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4.0 out of 5 stars The great thing about this series so far for me is that although the books are full of action, the plot is suspenseful.
Anita Blake returns in the second instalment of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, The Laughing Corpse. After completing the first instalment I could hardly wait to read this one. I had high hopes for the series and I hoped this book would be just as good as the first.
The Laughing Corpse is told from the first person perspective of Anita Blake. Anita is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Zombie-lievable!
OK, I'll admit it, I read this entirely on the strength of reviews here on good old Amazon. My heart generally sinks when I hear the word zombie, as it usually presages something pretty awful on film or page, but it wasn't that bad actually.
I started with this book which probably wasn't the most sensible idea as there were one or two things that assumed you'd...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The great thing about this series so far for me is that although the books are full of action, the plot is suspenseful.,
This review is from: The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) (Paperback)Anita Blake returns in the second instalment of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, The Laughing Corpse. After completing the first instalment I could hardly wait to read this one. I had high hopes for the series and I hoped this book would be just as good as the first.
The Laughing Corpse is told from the first person perspective of Anita Blake. Anita is a animator and makes her living raising the dead. She also aids the police with their cases related to all things supernatural. If this wasn't enough, she has gained a reputation with the vampires as 'The Executioner' from killing vampires on the side.
Alike to the predecessor book Guilty Pleasures, Anita's story begins with her and her boss Bert Vaughn meeting with a perspective client. This time the client is Harold Gaynor, a wheelchair bound billionaire. Harold wants to raise a three hundred year old corpse and he wants Anita to be the one to do it and he's willing to pay a million dollars. However, the first rule when raising the dead is; the older the corpse, the bigger the sacrifice needed. In other words, in order to do what the client wanted, Anita would have to perform a human sacrifice. Anita might be dubbed 'The Executioner' but no amount of money would persuade her to kill a human.
It soon grows apparent that someone doesn't share the same morals as Anita does and as a result murderous zombies are being raised. Although this series is called "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter", vampires take a back seat in this instalment with the focus more upon the nature of zombies. Like the first instalment, this one is action-packed from beginning to end and has a lot of twists along the way. All of this action allows for a fast-paced yet understandable plot which guarantees to keep you hooked up until the last page.
Anita Blake makes an entertaining protagonist. She's tough and humorous, even when her own life is being challenged. However, as I thought after reading the first instalment, I get the impression that there's more to her than has been revealed so far. For me, she seems to have hidden depths and I look forward to finding more about her background as the series progresses.
More characters are introduced and some from the previous book are developed some more too. Anita's reluctant relationship with vampire Jean-Claude continues as well, however it doesn't take centre stage. This is one relationship I am most looking forward to reading more about and I hope I get to do so in future instalment. As she is able to raise the dead and is an experienced vampire executioner, Anita doesn't fall easily for the charms vampires attempt to use on her. Could Jean-Claude become her first weakness?
Overall, I cannot fault this book one bit. I was gripped from start to finish. The great thing about this series so far for me is that although the books are full of action, the plot is suspenseful. The conclusion doesn't become obvious until the end and I believe that is what makes them so compelling to read. A great page turner!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That voodoo you do-do,
This review is from: The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) (Paperback)Anita Blake is an Animator. Anita and co. raise the dead to settle will disputes and the like, for a reasonable fee. On the side Anita is a vampire hunter -- she's been nicknamed 'the Executioner' and (obviously) isn't too keen on vampires. The new master of the city is very interested in her, much to Anita's chagrin, and is keen to make her his human servant.
Anita is all set to solve another case while she's on retainer to the police. Someone or something managed to consume a number of victims in one place... nice. Anita being the freak expert is called in to offer her expertise. The scenes are gory (as usual) and there was some great stuff with her and her police friends. There are also a few other plot threads that all converge one another pretty well. This books arc took a while for me to get into, but around halfway through I ended up really enjoying it.
The Laughing Corpse wasn't quite as good as the first book, as it lacked the emotional bitter sweetness that pervaded Guilty Pleasures. Many of the characters introduced in the previous book are back here too, except, disappointingly, Edward although I'm not sure how he would have fitted in here anyway.
Anita continues to be tough minded and sympathetic to those that deserve it. We learn a little more about her powers and the root of what Animators can do -- I thought Dominga wasn't the most interesting of antagonists but she served her purpose well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read,
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series,
This review is from: The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) (Paperback)This book is number 3 of a good series. The covers of these series are pretty and I am a big fan of how she writes these books. The main character is sarcastic but you know she cares.
5.0 out of 5 stars The laughing corpse,
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner,
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book,
This review is from: The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) (Paperback)I love this books , a good relaxing read , good characters and takes my mind into the world of monsters , well mostly Vampires with a few others thrown in for good measure !
