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Laurell K. Hamilton , Kimberly Alexis
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Aug. 25 2009 Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Book 1)
When St. Louis?s most powerful vampire comes to Anita Blake for help, she is faced with her greatest fear?a man capable of arousing in her a hunger strong enough to match his own.

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Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law--as long as they don't get too nasty. Now someone's killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees--with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting--to help figure out who and why.

Trust is a luxury Anita can't afford when her allies aren't human. The city's most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita's professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn't playing along--yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters--both dead and alive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining dark fantasy Oct. 2 2002
The Anita Blake series, which began with this novel, is an entertaining light read about an "animator" (someone who raises zombies from the dead for a living, for eg. to check the details of their will) who also is a legal vampire slayer - she's sent out with a court order to slay vampires who break the law. As you can guess, this series is set in an alternate reality where fantasy creatures exist and vampires have recently gained legal "human" status.
Anita herself has some interesting personal conflicts - she is a committed Christian who works with dark forces and kills a little too easily, and a very dainty and pretty-looking person who considers herself to be "tough as nails" (it makes it hard for the bad guys to take her seriously).
Each of the books is loosely based around a supernatural mystery and the ongoing story of Anita's life (she's 20-something at the start of this book). The writing is a little sloppy, but quite compelling, and the series steadily improves for the first few novels (the later ones get a little bogged down with Anita's issues).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, mystery and romance - it's got it all May 22 2014
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Zombies, vampires, lycanthropes... I was fully prepared to dislike this novel, but it really was well worth the read. I'm already on book 5 lol
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as always March 5 2014
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exciting, well written, full characters, some violence but well suited to the storyline, i throughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more of the same...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little mystery and it has vampires! Oct. 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
STORY: As one review so simply put: "Anita Blake, full time animator of the dead and part time vampire slayer, has been hired by the thousand year old Master of the city to find a serial killer who's been knocking off the undead"
1) SETTING: This is an alternate world where what appears to be 20th century humans coexist with vampires and other supernatural creatures. There are even laws that give vampires certain rights in this new world. Our brief glimpse of the world created is teasing in its possibilities and enjoyable.
2) CHARACTERS: Anita Blake is our main protagonist. She is a female version of a smart-mouthed detective from some stereotypical gumshoe story. She is a character who proudly displays her stereotypes but also enjoyable has a couple of traits that add something memorable. I liked the character enough that she is more the reason why I would want to read the next book than because the plot was maybe fabulous.
3) PLOT: Speaking of was a nice little mystery. I didn't feel that there were enough clues to who the "bad" guy was but the story had enough unexpected events that I kept reading. Story was overall handled well though I would have liked to see more "action" scenes vs. scenes that were potentially eruptive in action...if you know what I mean.
4) CONTENT: This book would be rated R for gore and violence. The "sensual" scenes were handled very professionally, were brief and were NOT graphic sexually...which I appreciated. I wanted a vampire, action, mystery and that is what I got.
OVERALL: I liked this book and if someone likes to read vampire books and have a mystery I'd recommend this in a heartbeat. Just because the covers of this series and the titles of the books may imply this is erotic horror, this book wasn't. If the rest of the series is, I don't know. But this was a fun little read that I really enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book in a day!! Could not put it down Aug. 21 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well I was hooked...... (never mind that it took me 2 years of looking at it in my TBR pile to get to it)LOL
Anita Blake is (as the cover says) Badddddddd with the capitol "B". This is my first Vampire book, I don't generally read gore but suprisingly enough it doesn't contain a lot of it. Descriptive fight scenes, gun battles, creatures of all kinds and "sort of" love story is what this quick read had to offer. I am not a Science Fiction professional reader so my review is actually coming from someone that is new to this genre it seems to me that Laurell K. Hamilton tried to mesh the world of Romance with Science Fiction and she did it (in my honest opinion) rather smoothly, don't get me wrong there is a slight reference of a "possible" attraction between 2 characters (sorry no spoilers here) but there isn't a lot of romance going on. The suspense is within the murders that are going on and the potrayal of the Nickolaus character (who reminded me a lot of the Kristin Durst role in "Interview with a Vampire")will haunt me for a day or two I am sure. The one thing that I was a little perplexed about was how did Anita develop some of her skills... but I do have faith a figure that these may be revealed in later books so I look forward to delving into the rest of the series.
I highly recommend this series if you are a Romantic Supsense Reader that needs a break from the "norm".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure Feb. 24 2007
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Vampire fiction is a dime a dozen, especially the goofy variety. But Laurell K. Hamilton managed to create something a wee bit out of the ordinary in "Guilty Pleasures," the first book of her Anita Blake series. Vampires, werebeasties and kick-butt policewomen abound, and the result is... yes, I'll say it: A guilty pleasure.

Anita Blake, a petite smart-alecky vampire hunter/necromancer, is known as the "Exterminator," and is feared by the vampires who have been lucky enough not to run into her. But at a bachelorette party, Anita is tricked into going to a vampire strip club, presided over by the sexy French vampire Jean-Claude. Soon a friend of hers is being held hostage. She'll stay alive if Anita works for the vampires.

Jean-Claude takes her to see the master vampire, the malevolent little girl Nikolaos, who tells her that vampires are being brutally killed -- including some of the most powerful in St. Louis. Now Anita is racing against the clock to find the killer, and keep from being killed by the very vampires that she is there to help.

The early books of the Anita Blake series are fun, sort of your typical detective stories with a bloodsucky twist. They also have the advantage of a strong female lead, some weird sidekicks, and a mild "freshening up" of your average dark fantasy/horror staples like vampires and werebeasties.

There's not a lot of actual innovation here -- werecreatures, vampires, and petite heroines who kick their butts. And Jean-Claude and the girl-vampires Nikolaos seem suspiciously close to classic Anne Rice characters. And I can only read so many pages of Anita detailing every outfit and weapon she wears.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure
Once upon a time, before the Anita Blake series became cheap porn with well-endowed vampires and werethingies, there was "Guilty Pleasures."

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Published on Oct. 12 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is very very good. everyone I know who has read it is now hooked on the series.
Published on April 23 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars GUILTY PLEASURES
Published on July 12 2004 by VICKY JACKSON
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time
This book was slow-moving and had way to many pop references.
Published on July 9 2004 by D. Sturgis
2.0 out of 5 stars I will agree to disagree
As the starting novel in the Anita Blake series, it was pretty good. Although, I couldn't get over the fact that she was scared all the time. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful....just wonderful
this is a wonderful book. it is the first in the series of Antia Blake. The men in this book like Jean-Claude and Phillip and our first introduction to Edward are great. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by "chickadee125"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, compelling read.
I just finished Guilty Pleasures last night and would definitely recommend it. The heroine, Anita Blake, is incredible smart, sarcastic, and witty.
Published on June 24 2004 by B. Augustine
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Grafton but with vampires
The book reminds me of the Sue Grafton series except in this case, Kinsey (Anita) hunts vampires. Anita shares Kinsey's one main weakness too, namely, she's much too ignorant to... Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Sarah Sammis
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but nothing that special.
I read through this book pretty quickly, as it is short, and i was pretty much entertained throughout. Read more
Published on June 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for vampire horror fans
If you want a great story with vampires, shapeshifts, and zombies - you've come to the right place! This book has a great collection of monsters and a kick butt slayer who raises... Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by geekmom
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