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1. The Historian
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2. A Stroke of Midnight : A Novel
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3. Dead as a Doornail (Southern Vampire
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4. The Dark Tower VI : Song of Susannah
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5. Johnny The Homicidal Maniac :
6. Every Which Way But Dead
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7. Dead to the World
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8. Wolves of the Calla (The Dark
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20. Bloody Bones (Anita Blake Vampire

1. The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova
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Asin: 0316011770
Catlog: Book (2005-06-14)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 61
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DESCRIPTION: In this riveting debut of breathtaking scope, a young girl discoversher father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to completethe quest he never could -- to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula. When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortunate successor..." she begins to unravel a thread that leads back to her father's past, his mentor's career, and an evil hidden in the depths of history.In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright:a hunt that nearly brought her father to ruin and may have claimed the life of his adviser and dear friend, history professor Bartholomew Rossi. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula, have to do with the 20th century? Is it possible that Dracula has lived on in the modern world? And why have a select few historians risked reputation, sanity, and even their lives to learn the answer?So begins an epic journey to unlock the secrets of the strange medieval book, an adventure that will carry our heroine across Europe and into the past -- not only to the times of Vlad's heinous reign, but to the days when her mother was alive and her father was still a vibrant young scholar. In the end, she uncovers the startling fate of Rossi, and comes face to face with the definition of evil-- to find, ultimately, that good may not always triumph. ... Read more

2. A Stroke of Midnight : A Novel (Meredith Gentry Novels (Hardcover))
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3. Dead as a Doornail (Southern Vampire Mysteries)
by CharlaineHarris
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Asin: 0441012795
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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When Sookie's brother Jason's eyes start to change, she knows he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population-and Jason's new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who's behind the attacks, unless the killer decides to find her first. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the only series i read
Every may, i wait for the newest book in the series.this book is full of surprises and funny and full of "Sookieisms"she once again saves the day, and her friends.This book deals with mostly the shifters.for any bill fans, well... maybe next book? cause he doesnt have a big part.the Weres are back including the big strong alcide.
all in all it was pretty great. it left me wanting more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Sookie - You've ruined me for the other vamp novels!
This is book number 5 in the Sookie Stackhouse series.If you're just picking up this series, begin at the beginning and read everything!You won't regret it.

My biggest complaint is that I love this series so much that now no other vamp novels will do.Now, I love some Laurell K Hamilton and LA Banks vampire executioner/huntress novels.But, their shake you by the shoulders, screaming "GOOD vs. EVIL!" style is a bit like that overbearing cousin you avoid at family reunions when you compare them to Harris' laid-back, subtler style (your favorite ex-hippie uncle).I'll bide my time with the other novels, but I'd rather Harris just wrote a new novel every week to keep up with my reading needs.

So, Sookie Stackhouse, is not the chosen one or the most powerful of anything, which makes her a wonderfully sympathetic character for me.She is a working-class waitress in a small Southern town doing her best to ignore her unwanted disability - telepathy.Being a mind-reader is no picnic. Imagine knowing that, despite what your best friend says, she really believes that your new haircut makes you look like a cow.You can see the problems.But this ability has also given her entrance into a whole underground culture of supernaturals: vampires, werewolves, witches, and fairies.

This installment is more complex than earlier novels because it contains multiple storylines - the murder mystery, the werewolves, the bad vampire boyfriend, Sookie's varied, but tasteful, love life, and, hey, what's with the fairy godmother?I enjoyed all of it.I have a small complaint about the murder mystery.I knew who one culprit was in the first 30-40 pages of the book.It's not too difficult to tell.Let's see Arlene has been all the books, so has Sam. Eric and Bill are obviously long-running characters, but, hey, I've never seen this character before. It's an ongoing problem with murder mysteries.New characters are either cannon fodder or killers.That niggling little worry aside, I would still say this book is 100% worth reading.Way to go, Sookie!When can I have novel 6?

5-0 out of 5 stars Bite into this series!!!
Can't help it - vampires have an allure - am not the only one - Sookie Stackhouse is the heroine that can drive the hunkiest vampire crazy out there. She is a telepath, and sometimes it gets her misunderstood as a kook, but she's a sweetie. The series is a not so gory vampire tale with vampires being integrated into the main stream human life. They drink synthetic blood the Japanese invented. In the previous books, the violence had been at a minimum, if you don't count vampires biting while making love, but this book has a few moments that hit you - being a were trying to be head hocho is a killer...
There is a character that has endeared us to him - Bubba - He is a vampire whose transition to vampire went awry - he isn't all there and loves cat blood...but he can sing great!!! He used to be a famous singer out of Memphis that people have been spotting at the Burger King!!! What a great addition to the cast of characters!! We know who Bubba was, but don't say his REAL name!
Ms. Harris is a wonderful writer and continues Sookie's adventures into the paranormal with ease and makes them real.
Who wouldn't want to have a fling with Eric???
Parting comments - buy the whole series if you haven't done so yet, or keep enjoying Sookie and friends with her fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bill and Eric take a back seat in this one...
Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic waitress in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Her ability to read minds keeps the normal people away from her. They fear her ability, even those who claim not to believe in it. However, the vampires and other supernatural beings flock to her.

Her brother, Jason, has recently been bitten by a werepanther. Once he makes his first shift, Jason finds that he enjoys his new ability. Problem is that a sniper has begun shooting the local shifters and Jason's new brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Sookie and her friends have until the next full moon to find out who the real sniper is.

Sam, Sookie's boss, is one of the shifters who has been shot. Unable to tend his bar, Sam has Sookie go to Eric for a temporary bar tender. Charles, a vampire, begins work the very next night. Charles is soon protecting Sookie. Seems someone is trying to kill her for simply associating with supernatural beings. If all this is not enough, the local packleader has died. Sookie must attend the funeral, as well as, witness the competition that will select the new packleader.

**** The vampires Bill and Eric take a back seat and play only secondary roles in this installment of the series. Focus is kept mainly on the shifters and the sniper. Author Charlaine Harris has a winning series with this cast of characters! Harris makes the night come alive with her imaginative, supernatural, and dark shrouded community. As usual, I find myself longing for Sookie's next adventure. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Good Characters, but not quite quite.....
This is the fifth Southern Vampire book; all of these stories about the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse are enjoyable light reading. She is a delightful character, forever a wise innocent being overtaken by events that somehow always manage to get out of hand.

If you are new to these books, you should read them in order, since the story is progressive:
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World

The characters we have come to know are here once again:Bill is protective, Sam is supportive, Eric is there to help out as needed, and Alcide is complicating everything. Tara is still living on the edge, and Jason is still in trouble.Somebody is shooting shapeshifters, old problems are coming back to haunt Eric, Alcide's father wants to be head of the werewolf pack, and Sookie is in the middle of it all.It's a good story, and a good addition to the continuing saga.

So why didn't I enjoy it as much as I did the others? It seems to me that this book lacks much of the joy and good humor that made the first four so memorable.It doesn't bubble.Sookie seems a bit tired; her sense of wonder isn't working well, and her curiosity isn't as relentless as it has been.Eric doesn't tease in this one; he's not his usual good-natured overwhelming self.Alcide seems actively unpleasant and manipulative.Simply, the whole book is not as much fun as the series has been until now.

The negative does not overwhelm the good.I still recommend it. I do hope that there will be more, and I hope that they will regain the brightness of the earlier books.
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4. The Dark Tower VI : Song of Susannah (Dark Tower (Paperback))
by Stephen King
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Asin: 0743254554
Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
Publisher: Scribner
Sales Rank: 6016
Average Customer Review: 3.65 out of 5 stars
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The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

To give birth to her "chap," demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transport to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah...and terrifying to the "daughter of none" who shares her body and mind.

Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining ka-tet climbs to the Doorway Cave...and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who in a struggle to cope -- with each other and with an alien environment -- "go todash" to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term.

Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, tumble into western Maine in the summer of 1977, a world that should be idyllic but isn't. For one thing, it is real, and the bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem's Lot, a writer who turns out to be as shocked by them as they are by him. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Tower VI - The best thus far?
I never thought I'd say I loved a book more than I love The Drawing of The Three. Even as I read the second installment of the still-forming Dark Tower story, I knew I was in love and that no other story (or piece of a story, as the case may be) would ever come close. However, I'm glad to say that I have proven myself wrong. Song of Susannah excels in doing what all the DT books have done so far: giving us great action, making us jump out of our seats, creating a rich backstory, and of course, it will make you turn the pages faster than you thought was possible. Without getting into spoiler material, DT6 clears up a lot of what happened in Wolves. Susannah's bond with Mia is explained, as are some of the Crimson King's desires. Some readers were scared that the story was getting too schticky when Roland and Crew discovered that Callahan and the events in 'Salems Lot were apparently works of fiction from a writer named Stephen King. Rest assured, this issue is dealt with in a decidely appropriate manner. Also, there's always the question of the rose. I won't say much, but the rose is handled. In true Dark Tower fashion, the book ends with multiple cliffhangers, but I think they're definitely better than the excrutiating ending of The Waste Lands. I'm sure it sounds like I've ne'er seen the book, much less read it, but I'm being vague as to not give too much away. Trust me, when you read this you'll love all of the "Holy Crap!" moments. It seems as if each chapter (stanza) is packed with them. All in all, I'd rate it as my favorite thus far, and I am officially a slave to King until the final installment hits the shelves. Hopefully the next few months pass without incident, say thankya.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast moving story with some scary ideas.
Sometimes it's hard for me, being the only person in my group of friends to be a true DT junkie, not having anyone I can truly discuss the books with. However, "Song of Susannah" is one of those novels where a person doesn't exactly have to be a fan to talk about some of the ideas it conveys. Duty, personal responsibility, sacrifice, theories of existence, coming-of-age, the bold (and somewhat unnerving) idea of God as being just some sort of middle-man for an even greater force... all of these things are qualified fodder for any snooty literary chat circle.

Of course, as a novel on its own, "Song of Susannah" seems more like just an appetizer to that bad boy that some Tower fans have been waiting over two decades for, Volume 7 of the series, "The Dark Tower". It is incredibly fast-paced (a welcome return to the hectic action of "Drawing of the Three" and "The Waste Lands"), and it manages to get across a hell of a lot of necessary info, in a bit over 400 pages. All that, plus even more character development and some nasty surprises. For one, the business with the chap and its parentage? Threw me for a loop.

It is true that the style of these last two novels seems to differ a bit from the first four. It's hard to describe, more a feeling than anything else, but it feels like some kind of magic has been lost. Mr. King said in his Amazon interview (short but kinda interesting) that he felt the need to finish the series, but it seems to me he could have waited just a bit longer. With the other novels, there was like a little hibernation period in between each one. It always felt like a long wait between stories, but I can't say I was ever disappointed when the novels DID come. Now, it almost feels like Mr. King jumped the gun on his "muse", or whatever you want to call it... the latest novels are very well-written in a workmanlike sort of way, but that true EPIC feeling, prevalent in the first 4 books, only makes a half-hearted appearance.

One surefire thing about "Song of Susannah"? It will you make wish the summer was only a few days long so you can get right to September, the release month for DT7 (!!!).

P.S. If you're an impatient reader like me and you want to look for any possible clues as to how to the series might end (of course I'm not guaranteeing anything), you might try looking out for a copy of "Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came", which I recently read the whole way through for the first time. As I've read through the series again in anticipation of the final book, I've noticed a load of parallels to the poem that I had never picked up on before reading Browning's work. If you can get past the poetic language and Victorian English (I had a tough time at first), it's really beautiful, with an aptly bittersweet ending.

4-0 out of 5 stars Approaching the Big Bang...
...and I don't mean Creation, either.

Song of Susannah contains more action and fast-paced material than any of the previous DT books, even Drawing of the Three, but at the same time it seems to move in slow-mo, and for good reason: This book takes place primarily in one day, and King goes into tremendous detail on the sequence of events leading up to the end of this epic. Would we have it any other way?

I got the feeling while reading this book (and accurately so, I have little doubt) that it is simply the first chapter of the very last Dark Tower book. That is to say, the last two books were originally written at pretty much the same time, as one, and King later separated them into two, for reasons of his own (probably for marketing and profit reasons, sure, but it also makes one hell of a cliffhanger!). The most recent example I can recall of this having been done was with the last two Matrix films (please forgive the reference).

