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Dancing (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #21.5)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,684 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla—and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, e ...more
ebook, 52 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Penguin (first published September 1st 2013)
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This story just emphasized how out of touch Hamilton seems with her audience, or at least with me and all of the women and men that I'm acquainted with. Who goes to a party and announces intimate details of your personal history and sex life? Nathaniel isn't a social nincompoop, he would use expressions when talking to Katie Zerbrowski that were less awkward but still described their relationship accurately. Oh yeah, except for Hamilton wanting to be a bull in a china shop about their relationsh ...more
Ok, so- Anita, Nate and Micah walk into a barbecue... (rim shot!)

Maybe I shouldn't use terms like that... might give Hamilton ideas.

Anyways, Anita & the boys are attending a cookout at Zerbrowski's house- along with their recurring guest star: Monica's four-year old son, Matthew- and it's the first time she's bringing them all 'round, which means a story about a whole lotta wangst, pure and simple. Why there's a four-year old child involved with all this, I've no idea- and apparently neither
Fangs for the Fantasy
Oct 31, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it
Anita, Micah and Nathaniel go to a BBQ at Zerbrowski’s house. People are mean to them. Anita explains the error of their ways.

And that’s not a euphemism for her shooting them.

There are a lot of major prejudices displayed in this book. The homophobia of forcing affection between two men to be hidden. The sexism, homophobia and rigid gender roles in declaring certain activities for girls or boys. The treatment of sex workers as objects, not as people and of assuming all strippers are prostitutes.
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞

My Thoughts:

Same ol same ol Anita and Micah and Nathaniel but the story was sweet.

Nathaniel seems to be taking on a bigger role than Micah...makes me wonder what's going on in LKH's life! ;)

I really do hate when a book stops at 85% so they can put excerpts of "prior" books...I really do.

Favorite Quote:

"Life is like dancing, sometimes one of you leads, sometimes the other, and if you do it right it’s beautiful, even when it’s hard."
I don't understand why people drop $3 on a short story only to turn around and complain about the length of the story. HELLO Laurell makes it very clear that this Dearies is a short story a novella a little something to hold us over during the year or so that we wait for the next Anita book. I REALLY like Nathainel and Micah and had no issues dropping $3 for this fix. It's a nice story showing them in a "normal" setting. No gun fights, no crazy orgies, no psycho enemy. This is proof that Anita h ...more
Although this very short novella was bogged down with the typical of Hamilton, minutia, this was eventually a very cute story. I do think that Ms Hamilton writes these stories about the everyday lives of her characters, to mimic what may be going on with her own life.

Micah, Nathaniel and Anita are invited to a picnic given by long time friend and partner Zerbrowski and his wife Katie. The trio is babysitting Matthew and the story ends with a dance that shows how little boys can be ballet dancers
Sep 17, 2013 Mara rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Hardcore fans only, if they don't mind paying 3 bucks for a short story.

It's nice, but you can't get the idea off your mind this is a cut-off scene. There's nothing new in it, nothing really worth it, except of course Z and his wife.
Sep 18, 2013 Bookmom rated it liked it
The first story I’ve read from this series—I didn’t read Beauty—that didn’t include police work, zombies, vampire or lycanthrope politics, magic or the ardeur. What we get, in a very short story, is a BBQ at Zebrowski’s house.

I can’t imagine that this story would be read by anyone but someone who follows the series, so the real estate taken up by character descriptions of those we already know, along with back story, just adds padding to the length of the “novelette.” Also adding about 11% to th
For those of you who reviewed before the book ever came out (especially since the author has confirmed that she never gave out early copies so we all know you didn't read the story before you reviewed), SHAME ON YOU! What kind of ego do you have that you think your uninformed opinion matters to anyone about anything. If you don't like Laurell K Hamilton's writing, then don't read her books but then don't pretend that you have any knowledge about what the story is about or whether it is good, bad ...more
Can someone please tell me, why I have absolutely no desire to read this? Maybe Im wrong and Ill find out sooner or later, but is this going to be the same repetitive mess from the last books? Anita Blake has become a character that defends her lifechoices every-5-freakin-pages to everyone she meets. And its pretty much the same conversation each time. I might experiment and write how I think this story will go and then see how it compares just to see if Laurell K. has anything original left in ...more
I really enjoyed this simple view into Anita's social and love life. I like how she was both comfortable and uncomfortable with Mathew. Maybe their will actually be a kid in the future although I expect not. lol. I liked how Zebrowski was so cool with Micah and Nathaniel and a little disappointed with Katie. I expected her to be more open and defending than she was.
Nice sweet little short in the Anita Blake universe. Anita, Nathaniel, & Micah attend a late summer picnic/BBQ at Zerbrowski's house. They bring Monica's son Matthew along, as Monica is out of town on business.

