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Circus of the Damned
Circus of the Damned
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Some women say there are no straight men left. I just want to meet one that's human.", 4 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Circus of the Damned (Paperback)
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!


The Laughing Corpse
The Laughing Corpse
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The rush of power was like the memory of painful sex. Part of you wanted to do it again.", 4 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The Laughing Corpse (Paperback)
Enter the world of Anita Blake, licensed vampire executioner and necromancer of mixed Anglo/Mexican heritage. In this second installment of the series, she is bombarded with mystery, violence, blood and sex. Anita has a talent for the dead which she became aware of at the age of 13 when her dog died--and then showed up a week later curled up in Anita's bed. Her Mexican grandmother was a voudun practitioner and was able to teach Anita to control her ability. As an adult, Anita uses her power over the dead as a business to help people who have unfinished business with the dead.

Anita is investigating some very gory murders and she suspects the local voudun master, Dominga Salvador. In the process of the investigation she discovers a grisly plot to exploit the dead as well as a twisted financiers unscrupulous plan to profit from human sacrifice. Anita is also attempting to dodge the new vampire Master, Jean Claude, the most powerful and sexy vampire in the city, who is determined to court Anita. He has a strange power over Anita which she is not prepared to acknowledge.

Hamilton delivers a paranormal thriller drenched with violence and gore, and hinting at twisted sex. The character of Anita is charming and appealing. She has a taste for weapons, coffee and straight talk, as well as a mordant sense of humor. Hamilton maintains a nice degree of suspense which keep the pages turning! Highly recommended.


Guilty Pleasures
Guilty Pleasures
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sexy supernatural crime thriller!, 4 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Guilty Pleasures (Paperback)
This is the first in an alternate history fantasy series which introduces the character Anita Blake, an animator, licensed vampire executioner and necromancer of mixed Anglo/Mexican heritage. Anita lives in St. Louis in a world where the supernatural beings mingle with humans in the form of vampires, were-wolves, were-rats and ghouls. Her skills as an animator are inherited but she has had formal and informal training in weapons and magic, as well as a degree in preternatural biology.

Employed by the venal Burt at Animators Inc, twenties-something Anita is a tiny woman whose expertise in martial arts and weapons allows her to prevail over assorted bad guys. She is thoroughly battle scarred both physically and emotionally. Her primary function--and talent--is raising the dead. This talent for raising the dead affords her some resistance to vampire mind control.

In Guilty Pleasures Anita becomes embroiled in an investigation into some local vampire murders. In the process of the investigation she is pitted against a thousand-year-old vampire, the master of the city. In the process she meets the King of the Were-rats and becomes involved with Jean-Claude, a devastatingly handsome vampire and owner of a vampire-stripper nightclub called Guilty Pleasures.

Anita Blake is a very appealing heroine. She is a woman of contrasts--at one moment a ruthless killing machine and the next the champion of the downtrodden who cuddles toy penguins at bedtime. Hamilton creates a convincing alternate universe using Anita as a conduit with a laconic yet rich first person narration that gets us into the head--and world--of a gutsy and devastatingly honest heroine. Highly recommended!


The Devil You Know: A Felix Castor Novel, vol 1
The Devil You Know: A Felix Castor Novel, vol 1
by Mike Carey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously dark humor in this noir paranormal detective story!, 4 Oct. 2006
Felix Castor, free lance exorcist is working in London at a time when the supernatural is becoming more a part of everyday life in London--business is booming. Felix is cynical and smart, sort of a modern-day Philip Marlowe, with the snappy observations and occasional bad manners. He has reservations about the exorcist business but needs to pay the bills.

The latest job, a simple haunting, is turning into a bigger job than Felix can handle. He has to do some major snooping to figure out why this ghost has such a hold on the living. In the process he finds out that evil is done by the living and the dead can only re-enact it. If he gets too close to the truth, Felix may pay with his life.

Carey has created an interesting character who fits perfectly in modern day London where the ghosts are coming out of the woodwork. The Devil You Know is possessed by the spirit of noir fiction. The story is atmospheric, shadowy and at times disturbing. Felix is the prototypical hard-boiled detective with mordant wit, living in a violent and pessimistic world.


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