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Danse Macabre Hardcover – June 27, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
The uniquely complicated life of Anita Blake, the St. Louis–based necromancer, gets even more complicated when Anita discovers she may be pregnant in the 14th novel in bestseller Hamilton's vampire hunter series (Micah, etc.). Her sexual magic powers require multiple lovers, so there are six potential fathers. One possible dad, werewolf Richard, has trouble understanding that, baby or not, Anita's still a federal marshal who raises the dead and executes vampires. In addition, terrifying, life-threatening obstetrical challenges are involved, since the maybe-mommy has to deal with vampirism and several strains of lycanthropy coursing through her veins. That Anita has no detecting to do may disappoint some fans, but playing hostess to a gathering of North American vampire Masters of the City, ostensibly in town for a performance by a vampiric ballet troupe, keeps her plenty busy. When the vampire ballet takes the stage toward the end, several new plot elements emerge. The very lack of a finale suggests that there's no end in sight for this fabulously imagined series. (July)
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Last seen in Incubus Dreams (2004) and the novella Micah (2006), Anita Blake is back and more embroiled in supernatural politics than ever. She is in the market for a new pomme de sang to feed the otherworldly passion known as the ardeur that she and her lovers are subject to, but she has a more pressing problem on her hands when she discovers she might be pregnant. Anita can't imagine how a baby would fit in with her vampiric lifestyle, nor does she know which of her lovers is the father, though she suspects either possessive werewolf Richard or sensual wereleopard Nathaniel. To make matters worse, vampire masters are converging on the city for a massive meeting, and Anita is wary of her role in the gathering. This time Hamilton relies a little too heavily on complex vampire politics, though sex and intrigue abound, and Anita's pregnancy dilemma makes particularly compelling reading. Longtime series fans will enjoy the yarn while probably hoping there will be more action for Anita next time. Kristine Huntley
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Big shock: Ronnie is all bitter because she has a crush on Nathaniel. Go figure. By the way: who is this new Nathaniel I just cant get enough of his Dominant side.
Once again we are back to the old over analizing, trust-no-one Anita. I actually hate this side of her very much.
The scene of the almost shape-shifting was so surreal and the sex too weird.
I am so pissed off after reading this confusing book because everything at this point is just working so conviniently on Anitas favor. Have a problem with wolves? No problem! Anita can be the Lupa and inherit the powers of the dead female pack members.
Have a problem with leopards? No problem, this wonderful were-leopard just appeared out of nowhere to make Anita his queen and in the process she also catches a disease from the ex-lider who happened to be a bad ass pan-were. And now she seems to be one too.
Have a problem with lyons for chrisake? No problem Anita will become the (quoting) Regina of the pack. Oh and she is also a vampire, powers and all (Or acts like it)thanks to Jean Claude.
And have no fear because if a new situation arrouses Anita will most certainly find inside herself a new ability or power to save the day. Or sleep with every single man that comes across her. That will definitely help because she is so irresistible.
This book made me love-hate-love some characters, like Meng Die, up until now I used to really like her. But acting all child like and sluty made me not like her. Requiem? Jesus, who is he again? it was news to me he was a poet or kind of and then he acts like he is under a spell because he had a hardcore make out session with Anita 2 books ago although he seemed fine afterwards back then, we are told now he is under Anitas love spell. Gay. And I was like "okay, fine" and then he chickens out a lot and acts like a freak and, well big turn off.
Vlads syndrome and Mowgli syndrome. WTF.
Is it just me and too much fifty shades frenzy or does Asher act like a Dom? Like when he commands her to tell him please and compells her to not move while he has his way with her. Oh yeah. Smooth, sexy vampire thy name is Asher. Please dont change. By the way, I cannot understand why such beauty will call such horrible animal like a hyena. You deserve the lyons or leopards, not the ugly hyenas. I am not satisfied.
Oh and i agree with richard that Micah couldnt be so perfect. Now we know it really isnt him but Anitas spell making him who he is. And same for Nathaniel but at least Nathaniel is sexy. Micah is just so perfect he pisses me off. And he is short.
I am left with so many questions, what is Anita? Why so many beasts inside her? why is she a succubus? what would happen is she shapeshifts? whats up with Richard? Will jean Claude and Asher finally kiss and make up?
Now, having said that, you've just about heard all the high points without having to wade through the endless redundant discussions of new power plateaus, Anita's sexual hangups, emotional backlashes, and character posturing. Everybody always has to one-up everone else, tension levels in the room rise, beasts start to roll and react to the emotion level, yada, yada, yada. Mommy Dearest, mother of all vampires, starts to invade Anita's dreams like Belle Morte did in prevoius books, only to be just barely pushed back. Sound familiar?
We have new characters introduced in this book, but don't hear much from well known characters like Damien and Jason. Edward has been totally AWOL since "Obsidian Butterfly." Intrapersonal relationships and power struggles abound, and somebody gets nasty and naked about every three pages. Yawn. The story doesn't even pretend to get downwind of any policework, animating, or adventure. All we get is a larger cast of ever more powerful vampire rivals who are visiting from their territories to celebrate Jean Claude's all-vampire dance company. Of course, they all have ulteroir motives and want to test the power of Jean Claude, so that anxiety is ever-present.
I hope LKH either gets back to her original format (you know, the one that made us want to keep buying her books...animating and detective work) or wraps up this series in the next book. I don't think I can last any longer if all I get is more of the same.