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Circus of the Damned

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  91,806 ratings  ·  1,687 reviews
In Circus of the Damned-now in trade paperback for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science tea ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“Jesus, are all vampires over two hundred perverts?"
"I am over two hundred," Jean-Claude said.
"I rest my case.”

I postponed writing this review for as long as I could. Then I postponed it again. Then again. Finally I realized I need to do it right now before I forget what is was about. The reason was I have no clue how to rate the book. I was hoping for a bright idea, a Eureka! moment, something. Nothing came. And here I am as clueless as I was right after finishing.

So about the plot of Circus

Well, it's not going to be Anita. This girl is obsessed with her Nikes. Nikes are mentioned in this book so many times that if you played a drinking game with "Nike" as your word, you would be smashed by the halfway point of the book.

But, don't worry, she always color coordinates her Nikes with a sporty fanny pack. To look more fashionable, of course.

So, even though we want to picture Anita like this:

She is actually more like this:

So, in this book we have a pack of vampires murdering people. An
Laurie  |  LOHF
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, audiobook
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
Crystal Starr Light
"Your questions will make something simple last"

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
Sammy Loves Books
Anita Blake to the rescue again???!!!

I'm afraid my love affair with Anita's badass ways may be coming to an end. Too much of a good thing I suppose.


It's kinda like when you have a crush on someone so everything they do is wonderful. But a few months into the relationship the actions you once loved start to annoy the crap out of you. I'm starting to feel that way towards Anita. I loved her bitchiness, no soft edges, tough as nails, I don't date vampires, I kill them attitude. But now I am gettin
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I could have made this pleasant, but now I think I want you to hurt. Look into my eyes, mortal, and despair.”
- Alejandro

3rd Listen: Edward makes everything better! Also I’m a big fan of the lamia, even if she did portend Anita the succubus. And Richard, jee-zusz Richard: “We were fighting and we hadn’t even had one date, that was a record ever for me.”
-Anita Blake on the subject of Richard

2nd Listen: Still a good time even if I do cringe at the introduction of Richard.

Oooh, bad guys comin
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
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
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 charac
I’m still enjoying the Anita Blake series, although I have to tell you, Anita does not seem like a 24 year old character to me. I think she would be much more believable as someone in her late 30’s or early 40’s considering how jaded she seems to be and how experienced she thinks she is.

I wonder if Hamilton got any money from Nike for product placement? It seems like she mentions the shoes by name at least once per chapter. Although I suppose I could say the same thing about 2-3 brands of gun….
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it

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.


Pam Nelson
Anita and Richard, you can see the sparks but I am not totally convinced.
I know she is fighting her attraction to Jean-Claude because of what he is.

We find out there are bigger bad out there then even Anita knew and things get heated. I will tell you I am not a fan of snakes and this book has a lot of them.

Overall I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to seeing where this story is going to take us.

Again I am a fan of the narration I like the voices she uses.
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
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typos! So many typos.
And don't even get me started on how annoying Anita Blake is. There were so many times I wanted to fling this book across the room because she did yet another stupid thing. There were so many "Seriously! WTF" moments, in fact there were just too many.
And what's with her obsession with Nikes and bad clothes? Has this woman got absolutely no fashion sense?
And then of course there's the nipples. Nipples everywhere!
How is this a best seller?
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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taveena kade
things are started to heat up...drama here i come!!
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Circus of the Damned did not scare me or grossed me out as much as Guilty Pleasures or The Laughing Corpse. I also didn't like it as much as the last two books of the series.

Jean-Claude is turning Anita's life into one hell of a big mess; Anita is firstly baited by a vampire Master called Alejandro, who controls a pack of rabid vampires who have chewing up people and leaving them on the cemetery. Alejandro wishes to know who is the Vampire Master controlling the city of St.Louis, and his where h
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm tapping out. I can't understand how anyone could be motivated enough to continue this series. This book reinforces all the things that bugged me about the first two and manages to drum up some new irks at the same time.

Anita is awful. I long for the day when authors can write independent, strong women without making them into raging assholes. I checked myself and thought whether or not her behavior would be more acceptable if she were a man, but no. Insulting others is not a form of wit. It

A band of rogue masters has come to town and are out in the streets killing people. Anita Blake will have to decide who she is loyal to in this action packed, fast paced novel.

I reread this book, and while I remembered quite a few of the plot points, I still enjoyed the book. Anita Blake is still a kick butt necromancer who happens to execute vampires along with helping the police regional preternatural crimes unit. With all of this going on she still finds time to date, which is the one aspe
Ginger Vampyre
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm Anita Blake, I'm the most powerful Animator around, I'm actually a necromancer, but I pretend I'm not. Because all people who raise the dead are evil, but not me. I only feed people to zombies when they are bad. I'm 24 with a college degree that I use when helping the cops, except things that I should know I don't because its icky. Also I am the scariest thing ever. Vampires have a name for me because at 24 and while earning my degree I killed so many of them they fear me. And only I can dea ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I enjoyed the first two books in the series but this one didn't work for me. I'm deducting a full star from my rating because Jean-Claude sucks (you SUCK Jean-Claude). He dresses like a reject from "Purple Rain" and seems to need to attend a few seminars on the nature of consent and yet Anita thinks she might love him a little. Or something. Whatever. Their "relationship" has always been the weakest part of the three books I've read so far (and yes, I know the author switches from UF to erotica ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've read 4 books in this series, and I enjoy the entertainment value of them. They are just fun! I love Jean-Claude. The narrator does a great job on his voice, as well as with the other characters. I always love a good narrator. I also like the MC, Anita. She is, for the most part, humorous. Sometimes the dialog feels forced and causes some eye rolling, but for the most part it keeps me interested. As long as I can say that and mean it, I'll keep reading more in this series.
Jammin Jenny
So Anita Blake meets another master vampire, Oliver, and has to save Jean Claude. She's forced to drink vampire blood and she gets one step closer to becoming Jean Claude's human. She also has another love interest, Richard, but will he be able to stand her line of work? ...more
I liked it...I didn't love it.

This novel didn't have a lot of slow moments , events happened bang bang bang which for me was good. I don't think I could have handled Anita if she was given enough alone or downtime then I would have had to deal with her mind. And honestly at this stage in the game, 3 books in is only early but I'm not a big fan of the character. Or the characters.

The story over all is interesting, and the actions scenes are attention holding. I'm hoping as time goes on the chara
I'm gonna give this one five stars even though it did kind of annoy me at times. I'm pretty easygoing with my five stars, though. It entertained me, and I still love the story, so five stars it is. I get a little tired of Anita's stubbornness. There were several times when I was listening to it, and the line from Interview with a Vampire kept going through my mind. I could picture Lestat saying, "Oh, Louis, Louis. Still whining, Louis," because sometimes Anita just never stops! I get it. Anita h ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still love it
Scott Shjefte
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Amazing book, every scene was a pretzel of details wound up in a spring of potential energy that was soon to be released. In effect the telling overwhelmed me, it was just too, too
much. There were also many memorable quotes and actually much philosophy expressed that I will have to go back and digest. The viewpoints expressed established a world I am not sure I want to travel as it may damage my ideas of right and wrong beyond any chance of redemption.
Katherine Madison
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!
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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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