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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441838031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441838032
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 21.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cosgrove on 13 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
I’ve been a fan of LKH’s Anita Blake series since Guilty Pleasures first arrived in the UK.
The series has had it’s high points (Guilty Pleasures, Lunatic Café, Obsidian Butterfly) and it’s lows (Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Burnt Offerings), but I’ve stuck with it.
But - and it pains me, and brings no pleasure to, to say this - Incubus Dreams is the worst book of the series.
In fact, it’s one of the worst books I’ve ever read.
The Anita Blake started off as action/thriller/horror detective stories, but now they are thinly disguised porn.
If you’ve read the synopsis, that’s not the story. The story runs like this:
Anita Blake whines.
She has sex.
She develops a new and mysterious magical power.
She whines.
She has sex with someone different.
She develops a new and mysterious magical power.
She whines.
She has sex with a few randomly selected male characters different.
She develops a new and mysterious magical power.
She whines.
One or more of her seven official lovers whine.
She has sex with someone new.
She develops a new and mysterious magical power.
She whines.
Repeat for 700 pages. And that’s a day - one day, in Anita Blake’s life.
It’s not the sex that makes this book bad (I like erotic fiction). Neither is it the amount (every 2-3 chapters - bear in mind the chapters are very short - Anita’s panties are off). It’s just that all the shagging serves no purpose.
Like a good porno movie, events in the story are only there to give a reason for Anita Blake to have sex with random - and I do mean random - men she meets.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 30 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
I've been hooked on Anita Blake since the brilliant Guilty Pleasures and yet, 11 books later, I want to be free! This is better than the last 2, but it's still absolute junk. The book starts well, and by about chapter 6 it is quite gripping. But then Hamilton completely loses the plot (metaphorically and literally) and writes 500 pages of violent sex... vampires, lycanthropes, tables, hamsters...you name it. It's really, really boring (pun intended) literature. And yet, 50 pages from the end, we lurch back to the plot - although by this point I'm surprised Anita can walk - and Hamilton manages a thrilling ending. Why not, Ms Hamilton, miss out the pornography and just write good ol fantasy thrillers?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct 2004
Format: Paperback
Too much sex and soap opera, not enough plot. Things happen but not enough is resolved. And I find myself getting very tired of how much of a MarySue Anita is becoming. When she was a vampire hunter trying to choose between a couple of boyfriends, that was interesting. Now she has a half a dozen on the go all at once, there just isnt room for anything but sex and relationship stuff. Yes, seeing everyone react to her changed status is kind of interesting, looking at prejudice and the dynamics of poly and BDSM relationships when out in a police world, but that wasnt what got me into these books and it will not be enough to keep me here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By reviewman on 20 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
The book is basically about Anita having sex, or talking about sex, or other people either watching Anita having sex or talking to Anita about either having sex with them or about Anita having sex with other people. Of course, she is still the good Christian girl with high moral value who only has sex in order to prevent something terrible from happening or to save somebody's life. Although Anita has 2 boyfriends, everybody around her seem terribly upset if she doesn't have sex with them as well and also her boyfriends seem to be putting lots of pressure on her to have yet more sex with more people.
That about sums up the book.
Boring is not a word strong enough. Definitely the worst book I've ever read. But since I've never read a porn book before, maybe this is the best soft porn book ever written. I don't know and I don't care. I'm done with Anita Blake.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
Many pages. Many sex scenes. Teeny weeny plot.

Laurell K. Hamilton stumbles further into the depths of literary Hades with "Incubus Dreams," a dreary erotic horror-fantasy thriller... or is it, thrilling horror-fantasy erotica? Probably the latter -- the most colorful thing about it is Hamilton's insistently graphic sex scenes. Squeezed between the bouts of sex is a tepid little plot, which seems to be suffocating under pressure.

Anita Blake's life hasn't been the same since she acquired the "ardeur," which basically requires her to have sex constantly. Now she's coming to terms with the fact that she has a male harem, and quite an assortment of new powers. However, her old job still exists -- strippers are being mysteriously drained of blood.

To make things worse, the St. Louis police department is getting suspicious of Anita's increasingly supernatural connections -- she's getting too chummy with the werecreatures and vampires. So (between random sex scenes), Anita calls on help to find whoever has murdered the strippers.

There's a lot of sex in this book. A LOT of sex. So much that the actual plotline can be covered in a mere twenty minutes, if you skip the sex. In fact, Hamilton's strippers-being-sucked-dry plot seems almost like it was hastily tacked between assorted sex scenes. What's worse, the tantalizing plot hints at the end of "Cerulean Sins" are left dangling.

A few flickers of Hamilton's wit do show through, given Jean-Claude's acid comment about Anita having "accidental" sex. The pace is slower, and Hamilton seems to be cluing in a little on some of the things that made her past two books so unsatisfying.

Unfortunately, she hasn't caught on that her graphic, weirdly un-erotic sex scenes add nothing to the book.
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