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on 22 July 2011
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!
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on 25 June 2009
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 mildly 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.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 February 2011
Anita Blake is knee deep in blood and guts as she assists the police investigating the vicious murder of a family. She's not only hunting down a killer zombie, she's also dodging goons belonging to a man who is intent that Anita raise an ancestor; the downer is that he'll force her if necessary but will thoughtfully provide the human sacrifice required.

If Anita's life can't get any worse, she's also fighting a personal war against Dominga Salvador; probably the most powerful Voodoo priestess in the US plus she's still dealing with master vampire Jean-Claude's interest in her and her own reluctant attraction to him.

"The Laughing Corpse" has a slick, action packed plot plus Anita, her amazingly smart mouth and an attitude to back it is a great character. Yet there is no disguising that there are some gory and incredibly violent scenes in this book. The deaths are not glossed over at all and a warning to the squeamish, the descriptions of the brutal life threatening and life ending injuries sustained by victims are extensive.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 February 2011
Anita Blake is knee deep in blood and guts as she assists the police investigating the vicious murder of a family. She's not only hunting down a killer zombie, she's also dodging goons belonging to a man who is intent that Anita raise an ancestor; the downer is that he'll force her if necessary but will thoughtfully provide the human sacrifice required.

If Anita's life can't get any worse, she's also fighting a personal war against Dominga Salvador; probably the most powerful Voodoo priestess in the US plus she's still dealing with master vampire Jean-Claude's interest in her and her own reluctant attraction to him.

"The Laughing Corpse" has a slick, action packed plot plus Anita, her amazingly smart mouth and an attitude to back it is a great character. Yet there is no disguising that there are some gory and incredibly violent scenes in this book. The deaths are not glossed over at all and a warning to the squeamish, the descriptions of the brutal life threatening and life ending injuries sustained by victims are extensive.
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on 10 February 2011
I prefer the pace and tone of these earlier Anita Blake's. These are where Anita's developing her powers and discovering who she is and who she might become. In these I am hanging on for an extra page, just a little bit more, and then suddenly it's gone midnight and I should be asleep. So, Laurel K Hamilton, I blame you, and Anita, for the dark bags under my eyes and my general irritable and sleep deprived grouchiness.

The Laughing Corpse is a damned good read, a real page turner to get totally lost in.
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on 14 May 2013
This book will keep you up all night! I couldn't put it down.
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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on 28 June 2010
This is the second in the novels ofAnita Blake, animator and vampire hunter-a woman as good at raising the dead as she is at slaying the undead. Now, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead...
She is one tough woman with a code of honor worthy of respect and one that causes her inner turmoil on a daily basis in her line of work. In this book we learn more of her relationships with her fellow animators, Charles and Manny, and the continuing development of the relationship between Jean Claude, Master Vampire, and Anita Blake, vampire slayer and human slave to Jean Claude, or so he desires. We also learn more about the powers behind the woman
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on 9 November 2013
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.
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on 18 November 2013
Really enjoyed this book from the moment I downloaded it. Getting to the point where starting up far too late into the night to finish.
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on 11 May 2013
Second time reading the book but found it as enjoyable as the first , I love these books, looking forward to the next
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