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Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  101,068 ratings  ·  4,258 reviews
Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met J ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1993)
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Kat Kennedy
Okay, so some of the girls asked that I do a review of the Anita Blake series because I mentioned some things that intrigued them.

It's not a finished series and usually I would reserve judgment on a series until it comes to its conclusion just in case the author was going somewhere I wasn't expecting.

Kind of like that scene out of Austin Powers where Austin's in the bathroom stall with a bad guy and a big Texan man is in the next stall and can only see Austin's feet. He hears Austin Powers grunt
Christine (AR)
(This is a massive pan. Just a heads-up.)

I've finally given up on this series, though I'm embarrassed to say it took me about ten books to get there.

This is another of those books where I loved the premise, but the execution made me gag. Anita is insufferable, self-centered and judgmental, and her self-justification for her transformation from noli me tangere virgin to super-slut is laughable. (God apparently told her directly that it was okay. Whatever.)

The appeal for me was always Richard th
Anita Blake is a vampire hunter/slayer among other dealings with the undead/occult and she's only in her early twenties. Story is told in a first person P.I. style which means there's some wry humor as well as a focus totally from the main character's POV.


(1) Fast read;

(2) Vampires are similar to the legends but have enough unique differences where we are dealing with something new and enticing;

(3) Anita is a nice mix of male and female which means she should appeal to both genders;

Bark's Book Nonsense
Reread. Back in the day, when Anita wasn't a power hungry, nympho :(

This book reminds how great the Anita Blake series once was. Here Anita Blake has a job as an animator (raising the dead for information for the police force) and isn't spending any of her time lazing in bed with her posse of wimpy beauteous men, she even has girlfriends and we are introduced to an intriguing character named Edward (I had forgotten all about him!).

This is the book where she meets Jean Claude whose charms she is
This book. I loved it the first few times I read it. And then. Not so much. I blame reading Fever right before. Also. There was something. I could not quite put my finger on. At first. What was it? The writing style. Everything was fragmented sentences. And strangely formal speech. Instead of I’m, we get I am. Instead of I’d, we get I would. Every. Time. Even when it does not fit. It is like LKH has not yet met an apostrophe. I am one of those people, you know the ones.

Once I see something, hear
The engaging start of a wonderful series that morphs into erotica partway through.

If you like V.I Warshawski, Kinsey Milhone,and other female gumshoes, and you like some fantasy, you will definitely like this series in the beginning. Normal world, normal woman, except that vampires (and other supernatural critters) are real, some have civil rights and coexist with humans more or less peacefully, and the protagonist is a 5'2" gun toting butt kicking necromancer. Her day job is raising the dead f
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Feb 18, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, and I don't say that often
I finally got around to reading Guilty Pleasures, the first Anita Blake book, and can at least see why they're not in the Romance section: it's gory and the author doesn't seem to like vampires at all.

I know Hamilton's very well established and has a huge fan base, and I know there are lots of other people who don't like her books, so I feel pretty confident I'm not going to get lynched by saying I'm glad I only spent $2 on this book.

I really didn't like it. This is partly because I was so often
If I read "naw" one more time, I'm gonna have to slap a bitch. That has to be, to me, the least intelligent-sounding word to come out of anyone's mouth--doubly so if you're answering your own rhetorical questions, Anita, as though the reader is too stupid to realize that no, the vampire probably won't let you go.

Anita's a stone cold bitch; in all three hundred pages I think the only real concern she had was for a character we barely met whose name I've forgotten. (In fact, this review had one st
Dec 28, 2007 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire fans
All of Ms. Hamilton's books have erotic undertones, but this is toward the beginning of the series, before those undertones turned into overtones, sidewaystones, diagonaltones, and all those other tones that we can't discuss in polite society. At this point and through book six or seven, you can still call them action novels, rather than "action" novels, at which point you're just turning the pages thinking MY GOD, WHAT A HORNBALL THIS WOMAN IS.

