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Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Paperback – August 3, 2004
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Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton and the Anita Blake Novels
“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
“If you’ve never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter’s vampires.”—Literati Book Reviews
“A sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist.”—Starburst
“Number one New York Times bestseller Hamilton is still thrilling fans...with her amazing multifaceted characters and intricate multilayered world, a mix of erotic romance, crime drama, and paranormal/fantasy fiction. Her descriptive prose is gritty and raw, with a mosaic of humor and horror to tell this complex, well-detailed story. But it’s her enigmatic stable of stars that continues to shine, managing their improbable interpersonal relationship dynamics.”—Library Journal
About the Author
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
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The characters are well rounded and believable. They have their faults, morals and strengths like any one of us. But it isn't the same tired formula. No weak women who always needs rescuing, but Anita also knows her own limits and isn't too stubborn to ask for help when she needs it. The story is well written and thought out as well. You never feel lost, only enthralled.
Vampirism has been legal in the USA for almost 2 years, ever since the Supreme Court gave the bloodsucking undead equal rights. America is the only country in the world where these creatures are allowed to, er, live, (?), unless they drain the blood of a human, thereby committing murder. So, even though Anita collaborates with the police's Regional Preternatural Investigation Team when hunting criminal vampires, she needs a court order of execution before she kicks their butts back to the grave. Set in St. Louis, where vampires are much more mainstream than they are on the coasts, "Guilty Pleasures" is Ms. Hamilton's introduction of Anita Blake to the public-at-large.
A serial killer is murdering vampires in Missouri and Nikolaos, the terribly terrifying one thousand year-old Vampire Mistress of St. Louis, has threatened Anita with all kinds of torments and tortures, including becoming one of the undead herself, if she doesn't catch the killer ASAP.
Ms. Hamilton is an excellent writer who, with much flair amd pizzazz, mixes fantasy with mystery, romance and dark humor. Her take on this derivative genre is a most unusual one. The mystery is at the fore of her novels and the supernatural takes second place, almost taken for granted as part of Anita Blake's natural world. And Ms. Blake is a delight - witty, savvy and hard-boiled, as in tough. I am really looking forward to reading more of this series. These novels are a real find!
In recent months, I have been getting acquainted with Urban Fantasy. Most of it has been interesting; though many writers are trying to cash in on the popularity who have no idea how to write. Hamilton is above average in writing ability and better than that at providing some good characters within a good plot and enough humor to offset the gore.
This was a fun and suspenseful read. In my opinion, it is not of the quality of Green, Butcher, & Harrison in this sub-genre. There were too many repetitions. I kept saying to Hamilton (think she was listening?) "I get it already." The numerous reviews already posted will tell you too much about the characters and story line (with way too many spoilers without warning). I guess I can best sum up my feelings by saying I've ordered the next two.
WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!!! If you haven't read the reviews for the upcoming books in this series, please do not read this. Unfortunately, I did read them. It seems I am supposed to really like the first 8 (9?) in the series and then be shocked at the changes Hamilton makes. GASP!! Of course, like those who wrote the scathing reviews of #9 (10?), I am supposed to keep buying them and reading them and being upset. Kind of like "General Hospital" becoming "General Bordello" with the expected furor from the faithful; though not a hand moves toward the remote. I'm almost tempted to jump to those episodes to see what all the fuss is about. Instead, I'll try them in order. If I'm still entertained by the time I reach the end of the earth, I may be brave enough to step over the edge. END OF SPOILER (and review).
On the surface, Hamilton's series sounded pretty much like Sookie Stackhouse's Southern fried vampires with a dash of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charlie Huston's vampire tribes in New York City tossed in for good measure. Ah, but first appearances can be deceiving. Hamilton has carved out her own unique niche in the urban fantasy genre.
Guilty Pleasures suffers from some of the same problems of many first-in-a-series books. Often authors are never sure whether they'll have the opportunity to produce more in the series so they tend to cram more than they should into the first book. Still, I didn't regreat the time I spent reading the book. If the plot tends to be a little pedestrian, some of the characters seem like they can evolve into truly interesting "sidekicks" for the cynical vampire hunter.
I'm looking forward to exploring more books in this series.