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Dancing: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novella [Kindle Edition]

Laurell K. Hamilton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Vampire hunter Anita Blake leaps into uncharted territory in the all-new novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.

For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla—and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…

Includes a preview of Affliction, the new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel

“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“Long before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, [there was] sexy, strong-willed vampire hunter Anita Blake.”—USA Today

“Laurell K. Hamilton is the reigning queen of the urban fantasy world.”—Midwest Book Review

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 298 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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162 of 181 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear flying spaghetti monster this novella is terrible September 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't even know where to start on how terrible this novella was. Once I got going I didn't know when to stop.

First was the endless paragraphs describing what characters looked like that were nearly identical to every other description of them we've gotten since they were introduced in the series. We get it, Nathaniel has long, long hair and lavender eyes, Micah is short with curly hair and a triangle face. Make a character list with a 1-2 sentence description of each one to put at the end of each book, problem solved in case people haven't read any other books in the series.

Then is the fact that because Monica is out of town for a week at a conference, she's left Matthew with Jean-Claude, Anita and company. Why would you leave your child in the care of someone that can't even remember to eat so as not to have ardeur problems while investigating murders? Not to mention, why is it appropriate to talk about the fact that you met Anita after nearly being killed by a trick and that you spent years trying to get in her pants in front of a 4 year old?
"we'd started doing less of the tonsil-cleaning kisses in front of Matthew--not just between the men, but between me and the men, or anyone and anyone. Why? Because Matthew liked to imitate"
So it never occurred to them about what is appropriate in front of children until Matthew started to imitate them? O.o Really? They didn't get that maybe 4 year olds shouldn't see you shove your tongue down multiple someone's throats until he tried the same? I think that's one of those things on the list with, don't swear in front of them, or expose them to violence until they're mentally equipped to handle it. Then again, if you're leaving a child with Anita they'd probably see all 3 and more within the first 15 minutes.
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113 of 126 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why? September 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading Dancing brings up a lot of questions:

Why is this called a novella when it is only a short story?

Why does the publisher think it's worth the price and why should we pay to read an excerpt from an already-published novel?

Why do two grown men need Anita to signal when they can remove their seatbelts?

Why can't the author be bothered to give Zerbrowski a first name?

Why must there always be lengthy, repetitious descriptions of the physical appearance of the main characters?

Why does it take over half an hour for Anita to state the simple fact that they are babysitting Matthew?

Why does Matthew's mother even allow Anita and her boytoys to babysit him, since he learns inappropriate sexually-oriented behavior from them and has already gotten in trouble at preschool because of it?

Why doesn't JC hire a reliable nanny for Matthew?

Why does Anita insist on attending events where she will have to mingle with people she dislikes, and then make her presence and behavior a challenge to the world?

Why can't Anita, Nathaniel and Micah refrain from situation-inappropriate PDA for a couple of hours?

Why does there always have to be a scene where Anita gets all self-righteous and pontificates about how her lifestyle choice is the only acceptable one?

Why did the author write a 4 year old boy in such an unrealistic way?

Why does the author insist on writing so many of the other characters as out-dated stereotypes?

Why do people who know what she's like even consider inviting Anita to their parties, unless they secretly want her to act up and upset all their friends?

Why does Anita think all blondes and most women are evil?
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108 of 122 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Barbecue blues September 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Take away the sex and violence, and this novella shows what the Anita Blake series is now all about -- complaining, posturing, and hating people who are different from you.

Aside from those things, there's not really much of a reason for "Dancing: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novella" to exist. I can only assume that Laurell K. Hamilton and her husband went to a barbecue that they didn't enjoy, and that she subsequently turned that mundane activity into a short story where Anita whines, picks fights and makes out with her boytoys.

"Dancing" is difficult to summarize because... nothing really happens. Yep, no attacking zombies, vampires, weres, ghouls or anything else. Instead, the Zerbrowskis have invited Anita, Micah and Nathaniel to their annual summer barbecue -- and naturally, they tailor the guest list to Anita's comfort. After all, a sullen, violent, antisocial, aggressive woman is a MUST at any party.

