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The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 6) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2002
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What can I say? If you liked the others in the beginning of the Anita Blake series, you'll like this one just fine. I think it stands as one of Ms. Hamilton's best. At least, in my own personal opinion The Killing Dance is the Greatest Hit Single in the first several really wonderful books. Another Greatest Hit coming up for you new readers is Cerulean Sins.
This series has become quite controversial among both readers and critics. In each new edition addition (lol) Ms. Hamilton pushes some envelopes a little further. For Anita Blake fans, the latter half or so of the series (I think the series is around Book 25 at this point in time.) is where quite a lot of readers who love the characters in Ms. Hamilton's fictional world, and who have an investment in the books beyond money, react to how the characters are behaving and changing within each book's story VERY strongly pro or con.
You would not believe what a storm this series has created amongst readers! They argue and value judge the author and each other regularly. I must admit I did a little mud slinging myself at one point a few years back, which I regret very much for a variety of reasons.
Rather than worry about all the hoopla past and very present, my suggestion to you is to simply use your own judgement...but only use that judgement to police yourself and your own values and morals. When and IF you get to a point where you feel you want to bail out, then by all means, do so. Otherwise, I wish you happy reading! There is no "wrong choice", there is only your choice.
If you are considering reading this book (6/7? I believe) as a shortcut into Anita Blake's world, I highly suggest you start back at the beginning of the series. While I do think that the first half dozen give or take can stand alone, I also think they read much better, capture your attention and imagination more easily, provide you with the opportunity for emotional investment, and especially that welcome feeling of alt world escapism that every reader of this specific type of fiction is hooked on, if you start with Book One, where you can truly begin your journey into the really wonder-filled world that Ms. Hamilton has created, where you will meet Anita Blake, humans, monsters, monstrous humans and very human monsters.
Don't let yourself be dragged into the ever ongoing great debates! The only person whose judgement you need to worry about and/or listen to is your own! In the end, it's fiction, and fiction should be fun. When it stops being fun? "Tap Out" and find a new fictional world that trips your personal trigger! Peace!
I've reread this entire series at least twice, I think this is my fourth time though and I still come away with a new awareness/judgment of the main character Anita, JC and Richard.
1st, Anita shows some awareness of her faults, even this book she recently realized she was a hypocrite. For me, I didn't realize just how much the author did a good job on developing this character. Its so well done, Anita is a real person to the reader and there's traits about her that I like and dislike just like a real person. So good job on how 3D Anita is.
2nd, Anita/MC treats the two men so differently that it actually pisses me off. They could have the same motive in the book but for Richard, she encourages his developing ruthlessness but for JC, she's ALWAYS accusatory that his ruthless behavior is self beneficial & evil ONLY. She doesn't credit JC with any other altruistic motive. As if what benefits JC is only for JC and not for his people as well. It's pretty tiresome to constantly read about her criticizing/accusing/disparaging JC. Also, the point in this particular bk where the 3 experiment on being a triad and she raises some vamps like they were zombies made me dislike her very much right then. She uses Willie ( so called friend) like a ping pong tween her and JC, then, as she has tears in her eyes, she again threatens JC and she sees fear in his eyes and her only comment is GOOD? WTF? some things Richard did made her afraid of him which made her pause, but its ok for JC to fear her? This is one conflicted puppy yall.....
3rd, I like how the author has the Anita at least state several times, "I never claimed to be consistent." Aint that the truth. Like I said, self reflective up to a point. And I just realized that the MC fights her affinity for/with the dead, i.e...JC thru out the first 6 books, at least. And I think part of her fascination/lust with JC is this necromancer affinity. And she fears this, so of course she attacks what she fears. That last was a realization I came again after going over this series again.
4th, I really like an author who not only makes me WANT to reread a series, but causes me to rethink a character and still discover likes & dislikes for them. Secondary characters as well.
The more Jean Claude's character develops the more he continues to have a 'Lestat-like' quality. Not quite as vicious as Lestat yet.
Edward is also a very interesting character, I can't wait to see how he develops.
Wish I could leave more of a review but 'Burnt Offerings' is calling me.
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