The Lunatic Cafe Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002
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The zombie-raising business gets slow in December, so Anita Blake is starting to see some oddball cases. She's got a neatly typed list of eight missing lycanthropes given to her by Marcus, the leader of the local werewolf pack, who wants her to find them. The trouble is, Anita's occasionally furry boyfriend Richard is locked in a power struggle with Marcus. Jean-Claude, master vampire of the city and Anita's other love interest, is getting jealous as well. To top it off, Anita has to solve some horrific murders and keep her bounty-hunting friend Edward from killing Richard and Jean-Claude. Hamilton alternates between funny and fearsome in this larky series about a monster hunter with a few dark secrets.
A real rush...a heady mix of romance and horror. -- Jayne Ann KrentzSee all Product Description
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This is the most exciting part of the series I've read thus far. Laurell K. Hamilton keeps you in suspense from beginning to end. Richard is a great character, but he's nowhere near as compelling and sensual as Jean-Claude. I am still hoping that he and Anita will get together. The building of tension is so slow it's torturous! But the aforementioned tension is delectable beyond compare. The characters are always excellent.Read more ›
With each book, the reader gets a clearer idea about what the place in which Anita lives in is like. For example, we find out that there are creatures that we did not know existed in this world, like dragons, gargoyles and trolls. Also, we learn that discrimination against lycanthropes is illegal but existent nonetheless. In this case, everything starts when the husband of one particular lycanthrope shows up at Anita's office looking for help, since his wife is missing and he cannot go to the authorities for fear she will be fired if the "secret" comes out. In addition to this, Dolph, who works with the preternatural unit of the police department, summons Anita because there has been a murder of suspicious nature. Anita determines that the murder was committed by a shapeshifter, denomination that includes werewolves.Read more ›
This book was at least as good as the first three in the series, although I suspect that some fans will feel that it spent too much time (that is to say, any) on the soap opera that Anita's personal life is becoming, at the expense of the cover-to-cover action that we've come to expect. Others, myself included, will find the closer look at previously unexplored aspects of Anita's character fascinating, and will point out that there is no shortage of action here.
Although this is book four of the series, and I have read the previous three, I have the impression that one could read this book without having read the others without being hopelessly confused. Hard to say, though. Probably best to start with "Guilty Pleasures" and be safe.
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The Anita Blake books are all fun reads and the plot moves at a rapid pace with multiple threads, a kick-ass heroine, vampire and werewolf lovers.... Read morePublished 9 months ago by karen behn
Laurell K. Hamilton's "The Lunatic Café" is a substandard work of fiction with no redeeming literary or entertainment values. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2004 by Aaron Allen
This is a banal text, poorly written in every regard. Though Hamilton may have a sense for action beats in her works (which she should at this point in her incredibly-long... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2004 by Beau
I havnet read the series, my friends recommended "The Lunatic Cafe" to me so i started reading and i LOVED it! It's face paced, intriguing and a great read! Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Tanya
One of the better books in the series. This read through reminded me how much I use to like Richard. It made me feel all nostalgic. Read morePublished on June 11 2004
This book is still good entertaining fun, just as the rest of the Anita Blake series. And plenty of body count for those who keep count ;)
However a key element in stories is... Read more
Lunatic Cafe is one of my favorite Anita Blake novels. This one lets us delve deeper into the lives of werewolves. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Avid Reader
I've been reading this series for a while - Ms. Hamilton's spin on a world where the supernatural (vampires, werewolves, etc) are real and part of every day life is very cool. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by CN