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(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  20,871 ratings  ·  1,832 reviews
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”

Anita Blake makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…W
Hardcover, 570 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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I have broken a new reading record with this book - it wasn't the longest book I've ever read, but it certainly took me the longest to finish.

Two whole friggin' weeks!!!

I normally read books in the evening, because that's the only free time I have since I have to work during the day. Reading has become such a habit that I must read something every day, no matter the time. I followed my usual reading patterns with Affliction - reading it every night and reading only one book at a time, and it too
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Hello, and welcome to another group therapy session for people who can't stop reading these books even though they are awful. Or rather, because they used to be not awful, and it is fascinating to see just how awful they are now. I don't mark spoilers, because the plot is really irrelevant in these books at this point, so proceed at your own risk. In this latest chronicle of the doings of Anita Blake And Her Merry Band Of Polyamorists, we learn many things:

1. Laurell K. Hamilton has jumped onto
Feb 18, 2013 marked it as to-read
OMG?! There may actually be a plot?! SAY IT ISN'T SO!
why have people rated this book? IT AIN'T OUT YET. oh I no understand. :/

you know...I've been reading this series for almost...5 years now? (Oh lords was I a prevy curious teenager) and even though the books have pretty much become all about SEXSEXSEXSEXSEX plot SEXSEXSEXSEXSEX pregnancy scare SEXSEXEXSEXSEXSEX dear gods RICHARD get your head outta your ass SEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEX new charcater? has sex with him SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEX (i th
Jessie Potts
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-just-no
Affliction a poem

How many guys can you abuse
How often can your v be used

Does plot count when it is dull
Bloat between a sexual lull

Is Edward dragged back
To take up some of the slack

Or face time with old friends and flames
Trying to prove there’s more in this game

The Zombie Virus plot is a bust
Nothing can dominate Anita’s lust

So in the end my friends you must choose
Are these 570 pages something to peruse

Mmmmmmmm NO
Just when you thought it was safe.

It’s not a stretch to say that we’re sold a bill of goods on this one. After months of promos and teasers about an unknown zombie disease ravaging people, there came a teaser trailer where the villain was clearly identified as Lover of Death, a Master Rotting Vampire, who’d been presumed dead. Except there was never any mention of him dying before. As I recall, the last word on him was killing seventy people in Europe at the end of Bullet. Yet the premise of Aff
I will no longer fool myself with hope for any LKH writings.
Dead series walking.

To quote Holy Terror: "Hamilton doesn't need an editor, she needs a paper shredder!"

Update: it wasn't *total* suckage, but its still a million miles from what we all once loved.
Feb 15, 2019 marked it as never-to-read
Okay, time to be mature here and go Marie Kondo.


I loved this series very much when it started, but slowly I became very disappointed with it and kept reading it because I hoped it would once again go back to the good old days of Anita chasing the bad guys, investigating crimes and even vampire politics.
The turning point in this, for me, was the moment when I started to see more and more problems with this series. Not only regarding the plot. But, honestly? Anita is kind of toxic.
I do not con
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the author's blog: "Micah is called back home by his estranged family, because his father, a county sheriff, has been attacked and is terribly injured. Anita and Nathaniel are going with him for moral support and to meet his family under very trying circumstances."

Can I just say, HELL YEAH!! This plotline with meeting Micah's family is pretty much EXACTLY what I was hoping to see in a future Anita book. And here it is. Seriously, I could not be happier. (Unless the book were published tomor
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay, so I'm only 14% into this book (according to my kobo), 80 pages in, and I'm having some serious problems.

I gave up on Anita a couple years ago. I, too, was one of the fans that got tired of the repetitive, gratuitous sex, but admittedly I stuck it out longer than most people.

A couple months ago I ran out of things to read and was in one of those apathetic I'm-tired-of-looking-for-new-books moods and decided to re-read Anita. I had heard that the last few books had gotten back to the old pl
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anita-blake
Favorite Lines I am putting a couple because I couldn't make up my mind!
“If you’re doing it right, love makes you more of who you are, not less,’ I said.”

