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(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #18)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  30,336 ratings  ·  1,143 reviews
When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss.

But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necr
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books (first published February 2nd 2009)
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Lyza Berry Sorry, just getting back into my GR account. Jason is next, which was a bit of a disappointment to the point that I don't really remember it, but part…moreSorry, just getting back into my GR account. Jason is next, which was a bit of a disappointment to the point that I don't really remember it, but part of the series nonetheless. Happy reading.(less)

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I want to start off by saying that this wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. And it definitely wasn't as bad as it could have been. I had the lowest of hopes for this one after reading Divine Misdemeanors (★) last year so maybe that's why I liked Flirt more. Trust me though, it was nowhere near perfect and was also still far away from her earlier books in the series. I'm slightly wary though, could this be a sign of things to come? Will the Anita books continue to get better? I'm afraid to th ...more
Feb 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Does anyone else get the feeling that if Anita, or Merry, for that matter, decided to do something as quotidian and mundane as changing her brand of toothpaste, it would provoke a long, drawn-out, tortuous discussion/debate/conversation (with all her friends, lovers and enemies, and random passersby) about her motivations for the brand change, the inevitable or potential repercussions of the brand change, how her unexpected brand-changing decision upsets and discommodes said lovers, friends and ...more
Why did I do this to myself? Why return to Anita Blake, when all she does is annoy and frustrate me?

Because I am a fool.

But as foolish as I am, at least I didn't write a novel in which all the male characters tell Anita how hot and desirable and wonderful she is for an entire chapter. Is there a plot? Sure, but it's solved in about two minutes. Truthfully, there are so many problems with this story that it’s hard to know what to complain about most.

-The pages upon pages of descriptions of each
The Flooze
Good morning, boys and girls! Gather round Miss Michelle now. That's right. (Amelia, stop poking Mel. It's not nice.)

Today, we're going to do a little lesson in writing style. I want you all to look at the following passage and tell me: What bothers you most about it?

The boy came in with a book. I couldn't see the cover of the book. He always had a book with him, so it didn't surprise me he had a book. I asked him, "Why do you always have a book?" He looked at the book and said "I like books."
Feb 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
What a self-indulgent bit of tripe. The conceit for this book is that the plot stems from a thoroughly uninteresting and commonplace thing that actually happened (gasp!) to Hamilton and a few of her friends. The only amazing thing about it is that Hamilton and her friends seem to have blown the incident out of all proportion, into some sort of proof of their inherently awesome artistic sexiness AND something worthy of creating "art" around. The result is little more than a boring and extended an ...more
Crystal Starr Light
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Anita Blake meets with Tony Bennington, who wants her to bring back his exploded wife as a human-life zombie (we find this out after they argue and posture for a while). SOP: Anita says no, smoochie-smooes with her stripper boyfriends/lovers that pop into the office in indecent sportsware (because they wanted to give Mary the receptionist a show).

Time to pop into the restaurant for a nice whinging session about how everyone thought Ani
Feb 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Yes, it's a novella. No, it's not worth $25. It's not even worth the $12 discounted price. This should have been a short story added to another book as a bonus, or posted on the website for free. It clocks in at less than 50,000 words, and about a third of those could have been taken out, if not for Anita's endless internal monologuing about thing we already know, Anita's need to have everything explained to her twice, and the fact that the whole thing reads like it started out shorter and then ...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
It's weird, after I read the free excerpt of this book a few weeks ago I actually predicted the plot somewhere on this site. So it was predictable. Oh dear.

We got back to zombie raising, necromancy powers and master vampire powers as well as Anita falling back on her coping mechanism of going to the "empty place", the place she goes when she kills. This is good. However, all of the events involving these were cut and paste scenes from previous books. Come to think of it most of this book was mad
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
It's not to say that I hated this book, it was more along the lines of what was the point of it all?

Anita has yet another adoring gorgeous man hanging off her arms and we've established yet again that her powers are awesome even without her men. What happened to the good old days of blood and gore.
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Flirt makes it obvious that Hamilton has paid at least some attention to the criticism of this series. But considering that it took me a whole hour to read, this novella (terribly short for the price) is too little and probably too late.

