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Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
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bookshelves: vampires, urban-fantasy
Read from July 12 to 13, 2012

The idea that there was a vampire series out there that I hadn't read at all bothered me, so I picked up Laurell K. Hamilton's first Anita Blake book, Guilty Pleasures , when it was some Kindle special.

I don't see what all the fuss was about, and I won't be reading more.

Overall, the world-building was pretty good, and I liked her vampire canon, which had a little bit of Rice and a lot bit of sex, but Hamilton seemed so busy trying to make Anita this kick-ass, witty character that I didn't really get to know her. It was like she was wearing an Anita character suit.

On top of that, she kills off pretty much every character you might care about, and the one she's going to lug into the next book (kicking and screaming), she leaves out of the action for nearly the whole book so you really don't care enough to want to read more.

Resounding meh.
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Jeanne This series filled my fan fiction needs in the days when I couldn't afford the internet. *nostalgic sigh*


Cyndy Aleo I could probably see that. There's just so much amazing stuff out there that I have no use for it now.


Jeanne Oh totally. I don't recommend this series to people anyone, unless they want to read an author's decent into self-indulgent, bad porn producing madness.


message 4: by Ani (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ani Gonzalez I loved this series. It was one-of-a-kind when it came out. Mercedes Lackey had some early urban fantasy out too and I loved her Diana Tregarde books.

The field's pretty crowded now, though, with lots of high-quality stuff. I totally agree with you there.


Jeanne I grew up reading Lackey's Tregarde books. Loved them and most of her Urban fantasy stuff.

I would put it more on the Urban Fantasy side of the paranormal spectrum. While Anita Blake is firmly holding down the Romance/Erotica end.

They are both precursors of the genre, but both are also very different in style and story.


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