What I liked most about this short was that I didn't feel like I was drowning in characters. Always loved the big cast of the Anita Blake series, but lately I've been wanting to kill off a few characters, just to thin the herd out. (And, yes, I have a particular list in mind. Luckily
Nov 28, 2014 Melanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: uf, z-2014
I really glad I didn't pay the $2.99 for this ebook. It is extremely short. I've read many stories from authors at the same level for only $0.99 and would've paid that for this book. I learned my lesson after the last ebook that was put out for $3 and only 33 pages. Luckily, I was able to get this from my library.

I was looking forward to this story because of Zerbrowski and his wife. They both have very little page time, even though the story takes place at their house. The entire story read as
A short novella from Laurell K. Hamilton. Not a bad little story, but not a great one either. Nothing much is moved forward in regards to the overall plot of the series, but we do get to see Anita, Micah and Nathaniel in a situation that involves no guns, blood, fighting or vampire/wereanimal politics.

Anita does seem to be growing up and growing more comfortable in her own skin and that is lovely to see. She is clearly becoming more at ease with her lifestyle choices and with her loves, which is
Jun 07, 2015 Pansy rated it it was amazing
OMG! Anita and "family" at a family bar-b-que at the Zerbrowski's? Just the thought is mind boggling. But, Nathaniel kind of tricks her into going and it just happens to be the week they are keeping Matthew. So off they go, Anita, Nathaniel, Micah, and Matthew. This book was a fun look at Anita being "normal" - well for her anyway. It is fun! It is entertaining! Anyone will enjoy this. It is written so that you won't be lost if you are not familiar with the world of Anita Blake. A brief snapshot ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Rather generic day in the life. It's always nice to get a little glimpse into the day to day of favorite characters, but it also wasn't anything special. In fact after them living together for three years you'd think a lot of the tension points regarding them being together and affectionate with each otheri n public would be old news by now.

Perhaps I've just spent an entire life of "loud and proud," and taking it on the chin for it, such that I don't understand why others turn stuff like that in
Ea Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it did not like it
Take away the sex and violence, and this novella shows what the Anita Blake series is now all about -- complaining, posturing, and hating people who are different from you.

Aside from those things, there's not really much of a reason for "Dancing: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novella" to exist. I can only assume that Laurell K. Hamilton and her husband went to a barbecue that they didn't enjoy, and that she subsequently turned that mundane activity into a short story where Anita whines, picks f
Apr 16, 2014 Anna rated it did not like it
Despite the fact that I believe this series has jumped the shark and is well past its prime, I am ever hopeful. This novella/short was much like the last dozen books: awful.

This is more like an deleted scene than a novella, a money grab. And it has no necessary information; it is completely irrelevant in the Anita Blake universe.

I really hate when authors publish these deleted scenes and call them novellas, then charge for them. It's a slap in the face to the faithful followers who after 22 bo
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Dec 24, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun little novella/short story to tide you over to the next book. I liked this little excerpt of Anita and Micah and Nathaniel going to a cop barbeque. There's some conflict, but not where you'd expect it. This time it's not the cops, but their wives - and they're making Nathaniel uncomfortable. I liked this story - it was rather domestic and fun.

Quote to remember:

Life is like dancing, sometimes one of you leads, sometimes the other, and if you do it right it's beautiful, even when it's hard.
Simon Fletcher
I think I want to read this book. But don't have an e reader and am not about to buy one. So I can't read this book. Why must everyone be computer competent. I just want to read this story and the one before and after. I physically own everything that Laurell K Hamilton has written and is able to be purchased from a book shop. So why an I now being punished just because I'm not geek enough to work out some cunning way to down load it without an e reader.
Dose anyone hear me and know if I can purc
SN the Viking
Dec 01, 2014 SN the Viking rated it really liked it
A quickie from LKH that was actually good and sweet. I did not think I ever would read a sweet Anita Black thing, but it was and I liked it. We got Nathaniel and Micah in it so that helped since they are my favorite boys along with Jason.

