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message 1: by GinBee, Founder & Mod (last edited Feb 25, 2010 02:03PM) (new)

GinBee (jennymbee) | 4441 comments Mod
What's good about Anita Blake?

I haven't read any but they are at the top of my TBR, Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2)  by Laurell K. Hamilton Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)  by Laurell K. Hamilton The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #4)  by Laurell K. Hamilton Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #5)  by Laurell K. Hamilton The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #6) by Laurell K. Hamilton Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #7)  by Laurell K. Hamilton Blue Moon (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #8) by Laurell K. Hamilton Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #10) by Laurell K. Hamilton Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #11) by Laurell K. Hamilton Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #12) by Laurell K. Hamilton Micah (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #13) by Laurell K. Hamilton Danse Macabre (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #14) by Laurell K. Hamilton The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15) by Laurell K. Hamilton Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #16) by Laurell K. Hamilton Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #17) by Laurell K. Hamilton Flirt (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #18) by Laurell K. Hamilton Bullet (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #19) by Laurell K. Hamilton


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Book Huntress (bookhuntress) | 30 comments LOVE her!!!! I am SO excited because Flirt is finally in at the library!!! WOOHOO


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Susan (Suz) (sharney) This is one of my fav series too! But I think it's one that you either love or you hate! The first few books are just great Anita kicking vamp butt and raising zombies... then they take a turn and you either like the turn or you don't....It's got a great mix of vamps and all sorts of shifters, so something for everyone! I have enjoyed the turn altho there are times when the characters frustate me to no end, but it's a great series and I'm still addicted! Going to be starting Skin Trade next week!


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Bookworms | 43 comments Oh yes, with this series I found my absolut favor books. I love Anita Blake, Jean Claude, Asher and the werewolves (without Richard, I don't like him).

The last book I read was Cerulean Sins and all books are soo good and fantastic. The black humor from Anita is so funny and the action and erotic is very good, too. A lot of people find it to much of all, but I like it. Laurell K. Hamilton is a excellent author.


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Melanie (pplunicorn) I just started this series (going to start the 4th book Monday) so far I really like this series. I like Jean Claude, there really is not much of him the the first 2 books. The 3rd was my fav so far. I hope there is a lot more Jean Claude. I cant wait to go to the library Monday :)


message 6: by GinBee, Founder & Mod (last edited Mar 30, 2010 10:10AM) (new)

GinBee (jennymbee) | 4441 comments Mod
Should I read Anita Blake next in preference to Midnight Breeds and Lords of the Underworld? Why?

I want to start to read another series and am not sure which. I would like some opinions on why I should read one rather than the other next. (I'm posting this under a couple of series to get several opinions) Thanks everyone :)


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Archer | 205 comments I'm just loving the Breed series.. The characters are fun to get to know and the Breedmates are all strong woman..

I think you would love the series..


message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I can't quite make up my mind with this series - sometimes I really enjoy it, other times I hate it, and quite often I enjoy being really annoyed at it.

I've just reached book 8 and while I no longer wish physical harm upon Anita (a mindset I rapidly acquired through the first couple of books) I haven't developed the near addiction I got to the Sookie Stackhouse series, and while I love a good bit of erotica it does seem that the series is starting to use sex more often than anything else to solve problems/move the story along, which is fine as long as the story still captivates you but gets a little dull when there's nothing else going on.

Still, to each their own and let us know how you get on with it once you start reading them (and try to ignore the truly awful clothing descriptions - something that Hamilton definitely shares with Charlaine Harris would seem to be bad taste in clothes).


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Kim (kk_1969) | 4 comments I have read the Midnight Breed series and really enjoyed them. I am currently reading the Lords of the Underworld series and love them too! I read the first book in the Anita Blake series and it was good...but I just prefer the Breed series and Lords of the Underworld.


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Regina (reginar) So I just started reading Guilty Pleasures (again) and am really enjoying it. It is not my fave, but am enjoying it.


