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The Laughing Corpse: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Paperback – August 2, 2005
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Hamilton just keeps getting better and better. ("St. Louis Post-Dispatch") Anita Blake is one of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara... ("Publishers Weekly", starred review)
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This book starts only a few weeks after the first book, Guilty Pleasures, ended.
Anita Blake begins by meeting a potential new client in need of her animator skills. Too bad this client is a murderous millionaire who doesn’t care who gets hurt, as long as his zombie is raised. As if that isn’t bad enough, she is also working a case with the local police, trying to figure out what type of creature is ripping apart families…literally. And one of her suspects? Just the most powerful voodoo priestess in all of North America, who just so happens to want Anita to join her in her…less than savory enterprises, and is willing to make her do so by any means necessary. And if that wasn’t enough problems, she also happens to be oh so close to being the new Master of the City’s human servant. Very much unwillingly.
Murder, mayhem, voodoo, and sexy vampires. What more could a girl ask for? Some peace and quiet, if you ask Anita.
I really enjoyed this book, easily as much as the first in this series. Anita is still a tough badass, and there are still so many great, rich characters, that you don’t really get bored at any point in this story, especially with poor Anita having problem after problem thrown at her.
Anita also finds out that she is much more powerful in regards to being an animator than expected, and in a most gruesome way too. It makes you excited to see where just that alone can lead this series. The possibilities are endless.
Something else that I like about these books, other than the great writing and non-stop (yet realistic) action throughout the story, is that, while not necessarily a stand-alone, these books don’t end on a cliffhanger either. Yes, they leave you with knowing that there is more story after the book, that if you want to see what else Anita ends up going through, reading the next in the series is advised. But they end very succinctly, so it makes it a bit more bearable (mostly, haha) to wait a year or two for the next book. Though I still strongly urge you to read this series in order. A lot of things, especially further on (at the time of this writing, I’ve read up to book 24 in the series) won’t make sense if you hadn’t read the previous books. They’re worth it. Don’t skimp!
Overall, I still would recommend this book and series. It covers a lot of bases, such as mystery, crime, paranormal, and fantasy genres, all in one book. It caters to many, which is one of the many things that I think makes them so enjoyable. They don’t try to fit into only one box, so you can enjoy many different flavors at once.
When I checked the original copyright date on this novel, I was shocked to discover just how old it is. When people talk about Anita Blake being the first kick-butt heroine, I'm inclined to agree. It's a shame really, because I was oblivious to urban fantasy until only a few years ago. A good deal of my reading time has been wasted. Still, being late to this party does have its benefits. The books in this series are plentiful - both in number and availability. I imagine for the people who followed this series as it was written, each book was like a sip from the only canteen in the desert. These types of heroines are now a dime a dozen, but not so much in the beginning.
It's a shame that Anita has no love life to speak of, otherwise I'd be tempted to give this a perfect rating. Still, it's a masterful piece of entertainment - gory, dangerous, and macabre - with a vulnerable woman at the core. Anita Blake may be the feared vampire Executioner, but any woman who collects stuffed penguins is really a softy on the inside. I am a huge fan of the `cool on the outside and crumbly on the inside' character type. It's been copied many times over, but Anita still remains an original.
I suppose my only surprise is that Anita doesn't have any sidekicks, or really close friends. Even her pet is cold and distant - a tank full of angel fish. They're symbolic, yes, but usually the loner heroine is allowed to have something with fur and a warm body to snuggle up with. My curiosity as to how long Anita will remain so isolated will have me hunting down the third novel, Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter), sooner than later.
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A must read series! She is a fantastic author!