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Danse Macabre (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Laurell K. Hamilton , Cynthia Holloway
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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28 Mar 2007 Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Book 14)
It was the middle of November. I was supposed to be out jogging but was at my breakfast table instead, talking about men, sex, werewolves, vampires and that thing that most unmarried but sexually active women fear most... She should be concentrating on a dangerous situation: the ardeur, the sexual power that flows between Anita and Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City and Richard, the volatile werewolf who loves her passionately, is reaching new levels, perhaps evolving into something entirely new. It seems to be choosing new lovers for Anita, acting with a will of its own. The unexpected effect of this is that Jean-Claude's own powers as a Master Vampire has grown to new levels - and Richard, always unpredictable, is changing too. However as the days pass Anita finds herself less interested in vampire politics than in an ancient, more ordinary dread she shares with women down the ages; she may be pregnant. And if she is, whether the father is a vampire, a werewolf or someone else entirely, she knows full well that being a Federal Marshall, known for raising the dead and executing vampires, is no way to bring up a baby....
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Abridged edition (28 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597376701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597376709
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,973,902 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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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 wisecracks by the dozen. (OUTLAND ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The thirteenth book in the New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series: sharp, sassy, sexy and bloody good fun. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Staggering "Danse" 31 Aug 2006
Writing a bestselling series seems to be a sign of creative doom, because sooner or later the author starts writing for the sake of the series, not because it actually takes the story anywhere.

Sadly this is the case in the latest moribund volume of the Anita Blake series, "Danse Macabre." The entire plotless, meandering mess seems to have been written for two reasons: money, and to blow a big raspberry at Laurell K. Hamilton's readers. Given the only real plot development is a pregnancy scare, it doesn't seem worth it.

Anita has a new dilemma -- she might be pregnant, which isn't surprising for a woman who has spent the last few books being shagged left, right and every way to Sunday by every vamp, human and lycanthrope imaginable. What's more, many powerful vampires are arriving in St. Louis, including a vampiric ballet troupe in Jean-Claude's territory.

As if this weren't bad enough, the ardeur seems to be showing signs of seeking out new sex partners for her, and is affecting her lovers as well -- and her lycanthropic and vampiric edges are starting to affect those around her. Can Anita regain control of her increasingly unstable life?

Those desperately hoping that the plot will return in "Danse Macabre" can hang their heads and weep. There isn't a shred of actual plot in this book that isn't connected to the ardeur in some way -- no detecting, no zombies, no nothing. In fact, the biggest chill in this entire book is the pregnancy scare.

This isn't a plot in the sense that it really goes nowhere and nothing ever really comes of it; the book is left open-ended for the inevitable next volume. Even Hamilton doesn't seem to know what to do with the plot, since the writing is repetitive and often rather colourless.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly this series is still going downhill... 12 Sep 2006
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I am a true diehard Anita fan but even I am having trouble justifying spending time and money on the series having just read this latest installment.

I have to say that I agree with all the other reviewers who say that there is almost no plot to this book whatsoever. I also noticed that it is poorly edited so that in places I felt I had missed a part of a conversation or a scene and found myself skipping back over pages to see if I had accidentally missed something. But no, it's just badly put together.

It seems that Hamilton is more concerned with giving minutely detailed information about the appearance of her characters (so many new people are introduced in this book starting with the exact different shades and length of their hair right down to the shoes they are wearing) while little thought is put into actually making them do anything.

The sex is really getting ridiculous at this point. Anita has gone from being the uber-virgin of the earlier books to the sorts of orgies only seen in illegal hardcore porn in this latest installment. It has gotten to the point that rather than being titillating it's now just boring.

If you are new to the Anita Blake series I heartily recommend you read no further than book 9 (Obsidian Butterfly) as the earlier books are still by far some of the best vampire/supernatural fiction I have read (and I have read A LOT).

Will I buy the next book when it arrives? Probably. Will it be worth reading? I doubt it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother unless.... 13 Oct 2006
This is only worth it if you want to read fantasy that is based round many sex scenes, cut with monologues or overly contrived conversations that exist merely to persuade the main character to agree to sex in the first place.

