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The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  57,140 ratings  ·  993 reviews
In Laurell K. Hamilton's New York Times bestselling novels, Vampire Hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But she's about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems-especially in matters of the not-so-human heart...

Dating a werewolf with self-esteem issues is stressing Anita out. Especially when something-or someone-sta
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Berkley Hardcover (first published January 1st 1996)
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If I had to do this review in two words, it wouldn't be a challenge: Twilight Noir. Okay, it's historically inaccurate, since Stephenie Meyer stole the idea from Laurel K. Hamilton rather than vice versa, but apart from that it's close to the facts. We have the basic Twilight scenario: human woman is simultaneously in love with a vampire and a werewolf, but for bizarre reasons can't actually have sex with either of them. Instead of the infuriatingly wimpy Bella, though, we have tough-as-nails An ...more
A dumb girl in love with both a vampire and a werewolf? This sounds slightly familiar...

But, hey, this book was written first so I have a pretty good idea on who might have had the original idea.... (I'm smart like that.)

I liked this book slightly better than the last one. Anita is still pretty annoying, but I can still appreciate a few things about her.

I crossed my arms on my stomach. A psychologist would have said I was closed off, uncommunicative. Fuck them.

See, I like that!

In this book, we
A Date-off?!?! Seriously? Oh, what has become of you John, uh, Jean-Claude...
Hamilton tries to introduce a love triangle. Tries. It ends up being a dating competition, and reminds me of a poorly written sitcom. Not what I would expect from a couple of super powerful, super sexy men. Anita was an even bigger disappointment, relationship wise. We learn that she is such a badass who doesn’t date because of a bad relationship. ONE bad relationship. Big deal. Who hasn’t had their heart b
Tilly Slaton
WARNING: This book is twisted and brilliant! Review contains certain details that are upsetting and some sexual reference is used. Thus .. the review will touch on a few details that are disgusting and unacceptable to sensitive and closed minds. If you are either of the above, please do not continue to read this review

I love this book! The Anita Blake series is AWESOME! Unfortunately, there are a few books in this series that just flat-out stink. The Lunatic Cafe is most definitely NOT one of t
One of my first book I read that starting me reading Vampire books. I remember being blown away by the female character in this book, I had never read anything like her before. Also the idea of having a female character that is truly in love with two completely different men, and she is allowed to have both of them! Yeah we need more books like this.
This is really a great series, at least the first 11 books are great. Way better than anything written by Stephanie Meyer. HA!
Bark's Book Nonsense
This book begins where the previous left off so your best bet is to read these in order so you can figure out how these tangled relationships develop into the mess that becomes Anita’s love life. Anita, Animator of the Dead, is seriously dating Richard the werewolf and is beginning to realize the perils of dating a “monster”. Jean Claude her other would-be beau is sticking his nose in their business because he’s a jealous little vampire-man and hasn’t been able to woo Anita with his vampire char ...more
First read: 2005

Re-read: October-November 2015

The plot: Anita is called to help investigate two different cases, the first is murder case with the police and the second is a missing persons case she reluctantly agrees to help with. This book is the first in the series to go into detail about the werewolves and other shapeshifters in Anita's world and we find out more about Richard and the pack structure as well as learning more about the different types of weres that exist.

What I liked

- The emer
Crystal Starr Light

1) Client walks into Anita's office and asks her to do something. She refuses.


3) Dolph calls her to the scene of the crime.

4) Someone attacks Anita for no good reason.

5) The most disgusting crime scene EVAH!


7) Oh, crap, there's a plot we're supposed to tie up. Okay, well, X does it.

8) Jean-Claude/Richard tries to get in Anita's pants. Anita makes stupid agreement.


These books are getting formulaic. I guess if the formula were a
Dec 29, 2009 Ranata rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like werewolves and a woman with a trigger finger of death
Shelves: paranormal
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Anita için bir review yazmak daha yeni aklıma geliyor!Ama şimdi buna nasıl bi review yazılırki!

Her yerde ismini duyuyordum bu kişinin.Ha,bu kim mi?


Genellikle yataktan şu şekilde kalkan,penguen delisi,ilk 5 kitabı okumama rağmen hala çözemediğim insan evladıdır

Anita benim hem çok sevdiğim(tabii şu an için) hem de çok acıdığım bir karakter.
Kıza bir rahat yok.Hep bi koşuşturmaca içerisinde.Hatta kitabı okurken '' yeter be,bi nefes alsın kız '' dediğim yerler bile oldu.

Yine güzel bir kitaptı.Şu Edw
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For some reason I can't seem to get bored of this series. Even more, I can't wait to start the next book to see what happens :D
Feb 24, 2011 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I keep reading these books and the further I get, the more I just struggle to continue. This series was highly recommended from some friends. I thought, what the heck and started reading. The story lines are OK, the love interest are alright, but the characters drive me batty. They make it really hard for me to connect and engage in the story.

