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Flirt (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 18) [Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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3 Feb 2011 Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 18

The sensational new novel from the New York Times bestselling author featuring her vampire-hunting heroine Anita Blake.

When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss. But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necromancer isn't the miracle he thinks he needs. The creature that Anita could coerce to step out of the late Mrs. Bennington's grave would not be the lovely Mrs. Bennington. Not really. And not for long.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755374371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755374373
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,411 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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The eighteenth enthralling outing for Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

About the Author

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. She invites you to visit her website at

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Narcissistic Novella 2 Feb 2010
This book does not live up to the high standard of the first nine Anita Blake books. That said, it is refreshing to read about Anita's career as a necromancer again. With all the toyboys she's been getting lately we haven't heard too much about her work.

This is a short book, it took me about 2 hours to read. The plot did not strike me as being original - Anita has starred in far too many kidnap scenes in the past and brings nothing new to them now. The 'Tony Bennington' character reminded me forcefully of the Harold character in the Laughing Corpse.

Without spoiling the plot of this book for others, it pivots on the fact that men find Anita irresistable, yet she herself finds this hard to accept. Its getting somewhat tired and overworked as a format.

Disappointing, but mildly so.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans only 5 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was an avid reader of the Anita Blake books when they were supernatural thrillers but my interest tailed off when they changed to soft porn. It was almost as if Laurell K Hamilton was told to spice them up a bit and didn't know when to stop. I decided to give this one another chance based on the synopsis and was somewhat pleased to discover only one sex scene lasting only seven pages, but there again the story is only 155 pages long. On that note nothing much happens for almost the first fifty pages, I know this is aimed at a female audience who like a little more character interraction but pages devoted to Anita and her lovers chatting in a restaurant is just padding in my eyes. When the action does get going the writing is up to the usual standards and it was nice to see Anita operating on her own for a change. It would be even better to see her having an all new action adventure with no sex in it, how about a prequel? Back when she wasn't a promiscuous tart. The book is rounded out by a short section where Laurel explains how the story came about, shouldn't have bothered, doesn't add anything.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you expect a full length novel STOP here 28 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is NOT full length - its more on the lines of a novella .(over 20 pages wasted on how the idea for the book was arrived at!!!!)
This should have been made clear to buyers .
The story has no depth and glosses over the characters relationships .
Would not buy without checking number of pages in future
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flirting with a plot 7 Feb 2010
According to Merriam Webster, flirting is, " a: to behave amorously without serious intent; b: to show superficial or casual interest or liking."

So it's kind of hard to see why one of Laurell K. Hamilton's books would be called "Flirt."Unfortunately, the title seems to refer to Hamilton's plot -- the entire novella is a disjointed tangle of unrelated subplots, inner animals and "feeeeeeeelings" therapy. And, of course, yet more assurance that Anita is the Kindest Smartest Strongest Yet Wounded person EVER.

After rejecting a man who wants his wife raised as a zombie (no, there really isn't a good reason), Anita goes off to lunch with Micah, Nathaniel and Jason. The waiter is floored by how stunningly gorgeous Anita and Nathaniel are, and Anita unloads all her personal woes about her evil granny and evil stepmother, and how they were SO mean to her because she's short and black-haired. Try not to flood the room with your sympathetic tears.

And after rejecting another client (this time for a good reason), Anita encounters a pair of werelion thugs who threaten to harm her "sweeties" unless she comes with them -- and of course, they want to have sex with her. It turns out that one of her rejected clients is determined to have her do the animation for them... after she has the required graveyard sex with one of the thugs.

Not only is "Flirt" a very short novella, but it's very short on plot as well -- it feels like Hamilton just cobbled together all the things she includes in every Anita Blake book (prolonged talky wangsting, ardeur sex scene, new boytoy, new superpower) and hoped it would gel into an actual story. Surprise surprise: it doesn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I bothered. 27 Oct 2010
I stopped reading the Anita Blake series a while ago when they became interchangeable to me - about the same time that the 'ardeur' became synonymous with 'let's have sex with as many people as possible'. I much prefer a monogamous relationship in books anyway, but due to Laurell K Hamilton's engaging writing style, I only stopped reading when every book seemed to add new sexual partners to the list.
I thought I'd give this a try because it was so short that it wouldn't mean as much wasted time if it turned out to be a complete mistake: which it wasn't. The annoying thing is that I still really enjoy the writing, it's just what's been written that I take objection to. Firstly, the plot is hardly original - nor SO well written that that fact can be overlooked. Secondly, I think that someone who has a harem of gorgeous men of all descriptions willing to put up with sharing her with the other gorgeous men should probably stop being so 'humble'. At first it's an endearing character trait which allows the average reader to identify with her, but in the end it just becomes really frustrating. My third and final grievance is the comic strip at the back; yes, the comic strip which somehow manages to be completely pointless, and yet simultaneously to sum up a hefty chunk of the plot.

I would recommend really only recommend this to ardent fans of the series. Hamilton's easy style can carry readers quickly through books double this size, but does not make up for an almost complete lack of plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars, always.
I love these books; I don't understand the perpetual bad ratings.
Laurell K. Hamilton is forever one of my favorite authors.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good read and fast dellivery
this was a good read and another good book from this author. delivery was fast and product was in good condition
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars flirt
I like this authors books very much so I will probably enjoy this book as well,but I have not read it yet.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. C. Goddard
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Enjoy the Company of Others
This is an instruction manual in the art of making a member of the opposite sex (or even the same sex) want to make love to you. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David Coote
2.0 out of 5 stars not her best and ive read them all
not her best and i've read them all.
Bullet much better , but you still have too read it as it would be a shame to miss even one shes such a good story teller.
Published 17 months ago by Karan
1.0 out of 5 stars what a rip off!
[[ASIN:0755374371 Flirt (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 18)]
Well, I thought that with the previous novel: Skin Trade, matters were improving. But No! Read more
Published 21 months ago by alan
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't hate it, and I don't regret buying it...
I bought this after reading the many reviews of disappointment, and outcries that Laurell K. Hamilton is failing her fan base. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Clockwork Doll
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but enjoyable
I thought this book was enjoyable, but short. I weren't expecting it to end as soon as it did, I feel that maybe she could have put more into it. Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by Louisewatts
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I didn't realise this was almost a separate book to the series. Not sure I'd have bothered with it if I had .
Not up to her usual standard
Published on 17 April 2012 by limberlou
2.0 out of 5 stars Novella posing as a novel.
Before I get into the meat of my review, buyers need to be aware that this is a novella pretending to be a novel. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Tali
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