Book Reviews of Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 1)

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 1)
Guilty Pleasures - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 1
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
ISBN-13: 9780441304837
ISBN-10: 0441304834
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 266
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 449 ratings
Publisher: Ace Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 1) on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I am not a fan of vampire novels and so when a friend recommended this series to me, it was awhile before I ordered the first book in the Anita Blake series. All I can say now is...WOW! I AM A FAN FOR LIFE!!! *laugh I just ordered books 2 - 4 in the series and will order the rest once those arrive. This book has everything: horror, romance, laughs...it's all here! I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the others to arrive. If you're not a fan of vampire reads, trust me - after this one, you will be. And if you are a fan of vampire reads - this one will be a welcome addition to your library.
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Helpful Score: 7
This book introduces Anita Blake, hardcore Vampire Killer. I felt it took me about 50 pages to really get into the book, but after that I was hooked. Not fluffy or romantic, this book is more Anne Rice gothic. Anita is one tough vampire killer!
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Helpful Score: 6
Wow, this is a really odd read - NOT a romance, forget what the back cover said. There is ONE kiss and a lot of hinted at really kinky stuff. If you are looking for a Sherilyn Kenyon or a Christine Feehan type vampire novel, go elsewhere. HOWEVER, it is what I would consider a TRUE gothic horror novel. If you like that, go for it.
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Helpful Score: 6
If Anne rice's vampire chronicles are softcore s/m porn, then "Guilty Pleasures' is extreme hardcore. Whips, chains, dungeons, bloodsports, sadism, masochism, mind control, bestiality, sex and terror....

Its got vampires though. And zombies, ghouls, were-folk. So I guess its better classified as horror. just to make sure, i'm going to have to read more of the series.
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Helpful Score: 5
I love all the Anita Blake novels. But to really understand how she got to the person she is in the current books, you should start at the beginning. Here.
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Helpful Score: 4
This was the first book I've read by this author, and I loved it. She does a great job writing about a gothic fantasy world and I was really impressed. Anita Blake is not an average dumb twit who does stupid things because she thinks she can (think Stephanie Plum with a brain--sorry Evanovich, I love the Plum books, but Blake makes Plum look like a silly nitwit). She gets herself into trouble, but manages to get herself out again. She's self-reliant and can kick-ass while also admitting she can be scared out of her wits. The character is believable and I'll be reading more of this series!
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Helpful Score: 4
I've heard so much about these books, and now I've satisfied my curiosity by reading the first of the series. Tersely written, tightly paced, it's fairly entertaining horror action. Might be too graphic for some people, and I can't say I'm interested enough to continue the series, but Anita certainly takes no prisoners in this first installment.
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Helpful Score: 3
With the first book most people are addicted to the series. There is more violence then there is sex in the first few books. And there is a love triangle thing going by the end of Circus of the Damned. In fact, Anita's life get frustrating because of all the crap. Then it gets better with the introduction of some of the best characters like Nathaniel and Micah. Basically, you can get so involved in this book that you start wishing they were real people. Laurell K. Hamilton does such a great job creating these stories and making these characters. It's like each one has a special place in the story and without each one it would all collapse. All in all, you'll get hooked for life--guarenteed!!!
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Helpful Score: 2
I'm a lover of vampire books and while I had my doubts after reading about a 3rd of it I did eventually "get into it"......looking forward to reading other books in this series.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the book that introduces Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Good book. Wasn't something that I was used to so I don't have an opinion of it to be honest. I am going to try the next book and see how it goes with that one and then maybe I'll get into it a little better. Anyways, it wasn't a bad read though.
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Helpful Score: 1
A good vampire story.........
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent introduction to Anita Blake!
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Helpful Score: 1
Pretty good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a great vampire thriller. Kept you guessing until the end.
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Helpful Score: 1
I was a little doubtful about this book, but once I started, I was hooked! It reminds me of a darker version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a fun read. I prefer the Buffy the Vampire Slayer books, but this is definitely something to look into if you are craving more vampire stories.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not bad, but L.K.Hamilton lost me when she brought Wererats into play....
A little like Bram Stoker's Dracula (the book), long story, quick end.
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Helpful Score: 1
A great read that even your teenager can read! Anita Blake is petite, funny and a vampire hunter. The first of a series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not many characters can beat Anita Blake! She's just too cool for words! :)
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Helpful Score: 1
Very enjoyable - looking forward to reading the next book!
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Helpful Score: 1
Awesome series, this is book one. One of my all-time favorites!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is number 1 in "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" series of books by Laurell K. Hamilton. IT was a truly fun and interesting read. It made me certainly look forward to reading number 2 which is called "The Laughing Corpse" !!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Thought this was a romantic/erotic tale - but it was a vampire/zombie/ghoul/horror story. Very violent. Not my bag, but I'm sure there's someone out there who loves this stuff
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Helpful Score: 1
Wow!! What a start to a great series. I couldn't put it down!
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Helpful Score: 1
The first in one of my all time favorite series. Anita Blake, vampire hunter/zombie raiser this is the start of her story, and they just keep getting better
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Helpful Score: 1
I could not get into this book. Others say it is great. The characters just did not grip me.
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Helpful Score: 1
only my second book from this author/series.. since i started with the newest one and then this one.. i thought it was just okay.. not as good as the newest one of hers I read.. lol but still a quick easy read.. filled with lots of head spinning stuff..
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Helpful Score: 1
Fantastic!
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Helpful Score: 1
excellent series
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Helpful Score: 1
This book introduces Anita Blake, vampire hunter. It pulls you right in within the first couple of chapters. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with its action and sarcasm. I read this in one sitting, and cannot wait to see how the characters come together in the next book, especially Jean-Claude.

