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Kindle Edition Gift Recommendations: Vampires

Continuing in my efforts to bring out some good popular fiction ideas in time for that last minute Kindle gift giving, I’ve made it through another batch of surprisingly good books I’d never heard of before.  In what I can only assume is a completely bizarre connection to the holiday season that I was previously unaware of, I was urged by enthusiastic readers to highlight the following recommendations!  It’s clearly still one of the hottest trends in popular fiction, so today I present you with a Vampire-themed gift collection:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith

This is the second work by the author of the popular Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  As with that one, it’s impressive how well he managed to mix the new supernatural additions with the period-specific information and tone.  I was impressed to the point of grabbing myself a dead-tree copy too.

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what it would be like if one of our favorite presidents was actually an axe-wielding defender of humanity with motives for gaining the presidency beyond simple politics(and really, who doesn’t wonder that from time to time?), then this one will fit quite well.  It’s subtly done, shows a great deal of historical research, and doesn’t go over the top in the slightest.  Strongly recommended.

The Kindle Edition is $9.99

Night Pleasures – Sherrilyn Kenyon

This is an early installment, if not the first, in Kenyon’s popular supernatural romance series.  The underlying conceit is that vampires are real, originating in a conflict among the greek deities, and that some of the greatest (and most handsome) heroes in history have been recruited to be the super-powered immortal protectors of humanity against them.

Once these heroes agree, their jobs are their lives until such time as they manage to find true love.  Seems like a great deal at the time, I’m sure, but after a few hundred years it gets old, setting the stage for all sorts of action, romance, and drama.

The Kindle Edition is $7.99

Dracula – Bram Stoker

I questioned adding this one to the list at first.  Not because it isn’t a great idea, but because it is free and therefore un-giftable in the usual sense.  That said, I think it’s worth pointing out as something worth grabbing, especially when buying for a kid who finds the usual “classics” to be more than a little but boring or unapproachable.

Let’s face it, this is where it all started as far as the Vampire craze.  Everybody has heard of it, but how many people have gone further than seeing the movies?  It’s a good read, even today, and will provide an interesting counterpoint to the popular conception of everybody’s favorite form of undead monster.

The Kindle Edition is FREE

Hopefully this opens up some ideas for you in time to do some good!  Kindle lovers definitely provide some great opportunities for last minute buying that don’t involve driving all over town.  I know it’s made my life easier, and with luck I’m not the only one.  Remember, the person you’re buying for doesn’t have to be a Kindle owner since the apps are everywhere these days!  As always, if you have any recommendations you want to share, let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

Kindle Edition Gift Suggestions

Once again, we have some last minute gift suggestions for the Kindle lover in your life.  We’ve got some old favorite, some new ones I’d never heard of before, and a good time all around.  Here you go, and I hope you find them both useful and enjoyable!

The Autobiography of Santa Claus – Jeff Guinn

This is a somewhat interesting holiday read bringing some history, some myth, and some imagination together to make an account of Santa’s “life” so far.  There are some criticisms that I can see the validity of when it comes to the exclusively Christian bent on the whole Santa thing, but to get really upset you’d have to be taking it seriously.  Taking fictional autobiographies seriously is bad, right?

Anyway, doing my best to avoid giving away the story, readers can expect reindeer, an impressive array of historic figures, lots of magic, some information about the usefulness of chimneys, and much more.  If you like a fairly light read, perhaps with the kids, I’d say you can’t really go too far wrong here.  The history seemed just a little bit spotty, personally, but it’s loads of fun.

The Kindle Edition is $10.99

World of Warcraft: The Shattering – Christie Golden

Normally, I’m not a fan of novelizations of games and movies.  They just tend to feel…half-baked somehow.  This one comes across as a little bit of a surprise, though.  I won’t claim that it’s among the best books I’ve ever read, as a book, but it was impressively thorough and well written.

Now, what makes this really stand out is the World of Warcraft association.  This is the most popular video game…well, ever, I suppose?  Chances are good that you, like me, know at least a few people who play at least as a guilty pleasure from time to time, if not regularly!  I’m told that the storylines in this add impressive depth to the new and amazingly popular expansion pack to the big game that really make it worth the investment.

The Kindle Edition is $12.99

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

This one actually got multiple hits on my recommendation request, so I jumped on it and read it right away.  I think that it might be an acquired taste?  Seriously, though, it’s a vampire romance book.  If that combination of words works for you, this is the book you want.  Same goes for if you or somebody you know is a fan of HBO’s True Blood series, since it is based rather closely on these books in the first place.  I’ll admit, it would never have occurred to me to name a vampire Bill, so it’s got that going for it!

It’s the story of a down to earth, but somewhat unusual, woman living in a version of the United States that has just started legally recognizing vampires as citizens, and her adventures. It’s also the start to a fairly long and popular series that I’m told only gets better as you keep going.  Definitely seems like a good one for the romance lover you’re buying for.

The Kindle Edition is $6.99

That’s what I’ve got so far!  Keep ‘em coming and I’ll try to keep up.  Hopefully, this will give some ideas to help make the most of the shipping-free gifting option that the Kindle makes possible.