Anita is this tough as nails chick who doesn't like help, ask for help, or respect you if you offer her help. She is hard core all the way. I get what the
I freely admit that I have problems with Hamilton's writing. You see, she has a great gift for tense plotting and engaging writing. But instead of utilizing her talents, she turns her books into ridiculous will-they-won't-they soaps. Basically, this book was all about Anita facing off Jean-Claude on the one hand and mulling over Richard on the other. And the back and forth of that quickly became more than annoying. The plot itself - the search for the killer - took what? 60 pages? Everything els ...more
I think this was my favorite so far. Or maybe they are just getting better because I read them in order. I would like to see Anita give in to Richard a little but she really never does and that is a major part of her character, keeping her focus. Edward makes an appearance in every book so I wonder if anything romantic will happen between the two. Anita is always complaining that the men in her life perusing her are all monsters so what gives.
Great audio performance, it really added dimension to the book.
Beatriz Valle
I've never had enough of Jean-Claude in Anita's books!! we can read so little pages about him :( but here I could enjoy every scene!! he was magnificent. I'm starting getting bored of her fighting him, though...
Even though I love vampires and love werewolves even more, I'm kinda hoping she ends up with Edward. He's pretty badass.
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Anita Blake has a new case brought to her through several angles – shapeshifters are going missing, disappearing without a trace. And when you’re a person who can change into a vicious predator with a grip that can rip a person in half, it’s difficult it disappear without a trace.

The police also have a man, a human, who has been savaged by a massive, wild animal with human intelligence. Unfortunately the shapeshifters and police aren’t sharing information, leaving Anita to work both sides as bes
review by Ciara

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

The Lunatic Café, the fourth book in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, opens with Anita Blake talking with a client. His wife has gone missing, and he needs Anita’s help to find her. Why not go to the police, like most people? Well, his wife is a werewolf, and he doesn’t believe the police will be any good. Who better to find a werewolf than a werewolf’s girlfriend?

As in the first three books, Anita has more than one crime
This latest instalment of the Anita Blake vampire hunter series was an odd one... I think I liked it the least of all 4 that I have read so far.

I found the mystery part was a bit lacking, it became a filler in between the romance/love triangle issues. I feel it needed more than the last 20 pages to round up what was actually quite a good idea for a story. It also required no sleuthing, it was a bit of a cookie cutter ending where everything fell into place a bit too neatly just so that the book
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
Well, it's about time! I have battled with this series from the start, it was just so not what I had expected. I read the first two books out of curiosity and because the Anita Blake series had garnered such high praise, but was left dumbfounded. The third, I even stopped reading halfway through, it just was not doing it for me, but I hate not completing a mission, so I came back to it, after re-reading the entire Cassie Palmer series, and managed to fall a little further into the world created ...more
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
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The Lunatic Cafe is about Anita being asked to help out the local shapeshifters. Someone seems to be murdering a whole lot of them, and they can't figure out who. The problem is Anita is also having some boyfriend problems too, and when the Master Vampire of the city who still wants her wades into the problems things get really crazy.

This book was really good. I have to say thought I was a little disappointed with certain things. Like I felt like we cou
It was interesting and very good and it definitely deserved all 4 stars if Anita wasn't so fixated on showing everyone that she doesn't need anyone's help in taking care of herself, opening doors and some such every time (!) she was talking to a man. Of course she can open a door herself, but why not let someone else do it for you!?!?! The crown won't fall! It bugged me the whole book.
Ivy A.
4.5 stars. This one was lighter on the mystery and had a tad too much love drama for my taste.
Sercan Vatansever
Anitadan okuduğum 3. kitap ve bence en iyisiydi. BU kitap / seride tam 5 puan vermemi engelleyen birşeyler var ama bu şey aynı zaman da beni seriye bağlayan şey :D açıklayamıyorum.
Neyse şimdiye kadar okuduğum hiçbir kitapta Anita kadar gerçekçi, muhteşem, kusursuz, kusurlu, zeki bir karakter hatırlamıyorum.
Bu arada Anita bu kitapta tam 26 kez hassiktir dedi :D sayacağımı söylemiştim :D
Sassy Vampire Hunter Anita Blake and Sexy Jean Claude, master vampire. Urban Fiction. She's no nonsense and tough. Great Mythology surrounding the characters. You believein this world. Boks 1-9 are really good. 1-5 No sex in them at all. Sex starts happening In the Killing Dance (book 6). Then starting in Book 10 she goes from steamy to a little kinky, then its all down hill from there.
Josephine McNabb
Enjoyable book but it's the same old same old. I need to take a break from the series and come back to it. I do love the characters but Anita is getting whinny and Jean-Claude is being ridiculous. If you want her Richard, you need to learn when to bend and when to slap a vampire up the face.
This series started out very strongly; I loved the first 4 or 5 books. Thereafter it spiraled down into a smutty free-for-all, but I'd still recommend the first 4 or so books to anyone who loves a thrilling story about a hard-assed woman who kicks butt.
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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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