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

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In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.

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Published October 1st 2009 by Penguin Audio (first published May 1st 1995)
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Barks & Bites
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...more
Tilly Slaton
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...more
Cassandra
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...more
Crystal Starr Light
"Your questions will make something simple last all...day."

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...more
Damecatoe
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
Nicole

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.

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Selin
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...more
Myvampfiction
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...more
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...more
Tonya
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).
Kirsti
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...more
Jennifer
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!...more
Kami
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
Sara
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.
Lorelle
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!
Freckles
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!!
Cindy
Not so sure that I like this one as much as the previous books in the series. It just seemed to me that the author took the main character to a whole other, uglier level, which made me not like the Blake character as much. The stories up to this point already had a dark, gruesome level to them, but I liked the purity of the Anita Blake character. It seemed that the author changed the character's basic nature, but without offering any particular reason for it -- meaning that there was no developm...more
Constance
Third book of the Anita Blake series and so far my least favorite. There are serious continuity problems that make me question if the author has anyone read her work carefully. Also Anita is starting to get on my nerves. Her all males are useless and I have to do everything for myself attitude gets old real quick, I know people like that in real life and it bugs me so I don't care to read about it. I'm going to continue the series for now but I hope the rest of the books get better since there a...more
Katherine Madison
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Pete
Circus of the Damned is another great and fast read. Again, it is a really gruesome read.

Shape shifters, werewolves, monster snakes, master vampire all participating in yet another non-stop Anita Blake novel. Her time is distributed between necromancy, vampire hunting, helping the local police department, and avoiding becoming some master vampire’s human servant.

Amusingly, LKH interjects some very fun scenes where Anita is to be festooned in a Civil War Bride costume. I just laughed at this vis...more
Megan
"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
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Ashley
This book was by far the best of the three that I've read (1-3, shocker), but I gave it the same rating as the others. Actually, I'd give it a 4.5 if I could. Read below for why!

The author stopped Anita from saying "Naw."!!! It never bothered me that much, but I liked the book a ton better without it. And she kept the rhetorical questions, which I liked.

This book also had a good portion of action, new characters, and character development. New romantic interest!

What I loved about this book compa...more
İlkim
Bu yorumu Kitap Esintisi sayfasında bulabilirsiniz.

Anita’nın bu kitabı daha aksiyonluydu. Kitapta asıl olay şehrin efendisini tahtından indirmeye çalışan çok güçlü bir milyon yaşındaki vampir ve onun bunu elde etmek için Anita’ya karşı oynadığı oyunlar. Her şey vampir saldırılarıyla başlıyor, şehirde bir başvampir olduğundan şüpheleniyorlar ve de haklılar. Onlar ortaya atılmış minik ipuçlarının peşinden koşarken Richard adlı kurt adam ile de tanışıyor JC sayesinde. Anita onu en başta insan sand...more
Dark-Draco
This is the first Anita Blake book I have read - good job it contains the first three stories!

"Guilty Pleasures" - Anita is trying to track down a serial killer that is murdering vampires - a bit of a role reversal for the famous Vampire hunter. But her search brings her into contact with two of the most powerful vampires around and she ends up paying a price much higher than she could ever imagine.

"The Laughing Corpse" - Anita turns down the raising of a very ancient zombie, as the only thing p...more
Molly
I read a lot of academic writing for grad school. The only time I can find for "pleasure reading" these days is multitasking time, when I'm listening to an audiobook while performing mundane tasks like cleaning or driving or walking to class. I've found that I don't get along well with audiobooks when I want to really absorb what I'm reading. I listen to them within a few days and then promptly forget most of what happened, or I can't keep the characters straight, or I'll wish that I could flip...more
Carina
I really don't have that much of an opinion on this entry in the series.

We are introduced to Richard who becomes one of the major players and one of my least favourite characters in the series. But here, in this entry, I like him. Given the choice of him or JC I'd go with Richard as he isn't as... controlling, or as Anita says he isn't a SOB which JC definitely is at times.

I think Alejandro is one of the more interesting villains of the week, it is almost a shame that he doesn't come back but I...more
TFGamer
For a first book, I am plenty happy to give leeway, give the author to settle in, get more practice, etc.
But I do expect there to be some improvement over the the course of a series.

The thing is that by book three I'm fed up with all the annoying little quirks and if the story doesn't make up for it, I am ready to give up on the series.

This book almost did me in. Its sloppy. The story is fine, but not exciting or engaging enough for me to forgive all the sloppy forgetting important plot points...more
Rita Wiebner
Ok, I would have given this a 3 star, bur I like how it ended so I bumped it up to 4 stars. I wasn't sure how I felt about this series until now. It was pretty much the same thing over and over, and would she get on with it with Jean-Claude already? I was getting frustrated with the repetitious,"Anita, be my human servant" whining. At least at the end of this book that is finally addressed. I also wasn't sure how in the heck Anita was going to deal with the million year old vampire bit. But I th...more
Tiah
While I liked this book better than the first two in this series, I am getting tired of Anita. Her attitude is getting really old and I honestly do not see what makes her so appealing to the male characters. I love a bad ass, take charge female lead character but she is starting to cross the line into being just a bitch.

The action was non stop which was fun and I am really starting to be interested in the other characters in the story. I think I will continue this series just to find out what ha...more
Eloise
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were strong & believable though being a supernatural series. A Female zombie raising, assistant supernatural homicide investigator, vampire hunter who also constantly fights the affections of a Master vampire who's persistent on making her his. It's an interesting easy read. This is the 3rd book in the series and ill be starting the next one called "The Lunatic Cafe". I recommend this series to those that enjoy a supernatural & sometimes violent...more
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Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES and continues to thrive with over sixteen volumes to the series and an comic adaptation. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilt...more
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