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on October 23, 2002
Poor Anita Blake! Man or woman, monster or human, it seems like everybody in St. Louis wants to have sex with her. Or kill her. Or both. No wonder she's stressed out. What she needs is a nice long Alaskan cruise, not a new, enigmatic, decaying client, a disintegrating soul who happens to be a peer of one of her two boyfriends. Nor does Anita really need to find out that someone has taken a contract out on her life. Snuggling up with the Tony Soprano of the St. Louis preternatural underworld isn't really going to help her relax.
Let's face it, anybody reading Book Six of a series probably is already a fan of the author. Any other readers are strongly advised that this book, THE KILLING DANCE, stands poorly on its own. Long time readers will already have accepted the fascinating if not exactly clearly thought-out premise behind the series. They will have become accustomed to the non-stop action-cramped plots, and the drawn-out dilemmas facing Anita Blake, who fate has assigned too many roles and too many skills.
Even fans of the Anita Blake books cannot consider this one of the best. Anita's characteristic dry wit fails her here as she utters feeble observations on the absurdity of her experience rather than caustic banter about mixing fashion and firearms. In this book, the contract on Anita's life is the driver for the plot, but Anita willingly puts her life in increasingly dangerous situations that have little bearing on the hitman storyline. Sadly, the Anitaverse starts to make less and less sense, while characters, both human and demi-human, are constantly thrown into the mill. If some of them had exotic names, it might be easier to track everybody, but the wereleopards are as blandly identified as the humans. This actually makes sense, given the themes of monster/human revulsion/attraction that Hamilton pounds over and over into the reader's head, but it is also annoying and confusing.
Fans of the soap-opera aspects of the series will probably either enjoy or be shocked by the pivotal choice that Anita makes at the end of the killing dance. Readers who haven't invested themselves in the entire series will find themselves not caring and wondering what the big deal is.
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on May 29, 1999
This is the 6th Anita Blake that i read, i loved the previous five but this book is a big disappointment. It seems like Hamilton changed completely the personalities of her characters, Anita in particular who is betraying all her rules (sleeping with the monsters) and do stuff that she could have never done in the previous books but Richard and Jean-Claud too (what happened to our cruel manipulative master vampire? he suddenly started to care??). Only Edward remains cool as always and he became my favorite character in the series... There is also a lot less mystery in this book than what i got used to recieve from Hamilton and the plot isn't really thick.....Edward discovers who put the contract on Anita while she is too busy deciding who will share her bed Richard or Jean-Claud...why can't she get out and do some detective work like in previous books? I will read the next book Burnt Offerings because i already bought it...but if that book isn't going to be as good as the first 5 books, i will stop reading this series...too bad.
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on May 1, 1998
I have thoroughly enjoyed each book of this series until now. I understand that characters must evolve over the course of a series, otherwise the stories become predictable and monotonous. However, it is sometimes a mistake to tamper with a hero(ine) too much. Such was the case with this book. The focus of this book, intended or not, was the triangle between Anita, Richard, and Jean-Claude. Throughout the prior books, Anita was very clear in her opinion that while Jean-Claude was very pretty and she fantasized about him, it could only ever be sex. It has also been made clear that Jean-Claude is an arrogant jerk whose pursuit of Anita has more to do with her rejection of him than any feelings of love (not to be confused with lust). Ms. Hamilton has made it clear, even in the current work, that winning Anita would soothe only Jean-Claude's pride, not his heart. Richard, on the other hand, is someone who Anita feels she could settle down with. It is her decision to choose Jean-Claude over Richard that causes me to give this book such a low mark (compared to 10s and 9s for the others). This decision was, I felt, completely inconsistent with everything we knew about Anita before. That Anita cannot handle Richard's beast but can raise zombies (involving blood sacrifice) and execute vampires (along with other ugly, violent actions) is completely inconsistent. One would think, from reading the series, that having one's boyfriend metamorph on top of one would be relatively mild and mundane. Anita succumbing to lust in the tub with pretty boy was also out of character. Was it a human reaction? Perhaps. Ms. Hamilton has always let us know that her protagonist was just as fallible as the rest of us. But having a strong, intelligent, feisty heroine who is usually wading in gore get upset over a boyfriend's physical transformation (a situation she knew existed, so it could not have possibly been such a huge shock to her; plus she'd seen it before with other people) give in to another man's embrace, a man she barely respected and tolerated, seems nothing more than a sellout of her fans. I am sure a lot of doe-eyed fans of Anne Rice were bugging Ms. Hamilton to "let the vampire win," but I think Ms. Hamilton is the better writer and should not have sold out Richard and her readers. I am also sure that some fans, in reading this review, will argue that if it were a male protagonist no one would bat an eye. Again, I say Ms. Hamilton is better than that. Her Anita is better than that; don't lower her to the level of a male protagonist. It was, in short, an insult. I hope that this sudden change in character is remedied in future books.
