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

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  62,636 Ratings  ·  1,120 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
Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 7th 2010 by Headline Book Publishing (first published January 1st 1996)
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Mar 21, 2016 HFK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to HFK by: Jessica
Shelves: paidkindle, fantasies
Buddy read with Jessica. Our Anita Blake marathon continues with the fourth installment in the series, and I do have to agree with everything Jessica is saying in her review.

There is absolutely no character development unless you count relationship drama as such. There is absolutely nothing that would build and explain the world within the series, it just sits there with tiny hints and glimpses, but gives nothing that would satisfy a solid reader. There is absolutely no cuteness and sexiness in
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
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
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bark's Book Nonsense
Mar 10, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, horror
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
Dec 02, 2008 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
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!
Jan 19, 2010 Sabrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Apr 28, 2008 Ranata rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like werewolves and a woman with a trigger finger of death
Shelves: paranormal
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Apr 24, 2011 Sena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
WHYYYY are these books so bad? They have potential. A lot of potential. But instead of focusing on what is absolutely necessary in a 25+ book series, namely, character development and world-building, Hamilton focuses on action scenes and a whole bunch of stupid, pointless plot that keeps the story moving but gives us nothing.

I finished this book less than 48 hours ago and I can hardly remember anything that happened. There were a bunch of shapeshifter action scenes, lots of Anita just being a st
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
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

Anita Blake has got a hot date, with Richard, the werewolf she's been dating for a few months only. As she describes, they're still not very intimate, since they barely know each other. But as you know, if you've read this book, their relationship just goes really fast, way too fast in my opinion.

Jean-Claude is still trying to interfere with their relationship, for some reason. At this point I think this love-triangle, (turned into love-sq
Dec 13, 2007 Robbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm always in search of a good vampire story, so I read the first four Anita Blake books. I think Laurell K. Hamilton had a potentially interesting concept creating a world where most supernatural elements are real and integrated into society. I like the concept of were-(insert any animal here). What I don't like about Anita Blake books is Anita Blake! It's hard to read books when the protagonist has an abrasive personality and nothing witty to say. You can look forward to Anita's verbal confron ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 18, 2011 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2010 Jade rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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Apr 24, 2008 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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.
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.
Beatriz Valle
Mar 19, 2015 Beatriz Valle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Aug 08, 2015 SuperHeroQwimm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I love vampires and love werewolves even more, I'm kinda hoping she ends up with Edward. He's pretty badass.
Aug 04, 2011 Myvampfiction rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“I loved him, but love isn't enough. All the fairy tales, the romance novels, the soap operas; they're all lies. Love does not conquer all.”

Oh, how life can get tricky. Anita may have thought Jean-Claude was old news, but the master vampire still believes he's ahead of the game, his hostility and jealousy growing in this twisted love triangle. Anita's relationship with Richard furthers, despite the fact he wants to rush into a heavy situation where she's just not ready enough to trust anyone co
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)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

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
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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 27 books)
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“I loved him, but love isn't enough. All the fairy tales, the romance novels, the soap operas; they're all lies. Love does not conquer all.” 139 likes
“He's no more human than I am, ma petite."
At least I'm not dead."
That can be remedied.”
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