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Circus of the Damned - Laurell K. Hamilton

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Laurell K. Hamilton / Paperback / 336 Pages / Book is published 2000-10-05 by Orbit

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      04.04.2011 18:05
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      An Anita Blake Novel

      Here's another Anita Blake novel, and as I'm sure you are all aware, I am slowly going through every book of this series. This is the THIRD book in the series, and although I am encouraging you to buy this book, since the people who want to read this review would be a person who wants to know if they should carry on with reading this series.

      This book was published in 1995; therefore this book is the same age as my brother. I was born in 1993, so I was 2 years old when this was published. Of course, I have only read it recently and never knew that this series has been going on for that long, although I am aware of other book series that have been going on for longer.

      The author of this book is Laurell K. Hamilton. I have only ever read this series from her, and so I cannot possibly tell you if she is a good writer or not since I am unaware of her writing style in other books. But her writing grips me within seconds in this series, and I look forward for every new book I come across, as I know I am going to be gripped with excitement. She has written many books, all of which have appeared on my wish list, and the ones that are no longer there, are now on my bookshelf waiting to be read. However, I reckon it will take me a while to get around to them, but I have them nonetheless. And eventually you will see a review of them on here, if this review site is still going.

      Anita Blake is a vampire hunter, however do not confuse her with "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", since they are both very different, and "Buffy" books are aimed at a teenage audience, whereas "Anita Blake" books are very much aimed at young adult +. I definitely wouldn't give these books to anyone two or more years younger than me, although who am I to judge what people should or should not be reading?

      This book is the third book in the series, and we follow Anita Blake's troublesome and hectic life. Anita is an expert on creatures of the night, she has dined with shape shifters, danced with werewolves, and been wooed - but not won - by Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the City. But now there is a bigger, scarier, and older vampire in town, who goes by the name of Alejandro.

      Jean-Claude has already attempted to make Anita into his human servant, only a few more bites to go and she will be his. But Jean-Claude is not the only vampire who wants Anita for himself. Alejandro has now marked Anita, and n a true test of power, who will Anita obey? And who will become the Master Vampire of the City? This has trouble written all over it, and Anita is the cause of it all.

      This book is definitely a pure escapism type of book, it is perfect for those vampire fans, and this book has everything you want in a vampire book and MORE! It is gripping and exciting all at the same time and I love reading Anita Blake books as I really do know that they are amazing and definitely a series I want to keep reading for the rest of my life, although, I have heard that the books change and become a little obsessive and not as good, if this is true, then I don't know how I shall react, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see won't we?

      There are a few books that I am aware of that are similar to this series. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris is definitely a series that is very much similar in lots of different ways. If you are a fan of Charlene Harris' vampire novels (like I am) I totally recommend this series to you. Is it similar to Twilight? Well yes, and no. The fact that it contains supernatural beings could suggest that the books are similar, however if you think of the readers for both books, this one contains a few sex scenes, sometimes they are horrific, which Twilight does not have. However I would say if you are looking for something similar to Twilight, that is a little more for Adults, then I totally recommend this to you.

      As I think you can tell by now, I am obsessed with this series and I do want to read more and more. But this book did capture me just the same as the two previous books did, and I was really interested in the way the storyline may go on. I think the ending was brilliant, and I was aware of my reading pace quickening up, which proved to me that I was really getting into the book, right at the end. I wouldn't say that I felt emotional while reading this, as this is not what it intends to do, but I was reading quicker which showed my anxiety for Anita Blake. Also the fact that it is written in first person gives you a connection towards Anita Blake.

      Personally I believe this book series would definitely work as a TV Series, however I believe that they wouldn't have to change much, apart from adapting the novels into a near-enough script which is pretty similar. However I have heard they did think about doing this, but it has been scrapped, which is such a shame as I know this would be brilliant if you could tune in once a week.

      So who should read this book? Well people who are into Vampires and Shape shifters and Ghouls and Lycanthropes and Zombies and various other supernatural beings. This is the perfect book for you! I personally think that people who are fifteen years old or younger should stay away from this series, but who am I to judge, as parents can decide themselves. But the books do contain sex scenes and references that are horrific at times.

      I did give this book 4.5 out of 5, because it is a brilliant novel, and kept with the consistency of the two other books, however it was slow at the beginning, but what does that matter. It is a brilliant third novel in a fantastic series, so far and definitely one I recommend to people as I personally find it amazing!

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        05.05.2010 21:53
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        Circus of the Damned is the third book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton. These books aren't available cheaply that I can find at the moment, so if you want to buy a copy, your best bet is Amazon - who currently stock this for £4.78.

