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Incubus Dreams

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #12)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  48,925 ratings  ·  1,104 reviews
In the latest New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, Anita's life is more complicated than ever, as she is caught between her obligations to the living and the undead. A vampire serial killer who preys on strippers is on the loose. Called in to consult on the case, Anita fears her judgment may be clouded by a conflict of interest. For she is, after ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 722 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Jove (first published 2004)
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Crystal Starr Light
"We're wasting time with all this personal sh!t.”

WARNING: Sorry about the gif spam. I make an effort to keep it to a minimum in my reviews, but this one needed some gifs or I would go mad.


Oh, you expected a plot summary of this book?

Okay, I'll try to be serious now.

Larry is marrying that horrible, evil, wicked Tammy. Anita is one of the groomsmen. Because. She drags along her two boytoys. Because. She is called to the scene of a crime. Apparently strippers are being killed.

Whoaaaaa, that wa
Okay, so I had been warned beforehand that this series would eventually "jump the shark" and turn into a crap-fest. And, here we are. Crapfestville!

Crapfestville's neighboring towns

Here's the thing, I don't mind sex in a book if it is a part of the bigger plot in these kind of books. Or, if it's just straight-up a paranormal romance novel. But, this...ugh! This is like someone who is having a clusterfuck in their head that they decided to write down for posterity and got paid a bunch of money be
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever been so relieved to finish a novel, since it ate so much of my time. In my hardcover version, there are 658 pages of the smallest type I've ever seen in any other hardback. To say the least, it was painfully long.

Not that I care how long a book is. If a book keeps me interested enough, I'll be happy to read thousands of pages. But Incubus Dreams is painfully slow, simply because not much is going on. If you've ever read/heard an interview with Laurell K. Hamilton, you've
Aug 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Incubus Dreams: Wherein Anita Gathers Superpowers Like Beads at Mardi Gras (and in much the same way you earn beads at Mardi Gras).

I tried to do live updates in the comments while reading this, but had to stop just over halfway through the book. I thought it would be fun, but it wasn't. At all.

I wish I could identify a plotline for you here; there's something about murdered strippers, but that can hardly count given it's only present for about ten pages at the start of the book and then a few ch
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
As we read further into the Anita Blake series, the theme is more colorful, and surrounded by relationships, sex, blood and more sex. A metaphysical handicap forces Blake to “feed” off of someone as she screws him. It was a neat idea, but in the end it gets a little old. I mean, how many people could she possibly have sex with?

Look! A bad guy! Hold on, I must have sex with this stranger before I can function. I enjoy a nice twisted sexual triangle any day, but the "adeur" has become something o
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yet another one of my faves in the Vampire Hunter series. A lot of fans are against the current storyline and how Laurell has turned the lead character into a full-blown Succubus, but I know she has a plan and we just have to be patient and wait for it all to unravel.

If she were a man writing such detailed sex scenes, no one would have a problem with it. Sorry, but this is the 21st century. I have yet to see her write anything that didn't have some semblance of purpose as the storylines progres
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, paranormal
I think this is it for me. When I started reading this series, it was for a great crime/action/paranormal book. And then the Richard vs. Jean Claude thing started and I was all for some romance. I don't mind a sex scene thrown in here or there, they liven things up in the right places. But somewhere around book 10, or maybe a little before, I lost my great action novel and apparently started reading erotica with the same series name.

This book start out relatively strong. Someone dies, and Anita
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
Holy mother of God. I remember reading the reviews for this book - they said there was a lot of sex. Well. They weren't lying. She has sex every few pages or so. As someone pointed out, how is she even able to walk after that?

Now, I am as much of a fan of sex as the next person, and maybe even more than the next person, but come on! How much can a person (I mean the person reading not the person experiencing :P) take? Speaking of which, how much can the person experiencing take too? Isn't there
Oct 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
I have about 20 pages left of this book to read and I am having the hardest time finishing it. The reason I have read the books until this point is that I read the first 5 or so and they were ok, so I bought 6 through 12 thinking that they would be similar. I was so wrong. Every few pages I find myself rolling my eyes and think to myself "Seriously! Why am I still reading this!" I am making myself finish the ones I have bought and then I am done.

