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Danse Macabre

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #14)

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These days, Anita Blake is less interested in vampire politics than in an ancient, ordinary dread she shares with women down the ages: she may be pregnant. And, if she is, whether the father is a vampire, a werewolf, or someone else entirely, he knows perfectly well that being a Federal Marshal known for raising
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Mass Market Paperback, 517 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Jove (first published 2006)
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Anya Babko Not really.. My favorites are still books 1, 2, 6 and 9. Lately, every second or third book (it seems) is worth reading, because the others are just…moreNot really.. My favorites are still books 1, 2, 6 and 9. Lately, every second or third book (it seems) is worth reading, because the others are just Anita screwing everyone and everything she can get her hands on. Or, she's fighting with her lovers or strangers about screwing everything and everyone. The author(Laurell K Hamilton) is very sensitive and really likes her characters arguing about pretty much anything.
In my opinion, every book with Edward in it is good(Also the ones without Jean Claude and Richard in it). That's when LKH dives into story writing and plots for real, and not just a bunch of bumping uglies. If you want some advice, read up on the books beforehand and pick the ones with actual story in it because they truly are worth reading!(less)

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Crystal Starr Light
If you have ever considered reading the Anita Blake series up to this point, let me save you a bit of time, trouble, and heartache by giving you a plot synopsis of this book. Don't worry, I won't spoil anything nor will I get into so much detail that it will be ruined.

PLOT:



No, really, this book HAS no plot. The blurb burbles about a vampire ballet, hints at a pregnancy for Anita, and dances ar
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Kathryn Lee Hamilton
Jan 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Some one who's be all end all of sex is Fellatio
I hate to say this, but I think I am done with this author.
I remember when she first started the series and there were monsters and plots all over the place.
The last book was 800 pages of sex, most of it repetitive acts of fellatio from the main female characters point of view. with 69 pages of plot. 899 pages of imaging you are going down on someone, only the men change.
This book was 482 pages of fellatio with no plot, and the people being fellated were talking about their god
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Jilly
You know when you are reading a book series and then there is a really bad book in there, but you keep reading because you think it might get better again? Well, that doesn't happen here. It is obvious that there is no hope for this series to become what it started as.

Anita is now a succubus which means she needs to have constant sex in order to survive. Plot device to bring this series into the porn realm? Yes. Overly obvious indulgent bullshit that is clearly the author's fantasy of wanting to have th
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Dani Meehan
Apr 28, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoy Laurel K. Hamilton and the Anita Blake series. That being said, I really enjoyed the first few books in the series because they were all about kick ass chick and a sorta interesting kinda mystery/thriller conundrum with some hot steamy scenes in the middle. This past book and the few before it seem to be all hot and steamy and very little advancement of the story.
I still like Hamilton, but I enjoyed her older stuff much more.
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter and animator. A love triangle doesn’t even begin to explain the most interesting relationships that currently complicate her life.

Cursed with the ardeur, Blake suffers through an existence as a succubus. Sex to survive, more sex and even more sex. Although, the sex has made the stories interesting, enough is enough. I mean, c’mon .. stop throwing her naked under random characters and slow things down a bit. Anita has her sweeties, stop tossing spontaneous sex s
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Raiveran Rabbit
Jul 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: avoid-reading
No amount of ridiculously reasoned hardcore porn is worth this. —


If you want to read someone’s repetitive, repetitive, repetitive Mary Sue fantasy about legions of perfect, beautiful, smart, powerful, perfect men either fighting over or adoring, but all fucking, one insecure, shallow, selfish dumbass character, this book is for you. If you don’t demand a storyline to prop up the epic and imminently selfishly immature and needy fantasies of not one but ten Twilight twihards distilled and poured
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Terry
Feb 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book is a good explanation as to why this book series hasn't been picked up for television or the big screen. Could you imagine sitting through 1 to 2 hours of a movie or show & watching a room packed full of characters dramatically staring at each other, clutching each other, spontaneous fainting, collapsing, gasping and shuddering in a very mellow dramatic way with very little duologue.... All with nothing actually going on? Yeah, neither can I. And when there is dialog, the character ...more
Darby
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Laura Coulter
Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
I hungrily devoured the first several books in this series - they were the ultimate guilty pleasure. An ass-kicking heroine, lots of steamy sensuality, death-defying acts, moral dilemmas, and plenty of supernatural beings to go around. Starting around book 10, the series started to choke, like a car with electrical problems. It was unclear if Ms. Hamilton had lost her direction where Anita Blake was concerned, or if she'd never really had one to begin with.

