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The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #6)

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Dating both a vampire and a werewolf isn't easy. But just to complicate Anita's already messy life, someone has put a price on her head. Love cannot save her this time, so she turns to Edward, hitman extraordinaire, for help. But finding the person behind the threat won't be easy, because as both a vampire hunter and zombie reanimator, Anita has made a lot of enemies-both ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Berkley Hardcover (first published June 1st 1997)
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Damecatoe
Aug 02, 2007 Damecatoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: SPOILERS AFOOT

Okay, so these books are marketed like steamy romance vampire lover novels, right? Well, The Killing Dance is the seventh book in this series that I have read, but the first where she sleeps with Jean-Claude, the vamp. I'm a little miffed cause if she was gonna sleep with either of them, I was hoping for Richard, the wolf. Or, at least hoping she would sleep with him before giving it up to Jean-Claude.

Now, here's the thing: in books 1-4, Anita is painted as taking the high
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Grace
Jul 25, 2012 Grace rated it did not like it
I haaaate Anita Blake.

She is rude. She is arrogant. She is pushy, bitchy, violent, frequently obstinate, has incredibly poor impulse control, and she does not strike me as particularly smart. Unfortunately, I think the author thinks Anita is smart, and so I end up reading passages that are meant to show Anita getting some sort of insight, when no. There's nothing there, sometimes literally the author will insert the idea that Anita's picked up on some nuance that is not there. That's not valid -
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Jilly
Anita Blake has a hit out on her in this book. And, the person who put the contract on her is offering a half a million dollars. Hell, I'd do it for a candy bar and a bottle of wine. It could even be a box of wine. Really, she's pretty unlikable.

She finds out about this through Edward, one of my favorite characters, a professional hitman. He was offered the contract first, but didn't take it. As a matter of fact, he even decides to protect her from the hitman who does try to kill her. Anita asks
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Bark's Book Nonsense
In The Killing Dance Anita Blake discovers someone has put out a serious hit on her life, she’s still torn between Richard the werewolf and Jean Claude the vampire and she’s drawn deeply into the tangled politics of the were-pack. There’s isn’t much in the way of police work, just a lot of pack power struggles, increased sensual tension and a visit from Edward. Ahhh, Edward’s here so I can deal with the lack of Anita working. She needs a bit of a break after Bloody Bones anyway.

If Bloody Bones
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VampireNovelFan
This is probably my favorite book of the whole series. It cuts out all of the BS and we get to the meat of what everybody wants to see. There is so much focus on Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard and by book 6 it was needed. Of course, she's got a half-million dollar bounty on her head that she needs to figure out in the process of trying not to get dead. Richard's dealing with his own pack issues; he isn't seeing eye to eye with his co-alpha, Marcus. That climaxes in an unbelievable scene.

Of cour
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Tilly Slaton
Jan 01, 2012 Tilly Slaton rated it liked it

Anita Blake, vampire hunter and animator. A fiercely loyal friend with survival instincts that would make your blood freeze and coil. There is so much rage in this woman, she makes the Hulk look like Stawberry Shortcake!

I went for the hallway and the sound of screams.

As always, the murder scenes in the Anita Blake series are impressive and stunningly delicious. I find myself anticipating certain aspects of these books. Am I looking forward to the lust triangle moments or the brains dripping from
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Jordan
Dec 04, 2008 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Again another great book in the Anita Blake series, and this one is probably one of my favorite in the series. Finally in this book we see a conclusion to head battle between Jean-Claude and Richard. Vampire or Werewolf? Which one will Anita pick? Can one woman successful be with two men and not lose herself? I found "The Killing Dance" to be one of the sexier books in the series, not because there is sex in the book, but because of all the sexual tension that is built throughout the book betwee ...more
Silent_count
Apr 02, 2012 Silent_count rated it it was ok
Shelves: commented, fiction
My public service announcement for the day is this:

If you read 'Anita Blake' books beyond this one, you've only got yourself to blame.

I've put a little effort into putting my finger on where this series went wrong. Somewhere along the line it went from being 'Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter' to 'Anita Blake: Supernatural Porn Star'. It was either this one or the next ('Burnt Offerings') where it all went penis-shaped.

Don't get me wrong. I like sex, and I also like porn.