I would recommend this book (and possibly the series) as well as LKH's other series about Meredith Gentry (which is my favorite by far).
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The early Anita Blake is awesome. I truly enjoyed reading her.
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I was really impressed with the story and the characters are very well developed. I fell in love with the main character and I can't wait to read all of the books!
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I FOUND THIS BOOK SUSPENCEFULL, FUNNY,AND VERY GRAFFIC AND I REALLY ENJOYED READING IT AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THE NEXT IN THE SERIES.
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Not too sure about this book. Story was kind of slow. Was ok but not great. Have the next one and I'll see if I will continue the series.
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A lot of fun!
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great book can't wait to read the next in series
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The first in the Anita Blake series and one of the best.
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Read it straight through - ordered the next one in the series.
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Love it! The Anita Blake series is awesome!
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Good book. First in the series
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BUFFY, MOVE OVER!
This is the book that started the whole Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter phenomenon. I swore I'd never get caught up in all the vampires and werewolves and zombies and other paranormal beastie literary mania washing around the country lately. Then I started reading Hamilton's series.
I should know better than to ever say 'never.' Now I'm hooked!
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This is the first book of an excellent series. I found it quite easy to get sucked into the world of Anita Blake. Unlike the usual vampire/werewolf stories you find, this one focuses on Anita Blake, a Necromancer for hire in a world that accepts that humans aren't necessarily at the top of the food chain. Hamilton creates a world filled with every sort of nightmarish monsters, not simply vampires and werewolves. These bad guys are no secret to the human world....which only adds to the threat they can give to society. If your into the genre, it's a must read and the Anita Blake series, if hook, can provide a long and fruitful series of books that will keep you entertained and involved in her life just as you would in an excellent tv show or movie series.
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Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law--as long as they don't get too nasty. Now someone's killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees--with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting--to help figure out who and why.
Trust is a luxury Anita can't afford when her allies aren't human. The city's most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita's professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn't playing along

Great Story
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Great things-that-go-bump-in-the-night book! Solid female lead and strong writing. Liked it so much that I'm not giving up my copy! Sorry ;)
UPdate: Ok, so I've changed my mind and I'm listing my copy... but only because I joined the Science Fiction Book Club so that I could get the first ten books under three hardback covers. Yeah, I liked this book that much!
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SEX SEX and MORE SEX. I don't think any of her characters go more than a few pages without getting laid.
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Anita Blake, the vampire killer.
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ok this is the right isbn for this book but the cover is not the same.