Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

Book - 2004
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Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, in the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that "blends the genres of romance, horror and adventure with stunning panache"(Diana Gabaldon).

Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling series has captured readers' wildest imaginations and addicted them to a seductive world where supernatural hungers collide with the desires of the human heart, starring a heroine like no other...

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...

"What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel."-- USA Today
Publisher: Berkley, 2004
ISBN: 9780425197547
Branch Call Number: AF HAMI


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cals_peggy Oct 02, 2015

A wonderful vampire and whodunit novel.

Jun 11, 2014

Guilty? YES! I don't even begin know how to tell you how amazing this book is!

Nov 22, 2013

I worried that this book might be more sex than story; it in fact was no sex and a great story. The writing style was a little bit raw; many plot points and "familiar" characters were introduced with no foreshadowing or prior mention, and the sentence structure seemed only to vary in dialogue. The plethora of characters was surprisingly easy to keep up with, and believable aside from being unnaturally attractive (the exception was a chubby girl who Hamilton stripped of all dignity). The following books are sure to be more risqué, but I've braced myself and look forward to meeting these characters again.

Jul 27, 2013

Re-reading the series is so worth it. This hasn't lost anything in the years since it was published... still fresh and bloody like rare steak! Long live Anita, who's cool as ice when it comes to dealing with the bad guys, hot as Hades when she's mad at Jean-Claude, and wounded and sad when she can't save the lost souls that are preyed upon by the beasts.

Jul 24, 2013

Lush colors, holds well to the original (at least as I remember it), really slick graphic novel.

JCLCristaA Apr 16, 2013

As the beginning of a long and sordid series, Anita Blake starts out behind the shield of a cop's mind and way of thinking. After this book it only gets more R-rated.
I've gotten into this series, and I am a big fan of Anita, but by Hit List I am all but struggling to maintain interest. How much internal dialog can one character have between sentences?

JCLCristaA Apr 16, 2013

Feels like Ms. Hamilton couldn't pass up an opportunity to get Anita into Graphic Novel dimensions. If you're a hard core fan of Miss Blake, it's worth a nod . . . but not much more.

Apr 08, 2013

couldnt get into it

Dec 13, 2012

Wow. This might be the most poorly written book I've ever read...well, partly read. It reads like a rough draft, not a final draft, and certainly not one touched by an editor hired by a publishing company.

In full disclosure, I only made to page 60 or so before I gave up, and I rarely give up on a book. I would have kept going if it had something going for it: interesting characters, awesome world building, or a cool story. There's just nothing there.

I don't understand how this author was selected for a publishing deal with writing that bad, and I don't understand how she comes so highly recommended.

May 30, 2012

This is the beginning of an amazing series. Her writing style is enchanting, charming, and overall amusing. The main character Anita (who narrates the story) is the most fascinating character who has kept me reading the series. Her views on life are hilariously honest and her sarcasm can make light of any awkward situation. Hamilton puts out a new book almost every year and they're all flawless. The stories are insanely clever, with lots of twists and scary scenarios - but there's always room for love drama as well. The storyline throughout the years has really evolved and taken on a life of its own. Definitely worth reading the entire series.

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