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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove Books (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515136174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515136173
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 3.2 x 3.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Charles P. Dyer on April 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
These are the first four Anita Blake books, before Hamilton went off the rails with the S&M stuff. (One of the later books is titled Narcissus In Chains. There is a reason why.) Anita isn't the unstoppable ubermonster she later becomes. She changes during the course of the books, positively in some ways, negatively in others. (Mostly, she starts on a trip down a certain river in Egypt wrt her two boyfriends. The last line of Circus of the Damned: "Most women complain that there are no single, straight men left. I'd just like to meet one who's human." Nor is her sex life the only thng she's in denial about.) Character development is _not_ in short supply. Not only does Anita change, but so do most of the supporting characters. (Except, of course, for those who get killed off. And as this is a series of books about vapmires, werewolves, and zombies, being dead doesn't necessarily mean you're written out of the series.)
In these books Anita starts as an ordinary zombie queen (she prefers 'animator') who's a consultant for the St. Louis police as well. Except that it's established in the very first chapter of the very first book that she's not quite as ordinary as she thinks she is. Think of that chapter as the headwaters of the Nile. By the end of The Lunatic Cafe it's clear to all (except her) that she's _way_ more than ordinary. An ordinary zombie queen would have been long since dead. Permenently.
In addition to vampires, ghouls, flesh-eating revanant zombies, hostile zombie queens, werewolves, wereleopards, wererats and other weres, and necormancers, Anita has her problems with just plain humans with guns.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By mothpoet, nocturnal fantasy reader and writer on October 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
These first four Anita Blakes were the best in the series, so putting these for a group sale together was good thinking from an author going bad. Most people read vampire novels to read about vampires, not about the extreme sexuality that plagues the later novels and rid's them of an even relatively good plot line. The beginning 4 novels in the series are filled with intense character's who almost always draw you in, even the heroine Blake does a relatively good job in these books of maintaining her renowned status. The best part about these installments in the Blake books are the muder mysteries that are incorporated with her police identity. Hamilton does a good job of pulling the reader's in with intense and interesting stories filled with supernatural politics, character's past lives, and the old fashioned plotline, will Anita save the day again? WARNING: not for the faint of heart or those who can't stomach some serious gore.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Sean Sweetser on May 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Pound for Pound this set is going to entertain as well as any.
Anita Blake is as quick with her gun as she is with her mouth, she never takes a step backward against ancient powerful vampires or the local detectives ribbing her. These first four books are argueably the best in the Anita Blake series where LKH's imagination and world are brought to life.
If you enjoy murder mystery, action and intrigue in large quantities you will love this series. Be warned if you do start reading these books there are seven more at the time of this review and you will not be able to resist reading them all once you start.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Digital Nomad IL on August 16, 2006
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Being a guy who's interest range from American Revolutionary History and Classical Music to Technology, Electronica, Tom Clancy and Garrison Keillor.... How would I actually find this appealing? A friend was taking a shower and it was just lying I just can't wait till the next book comes out.

Who is Anita Blake?

Plain and simple the Anita Blake series is an outstanding read which combines the qualities of Horror, Romance, Parallel realities, mystery, action and crime. In a world where preternatural beings coexist with mortals, she possesses certain talents which transcend the boundaries of the two realities. By night she works for an agency and raises the dead to solve estate issues, at other times she consults to the local law enforcement community as an expert on supernatural creatures...and when they get out of line....she's the court appointed executioner.

Reminiscent of Bujold's character Cordelia Naismith, Blake is a small statured woman in her early 20s and of Latin ancestry that's many times older than her years. One of the draws of her character is her mental and physical toughness, often taken for granted by her adversaries...she has no qualms about using it to her advantage and literally ripping her adversaries head off. As a matter of fact "when vampires can bench press a bus" it's the only advantage she has. So how can she use it, how can she succeed? Moxy, intelligence and no pity.

No pity, no compassion, no forgiveness...when she has to get down dirty with the monsters....she more of a monster that the monsters. As she progresses in the series, this worries her and is a constant battle. She feels she is losing her humanity and from her perspective you can see why...
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