I scoffed at first when King brought himself into the story, and regarded it as a plot-thinner, rather than just the opposite. However, I feel that this must be a vital part of the entire series, that is essential to reach the conclusion King is going for, and has been going for all along, otherwise why would he dare?? I wouldn't say King is modest about his talents as a writer, really, but I don't think he's a fool either. I applaud his courage to venture into such an unusual realm, and sincerely hope he makes it worth our while and patience.

There is a lot in this book that King answers ("What's going on inside Susannah?" being the main issue) and leaves unanswered (read the book for yourself to witness its monster ending!). I have found some of the turns he's made very curious, but not enough to decide whether they were or weren't good ideas. Like I said before, I think this book is simply a necessary prologue to the last book, and shouldn't be judged as a novel in itself (i.e. Don't expect to be satisfied!).

Right now I am going on faith in his imagination, just as I have through this entire series, and enjoying the ride.

As they say, it ain't over 'til it's over. So, for your father's sake, wait until the man finishes the story!

5-0 out of 5 stars Underrated
I don't see how anyone could have given this a zero. The entire thing was very well written, and my only complaint with this book is that it is too short, but even that isn't really a problem because the next one is coming out so soon. So far, it seems like all the peole badmouthing it said they hated that Steven King brought himself into the series. I guess it might have been better if he hadn't, but he did it pretty well, it's not like he just popped up and said"Hi I'm Steven King, and I am your God" the way some people have made it sound. Instead he slowly tied himself in to explain many of the things from the Dark Tower 5 and 6. Even if you still can't stand that he was in it, he was only in it for about thrity pages(not counting the author's journal at the end) and (warning:spoiler) he killed himself off in the journal anyway so he can't be in the next one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fortunately I bought this book (and read it) before reading the reviews. While I was expecting some controversy regarding the fact that King writes himself into the novel, the extremely hostile reaction of so many surprised me. I was shocked when I read where King comes into the book, but it doesn't seem to be an ego-trip or anything of the sort. For one thing, King doesn't portray himself as a very likable guy. Not the sort of thing you write if you're on an ego-trip. Most importantly, the inclusion of his character seems almost inevetible. After reading it, it seems the only explanation that makes sense. It's the final piece to the puzzle.

I've been reading DT since the beginning, and for me this was the best of the series. The most disappointing aspect of it is seeing so many negative responses. This probably wouldn't be the case if King wasn't in the novel. I wish that others could enjoy it as much as I did.

The book has *extreme* suspense that builds throughout. It leaves you at a climax (somewhat like Waste Lands - but not quite THAT much of cliffhanger). Fortunately I won't have to wait long for VII. Mentioning Waste Lands reminds me of the controversial ending of that one. So many people made similar comments about it (how it trashed the series) then and now seem to view it as 'the high point. ... Read more

5. Johnny The Homicidal Maniac : Director's Cut
by Jhonen Vasquez
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Asin: 0943151163
Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: SLG Publishing
Sales Rank: 2438
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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Mayhem and violence rule in this collection of issues one through seven of Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as well as material seen before only in Carpe Noctem magazine.Dark and disturbingly funny, JTHM follows the adventures of Johnny (you can call him Nny), who lives with a pair of styrofoam doughboys that encourage his madness, a wall that constantly needs a fresh coat of blood, and--oh, yeah--his victims in various states of torture.Join Nny as he frightens the little boy next door (Todd, known to fans of Vasquez's work as Squee), thirsts for Cherry Brain Freezies, attempts suicide, draws Happy Noodle Boy, and tries to uncover the meaning of his homicidal existence. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Look Deeper
Johnny The Homicidal Maniac Director's Cut contains all seven Jonnhy issues in one book. It also includes sketches from Jhonen, the creator, an interview with Jhonen, and a 'timeline' of Johnny (from 'Johnny The Little Homicidal Maniac (crap) to Johnny The Homicidal Maniac (much better) This book series is...interesting to say the least. Many people say, "Oh, that book's junk, all it's about is some guy who goes around killing people." They don't know what they're talking about. You can see the Johnny series 'evolve' from 'Tramatize the Neighbor' to 'Good Luck, Squee!' This is actually an in-depth book. Sure, as it starts it looks like a book that poser goths read to try and look spooky. But, as you read on, the characters develop depth and become three dimensional. Johnny starts as a killer, who uses his victim's blood to paint a wall. Something's in there, but he doesn't know quite what. He has three voices, Nailbunny, Mr. Eff, and D-Boy. Nailbunny is Johnny's positive side, while Mr. Eff and D-Boy are negative. ME and DB are trying to get Johnny to kill himself, that way he can't paint the wall anymore, and the thing behind the wall can be released. Johnny has some real in-depth talks with his voices. A spin-off of this series is 'I Feel Sick' which is about Devi, Johnny's ex. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone with a mature enough mind to truly understand this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars even if you don't like comics....
First of all, I hate comics. I've always found they don't seem like real stories, not to metion the usually immature story lines. So, when I heard about JTHM through the internet, I had to find out more. I ordered Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book and Director's Cut and I was extremley pleased with both. But, since I hadn't read the actual comics (and believe me, I tried finding them), I didn't miss out. I emailed some webmasters and found that Director's Cut had all the Nny comics and Happy Noodle Boy. If you're worried about missing out on the mean-whiles, then don't worry; Squee's has them all. The ONLY thing you'll miss out on is the great cover art (the covers are in small black and white pictures at the back). Plus, by ordering these, you get commentary by Jhonen and the history of the comics.

Now, if you're worried about the graphicness of the books, do not fret. It's surprisingly funny. While Nny is obviously insane, you'll love him the moment he kills his first victim. Really. Plus, Jhonen has created a very smart character. This book really got me thinking. And the pictures are enough to make you laugh with Nny's expressions. If you still can't decide whether to order, just go ahead. I poured through these in 3 days and I still go back and find them great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funniest, Wittiest dark satire I have ever read!
Where can you find an intelligent and witty glimpse into the sickened, insane, cold-blooded mind of a habitual killer? Right here with Johnny, The Homicidal Manic.

This is clearly a graphical novel for adults only (read the title, parents!), JTHM is a bloody and savage treat to the warped followers of horror and horror satire. If you ever laughed when the Road Runner dropped the Coyote off a cliff and turned him into an accordion, then you should find a chuckle or two in Vasquez's humorous look at homicidal mania.

The cartoons are brutally savage and yet excruciatingly funny, but don't worry because they are all done in black and white so the gore is not as intense as it could have been. Interspersed with Vasquez's storyline are tiny text boxes that cement the fact that this is a satire with such thoughtful comments as how the scene was filmed (its a picture), and cautionary remarks like "Parents: Don't get upset - It's a fake brain." and "Stupid People: I would ask you to keep in mind that this should *not* be a source of moral guidance." and "Kids, don't be stupid and try this: this is a trained flying toddler."

Hilarious little blurbs like these are also accompanied by Noodle Boy breaks. Happy Noodle Boy is the comic strip that Johnny writes, the second (and worse) cartoon within a cartoon, along the lines of "Itchy & Scratchy" to The Simpsons and "Terrance & Phillip" to South Park.

You will indulge your darker half with the intelligent debates between Johnny and his victims, see a gruesome Public Service Announcement, discover that God is a fat baby in a lounge chair and that the devil is a cheerleader. The dialogue is clever, the drawings hilarious, the storyline amusing, and the satire thick and twisted. Everything a horror fan could want in a graphic book.

The cells are quite busy, but take your time reading this dripping black jewel; you don't want to miss the extras thrown into each frame. Also take note of those chapters with scrolled or fancy looking borders. Hidden within the borders are messages such as "I like Ramen" and "Are you awake?" and "I am no potato."

As a finisher to this tasty meal, a dessert of early sketches is presented, along with character boards for Johnny, Nailbunny, Mr. Eff, Psycho Doughboy, Devi D., Tess R., Anne Gwish, and Squee. (who later gets his very own book!)

Completely rounding out our meal, Vasquez also included commentaries on the issues that JTHM was originally released in, and a hysterical interview he wrote by himself...with himself.

The wit and barbs just fly across these pages, and though the humor is indeed dark and intended for horror fans, I think you will be surprised at finding it is humor with intelligence behind it. I deeply enjoyed JTHM, I hope you do too.

5-0 out of 5 stars z?
Jhonen Vasquez is the guy.

He is completely responsible for the slow death of my sense of right and wrong. I cheer for Nny and Zim at all times. I have come to view them as the good guys. It's frightening, really.

Anyway, JtHM is awesome, spiffy fun for anyone morbid, emotionally disturbed or snarky enough to get the humour. It's not only for those dubbing themselves goths or punks or whatever the kids are saying today. It's good violent fun for anyone, eyeliner or no. *is going to get hate mail for that* *giggles*

So, buy the DC book(this way, you don't have to go into Hot Topic to get the comics, which can only be a good thing...^-^), buy the Squee! book, buy "Everything Can Be Beaten', buy the Zim DVD. Buy "Lenore" by Roman Dirge. Embrace your inner Johnny. Welcome to the club.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as great as _Squee!_, but still good
I read this book in one sitting. It's sick and morbid, but oh-so- funny. Granted, it's not as great as, oh, say, _The Color Purple_ or _The House of Mirth_, but who expects that sort of writing from a book like this? If you don't possess an extemely dark sense of humor, then perhaps you should think twice about purchasing a book entitled _Johnny the Homicidal Maniac_. ;-) ... Read more

6. Every Which Way But Dead
by Kim Harrison
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Asin: 006057299X
Catlog: Book (2005-07-01)
Publisher: HarperTorch
Sales Rank: 871
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There's no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who's already put her love life and her soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

Between "runs," she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.

Rachel must also take a stand in the war that's raging in the city's underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin -- and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.

And now her dark "master" is coming to collect his due.

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7. Dead to the World
by CharlaineHarris
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Asin: 0441012183
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Ace
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From Emma Bull'sWar for the Oaks to Laurell K. Hamilton'sAnita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, fromThe X-Files toBuffy the Vampire Slayer, creators are mixing old European myths and legends with modern American pop culture. Incorporating influences ranging from blaxploitation movies and erotic novels to tabloid staples like UFOs and Elvis, authors and directors are creating a new mythology for the strip-mall, tract-house, cell-phone America of the new millennium.

One of the best-known and best writers of the new American mythology is Charlaine Harris. Dead to the World is the fourth novel in her Anthony Award-winning Southern Vampire series. It continues the story of psychic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who has fallen out with her undead lover, Bill. Bill has no sooner departed for Peru, than Sookie finds the head vampire, Eric, running naked and terrified through the rural night. She helps Eric, and discovers his memory has been destroyed by a coven of unscrupulous, astonishingly powerful witches, newly arrived in her small Louisiana town, and offering a huge reward for Eric. Sookie tries to hide Eric, but her brother sees him--and immediately disappears. And Sookie finds herself caught in a war among witches, vampires, and werewolves. --Cynthia Ward ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice read
Love this series very much.
Just plain fun to read.Love the crazy characters as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait to read this book...
...and was only mildly disappointed.I agree with the reviewer who liked Laurell K. Hamilton up to Blue Moon.Ms. Hamilton lost me with the excessive lycan/were action and diminishing role of vampires.I am concerned that Dead to the World is leading the Southern Vampire series down the same path.That is my only complaint; a little too much emphasis on Weres and Shifters.As always, I related to Sookie's down to earth character with her self-doubts and feelings of being overwhelmed and lonely. The large group of Bon Temps citizens continued to be interesting and dynamic.I loved that Sookie was able to fulfill her sexual fantasies about Eric with out having to deal with his immoral personality.Good for her!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dual Natured Eric & Sookie Make Sparks Fly!
Sookie Stackhouse, the attractive, telepathic barmaid from Bon Temps, LA, makes her fourth appearance in "Dead To The World," which I think is the best book in the series, so far. Boyfriend Bill, a Civil War veteran and vampire, is pretty much out of the picture here. He has been sent to Peru, by the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, to continue his research for the extensive vampire data base he is building. Sookie has ambivalent feelings about her old beau. He has proved to have a cheatin' heart, along with other unfaithful body parts. This is unfortunate because Sookie thought she had found the man of her dreams. However, there seems to be an abundance of other men, all preternatural, who are very interested in getting to know our Sookie better. And it is best for her to stick with the superhumans. She can't read their minds, and doesn't need to worry about keeping their inner voices at bay.

