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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184149139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491394
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,475,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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Cerulean Sins is the 11th in Laurell K Hamilton's darkly erotic, blood-soaked series featuring Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. Think Buffy with more gore and sex. Anita, for the uninitiated, is almost like a supernatural police officer, taking on cases that involve, among other things, werewolves, the-undead and all manner of other creepy things. This time around, she is asked to reanimate a corpse that holds the key to a long-ago crime but there are several beings that don't want the past dug up again. Add to the mix a lot of bureaucratic vampire politics and the arrival of a positively psychopathic female vampire and Anita, as usual, is in for an action-packed ride. It's hard to imagine hardcore Blake fans not being entertained by this latest instalment even though it focuses on the more romantic elements of Anita's relationships.

Although the emphasis is once again less on the mystery and police work that made the earlier books so enjoyable, there are still plenty of developments in Anita's life that lead one to believe that, unlike a lot of her adversaries, her character has a lot more potential. With the disappearance of Buffy from the small screen, it's more than possible that many Buffy fans will migrate to this series to get their regular dose of un-dead butt-kicking action. But newer readers will be hopelessly out of their depth trying to understand the already complicated relationships and back story that so much of this book relies on. They should go back to the start and read Guilty Pleasures. --Jon Snow

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Death and gore galore ... Hamilton writes with ease and vigour...Great fun" SHIVERS ('I was enthralled - a departure from the usual type of vampire tale which will have a wide appeal to any reader hunting for both chills and fun')

Andre Norton ('The fights are fast and furious, with guns roaring, claws rending and wise cracks by the dozen.')

OUTLAND ('very seductive.. Interesting and gripping')

THE ALIEN ONLINE ('A refreshing change from well-worn vampire tale themes')

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Coale on 20 May 2003
Format: Paperback
Im a big fan of Laurel K Hamiltons books but this is easily her worst one. It continues the decline started with Narcissus in Chains.
Its a virtual rehash of one of the earlier books in the series, with a couple of poorly glued on plotlines in a vain attempt to make it different. The sex scenes continue and neither further the plot or add any eroticism to the story. Ms Hamilton proved she can write a cracking Anita Blake story without gratitous sex (see the excellent Obisidian Butterfly - easily her best work). Ms Hamilton continues her fetishes for men with long hair and thigh high boots - please move on from this too Ms Hamilton!
Without spoiling the plot (such as it is) she strays far too deeply into Anne Rice territory with another one of the plotlines that remains unresolved at the end of the book. Ms Hamilton is a good enough writer that she doesn't need to rip off Queen of the Damned for her ideas.
There are some great idea's here that are just not explored in enough detail. One of the series' main characters appears to be having a breakdown, but Ms Hamilton just skims over this.
There's also a serial killer in town, but this is dealt with poorly as well, and looks tacked on to the rest of the book.
In short this novel reads like a bad first draft not the polished novels we are used to from Ms Hamilton. I would advise anyone but die hard fans to avoid this, and even for them I would advise waiting for the paperback! On this evidence it looks like the Anita Blake series is running out of steam.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Everyone has a line they should never cross....so says Anita Blake. Shame Hamilton didn't listen to her character!
I've enjoyed this series but decent stories with a little sex are now a thing of the past. Where has the plot gone? Where is the story? You may find a little of both lurking behind all the bedroom activity - but not much.
Anita now has more lovers than days in her week - including one who doesn't even need to be present.
The star is for the improvement in Hamilton's writing skills, which is ironic considering she's lost the plot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "raq2h" on 15 May 2003
Format: Paperback
[sent this before, not sure if did it properly!]
Having just read the latest Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novel, ‘Cerulean sins’ I was at a loss to explain where the plot line mentioned on the back had disappeared to. Having last read a Blake novel when the tenth in the series was published I found the constant back tracking useful if not a little over used for those of us who have started at the beginning of the series, though understandable for those who have not. I also found it almost disappointing, sure there were the reasons I my self read the books for, the wit of Anita, the werewolves/vampires/witches relationships that seem to get even more complicated as the series develops. Theres also the varied characters, murders and plot lines that usually rarely fail to enthrall me. however, I’m beginning to wonder if Hamilton forgot about the plot in the writing of this latest book, and focused more on the many [many] relationships that Blake is building around herself. Even though the first few books of the series seemed to test our own inhibitions and ideas of morality on the subject of sex and sexuality, this time it seems to go on for too long and strangely enough, it gets a little boring. Moreover, the murders and mystery side of the plot that always mixed so well with the world of vampires and werewolves that Anita has to deal with, seems to take second place to anything else that happens in the book. The ending was almost an after thought and the intrigue and ‘secret to an ancient crime’ mentioned on the back of the book wasn’t alluded to once.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "raq2h" on 5 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having just read the latest Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novel, ‘Cerulean sins’ I was at a loss to explain where the plot line mentioned on the back had disappeared to. Having last read a Blake novel when the tenth in the series was published I found the constant back tracking useful if not a little over used for those of us who have started at the beginning of the series, though understandable for those who have not. I also found it almost disappointing, sure there were the reasons I my self read the books for, the wit of Anita, the werewolves/vampires/witches relationships that seem to get even more complicated as the series develops. Theres also the varied characters, murders and plot lines that usually rarely fail to enthrall me. however, I’m beginning to wonder if Hamilton forgot about the plot in the writing of this latest book, and focused more on the many [many] relationships that Blake is building around herself. Even though the first few books of the series seemed to test our own inhibitions and ideas of morality on the subject of sex and sexuality, this time it seems to go on for too long and strangely enough, it gets a little boring. Also, the main storyline in Cerulean sins seems to be that of vampire politics, again, and Asher’s mourning over the side of his face he will never get back whilst Blake tries over, and over, to convince him that she doesn’t see him as ugly, just as she did in the last book. Moreover, the murders and mystery side of the plot that always mixed so well with the world of vampires and werewolves that Anita has to deal with, seems to take second place to anything else that happens in the book.Read more ›
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