Adult Room

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The dark lurks beneath. 

Here are some adult books I read that - in my humble opinion - deserve more recognition than they actually got. Note: I wrote all Pike's titles down, but I only own some of them so far. As usual, bold indicates I haven't read a book yet, but I plan to. Reviews (and more titles) coming in time.


He's written very few adult books, but they are worth reading - though I'm personally not satisfied with Sati, but that's just me maybe. Check out The Season of Passage...if you like a blend of sci-fi, supernatural and horror, that is. Check out The Blind Mirror, one of the most demented, awesome horror books out there. On second thoughts, it's not like I'm into horror that much (for instance, Stephen King's body horror is usually too heavy for my tastes), but I loved those novels all the same - so maybe non-horror fans will too.
Titles are in chronological order BTW.

Sati (09/90) *contemporary with a twist  -> [maybe??? you'll have to judge for yourselves...]
The Season of Passage (02/92) *sci-fi, supernatural, horror
The Listeners (01/95) *sci-fi, supernatural, horror
The Cold One (12/95)
*sci-fi, supernatural, horror
The Blind Mirror (05/03) *thriller, sci-fi, supernatural, horror
Falling (03/07) *thriller
The Sixth Door -> [a future release Pike is working on]


I find her adult books a great addition to the urban fantasy genre, but on the other hand, I have reservations about her teen Shade trilogy. From the excerpts I read, it seems to me that while Smith-Ready is at her best when dealing with adult characters, the voice she gives to her teens is not as convincing and pleasant (I don't mean "pleasant" as in "lovely and sweet to the ears" - I mean "pleasant" as in "I hear you and I sympathize with your predicament, though I may not share your feelings all the time")*. The sharp wit I like in Ciara Griffin from the WVMP Radio series doesn't sound good to me when applied to 16 years old Aura Salvatore from Shade. Anyway, here goes the list of Smith-Ready's adult novels I've read.

* Note: since then, I've read and loved her YA book This Side of it was probably something about Aura that didn't click with me, because the teen voices in that one I loved!

Requiem for the Devil (04/01) *urban fantasy

   Wicked Game (05/08) *urban fantasy
   Bad to the Bone (05/09) *urban fantasy
   Bring on the Night (08/10) *urban fantasy
   Let It Bleed (07/12) *urban fantasy -> [free-download novella here-not anymore]
   Lust for Life (11/12) *urban fantasy

   WVMP Tie-in Short Stories:
      Crossroads [Monroe] *urban fantasy -> [read it online here]
      Rave On [Spence] *urban fantasy -> [read it online here]
      When the Music's Over [Jim] *urban fantasy -> [read it online here]
      Last Request [Shane] *urban fantasy -> [read it online here]
      Thief [in Eternal: Love Stories with Bite] *urban fantasy


Aubry, Edward: Caprice (01/12) *thriller, sci-fi, fantasy
Aubry, Edward: UNHAPPENINGS:
   Unhappenings (01/15) *sci-fi, time travel
   ????? (out ??/??) *sci-fi, time travel
Dicks, Matthew (a.k.a. Green, Matthew): Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend (08/12)
   *contemporary with a twist
Disney, Neda: Planting Wolves (11/19) *contemporary with a twist
Ferrell, Sean: Man in the Empty Suit (02/13) *sci-fi, time travel, thriller
Gardner, Troy H. et al.: 13 Tales to Give You Night Terrors (10/15) *horror, supernatural, afterlife
Johnson, Micaiah: The Space Between Worlds (out 08/20) *multiverse
McGuire, Seanan: GHOST ROADS:
   Sparrow Hill Road (05/14) *afterlife, urban fantasy
   The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (07/18) *afterlife, urban fantasy
Morrow, Bethany C.: MEM (05/18) *sci-fi
Peck, Steven L.: A Short Stay in Hell (03/12) *afterlife
Power, Rory: In a Garden Burning Gold (out ??/22) *supernatural
Rain, J.R. et al.: Chronology (01/15) *sci-fi, fantasy, thriller
Rain, J.R. et al.: Darkscapes (01/17) *sci-fi, fantasy, thriller
Reid, Iain: I'm Thinking of Ending Things (03/17) *thriller
   The Green Eyed Monster (10/12) *thriller, supernatural
   Negative Space (08/13) *thriller, supernatural
   Waking Gods (01/16) *thriller, supernatural
Snyder, C.W.: The Infernal Machine (01/20)
Vogel Dawn (editor) et al.: I Didn't Break the Lamp (10/19) *supernatural
Wallace, Kali: Dead Space (out ??/??) *sci-fi
Wymore, James et al.: THE ACTUATOR:
   Fractured Earth (08/13) *sci-fi, fantasy
   Borderlands Anthology (09/14) *sci-fi, fantasy
   Return of the Saboteur (07/15) *sci-fi, fantasy
   Chaos Chronicles (12/16) *sci-fi, fantasy
   The Last Key (11/17) *sci-fi, fantasy
Wymore James et al.: Windows into Hell (10/16) *afterlife
Yu, Charles: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (09/10) *sci-fi, time
   travel, dystopian, multiverse

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