Driving home from work early New Year's morning, (there was a huge party at Merlotte's Bar), Sookie sees a half-naked, shoeless man running down the road. When she stops to help the poor guy, she realizes it is Eric, charismatic owner of Club Fangtasia, and vampire Sheriff of Area 5, which encompasses Shreveport and Bon Temps. It appears that Eric has amnesia, and remembers nothing about his life except that he is a vampire. He doesn't even know why he is running, or where. He is only aware of his terror - a very strange state for the strong, confident warrior he has always been. We learn later from Eric's cohorts that a coven of powerful witches, who use their magic for dark purposes, are attempting to take control of all the supernaturals in Area 5 - vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc.. When Eric refused to cooperate with them, they cast a spell taking away his memory. Sookie brings Eric home to care for him, through sheer kindness. Her brother Jason interferes with her altruism, however, when Eric's second in command visits to figure out an emergency course of action. Eric must remain in hiding and Jason negotiates a whopping $35,000. babysitting fee for his sister. Sookie finds that Eric is no longer the suave, scary, business-first, head-honcho vampire that she had been accustomed to. He is now tender, sincere, attentive, romantic, protective of her and grateful for her loyalty and decency. Our heroine doesn't know what to make of this drastic change, until sparks begin to fly between the two. She then decides to go with the flow. After all, Bill has been gone a long time.

"Dead To The World's" pace is fast and the action is nonstop throughout. Jason goes missing, the evil witches are on the loose, Alcide Herveaux, the hunky werewolf (from "Club Dead"), and his pack become involved in what is to be a major battle between the forces of good and evil, new characters are introduced, and much more. Per usual Charlaine Harris fills her well written narrative with humor, suspense, and thrilling plot twists and turns. The finale is outrageously good! Terrific escapist reading. I couldn't put the novel down.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great, fun series.
I admit I loved Laurell K. Hamilton, right up through Blue Moon.Sookie is not Anita; in many ways she's better.She's more "real" and human.The books have humor, well-developed characters, suspense, romance, fantasy and mystery.If you are a woo-woo fan, you'll love this series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better and better
I had just finished writing a (extremely negative) review for the Laurell K Hamilton book "Incubus Dreams" when I realised how much my affection for Charlaine Harris' "The Southern Vampire Series" has grown over the years.

I suppose like many readers I had approached this series when Ms. Hamiltons star was starting to dull slightly. I was suspicious of the main character Sookie Stackhouse to begin with. Her character and situation seemed a little too familiar at first. In fact I didnt like the first book at all. I never warmed to Bill for some reason, an opinion still not changed even by this book. But I stuck with it and by the time I got Dead to the World I loved the whole universe created by the author.

Sookie is a loveable heroine. So different to the difficult and unlikeable Anita Blake. She is vunerable and sweet. She is unselfish to the point of putting her life at risk to save others. She is in touch with her sexuality, yet doesnt base whole narratives on it (*hint hint* Ms. Hamilton) and does seem to be developing with every book.

The supporting characters are consistently interesting. Eric has a certain devilish charm that keeps the reader hooked and hopefully we will see more of Sam and Alicide in later books. Same goes for Jason who, with certain plot developments in this book, should give Sookie plenty more adventures.

Dead to the World is a wonderful installment for this series that will hopefully keep going from strength to strength
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8. Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, Book 5)
by Stephen King
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Catlog: Book (2005-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars That car knocked the old King loose thank God
I've read damn near every Stephen King story around, and the Dark Tower is easily my favorite. The weaving in and out of his other books that this series has done should eventually be look upon as one of the great literary achievents. Yes, King isnt Ulysses but he isn't Encyclopedia Brown either, the guy has writing chops.

Anyway, as for Wolves of the Calla, I just finished it today after toilet-reading it for about 2 months. I must say i was pleasantly suprised and very satisfied. I'd gotten a little worried because King had really started this "maturity" vibe in a lot of books around the mid-90's. I noticed with Insomnia he started kinda tackling getting old and more serious looks at love and that went right up through his accident. Wizard and Glass was the peak manifestation of that. It wasn't terrible, but it was like a giant, "oh i remember young love" mind-dump for a thousand pages. I was bored, which was double disappointing considering it followed the Waste Lands the most exciting book in the series and I waited 10 years nearly for it.

Anyways, this time i really talk about WotC.

It was a really great book. I never found the plot tedious or the Calla boring. The only really slow parts were the beginnings of Callahan's story because I knew it was going to lead to something huge (and it does) and I had 500 pages to wade through to get there. I think some people dont realize that the slow build in the book is almost certainly a design. Everything that had to come about in order for them to face down the wolves was important to the broader implications of Ka and the Dark Tower story as a whole. Plus I think it further fleshes out just how iconic and complete a hero Roland is. (as a cynical person, I hope this builds to him ultimately failing as a hero to achieve whatever he means to achieve at the Tower)

But anyways, i was really shocked how many reviews actually said Wizard and Glass was their favorite book so maybe I'm way outside the mainstream and this is just me spitting into the wind. If you liked the first 3 books, then this is exactly in that same vein. Connections with other books, extensive deepenings of the plot, and some great questions are raised for the final two books.

oh and the best part? when your reading it, you know you wont have to wait a damn decade to get to the next book. GOD BLESS YOU STEPHEN KING!

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a return to the quest for the Dark Tower
Long-time King fans like myself have eagerly awaited this sequel for many years, and for the most part, the master storyteller does not disappoint. After focusing on Roland's past in the previous installment, Wizard and Glass, in Wolves of the Calla, King returns to the present-day challenges facing Roland and his companions, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy. Much like in The Wastelands (the third book of the series), Wolves of the Calla tells the story not only of the ongoing quest for the Dark Tower but also of a more immediate predicament--in this case, the plight of the town of Calla Byrn Sturgis. King tantalizes the reader through brief returns to the New York City setting as well as glimpses of the tasks which lie ahead of the gunslingers in the future. In addition, dedicated King followers will appreciate the tie-ins with other King works, namely 'Salem's Lot. Although not quite as captivating as the second two books in the series, Wolves of the Calla is a satisfying continuation of this fascinating saga which will whet the reader's appetite for the two remaining Dark Tower novels, both of which are scheduled to be published in 2004.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 4 1/2 stars if I could
For all of you, like me, who despised Wizard and Glass this book is for you. Finally we are getting somewhere. It has been YEARS since King has been this good. It is good to see him back. Don't listen to the reviews of people who don't like the fact that it seems King is going to include himself in the Dark Tower series. What is the difference between that and Eddie, Susannah, and Jake entering Roland's world. Obviously they don't understand the point King has been hinting at all along: the thinness of reality. He even goes into a beautiful aside about how the choices we make and how one side step can change the course of our history. This is King's oh so subtle way of letting us know that our perception of reality may not be the truth of the matter. I'm hooked again Mr. King. Bring me to the Dark Tower. It has been years and I am ready. As we all are. I'm sure you won't dissapoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars King keeps giving ... and we swallow it all!
Again, King has the skill to develop his characters into breathing, thinking, 3D personalities, and once again he has done this in Wolves of the Calla. I loved this book. King takes his time, which some don't have patience for, but for me is essential in devoloping the story, the tension, and the life of these people. I just finished it today, and have already opened up Dark Tower VI to begin the next step in the journey.

King has matured greatly as a writer and storyteller, and he doesn't rely on just scares, plot twists and gimmicks anymore; his vision and goals, it seems to me, is to truly build another world and people who we must care about. And he has done so in this exceptional series. I look forward to the two final parts, even though I'll be sad when it ends.

Also, I'd recommend these books to non-King fans: it is truly above par to even his own works, which, in my opinion, are fantastic...!

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful
I'm completely disappointed with the series at this point. The dark story of a gunslinger's quest for the Dark Tower seems to have taken a back seat to a new premise: fictional works are not truly fictional; they are the real life occurances of other worlds.

As intriguing as it may sound, Mr King tries to convey this point by including plot items only from 19th Century American pop-culture! The characters actually find and read one of Mr Kings books! Will the last book of the series spontaneously combust in my hands as the gunslingers read about themselves forcing the plot into a death spiral of circular references?

If that weren't bad enough, both this book and Wizard and Glass have very similar storylines. In both books, 700+ pages of the book is spent trying to develop a story that leads up to a battle with gunslingers grossly outnumbered, while the battle itself is over after only several pages. The characters even get the idea for how to fight this new battle from what happened in the previous book!

I bought book 6 about the same time I bought this one. I'm not anxious to read it. If I do read it and it doesn't salvage the storyline, I won't be reading book 7. ... Read more

9. Annihilation (Forgotten Realms: R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider, Book 5)
by Philip Athans
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The fifth title in the New York Times best-selling saga of civil war and chaos in the darkest part of the Forgotten Realms setting.

This latest title expands the civil upheaval among the drow, one of the most popular races in the Forgotten Realms setting. Best-selling author R.A. Salvatore wrote the prologue to Annihilation and continues to consult on the series, lending his expertise as the author who brought drow society to the forefront of the Forgotten Realms setting.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time and money
The worst book in the series so far. In about three hundred pages, almost nothing happens: three battles, one eventless trip to the abyss, and that's it. The thin plot stretchs dully over all too many pages, the characters behaviour differs completly from their behaviour in the prior books (Distinctly, Quenthel), and there are lot of mistakes in the plot as well (for instance - the way Nimor appears out of nowhere after Gromph got rid of him in Extinction).

My advice: read the summary and skip to the next book in the series. Hopefully It'd be better than this.

4-0 out of 5 stars good book
I thought that this was a good book, but it had the definite feel of a transitionary book, not the final chapter of a five part series.

A lot of the characters seem to take a back seat to what is going on. Pharun is muted throughout the book, he has a role definitely, but he has a distand feel. Danifrae, the battle captive has a much wider role, they finally fleashed out her character more like they'd been hinting at. Gromph begins his his assault on Dyrr, with a lengthy battle, a really lengthy battle. Quenthell is unfortunately absent throughout a lot of the book. This is curious considering they hint throughout the book that there is a lot more to her than you can see. This could be foreshadowing something more, I hope. The siege on the drow city was also only sparsely mentioned in this novel.

but they do something that answers a bunch of questions about what has been going on with the Spider Queen. In practically the same breathe they raise dozens more.

All in all this was a good book, but definitely not a standalone book. It focuses heavily on the trip to the abyss aboard the chaos ship as well as the duel between archmage and lichdrow. It answers questions and raises even more with the answer. But it fulfills the main requirements, making you interested in the next book. Hopefully there will be another book, I don't think that this would end it properly. Though all in all this is an enjoyable book that keeps you reading wishing there was more at the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Enjoyable Read!
Having read all of the War of the Spider Queen Series, I would say that I am impressed by all the authors who had the difficulty of working on such a project as this. But I must say that I was surprised at Phillip Athans. After having read his book,Baldur's Gate, I hated his work. But after reading Annihilation I was very surprised. I enjoyed the violence, bloodshed, and overall dark fantasy type writing that he envoked in this book. I actually enjoyed the way that Athans spaced out the fight between Gromph and Dyrr, and I loved the way it ended as well. I cannot wait until the next book, which is supposedly to be written by Paul S. Kemp, a master of dark fantasy. If anything I would complain that all the Forgotten Realms novels are too short, as if Wizards of the Coast does not allow the authors to expand what they are writing about because of budget. Overall awesome book!

3-0 out of 5 stars A drop in a great series
One of the good things about Annihilation is that some questions are finally answered. As this is book 5, some of the mystery of the series begins to come together. Unfortunately the pacing of this book leaves much to be desired. The book ultimately consists of only a few events which are drawn out over a number of chapters and repeated ad noseaum. As another reviewer points out, the characters seem quite different than they did in the other novels, often for the worse. The book is still an enjoyable part of the series, it just doesn't seem to be up to the standard set by books 1-4. I don't fault the author, it is well written, I believe Mr. Athans was just not given that much material to work with and was limited to how far he could go.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Action, Good Set Up for The Next and Final Book
I would give it 4.5 if I could. I don't envy Mr. Athans' or any of the other War of the Spider Queen authors. They have had tough work cut out for them. While #4 in the series, Extinction, seemed, at times, too in the characters' heads, this one seemed entirely too much out of their heads and in the action. Just how many chapters can describe a wizards' duel? You'd be surprised. The battle of Menzoberranzan, except for a couple of tiny scenes, seems to be on hold while Gromph and the lichdrow Dyrr have it out. There's also a physical battle between two major characters that seems to never end. While I wasn't happy about which of the two lost the battle, I was thankful that the battle itself was over. I felt at times like I was watching a movie with lots of car chases and shoot 'em up scenes... after awhile, it can wear - enough already.