“Real ghosts are so much easier to deal with than the kind we carry around in our heads. Most people haunt themselves more effectively than any spirit.”

“Real ghosts are so much easier to deal with than the kind we carry around in our heads. Most people haunt themselves more effectively than any spirit”

“Get here as soon as you can, and let me k
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Dear Anita,

Well, it was an interesting zombie story. I enjoyed the fresh spark that the zombies brought to your world of paranormal creatures. It was also refreshing for you to not know everything for a change.

However, that didn't apply to other things in general. Even though you have gotten better by a teeny tiny bit...you still come across as a know it all and it's extremely frustrating. Factor in the continual (and I hate this term but it's so apropos) "pissing contests" and the story start
It's just me Shelly B
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I'm not even sure how to start this review.....but I will say that this book was by FAR my favorite in last couple years.

LAST couple years...huh....EXACTLY.........this series has been on a downward spiral for many years but I love these characters so I've stuck it out to see........WHAT could possibly change...CAN this series be revived.....YES it can!!!!!!!!!

OMG I loved this book!!!!!!!!

I truly didn't think that this series would ever go back to the way it was in the beginning.....bc remember
No, I haven't read the book yet but I will read it. At this point I'm too invested in the series to not read it. I'm of the opinion, like many of you, that the soft porn ruined the series even though LKH dialed it down a lot after many readers complained. For that reason I would like to share with you a technique I HAD to develop in order to read past book 10.

To put it simply: Once you get to a sex scene, skip ahead until it ends .

It has worked for me so far. Once I read the book I'll properl
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-releases
finally we get to meet his family!!

holy shit. I knew Anita was busty but Nathanial let it slip her size: triple E. DAMN
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
"I won't buy it, but Anita can be entertaining and the series has been getting better (from 0 stars to 3 stars) with the past couple of books. Here's to looking for less angst and pointless sex, and more plot." ~ December 2012

Completed review: Some spoilers below


So I finally read this book. I didn't buy it (yay! Libraries!).

I must admit she got better. There was less angst, less pointless sex, and more plot just as I asked. The story revolves around Anita's specialty, necromancy and zombies,
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 stars. More engaging than the last several, although the people who whinge about missing the early Anita will be happy with it - IF they can let go of their prudery because there is perhaps 3 or so graphic sex scenes in the book and I know how you folks who love the sociopath Anita hate sex and love to bitch about it.

Today's Anita is a much more self actualized Anita and it's a refreshing thing to see. She's not perfect and still prone to falling into old habits but she catches herself now a
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Does anyone else think the series went downhill since all this romance/soft porn appeared? There used to be a greater plot line... now it just 50 page descriptions of how she gives a blow job and what moral implications that act hold for the entire world.......

lame money milking, thats what this book is going to be :/

*it was ok. i think she cut down on sex :D anticlimactic ending though
Sarah Bertsch
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm very much looking forward to meeting Micah's family. Nathaniel and Anita along for the ride as well. I couldnt be more excited! I'm hoping the dashing Jean Claude doesn't hurt too badly that he doesn't have family to take Anita too. But from what laurell wrote, Anita reassures Jean Claude that she loves him. Counting down the days! :D ...more
Ivie dan Glokta
Jun 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Meet Anita Blake, Necromancer, Vampire Hunter, Shapeshifter But Not, Executioner, Federal Marshall.....

Now what is the most impressive thing about Anita, she manages to be all those things at once even with a penis shoved in each and every single orifice she has, and more....

I would rather eat nails, shoot myself in the foot, stick needles underneath my fingernails, and go down a slide filled with razor blades BUTT NAKED!!!!! then read this book.

What once was and edgy and unparalleled PNR series
This has been my favorite Anita Blake book in a long, long time. Interesting action, actual relationship development between several characters, and some interesting issues for future books.

