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State of Decay by James Knapp

This book has been on my To Be Read list so long I’ve forgotten why I put it there in the first place. I was looking for some science fiction or fantasy to read, and decided to get something that’s been on the list for a while.

Published: 2010

Genre: science fiction

Length: 370 pages

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Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the seventh book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series that I read in a previous year.

Published: 1998

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 392 pages

Setting: Saint Louis, soon after the events of The Killing Dance Continue reading

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The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the sixth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.

Published: 1997

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 387 pages

Setting: soon after the events of Bloody Bones, mostly in St. Louis Continue reading

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Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the fifth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. I enjoy the series enough I actually bought the books, and didn’t just get them from the library.

Published: 1996

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 370 pages

Setting: mostly Branson, Missouri, soon after the events of The Lunatic Cafe Continue reading

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The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the fourth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. Considering I read the previous three books in a day each, it’s not surprising I continued with the series.

Published: 1996

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 369 pages

Setting: St. Louis, present day, a few months after the events of Circus of the Damned Continue reading

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The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

Published: 1994

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 293 pages

Setting: St. Louis, present day

Interest: It’s the second book in the Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter series, following Guilty Pleasures.

Summary: Anita Blake is asked by Harold Gaynor to raise a very old zombie ancestor. She refuses (the ancestor is so old it would require a human sacrifice to do), but he isn’t one to take “no” for an answer. At the same time, the police bring Anita in to solve a rogue zombie problem. While she’s busy dealing with zombie problems, Jean Claude continues his attempts to make Anita his human servant and she continues to resist. Anita learns more about the strength of her powers, as she accidentally raises an entire cemetery after killing two bad guys.

Final thoughts: These books are a guilty pleasure for me. Once I start reading the book, I can’t stop. It’s still early in the series, so you don’t see all the sex that shows up later in the series. There’s some hints of it, since Jean Claude’s powers are sexually oriented, but no graphic details.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book from a previous year

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Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Published: 1993

Genre: urban fantasy thriller

Length: 266 pages

Setting: St. Louis, present

Interest: It’s the first book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. I don’t remember how I found the series in the first place, but I do love some urban fantasy.

Summary: Anita Blake raises zombies for a living, but she’s also on retainer to the police for the new supernatural squad, RPIT. She’s convinced to look into the murders of vampires that’s occurring in the city. Turns out, Nikolaus, the current Master of the City, is trying to make a power play and take Anita as her servant. Jean Claude, the manager at the shapeshifter/vampire strip club in the District, uses Anita to keep them both safe, giving Anita two marks to save her life, but also start the process of making her his human servant. Turns out, Zachary, a fellow animator, is behind the vampire killings, which he did to feed a gris gris used to keep himself alive. Zachary tries to kill Anita, but she flees the cemetery with the help of Edward, an assassin specializing in “monsters” (vampires and shapeshifters) because humans are too easy. Edward also helps Anita kill Nikolaus, making Jean Claude Master of the City.

Final thoughts: A great book that I blew through in a day. I couldn’t put it down. It’s also been turned into a comic by Marvel. It introduces all the main characters of the series, and sets up an antagonistic relationship between Anita and Jean Claude. Jean Claude wants Anita for his human servant, but Anita hates vampires and thinks they should all be killed. It does get pretty exciting as we try to figure out who’s killing the vampires, and how Anita will survive the confrontation with Nikolaus.

Title comes from: The name of the strip club run by Jean Claude.

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