The sudden drop of richness in Quenthel's personality may or may not have been intentional, but either way, it seemed really artificial, as if her personality was edited out. I enjoyed disliking Quenthel, and I eventually reached the place where I assume I was supposed to be disgusted with her, but in-between I was largely confused by how she was being presented.

In the good news department, Halisstra's story progresses quickly without the previous laboring on it we had in Extinction (no disrespect intended to that author). Some mysteries are revealed in this book, but not fully revealed, which shows a great ability on the author's part to tease and draw the reader in wholly. There's enough to keep me interested, but not too much to take away the anticipation. A good job has been done, overall, in consistency with previous books, but the change of authors reflects an inevitable change in character presentation which can be jarring. Jeggred, Pharaun, and Valas seem more or less consistent, but Danfae and Quenthel seem to have a real disconnect from the previous books, and I couldn't quite get a read on the normally-reliable Ryld ever, but perhaps that was intentional on the author's part. Danifae's character takes on some really big changes here, and it seems the author takes many liberties to get those changes across. I hope that was setting up for something in the next book, because it didn't seem to go anywhere in this one. Again, this just may be because that's how the story works, so I allow the author some slack.

Overall the read was a really good one, and I devoured the book in just a couple of days. This book doesn't live in a vacuum however, and the series overall has a solid 5 stars from me. ... Read more

10. Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire Mysteries)
by Charlaine Harris
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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When a vampire asks Sookie Stackhouse to use her telepathic skills to find another missing vampire, she agrees under one condition: the bloodsuckers must promise to let the humans go unharmed. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5, better than the first!
(...)I thought Ms. Harris had lots of potential. In this book I really feel she's living up to it!

It's great. Sookie gets loaned out to Dallas vamps to find a member of a vampire nest that's gone missing. She goes with her boyfriend dull vamp Bill and Bill's boss Eric who's incognito.

She uses her telepathy to find out the missing vamp has been taken by a cult out to kill all vampires.

She and a fellow human-in-love-with-a-vamp try to spring him and it gets messy. They meet a suicidal pedophilic vampire, a huge shapeshifter community, and honest-to-goodness werewolves.

It's really similar to Anita Blake, minus the Dirty Harry atitude. In this novel Sookie is so much more real than the first story. Sadly, Bill is once again dull (what does she see in him? he so irritates me) and he's ALWAYS missing when there's action going on. Once again as I read this I have to wonder what makes vamps better lovers than humans? We get no real explanation at it, so be ready to suspend your disbelief.

This one made me laugh and had some sad parts. Not nearly as erotic as the first, but we see Sookie growing more to understand her own sexuality by bits and pieces.

I think this is a big improvement over the first and it shows not only Sookie growing but Ms. Harris as well. I've read the next one and the series just gets better with every book.

I'm recommending this to all my friends and I would to anybody who's ever enjoyed a vampire book or movie in their life. It's great!

5-0 out of 5 stars You Have Got to Love Sookie!
I normally expect my heroines to be tough, women who can coolly assess a situation then kick butt. What I got in Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris, is a heroine who is kind of kooky, reads minds, dates a vampire, and isn't afraid to yell for help when she's in a situation way over her head. While this sounds like a turn off from what I normally expect, believe me, it isn't. There is no way not to like cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse. She's got a figure to kill for, the uncanny ability to read minds, doesn't care about conventional society, and is pretty content with her life until she is reminded she is on loan out to help the vampires.

It seems that Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill have agreed for Sookie to help the vampires when they need help. The leader of the local nest of vampires, Eric is sending Sookie to Dallas to look for a missing vampire. For those of you who have read the first book in this series, take heart, the gorgeous Eric plays a larger role. Now take a backwater gal out of her little hometown and send her by plane to Dallas with her boyfriend traveling in a coffin and see what happens! Sookie ends up way over her head dealing with vampires, werewolves, and fanatics who want to end the existence of all supernatural beings. There is also a subplot with Sookie dealing with the death of one of her friends who just happened to be a member of a sex club. Use your imagination and you can pretty well guess what happens with this plot!

Charlaine Harris has taken Sookie to another level. While she is still the ditsy waitress we were first introduced to in Dead Until Dark, she has managed to develop into a likeable heroine, who while still unconventional, captivates our attention and makes us root for her throughout the book. Like everyone else, I can't wait until the next book to see what new mess Sookie manages to get into.

4-0 out of 5 stars A well done follow-up
Not only does Charlaine Harris give another good mystery yarn with her sequel but she effortlessly increases your knowledge of the main characters introduced in 'Dead Until Dark' and introduces additional characters in the periphery that you just know are going to show up again. The characterizations are deepened and expanded upon while the 2, or is it 3, mystery subplots are resolved.

As so often happens, when things start happening in your life events can get complicated as Sookie, our heroine, finds out. Trying to come to terms with her vampire boyfriend, Bill, isn't helped by other supernatural beings standing in line to show her their appreciation also. And associating with supernatural beings, that have a hierarchy akin to the mob, can drag you right into the middle of touchy political agendas when you least expect it. Friends in unexpected places and her own determination had seen Sookie through her first adventure, will the same pattern hold for her deep in the heart of Texas?

This is a fast, fun read, really well done escapist literature. Good characters, fast action and a plot line that curves back on itself just as you think you're getting lost. Pick this one up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Avid Reader & Reviewer
Our favorite cocktail waitress is back again for another adventure. Living Dead in Dallas introduces us to the various political goings on in the vampire world. Sookie and the Vampire Bill have been invited to Dallas. The Dallas Vampire's need Sookie's telepathic skills and she is drafted by Eric, the Viking vampire sheriff of Area 5 to help them. Sookie feels obligated to Eric as he has recently saved her from a very nasty creature with a venomous bit. Off to Dallas she and Bill will go.

Of course things are not as they seem. With a very scary group of religious nuts and a suicidal vampire, Sookie is soon overwhelmed with all that is happening. To complicate life even more, back in Bon Temps one of Sookie's co-workers meets a grisly end. Life will never be simple for Sookie and Bill, but Sookie never expected this much action.

Living Dead in Dallas is another fantastic adventure created by Charlaine Harris. From page one we are thrust into Sookie and Bill's world and the action does not slow down much at all. I loved the description of Dallas with its vampire airline and hotel. This is the kind of book you read all day and night because you are unable to put it down.

Charlaine Harris is the other of three more Sookie novels; Dead Until Dark, Club Dead, and Dead to the World, to be published May, 2004. She is also the author of two popular mystery series; the Aurora Tegarden series and the Lily Bard Shakespeare series.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sookie Lives On
Living Dead in Dallas is a wonderful follow to Dead Until Dark! The story began quickly and never slowed down. I am especially impressed with Harris' ability to perfectly develop each character. These characters are not only believable, but they are likable ... and lovably dislikable for that matter :) Living Dead in Dallas has a perfect amount of plot, humor, action, and insight into the characters' relationships. In this series addition, we join Sookie on a murder mystery adventure to Dallas! We get a better look at vampire-to-vampire politics as well as society-to-vampire politics. This is very convincing and engaging material!

I highly recommend this series to people who perhaps are not fond of the Anita Blake Series because The Southern Vampire Series is lot lighter than the AB Series. Conversely, I think you can still enjoy this series even if you are an Anita Blake fan because the difference in tone is complementary, refreshing and entertaining. ... Read more

11. Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Master Vampire Jean Claude and leopard shapeshifter Micah. When a centuries-old vampire hits St. Louis, Anita finds herself needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Book 11
This book is pushing the series in a new direction. Anita's powers are further developing and she doesn't know how to handle it. The arduer is a way to gain power remember, not just a way to add a bunch of sex into the mix. If the arduer hadn't been added a certain very old vampire wouldn't have a way to control Anita. (Anita doesn't like feeling powerless and if the she hadn't gained the arduer she could have easily fought Belle in book 10.) This book feels like a prelude to something much bigger that will happen in the next. Anita's personal life is becoming extremely complicated because of the power she seems to be gaining. She is developing a mix of powers that she shouldn't be able to receive. I don't think you will be disappointed if you read into what is going on in the story. I thought this book was fine, but I think it is building up to a battle royale in the next book. Something much bigger and badder than before is what Anita will be up against soon. It doesn't have a lot of explosive situations like in the previous books. I think the only thing that I didn't like was the story seemed to be over too quickly. All I can say is something big is brewing and if you don't read the book you'll miss out.

3-0 out of 5 stars Magic is fading
I was so starved for this next book by LKH, I pre-ordered in anticipation. After getting half way through, I wish I had waited for paperback, or better yet, checked it out of the Library.

I love the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, and I especially love the characters she interacts with. In this latest, it's still full of sex, much more than any of the first five or six, but suffers from non-engaging plots and page turning danger and intrigue--not to mention grammatical mistakes. The Lunatic Cafe, Burnt Offerings, even The Killing Dance had more suspence--and more importantly, more Richard.

There are pages of mystical dreams that Anita goes through--because of Belle Morte--as the Ardeur can't make up its mind whether it wants sex or to feed, and I ended up skipping pages in boredom. There's also a sketchy dream sequence that seems to start in a car and ends up in Jean-Claude's bedroom. What?

Anyway, a fantastic sex scene between Anita and a certain wereleopard, and before that a threesome with two favorite vampires, was mindblowing--LKH knows how to write them! but they don't make up for a preternatural murder plot that is tertiary, (even it's not supposed to be). In earlier novels we could identify with Anita because she was afraid of the monsters even if she associated--and loved them, she was scared of losing her humanity and it made her cautious and a lot more real.

She has given up that fight, and is edging toward being more like Edward every day. I hated that there were about six pages combined with Richard, who still hasn't learned to accept himself or be able to channel his anger into postive things. Reality eludes him and his suicidal tendencies and low self-esteem are both sad and disturbing.

I adore Jason and was satisfied to find an ample amount of him in the book, as well as Jean-Claude. In fact, the threesome of Jean-Claude, Asher and Anita was very interesting, as well as deep thoughts with Jason, who is a very interesting and perceptive character. By the time I finished, however, I was happy. The murder plot was wrapped up with a bow, and we're still left hanging with the Anita/Richard thing. One good quote that I can think of, and incredibly gruesome murder scenes are still the standard with LKH.

Still, I don't know how many more books are in the series, but I hope to focus more on Anita's personal developments and her relationship with Richard, who seems bent on self-destructing without Anita. An okay book, but not one of her best. I can't believe I was bored! Get it at the Library first.

1-0 out of 5 stars Actively Nauseous
Having begun with Guilty Pleasures and read with constant enjoyment up through the first hundred pages of "Narcissus in Chains", I feel tricked and cheated. I had hoped with the last book that Hamilton would steer the series back on course, and that hope was hideously thwarted. Both "Narcissus in Chains" and "Cerulean Sins" are colossal disappointments for anyone who read for mystery, crime drama--or anything, really, other than sex.

Almost all of the major relationships in these books have been destroyed or relegated to the back burner, and anyone who disagrees with Anita gets pages full of badmouthing. It's tiresome, tedious, poorly plotted, and not much more than an endless and emotionless sexathon. The edge Anita's tangled love life gave the books is gone. The promise of the TRI--the metaphysical and emotional entanglement between Anita, Richard the Ulfric, and the vampire, Jean-Claude--has been destroyed by Anita's unceasing selfishness and incredible demands.

I adored Richard, and Micah, Anita's "soulmate" as introduced in "Narcissus in Chains", is a one dimensional, contrived, gutless wonder, and an absolutely pitiful substitute for the vastly fulfilling Richard and Anita dynamic. He is much more of a Stepford Wife than any kind of believable partner, with only one endowment to recommend him. Fans that look to "Cerulean Sins" for resolution of Richard and Anita's dilemma will be sorely, and bitterly, disappointed. Richard gets little page space, and most of that is spent with Anita's internal wondering of "how long it would be before she hated him." Less time than it takes for the devoted to begin to hate you, Anita.

