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Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3) (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #3)

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In Circus of the Damned-now in hardcover for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher n ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 1995)
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HFK
Buddy read with Jessica. Our Anita Blake marathon continues with the third installment in the series, and it is scarily starting to cause déjà vu's because I am pretty sure I have gone down this same bumpy road with our previous buddy read series: Pretty Little Liars. What makes it scary is the fact that I know the disaster is coming, and hitting me hard enough to get myself all worked up in the near future, yet I am too busy eating my guilty pleasure cookies while dwelling inside this urban fan ...more
Jilly


Well, it's not going to be Anita. This girl is obsessed with her Nikes. Nikes are mentioned in this book so many times that if you played a drinking game with "Nike" as your word, you would be smashed by the halfway point of the book.

But, don't worry, she always color coordinates her Nikes with a sporty fanny pack. To look more fashionable, of course.



So, even though we want to picture Anita like this:



She is actually more like this:




So, in this book we have a pack of vampires murdering people. An
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Jul 19, 2012 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, horror
I am really enjoying my rereading of this series. Going back to the beginning of the series has reminded me why I continue to read along even though it has morphed into another beast entirely. These early books were so great because the men and the sex weren’t the focus of the entire freaking plot.

Here Anita is still working as an animator and an assistant to preternatural police force. Anita has a full plate, as usual, after a full night of corpse raising, she’s then hounded by members of “the
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Crystal Starr Light
"Your questions will make something simple last all...day."

Just three books in, and already we can see a pattern forming. Dudes come to Anita to have her do something; she says, in no uncertain terms, "No". Dolph calls her to investigate a murder; it ends up being the weirdest, most unusual murder Anita has ever seen. Jean-Claude makes the moves on her; Anita tells him to F@#$ off. Anita does minor investigating, bad guys come out of the woodworks to try to kill her, Anita is rude and sarcastic
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Tilly Slaton
Dec 30, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Laurell Hamilton’s work. The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is outstanding!

The first two books in this series, Guilty Pleasures and The Laughing Corpse are amazing pieces of work.

This book declares no less awesomeness. This is the book that wraps you around the series and pulls everything together. This book is really the beginning of the journey that whips and turns you into a reality that is completely twisted, morbid and simply put, cool!

Anita Blake is introduced to a few character
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Cassandra
Feb 08, 2009 Cassandra rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Without a doubt, better than the first two. I really like Jean-Claud. He is the reason I am reading these books. I have never wanted a bad guy to get the girl before, it's fun. Anita was a bit disappointing. I'm beginning to wonder if Jean-Claud deserves better.

The swearing is excessive and redundant. And I realize that in a series you have to make each book a stand alone and therefore have to explain the same thing several times. But does it have to be word for word? There are literally paragra
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Fabienne Gilbert
I started at Jean-Claude still cuddled on the corner of the bed. He looked adorable, and if I'd had my gun, I'd have shot him on the spot.


Oh, Anita we can always count on you to start saying something sweet and then have us end in tears or wondering where the hell your train of thought is going. Let's just hope its not following Zerbrowski's 'choo-choo' pjs (sorry couldn't resist! Read the book and you will see why!)

So this is by my favourite of the series and before I start singing my praises t
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Nicole
Feb 12, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

For all the Anita Blake books - I started this series with my then friend, Meredith - she actually got me hooked that fateful summer of 2000 when I was living on her wooden floor in Brooklyn. We were both unemployed and bored and got hooked into this series. I loved Anita Blake because it was before I discovered the new genre - what I like to call "badass chicks who kick ass!" written in first person - and so she was all empowering and of course there were hot vampires and werewolves in it.

Unfo

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Damecatoe
I also thought the premise of Anita Blake was pretty cool. She's an Animator, see? She raises zombies for a living. And vampires are legal citizens. Eventually, she's supposed to get involved with both a vampire and a werewolf. I say eventually cause even though I thought this was a central theme of the books, I've read 2 and a half of them and there have been nary a creature-of-the-night and vampire hunter smoochie. I take that back. There was one, but it was one of those contrived "fake kiss s ...more
Sofs
Circus of the Damned did not scare me or grossed me out as much as Guilty Pleasures or The Laughing Corpse. I also didn't like it as much as the last two books of the series.