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Regina (reginar) I finished Guilty Pleasures and loved it! I am surprised as I didn't like it to begin with. I am excited that there are so many for me to read! When does the series change -- at what book do people stop liking it?


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Leigh (llogan24) Regina wrote: "I finished Guilty Pleasures and loved it! I am surprised as I didn't like it to begin with. I am excited that there are so many for me to read! When does the series change -- at what book do peo..."

pretty much at #10 - Narcissus in Chains. i still enjoy the series, but it definitely took on a huge change. i find that i was still engrossed enough in the characters that i still enjoy the series, even though some parts have gotten a bit ridiculous.


message 13: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) Thank you Leigh. :)


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Lisa I thought it seemed to change at around book 8/9 - as Leigh says it's still entertaining enough, it's just that bits have become completely preposterous. I read book 9 (just) while rolling my eyes an awful lot.


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Cassie Cruel (faith_isola) | 468 comments I've just started building this series, I have up to book 13 I think, and have only read 1 & 2 LOL


A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) (avidreader68) I am a big fan of the series, but it changed after Book 9, Obsidian Butterfly (one of the best, imho). It is a slow change of being more ridiculous each book. I have characters I love and am invested in and I still read the books, but Book 21 will come from the library first before I plunk down my husband's hard-earned money on anything like the last book. What a HUGE disappointment!


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Alvin | 41 comments I actually like her Merry Gentry series better...I liked the first couple of Anita stories, but then kinda lost interest.


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Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads) (jenniferbadbirdreads) I love both Merry Gentry and Anita Blake, but I feel the Blake series it going down hill a little.


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Terra Synn (terrasynn) | 138 comments I like the books, but dislike some of them going from a really good book and plot to pretty much porn.


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Ladyacct | 65 comments I call the porn ones the honeymoon faze


message 21: by Lauren (new)

Lauren So far it's a long honeymoon phase and I don't find it amusing. I'll go back to reading the books if Edward kills Anita, Asher, JC, Richard, and well, the entire rest of the cast.


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Terra Synn (terrasynn) | 138 comments It wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't boinking ever Were, Vamp and Human that shows her attention.


message 23: by Lauren (new)

Lauren That's where my problem comes in. I loved the first books! The last book I read I made it to about page 200 and I swear 175 of those pages were spent in bed, or angsting about what happened in bed, because apparently the men in her life wanted sex to equal love and Anita is now more open minded than that BS. The other 25 pages were used to re-remind us that Anita is kick-ass without getting out of bed (evidence to the contrary), her ex-fiancee was a bastard and she was afraid of sharks and close spaces. WTF. Get out of bed, take a shower (alone!) and raise some dead, shoot some people, do something! I'm not bitter about the random, unemotional sex with random people I have no attachment to or the semi-abusive behavior toward characters I actually like but who are forced to deal with Anita wailing about them wanting to much from her. Isn't the sex with her, along with about 6 other men at one time enough bonding time dammit?!

Nope, no bitterness!


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Terra Synn (terrasynn) | 138 comments AMEN!


message 25: by Betelgeuze (last edited Jan 22, 2012 09:04AM) (new)

Betelgeuze | 69 comments Anita was never one of my favourite characters, but I did really enjoy the first 8 books. I agree with Lauren that the quality of the stories has deteriorated after book 9. Anita has become increasingly insucure, and is constantly trying to proof how pretty and though she is. The constant guilt trips about having sex with multiple partners, and not allowing Jean-Claude to have sex with other people is another reason Anita is now one of the fictional charcters I despise.

I've stopped reading the Anita Blake series, because of this and would not recommend the series to anyone. I do still like the Merry Gentry series. LKH may be one of the first UF writers, but she is far from the best.


A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) (avidreader68) I know the quality of the series has steadily deteriorated since NiC (book 10), but I just can't quit her! There's always been enough to keep my going on to the next book.