There are no good aspects of this book. The mystery is underhand, poorly developed, and is more an afterthought than any active device of the plot. It is resolved in a slipshod manner that is to me indicative of Hamilton's poor opinion of her readers. The plot devices are contrived, the vampire villainess less than believable. It is remarkable that a villainess can consume so much page space and still manage to accomplish so little.

Most importantly, as far as being relevatory of Anita's abrupt personality transplant, is the destruction of her relationships with all of the human, or humanish, characters in these books. It is only the characters that embrace Anita no matter what that win Anita's and the author's stamp of approval; Dolph, Ronnie, and Richard in particular have been treated abominably. Dolph was throughout the series a rock, and his breakdown is poorly planned and poorly executed. Anita speaks repeatedly of getting rid of Ronnie, her long-time "best girlfriend," apparently for the dastardly crime of daring to question Anita's lifestyle choices. The characters have been reduced, almost in toto, to poor caricatures of what they once were. It makes for bland and occasionally offensive reading.

With "Narcissus in Chains", I was looking for the book I had somehow missed between pages 100-101. With "Cerulean Sins", I'm looking for the other half of the book that was somehow swallowed up by meaningless automaton sex. The ardeur, which might have had interesting possibilities, is merely a device for Anita to sleep with almost all the main and secondary characters...and the ones Anita managed not to sleep with this time are assured of getting their turn in the next book. I am disgusted with the way the promise of the TRI has been sold out, and disgusted with the author for such sloppy writing. If she can't write two series well, don't try. The readers are getting shortchanged on both ends of the spectrum.

The only way I would consider continuing with this increasingly Anita-worshipping cult of a series is if Anita were to get over her fiance in college, Richard was restored to the man we fell in love with back in "Circus of the Damned", Micah were killed, and the ardeur was relegated to the background it deserved: another need, and not one that we need to hear every detail about fulfilling. I have no problem with sex and violence, but only when they serve the plot. Largely due to the sex, there is, in "Cerulean Sins", not much plot to speak of.

3-0 out of 5 stars I hope it does not get any worse then this
Well I have all the books for this series and all I can think of is how far the series has sunk.
From the start the series was excellant with a great storyline but the last 3 books have been for the most part trashy sex novels.
While this novel was a bit better then the last two I will NOT be buying the next book in this series until I read it from the library as my money is limited and I cannot and will not waste it on a bad book or a series that has become bad.
To the author I say this.

Get back to writing the story and bring back the mystery but please stop using the sex as filler.
If you are having problems getting to the x number of words you are supposed to have for the novel then take a break and delay it for a year or two. I would rather have a novel of the past quality I know you can do rather then a roll of toilet paper that most of the last 3 books for the series have been.

5-0 out of 5 stars BOOK #11 IS ANOTHER SUCCESS!!!
Laurell K. Hamilton has done it again! This newest book, #11 in her Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, is a unique look at how the entire world of Anita Blake, necromancer, human servant to the vampire master of the city, member of the local werewolf pride and nimera of the local wereleopards, will fit together with ancient vampire relatives of Jean-Claud's coming to visit unannounced and ready to cause big trouble. While Anita fights her ever increasing urges of lust brought on by her association with vampire magic, she must keep herself together enough to play vampire and werecreature politics and avoid being kidnapped, while she solves a serial murder case in St. Louis. She takes two new lovers - Guess who? Let's just hope Richard comes to help in time! Or... do they really need him at all? ... Read more

12. Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sexy!
This is a great book for people who enjoy reading about strong heroines and undead people with raging sex drives. Frankly I wasn't particularly impressed with the first book in this series (Guilty Pleasures) but the books are getting better and better. It should be noted that Ms. Hamilton is not particularly adept at developing an original plot - her books generally follow a predictable course. 1) Anita Blake is called in to help with a case involving gruesome murders and mutilations. 2) Anita Blake meets unbelievably powerful supernatural beings (with or without master vampire sidekick). [Note - the order of these events may be reversed] 3) Anita Blake impresses the hell out of everyone she meets and/ or pisses them off. 4) Anita Blake kills time by searching for clues and/ or schmoozing with master vampire/ alpha werewolf. 5) Anita Blake confronts/ is attacked by Evil People. 6) Anita Blake and (at least) one sidekick get hurt. 7) Anita Blake gets Angry. 8) Anita Blake kills all Evil People. [Note: Bouts of angst appear at strategic moments in novel.]

Was that a bit harsh? Sorry! I don't pull my punches. Now let's get to the good bit. The main reason I liked this novel was that the relationships between Ms. Blake and her friends/ lovers are explored well. I really enjoyed the playful dialogue between Jean-Claude and Anita and the way her relationship with the shapeshifters is developing. I liked the humour and the new characters who were introduced. I really liked the sexual tension in many of the scenes. I'm not sure I like the way Anita is becoming all-powerful but that is just a small annoyance. What is interesting is that it becomes clear in this novel that Jean-Claude (unlike most male characters in this genre) is weaker than Anita and that his current elevated standing is due more to his foresight in picking Anita and Richard as his partners than to raw power. Lastly, Ms. Hamilton is leaving open the possibility that Anita will eventually be involved in a cozy threesome with Richard and Jean-Claude, which I would really like to see happen. That outcome is more than hinted at in this novel with the appearance of Asher (who shows that Jean-Claude has had prior experience with a three-way relationship), Jean-Claude's own statement that it is in his best interest to keep Richard happy and a suggestive bit of dialogue between Padma and Richard near the end of the novel. All in all, a very good installment of the series. I urge you all to read it and am eagerly waiting for more.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not One of the Better Ones
The main reason I am giving Burnt Offerings only 3 stars, where I have given all the rest in the Anita Blake series 5 stars, is because it took me so long to read. I'm talking months. This is because I would read a chapter, then go on to a different book, then come back to it a few weeks later and read a few more pages, then abandon it again, and so on and so forth. I'm not saying I did this because the book was bad (it isn't that bad, really) - it's pretty much just because nothing that exciting happened. Throughout the last installment, The Killing Dance, I couldn't wait to get to the next page to see what would happen (especially between Anita and Jean Claude), but I never felt that way with Burnt Offerings. It felt like more of a chore to read it than a pleasure. The same old stuff is happening here: Anita is having major problems in the love department; she is having major problems with the Wereamimals; and she is having major problems with the vampire council. And once again, every male character in the book seems to want to sleep with her. Nothing new here. Despite the summary on the back of the book, this installment seems to have more to do with the Pack than vamps - which is okay, I guess, but I can only take so much of the Wereamimals.

Call me crazy, but my two favorite characters in the series are her mysterious "friend" Edward, and her sometimes partner-in-training Larry - both 100% human. Larry appears in the novel only briefly, and Edward not at all, which is a shame if you ask me. As much as I love Jean-Claude and Richard, I think Anita should start spending more time with her fellow humans. Maybe then she won't have so many problems. Then again, we also wouldn't be getting any more new books from Hamilton. If you have read the entire Anita Blake series thus far, you should definitely still read this one (you wouldn't want to skip one, no matter how much you may not like it). If you have never read any of the books in the series, do not start with this one - it most likely will not get you hooked. Start with Guilty Pleasures and work your way up. It's a great series - and even the best series have at least one in the bunch that's not as good as the rest. Be warned: this is it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as gripping as the previous six, but still great...
Anita Blake is involved in vampire politics in Burnt Offerings. She meets the vampire council and its quite unconventional methods. The council, especially Yvette, wants Jean-Claude to replace Oliver (from Circus of the Damned), but for sinister reasons. To make matters worse, a pyrokinetic (someone who can call fire physically) has burned various people and vampire establishments with the hope of illegalizing vampires again. Anita and Jean-Claude have to put a stop to this before it is too late. But first Anita has to deal with Fernando, a wererat and son of a sadistic vampire. Fernando is the kidnapper and rapist of various were-leopards and other shape shifters. By doing so she has to become the were-leopards' leader and protector -- something that does not sit well with ex-boyfriend Richard. He decides to make her as miserable as he has been since she broke up with him. Her hands are quite full. Will she be able to save the monsters, even those who aren't worth saving? There various twists throughout the novel...

Several interesting things happen in the seventh installment. The most important part is that there are a few new characters. The ones that I think will play important roles in the other novels are Asher, Jean-Claude's former best friend and nemesis, and Nathaniel, a were-leopard with submissive tendencies. Asher is the one that intrigued me the most. Hundreds of years ago, he and Jean-Claude had loved the same woman. Asher blames Jean-Claude for Julianne's brutal death. This is a great subplot -- one that I hope Ms. Hamilton delves deeper into in the other novels. I wonder if this love triangle foreshadows the future of Anita, JC and Richard. Asher is gripping, almost as sensual as JC, and I look forward to reading more on him. I don't yet know what to make of Nathaniel. I'll have to read more on him, though I must say that I'm not crazy about the aforementioned character thus far. Another good thing about this installment (other than Asher and his subplot) is that we are reacquainted with some of my old-time favorite characters, like Larry and Dolph. Though others were notably absent (I missed Edward!). And, of course, I was happy to read that the relationship between Anita and Jean-Claude has solidified into something loving as well as sexual. They're so cute together! Also, there are a few semi-erotic scenes in this novel and I think I know where LKH is headed. Burnt Offerings is another great installment, but it didn't grip me the way the previous six novels did. There are things that I did not like about this one. The thing that bothers me most is that this book has far too many subplots. I felt that LKH was going around in circles, not really stopping to delve into a particular subject. The story was hard to follow at times. Also, I don't like the direction the characters Richard and Dolph are headed. Richard is understandably hurt and angry with Anita, but his ranting and whining are too over the top for me. And since when did Dolph become a vampire hater? His attitude with Anita has changed since she started dating Jean-Claude. I do miss their friendly banters. Other than that, this is another great Anita Blake novel and I look forward to reading the next one.

2-0 out of 5 stars *Yawn*
I was a big fan of the first few Anita Blake novels, which is surprising since i don't like most fantasy novels, and absolutely hate vampire novels (don't like the erotica in them... which seems to be what all vampire novels written by women are).

But i have to admit, i enjoyed the first few Anita Blake novels. I liked her, like how a small girl can kickass, and eventually even enjoyed how some of the monsters really aren't monsters... but over the past few novels, the books have degenerated into way too much magic that simply seems silly, her sexual relationships with a vampire and werewolf, and plots that are completely predictable (the main reason why i enjoyed her first few books because they weren't predictable).

Hamilton's development of Anita was absolutely fantastic, as well of Dolph and the rest of the characters. But now with Richard, who was developing nicely in the beginning, is just absurd now. Alright, i can understand the fact that he has a plastic Barney the purple dinosaur view of the world, but does he really have to sound and act that pathetic?

And Jean-Claude... who was once a great character who was trying to win Anita and who could set things in motion, is nothing but a boy toy now and doesn't even play any significant role... sure, he's got a lot of lines in the books, but his power is so dependent on Anita, that he's no longer that sinister vampire we were with ulterior motives. Trust me, i can appreciate the irony that Anita, the Execution, fell in love with Jean-Claude, Master of the City... but their relationship doesn't even seem equal now... not even close.

And the love triangle is sooooo old. I guess there's one thing i learned from this series, and it's that some women have similar fantasies as men do: both find physical attraction very important (i am literally sick to death of reading about how nice these guys nippples are... SICK TO DEATH), and the desire to have more than one love/lust (which Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden also seemed to agree with). But this love triangle is getting old, repetitive, and just BORING. And the last few books were nothing but about this love triangle. Really, i wouldn't be surprised if in an upcoming book Anita will have a double penetration night with these two men.

3-0 out of 5 stars It Could Have Been Better
The story centers around the Vampire Council and the legalities of vampires as citizens, and uses a lot more of vamp and lycantrope politics. As much as I like seeing more of lycantropes *other* than werewolves, the fact that Anita is the shining hero for them too just annoyed me to no end. 5 stars of 5 for all characters except Anita, 3 stars of 5 for having to put up with the Superwoman Lead Character.

