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The Laughing Corpse

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  82,826 ratings  ·  2,196 reviews
The novels of New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton take readers into the dangerous life of Anita Blake, animator and vampire hunter; a woman as good at raising the dead as she is at slaying the undead. Now, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried an ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published October 2002 by Jove Books (first published September 1994)
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Your eyes are the clearest mirror I have ever seen, ma petite. Whenever I begin to pretend to myself. Whenever I have delusions of life. I have only to look into your face and see the truth.”
What did he expect me to say? Sorry, I’ll try to ignore the fact that you’re a vampire. “So why keep me around?” I asked.
“Perhaps if Nikolaos had had such a mirror, she would not have been such a monster.”

It’s been quite a while I read the first book of this series and I’m glad that I remembered to pick up
Meredith Holley
This was TERRIBLE. Terrible!!! Why are you here book??? Why do you exist?? Why do you suck SO MUCH??? Ugh!! I was listening to this while walking to work in the morning, and I’m pretty sure I was waking up whole neighborhoods with my loud, “UGGGGHHHHHHH”s because I could not refrain from reacting to what a bitch this book is. This book is such a little bitch. It is not SO bad to start out with, just your normal Anita Blake bitchiness, like, “girls shouldn’t wear pink; girls shouldn’t shop; girls ...more
When I read the Kate Daniels series, I would see a lot of reviews that compared her to Anita Blake, and Kate would always come out on top. I could see some similarities, obviously, but I find Anita a little disappointing in how dumb she is. She really doesn't know how to shut the hell up so that someone would NOT want to kill her for a change.

"I'm going to kill you," he hissed.
"Take a number," I said.

She'll need to buy more number machines if she keeps up this pace of pissing people off...

Sammy Loves Books
Hot Damn!! I can't get enough of Anita Blake!!
I think I love her...


But she just pissed off The Voodoo Priestes!!

Anita takes a licking and turns around and dishes out a can of whoop ass!! She's the badass of all badasses!! Her snarky sarcastic mouth has made a few enemies. And it seams everyone is out to kill her. Where's that sexy Jean-Claude when a hero is needed? Hiding in the shadows watching Anita kick ass!!!


"Arise from your graves all dead within sound of my call. Arise and serve me!"


"I am
Dec 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
There was something about Hamilton's first, then second book that irritated the hell out of me, but I couldn't quite figure it out. Then one day I saw a picture of her on the book and I understood what it was. It annoys me when authors make themselves the hero/ine of their books, and then just change the name and the environment to make it fantasy fiction. But even more so when you must keep reading about how powerful, and how unconsciously sexy, and how tough that character is (*why* is she try ...more
“I could teach you so much, Anita, so very much.”
- Señora Salvador

4th Re-listen: Nothing beats that ending. Nothing.
3rd Re-listen: Guaranteed entertainment.
2nd Re-listen: The ending gives me goosebumps, I listened to it twice!

Another bad ass Anita Blake story. A mad flesh eating zombie is ravaging perfectly good suburbanites during the summer heatwave.

Anita must work with the police to find out who is driving the zombie and for what possible motive.

Some of my casting:

The ending was EPIC.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like these books. They are fun and entertaining. I like the MC, Anita. There certainly are character traits that annoy me about her, but they aren't deal breakers. I can't ever take this type of urban fantasy seriously. But with that said, the author has a way with words in her descriptive strokes. Sometimes it has me rolling my eyes, but mostly she does a great job of taking descriptions and adding layers to them. That is what I like the most. This is the 3rd book I've read by her and I have ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
'The Laughing Corpse' by Laurell K. Hamilton, the second in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, is exciting hardcore horror!

Anita Blake is a badass slayer heroine in a dark fantasy world where vampires, witches, zombies and ghouls live (sort of live, being dead, right?) among humans, set in an alternate modern America. She is known as an animator of anything dead. She also graduated from college with a degree in biology, and she lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Yeah, this series is full of dark
Tilly Slaton
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took my by surprise!

