The Lunatic Cafe Paperback – Jan 7 2010
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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.
The fifth book in the series is more of a soap box love triangle thing than about the gore and raising zombies. After the bloodyness and violence of the 4th book, it's a nice change, which came at a perfect time. Although Anita gets really beat up in this book and there is violence and death, the usual.
Oh, yeah... Finally, for the second time, Anita Blake-tough as nails Animator a.k.a. The Executioner-has found love. Really, she has. We all know him as Richard Zeeman a.k.a. jr. high teacher; a.k.a. werewolf and second in line for the pack. Who could resist an idealistic-at times really annoying, strong, dark handsome werewolf? Anita sure can't, she can't get enough of him. Hmmm, yeah.
Of course Jean-Claude is duly pissed and there is some...tension...between the two. By some occurrence, the current pack's leader Marcus, whom Richard is fighting for leadership, offers Richard's services to Jean-Claude. Since the wolf is Jean-Claude's animal-each master vampire has power to call their own animal like Oliver had with snakes-he can also control werewolves as well. Basically, Richard is supposed to do what the Master of the City wants. I emphasize supposed to. Of course, that doesn't happen. A lot of anger and jealousy happen' here.
To add to the chaos of confusion, Marcus, the leader of the wolf pack and Raina, the alpha female wolf wants, needs Anita's help in finding out who is killing lycanthropes, werewolves specifically. In the past weeks, 8 werewolves have disappeared or ended up in violent death. With help from Edward and some reluctance help from Richard, Anita plunges forth.Read more ›
The story is set in St. Louis of the future where supernatural creatures are protected by the Constitution of the United States of America. You'll meet werewolves, vampires, the risen-dead, and their licensed killers. Anita Blake is the top licensed vampire killer in the city.
The King of the City, Jean-Claude, is a vampire straight out of Harlequin romance with a bite. A love story of dominant characters who seek to establish a relationship of equals, not master and victim. Jean-Claude and Anita provide some of the steamiest repressed sex scenes in horror novel history. But don't get comfortable; you are reading along, thinking love and tenderness, when WHAM! the guts of a close friend are spilled all over the page. This is the honesty of L.Hamilton's novels, anyone can die.
Anita is dating Richard, the second most important werewolf in St. Louis. (This does not amuse Jean-Claude.) This story begins when the husband of a missing werewolf asks for Anita's help to locate his wife. Anita works with the Preternatural Squad and learns that many werewolves are missing.
Her search for the missing werewolves leads her to the Lunatic Cafe; where the were-folk hang out. Her place in the wolfpack is assured when she
shoots up the place. She uses her dominant position in the pack to solve the mystery.
An interesting part of the novel is the romantic rivalry between Richard and Jean-Claude. Richard seems to be winning. (This does not amuse Jean-Claude.) Jean-Claude proposes a more even dating playing field or he will kill Richard. This set ups a very funny secondary story-line.
L.Hamilton has written another great Anita Blake read. A "Dawn of the Dead" on acid, but the acid has a bite. However, they are getting formulaic.
Why are all of the secondary characters with a bent, bent?
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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 18 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
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. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by CoffeeGurl
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
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. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by Louise
Up until this point, the main character in the series, Anita Blake, has been staying away from love. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Sebastian Fernandez