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Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Book 3) by [Hamilton, Laurell K.]
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In Laurell Hamilton's wonderfully noir horror thrillers, Anita Blake never knows quite what is going to turn up walking the mean streets she lives on. She really does not appreciate the sexual attentions of Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the city she lives in and proprietor of the Circus of the Damned. No matter how cute he is, he is dead, and Anita gets enough of dead people in her work as zombie raiser and vampire executioner. His friend Richard strikes her as entirely more her sort of thing--sweet, polite and a high-school teacher; yet she knows with an awful inevitability that Richard probably has secrets of his own. Add to this volatile personal mix vampires with ambitions to seize Jean-Claude's throne and mount anti-human pogroms, an immortal snake-woman with agendas of her own and a hit-man with a contract on whoever the Master happens to be at the time, and Anita's problems start to be as entertaining and suspenseful as ever. Hamilton takes us to dark caverns and overlit night-clubs, and to the darker places that live inside human and formerly human sexuality--her books are terrific supernatural thrillers because she is keen to explore sexual heat as well as terror and excitement.--Roz Kaveney

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She's the 'it' girl for bloodsuckers, werewolves, wereleopards and assorted undead types. (News Press [Fort Myers, FL])
[A] gutsy, no-nonsense female unafraid to take on anything that the preternatural world throws her way. (Library Journal)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1293 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036AS03A
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anita Blake once again is in a heck of a lot of trouble fighting monsters, zombies, human enemies and friends. As she comments, in the last four months Anita has been stabbed, beaten, shot strangled and vampire bit. In this book she has even more violence both physical and magical directed at her. And she manages to prevail through a combination of tenacity, toughness, talent and training.

In Circus of the Damned Anita continues her feud with Jean Claude who tries everything to get Anita to succumb to his wiles and become his human servant. Other master vampires are also interested in Anita due to her necromantic powers and reputation. In addition she is assisting the police in an investigation of several murders that are perpetrated by a rogue vampire pack, breaking in a new animator at work who is naïve and dangerously enthusiastic, and she has a new romantic interest and therefore is trying to go on a date. Fat chance because it's Halloween so business is booming.

The tale of Anita Blake continues to fascinate. She a tough cookie with a heart of gold and cannot bear to see people victimized. Nor will she tolerate any attempts to dominate or intrude upon her. Anita has a strong bullshit detector and does not have time for some of the hierocracy and niceties that most people expect--particularly from a female. She has a sarcastic sense of humor that allows her to see the funny side even in the face of death, and a laconic yet rich style of narration. Highly enjoyable non-stop read!
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After the second book in the Anita Blake series I was hoping that the series would keep up its quality. That would have been more than enough for me, but I was surprised by a book that is even better than "The Laughing Corpse". Anita, the animator / vampire slayer / necromancer, returns in a fast-paced, riveting thriller that does not let the reader go, not even for a second. For those fans of the series, you will even find some new elements in this book, like a new creature called lumia, but I will let you find out for yourself what its "features" are.
After some rowdy encounters in the last episode, Anita finds herself contacted by Inger and Mr. Reubens, two former human against vampires (HAV) members who are now part of a more radical group. In the eve of a new era, where the legislators are considering giving vampires the right to vote, Reubens and Inger are looking to kill every vampire in USA, starting with the master of the city. Naturally, the master of the city is none other than Jean-Claude, the vampire who has marked Anita twice and only needs two more marks to convert her in his human servant. Anita refuses to help the former HAV members and as usual will face unorthodox persuasion methods. In the midst of this problem and in her capacity of police advisor on vampires, zombies and the like, Anita is faced with a murder victim that shows fang marks from several different vampires. This is a clear indication that there is a rogue master vampire on the loose and that he is extremely dangerous. There are a couple of vampires that fit the "description", including Jean-Claude and Malcolm, but there also are new guys in town!
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Anita Blake is an Animator, an animator is not someone who draws cartoons but rather a person who has the innate ability to raise the dead. Anita and those she works with raise zombies to settle will disputes, have abused people resolve their feelings and other things -- all for a reasonable fee. On the side of this most prolific of professions Anita is a vampire hunter -- she's nicknamed 'the Executioner' by the vampires and (obviously) isn't too keen on them. 'Circus of the Damned' was an excellent read, and I found it to be the best book so far in the series... I would actually say it's perhaps the second best novel after 'Obsidian Butterfly'.

We rejoin Anita as she's once again back on a murder case. There is a new master vampire in town and he's trying to challenge the master of the city -- Anita is the only human who knows who he is, and also happens to be his (in denial) human servant. So she's basically walking around with a whopping great bulls-eye on her forehead; making her a target for this new master vampire. To add to her problems Edward is back in town and demanding that Anita give up the name of the master of St Louis ie Jean-Claude -- Edward, having orders to kill him. Can Anita give Jean-Claude up to Edward? It would leave her free of her human servant marks if she did. Choices choices.

The plot was very well paced and I never felt like the story lagged at all. Edward is brilliant and I enjoyed seeing more of him. Anita has said in the past that she thought Edward would kill her if he ever had to -- but here he seemed quite reluctant to harm her. I look forward to learning more about him future books. I also really love the 'Spook Squad' characters. Dolph and Zerbrowski particularly are really fun; Dolph and Anita at a crime scene are usually some of my favourite scenes in the books.

Circus of the Damned was the same mixture of dark humour, hard boiled detective work and character development as those prior. Highly recommended!
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