However, if Kiss the Dead is as bad as Hit List (worst book in the series by a long shot), I may not have that problem anymore. I could then bury her, grieve and move on.


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Terra Synn (terrasynn) | 138 comments Your actually going to grieve?


message 28: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Ooh, I heard Hit List wasn't as bad. False advertising? I was hoping there would eventually be a book where the ardeur short circuited and I could start reading again. Not so much it seems.


A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) (avidreader68) For the record, I don't mind the ardeur or the sex in the books. It's when it becomes the only thing in the books (and it's not even well-written) that the disappointment sets in. There is very little sex and ardeur in Hit List. That doesn't mean that it's suddenly a good book. There is absolutely no plot to it. None. And the ending? Pffft. Huge disappointment for sure.

@Terra ~ Yes, I'll grieve because the Anita Blake series started out with such promise that I couldn't wait to read the next book (I only found the series 2 yrs ago, so was able to move from book-to-book quickly). After book 10 NiC though there was less and less in each book that I found relatable to the beginning of the series. It has become a sad joke and that's why I'll grieve, for that lost potential.


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Nikki | 10 comments My problem with the Anita Blake series is much the same as everyone else, just slightly different. I don't mind the smut as much as her whining about it.
And I agree that it's stupid how she can be with man after man but her "men" have to remain faithful to her because "it's not her fault." Ugh.
One more thing. Quit shoving her bad-assness (lol) down my throat and just show it. Hearing it only goes so far.
If you have a word quota you have to meet, find some other way to do it than "nodding while on the phone, realize they can't see, then answering." Kills me. You can tell its just filler.
I want to know when she'll go back to the Meredith Gentry series. I enjoyed those.


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Juliette (juliette614) | 31 comments I love the series, I understand a lot of you feel it's gone downhill, I don't agree. Laurell K Hamilton is my all time favorite author, and Anita is like a friend, I love her stories, and have yet to be disappointed.
Whatever your take is...Happy reading!


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Juliette (juliette614) | 31 comments Nikki wrote: "My problem with the Anita Blake series is much the same as everyone else, just slightly different. I don't mind the smut as much as her whining about it.
And I agree that it's stupid how she can b..."<

The next Meredith Gentry book is due out by Dec 2012, but it is a tentative date as of now.



message 33: by Nikki (new)

Nikki | 10 comments "The next Meredith Gentry book is due out by Dec 2012, but it is a tentative date as of now."

Hey, thanks! :-)


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Nicole (innocent_sweetiepie) | 507 comments OMG I SOOOOOOOOOOOO can't wait til june when the next anita book comes out


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Jennifer (jenlopez1283) | 55 comments Nikki wrote: ""The next Meredith Gentry book is due out by Dec 2012, but it is a tentative date as of now."

That's awesome to hear!



Shera (Book Whispers) (sherabookwhispers) | 2542 comments It's so cool to see readers jazzed to see the next anita blake book out.

I just got ebooks of her later ones. It's time to get past book 8.


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Ash Krafton (ash_krafton) | 14 comments Lauren wrote: "Ooh, I heard Hit List wasn't as bad. False advertising? I was hoping there would eventually be a book where the ardeur short circuited and I could start reading again. Not so much it seems."

That is EXACTLY what someone said to me, too. Not "as bad."

I love Anita and will to the end, but I'm not into erotic writing so I skip a lot of pages. Although, I end up reading a bit...and now think of Micah in Philadelphia everytime I wear five-inch stilettos. :)

Don't want to give up Anita just because of her ardeur...so do I just keep skipping passages? Guess so...


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The last couple of books really cut back on the sex - the last one I think was only about 30 pages or so combined (hard to remember, I read too much). I know that I don't mind sex in books, but even I found myself glossing over sections in the mid-run books. The ardeur seems to be running it's course, so hopefully this new one will have even less sex (or at least no more). At least, in Ms. Hamiltion's defense, she added sex to the books in the form of page count, so at least you still received the same amount of story in the books.