"Danse Macabre" descends to
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Samantha
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Not going to give a plot summary. Yes there is a plot but no it is not about raising the dead or slaying vampires. I think if you don't go into the book thinking that then you won't be disappointed. This book is about vampire politics and Anita finding out more about her powers. I think this is a book that was supposed to be much longer and that the publisher split into two since Incubus Dreams was so long and people didn't like it. This book is leading up to the party where all the Masters of t ...more
Chibineko
Oct 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
I really tried to read this book, honestly I did. It started off well enough and was better than it's predecessor (not saying much). The idea of a meeting of several different Masters of the City was interesting since it would lead to different types of vamps & magic. Unfortunately all it lead to was providing Anita with different flavors of vamp & were to bang. It honestly was incredibly boring after a while, especially the sex scenes.

I'm no stranger to porn or written sex. (I have a f
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Karen Dales
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
OMG. I don't know why I even bothered. Maybe I harbour hope that the Anita Blake series would start to get good again. It didn't.

The ONLY thing that caught my attention was the pregnancy scare. It's too damned bad that it was just that - a scare. There could have been so much more if the pregnancy was real. Instead, LKH continues to bore through character interactions that does nothing and goes nowhere. I'm tired of whiney Richard and Anita as the Whore of Babylon, with men of all races/species
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Ivana Azap Feješ
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter and animator. A love triangle doesn’t even begin to explain the most interesting relationships that currently complicate her life. Cursed with the ardeur, Blake suffers through an existence as a succubus. Sex to survive, more sex and even more sex. I really liked this book. It is more erotic than I remember her other books being. Book 14 in the Anita Blake, vampire executioner, series by Laurell Hamilton. This book had a little bit of action and danger, and a whole lo ...more
Denisa
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Better than the last one.
But like in most of the books in this series, I feel that there are a lot of stories still unfinished.
During the last few books Hamilton started a lot of separate little plots and I keep waiting for some of them to finish. But they don't, I still have questions left form book 10 and 11 and I have a feeling that the questions that I have left form this one will be left unanswered as well.

Ah well, it's still a very addicting series. And in this book Anit
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Ella
Mar 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
*Warning* this is more of a rant than a review.

This is the first Anita Blake book I read and it will be the last. I purchased it in an airport bookstore I didn’t realize it was book 14, my bad, but I’d heard good things about the series – it’s about a vampire hunting necromancer after all - so I thought, why not.

Holy shit.

What the hell did I just read! I mean, it genuinely felt like I was reading some deranged teenage girls fanfiction except that LKH is a grown woman which makes th
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Khristine Stain
Jun 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who only care about hundreds of pages of sex
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Helmisade
Feb 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
"Does this woman not have an editor?" She made it into a question.

I realize that this is part 14 of a series so it's probably not the best place to start. I also know that most people seem to think that the first 10 Anita Blake books were much better. Perhaps I'll try one of those some time. For now, here's the Big List of things that made this book so bad I wanted to hurt myself:

- X made it into a question: easily the most over-used expression in the book. If there's a q
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Bark
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I read this back when it was first released but am rereading it here as an audiobook. It's one of the later Anita Blake books which are all a blur of sex and power in my mind so I can't remember much about it.

Well, just as I remembered with the other later books in this series this is all about Anita's sex with her many men and much less about the paranormal aspects of the book which I found so interesting in the earlier novels. This time around Anita fears she may be pregnant and be
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Jenn
Oh Anita...

I think this is where I started straying from the series originally. It just seemed like the books were venturing off into something completely different than how they started - and not in a natural growth way. So I stepped back. I think I made it a few more books in and then took a lengthy break. Now I'm back and determined to get caught up. In doing this, I am noticing different things - some that make me understand Anita and the direction of the books, and some that mak
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Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
you know what I'm talking about..like a train wreck..or a bad car accident..you know coming up to the scene that it's going to be bad..you don't WANT to look, but you can't help but slow down and take a lingering look out of some sense of morbid curiosity.

