This is a massive pan Just a heads up I ve finally given up on this series, though I m embarrassed to say it took me about ten books to get there This is another of those books where I loved the premise, but the execution made me gag Anita is insufferable, self centered and judgmental, and her self justification for her transformation fromnoli me tangere virgin to super slut is laughable God apparently told her directly that it was okay Whatever The appeal for me was always Richard the werewolf and Jean Claude the vampire, whose relationship was obviously the true love story about to happen, but in later books they don t even appear Contract problems Scheduling conflicts with other projects Why on earth would the author replace the most compelling characters with a series of beta males who Anita can control like she controls every other aspect of this world Well, obviously, because this is Hamilton s fantasy, isn t it Right down to the creation of a character that is the male version of Anita, so she can make love to herself Yuck. Anita Blake is a vampire hunter slayer among other dealings with the undead occult and she s only in her early twenties Story is told in a first person P.I style which means there s some wry humor as well as a focus totally from the main character s POV PROS 1 Fast read 2 Vampires are similar to the legends but have enough unique differences where we are dealing with something new and enticing 3 Anita is a nice mix of male and female which means she should appeal to both genders 4 Well plotted hardly any gap holes of logic pacing is well done and 5 Big finale climax at the end Satisfying if you like things settled, well, violently Heh CONS 1 Her early books are great I would warn that by book ten she starts to spend too much time in the lovemaking which slows everything down Not an issue in this novel but will be later if you fall for the series as I did CHARACTERS DIALOGUE B to B plus ACTION SCENES B plus STORY PLOTTING B SETTING TONE B plus to A minus WHEN READ 2006 revised review mid November 2012 OVERALL GRADE B plus. The book belongs to urban fantasy genre it was written long before the term was created So humans did something really stupid in my opinion formed after I finished reading and legalized vampires despite the fact that these creatures need to kill people to exist as everybody knows To justify this I can only say that this is not the first time the humanity acted like complete retards we can all give countless real life modern examples Anita Blake was a reanimator meaning she could raise zombies This skill often comes handy as dead people can tell interesting tales She also did not belong to vampire fan club Bella Swan she was not One day the master vampire of her city offered her a job she could not refuse it was all about the right motivation obviously It seemed somebody was killing innocent huh vampires and Anita was to investigate or lose her life as well as get her friend killed As the title implies Anita had some experience of dealing with annoying bloodsuckers so when they finally got on her nerves she realized it was time to quit acting stupid and start kicking some undead butts Some long awaited action finally came I was very surprised by some things about the book Unlike what reviewers said it did not suck outright In fact it was decent enough I also found Kate Daniels granny Anita For those unfamiliar with the latter lady let me just say that Kate was heavily influenced by her and the influence is quite clear Anita even possesses trademarked Kate s sarcastic humor To be fair I have to say Kate Daniels writing is better Thus on the negative side the writing is not great but passable and there are plot holes and just illogical and just stupid things aplenty Anita s IQ drops to single digit range sometimes On the positive side any relative of the current Queen of urban fantasy deserves respect I was never bored reading the book It night shock somebody, but I will give this novel the same rating as I gave to Kate Daniels 1 3 stars I have to say that there are 3 stars and there are 3 stars This rating can mean Nice, but I am not reading the next book and also I am mildly curious what comes next This time I use the second meaning and will continue with the series. 2 7 18 ON SALE for 1.99 I finally got around to reading Guilty Pleasures, the first Anita Blake book, and can at least see why they re not in the Romance section it s gory and the author doesn t seem to like vampires at all.I know Hamilton s very well established and has a huge fan base, and I know there are lots of other people who don t like her books, so I feel pretty confident I m not going to get lynched by saying I m glad I only spent 2 on this book.I really didn t like it This is partly because I was so often confused, partly because I was very bored, and partly because there s simply no one to like in this book I didn t like Anita, I was very distracted by the way she dresses and the things she thinks about I didn t like any of the humans or other characters the vampires were portrayed in the non romantic cliche way as opposed to the romantic cliche , and I didn t like all the guns The plot is slow and dull and Anita misses some glaringly obvious things and doesn t ask very good questions There were many scenes where I kept thinking What the hell is going on It often didn t make much sense to me at all and seemed to contradict itself, and I am not a stupid person It s like, during the rewrite stage, things got cut out that should have stayed Also, what the hell is a hubba hubba motion with your hand supposed to look like I have never skimmed a book like I did with Guilty Pleasures Jean Claude was intriguing but hardly in it at all, and I didn t start properly reading it again until the end I don t like skimming, I never usually do it, and it s a very bad sign if I do It gets two stars for Jean Claude and the interesting thing about not being able to properly envision or understand a character until you get to see their eyes. This book I loved it the first few times I read it And then Not so much I blame reading Fever right before Also There was something I could not quite put my finger on At first What was it The writing style Everything was fragmented sentences And strangely formal speech Instead of I m, we get I am Instead of I d, we get I would Every Time Even when it does not fit It is like LKH has not yet met an apostrophe I am one of those people, you know the ones.Once I see something, hear something, NOTICE something like that, I cannot un notice it I ll stop with the annoying fragments and the non apostrophes now as I can t even bring myself to write them for an extended period of time, let alone force anyone to read them unlike someone else I could mention.Okay, in all seriousness, don t do what I did Don t read this book after reading Fever because you ll be trying to absorb