Anyway, if you like the supernatural and action her
I never really had any intention of reading this series, but a close friend of mine insisted that I buy the first novel when we were roaming the shelves at Barnes and Noble. Yes, the book grabbed my attention, but I'll painfully admit it was because of the subject matter rather than anything truly engaging that the author wrote.

The truth is I don't really care for Anita Blake's character. Anything she takes any time in describing is pure agony reading. Her continuous lectures on guns is annoyin
You know when you have someone who is constantly trying to get you to read a certain book because they KNOW you will love it? Well, that is why I decided to read this one. BUT, after I read it and told her that I liked it, she told me that this is NOT the series she was talking about. oops! haha, too bad! I like this one, so far, and now I guess she will have to wait (and nag me) even longer until I get to the series she meant for me to read. (Dark Hunter?)

Also, she warned me to only read this s
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Tilly Slaton

Laurell Hamilton was completely new to me. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I love her work! I flew through the Anita Blake series. On average, I read a book a day. And on a super lazy day, one and a half.

Guilty Pleasures. Anita Blake. She is an animator. She raises the dead for a living and occasionally consults the new task force that covers all possible paranormal homocides.

Surrounded by monsters, dodging the manipulatice powers that continue to attempt
This was a complete waste of time. The obscenely poor writing drove me crazy. If it hadn't been a library book, there were several occasions when I would have thrown it across the room. ("Bully...naw...dammit...goosebumps marched up my arms...")

Hamilton never took the time to set up the world we're reading about, or give any sort of motivation to the characters' choices/actions. This was confusing and annoying.

The lazy editing was incredibly distracting; I found at least four typos in the book
Well. I'd made the mistake of picking up one of Laurell K. Hamilton's later Anita Blake books and reading it first. I had to stop halfway because to be frank, it sucked. It really, really sucked. I couldn't believe people were paying money for that garbage. But many of my friends insisted that the first few books of the series were actually pretty good and not quite so wlsh fulfillment-esque. So I read the first book.

... it wasn't bad. In fact, it was a much better scale than her later books. Bu
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of female-lead UF with lots of violence and sexual tension--often together
Recommended to Carly by: Curiosity
**edited 12/15/13

As this is one of the trope-makers for the urban fantasy genre, it was quite interesting to read. Even I found the worldbuilding fascinating. However, I did not enjoy it, and, as usual, I'm going to work off my ill humour by enumerating precisely why. With all my complaints, I do not exactly regret reading this. Hamilton's influence is visible throughout almost all of the books in our current urban fantasy genre, from the Dresden Files (Jim Butcher explicitly acknowledges his de
Jenn Ropp
May 25, 2008 Jenn Ropp rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenn by: Adrian
This series is SO AMAZING!!! It is about a zombie raising/vampire hunter! She is so awesome! She is very tough and reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer only WAY more kick butt and knowledgeable about Vamps! DO NOT read this series if you don't like sex in your books. At first there is no sex, but as the series goes on, there is more and more of it! The stories are so action packed and there are so many twists and turns that you just can't put these books down!! Honestly, I started with book on ...more
Old review 2007: The world is ours today, except vampires, werewolves & such all exist & are legally recognized. Anita Blake is a tough gal who has a talent for raising zombies. She gets sucked in to paranormal politics & murder mysteries. Great fun to read. I love her character.

This started me & my daughter reading 'Paranormal Romance' (PNR) books & this was one of her best. There are 15 20 or so books in the series & I like the first 5 or 10 the best. After that, Hamilt
1.5 stars. When I picked this book up, I was hoping I had found a new series to dive into. Unfortunately, it was not nearly as good as I was hoping and I do not see myself reading additional books in the series.
Feb 26, 2012 Becky rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Becky by: Urban Fantasy Aficionados
I remember my best friend reading these years ago, and really enjoying them. Maybe if I had read them then, too, I would have liked it better. Reading it today, it just didn't work for me, and I quit before halfway.