At its core, this is what the Anita Blake books have become to me and DM is no exception. I know it's going to be bad but I just have to see how bad it'll get and how long it'll stay that way. And everytime I think 'phew, now that a
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Pam Nelson
Ahh, Vampire politics at its best. This book had a lot to say. I found a lot of it boring, it dragged on tooooo much.

The is she isn’t she was a little over the top too, whinny Richard rears his head as usual. Then you have a whinny Asher too I was like what is happening to the guys!!

I am still 100% fan of Jean-Claude, Micah, and Nathaniel.

The beasts in Anita are interesting and that whole scene on the bed was probably my favorite part because it was when something was actually happening.

On t
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mlady_rebecca
This was a more closed insular book than some of the others. Besides a chat with Ronnie at the beginning, Anita is neck deep in vampire politics from page one to the final page. So no RPIT and no Animator's Inc. That's not to say we didn't see as much of the necromancer as the vampire and lycanthrope sides. We just played with vampires instead of zombies.

Cast list wise... Vamps: Jean-Claude, Asher, Damien, Requiem, Meng Die, Wicked and Truth, and our first real taste of Elinore, Lond
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Janel Mitchell
May 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really tried to get through this book by just plowing through it but it's wasn't easy. It feels like LKH got a word of the day calendar and this book's word is "winsome". She used it for 3 different characters (when they weren't spilling out or over something. And if Anita says any of the following more than 3 times its not a chapter; I don't get it, point it out to me, I'm sorry I'm missing something here or could you just tell me I'm not following you. She solves murders in the earlier books ...more
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Anita might be pregnant!?

I'm really starting to not like Ronnie. -.-

Richard just rains over everyone's parade all the time now. :(

Haven is soooooooooooooooooooooo bad news.

I don't like Auggie either. -.-

Merlin is a bit scary with how powerful he is.
Cloudwalker
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
"What was wrong with me? I was hysterical, that was what was wrong with me. The moment I thought it that clearly, I started to calm. I didn't feel any better, really, but I could think. That was an improvement. I thought about being free of the ardeur, and that was a good thought. I thought about being free of Jean-Claude's marks, and all the metaphysical mess that came with it. My life being my own again, that sounded good. I thought about being just me, as Jean-Claude said, just me in my own skin. Ju
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Joelric
Mar 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is the worst thing I have ever read and I refuse to finish it. Everything that made me love the series at the beginning is gone. Sweet lovable Richard has turning into roid raging ass-hat that breaks down sobbing every other appearance, Micah is a doormat as is basically every other man in Anita's life, and Jean Claud, Master of the City, fountain head of his of blood line, is reduced to nothing more than an acquiescent, inconsequential side chick!

Don't even get me started
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CJ
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Laurell K. Hamilton books
It's all been said before, but it bears repeating. Career suicide. It is a testament to her writing skills that she still had fans after this fiasco. In fact, it's so horrifically uneven when compared with her previous work that the only explanation is that there was something else going on - either she was so far past a deadline she just had to turn it in "as is", she meant this to be 2 or 3 books but couldn't decide how to wrap up or edit the story to make it fit into one..... something. Becau ...more
Kipi
I don't even know anymore why I keep doing this to myself. A new Anita Blake... or as I like to call them, a Shitblake.
As the previous ones, Im reading this as an audiobook and it has had me snorting and rolling my eyes from the beginning. Why I keep doing this? WHY?

Edit: After reading the book (well "reading" the "book") I have come to the conclusion that this kind of crap is an insult to the trees this crap was made of. Luckily I listened to the audio book instead of even handling
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Sonja H
Nov 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kristi
Shelves: vampires
I really liked this book. It is more erotic than I remember her other books being. I actually read the first few in this series and quit because they were so violent and bloody. after picking this one up thought I am going back to blue moon and reading forward. Yes they are still violent and bloody, but now I want to know how all the relationships got so complicated and the sex became so good... Is that embarassing or what?!?
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Whenever I’m feeling a little burned out on life or my reading list, these books are a comforting break. I’ve hit a streak of 3-star books lately, and I’ve been reading way too much high fantasy, so it was time for a date with my favorite vampire slayer and her harem of supernatural men. Even a three-star Anita Blake book is better, for me, than a three-star of almost anything else. I mostly rate books based on quantifiable things like plot, structure, character development, and writing. My feel ...more
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