        This book continues the story of Anita Blake, an animator who raises zombies for a living. In the previous books, Anita had been marked by the 'master of the city', aka Jean-Claude, a vampire who is running things in town. Another couple of marks, and Anita will wind up bound to Jean-Claude as his human servant for life, which she'd rather die than become. The writer defines a human servant as a human who will live for eternity but remain partially human, unlike their vampire superiors. It's basically slavery for eternity, though there are some who don't see it that way and happily volunteer themselves for the gig. But not our Anita.

        Anita finds that she doesn't just have to watch out for Jean-Claude in this book, as he isn't the only master vampire in town. She finds herself fighting for her life more than once as she tries to break free from the vampires she'd rather be killing than getting down and dirty with. It's a bit of a nuisance that so many seem to be in love or lust with her really.

        Also in this book, Anita gets herself a new sidekick of sorts. She doesn't really want a trainee on her watch, but her money-grabbing boss is sick of her frequent absences (which she takes to help out on preternatural police business), and he hires a new youngster with the gift to pick up some of the slack Anita's leaving.

        If that wasn't enough for one book - Anita also has a date! Well, sort of.

        I liked that this book fit in nicely with the previous editions, and that it picked up the ongoing storylines which had yet to be finished from the last book in particular. I did think some of these storylines dragged on a little long though. I was particularly unimpressed with Jean-Claude in this book, as he isn't written in a believable manner at all. The story kept telling me that Jean-Claude was 'hiding his powers' and at times a little voice in my head would pipe up "yeah that's for darn sure".

        I did like all the action scenes though, and there were plenty in this book. Lots of graphic descriptions but without being nauseating, and lots of face-paced chase scenes that made me want to keep on reading as well. I liked that not all of these scenes ended in an idyllic way too, as it kept the end results hard to predict, which added to my interest.

        This is not the best book in the series, and it's not the best gothic thriller series I've read anyway (The Vampire Chronicles and True Blood books rate a fair bit higher for me). This is a series I'm enjoying though, even if there are some weak parts in every book it would seem. I'd probably say these books are growing on me in the same way Jeffrey Deaver Lincoln Rhyme novels have done - they're not perfect but they are fun as light entertainment to read.

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        05.02.2010 07:24
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        After ploughing through with the first two books in this series, and realising that this book would need to be returned to the library very soon, I hoped that this book would be a slightly quicker read than the previous!

        The book I will now review is - "Circus of the damned by Laurell K Hamilton".

        Warning this review may well contain spoilers for the previous book!

        After narrowly managing to escape with her life, Anita Blake vampire executioner, necromancer and all out mini action girl (she is stated to be quite short, not a problem for her, but it doesn't really instil fear into her enemies!), has now accepted that she bears the first marks to her master vampire, Jean -Claude.

        Due to the marks, and the fact that without killing Jean-Claude, she is now bound to him, she has no intentions on receiving the last two marks that will bind her to him indefinitely, meaning that for as long as he is "alive", she will live and no longer age....not the best thing for you C.V, vampire killer and vampire human servant!

        As Jean-Claude is trying to assert his authority upon the city, and trying to persuade all vampires surrounding that he has the power to be a master vampire he needs Anita's cooperation, not an easily achieved feat!

        But there is a challenge to is position, an ancient vampire called Alejendo, who is hell bent on possessing Anita, body and soul, by placing his own marks upon her.

        Will Anita defend her rights as an independent, vampire free woman, will she stay faithful to the master of the city or will she have her head turned or removed.........

        This book by far was one of the weakest so far! The entire story seems to be based upon a supernatural "pissing" contest between the two male characters, with Anita being the prize that seals the fate of the city, the fact that Anita is a kick ass female that takes no prisoners is actually a very refreshing part of the book, also the fact that her character is written to be able to see and know her own frailties makes for a more realistic read, well as realistic as a vampire book gets!

        The story is interesting enough, but seems to be too action packed, meaning that every where that Anita goes, there is someone there either waiting to kill her or trying to date her, every time her flat is mentioned there seems to be a different person from a different supernatural fraternity who has managed to break in and gain access, I'm sorry but if that is the case I feel a new set of locks would be in order!

        At the moment there is not much sexual content, but as I have read a book further along in the series many years ago, I know the sex is coming (pardon the pun!), never the less the graphic content relating to murder victims by humans and the supernatural's themselves, is more than enough reason for me to recommend this book for 18 years and over.

        Price wise this available new from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £4.75 pus P&P.

        For more information visit - www.orbitbooks.net.

        Thanks for reading x

        ISBN 978-1-84149-048-9

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