Anita's long-neglected career as an animator makes another appearance, and she actually has an adventure that doesn't star half of her boyfriends. Of course that whole "Anita standing on her own" thing was completely undermined by her predictable strategy for dea
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Flirt is the 18th installment in the Anita Blake series. It's not a full novel like her usual's, it's about the size of her novel MICAH. (approx. 200 pages). No matter, I was excited to get another Anita dose. The wait for each novel is a year(like most) and it's always a killer.

This time around, the usual characters who are in this story are Micah, Nathaniel, Jason and of course, Anita. And when her lovers are threatened, Anita will go through anything to save them...

I'm super happy Anita is g
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Flirt is a short book. I think it could have fit nicely into another book with more exciting scenes, but I’m not the author I feel that it was a bit rushed, but other than that, not too many “complaints” from me. Hell, I think out of all the books in this series .. I can count the number of complaints on one hand

Flirt. Anita is kidnapped and taken from her sweeties that are being watched by snipers. A new Rex, a stranger and his pride, take her away from her loved ones and forces her to raise a
I'd say spoiler alert but Hamilton spoiled Anita a long time ago.

New Preternatural Villain: We heard you were all kinds of powerful but we didn't believe it.

Anita: Believe it.

New Preternatural Villain's Sidekick: You told me she couldn't perform supernatural tricks that powerful.

Anita: I can.

OH NOES here comes the ardeur!

Anita: I have to do it or I will die.

Lots and lots of fucking.

New Preternatural Villain's-now-very-tired-and Anita's-new-minion-Sidekick: We heard you were all kinds of powerf
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have gotten to the point where Anita Blake books do nothing for me. It's because everyone wants to be with her, be like her or kill her. She is all powerful and doesn't need anyone. She's Buffy, but with dark hair. And by the end of the series, I wanted to stake Buffy my own damned self.

The one thing that pisses me off the most about Anita Blake though is the sex. I get it, you were raised one way, with those beliefs. But I hate that she's with fifty million lovers, is still a prude and pushes
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
The only reason I gave this booklet 1 star was that I couldn't assign a negative star rating. This pathetic attempt at a novella was so bad it hurt my feelings. The action wasn't so bad, but the dialog was just awful. I understand that the title of the book is "Flirt", but I don't need to be reminded in every paragraph.

The Anita Blake world is taken over by an evil power that forces people to use the word "flirt" in every verbal exchange, regardless of how ludicrous it sounds in context. Here's
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it
I was going to skip this one altogether until I read a review stating that in this book, Anita was baaaaaaaaacccccccccccckkkkkkkk! And doing things! (Meaning she was on her two feet walking around and using her powers to raise the dead and kill bad guys, not that she was flat on her back doing things.) YAY!

It wasn’t a bad book. A plus was that it was short and about as long as the plot. Hurray! Short books with short plots are a good thing. Though reading it, I had to wonder if Hamilton had forg
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it
There's a reason I stopped buying these books. There's also a reason why I say I won't read any more after each one. But then, I got and read it anyway and I've no idea why that is. Maybe it's because I feel like I've invested so much time in this series that I'm compelled to finish it. And let's be honest: They don't exactly take much time to read so it's not like there's a huge time investment. Laurell K. calls this a novel in her Afterword. I think she's kidding herself. First, there's the ob ...more
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Dec 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
While I did like this book, I think of it more as filler than an actual entry into the Anita Blake series. It's a lot like Micah was--focusing on one story and no subplot. I'm curious to see if any of the events from this story make it into the next full-length Anita book.

For those hoping to see more of Anita's necromancy, you will see that here. I don't want to say more just yet, but there were a couple of plot points involving Anita's character development that disappointed me.

This book also c
Mar 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Friends don't let friends read a bad book. Please, please, if you happen to see another Anita Blake book on my TBR shelf, please do an intervention and feel free to be as forceful as necessary. I am officially done. I enjoyed the start of this series, even though it was a little trashy. I liked that there was substance to her plots. She had a flair for creativity. I want to know where that went because I'm not seeing that much anymore. Now every thing feels the same to me and it has me feeling l ...more
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
I never thought I’d be nostalgic for Micah. Back then, it seemed a little much to charge mass market paperback price for a novella. Enter Flirt: a novella in hardback. This is one case where the format of the book affects the star rating. Flirt would be much more palatable in an anthology, or even as a mass market paperback. At hardback price, I can’t recommend it.