4 stars
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In my opinion for this "book" this is the most refreshing one yet for the Anita Blake's it's so out of the box for her I mean having to go to zerbrowzkis for a BBQ is so weird! But I love how Nathaniel ends up making a bet with him and ends up winning all cause he helps Kaitlin with her dancing it's so adorable and how Anita wanted to kill those women for just ogling Nathaniel God. ha sorry I'm way to deep in the books. But I can't help but LOVE Nathaniel I mean after all he's been through he is ...more
Vilmarie Santos
Oct 07, 2013 Vilmarie Santos rated it really liked it
ok the only thing that is beginning to bother me is that in every book she give a background on the main characters i would understand the ones that are hardly mention but the main ones ? . all i'm saying is we are on the 22 book in the series every one know the main guys , if someone pick up the 22 book to start on the series the are just plain dumb . other than re telling the background of the characters i loved the short story actually i loved all her book and can't wait for the next one I AM ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I had stopped reading Laurell K Hamilton after reading her short story Beauty. Essentially it was, well, we will say more graphically sexual than I enjoy. In the beginning of the series Anita was a very tough woman, that didn't take any nonsense from anyone. The bite of a vampire was treated with Holy Water so as to prevent corruption, or something it has been over a decade since I read those first books. In the series after a while Anita is starting to date the head vampire, I will not ruin tho ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Eve rated it it was ok
why am i reading these books? or in this case, a booklet? Is it my OCD-ish desire to complete something that I started? My increasingly absurd hope that they will become as interesting and satisfying (although never "great") as the first few in this series? Is it that my digital library loan was ending and I felt compelled to respond to that deadline? (Although I had taken the initiative to actually take the novella out as a digital loan . . . hmmm . . .I guess that I can't escape responsibility ...more
I enjoyed this quickie between angsty Anita and ... Oops, I almost listed two of her men (Nathaniel and Micah) but of course, these books are never about anyone but Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and author Laurell K. Hamilton's personal sex life. An afternoon BBQ at Sergent Zebrowski's is angsty Anita's 1st 'couples' event in the non-monster world; she attends this cop event with her two husbands and Matthew, her friend Mia's 4 yr old who they are babysitting. No, actually she counts Nathaniel as ...more
I know, I said I'd given up on this series. I needed something short to read, and I was in the mood for vampire fiction, and I ended up reading this. It actually wasn't as bad as Shutdown, and I loved seeing Nathaniel's vulnerable side (because I'd forgotten how much I actually like the characters, if you ignore the crappy physical descriptions and awkward explanations that occur every few paragraphs). I mean, bits of it were preachy, especially Anita's miserable attempts at feminism, but apart ...more
Yvette Calleiro
I am a HUGE fan of Anita Blake and all things LK Hamilton (if I could use a larger font for the word "huge" I would). I borrowed this short story from a friend of mine, so I guess I didn't feel the $3 hit that most people are complaining about. Still, I have to say that I really enjoyed the story. Did I LOVE it as much as I do her full length novels? Of course not! It's a snippet of a part of a chapter of what could have been part of a novel. And being a series reader, I love the lengthy stuff. ...more
Suzanne Marinelli
Apr 11, 2014 Suzanne Marinelli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This is coming from a true Anita Blake follower. Meh... that's all this gets.

Felt like I was being lectured that I should be open minded about a polyamourous lifestyle...

I don't like being lectured to by my favorite characters. Fact is, If I had a problem with that kind of thing, I wouldn't be reading Anita Blake. I don't know what Laurell K. Hamilton does in her real life - and if she lives like this... so be it, have fun... .But I want to read about the supernatural and their bonds a
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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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“My answer seemed to please him, and he let it go. Matthew was teaching me not to over explain, to explain just enough to make him happy, and not dig the verbal hole deeper. Talking to children is like testifying in court, answer just what’s asked, don’t elaborate, and don’t volunteer information.” 3 likes
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