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Blue Moon [Mass Market Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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Jan. 11 2002 Anita Blake Vampire Hunter
"Richard was an alpha werewolf. It was his only serious flaw. We'd broken up after I'd seen him eat somebody." Still, you never forget your ex-fiancé. And when Richard calls Anita Blake at three in the morning, she knows it won't be good news. It seems Richard had gotten himself thrown in jail on a rape charge. But Anita knows that though he is a monster, Richard's no rapist. And it's up to her to prove his innocence--before the blue moon creates even bigger problems for Richard...

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Anita Blake makes a living raising the dead. She also executes rogue vampires and villains among the local were-folk. Marks bind her to Jean-Claude, the Master vampire of St. Louis and her lover, and to her ex-fiancé, a powerful werewolf who heads up the local pack. Anita shares some of their magic, and her own power over the dead keeps growing. But so does the body count and the situations that force Anita to bend or break her own rules.

In Blue Moon, Anita's ex Richard is jailed in Tennessee, accused of rape. When Anita arrives with a lawyer and an entourage of vampires and 'weres' supplied by Jean-Claude, it's clear that something is rotten in Myerton. The local cops are corrupt, and the trolls Richard was studying are threatened. But if she sticks around to investigate, the local Master vampire will attack her and her friends. The local werewolf clan isn't rushing to welcome her either, and her self-control is going to the, um, wolves.

Blue Moon is the eighth book in Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series; newcomers should start with earlier books. The protagonists' development and their relationships to each other and to the large cast of continuing secondary characters are what make these books so compelling. Be warned--there's steamy sex and graphic violence here, though Anita does reflect on her moral position. But if dark urban fantasy featuring those who hunt the night appeals, pounce on this series. --Nona Vero

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'Death and gore galore ... Hamilton writes with ease and vigour..." SHIVERS 'I was enthralled - a departure from the usual type of vampire tale which will have a wide appeal to any reader hunting for both chills and fun' ANDRE NORTON 'This fast-paced, tough-edged supernatural thriller is mesmerizing reading indeed' LOCUS 'Supernatural bad guys beware, night-prowling Anita Blake is savvy, sassy and tough' P N Elrod, author of THE VAMPIRE FILES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Once in a... July 5 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Apparently the love triangle between Richard Zeeman, Anita Blake and Jean-Claude isn't QUITE over, despite Anita dumping the werewolf to boink the French vampire. Lovely.

But apparently the melodrama is not over yet in "Blue Moon," the eighth novel of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. Laurell K. Hamilton does succeed in creating some suspense and some intriguing supporting characters with their own woes and worries, but her writing alternates between choppy and painfully florid, and her heroine rapidly ascends the ladder of Mary-Suedom -- she's allegedly smarter, sexier, stronger and more powerful than anyone else.

Anita receives a call from Richard's brother -- Richard is now in jail in Tennessee, accused of raping a local woman. So Anita heads out to Tennessee with a band of vampires and weres, including Asher, Damian and Jason. They're all intent on proving Richard's innocence, and there are only a matter of days until the "blue moon" exposes him as a werewolf.

Oh yeah, and because of Anita's charming and polite personality, the Master of the City regards their arrival as an act of war. Can't blame him, considering what a reasonable, diplomatic person she is. Uh huh.

Unfortunately Richard's frame-up is at the center of a town-wide conspiracy, and a search for an ancient artifact using illegal means. And Colin (aforementioned Master) is determined to mess with the invading group, even to infecting one of the weres with a corrosive decay, while a werewolf first-one-to-catch-Anita-gets-to-rape-her jaunt in the woods leads to a new encounter with Richard. Unfortunately, his family has gotten drawn into this mess.