I have read it twice now, and there are parts that are still heart-wrenching.

In the second book of the Anita Blake series, The Laughing Corpse rips you from reality and tosses you unexpectedly into a world of voodoo, betrayal and forced submission.

Following the first book, this begins centered around Anita Blake and her job as an animator as well as the consulting work she does for the paranormal police division that investigates homocides that are obviously per
Peter Tillman
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friend-recos, fantasy
I'd been hesitant to read one of these, despite rave reviews by people I trust - I'm not much of a fantasy reader, & we're talking vampires, zombies and werewolves here. Well, folks, what we *really* have is a book in the class of the Harold Shea books - one that bends genres and transcends them. I'm not even really going to review the book . . . .

Let me back off a moment, & tell you what I usually read. I'm in the mining business, educated as a geologist & chemist. I like my SF hard, & I'm unco
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
After reading Guilty Pleasures and falling hook, line, and sinker into the Anita Blake world, I eagerly rushed forward to devour the second offering. The Laughing Corpse digs deeper into Blake’s world, shows off more of Jean-Claude, Ronnie, and the polices characters.

As always, Anita is surrounded by problems with no immediate, easy solution in sight. Emphasis isn’t placed heavily on her vampire slaying, more with her job as an animator. The suspense and story is strong from the beginning; actio
Pam Nelson
If I ever meet a Voodoo Priest I think I would faint or run probably run. This Priestess is freaking NUTS!

Ok so some of the gross crime scenes freaked me out but the one where they made a bet to see who would get sick first was the grossest.

We learn just how powerful Anita is, I am loving this part and her humor I think a lot of people “think” they know how powerful she is but they don’t know and I kind of think she doesn’t even know.

The ending is interesting, to say the least.

I enjoyed Kimb
What a rush!!!

I'm officially part of the Anita Blake fan club. I would love to see this on TV (it would be terribly gory, even worse that The Walking Dead, I'd have to skip those parts, I have a weak stomach).

Anita Blake is once again in trouble, this time she has to deal with some kind of meat-eating zombie, she doesn't really know what it is, and she fears it may be the worst thing she will ever have to catch. This monster ate a family of three members, leaving only blood splattered everywhere
Caution: here be potty words! ;)

Anita Blake books are always fun reads for me. I don't have to do any heavy thinking. I can just sit back and enjoy the ride. These books were written in the early '90s and I really enjoy reading about Anita's pager and how every time it goes off she has to race to find a pay phone! If that isn't enough, she actually wears a fanny pack in this book. How can you not love that?

I love Anita because she is so fucking kick ass! She knows her weapons, can kill things th
I have read all of the Anita Blake series and The Laughing Corpse is the second book in the series. Again it is really great entertainment. I enjoy all the characters and the plot. Anita comes into more powers by being Jean Claude's human servant so you get to see that and also her zombie-raising skills come into play. The second book is definitely one of the good ones. ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Anita Blake receives an offer to raise a 280 year old Zombie. But such a raising would require a human sacrifice, and Anita draws the line there. Dolph then summons her to the grisly scene of a crime--the remains of a family. Anita must now find the killer...before anyone else dies.

Even though I didn't care for either the novel or the graphic novel of Guilty Pleasures, I decided to give this series another chance. I am glad I did, because this book was a lot more enjoyable than the previous book
Dark Sith Lordette♔

I forgot how much I loved the beginning of this series. More action and blood and guts and -

Mar 13, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This one aged a bit worse than the first book in the series (from the slurs, to the framing of sex work and beyond) and Anita ist still very much a judgmental asshole. But, that climax, her powers, yes please. The sexual tension is also getting to me so I guess I am all in now.
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
Ok this series just turned bloody brilliant I mean.....

I didn't want it to finish need MORE!!!!!

The audio I been listening to is fantastic too..... I get that old 80's horror music whenever something scary is about to happen or someone is giving chase, it really gave me the creeps.... I mean the Zombies in this were freakin scary if Anita wasn't controlling them! sometimes even when she did.