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on May 8, 1997
If it had been any other book, and not from "Anita Blake--Vampire Hunter" series, I would have called it very interesting. As it is, it looses in comparison. First of all, there is no "horrible murder" investigation. There is a horrible murder, but no investigation. This book is simply a continuation of previous stories, and it is quite impossible to read it on its own, without knowing what happened previously. You loose too much of a context. I am also very unhappy with the transformation that happens to vampires throughout the course of this novel. Vampires are monsters, hungry for blood and power. If they are not, they are not that interesting. That is what vampires were in the series. Well, not any more! And what is happening to Anita herself? She is not only getting more boring, but also more stupid, or so it seems. I have waited for this book since last September. It was not worth the wait
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on September 14, 1998
Laurell K. Hamilton has ruined a perfectly good character as far as I'm concerned, Anita Blake was awesome, snappy punch lunchs, a true heroine to be admired! But now? First off, what happened to "not sleeping with the monsters." She broke that rule! Richard is a whiny baby, Jean-Claude just plain sucks, I find nothing sexy about the loser! N E way, Anita is now having sex with "one of the monsters", she's lost her snappy punch lines, her stories are getting monotonous, and she's turned into a psychpath! I liked it better when she was just a necromancer, aren't they rare enough as it is without her being the absolute best! I still have yet to read Burnt Offerings but if it and Blue Moon suck I'm done with Anita Blake 'cuz it'll all be mindless dribble if this keeps up!
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on July 21, 1998
The series was excellent up to this book. I feel that Anita got sold out at the end of this book. With all that was given to us about Anita, her character would NEVER have taken to Jean Claude's bed, NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!. And her getting all sqwimish over Richard's changing and eating Marcus, doesn't seem like the same character that was able to pick apart half eaten bodies and raise zombies. The writing was excellent, but the plot lost something in this book. I'm certainly hoping Ms. Hamilton comes to her senses and gives our heroin the "spunk, fire and passion" back that she had in the previous books and HOPEFULLY Anita will come to her senses and realizes she made a HUGE mistake going for Jean Claude
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on November 16, 1998
Up until "Killing Dance" I very truly LOVED the Anita Blake Series. However, now I am severly dissapointed with the direction this book has taken the series. The actions (primarily regarding the Richard/Jean-Claude situation) committed by the female lead do not follow with the character that has been built up over the previous novels. Anita Blake exhibits a 'coldness' not seen before. If her relationship with Richard had to be dissolved, I'm sure there was a better way to handle it.
This book has essentially soured my feeling towards the Anita Blake Series, in general. I can no longer say that I am a fan. I truly hope that future books repair the damage done by "Killing Dance".
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on August 12, 2001
This was the first of this genre that I read. Anita Blake's name kept coming up in reviews and I thought I would give this one a try. I loved Anita! But does the girl ever have a chance to relax? Thought the book was hot but not steamy. It was not a waste of time, but I probably won't read another one of its kind.
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