The early chapters are a mix of the interesting and the tedious. The good parts involve Anita working at her job as an animator, some
May 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Save me from a heroine who is never wrong and copied and pasted paragraphs of description and dialogue.

Anita Blake is obviously the epitome of everything Ms. Hamilton would like to be, surrounded by ethereal men of all shapes and sizes, all of whom believe she is the most amazing thing since sliced bread and of course add to this fact that everyone around her underestimates her constantly, and then eventually either dies or runs away or falls hopelessly in love with her (in the space of a 5 min
Mary Shepherd
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
I count Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series as “guilty pleasure” reading; not complicated and fun (or on occasion fun to make fun of). I’m happy to suspend disbelief as long as there’s a decent story arc and fun, interesting characters. To be sure, there are things I find annoying about author’s writing style including but not limited to distracting repetition, over-reliance on exposition and argument in lieu of action, ponderous emotional angst about and between the males in Anita’s life a ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I remember a time when I loved Anita Blake novels. I didn't start reading at book one, I started reading at book 11 or so, at a time when most people were already not enjoying the books. I liked them because I like the characters and I wanted to know what would happen to them all. I used to be able to read about the characters talking to each other, eating, going shopping, or doing whatever boring stuff they do, but now I just can't do it any more. Maybe I matured as a reader, or maybe I've just ...more
Thomas Edmund
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Reading the introduction and afterthought of Laurell K’s recent novella we are informed that this piece was created as a cure for writer’s block during the creation of Divine Misdemeanours (from the Merry Gentry series), much the same as her other novella, (or novelette or whatever) Micah.

So don’t expect too much from this short story from the Anita Blake series. Again similar to Micah the story involves Anita being drawn into taking a dodgy animation case, one sex scene and a fairly quick concl
Carolyn F.
Added 01/26/17I'm walking down Goodreads reviewer memory lane and this is one that popped up. There was a reviewer that described the repetitiousness in the books and how she could practically write it herself giving about a page worth of dialogue. She actually did a really good job so I innocently said, trying to be funny, "You did such a good job you should be Laurell Hamilton's ghost rider!" The response was "Har, har", unfriending me and then blocking her account. I'm still scratching my hea ...more
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I think I went through this book faster than any other Anita Blake book. It was really a treat to see Anita more comfortable with herself and hers. Though some parts she seemed a little out of character it worked itself out in a timely fashion. I am pleased to say that this book's intimacy was rather tame compared to some others of Laurell K. Hamilton's. For that I am greatful. The scene was tasteful but not overwhelming to the point that people where spontaneously orgasming in libraries or in p ...more
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Yawn . . . yawn . . . yawn.
Practically every sentence in this novella stimulated a deja vu experience, not to mention self-doubt. (Why am I reading this? Why? Why? Why?) This was actually refreshing. Some of Anita's actions in this book should have warranted at least a smidgen of self-doubt.

I never would have imagined flirting with a waiter in the presence of one of your gorgeous friends could inspire not just a novella, but a retelling of the flirting, and then a comic of the retelling. Maybe s
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
I should say up front so you can evaluate my review that I greatly enjoyed the first 8 or so of the Anita Blake books up to around Obsidian Butterfly. I'm one of those that believe the series badly went wrong with the ardeur with its have sex or die imperative and books filled with so many chapters of sex scenes, that if you took them out, you wouldn't have wordage for a short novella. I have been able to at least read and finish the prior books though, even if with decreasing enjoyment--this is ...more
Kelly Hudson
May 18, 2012 rated it it was ok

I'm not sure why I keep reading these anymore. I think it's just to see if Anita will ever die or shift or become a vampire or just get a much bigger bed.
Pam Nelson
Ok if you didn’t know until now… Anita is a BADASS BITCH…

What she does in this book it’s like dropping the mic. She does what she does to protect the ones she loves does it make me sad for Nicky yes but I do understand it now the question is will Jean-Claude? He said he understands but she is collecting more…..

Thank you for the old narrator to be back! :)
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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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