Being that the story is in first person, I expect it to be easy to follow, having access to all of Anita's information and thoughts, etc. Except that it wasn't. Instead of seeing this, or being shown things through Anita's eyes, instead we're told things, and it's like it's too much
This was another . . . book. Things happened in it. And, as a rule, I am in favor of things happening in a book, especially when keeping in mind the alternative. This series seems like it is probably Sookie Stackhouse’s cool aunt, whom Sookie fiercely wishes she could be. Meaning, I like Sookie even less after reading this book. Not that I am in love with this book, but I didn’t hate it at all, and there were a lot of fun things about it. Anita’s hard-boiled-detective attitude was fun. It was ni ...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
I have to admit that this is my favorite love-to-hate series. It has so many faults it isn't even funny after a point but damn it's addicting. You know you shouldn't, you know it's bad but you still come back for more.

Anita is a dilemma for me. On one hand she is strong, gutsy, snarky enough but not too much. She keeps you entertained. On the other hand she is a prejudiced idiot. She is kind of misogynistic(as the books progress she only gets worse), kind of prudish, a lot of narrow-minded. I ki
Kimberley doruyter
a good start to a series
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I liked this book much more than I had anticipated. I am not sure what all the fuss is about in regards to Anita's promiscuity--uh, there was absolutely no romantic situations in this book. If Hamilton's Merry Gentry series is anything to go by, I am sure the series will heat up in the next few installments.

I actually enjoyed the plot and liked the author's characterization of Anita--being an "animator" puts a spin on things unique to this series. I can see the beginnings of romantic tension Ani
I'm out -- I just can't read any more of this. I open the cover & lose my will to live, it's just. That. Bad.

This is the first book in the inexplicably popular Anita Blake vampire hunter series. If you're at all interested in the story itself I'm positive you can find plenty of reviews on GoodReads that can describe it in detail.

The writing here is abysmal. There are times when I have no idea what is happening, due to the choppy quality of the story telling, & there are many times when
Guilty Pleasures is the first of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series. It’s filled with cool concepts (vampires as citizens, vampire strip clubs, freak parties, the inner-working of a zombie) and catchy descriptions (“silk” and “velvet” adjectives make me happy). But I doubt I’ll continue with the series. It’s described on the cover as a mixture of horror and romance…genre aside, it has too little tension to be scary and too little sex to be sexy.

I also never understood why Anita was a vampire
Guilty Pleasures is Book 1 of the prolonged ongoing saga that is the Anita Blake series. Enter Anita, a necromancer by night and a vampire night. You can imagine she has her plate full, raising the dead and staking fanged baddies.

And speaking of which, we meet Nikolaos, a 1,000 year old vampire. She's the most powerful in the city all the while inhabiting a body of a 10-year-old. She's causing a few problems for Anita that leads her to become allies with other vampires. Who better t
Crystal Starr Light
Anita Blake has been given an assignment: find out who's killing the vampires. At first, she refuses, but when the Master of the City, Nikolaos, demands something, Anita learns that "no" isn't an answer.

I saw "Blade Runner" for the first time just last year--mostly to see Harrison "Han Solo/Indiana Jones" Ford but partly because of its status as epic scifi movie. I'll be wasn't a bad movie, but it wasn't all that amazing either. Sure the effects were great (better than seeing loads o
First read: September 2005
Re-read: many times!
I was recommended this book originally by a guy I went to college with who thought I would like this if I liked Anne Rice. He also recommended Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite. One of these books was really good...the other just made me lose my dinner.
New read: June 2015
Guilty Pleasures is an incredibly good book. It introduces the character of Anita Blake and the dark alternate world she inhabits where vampires, werewolves, ghouls and othe
Well, I did it - at last. I finished my first - pre-nympho - Anita Blake story.

I'm not as overwhelmed as other fans. Oh, I liked Jean-Claude's sneaky ways, and Anita's job as an animator, the world building was also excellent.

Guilty Pleasures has all the makings of an interesting story - plus a love interest to die for. But then again, all the spoilers and rantings from angry fans have warned me that - alas! - monogamy with the sexy vamp master is not in her future. That knowledge has made me
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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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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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  • The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #4)
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  • The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #6)
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