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Danse Macabre: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 13 Paperback – 7 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841493198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841493190
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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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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Oh dear. I actually skipped about 200 pages in the middle of this book to the scene where Anita (and all of her men) are in hospital awaiting the results of her pregnancy tests. It seems I missed the introduction of a few more characters for Anita to have sex with. That being said. I don't think I missed anything vital to the "story", unless I missed the actual story itself. I don't really recall there being one. In fact, I was so fed up with this book that I actually started reading another book to give me a break from it. (A book that came free with Cosmo magazine.) That's how desperate I was.
It's a shame as I really liked the concept of a vampire ballet troupe. So much potential to write something interesting. It does make you wonder how Hamilton managed to get the last few books past the publishers. I had to skim past the terrible, cringe inducing sex scenes. No more dialogue, Hamilton, I beg of you. If you must include it, just tell us what they are doing but no more talking between characters. I actually had a moment of paranoia on the tube in case somebody might have been reading over my shoulder. The only ardeur scene I bothered with was the bit with Asher but that is only because I like his character. I wish I hadn't, though, as Anita's character just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I just don't get the appeal of this heroine and the interest in her by the main characters just makes me think less of them too. She even managed to get Otto on her side. Shame, after reading this book, I would be glad if he'd finished her off back in Obsidian Butterfly, the last of hamilton's book to have a fairly decent(ish) plot.
I generally find that if a page features the words, ardeur or Richard (If only he'd been killed off back in Blue Moon), then it is a good idea to skip ahead as I have already read it before (in the previous four or five books).
I am only hoping that Charlaine Harris doesn't fall apart like this when she releases book 10 this year.
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Format: Hardcover
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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