Jean-Claude is turning Anita's life into one hell of a big mess; Anita is firstly baited by a vampire Master called Alejandro, who controls a pack of rabid vampires who have chewing up people and leaving them on the cemetery. Alejandro wishes to know who is the Vampire Master controlling the city of St.Louis, and his where h
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Selin
Aug 18, 2011 Selin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ve sonunda lanetliler sirki bitti,öncelikle çok kaliteli bir kitaptı,gerek dialoglardan gerek betimlemelerden usluptan kolayca anlaşılıyor zaten... İki kitaptır sadece çok sevildiği için bir şans daha verdiğimden okuyordum ama bu kitaptan sonra 4.yü büyük bir heycanla alacğım.
Bir şeyi söylemeden geçemem anita hayran kalınacak bir karakterdi,ama bazen o inadı insanı çileden çıkaracak noktaya ulaşabiliyordu. Yan karakterlere bayıldm dolph ve polisler,larry hatta bert süperdi :D erkeklere sylenicek
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Katherine Madison
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Donna
Jan 31, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've read 4 books in this series, and I enjoy the entertainment value of them. They are just fun! I love Jean-Claude. The narrator does a great job on his voice, as well as with the other characters. I always love a good narrator. I also like the MC, Anita. She is, for the most part, humorous. Sometimes the dialog feels forced and causes some eye rolling, but for the most part it keeps me interested. As long as I can say that and mean it, I'll keep reading more in this series.
Tonya
Jan 11, 2009 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far this book is the best in the series. I am only on book 4. They keep getting better. The ending was dramatic and had me immediately reaching for book 4 (Lunatic Cafe).
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This one was actually pretty good. While reading this, I was thinking, 3 books in and the series is really good. I like that Anita is flawed but she has personality and some character development. Even the tension between her and Jean Claude I kind of like.

Which makes me nervous, since I hear the rest of the series isn't as good as the first couple of books in. For now, I'll try to keep up with some of the books in the series. Maybe I'll read the other books as well. Not sure...keyword maybe.
Myvampfiction
Nov 22, 2011 Myvampfiction rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
review by Ciara

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

Circus of the Damned, the third of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton, opens with Anita meeting with members of Humans First, an organization campaigning to have vampires criminalized again.

They ask for the daytime resting place of the Master of the City. Anita refuses, but there is a bit of deliberation. Not so long ago, she would have believed that staking a vampire wasn’t murder. Things have changed over the course o
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Now this book, this probably is my second best in the series. I loved almost everything in it.

The most important pro is that there is Edward to be had. Cold, ruthless Edward with a soft spot for Anita but for Anita the friend, maybe even Anita the baby sister, not Anita the "sex bomb".

Then we have the first Richard appearance. Damn but the guy was full of potential. Charming and full of humour. The Richard we meet in this book has nothing to do with the whinny, cruel, jealous SOB he becomes late
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Kami
Jan 30, 2013 Kami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely hated the book. Maybe it's a case of reading too many in the series so close together but I am so done with the love/hate thing Anita has with Jean-Claude and her supposed badass attitude. The writing misses the mark trying to create what I would consider a strong dominant character and instead the character comes across as very insecure, hates herself and everyone around her and has a really lousy sense of fashion. Maybe others like that kind of psychological baggage but it's not for ...more
Kirsti
Nov 14, 2011 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third in the Anita Blake series, and another one of my favorites. This time around we're introduced to a character that soon became my most hated in the series; Richard. He screams of everything in a man I dislike from the very beginning, so of course I hoped she would end up with Jean Claude.