There is way, way, way too much sex in these book
***Dave Hill
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: text
(Original review Jan 2007)

Overall 2/5
Story 2/5
Re-Readability 3/5
Characters 2/5

There’s a plot here. I’m sure. I read through all 752 pages of this, the 12th Anita Blake novel, and there were vague hints of a plot toward the end. I think. The rest of the book, though, should have been subtitled, “How I Stopped Worrying and Came to Love Wanton Sex.”

I mean, really. By the end of the first chapter, Anita — erstwhile vampire hunter and current multi-discipline sex queen of St Louis — has boffed two
Nick McGreggor
May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book is where I gave up. I would say it was like Custer’s Last Stand for me…but I didn’t die and I think Custer was an arrogant douche bag.

Anyway, I’m drifting here.

I’ll give LKH one thing—Anita isn’t a static character. She goes from hardass, kick-ass, screw-you (not literally though) heroine into Anita Blake sex kitten who sometimes kills vamps when she’s not having metaphysical three way sexy time and other random sexy time to tame that damn ardeur.

(You may be under the mistaken impre
First read: August 2006
Re-read: Feb-March 2018
Rating: 2/5 stars

Incubus Dreams has always been my least favourite book in the Anita Blake series. When I read it originally I thought it deviated heavily from the previous books in terms of the ratio of personal relationships vs the supernatural politics and police procedural aspects of the plot.

My opinion hasn't changed during the re-read. There were some good moments; we got an update on Larry's life and what he's doing now, Dolph seems to be gett
Always Reading
Mar 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have officially given up on Antia!

After the last two books gave me a serious case of squint-eye, I had almost given up, but I decided to give Anita the benefit of the doubt one more time and try and ignore the fact that she now seems to have sex with every single male character in the series.

Well, I tried, peeps. Really, I did. But I have to draw the line at this one. It's devolved into Erotica sprinkled with only the tiniest morsels of paranormal plot, and I don't even read Erotica.

First, the cast list:

Of the vamps, we saw plenty of Jean-Claude and Damian, plus Buzz (who hasn't been around much lately) and Malcolm, plus we were introduced to Requiem, Byron, Wicked, and Truth. With the wolves, we saw plenty of Richard and Jason, and we were introduced to Clay and Graham. With the leopards we saw plenty of Nathaniel, Gregory, and Micah. With the wererats, we saw Dr. Lillian, Claudia, and Louie. We saw Ronnie. With RPIT we got Tammy, Jessica Arnet, Zerbrowski, and Dolph. And
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Twelfth in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter erotic urban fantasy series revolving around Anita Blake, necromancer, vampire executioner, and middle-class American with middle-class values thrust into a "partnership" with a vampire descended from a long line of vampires using lust as their primary tool.

My Take
Incubus Dreams is about acceptance: Tammy and Lawrence's Halloween marriage; Anita and Nathaniel; the Wicked Truth; Richard realizing that he's a hindrance; Anita's preferences in bed; and Dam
This series is my total guilty pleasure. And before anyone gets on me - yes, Anita is a total Mary-Sue and sits very comfortably on her high horse. But I've come to realize that I don't read this series for her, I read it for the other characters.

Incubus Dreams has Anita knee deep in a vampire serial killer case. Some vampire group is killing female strippers and everything seems to point to the Church of Eternal Life and their master, Malcolm. On top of the case, Anita is trying to balance her
Dec 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Aannnnnnd.... This is where I just gave up...

I adored books 1-10, 11 was meh, and I tried so hard to like ID, even just to get through it. I'm a bit OCD when it comes to finishing books, and series. I guess I'm always afraid I'll miss something really good if I don't finish. I tried to read ID for weeks and got only 1/2 way through, considering I usually finish a book in a couple of days, that's really saying something. It's just one giant mess.