As much as I like the series, Anita Blake is the most annoying, superwoman, I can outdo everyone around me, hypocritical, hyper-feminist character I've ever had the displeasure to read. I was starting to root for the bad guys to take her out. However, I kept reading because I really like Jean-Claude, Edward, Larry, Dolph, Jason, Stephen, and other supporting characters, and wonder about what happens to them, even if they don't have enough sense to tip Anita in the nearest tar pit and move on with their lives. If the series gets any more Anita-Worshipping, I may have to periodically gag in between chapters. The friend who got me started warns me that it does, and that after the next two novels, I should give up rather than continue to read the author's worship of Anita.

As you can tell, there are NO strong female characters allowed in these books, other than Anita herself. Any female who seems to be a dominant character soon meets an unfortunate demise or fate worse than death, usually at Anita's hands because of course, she's the Ultimate Evil of the novel. The only recurring female supporting character is Ronni, Anita's best friend. Despite initial promise in the early books, Ronnie is little more than a puppet for her so-called best friend to dangle about when she needs to have girl-talks. And the men all seem to be joining Anita's harem, which is annoying, since she's a rather hypocritical wench when it comes to the bedroom.

*bah* If my friend hadn't promised me that the book after the next is an Edward centered novel, I'd give up on this series while I was ahead. Edward, for those who haven't read it, is a sociopathic assassin. Scary that he's more truly heroic as a character than Anita Blake, isn't it? ;-) ... Read more

13. Club Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries)
by Charlaine Harris
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Sookie's boyfriend has been very distant-in another state, distant. Now she's off to Mississippi to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead-a little haunt where the vampire elite go to chill out. But when she finally finds Bill-caught in an act of betrayal-she's not sure whether to save him...or sharpen some stakes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sookie goes undercover to Mississippi to save Bill
Bill the Vampire has been obsessed with a computer program that he is developing in secret. He has withdrawn from his human girlfriend Sookie. So, when he disappears on a business trip to Mississippi, she isn't all that surprised to find out that he was planning to leave her for another woman, a vampire ex-lover named Lorena. She isn't all that thrilled to be ordered by Eric, Bill's boss, to go to Jackson to try to find him. She is accompanied by a were named Alcide, who owes Eric a favor. Most of the action revolves around a bar for the supernatural and their guests called Josephine's, or Club Dead by the weres and shapeshifters. Sookie has to rescue Bill, fend off Eric, and protect herself from a pack of werewolves. Alcide's ex also wants her dead. Fending off drunks in Merlotte's suddenly doesn't seem that bad.

This was a very good addition to this series. The relationships between Sookie and the vampires is more fully developed, especially the Vampire Sheriff, Eric. The introduction of werewolves looks promising for future books, as Sookie's personal relationships are getting more and more complicated. Great book, I hope I don't have to wait so long for the next one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Horror + Humor = An Entertaining Read
Another light hearted episode in this Southern Vampire mystery series featuring the irrepressible Sookie Stackhouse, telepath and cocktail waitress, who we first met in 'Dead Until Dark' and 'Living Dead in Dallas.'

Sinister and sexy, this tale takes Sookie from her Louisiana home to the underworld of Jackson, Mississippi as she searches for her boyfriend Bill - who has disappeared while on a secret assignment for the Vampire powers of his home state. A twisted plotline keeps you jumping, and the usual mix of Harris's urban shape-changers, vampires and werewolves make for a highly entertaining story.

Simply a pleasure to read; and if you are a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake' series or an aficionado of Anne Rice's tales, you may find these a humorous diversion for a sunny afternoon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best One Yet! (Well, haven't read the 4th)
I give it a 5 of 5, not because it's perfect but because if you read the first two this book is exactly what you think it should be, hope for, and expect.

Sookie finds out that Bill (the dullest and most tedious vampire ever imagined) has been cheating on her! (A-ha! knew I didn't like him for a reason). He's working on a secret mission for the Queen of LA (yes the sate) and he direly tells her if he goes missing to check her crawl space.

So, scene two, Bill goes missing (yipee!). She finds some computer disks but doesn't look at them, wierd, then Eric, Bill's boss asks her to find him.

She finds out he was leaving her for his vampire lover when he was kidnapped in MS. She has to investigate that kingdom and her entree in is sexy werewolfe Alcide.

So she goes to find her errant lover and shack up with the very tempting wolf. Eric comes in disguise to follow her repeatedly almost seducing her (lord but he's so much sexier than Bill, I wish she'd chose him) and the hijinks begin. It's a little darker than its predcesors, but the characters grow as you'd expect them to.

Sadly, Sookie has a few TSTL (too stupid to live- got that from another reader) moments. I mean, she wants to forgive Bill even though he was leaving her and had been cheating on her. Gimme a break, no man is worth that humiliation. And she turns down Eric though she wants him badly, even comes dagerously close to full blown sex. In fact, what they do would be considered in many countries sex, but not by most Americans' standards.

It's highly entertaining and had me laughing more then the first two and the characters seem so much more fleshed out, so much more real. Totally worthy read! The ending had me hooting with laughter and I've got to read the fourth. Once again I highly recommend!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great series with a sense of humore
I rate all three books so far in the series a 5. It's rare you find a good story written with a sense of humor and a protagonist who is flawed but you like and respect. These stories have all of the above. There is plenty of action and interaction with more than a touch of romance. Charlaine Harris does an excellent job of balencing all aspects of the story - romance, fantasy, action without falling too heavily into one genre. I love the Anita Blake series as well, but this is much lighter and funnier. And the Blake series has entirely too much dialog that rehashes the "I'm tougher than anyone on the block"- we get the point. No similar complaints here. Can't wait for the fourth in this series!

4-0 out of 5 stars It ain't no country club...
Club Dead is, by far, my favorite installment of the Southern Vampire series.

Club Dead tells the story of Sookie's adventures to find and rescue Bill, who has mysteriously gone missing. With the help of Eric and Alcide (a newly introduced Werewolf), Sookie travels to Mississippi to immerse herself into night culture to find out was has become of Bill.

The first two books were introductory books where we were given overall assessments of all the characters. The marvel of this book is that we are now neck deep in DEVELOPMENT!!! All of the characters go through believable changes, just as We Real People go through changes in our own lives. We find out what kind of "person" Bill really is; we get a better look at Sookie and her insecurities and emotional quirks; and at the same time, we meet some new people too! And let me not forget to mention the better glimpse of Eric; which, by the way, I am reluctantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. But I must wait for the 4th book to see if it ever does drop.

Club Dead has about the same amount of violence as the first two books and about the same of sex as Dead until Dark. The plot of Club Dead a little weaker than the plots of first two books, but it is not detrimentally so. It still carries its own weight within the series especially considering the growth of each of the characters, which is this book's strongest point.

If you have read Dead Until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas, I recommend you read this one for some interesting and frustratingly entertaining developments - it's amazing how this book sensibly mirrors real people and how we can be disappointed with and hurt by one another.

If you have NOT read Dead Until Dark or Living Dead in Dallas, DO NOT read this one. You MUST first read Dead Until Dark then Living Dead in Dallas in order to fully appreciate the characters' growths that Club Dead represents in the series. ... Read more

14. Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered. Something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone...

Praise for the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels:

"In Obsidian Butterfly, Laurell K. Hamilton delivers an erotic, demonic thrill ride. Her sexy, edgy, wickedly ironic style sweeps the reader into her unique world and delivers red-hot entertainment. Hamilton's marvelous storytelling can be summed up in three words: Over the top. She blends the genres of romance, horror and adventure with stunning panache. Great fun!"-- Jayne Ann Krentz

"Hamilton has endowed her heroine with a charming mix of male bravado, feminine guile, and self-deprecating humor."-- Publishers Weekly

"Ms. Hamilton's intriguing blend of fantasy, mystery, and a touch of romance is great fun indeed."-- Romantic Times

"Hamilton takes her world by the teeth and runs with it, devising a whipcrack adventure that moves like the wind, grips you by the throat and doesn't let go."-- Locus

"Mayhem, madness, old spells and older vampires. And Anita Blake at the center of it, struggling to stay on top...perfect!"-- The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
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3-0 out of 5 stars Obsidian Butterfly / The Edward Book
As Laurell Hamilton said in the opening acknowledgements, this book is for the Edward fans out there. (Edward is the sociopathic bounty hunter we know from the earlier Blake books.) People who haven't read the rest of the Anita Blake series won't get much out of this one; unlike its predecessors, it doesn't bother explaining past events and relationships, and new readers may be completely lost. However, assuming you've read the first eight books of the series, there's a lot to be enjoyed in Obsidian Butterfly. The author does a wonderful job with the characters in this book, especially Edward, and watching them develop and interact in new situations is a treat. Though only Anita and Edward are familiar from the previous books, a new supporting cast of surprisingly deep characters makes its appearance. It's enough to make most readers overlook the shallow, muddled plot and the irritatingly repetetive self-analysis by the hero, who narrates the book. Despite the excellent character development, witty dialogue, top-notch action sequences, and morbidly fascinating gore, this is not one of Laurell Hamilton's best books. Add the fact that this book is unsuitable for readers new to the series, and it becomes a poor choice for Laurell Hamilton's hardback debut.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Frighteningly Good Read!
"Obsidian Butterfly" by Laurell K. Hamilton is an enthralling addition to the Anita Blake series. It is filled with expertly rendered horror and action sequences that will have readers nervously looking over their shoulders for days!
In this 9th instalment of the series, Edward the cold-blooded assassin calls in the favour Anita owes him for killing one of his back-ups some time ago. Edward, alias Ted Forrester, needs Anita, tough-as-nails necromancer and vampire executioner, to come act as his back-up in a case that has him seriously spooked (and Edward being spooked is absolutely unheard-of!). So, Anita packs her bags and travels to New Mexico.
Anita is horrified when she sees the gruesome and gory murder victims and the even more horrific "survivors". Everyone is at a loss as to what would be capable of committing these atrocities. In hope of gaining some insight into the case, Anita seeks the help of the local Master Vampire Itzpapalotl (English translation: Obsidian Butterfly), a self-proclaimed Aztec goddess. From that point on, Anita runs into all kinds of nasty people and preternatural creatures, and readers are treated to some fantastic (and violent) action-adventure sequences. Anita is determined to stop whatever is committing these heinous crimes, and as she tries to do just that, she has to fight her way through many perilous situations. The non-stop conflict builds to a wonderfully simple but thrilling climax that is sure to satisfy readers.
I really, really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fascinating departure on Hamilton's part, though it is certainly not appropriate for the faint of heart. "Obsidian Butterfly" provides a refreshingly different storyline and a very interesting up-close look at the inner workings of Edward. Edward is a highly intriguing character, and his contrasts and mysteries, along with the exciting storyline make the nearly 600 pages of this book fly by. I couldn't help but miss Jean-Claude a little, but the strengths in this story more than made up for his absence. Anita continues to grow and evolve as a person, and I think she is a fabulous character. "Obsidian Butterfly" is truly wonderful entertainment, so don't miss out. It is suitable for first time readers of the series as well as long-time fans, and is sure to be enjoyed by all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book so far!
I've read all the previous Anita Blake books, and I have to say this book gave me a pleasant surprise after the crap that was "Blue Moon". Blue Moon was the previous book and had so much sex and porn inclinations in it, that I was skipping whole sections at one go. Now I'm just a regular guy who loves the occasional porn, but Blue Moon really went overboard. In Obsidian, the story was interesting, and there was surprisingly little sex. It felt like Laurell finally woke up and concentrate on writing a good story instead of trash. Well done!

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, Just ok
When I first started reading this series I enjoyed it. But up to this book I started to find Anita very annoying and this book seems to cultivate all her annoying characteristics into one rollercoaster ride. Basically Anita has turned into an overly aggressive teenager with a mine is bigger attitude. Which makes you hope one of the monsters would just eat her and get it over with. The story line is still predictable and the dialog is weak. I'm not sure what happened to the series but I hope the next book is better.

5-0 out of 5 stars I adore this one!
This is my favorite book of the series. The action and detail are outstanding. Anita's moral dilema, accompanied by a perplexing mystery and disgusting murders, make this book very absorbing.

It's not for the faint of heart however, so be carefull. Some of the scenes, one in particular involving children, are very disturbing.