I liked the mystery in this one, because it wasn't the sole focus. we get to see more of Anita in her daily life, and more of her interactions with Jean Claude. Her animating is brought more into focus
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Megan
"Jean-Claude sat on one corner of the couch. He wore black jeans tucked into knee-high leather boots, dyed a deep, almost velvet black. His shirt had a high lace collar pinned at the neck by a thumb-size ruby pendant. His black hair was just long enough to curl around the lace. The sleeves were loose and billowing, tight at the wrists with lace spilling over his hands until only his fingertips showed.
'Where do you get your shirts?' I asked.
He smiled, 'Don't you like it?' His hands caressed dow
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Jennifer
Oct 08, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My main gripe with this book is that it could have been pretty good, but it wasn't.

First of all, Mr. Oliver fails as the ultimate scary vampire. He is mildly manipulative, but doesn't come across as all that powerful. The most powerful act he does is stand next to sunlight. Not particularly frightening. He doesn't even have control on his underlings. He is the most powerful vampire on earth and he's forced to live as a nomad? He's too vulnerable at the end and is easily staked with Anita's "Ha!
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SUBINITA
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Rebecca
Aug 15, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I enjoyed the first two books in the series but this one didn't work for me. I'm deducting a full star from my rating because Jean-Claude sucks (you SUCK Jean-Claude). He dresses like a reject from "Purple Rain" and seems to need to attend a few seminars on the nature of consent and yet Anita thinks she might love him a little. Or something. Whatever. Their "relationship" has always been the weakest part of the three books I've read so far (and yes, I know the author switches from UF to erotica ...more
Elaine
I am really enjoying this series! Fast paced, lots of action, good fight scenes & still an intriguing yet simple murder mystery. Nothing you need to tangle your brain around, just enough to sit back & enjoy. A fast, easy, satisfying read.

I really hope the new romantic feelings don't spoil all the fun (at least for another book or two). I have liked it so much, Anita is really growing on me and I am starting to admire her too. Action-packed, full of gore, supernatural creatures and tough
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Sara
Okay, I made it to book 3. Why? I'm not sure. It's like eating potato chips. I don't really like them, but the bag is there so I keep on eating them. . . .

This is so over-the-top and silly. But I kept on turning the pages. Had to see just who she was going to blow away with her gun(s) or stab with her knives.

One small woman, all those ancient vampires. And no one can kill this woman? Really?

Sigh. Against my better judgement, on to book 4. . . .I'm opening another bag.
Lorelle
Sep 12, 2012 Lorelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Action packed, but too much Jean Claude focus for my liking ( Omigod ma pe bloody tite!!!) , but due to an increased focus on werewolves, it gets 4 stars. Give me big beefy and buffed over pale and pastey anyday!
Freckles
OMG!! Nemám slov. Trvalo mi míň než 24 hodin to přečíst. Konečně se mi začíná Anita Blake pořádně líbit. Jestli to takhle bude se stoupavou tendencí dílů pokračovat dál, nemůžu se dočkat těch dalších!!
Paulius
Vidutiniškai. 3/5.
Grįžtame prie kapliadančių ir jų tarpusavio kovų dėl valdžios. Viskas matyta ir girdėta - Anita nesustabdoma, įvykiai seka vienas kita, taškosi kraujas - tikras “bajavykas”. Knyga nuo prieš tai buvusių skiriasi tik dar didesniu fiasko knygos pabaigoje (pereik į kitą pastraipą), kuomet milijoną (!!!) žvakučių užpūtęs kraujasiurbys staiga pradeda laikytis garbės (???) kodekso bei pamatęs Anitą pamiršta visą patirtį ir žinias apie negyvėlių pasaulį. Gaila, bet nebegaliu to perskai
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R. Michael Litchfield
So far these continue to be good books. They're perhaps not great art (still waiting for character development to occur) but nice adventures in an interesting alternative world where zombies and vampires are out of the closet and just a part of the normal world.

One thing, I have been listening to the audiobooks, and they have musical atmospherics that tend to distract me from the story. I do not need a fight track to know there is a fight going on or a spook track to know something creepy is hap
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Danielle Folker
Jul 13, 2014 Danielle Folker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Other than the fact that she got into a vehicle with people she knew she couldn't trust at all, it was a great read.
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more
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