I have no problem with the sex, I generally have no
Dec 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
I started reading the Anita Blake series two weeks ago...while at the beginning it seemed interesting, though just another vampire book, now I'm starting to that this is a complete waste of time.
The most important thing about this book is that Anita has a lot of sex. Continuously. With everybody and everywhere. You start wondering how she can walk anymore, if every two chapters she has sex with someone. Unfortunately, sex is not just a little spice added to the plot of the book. Sex is about eve
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is a huge doorstop of a book and the latest installment of Anita Blake's sexcapades with beautiful otherworldly men.

This one begins at the wedding of Larry & Tammy whom after this interlude are not mentioned again. Anita is one of Larry's groomsmen. Her dates are Micah and Nathaniel. Hey, why bring one when you can have two?! Anita's trying to duck out on dancing with them when she's called to visit a murder scene. Yay, a murder investigation, I thought, the book is getting back to the seri
After a very strong start with Guilty Pleasures & Laughing Corpse this series has taken a drastic turn from it's well written and exciting mystery/modern fantasy action beginnings into a embarrassingly disconnected plot nightmare sandwiched in between more and more descriptive and frankly unbelievable sex scenes.

The main character, Anita Blake, has evolved from a near virgin, vampire hating, stickler for the letter of the law to a cold blooded murdering "I'll sleep with anything within a 5 mile
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Poor strippers! Why kill them? :(

I'm sad that Anita just dancing in front of strangers makes her afraid. But Nathaniel is great at getting her to let go.

Nathaniel is so a 1950's wife! lol.

I'm happy for Damian that he can now be in the sunlight but sad it freaks him out.

Also happy they have a triumverate with Nathaniel now.
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Still full of magic
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book epitomizes all that went wrong with this series. It starts tantalizingly like the early books, seeming like it might be another noir-like supernatural mystery. And there were several developments that would be enough for several books, which might be cool if they were followed up in either the book or the series. But I don't think Hamilton had any clue any longer (if she ever had) about where she wanted to take this series. Many people, including me, complain about the focus on sex. In ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
I start most reviews with a recap. That would require there to be plot for me to recap. Ok fine, I’ll try:

Anita gains new woo-woo (lots of sex is needed)

Relationship angst

Strippers are murdered, people manage to care about that at the end of the book.

There, done.

It never ceases to amaze me how a book can go on for so long before anything relevant happens – and there can be no greater example of this than Incubus Dreams which also sets a pattern for most of the later Anita Blake books: beyond th
Now Im reading this just for laughs. Luckily, it's full of them.

Edit: Not nearly enough laughs... Words/phrases used way too often:
- it was as if...
- intercourse
- "only intercourse is sex, or am I being too American?"
- all-the-adjectives ie. his blue, blue eyes
- metaphysics (REALLY!!?!?!?!?!?!?!! RAGE! *vomit*)
- spill (as in "JC/RAZ/Asher/Nathaniel/insert any male here spilled out of his satin-ruffled, laced-up crotchless chaps...")
- every f#ing praise about Anita ie. Oh, you're such a man!/You
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
wasn't quite sure how to rate this... some parts I enjoyed while others I was thinking "okay, i get the point can we move on?" at times it almost felt like two different books.

i'm not a prude, i don't mind hot sex scenes in a book... but when its overkill, thats when I get bored/annoyed... It was interesting learning new tidbits about the Ardeur and Anita controlling it but for me it got tiresome seeing one sex scene then a few pages later... it kind felt like she was repeating herself too much.
I kept reading the books because I had loved the first 5 or 6 of them, at this point I was wondering why I still kept reading them - to tell the truth, I guess I keep hoping that there will be some further character growth, and that the series will return to its roots of an ass-kicking heroine who has a very unusual job
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
This is the first time that I've really felt that the plot was suffering in the face of the new, ahem, tone of the series. It had the potential to be great, but it just kind of fizzled . . . ...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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