I like to read about Anita Blakes life , but I sure wouldn't want to live it !
5.0 out of 5 stars The more I read of this series, the more I like it.,
This review is from: The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) (Paperback)This review was originally posted at: http://francesandlynne.wordpress.com/the-laughing-corpse/
"Death didn't bother me much. Strong Christian and all that. Method of death did. Being eaten alive. One of my top three ways not to go out."
Anita Blake, The Laughing Corpse, Laurel K. Hamilton
The Laughing Corpse is the second book in the An Anita Black, Vampire Hunter, Novel series. I borrowed this book from the library as soon as I had finished the first book in the series, Guilty Pleasures. After waiting a week to visit the library I wasn't overly eager to pick it up again, although I did want to read it. My pace quickened as I started to read though and I finished it within a few days.
The Laughing Corpse continues the story of Anita Blake. Some time has passed since the ending of the first book, Guilty Pleasures. From what I can tell, it's not a huge amount of time, maybe a few weeks at most has passed. The book opens with Anita and her boss visiting a potential new client, Harold Gaynor. Harold Gaynor has an unusual request; for Anita to raise a zombie over two centuries old in return for over one million dollars. Anita refuses and leaves. Why? Because this would require a human sacrifice and Anita won't commit murder. Harold Gaynor isn't a man who hears "no" though and he sends his bodyguards to threaten Anita. She has to look over her shoulder for most of the book. It looks likely that the bodyguards will kill Anita if she doesn't do what Harold Gaynor wants. To make things worse, Anita is trying to locate a Zombie with a violent streak. She visits a crime scene where only body parts remain. She visits a vundun priestess, named Dominga Salvador, who is very powerful. While questioning her, Anita offends the priestess by vowing to kill her to put a stop to her evil plan. She promises to send something slithering through Anita's window that night. Dominga is true to her word. Will Anita be able to survive the monstrous things Dominga sends her way? Then there's Jean Claude, the new Master Vampire of the city. He wants to give Anita the last two marks to make her his human servant. Anita would rather die, but Jean Claude has no choice if he is to reinforce his new position of power and appear strong to everyone else. Will Anita become Jean-Claude's human servant or will she chose to die?
I really enjoy reading books with strong female characters. Anita is probably one of the strongest, although at times, I do think she acts a little stupidly as her mouth runs away with her. I admire Anita's ability to carry on despite all the people who want her dead in this book. At one point, her friend, Manny, asks Anita why she isn't more frightened after seeing Dominga? Anita shrugs and asks Manny what he would have her do, cry? Anita is frightened, but she manages to carry on and fight because she wants to live. I also enjoy Anita's wit and sass. She has the audacity to tell the Master Vampire of the city to leave her alone, and later in the book, that she is leaving because she is fed up of waiting for him.
So far, I am really enjoying the series. The more I read, the darker the content seems to become. Several times I shuddered because of the monstrous things Dominga sent Anita's way. I hate the thought of waking up to a monster in my bedroom at night and Hamilton really brings the reader into the story. I still shudder if I think about Dominga sending something my way during the night! Dominga herself is also terrifying. She has a presence throughout the book, yet Anita only meets with her three times. She is a significant character, but she isn't in the book often. I admire Hamilton's ability to develop a character with such depth. I imagine that Hamilton could write a whole spin off on Dominga, not that I think she'd be very relatable or likable. She'd be interesting though! On top of all this, the police scenes where Anita is investigating the zombie killer that leaves body parts scattered around different rooms is awful. The victims even include young children! I feel as sick as Anita does, and I am glad that Anita isn't able to handle the situation very well, and the Police Officers don't do any better. This gives the book a more realistic feel.
I thought the ending of the book was brilliant. I was surprised by Anita's actions. She does what she has to. I don't know if I could do it if I were in her position. We also learn something crucial about Anita. As the book progressed it was obvious that there was more to Anita than just an animator. Dominga's interest in Anita's power, plus Anita's ability is much more advanced than all the other animators where she works, were all obvious indicators. I didn't figure out exactly what this meant until the ending, and it was spectacular. I am keen to see how this develops in the coming books. I tried to get hold of the third book in the series, Circus of the Damned, straight away. It is out on loan at the library though! I will have to wait until after Christmas to get a hold of this book.
Final Verdict: The more I read of this series, the more I like it. It is the best Vampire series that I have read so far.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Supernatural Feast.,
The Laughing Corpse is only the 2nd book in the series but Anita Blake is fast becoming one of my favourite character's, I've read a lot of supernatural fantasy series, this is by far the bloodiest and most disturbing. Time to download the next one!
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