This volume was an overlong vignette covering a day or so where Anita has a bust up with her friend, goes to her lover's 'lair' where the main part of the action occurs. Then in the last few chapters they go to a ballet and end up back at her lover's lair again.

Danse Macabre does not have a true beginning/middle/end setup, and as such cannot be considered as a standalone volume. You really do have to have read other Anita Blake volumes to get what's going on. Any character development achieved in this piece could have equally well been knit into a book that actually had a story.

The Anita Blake books that anyone will enjoy:

1. Guilty Pleasures (1993)

2. The Laughing Corpse (1994)

3. Circus of the Damned (1995)

4. The Lunatic Cafe (1996)

9. Obsidian Butterfly (2000)

That's right, there's only 5 out of 14 - the numbers refer to their position in the series. These books have more complex plots than any of the others and don't centre round sex, unlike Danse Macabre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Competent writing--boring story ... 4 Aug 2007
I finally got round to reading Danse Macabre. I should have left well alone. Laurell K. Hamilton is one of very few writers who write a competent story in this much abused genre, therefore the problem is not her writing. The goal posts in terms of the Anita Blake series have shifted to such an extent that I am finally giving up on it. We are still TOLD that Anita is a "Federal Marshall, known for raising the dead and being a vampire executioner", the premise on which I started reading the series. However, the last time that Anita had been involved in crime scenes, working with the police, combating all sort of creatures that go bump in the night (with or without the police or her gun-for-hire friend) was about three to four books ago. These days we are almost exclusively being regaled with stories about ardeur affecting, or not, hierarchal vampire politics. The sex that inevitably goes with the ardeur storyline is hot and varied enough to satisfy people who read the books for this input, but the related endlessly, circling debates about vampire politics have become tedious; though not as tedious as the incessant, also circling, philosophizing about either Richard's or Anita's (buckets full of) neuroses and how those impact on their triumvirate and--of course--vampire politics. By far the worst, however, is how two to three characters at a time continually have to explain developments to Anita; explicitly, using connecting-the-dots imagery, so that she ends up coming across as very dim-witted. In addition she's usually acting up, so much so that those same characters regularly tell her, in any given situation, "we're waiting for you to tell us what reaction won't piss you off" or some such thing. Being vulnerable is one thing, a spoiled brat something else altogether. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you want to be bitten, read this.
Published 9 days ago by David Coote
2.0 out of 5 stars "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" series book 13
New enemies are faced as Jean-Claude plays host to a group of powerful master vampires supplying potential candidates for the role of Anita's new pomme de sang. Read more
Published on 29 April 2011 by Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy all Laurell K Hamilton books.
I enjoy all Laurell K Hamilton books.
Never read a bad book by her yet.
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by Mr. Aj Rigby
1.0 out of 5 stars Half way through, and they havent left the bedroom.....?
i'm sorry to write this, but i am over half way through this book and i was hoping for a good read, of adventure, thriller, supernatural.... and it is just S E X. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Mrs. P. Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
This is a book without a plot. Anita doesn't raise zombies or hunt vampires in it either, so what are we left with? Sex and that's pretty much it really. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2010 by Potterywhizz
1.0 out of 5 stars Get it from the library - it isn't worth paying for
I don't know why Anita makes such a fuss about Richard wanting her to give up working with the police or being a Federal Marshal since she doesn't do either. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2009 by Fren
4.0 out of 5 stars A little long, but a very good read
This was the first Anita Blake/ Hamilton book I read so I did find some of it a bit confusing, but on the whole I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 14 July 2008 by Mrs. H. Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars OK bored now
It comes to something when the fanfic becomes better in plot, characterisation and writing style than the original. The early books were great. Read more
Published on 1 April 2008 by Little Ray of Sunshine
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate them all
Anita has become a bullying elitist whore, who literally cannot survive more than a few hours without partaking in a gang bang. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2008 by Random Task
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired of whining Richard...
A lot of the reviews comment on the amount of sex as a negative thing. To be quite honest, I don't mind it. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2008 by Dark Clarissa
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