5.0 out of 5 stars A werewolf or a vampire for a lover... Decisions, decisions!
Once again, Laurell K. Hamilton hits a home run with this exceptional novel. The Lunatic Cafe is the fourth Anita Blake installment and my favorite thus far. Though this one has a bit of a slow start action-wise, it has a far more compelling plot that centers on Anita's personal life. Anita is dating Richard, something that doesn't sit well with Jean-Claude, the vampire...
Published on June 26 2004 by CoffeeGurl
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best
Anita Blake is a definite favourite of mine. But Anita! You really disappointed me in this one. The story and the storyline was, as usual, great. Anita has to deal with some horrible murders with a distict supernatural touch, and from the beginning it becomes clear, that this book is not so much about vampires as it is about shapeshifters. There is something wrong about...
Published on June 4 2004 by Louise
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5.0 out of 5 stars A werewolf or a vampire for a lover... Decisions, decisions!,
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. The most interesting character in this series is Edward. He's a caricature of a character with an unreadable personality. Perhaps this is intentional, but I'm not sure. I hope to get to know this character in a deeper level in the future. Anyway, as said earlier, this is the best Anita Blake offering. I cannot recommend The Lunatic Cafe enough. A great summer read to enjoy resting on a hammock overlooking the sunset.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Richard got annoying...,
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best,
5.0 out of 5 stars Werewolf or vampire, that is the question,
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.
Besides the "usual" type of situations Anita faces, she has to deal with her relationship with Richard, and his battle for the leadership of the wolf pack with an alpha male called Marcus. Jean-Claude will not go away without a fight, and he is trying to get Anita to date him instead of the werewolf. To complete the picture, there is a female vampire that is in love with Jean Claude and thinks that the only way to get her prize is to eliminate her competition. Anita describes this situation perfectly: "Bully for me!"
Hamilton is perfecting a world and a character that grab the attention and the heart of the reader without letting go. As the story progresses, we learn more about Anita's past, her relationship with her mother, her previous experience with love, etc. Also, the reader comes to cherish some of the characters that at first seem unlikable, like Edward, the "gun for hire". A friend told me that the series will get kinkier as it progresses, and I already saw this happen in this book, but this change in tone matches perfectly the mood of the main character. The truth is, I cannot get enough of Anita Blake!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth in the Anita Blake series.,
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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great,
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However a key element in stories is for the reader to identify with the main charecter. In this book that means we have to see the new love interest 'Richard' in the same dreamy light that the main charecter Anita Blake does. The relationship is stressed enough in this book that there's no just ignoring it...
I could not bring myself to follow along with Anita where Richard is concerned. Richard gets an enthusiastic thumbs down from me.
The fact that it is so imensely frustrating should tell you that Hamilton know's how to write and hook the reader. But her main charecter lost me in this book. I gave some of her other books higher ratings.
still a worthwhile read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
Main charcter: Anita Blake, vampire executioner, is a deadly babe herself and when she falls for the boyscout type of guy (and finds out a few interesting details about him) you wonder how these two will get along! (but that's for the next few books to cover).
Although, relationships play a strong part in this story. This is not a girl book - the body count and mayem will appeal to a very broad audience.
Though I do have one question: What the heck is up with the new book jackets? Until you reach book nine, there really is no explicit sex, but it certainly seems that's what the publisher is selling the whole series as!
5.0 out of 5 stars Screaming Love for Three,
Anita Blake has fallen in love with the leader of a local pack of werewolves but the master if the city (vampire) will not let it happen. Anita tries to keep them from killing each other and keep her self out of line of fire and try to find out what happened to eight missing lycanthropes.
I loved how this book had no drags and that almost every little thing led to something big so it had no wasted time or drags. All the characters had an important role that made the story really came a live and with Anita's wits I really got inspired by the fact she looks out for her self and doesn't let a man do stuff for her even if she is having a hard time with it. The third best thing about this book was that there was not only a few high points here and there but they were every ware. Danger and suspense incased this book and won't let you go until you pass out from lack of sleep.
I would recommend this book to any vampire, lycanthropes, and mystery and romance lovers. It's a real adventure to read and it is very smooth to read.
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The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton (Mass Market Paperback - Jan. 11 2002)
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