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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

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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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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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Digital Knight by Ryk E. Spoor

Published: 2003

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 378 pages

Setting: mostly Morgantown, a fictional town near Albany, NY, present day

Interest: It was a random, not too long book I picked off my Kindle to read on our annual bike trip Continue reading

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Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Published: 2002

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 371 pages

Setting: a magical Chicago, present day, a few months after the events in Gravel Peril

Interest: It’s the fourth book in the Dresden Files series Continue reading

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Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

Published: 1995

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 329 pages

Setting: St. Louis, Missouri, 1990s, two months after the events of Guilty Pleasures

Interest: It’s the third book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. If you’re interested, the first one is Guilty Pleasures, and the second is The Laughing Corpse.

Summary: We have several interlocking plots occurring throughout the book. Since Anita won’t take the fourth mark from Jean-Claude, his power base isn’t secure. Therefore, there’s some jockeying for power among the vampires of the city. Several times, Anita is approached (by humans and vampires) to give up the resting place of the Master of the City so they can destroy him. She resists the temptation each time. At the same time, Anita has been called into an investigation into a series of murders by a rogue pack of vampires. It all comes together in a big fight between Mr. Oliver and Alejandro, two vampires trying to gain control of Anita as a human servant. Anita manages to kill both of them and survive, with the help of Jean-Claude and Richard.

Final thoughts: Excellent as usual. I blew through this in a day or so. I really have to make sure I have nothing on the docket once I start an Anita Blake book, since I can’t stop once I start. We start to see Anita question her belief that all the “monsters” are inherently evil, especially after meeting and being attracted to Richard (who’s a werewolf working with Jean-Claude).

Title comes from: The location of the final battle, and Jean-Claude’s resting place.

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

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Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

Published: 2001

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 342 pages

Setting: Chicago, present day, soon (but not directly) after the events in Storm Front

Interest: It’s book two in the Harry Dresden series that I bought with my Christmas money

Summary: Harry Dresden is called into a crime scene that looks like some kind of wolf killed the victim, on the night of the full moon. Harry does some research into werewolves and is put on the tract of a gang of werewolves. At the same time, Terra West engages Harry to help her control her fiance, who was cursed to turn into a wolf whenever the moon is full (he’s a loup-garou). MacFinn’s containment circle has been broken, so he’s on a rampage on full moon nights. That still doesn’t explain all the killings. Turns out, the FBI agents investigating the murders are Hexenwolfs, killing the bad guys. Harry figures all this out too late – he’s being used as bait for the loup-garou on the property of head gangster John Marcone. Then, when everyone is there, the FBI plan on killing them all and blaming the loup-garou. Harry manages to escape and kill the FBI agents and loup-garou, barely.

Final thoughts: This one took a little bit longer to get dragged into. It was still as enjoyable as the first book, but not quite as gripping. I also thought it was a bit to have so many kinds of werewolves show up. I mean, seriously, what’s the likelihood you’d get four kinds of werewolves all in the same place at the same time? I’m starting to see a hint of an overarching story line concerning Harry trying to discover who his mother really was.

I did find all the events to be unrealistically smushed together. Too much physical damage, too much mental stress, not enough sleep in the story. Don’t the protagonists ever get to sleep? I’d be half dead on the food and sleep levels Harry got in the story, and yet he manages to save the day. I’ll try one more and see if it improves before I give up on the series.

Title comes from: Harry muttered something about the current full moon being a “fool’s moon”. Definitely a play on words, considering the monster of choice was werewolves.

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

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