This story opens even more possibilities and doors I could ever imagine... wow on this Authors imagination
Angela James
Doing a re-read after years away from the series, and after quitting the series about 10 books in. Interested to see if I want to keep going this time, now that I know that things fall apart a little romance-wise later on, rather than going in with hopes of happy endings!
I shouldn't have waited so long to read this book after finishing book 1. I had a difficult time remembering all the secondary characters. But luckily despite that I still enjoyed this book. What I did not enjoy was all the sound effects in the audiobook. They were loud and annoying and distracted from the narration. I could barely hear the narrator! The only thing the sound effects managed to do was give me a headache. If the narrator is good enough they can build suspense with just a change in ...more
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
”“I am an animator. I am the Executioner. But now I know I’m something else. The one thing my Grandmother Flores feared most. I am a necromancer. The dead are my specialty.”

4 stars. This was so much better than book one. What a fun ride from beginning to end. This book had me absolutely hooked from the start. Anita goes through some solid character development so she doesn’t feel as robotic as she did in the last book. She has emotions and reacts to things which was great.

The world building
Note: this book is on my gruesome-horror shelf. Certain scene descriptions were disgusting and consequently depressing.

So far, this series is not what I expected. It is slightly grittier and not the least bit upbeat, but more along the lines of what I expect from quality dark urban-fantasy. I enjoyed this book more than the first, largely due to being more familiar with Hamilton's world and characters, something which is typical of long running series. The first books are usually the weakest. I
Timothy Boyd
It's hard for me not to compare these to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books. There are alot of the same story frameworks and world settings. I know they came first and pretty much set the stage for Urban Fantasy to become a popular style of books. They are very good supernatural action/adventure/mystery stories. Nice action and flow throughout the book. I enjoy the, while somewhat dated well not to me, pop culture references. Recommended ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not as good as the first one couldn't get into it ...more
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audiobook
As I reread this series I am aware of just how much it has changed and mutated into something completely different from the original books. The Laughing Corpse is book #2 and focuses almost completely on Anita's zombie raising duties and her job helping the police on Spook Squad. This book is horribly gory and disturbing. I originally read it back before I had children and am relieved that I didn't attempt to read it when they were toddlers. That's all I'm sayin'.

In this book, Anita is called in
Dec 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know a lot of people love the Anita Blake series, but I don't think I'll be one of them. I really dislike the main character. Why must I read over and over again that she's just so tiny and petite and yet tougher than she looks? Once per book would be way too much and it's in at least every other chapter. And why do I care what she's wearing? Anita is not likable. I understand that later on in the series she turns rather slutty, and I'm thinking I might just skip ahead to those books, if I rea ...more
Arcadia Barrile
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Whoever said that the Anita Blake books just get better as you go was wrong. This was far worse than the first mediocre book in this series, and the only redeeming factor was the last third. The beginning was so boring, in fact, that it couldn't hold my interest long enough for me to read more than a few pages at a time.

I only hope that this series starts looking up, because my brother bought the first eight or so books, and it feels like such a terrible waste not to read them, since he never di
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
The Laughing Corpse is one of my least favorite AB books and I really don't know why. It's interesting, doesn't have all the sex craziness, no relationship drama but still... It doesn't have Edward either.

There is this one moment in the book that ruins it for me. Anita is, if nothing else, supposed to be the good guy(she says so herself many times) but in order to get what she wants from Wanda she lets JC terrify the poor woman. That's just wrong in my book.

Then we have the "Manny thing". I mean
Norma Mills
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
Ok.. Keeping this simple, since I disliked book one. This book was better, I adore Dolph, Jean Claude is cute, though there was not enough of him, and I like the whole VooDoo idea... But Anita still grates on me. It is like she is trying to get killed. When you are that small... You don't chase something that just tore someone throat out... or can tear limbs off. That said... Anita is the ONLY character I don't like! And their her books! Blech... Onto book 3, because I am a glutton. ...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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