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The Laughing Corpse: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Paperback – August 2, 2005
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- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (August 2, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425204669
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425204665
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #613,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So, with some hope for at least a decent story I started the Anita Blake series. I was not disappointed. Anita is far different from Harry Dresden, and that's a good thing. I absolutely love her interactions with her world, the way she is so rational and fearless, and the fact that she seems to be so focused on what is important.
I look forward to the rest of the series.
This book starts only a few weeks after the first book, Guilty Pleasures, ended.
Anita Blake begins by meeting a potential new client in need of her animator skills. Too bad this client is a murderous millionaire who doesn’t care who gets hurt, as long as his zombie is raised. As if that isn’t bad enough, she is also working a case with the local police, trying to figure out what type of creature is ripping apart families…literally. And one of her suspects? Just the most powerful voodoo priestess in all of North America, who just so happens to want Anita to join her in her…less than savory enterprises, and is willing to make her do so by any means necessary. And if that wasn’t enough problems, she also happens to be oh so close to being the new Master of the City’s human servant. Very much unwillingly.
Murder, mayhem, voodoo, and sexy vampires. What more could a girl ask for? Some peace and quiet, if you ask Anita.
I really enjoyed this book, easily as much as the first in this series. Anita is still a tough badass, and there are still so many great, rich characters, that you don’t really get bored at any point in this story, especially with poor Anita having problem after problem thrown at her.
Anita also finds out that she is much more powerful in regards to being an animator than expected, and in a most gruesome way too. It makes you excited to see where just that alone can lead this series. The possibilities are endless.
Something else that I like about these books, other than the great writing and non-stop (yet realistic) action throughout the story, is that, while not necessarily a stand-alone, these books don’t end on a cliffhanger either. Yes, they leave you with knowing that there is more story after the book, that if you want to see what else Anita ends up going through, reading the next in the series is advised. But they end very succinctly, so it makes it a bit more bearable (mostly, haha) to wait a year or two for the next book. Though I still strongly urge you to read this series in order. A lot of things, especially further on (at the time of this writing, I’ve read up to book 24 in the series) won’t make sense if you hadn’t read the previous books. They’re worth it. Don’t skimp!
Overall, I still would recommend this book and series. It covers a lot of bases, such as mystery, crime, paranormal, and fantasy genres, all in one book. It caters to many, which is one of the many things that I think makes them so enjoyable. They don’t try to fit into only one box, so you can enjoy many different flavors at once.
There are elements of this story that I absolutely love, more world and character building, moral issues and Anita once again proves just how much of a kick butt heroine she is. We also see a somewhat vulnerable side, but I have to say it’s one of the earlier books that I’ve reread the least, mostly from a horror perspective. I’m also somewhat disappointed in Jean-Claude’s actions in helping Anita when she asks, but she refuses to bend at all for him. It does get explained much later in the series, but it’s difficult to understand for many books just why Jean-Claude is considered to be as powerful as gets indicated.
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The Laughing Corpse is the second of a twenty book series at last count. Anita Blake is a hardboiled aninimator, which means she has the ability to raise the dead, her other talents include being a sanctioned vampire killer and working for the St Louis police force as a prenatural specialist on retainer basis.
She's sarcastic, loyal & protective of her friends she can also kick butt, protect herself & kill to survive ask questions later.
Anita visits a potential client to raise a corpse with her greedy boss Bert, a million dollars is on the table. It's to raise a 300 year corpse, that would take a human sacrifice & understandably Anita says no. She's also called to visit a murder scene & it looks like a whole family have been partially eaten by a zombie, Anita visits a suspect, an evil & powerful Vaundin priestess who becomes an insurmountable nemesis. Because what she see's makes her want to vomit & she barely gets out of there alive, after seeing that kind of power Anita is scared out of her wits.
The story takes you to a powerful & violent climax & it is here that Anita gets a taste of what she really is capable of if she wanted that kind of power, so does Jean Claude......
Read by Kimberly Alexis aka Laurell K Hamilton, I was impressed, there's nothing twangy about her accent. Her intonation is clear, different character voices are individual, she tells the story only like an author can because it's her creation, she tells the tale with expression & emotion.
There's also atmospheric music & sound effects in the pertinant parts which some other audio books do not have.This only adds to the experience.
Very happy looking forward to the next audio book which is Circus of the Damned..
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Add to that the new master of the city is trying to convince her to be his human servant. She already bears 2 of the 4 marks. To say Anita is not amused is an understatement.