All in all a good read. ... Read more

15. Blue Moon
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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"Richard was an alpha werewolf. It was his only serious flaw. We'd broken up after I'd seen him eat somebody."Still, you never forget your ex-fiancé. And when Richard calls Anita Blake at three in the morning, she knows it won't be good news.It seems Richard had gotten himself thrown in jail on a rape charge.But Anita knows thatthough he is a monster, Richard's no rapist.And it's up to her to prove his innocence--before the blue moon creates even bigger problems for Richard... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More Asher! More Damien! More of the pard! Let's rejoice!
I'm happy and yet sad -- I just finished Blue Moon and now I have nothing to read until the next book. [sigh] Ah well, I can just reread this one.

I knew from the title that Jean-Claude would most likely be missing for most if not all of the book, but I was pleasantly surprised to find other characters that I loved getting more of a part.

Asher (personally I /like/ the scars ^_-) gets to explore new relations with Anita who realizes she can see Jean-Claude's memories of his past with Asher. Damien's day-resurrection (wasn't that in The Killing Dance?) by Anita results in some strange consequences. Jason gets molested by rotting vamps (again! jeez, why do they keep going after /him/??) and the pard has to learn what Anita thinks her responsibilities are as Nimir-ra.

All in all a great installment in a wonderful series, but I don't like Richard. The boy-scout werewolf is wearing a little thin....

5-0 out of 5 stars I think this addition to the Anita Blake series was GREAT!!
I've read many of the reviews that the public has written.Most of them were negative.Personally,I really admire the author a great deal. She has taken something that she enjoys doing and has become successful at it. Anita Blake and all of her talents, new and old, is a very interesting character. The people that gave this a bad review probably read this and wished or pretended that they were Anita. She's incredible! I wish I had the courage and determination that the author gave her.Not to mention the male following. Oh, about the steamy sex stuff, I thought it was fantastic that Anita and Richard finally got together. Before people start whining about how it should have been written, I think they should try to write a book themselves! That way they can write it however they want to.To Ms.Hamilton;keep up the great work! What is Edward's last name? I love all of your characters. How is your family? It must really be hard to write with a little one running around the house. Thank you for the great books!! I've read the whole set about three times now.Can't wait for the next one!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Blue Moon
Fantastic....I love that her and Richard finally hooked up and would've liked to had seen then a little more together before the end of the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprised to Enjoy It
I didn't expect to truly enjoy this book, as the last two Anita Blake books have been drifting more into erotica than plot. But it actually was a bit interesting, probably because I liked the deeper look into lycanthrope psychology and sociology. I was rather suprised with the Richard/Jean-Claude angst-fest to go forth and enjoy the ending as well, with Anita's crisis of faith.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book.. BAD STYLES!
I loved this book...I'm having a hard time getting past the authors descriptives of the characters though. I don't understand why pretty much EVERY male in the book has LONG woman-like hair? I feel like I'm reading about people from 1986 and every time I hear about another long haired male I can't stop picturing 80's rock stars like Winger, Axel Rose, The Nelsons, Metallica and other hair bands as that specific character! I LOVE the writing and the action and the sensuality of these books but I hope her characters become a little more current with stylings and such (One character even was wearing neon colored biker shorts in a previous book-UGH!)... ... Read more

16. Seduced by Moonlight (Meredith Gentry Novel)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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The third novel in Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series, Seduced by Moonlight continues the story of Merry Gentry, a mortal Faerie princess hiding in L.A. Her aunt, the immortal and insane Queen of Air and Darkness, has ordered her to compete with her cousin, Prince Cel, in making a baby. Whoever produces a child first wins the throne of the Unseelie Court. But Merry still hasn't conceived--and that's not her only problem. Unknown assassins seek her life; her magical powers are becoming potent and uncontrollable; and her sadistic aunt has just commanded her to return to Faerie.

Readers tired of mild modern fairy-tales about nice, polite elves may want to explore the Meredith Gentry series, which remembers that Faerie was originally a dark, dangerous realm of sex and violence. Hamilton's Queen of Air and Darkness is a vicious killer and torturer, and many of her fay drink blood or practice kinky sex (or both). Under royal orders to bed many males, Merry is far from averse; she and several lovers hit the bedroom on page 8 of Seduced by Moonlight and don't emerge until page 175. There's no shortage of sex, but not as much as the page count may indicate; the characters like to talk and sulk even more than they like to fornicate. The large cast and complicated backstory make this book the wrong starting point; newcomers should begin with the first novel, A Kiss of Shadows. --Cynthia Ward ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Has its good points but...
It's hard to know what to make of Hamilton sometimes. She goes so far so often that some of her books seem like little more than soft core porn. She seems to have invented Merry Gentry, an Anita Blake clone, mostly to avoid the necessity of having to explain all the sex. In this series, sex IS the plot--Merry is ordered to have lots of it, indiscriminately. For all of that, Hamilton is a page-turning prose stylist. You just can't stop reading. You fly through the book. When she pays attention to something other than sex and bothers to set out a plot, she is quite compelling. Unfortunately her conceits are often in full display, and she is diverted too often. This is mediocre, and the Gentry series is a step back from Blake, literally amounting to nothing more than incessant and routine sex talk and scenes. It COULD be so much more. There are germs of ideas here and there. It is quite interesting occasionally. But it always falls off the cliff, with every page, seemingly, containing Gentry ogling some half-nude bodyguard in lurid and repetitive detail. It would be nice if someone woke Hamilton up. SHe is a talented writer, and soft core porn does not stretch her talent enough.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting contrasts of good and bad
Unlike most reviewers I picked this book at random without knowing anything except the blurb that she is a private eye and fairie princess trying to become pregnant.

The book does not stand alone very well. There is enough back-story described to introduce the basic concepts but I never did get much of a "why" for some of the goofy aspect, like real-live fairies living in St. Louis, the U.S. being the "last country on Earth" that would take them, why a mortal princess with a lifespan of a hundred years at best would be considered a "successor" to an imortal queen who has lived for thousands.

At its best the book is really good. Interestingly, I thought the sex scenes are remarkably un-graphic, most of the time is spent in description of the magical look and feel of things. I found that they would go to bed and an entire hour of narration later they were still there, but it didn't drag - in fact the new things that kept happening really held my interest.

Also the scene where she finally meets the Queen of Air and Darkness was incredibly well written, a gripping scene that had me glued to the speaker to find out what would happen.

On the flip side, I was amazed at how little actually happened. There were a few sex scenes, people got amazing powers but didn't do anything with them, incredible artifacts that had not appeared for thousands of years popped up but nobody did anything with them. Alligiances were carefully crafted but nobody did anything with was wierd, so much happened and it was all taken in stride..especially by mid-book where new people were getting incredible things happen to them without any warning (the guard of Merry at least knew that wierd things were happening) but didn't even comment on them.

I mean, if you had suddenly regained incredible powers that you had lost a thousand years ago - wouldn't you want to practice, or talk about it or something! Instead its "oh well" and on to the next person or scene. Fantastic things come and go pretty much without comment.

I was also dissapointed by Merry's reaction to things. If she was truely a private detective in previous books she was supposed to know how to use a brain but she never thought logically about anything, never tried to solve any of the puzzles so freely handed out in the book. Atempts on her life are met with "what should I do?" attitude, not something I would expect from a Private Eye.

Following the first 2/3 of the book, which is mostly light sex and glowing descriptions of magic and power, the book turns dark and suddenly there is blood everywhere. People are killing and fighting and hating and Merry changes into a bloody character herself..definately not "cute little fairy".

The book has no real ending. Its as if the publisher just picked a chapter in the middle of a larger story and stopped printing there. Peoples fates are unknown, major plot lines are still "going to happen tomorrow", it simply stops in the middle.

The audio cd was good, the narrator did a good job with the descriptions, adding a wonderous emphasis to the right places to really convey the mood. She didn't do as well with the voices, all the men coming out very wooden-sounding. The biggest problem with the audio was the "he said" problem. it seemed that during long passages of dialog every single sentence ended with "he said" or "Frost said" or "Dole said", etc. Probably if you were reading the print it would not matter but since the "narrator voice" was different than the character voice, when spoken, every single line changed voices and the "he said" became so intrusive it overshadowed the dialog itself.

To summarize: a good book, nothing to do with a private detective. Lots of interesting very descriptive magical effects and magical power wielding, but not much happens and no ending.. only read this if you immediately proceed to the next one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not one of her better books
This book doesn't compare to the first 2 books in the Gentry series.

1-0 out of 5 stars The reader is terrible.
I think others have covered the actual content of the book thoroughly, so I'll confine my comments to the actual reading on the audiobook--it's completely awful.

This is the first book in this series that I've heard on audio CD and I'm honestly appalled by how bad the reader sounds. Doyle and Frost sound wooden, read in a ludicrous robot voice and the others aren't much better.The reader's voice is fairly high, and sounds like an older woman than Merry, and her efforts to produce lower-pitched male voices are so distracting, I wasn't able to make it past the third CD. While I didn't care for her inflections or timing much either, I can see how that would be a personal choice, her portrayal of the male voices though is a deal breaker.

I'm so glad I'd read the earlier books myself first.If I'd started with the audio CDs, this reading would have completely ruined it for me. I've been listening to literally dozens of audio CD books lately and this is easily the worst reader match up I've encountered in a very long time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fertility, Power& Shrewd Alliances To Restore Faerie Might
"Seduced By Moonlight" is the third novel in Laurell Hamilton's Princess Meredith Nic-Essus/Merry Gentry series. If you have not read the other two books, this is not the place to make your acquaintance with Merry and her fey friends for the first time. There is much to fascinate and intrigue between these pages, but not for novices to the High Court of Faerie. I would suggest beginning with "A Kiss Of Shadows."

Princess Meredith is still in Los Angeles with her elite bodyguards, each a potential father to the child she has been challenged to bear, and each a potential King to the Queen she may become. For if Meredith does prove fertile, and bears an heir to the throne, she will indeed inherit the Unseelie Crown, not her cousin Cel, the Queen of Air and Darkness' only child.

This novel is different from most. It is not a stand alone book. I look at Laurell Hamilton's tales of Merry Gentry as effective serial fiction - an epic story which is told over a number of separate installments. All Ms. Hamilton's novels, in both her Anita Blake and Princess Meridith series, are well plotted. Sometimes, however, the reader needs to take a step back and look at the big picture, because issues are not always resolved between the pages of one book. "Seduced by Moonlight" is not short-term plot driven. The epic's bottom line is that faerie is dying - Seelies and Unseelies, all. The sidhe rarely have children anymore, which is why Merry must bear a child in order to reign. Their custom is that marriage is not permissible unless the female becomes pregnant. Queen Andais is almost convinced that her son would make a rotten king, which is why she made Meredith co-heir, with the crown going to whoever becomes a parent first. Merry has a 6 month head start because Cel is imprisoned for a variety of heinous crimes he committed. He is fortunate his mother loved him too much to do the just thing and sentence him to death.

"Seduced By Moonlight" deals with the acquisition of power, the consolidation of alliances,Meredith's preparation for two crucial meetings, one with Queen Andais and her court, the other with Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, and his Seelie nobility, and the events which occur at the Unseelie banquet. The consequences of these assemblages could be critical to the entire future of the fey. Politics amongst the immortal is extremely tricky. There are all kinds of allies and enemies, supporters and detractors, neutrals, all the above, none of the above, and various combinations of the above -in the Seelie world, and in that of the Unseelies. If Merry comes into power, the good guys win, the fey folk survive and thrive, with their old magic restored. If they lose, I don't want to be around to watch. The action takes place over a short period, but much is accomplished in furthering Meredith's image as sidhe powerful, rather than the mongrel, part human mortal her detractors call her.

Meredith and her Merry men conference via mirror with Kurag, Goblin King. It is important to have his support and that of the slaugh, (nightmarish monsters which all the fey fear), for the upcoming events. They must negotiate all this. As part of the deal struck, the Princess' entourage is richer by two, the twin goblins Ash and Holly, who will be made sidhe. And for every goblin "turned" sidhe, Meredith's alliance with Kurag will accumulate in length of time.

