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I finished "Circus of the Damned" by Laurel K. Hamilton today, and it wasn't a bad book. It's not Dickens or Dostoevsky, but it certainly rattles along and I don't think Hamilton ever laid claim to being either of those authors anyway. It is a sort of an R-rated "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" mixed with a murder mystery, however. In this book, Anita Blake (who for some reason I keep wanting to call Anita Baker, after the singer, for some dumb reason) is on the trail of a pack of vampires who are killing people in her native St. Louis. At the same time she is being approached by a variety of people to reveal the identity of the St. Louis "master vampire" (who, for reasons that will become apparent in the book, she knows rather well), so she has to decide which to uncover a "sensible vampire," a vampire who can keep his subordinate in check, too. The book is the third in the series but is sufficiently "stand-aloneish" to be read without having read the previous books in the series (though she has "in-jokes/references" for those that have read the prior books that some might get a kick out of).
When I first started reading the series, I was wisely informed that the series takes a sudden right turn into erotica by an employee at the bookshop. With that in mind, I can see that the author is starting to butt up against this in this book. Nothing overtly sexual happens in the book, but Anita Blake is acting "like she's started to notice boys" shall we say, so it wouldn't be surprising if the series became more erotic sooner, rather than later, now.
You know that feeling where you just think "fudge" ;) it ! And eat your favourite foods, fully relax at your favourite place and spwnd some time with you best people. Well this read was like that but with Strong Powerful Immortals, Humungous Snakes and Many heart slamming near death moments to make your pulse race. Ooh and add in some seriously sexy Hot (if supernatural) Vampires. One in particular who wants Anita Forever. Another who craves Anita as his weapon. Love this authors ability to throw raw violence together with Anita Blake and still entwine her passion and empathy with such clarity to the core of each books journey. Epic series.
The third book in the series. Not as good as the previous title, while the story progresses at a good pace, there are a few too many characters to keep track of.
In this book, we see Anita solving her first, vampire killers. Two victims turn up, having been killed by what seems to be a group of rogue vampires. In the early books, Anita actually does detective work and it shines in this book. With some help from her friends, she is able to piece the puzzle together in time to face down against the bad guys.
By and large its entertaining but some of the series later shortcomings start to show here.
Anita's sometimes endearing stubbornness, can quickly become infuriating and self defeating obstinance, born of little more than a desire to be contrarian. The beginnings of the much maligned love triangle has its origins in this book aswell. But these flaws are less pronounced than in later titles and they dont detract too much from an otherwise solid story with a decent cast of characters, if a tad too numerous I'm number.
If you enjoyed the first two books, you'll likely enjoy this one aswell.
I loved everything about this series of books and just couldn't put them down, fantastically written with stunning and captivating characters, Multi layers of sub plots that are easily followed and wonderful action with romance. A must read for so many reasons. I am sure you will love these books as much as I did
Brilliant book came in lovely condition even though it stated it was used, it looked as though it was only read once. I bought the next book also and they both arrived within two days :) very pleased indeed.