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Blue Moon: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Mass Market Paperback – Sep 24 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515134457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515134452
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 230 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 5 2009
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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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I have been a fan of this series for some time, and so I find this a very difficult book to review. To me, this book represents a shift in genre. It is also possible that I simply mistook the genre I though they were in. Originally, Lauren Hamilton wrote what I would call vampire adventure stories. I loved them, and love them still. Hamilton has tremendous writing abilities. Her heroine, Anita Blake, was a superb job of characterization. Dialog and narrative were sparkling. And, truth be told, this is still quite true.
But these are no longer simply vampire adventure. The sexual theme that has previously created some interesting character dynamics has suddenly become a strong, primary focus. The book is ostensibly about Anita coming to the rescue of Richard, her werewolf more-than-friend, but it is much more about Anita's changing sexuality. This is quite intense, and really makes this book into a kind of tough girl's romance story. There's nothing wrong with that, just not what I expected.
If you are considering trying this out as your first Hamilton novel, get some of the earlier volumes and read those first. Hamilton starts right in the action, and too many of the references will be confusing without some background.
Is this a well-written book? Yes. But I think the focus on sex (and I'm not talking missionary position stuff here) weakens Anita's character. Hamilton seems still a bit awkward with this material, but makes up for a lack of slickness with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm.
Romance fanatics and those who are not put off by a lot of sexuality will no doubt love this book. Those who are a bit more timid and just wanted a great vampire/monster novel need to approach Blue Moon with more cautious expectations.
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I enjoyed this book, but could have done w/o all the sex. While LKH did eventually grab me w/ the story, I found myself tiring of Anita's constant sarcastic humor. I kept wondering when she'd get a little maturity and stop being so snide and more understanding. I felt disconnected from the characters in this book more so than in the others. I really enjoyed the last 7 books, but for some reason found myself bored w/ the usual "meet some monsters, worry (constantly) about whether she should be w/ JC or Richard, kill some monsters, put on black and red and weapons, feel power wash over her," etc., etc., etc. We've been there, done that in the past books; now it's time to explore her powers and what exactly she is and can do w/ the marks and her necromancy, as well as develop characters more -- enough about Richard being a boy scout (which I don't really believe); let's have some character development. I'm encouraged by Anita's training from Marianne; perhaps her character will mature and develop in further books. All that said, I still enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to reading Obsidian Butterfly next. I hope that future books will be as good as past ones have been.
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Blue Moon is as exciting and satisfying as all the others. Ms. Hamilton is such a talented writer that she pulls you into her world and before you know it, several hours have passed, your are finished reading the book, and hoping the next one will be out soon. The only thing I didn't like about the book was Anita's growing relationship with Richard. I used to like Richard as much as Jean Claude, but beginning in the Killing Dance (and continuing in Burnt Offerings) when Richard became physically, verbally, and emotionally abusive towards Anita, I lost all interest in him. In Blue Moon, he's still being emotionally abusive towards Anita, but in a more subtle way. Richard really isn't a very nice guy and he has little respect for Anita. Richard has also put celibacy behind him in a big way in Blue Moon. In fact, he shows a singular lack of discrimination in his choice of sexual partners(Are you female? Are you breathing?). I really don't see that Richard's got much going for him besides a great body, and lucky for us, there are a lot of handsome guys running around in Ms. Hamilton's universe, so why bother with Richard? Besides the Richard thing, this is a great book. We get to know Asher, Damien, and Jason better. I love Asher almost as much as Jean Claude(maybe more), and Damien and Jason are turning out to be pretty interesting guys too. And, finally, Anita has stopped trying to ignore her powers and is beginning to learn about them (Hallelujah!) All in all, this is a great book, the story is fascinating and I enjoyed learning more about some of the people we've come to know and love.
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