"Blue Moon" is one of those novels that is overflowing with promise, but only turns out mediocre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love May 27 2013
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I love all of the Anita Blake books. Laurell K Hamilton is one of my favorite all time authors. From beginning to the end, great book
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1.0 out of 5 stars And the series comes tumbling down... May 13 2002
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The series was--passable--from the beginning, but this book has totally ruined it for me. In an attempt to support the paper-thin plot, LKH throws as much sex as possible into the book, even having Anita, in a move totally uncharacteristic and rather disgusting, on the whole, sleep with Richard. The werebeasts seem to bring out the worst in Anita, and I don't like it. The earlier books of hers, that involved blood and ritual for the magic, were far more interesting. It appears that LKH can only attract readers by appealing to their erotic natures. I hope that Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard come back in a better form in the next book, because I'm bored with horny werewolves and naked wereleopards. There must be some real plot she can use.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wholly disapointing. Jan. 6 2002
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I really like the Anita Blake series in the beginning. I thought Jean-Claude was too fun for words, and couldn't wait to see what developed between him and Anita. I thought that Richard the putz was (FINALLY!) dispelled.
Man, did I not like where this book took things.
All I can hope is that Richard dies soon, and Anita realizes her idiocy, because otherwise, I'm going to call this series a bust.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I HATE RICHARD!!! April 13 2001
By Ky
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Alright, folks, this book totally sucks! I mean, what kind of woman is Anita, to sleep with two men? She claims to have high morals, but in the end she is unable to resist their advances! The scene near the end when Anita somehow became Freya, the Nordic goddess of love (in this case meaning she was irresistible to all the other male wolves), was soooo crazy--I could practically feel the sexual excitement in the air! I really think that this book is a deterrent to the whole series--Richard is too wimpy and such a goody-goody--Anita needs somebody who understands her, who is dangerous like herself, who has no qualms about the horrors of the world--to sum it up, she should be with Jean-Claude. I mean, Jean-Claude (sigh) is the ultimate sexy vamp--Anita is a fool not to fall in love with him at first sight!!! But I'm still gonna read this series--I want Jean-Claude back!!! Now I can't wait for the 10th book in the series to come out in October 2001!
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1.0 out of 5 stars More sex + less plot = not so hot Feb. 7 2000
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I have been a fan of this series for some time, and to me this book is a great disappointment. Whether at the urging of her publisher or out of her own needs Ms. Hamilton has become completely focussed on sex and female dominance. This is not a horror story but a steamy romance novel, which makes me the wrong audience for it. I wouldn't have minded the sex, but it is a poor substitute for the utter lack of plot this volume shows. We have leopards running one way, werewolves running in another, several dashes of stereotypical bumpkins and a vague soupcon of vampires. But absolutely no continuity. This is a real shame! Ms. Hamilton showed considerable potential at one time and it's sad to see greed outpace good writing and taste. Ms. Blake was, at one time, an intriguing main character with a good deal of intelligence. She has degenerated into a loud mouthed, semi-intelligent, over-developed bimboid with a fascination for kinky sex. I hope Ms. Hamilton gets her grip back and returns to writing the good stuff real soon now.
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I'm happy and yet sad -- I just finished Blue Moon and now I have nothing to read until the next book. [sigh] Ah well, I can just reread this one.
I knew from the title that Jean-Claude would most likely be missing for most if not all of the book, but I was pleasantly surprised to find other characters that I loved getting more of a part.
Asher (personally I /like/ the scars ^_-) gets to explore new relations with Anita who realizes she can see Jean-Claude's memories of his past with Asher. Damien's day-resurrection (wasn't that in The Killing Dance?) by Anita results in some strange consequences. Jason gets molested by rotting vamps (again! jeez, why do they keep going after /him/??) and the pard has to learn what Anita thinks her responsibilities are as Nimir-ra.
All in all a great installment in a wonderful series, but I don't like Richard. The boy-scout werewolf is wearing a little thin....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Once in a...
Apparently the love triangle between Richard Zeeman, Anita Blake and Jean-Claude isn't QUITE over, despite Anita dumping the werewolf to boink the French vampire. Lovely. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2009 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Moon
Fantastic....I love that her and Richard finally hooked up and would've liked to had seen then a little more together before the end of the book!
Published on June 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised to Enjoy It
I didn't expect to truly enjoy this book, as the last two Anita Blake books have been drifting more into erotica than plot. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Essay
3.0 out of 5 stars Series lacking depth and character interest
Initially, I enjoyed this series (until The Killing Dance); however, I'm finding it difficult to stay interested in the storyline as it's become redundant (Anita's indecision... Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Tammy L Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book.. BAD STYLES!
I loved this book...I'm having a hard time getting past the authors descriptives of the characters though. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece
As an avid reader of Laurell's book's, all I can say is I haven't read anything of hers I haven't liked.
Published on Feb. 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A new era for Anita, not for the kiddies!
As sexy (maybe more so) as "Killing Dance", with, in my opinion, a tighter plot and a tad less lecturing. Eeeexcellent. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Ashley Megan
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the last good ones
It's a shame when you see a series run out of steam. However, I would say this book in the Anita Blake series is one of the last good ones. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Great book. I liked that she brought in more werewolves and I like what she did with them it was a great book very good at makeing me not able to stop turing pages.
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by M. Lemen
2.0 out of 5 stars Wake me up when it's over
This novel could be 75 to 100 pages shorter if Hamilton would cut down the excessive descriptions of character's clothing and appearance. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by William M Miller
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