At this point in the series, I view the inevitable diatribes between Anita and various small-minded, petty, strangers much like junk DNA. As long as it is skippable without causing me to lose the flow of the story, I'm fine. There were a few instances where I had to flip back to the beginning of a conversatio
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
Just because you can write enough words to fill 570 pages does not mean you should.

If you do, your editor should be required to show some tough love and edit out about 250-270 of those pages.

There was a plot line to this book. If you looked hard enough, you could find it. However, the action ground to a halt due to unneeded, lengthy descriptions of:

1. The height, weight, build, length of hair, color of hair, style of hair, and clothes worn by anyone who was close to/spoke with Anita.

2. A rehash
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love how there are people who haven't even read this book yet but either give it fantastic reviews or trash it completely. I just finished this book in one 8 hour session and I enjoyed it immensely! We're seeing an Anita more like the one we fell in love with. Yes, she still has lots of lovers and is trying to deal with all the fall-out from having that many people in her bed, but this book isn't just sex, sex, & more sex. There's actually a pretty good plot involved. Micah's father has been b ...more
Haiku Reviews
Anita Blake's new story
One of the worst books
No I lied, that's Dance Macabre

There's a zombie virus here
A rotting vamp too
And a lot of angry peeps

They think AB is a slut
Are they wrong? Could be.
But how many is too much?

We do get Edward and kind
I think it's a ploy
Trying to win us over

But the attempt was so lame
I dodged it real fast
Using my anti skank shield
Kimberly Monaghan
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay.....I will admit that Laurell K Hamilton is one of my guilty pleasures. I use her books to relax and escape and they are my version of television. I say guilty pleasure because there are so many people who bash her books for not being this or that but in reality, I find the books they would recommend BORING and just plain uninteresting. I have tried to read the books that are "recommended reads" and they just leave me scratching my head and wondering what all the fuss was about.

This Anita
Affliction is installment #22 in a series that has been going downhill for years. The last few books were so terribly written maybe that's why I felt this one deserved a 3 star rating (more like 2 and a little something). Low expectations and all that. In truth, if I could have given negative stars for other books in the series then this one would have gotten a positive one star, does that make sense?

The positives (yes, there are positives for this one hence the stars):

- There's a plot. No, I do
Dec 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
‘Affliction’ is Book 22 in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series.

I’ve given up on a lot of series. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series? Gave up. Got sick of all the otherworldly vampire women of unparalleled physical beauty. Gini Koch’s Kitty Katt series was still enjoyable, but just got a little too outlandish for me. Kitty Norville by Carrie Vaughn – kaput for me. Got the feeling that there was no end in sight and no over-arching story to thrill and hook me. One series that I gave up on a lon
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-pr
No Spoilers

IN GENERAL: So, I didn't waste my money on this. I was pleasantly surprised. It felt more like classic Anita. There were only 3 short sex scenes; I guess because Anita has finally mastered the Ardeur.

EDITING: I think the reason why people were upset about all the sex and supposedly lack of plot in the previous books is because Laurel OVERLY describes EVERYTHING. It's bitter sweet though. It works great when she's describing a fight scene because we get this great slow motion play by
Brad Hall
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is the last Anita Blake book that I will bother to read.

It is mostly recycled crap! Yes, I said it. Literally, the bulk of the book is made up of pissing contests between Anita and the cops, Micah's family, and others. Sex, of course there is sex, but at least not as much as some other of these books. The actual action adventure/mystery makes up about 100 pages or so of this 500+ page book. We have a new kink in this book--autoerotic asphixiation. Yes it seems that Anita is now a "gasper."
My three star review is relative to my other reviews of lesser works. In all, this is really more of a 2 star, but as I gave Kiss the Dead three stars, I could give this no less as it is a better novel. I have been reading Anita Blake novels for over ten years now and it is with a heavy heart that I think I finally understand what it is that grieves me so about this series as of late. I think I've surpassed my heroine. There is nothing left to learn from her and I can now see her flaws. That is ...more
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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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