucard.

The NYT has it’s annual Christmas books edition out this week. That’s a good summary of what they consider to be the best new books out there.

Ritual was a very good King-like novel, up until the literal deus ex machina. Of course, that is in itself very King-like, so there you have it. And he didn’t really seem to know how to end Plague.

Along similar (gory) lines, I would suggest Jack Ketchum. Offspring and The Woman have been my favorites. The Girl Next Door was also well-written, but harder to stomach, particularly since it was inspired by a true crime.

If she’s willing to give him another try, Koontz’s recent Frankenstein series was okay. I’ve heard good things about the Odd Thomas series, but haven’t read it yet.