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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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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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" !!!
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..
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).
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!
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.
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 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!