However, when I buy a book abo
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Jessica
May 28, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Is it sad that at this point I'm more interested in the mysterious Edward's backstory than I am in Anita's romantic travails? After a while, Anita's dithering and trust issues get stale - at least this one involves some progress on this front.
Crystal Starr Light
Sabin and his human servant, Dominic, approach Anita with a problem. Sabin tried to go vegetarian for the love of his life, but now he's rotting. Can Anita help?

Sure, no problem! Only...Anita promptly drops that thread, and it's only a sheer coincidence (though a rather clever one, I'll admit) that it ever comes back into the story.

Anita is dating both Jean-Claude and Richard--supposedly because "She was forced to date Jean-Claude", but honestly, we all know she actually wanted to, because she's
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İlkim
Bu yorumu Kitap Esintisi adresinde bulabilirsiniz.

Bu kitap benim bir süredir beklediğim kısmı nihayet içeriyordu. Şu kısım tabi ki: JC ve Anita yakınlaşması. Kitapta Anita'nın başına bir ödül konuluyor ve peşine seri katiller takılıyor. Tabi bunu Edward haber veriyor, çünkü ilk önce teklif ona gidiyor ama kabul etmiyor. Anita'yı önemsiyor kendince, romantik bir ilişki değil de iş arkadaşlığı gibi.

Bu kitap da Anita ve Richard bol bol tartışıyor. Richard'ın saflığı beni de Anita'yı da sinir ediyor
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Ann aka Iftcan
Oct 02, 2007 Ann aka Iftcan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: they need to add a zero
Ok, they need to add a zero to the selection so that you can warn others to not bother with a book. Sorry to say, but after the 5th of the Anita Blake books, Laurel just totally gives up on being an AUTHOR and goes over to porno. If the smut were removed from the rest of the books, then all of them together might make a single novel. Otherwise they are short (very short) stories with lots of sex, sex scenes, people talking about sex and thinking about sex. . .

Sorry, but if I wanted all that sex
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Scott
Sep 22, 2015 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 *stars . I know eventually this series plunges more into eroticism than anything else (but finally in newer books starts to revert back towards the horror mystery feel of these earlier ones), but here it is very easy to see Hamilton shifting her narrative from that of the noir-laden horror mystery (with some romantic entanglements) into a full blown paranormal romance. The book starts out strong with Anita being hunted down by an assassin, but about midway through we lose part of that story ...more
Karen McCluskey
Mar 09, 2012 Karen McCluskey rated it it was ok
I bought Laurell K. Hamilton's first Anita Blake novel, Guilty Pleasures, because a friend told me the first few books in the series are good. Apparently after that, they shift from mystery to erotica. I found the first book entertaining, although Anita feels a bit two-dimensional. Clearly, there is enough intrigue to keep me reading, as I've quickly made my way through six books thanks to the ease of Kindle ordering. But all the time I am reading, I keep wondering why.

The love triangle between
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Sercan Vatansever
Feb 17, 2015 Sercan Vatansever rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anita Blake serisi hiçbir zaman benim istediğim şekilde şekillenerek ilerlemeyecek. Devam kitaplarını bunu kabullenerek okursam daha da çok seveceğim sanırım. Laurell'in tarzı daha şimdiden oturdu kafamda. Daha 56154 okunacak kitap var seride. Ara vermeden okusam bu kadar sevmezdim diye düşünüyorum. 6 kitaptır kitabın başında bir anlaşma yapılıyor, başka bir olay ortaya çıkıyor, en baştaki olay rafa kaldırılıyor ve iki olay da kitabın sonunda birbirine bağlanıyor. Şaşırtmıyor artık. Bazı olaylar ...more
Diane Ehrlich
Jan 08, 2008 Diane Ehrlich rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The first several novels in the Anita Blake series are great. Funny, scary, a touch gory and a touch sexy. As you read each book, you can really see the character development as Anita becomes more sure of herself and more comfortable with the "monsters". However, some the later books have deteriorated into little more than soft porn for women. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

However, I feel it cheapens the series, which features a great role model in Anita as a women who has accepted
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 2.5
Carrie
Apr 02, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, calibre-library
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Renee
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Phoxy
Apr 28, 2008 Phoxy rated it really liked it
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Victoria
Jun 10, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it
Ha ha, Anita mentions coordinating her clothes with her gun in the FIRST PARAGRAPH!

