- 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 (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laurell K. Hamilton Paperback – 2003
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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.Read more ›
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.
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...Read more ›
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This is one of my daughters favorite authors. She has read and re-read them. I love the box sets many books at one low price.Published on November 23, 2013 by Stephen Stagray
I loved this book series. It was interesting and wonderful. It was exactly what I expected form this author and I would always read her books moving forward.Published on September 16, 2013 by HappyShopper
Laurell K Hamilton's earlier books in this series up to about Obsidian butterfly are fabulous. Then things get convoluted and it becomes a lot of sex with a little mystery and very... Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Kyra
This author changed my reading style forever! Ms. Hamilton is a brilliant storyteller. Anita went from being this hardcase cop who was killing anything nonhuman to the most... Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by denise pullian
Of all the vampire series this one is not worth the money I spent on this boxed set. I hated Anita Blake. Anita is not someone worth wanting to find out about. So I didn't. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Ditsy Mitzi
Purchase all the books together because as soon as you finish one, you'll be reaching for the next.Published on January 1, 2010 by In The Looney Book Bin
The first four of the Anita Blake series is worth many more times its' weight in gold. I would rate these books as probably my favorite of all time, and the reason I have to keep... Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by D. Rhoades