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

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First time in trade paperback: the third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

In Circus of the Damned-now in trade paperback 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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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
Bark's Book Nonsense
Jul 19, 2012 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
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
Tilly Slaton
Dec 30, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2009 Cassandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Crystal Starr Light
"Your questions will make something simple last"

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
Feb 12, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it

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.


This is the third Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel and at this point in the series each book somehow manages to improve on the last, which is an achievement considering how incredibly good these books are.
In Circus of the Damned Anita is called in to give the police her expertise in a vampire murder which looks to have been committed by multiple vampires controlled by a rogue master vampire. This means turning to Jean-Claude for help in solving the crime, and in turning to him Anita is pulled e
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
Jan 29, 2016 Sofs rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 31, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 11, 2009 Tonya rated it really liked it
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.
Katherine Madison
Jul 22, 2010 Katherine Madison rated it liked it
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Nov 22, 2011 Myvampfiction rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 30, 2013 Kami rated it did not like it
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
Nov 14, 2011 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
"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
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!
Aug 15, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was ok
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
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it
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
Nov 17, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
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.
Sep 12, 2012 Lorelle rated it really liked it
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!
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!!
R. Michael Litchfield
Oct 09, 2015 R. Michael Litchfield rated it really liked it
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
Danielle Folker
Jul 13, 2014 Danielle Folker rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 19, 2015 Olga rated it really liked it
3,5 stars. couldn't decide how much I liked this book.
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
:: 4 Stars .. Bloody Delicious ::

This is the third book (out of twenty-two) in the Anita Blake Vampire Series. If you haven’t started the series yet I encourage you to do so. Laurell K. Hamilton really has quite the imagination in bringing paranormal entities to life within her books. The stories are always well written, fast paced, dark, and unique.

In this book, Vampire Hunter Anita Blake is caught in the middle of a war between some very powerful vampires who are intent on taking over the cit
I count Circus of the Damned among my favorites of the early Anita Blake books. Why? I think it's because it involves both zombie raising and vampire slaying. Plus, we meet such interesting characters! (view spoiler) ...more
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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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