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Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) Paperback – 1 Aug 2004
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Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton and the Anita Blake Novels"Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris "If you've never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter's vampires."--Literati Book Reviews "A sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist."--Starburst "Number one New York Times bestseller Hamilton is still thrilling fans...with her amazing multifaceted characters and intricate multilayered world, a mix of erotic romance, crime drama, and paranormal/fantasy fiction. Her descriptive prose is gritty and raw, with a mosaic of humor and horror to tell this complex, well-detailed story. But it's her enigmatic stable of stars that continues to shine, managing their improbable interpersonal relationship dynamics."--Library Journal
About the Author
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
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It was easy to give this book 3 stars, as I did find it to be a page turner (or button clicker, in the case of the Kindle). However I find far too many flaws amongst the redeeming features to give it any more than that. Here is why.
The characters are cliché and formulaic.
Jean Claude is very reminiscent of the vampire Lestat. And it's been a while since I've watched Interview with the Vampire, but the Master of the city screamed that tiny bratty girl vampire with ringlets that got burned to death. And whilst this may be unfair to Hamilton, since the movie didn't come out until 1994 and the copyright on this book is 1993, the fact that they're so similar screams "genre stereotyping".
I love the concept of animators, and the nod to the voodoo origins of the zombie mythology and methodology. I liked the action, too. But it was, excuse the pun, a monster mash. I found the ending a little sour and unsatisfying. There had been a massive build up and it was over in an underwhelming flash. It wasn't credible either based on the potency of the antagonist that had been built up over the book. It was almost as if she'd overgrown a child and didn't know what to do with it.
So whilst it was an enjoyable enough read, I'm not sure I'm going to be investing any more of my time and emotion in to Hamilton's books.
Anita Blake has become one of the best heroines (debatable use of language) I've had the pleasure to encounter. She is realistic, down to earth and complex. If theres one thing I hate in a novel its a woman with no real character or who clings stubbornly to stereotypes. Anita, despite her profession in the books and her dealings with the supernatural feels real, she has fears, doubts, prejudice and she walks the line between good and bad - I'm still having trouble deciding if its morally correct to call her the good guy in the stories, sure, she has a reason for everything she does and compared to many of the other character she's as sweet as pie, but objectively its really hard to decide.
As for the story itself, in this particular book we get the full introduction to both the characters and the world they live in, but its not a dump of information, its spread throughout the book and fits in perfectly with the goings on. There was, for me, not a single dull moment in reading this.
My only regret is that it ends before I want it too - both a compliment and a curse really. I so far love this book and the series and if you're into supernatural stories you'll want to give this a try, its like a loving cross between supernatural, horror and thriller genre's.
I'd recommend this book to teenage girls from fifteen up. Learning how to be a strong person with an equally strong character takes work. Start early.
Anita Blake is a hardboiled aninimator, which means she has the ability to raise the dead, her other talents include being a sanctioned vampire killer and working for the St Louis police force as a prenatural specialist on retainer basis.
She's sarcastic, loyal & protective of her friends she can also kick butt, protect herself & kill to survive ask questions later.
The book begins with the supernatural not long out of the closet, there is politics & subterfuge & the vamps are very protective over their public persona.
Anita is blackmailed by Nikalos, a master vampire into investigating very nasty vampire mutilations, she's very powerful & very scary - Anita has no choice in the matter.
Jean Claude is introduced who has an unhealthy interest in Anita, he's very manipulative, strategic & seductive, you appreciate how much at the end of the book.
I need to mention Edward, I love this character, a cold sociapath who has got Anitas back, well she hopes so anyway, your never quite sure. They join forces when matters turn particulary nasty, Edward is a supernatural assassin with 'cold dead eyes'.
I really do not want to give any more of the plot away, but the novel blasts others of this genre out of the water.
Read by Kimberly Alexis aka Laurell K Hamilton, I was impressed, there's nothing twangy about her accent which sometimes put me off with American accents, only because I am not used to the way of speech & in the past it has totally put me off listening to the rest of an audio book.But like I said no twang here. Her intonation is clear, different character voices are individual (Jean Claude has a sexy french lilt.)& she tells the story only like an author can because it's her creation, she tells the tale with expression & verve.
There's also atmospheric music in pertinant parts which some other audio books do not have.& this only adds to the experiance.
The only negative I can say is that the box the discs come is not very strong & could be damaged easily if not handled with care. Gripe over.
One of my favourite books out there I had already read the book twice, but still managed to pick up different points of view from listening to the CD's.
Superb.... Buy it you won't be disappointed.
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