Merry's powers increase significantly here. Danu, the Goddess whom the Tuatha De Danaan are named after, appears to Merry in a dream, and she is given a sacred chalice. The chalice remains with Meredith, however, in the waking world. She is now able to restore former powers, past magic, to some of her guards - reawaken their godhead. Maeve Reed, Hollywood star, and a Sidhe exiled from Faerie,was remade into Conchenn, the faerie goddess she once was. Rhys is Cromm Cruach once more, as in times of old. And Doyle takes on new form, actually many forms. The heavy silver octagonal ring Queen Andais gave the Princess has also regained power on her finger. Some lost Unseelie relics are found and their power restored through Meredith.

The Princess and her guards, (she picks up several new ones at the Queen's behest), attend the feast at the Unseelie court, after an assassination attempt is made on her life. The action-packed narrative chronicling this gala is outstanding. It includes: pageantry and processions, duels - verbal, physical and violent, introduction of new characters, revelation of Unseelie political groups, unveiling of 2 assassins, the first battle in Unseelie court involving the royal succession, etc.. I loved it!

For those who are turned off by Meredith's sexual activities, I say, do not place human values on the fey. Merry may be mortal, but she is not a human being. And who is to say she will remain mortal? She does have connections to the Goddess, after all. Also, the sex is not graphic, certainly not by today's standards. As a matter of fact not by the standards of 25 years ago either. I know it bothers some that she "sleeps around," but monogamy is just not part of the plot.

The pace is fast, although it may not carry anyone further than a few days forward in time, the dialogue is superb, often humorous, and hip, per usual. There are flaws, but I was so busy enjoying myself, I didn't bother to count them.
JANA ... Read more

17. Dreams Made Flesh
by Anne Bishop
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Set in the realm of The Black Jewels trilogy, this collection features four brand-new revelatory stories of Jaenelle and her kindred. ... Read more

18. Undead and Unappreciated
by MaryJanice Davidson
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19. A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry Novels (Paperback))
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“My name is Meredith Gentry, but of course it’s not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of the Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don’t even know why.”

Meredith Gentry, Princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, living as a P.I. specializing in supernatural crime. But now the Queen’s assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back–whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Meredith finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt’s plans. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown–and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.

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5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing story!
I thought the Anita Blake series was damn good, but the Merry Gentry series looks to give it a run for its money!

Merry is actually Princess Meredith NicEssus, the black sheep of the Unseelie court because she is not full-blooded sidhe. Her aunt is the Queen of Air and Darkness and her son is heir, with Meredith next in line. After enduring duel after duel at court, Merry has decided to escape and has spent 3 years in Los Angeles as a detective, with her guard always up against her vile relatives.

Now, however, her cover is blown, and her aunt has sent her men to take Merry back home. Who Merry can trust and who will kill her without a second thought is a very dangerous guessing game, and often, loyalties change in a second.

This is a very gory, very explicit book. If multiple partners bug you, or sex without love bugs you, or if you're squeamish, it may not be for you. If you like tender romance or action without too much gore, there are plenty of other books, but for me, this was one heck of a read. It's powerful and filled with imagination.

The rules of the Unseelie Court can always be bent, usually to the Queen's benefit, but Merry is no fool, and I will certainly be awaiting the next installment in this fabulous series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Elegant, crisp, sensual, and enchanting
After reading the Anita Blake: Vapire Hunter novels I was somewhat skeptical when the subject material shifted from the Undead to the new topic of faeries. Granted, vampires, werewolves, etc. tend to have the same relative credibility, but faeries are typically given a stigma as being somewhat lighter, diluted content by comparison. My fears were thankfully unfounded. The characters whom Hamilton introduces are complex, three-dimensional, and bursting with conflict. As I had hoped, Hamilton delved into the mythology and fantastical history of the Sidhe legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and achieved a depth of drama and intrigue which matched accordingly. As I said, the characters are complex and the specific court politics, racial prejudices, customs, and perspectives present an even more impressive facet for readers to enjoy. Add to that the constant action, riveting interpersonal relationships, magical phenomena, and the rich fictional history that Hamilton creates -such as the mass exodus from Europe to America by the allowance of Jefferson- and the novel is highly enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone who has read and enjoyed any of Hamilton's previous works, or even for a first-time Hamilton reader. Her style is unique, intimate, and possessed of stylistic elegeance that is never detracted from by the occassional, um......roughness of her characters. If supernatural thrillers with dashes of vibrant, romantic -and quite frequently borderline erotic- encounters are your cup of tea, curl up with this book; you will not be left wanting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down...
I am hopelessly hooked on Laurell K Hamilton. Every book that I pick up that she has written sucks me in and keeps me enthralled until the last page. I have read all of her Anita Blake books, but this was my first taste of The Merry Gentry series. Needless to say, it was very entertaining and action packed...things Ive come to expect from any Hamilton book. There was a bit of sexual overkill as well, but Hamilton does tend to go overboard in that area and I was not surprised or offended by it.The book oozed with a steady supply of unbearably hott men as Merry made her way from one adventure to the me, even though her life was constantly in danger, she was one lucky girl. All in all, this was a fabulous read. A definite keeper.

4-0 out of 5 stars Faerie-love
This is a fun, sexy, erotic and easily read novel about Faerie Princess Merry Gentry. Merry is hald human half fey, and belongs to the Unseelie Court, ruled by her ruthless aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Because Merry has not always lived up to her aunt's standards, she is on the run from her, and hiding in LA, where she works as a PI. But her aunt wants her back, at all costs. Before Merry can be persuaded (or forced) back to the court, and before this series can really begin, we need a lot of background information on the special world being described in vivid detail in this book. We also need background info on the certain ways of feys and goblins and trolls and humans - and we specially needs to be aware of the huge sexual appetite these beings have. Merry is indeed interested in sex, and in the beginning, her boyfriend is a seal! changed into a human by accident. His greatest wish is to be changed back into a seal. But Merry is not only enjoying the wonders of sex with her boyfriend. Pretty soon she is forced to make some tough choices, involving her status as a Princess of the Unseelie Court, her evil aunt, her even more evil cousin and much more. Beautiful faerie-men surround her, and her choices are not easy. This is a fun book, very hot and steamy with a heroine who is definitely living life to the max. I enjoyed it very much, and look forward to read the next one. Am also a huge fan of the other Laurell K. Hamilton-series about vampire hunter Anita Blake.

2-0 out of 5 stars Merry Disappointment.
The book is full of rich descriptions. Page long descriptions. However, if this book was a movie, by watching the trailer you would feel you have seen the whole thing. Reading the review gets you the story completely!

After reading some reviews and Amazon recommending this book based on my liking of the Kushiel trilogy, I was eagerly waiting to read this book.

I loved the Kushiel Trilogy. It has great characterization, and sex scenes (even some crude ones) that really add to the story. A Kiss of Shadows has shallow characters that are mostly interested in having sex. Again, if this book was a movie, it would be an adult film with some story in it to justify the sex, and not the saga I was expecting. ... Read more

20. Bloody Bones (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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4-0 out of 5 stars Bloody Bones
While Hamilton won't ever win any awards for her writing, in the technical sense, she is a great storyteller, and her characters are among the most vivid of any genre. Anita Blake is probably the strongest heroine I've ever read, and she continues to grow as the series progresses. Jean-Claude is the bad boy who is much more caring and vulnerable (emotionally) than he seems at first. By this time, Jean-Claude and Anita ought to be set in stone, almost predictable, but they're not. Even the secondary recurring characters have depth and are clearly defined: Jason, Bert, Edward, Larry, Ronnie. You feel like these are people you know.

While this book isn't the best of the series, dragging out far too long and wrapping up too tidily, the scene where Anita stays with Jean-Claude at dawn merits 20 stars. It is both heart-wrenching and horrifying, one of the most memorable scenes of the entire series.

One thing that bothers me about all of Hamilton's books: Tons of typos and other assorted errors. It's almost laughable at times, and distracting as hell.

5-0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake is really put through the wringer this time
The titles of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels always refer to some sort of establishment frequented by monsters and while "Bloody Bones" is the name of a eating place out in the sticks it is also the name of something much, much worse. Anita Blake and her trainee Larry (not Lawrence) Kinkaid are out in the sticks of Missouri to raise a bunch of really old zombies to settle a development issue. But then Dolph calls Anita to tell her the local cops need her help with a murder investigation that sure looks to our heroine like an incredible fast vampire using a really big sword. Of course, these and every other plot line in the book are all related. The "romantic" triangle between Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard is pretty much on the back burner this time around, although Jean-Claude and his pet werewolf Jason show up to help Anita meet Serephina, the local master. Boy, does that ever turn out to be a mondo-mistake.

"Bloody Bones," the fifth book in the Anita Blake "Vampire Hunter" series, is similar to the previous couple of books. The menagerie of monsters continues to grow, with faeries and worse being added to the roster, while Anita's powers as a Necromancer continue to grow at the most opportune moments. In terms of writing pure horror, Hamilton knows how to lay it out big time. If Hollywood ever dared to film these books as she writes them they would be NC-17 (at least). Yes, Hamilton tends to play the same cards in getting Anita out of her dire predicaments, but as a writer of horror novels with scenes of disquieting intensity that will make it difficult for you to sleep at night, she has Lovecraft, King and Barker beat. She is so good at coming up with scenes of outright horror that go on and on, that I will not let my teenager daughter read these books.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best one yet! Lots of Jean-Claude!!
It is official that I'm addicted to this series. I've even neglected the Merry Gentry series, Laurell K. Hamilton's faerie novels, which I started reading before the Anita Blake one. This is my favorite one to date. This series just keeps getting better and better! And the best part is that there is a lot of Jean-Claude in this one. The most I'd read him was in Circus of the Damned, and there are only bits and pieces of him in the other three, but he plays a more prominent role here. Bloody Bones illustrates the most challenging monsters Anita has ever had to deal with. Teenagers have been slaughtered in a small city of Missouri. The culprit is a creature unlike anything Anita has ever seen. It is stronger than a vampire, more dangerous and immortal to the core. To make matters worse, she has to raise an entire graveyard of three-hundred-year-old corpses to determine the fate of the graveyard's rather lucrative land, which is owned by a family of immortal faeries. Anita suspects that the graveyard raisings and the murders are connected, and with the help of her friends she is determined to bring all of those involved down...

Bloody Bones, like its predecessors, is nonstop action from beginning to end. The suspense is incredible, the fast-paced plot riveting. But it's more than just the action and suspense that kept me glued to this book. I loved that I finally got to know Jean-Claude in a deeper level. We learn more about Jean-Claude's background and history in a rather sexy bubble bath scene. JC and Anita fans will love to know that there is some closeness between them in this offering -- a fleeting closeness, but an important one nevertheless. And the best part is that Anita's werewolf boyfriend Richard is not in the way. I loved it! Laurell K. Hamilton describes Jean-Claude's sensuality in such a way that he's almost tangible. He's definitely one of the sexiest characters I've read. I also got to read about some great characters that were back after some notable absence, like Larry. I also like werewolf Jason. Anyway, this is my favorite offering. As said earlier, this series keeps getting better and better. I cannot wait to read the next one. In the meantime, I recommend Bloody Bones most highly...

4-0 out of 5 stars Way To Go Anita!!!
The Anita Blake series just keeps getting better and better. And Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the City (St. Louis) is back in business. Anita has to leave her werewolf-boyfriend Richard and her vampire-boyfriend Jean-Claude (In a previous novel she agreed to date both of them to find out who she wants (to have sex with)) back in St. Louis, when she is asked to travel to another part the country and raise a whole cemetery. A builder wants to use some land, but a local family is agaist him, because they say that the old cemetery beneath the ground is their family-burial ground. Anita has to raise the dead and ask them exactly what their family relations are. All is well, until something starts killing young boys in the woods, and a teenage girl dies from a vampire bite in her room. Anita has to look into a lot of stuff, being helped by her assistant, vampire-hunter-in-spe Larry. She is away from her usual turf, and the police in this part of the country are not too happy about the famous vampire-hunter doing what they think is their job. Anita has to call for help, and the only one who can help her is Jean-Claude, the gorgeous vampire who wants Anita as his lover and human servant. Anita has resisted him for a long time, and she is not so sure what she feels. There is a lot of drama, a lot of bad vampires and the fey are introduced in this book, which make for some new and exciting ways to cheat, do magic and much more.
Another triumph for Laurell K. Hamilton

5-0 out of 5 stars She just can't stop!
Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita" series just keeps getting better and better. I cant put them down! ... Read more

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