Anita doesn't want to go because there will be heterosexual monogamous people there ("not our people"), but Nathaniel and Micah drag her there, along with four-year-old Matthew. And during the barbecue, she gets into fights with jealous husbands, fends off annoying blonde women who want her precious Nathaniel, and lectures everyone on homophobia after the kids gets into fights.

"Dancing" confirms an important fact about Laurell K. Hamilton -- she is apparently a clueless space alien who does not understand the hoo-mahn emotions. There is no other explanation for the depiction of human beings in this novella, from the creepy robot child Matthew to the cop who is just fine with Nathaniel molesting his wife when she was passed out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story in the Anita Blake series
Another great story in the Anita Blake series. I love this series and have every book. This is just another in a long line of great reads by this author. Read more
Published 4 days ago by libby
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the domestic side of Anita and her Men!
So much enjoyed the nice domestic side of Anita and her family! It make me want them to have a child of there own! Thanks for the Great story :)
Published 6 days ago by Jen Wechlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series, enjoyed.
Published 6 days ago by Liz Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I am in love with all the Anita Blake's stories I have read them all about 4 times never getting sick of them you have a great talent Laurell K Hamilton
Published 7 days ago by Nicknack
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and informative.
This book will make you stop and think. Dance is athletic and demanding. It also suhows that references make for a better world. Love can be many things to each individual person.
Published 7 days ago by mary e brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing, an Anita Blake story
Cute story, If your a fan you already knew most on the back story,but enjoyable. Thought it a little short for a novella. Liked it
Published 8 days ago by Delores Bowdler
5.0 out of 5 stars In love!!!!
I have been following these crazy sexy group of misfits since I stumbled upon laurels ... unique? Style of writing!!!
Published 9 days ago by Brandi
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful addition to the Anita Blake series
As always....a wonderful addition to the Anita Blake series! Can't wait for her next installment!
Published 10 days ago by Nitrosgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Bill Dorough
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by this author!
I already love this writer so I knew the book would be a good read. But when a book takes you away on a journey, as this one does, it's that much better. Thanks
Published 12 days ago by Dana
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More About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now six novels exceeding one million copies in print. Divine Misdemeanors, the eighth in the series will debut Octobe 29, 2009. She lives in St. Louis County Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, one pug dog and one boxer/pug dog.

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I lied. I bought it, I read it, and I'm gonna flog it.
Well? How was it? Have to admit I'm curious about it. But at 59 pages with some of that being a preview of Affliction, how is this a novella and not a short story?
Sep 17, 2013 by Alan H. |  See all 85 posts
The blurb
The whole thing doesn't make sense. I remember that in one of the books that Anita says she doesn't do small talk. That's pretty much a good majority of having a good time at a barbecue or any social gathering. It's hardly a huge trail to say no thank you. She's far from being so socially... Read More
Sep 6, 2013 by Spritewriter |  See all 9 posts
Bullet points flog!
First "chocolate", now "yummy". What's next- "cuddle"- or is that one gone already?
Sep 17, 2013 by John Green |  See all 52 posts
Why Matthew is creepy
I have a 4-year-old son. I don't believe in sheltering him unnecessarily. I am very liberal compared to my nuclear family and perhaps don't always censor myself as I should. However, I would never have accepted babysitting Matthew if I were Anita because it's just irresponsible and could... Read More
Sep 18, 2013 by K. Wilkins |  See all 42 posts
Dancing Live Blog
Nate does belong to her. He wants to belong to her. She and JC routinely talk about "our people" in the sense of medieval liege lords whose inferiors to indeed belong to them, in ways that most Americans don't understand and wouldn't accept. It took a lot of work to get her to accept... Read More
Sep 18, 2013 by Maryam |  See all 46 posts
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