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Mercy Walker | 15 comments Well, she's the mother of all urban fantasy. Before her and her Anita Blake series genres never, ever mixed. But with her mix of romance, noir and paranormal horror, she smashed that rule to itty bitty bits.

Now her novels are very pornographic--one is actually nothing but sex (720 pages of it)--but it takes six books before she ever has sex in the series. She makes up for it later.

My favorties are Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly and Micah. I still read them all, even with the sexual overkill. She just has a way about her.


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Sharon (shazfly) | 15 comments My favourite books of Laurel's are the ones with Edward in them - there generally isn't so much relationship stuff and sex in those either, so that might contribute (not that I mind sex in a book, but Laurel does push the boundaries). It's good to read about the interaction between Anita and a man she will never be interested in sexually, and has deep respect for. Plus he's just so kick-ass - gotta love him!


A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) (avidreader68) Oh man, who doesn't love Edward? :D


Shera (Book Whispers) (sherabookwhispers) | 2542 comments Amen!!


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Timothy (jeditimothy) | 240 comments Beauty (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #20.5) by Laurell K. Hamilton

I was wondering if this a book worth to get?


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No, its a complete waste of money. It only a few pages long, and there is no story to it. Wait for the "Kiss the Dead" book. Believe me, I bought this piece of garbage - she should have given it away for free on her website.


message 45: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Reviews look pretty bad. A book about Anita needing her men to tell her she's pretty? Officially never picking up another LKH book. What was once full of action, drama, death and fear is now sex, self-pity on the part of the character and self ego-stroking on the part of the author in the form of her main character. I'm okay with those things, but when it comes at the cost of burning away everything the series once was it just pisses me off! Argh! Sorry, over and out. At least this little off shoot is cheap unlike Micah, which means AB lovers can have the whole series without issue, as long as they read e-books I guess.


message 46: by Timothy (new)

Timothy (jeditimothy) | 240 comments Okay thanks for the heads up.


message 47: by Sharon (last edited May 17, 2012 07:46PM) (new)

Sharon (shazfly) | 15 comments fangaddict wrote: "Archer wrote: "I'm just loving the Breed series.. The characters are fun to get to know and the Breedmates are all strong woman..

I think you would love the series.."

I really enjoyed the breeds..."


Quite honestly Lora Leigh makes LKH look tame in the sex overkill stakes! I've listened to a number of her books on audio, and have gotten to the point of fast forwarding through the sex scenes........ not that that really leaves much of a story line......... Unfortunately beggars can't be choosers when you're getting audio books from your local library.
So yes, LL's books only have one-on-one sex, no multiple partners, but at least LKH still has a different story line in there somewhere.


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Vicky Fields (foxyvix) | 1 comments I haven't yet read Beauty - but after all I've heard I think I'll just wait for "Kiss the Dead".

I have always been a fan of the Anita series - and am never one to object to a good sex scene - but I found myself skipping through a number of them to get back to the story.

I was overjoyed over the last two books, that LDK was returning to the recipe that got me hooked on the series in the first place - more giving a ass-whippin', and less being every ride in the amusement park (honestly, one would need both an Adamantium VaJayJay and a mainline IV of painkillers not to suffer serious agony and damage from all her lovers).

I REALLY hope "Kiss the Dead" has more the Anita I love, and less the Anita I pity.


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Sharon (shazfly) | 15 comments fangaddict wrote: "Archer wrote: "I'm just loving the Breed series.. The characters are fun to get to know and the Breedmates are all strong woman..

I think you would love the series.."

I really enjoyed the breeds..."


If you like Lora Leigh have you read Nalini Singh??? She also does a "breeds" type series that is similar to LLs. Very good if you enjoy that kind of thing!


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Timothy (jeditimothy) | 240 comments Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton got my copy today on my nook.


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