descriptions of Jean Claude and then the Jericho Barrons that s taken up residence in your head will look out through your eyes and laugh before giving you a heart stopping look of possession that makes you want to spike this book on the ground and flounce back over to Barrons Books and Baubles for a quickie To be blunt, Jean Claude seems like a total wuss compared to JZB I know, I know, who doesn t The dude wears lace trimmed shirts and tight leather pants tucked into hooker boots, which would be fine maybe if I hadn t just read about a man that hasn t fully pulled himself out of the primordial ooze and could murder JC and his entire city While smiling And then we have Anita What a biased, narrow minded, holier than thou misogynist Her fashion decisions will make you silently long for Mac s lengthy descriptions of her pastel colored outfits and the affinity she feels for others of her own sex I really didn t like Anita this time around But if I remember correctly, she does get better as the series progresses That is until it all starts to unravel around book ten or so I still liked all the blood and guts and the fact that vampires were vampires, not the glittery kind, the monstrous kind I still enjoyed the plot and Anita s necromancing I really enjoyed the flawless world building Still, I think I m going to wait to read the next until after I successfully manage to burn the memory of Barrons from my mind FML view spoiler GROUP READ Victims Volunteers 1 ME 2 Alisa3 Anna4 Ellis5 Joanna6 JennyJen7 Beth8 Brandi9 Ally10 Faye11 Georgette12 Angela13 Seaskew14 Cinward15 Haven16 Sharon17 Barbara18 Kitty19 Khanh20 Sherill21 Penny hide spoiler Reread Back in the day, when Anita wasn t a power hungry, nympho This book reminds how great the Anita Blake series once was Here Anita Blake has a job as an animator raising the dead for information for the police force and isn t spending any of her time lazing in bed with her posse of wimpy beauteous men, she even has girlfriends and we are introduced to an intriguing character named Edward I had forgotten all about him This is the book where she meets Jean Claude whose charms she is easily able to resist Vampires are being murdered and master vampire, Nikolaos sp demands her expertise to track down the killer Here Anita is still known as the Executioner and lives by her words I don t date vampires I kill them In order to get information into the secret underground vampire scene she pals around with vampire junkie Phillip Phillip is the first inkling into Hamilton s obsession with weak willed, beautiful man boys who show up and take up residence in later books Phillip s character is than physical perfection though, he is sympathetic in a way and a useful tool to progress the plot of this book The Anita in this book is strong willed, independent, judgmental and abrasive but has a wicked barbed tongue which I find missing in later books The black humor lightens up the darkness and makes Anita approachable while in later books there is little, if anything, left to like about the character who is obsessed with power, sex and is often just plain mean I may reread the first few books but will stop when the ardour makes its appearance. Anita Blake Is Small, Dark, And Dangerous Her Turf Is The City Of St Louis Her Job Re Animating The Dead And Killing The Undead Who Take Things Too Far But When The City S Most Powerful Vampire Asks Her To Solve A Series Of Vicious Slayings, Anita Must Confront Her Greatest Fear Her Undeniable Attraction To Master Vampire Jean Claude, One Of The Creatures She Is Sworn To Destroy That was something Right, I guess it was ok.How did vampires become common knowledge I understand they became legal 2 years prior to the action in the book, but why How And who is Anita Blake I could not connect with her at all She felt shallow No, not shallow I really can t find the word right now She felt not real, but someone that simply went with the flow, with no actual starting point, or purpose I would like to say she felt like a character in a book, but I love books, so that would be insulting to them.And how on Earth view spoiler did two humans with no spectacular powers kill a 1000 years old vampire The vampire must have been extremely stupid because she went down so fast I usually like vampires very much, but the ones in Guilty Pleasures are idiots in spite of having great power hide spoiler The engaging start of a wonderful series that morphs into erotica partway through If you like V.I Warshawski, Kinsey Milhone,and other female gumshoes, and you like some fantasy, you will definitely like this series in the beginning Normal world, normal woman, except that vampires and other supernatural critters are real, some have civil rights and coexist with humans or less peacefully, and the protagonist is a 5 2 gun toting butt kicking necromancer Her day job is raising the dead for a company that specializes in it so that answers about wills, etc., can be settled once and for all Her other job is a vampire executioner which makes her a federal marshal, because you can t just run around and stake some poor vampire on sight unless you want to get arrested The monsters are living among the humans now, and Ms Hamilton does a wonderful job of looking at exactly what that would entail What about mixed marriages What kinds of jobs would vampires have How would the ACLU fit into this What about religion And so on and so forth At this point, Anita Blake s world is black and white Vampires bad Humans good There are no shades of gray for Anita This book reads like a decently written female detective book with the small twist of the kind of world the detective exists in and how that impacts her investigation and her life.You must start with the beginning in this series or you ll miss some fascinating twists and turns as Anita s world starts to acquire shades of gray and she starts to grow up a little bit What happens when the monsters go out of their way to rescue you from the humans who want to kill you What happens when the scariest thing in your world is a human, not a monster What happens when the monster thinks you re kinda cute and asks you out on a date Later in the series, Ms Hamilton gets so busy exploring the social interaction side of things what happens when ALL the monsters want to date you At the same time that the mystery solving part goes bye bye, which is a shame And right around Narcissus in Chains, Ms Hamiltin abandons any pretense at plot and starts writing not so vanilla porn But the series right up to that point is a solidly written, engaging and nicely layered series that can be addictive.And the fact of the matter is that not one of the other authors who have picked up on this oh so popular genre of female with unexplored powers doing something dangerous in a supernatural world has come close to what Ms Hamilton managed to accomplish with Anita Blake.