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Flirt (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 18) Hardcover – February 2, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523567X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425235676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
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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 couldn't wait until your next book release.
Explanation in how she comes up with her ideas to me was just a way to give a couple of extra pages to a story that was too short to qualify as a full sized book.
Gradually I found less and less enjoyment of the series because of the apparent lack of interest in plot and character development.

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147 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Luxx Mishley on February 7, 2010
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In the afterward that follows the main narrative Laurell K. Hamilton writes that Flirt is her 29th novel. Calling the story a novel is overly generous; if judged by length, I would suggest the publication be referred to as a novella. But judging the story by its content I would call Flirt a short story - something better suited to a collections such as Strange Candy than its novel-esque hardback printing.

The inspiration to publish two Anita Blake "novels" in a year may work in favor of Hamilton's bank account (as another reader has suggested), but the pace has greatly diminished the quality of her writing. While I felt Hamilton gained ground with the publication of Skin Trade, Flirt takes two steps back and one step to the left. The premise of the novel is shallow, the action ridiculous, and the development careless. What would ordinarily be presented as a parallel plot in a novel has been given center stage, and has left me (despite my frequent defense of Hamilton's later novels) rolling my eyes.

Flirt is an excuse of a publication to take advantage of the current fandom and introduce yet another supporting <strike>sex toy</strike>, er, character.

On her Twitter account Hamilton has hinted that Bullet holds a world of tragedy for Anita in the deaths of people she loves. I only hope that the novel as a whole is meatier, more developed, and cuts back on the throng that swarms around the "vampire hunter".
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122 of 131 people found the following review helpful By CorpseWater on August 10, 2010
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I love her. When I first began reading the series, I couldn't put LKH's books down. I would want nothing more in this life than to pick up a newly released Anita Blake book, read it, set it down on my night table and write this review starting with, 'Thank you, Mrs. Hamilton. Thank you. You've brought me back into the fold. Bravo to you.'

Before I begin I feel the need for a disclaimer. It is quite possible that because I don't understand LKH's attempt to utterly destroy the title and humiliate herself that perhaps I am just as shallow as she indicates for 'not understanding' where she's going with the series and not wanting to force myself to 'think too hard'. Perhaps I don't understand good story-telling or exploring character development through hardcore sex and whiny conversations (which all males enjoy having with one another around the the woman they're all plugging comfortably) at lunch. Ah, the lunch scene. Prepare yourselves, boys and girls, for the lunch scene. The singular event in my life in which I can point to and demand those minutes back. What a waste of pages. If I have to read about the waiter's smile one more time....I digress.
Perhaps I'm so obtuse that I shouldn't even be buying these books anymore, because their value on the market seems to decrease every time one of us morons gets a hold of one of them, reads it and says to ourselves, 'This book is absolute horse manure. The writing is amateurish. The plot is non-existent. I don't care about almost any of these characters and frankly, I'm forced to skip about 58-64% of the material due to hysterical fits of laughter over the ridiculous language used to describe people having sex, which normally I'd be secretly changing my underwear afterwards.
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166 of 185 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Gibson on February 2, 2010
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I LOVED all the early Anita Blake novels. And by novels I mean books with 400-500 pages. I understand that authors want to express themselves and take their art in different directions. It is such a shame that this great series had gone in the direction it has. I haven't given up on the series entirely, I feel I have too much reading invested in it. But I haven't bought an Anita Blake book in some time - I get them from the local library. Overall, I still the love world the books are set in and the characters. But the plot is getting thin and repetitious and the dialogue can be just plain annoying at times. There were a couple of new, interesting ideas introduced and this book could have been so much better if those ideas were explored in depth. I see another Anita Blake book is due out in June. I hope it is more that 158 pages and takes longer than 90 minutes for me to read.
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261 of 294 people found the following review helpful By John Green VINE VOICE on February 2, 2010
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Let me first say that I have never read an Anita Blake novel before this; my experience with LKH's writing is all Meredith Gentry. I have no true- or troo- context to put things in, but after reading it, I don't really think I needed to.

The story almost feels like a stand alone. Granted, there are references and sub-texts from past stories to draw upon, but none really impacted the story. Which would have been hard to do, given what story there was.

This novel/novella/novelette only contains 158 pages of actual story, and this is comprised of the usual large, double-spaced type. There's also quite a bit of padding before and after which is interesting- not so much what it is as to why it's there.


A rich man wants Anita to resurrect his dead wife. She refuses, mostly on ethical grounds as it seems the man wants to resume their marriage, which she tries to explain is impossible. He leaves unsatisfied, and Anita and a few boytoys- Nathaniel, Jason and Micah- head off to lunch together.

Lunch is all about the science and skill of flirting: touching, eye contact, double entendres, flattery... To emphasize this, the waiter that comes to take their orders is completely flustered by the mere presence of Nathaniel; Anita rises to the challenge and makes her own lasting impression upon him.

Back at the office a wealthy woman wants Anita to resurrect her dead husband so she can exact a terrible vengeance upon him; Anita refuses this time on moral grounds- which gives us a touch of symmetry.

Anita returns to the same restaurant for another lunch, where the same waiter approaches her, hoping for more than flirting.
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