OK, I'm finished. Hmmm. The basic mystery of this book (who is trying to kill Anita) was secondary to the relationship development. The plot suffered for it. Obviously Anita has to choose between Richard and Jean-Claude, and I was a little disappointed by Anita's choice. Both WHO she chose and HOW she made the choice. It almost seemed an accident of circumstance rather than a conscious choice. Who happened to be w
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Aprille
May 27, 2010 Aprille rated it did not like it
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Xochiquetzalli
Mar 05, 2014 Xochiquetzalli rated it it was ok
Ugh! I'm going against my rule and talking specifics (a.k.a., spoilers), because I just... I.... Agh! I'm having a hard time with words. So just to make things clear: since I'm at the tablet and I can't hide my review from here... you've been warned: SPOILERS AHEAD.



I'm not sure why, but I don't like Richard all that much, he never made me swoon, he didn't seem "right" for Anita and, heck! I've been rooting for Jean-Claude since book 1. So believe me when I say, I don't care that Anita slept with
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 19, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anita Blake Fans
I'm one of those that felt this series dropped into an abyss with Narcissus in Chains, but not only is this still on the right side of the divide, I think this might be my favorite book in the series. In this book the relationships between Jean-Claude, the vampire master of the city, Richard the were-wolf leader, and Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and her tug between the two men are what is in the forefront. And below be spoilers, because I can't see discussing this book without them.

Spoilers Below
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Celine
The Killing Dance is the sixth book in the controversial Anita Blake series. There are different camps in the ongoing discussion whether the books get better later on, or complete crap. I'm not sure yet which side I'm on.

What I do know is that I had a great time reading The Killing Dance. In this book Anita is in danger. That's nothing new. But now someone is hiring professionals to kill her. She has a price of about half a million above her head. It's just a matter of time until someone takes h
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Holly
May 27, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
~Has some spoilers!~

In this sixth Anita Blake novel someone has taken a price out on Anita's head. Now with professional killers after her she turns to Jean-Claude and Richard for help. And, Edward-- also known as Ted Forester-- come into town for all the action.

I really liked this one. Anita is the same-- yet different. I think we see that from the very beginning. And I can't tell if it happened all at once or have been slowly happening through the previous books.

Now I think this is already kno
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Christine
May 11, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it
So as warned, lol, this was the book where the sex starts. I was expecting it, so maybe it didn't surprise me as much as some people. I think it was handled well, and I don't think it completely took over the tone of the book. My one complaint--now that sex has entered into it, Hamilton allowed it three different times to be used as a weapon--not cool! One of the things that I liked so much about the earlier books was that Anita's gender didn't really get in the way of her being the big bad Vamp ...more
Jordan
Sep 04, 2007 Jordan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the supernatural
Book 6 of the series finds Anita the target of a half million dollar hitman contract. She's dating two men, Richard and Jean-Claude, due to some wrangling on Jean-Claude's part, and far prefers taking on the hitmen than figuring out her relationships. She enlists the help of Edward, who is far more versed in the realm of hitmen than anyone in her world. Richard finds himself embroiled in an ever-heated battle with Marcus for power of the local pack. And Jean-Claude is doing his best to make Anit ...more
Wayland Smith
Jan 23, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it liked it
Anita Blake has made a lot of enemies. She's a vampire hunter, a reanimator, and very loud about her opinions of the various magical creatures that abound in the world. Somewhere along the way, one of her enemies held a grudge, and now there's a contract out on her life. Killing for money isn't Anita's area, so she gets help from her sorta-friend, Edward. Edward is a tough read for Anita, having no real apparent moral code, or much by way of emotion.

On other fronts, Anita is still trying to deci
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Nima
sok volt egy kicsit Richard balfaszkodásából meg erkölcsi tartásából. kár érte.
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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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“I was just offered a contract on your life, for enough money to make it worth my while." It was my turn to be quiet.
Did you take it?"
Would I be calling you if I had?"
Maybe," I said. He laughed.
True, but I'm not going to take it."
Why not?"
Friendship."
Try again," I said.
I figure I'll get to kill more people guarding you. If I take the contract, I only get to kill you."
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