Laurell K. Hamilton, Nikoo McGoldrick, Stacie Ritchie, Jess Ruffner-booth - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures

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  • Laurell K. Hamilton, Nikoo McGoldrick,Jess Ruffner-booth - Guilty Pleasures

    May 11, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great characters, plot, suspense, brilliantly written, smart and witty. Best female heroin in years.
    Cons: Couldn't wait to finish this book so I could continue. No negative comments from me

    Summary:       I started This series because a friend recommended it and frankly all the books I had read lately have just been rubbish. Who would have thought that such an addiction hid that deep inside ... read more

  • I'm a Guilty Reader and I'm Going for More

    Mar 2, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Vampires, the supernatural, and a "whodunit" plot
    Cons: The story feels thrown together and a little perverse

    Summary: I wanted to get into something different in terms of reading novels; I had gone from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I eventually got tired of all that and decided to go for ... read more

  • Ever tried to hide a gun in an evening gown?

    Jan 31, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fascinating world, intriguing characters,interesting crimes
    Cons: none that I can think of

    Summary: Anita Blake raises zombies from their graves for Animators Inc, and is also the legal vampire executioner for the fine state of Missouri. In fact, her kill record has caused the vampire community to refer to her as The Executioner with all the implied ... read more

  • Indulge Yourself With "Guilty Pleasures"

    Mar 27, 2007 by countess_eva is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well written, unique, excellently characterized, entrancing
    Cons: None.

    Summary: Set in modern day St. Louis we are introduced to an earth similar to our own, yet vastly different in the descriptions of its denizens. Alongside humans vampires, werewolves, zombies, and various other mythical phantasmagoria exist, all of which are ... read more

  • Vampires, Were-rats, Zombies, Ghouls-- They Have Rights Too!

    Feb 15, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic origninality. Absolutely entertaining.
    Cons: Story line is not very strong.

    Summary: I originally got the idea of reading Laurell K. Hamilton from a review that dramastef posted. I have to say, I haven't been effected by a book like I was with this one in a very long time. Although Hamilton can be disjointed and ... read more

  • Guilty Pleasures, by Laurell K. Hamilton

    Jul 3, 2006 by cdm72 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap fun. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
    Cons: I really can't think of any.

    Summary: What the hell was I doing standing in the middle of a cave, in the dark, surrounded by wererats, quoting Dr. Seuss, and trying to kill a one-thousand-year-old vampire? It had been one of my stranger weeks. I love that line, for me it sums up ... read more

  • I feel guilty for enjoying this book so much

    May 15, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Funny, entertaining, interesting characters, fast-paced
    Cons: Fluff

    Summary: I don’t get hooked easily, but I have to admit I’ve been hooked to Anita Blake, the Vampire Hunter series since the book one, Guilty Pleasures. I feel a bit guilty about it, because these books are fluff – but hey, they ... read more

  • Guilty Pleasures brings guilty fun.

    Apr 28, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: witty female heroine, intense, fun to read, fluff
    Cons: violence, a lot of characters

    Summary: Guilty Pleasures is the first book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series, written by Laurell K. Hamilton. I began reading this series about 6 years ago when my brother read the first couple of books in this series and recommended ... read more

  • Guilty Pleasures... a Vampire Strip Club!!!

    Sep 30, 2004 by dramastef is a Lead on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Vampire lore, spun in a new way.
    Cons: It's still fluff, albeit good fluff.

    Summary: Even the title sounds like a soft-porn Harlequin Romance novel (are they actually called novels?). It is marketed as a horror romance. So, despite the fact that a very good friend with similar literary taste, a friend who shares my love for all ... read more

  • Imagine having a business card that says, "Animator and Professional Vampire Executioner"

    Mar 18, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, flowing and easy to read. Interesting characters you can identify with.
    Cons: Not for someone looking for a solve-it-yourself mystery, or a romance spiced with horror.

    Summary: Welcome to the world of Anita Blake. Set in a modern day St. Louis very similar to our own, Anita deals with a supernatural element we don't. She raises zombies for a living. (Mind you, this has only become a respected profession in the last 5 years or ... read more

  • Do you have an hour free? Or maybe the day?

    Feb 18, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: What can I say? The whole thing is a wonderful work.
    Cons: Steer clear if your stomach is extremely weak.

    Summary: This is the first book in the Anita Blake series. If you're here, I'm sure you knew that. Anita Blake is introduced as a tough, sassy animator/vampire executioner. She lives up to this totally. You'll find yourself snapping back at rude guys in the ... read more

  • Lusty vampires, heroic necromancers. This is a damned good book.

    Jan 15, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fascinating character studies and a unique perspective on a derivative genre.
    Cons: Sometimes, there's just nothing wrong with a book. No cons.

    Summary: Plot details: This review reveals no major plot points. Nearly all modern vampire stories fall into one of three mythological taxonomies. Anne Rice and her vampiric ubermenschen clearly leads the pack, inspiring a hundred would-be clones who ... read more

  • Truly A Pleasure to Read

    Dec 18, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderfully developed, believable and likable characters; intriguing plot, a real page turner
    Cons: None that I can think of

    Summary: Guilty Pleasures is the first book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. The setting is present-day St. Louis, MO. Humans share the city with preternatural beings, such as vampires, wereanimals, and ghouls. Vampires are ... read more

  • Move Over, Buffy

    Jun 9, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of supernatural fun.
    Cons: None come to mind.

    Summary: Move over, Buffy. There’s a new vampire slayer on the block, and she’s here to stay. Not that Buffy will likely complain, mind you. Surely, there must be enough vampires to go around for everyone. So without further ado, please allow me to ... read more

  • "Nothing to fear, folks, just your neighborhood animator."

    May 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent writing style. Totally captivates you.
    Cons: Not for the squeamish.

    Summary: Guilty Pleasures is book one in Laurell K.Hamiltonís Anita Blake series. There are a total of ten books in this series with an eleventh book coming out in February of 2003. Background Info The main character ... read more

  • It Will Suck You In

    Jan 17, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great story, interesting characters, good style
    Cons: none

    Summary: This is the first novel in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series which in my opinion is the very best vampire series currently out there. Hamilton's books are vivid (not for the weak at heart), action packed and often filled with intrigue and the ... read more

  • Not Your Grandmother's Vampire Story

    Nov 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Quick Read, Exciting, Different, Fresh! Highly enjoyable
    Cons: After reading the first book, you'll end up buying the entire series.

    Summary: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton is the first book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series. Hamilton very impressively balances three different genres, fantasy; horror and romance, into an incredible tale with a moral core. In Anita Blakes ... read more

  • Guilty Pleasures: An Introduction to a Whole New World

    Aug 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast-paced, interesting characters, leaves you wanting more
    Cons: Ending was rushed

    Summary: A few plot secrets ahead: Read at your own risk! I just read this book for the second time, and I was no less enthralled this time than the last time. Laurell K. Hamilton has the ability to create a world that you can believe in, and that ... read more

  • Love it

    Jul 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great series. Love the characters. realistic writting
    Cons: have to read it in order of the others

    Summary: Anita Blake character is great. She is witty, funny and can be easily place in the real world. Hamilton has a style of writting that draws the reader in and make it blend in with the real world. My favorite character in this book is the male stripper ... read more

  • Guilty Pleasures: A walk on the darker side of the street.

    Jul 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: well-written, spunky heroine, little drivel, lots of action, fast read
    Cons: a bit violent, character depth reflects first-in-series status

    Summary: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. Anita Blake, The Executioner. Anita Blake, ma petite. Anita Blake, Animator (maker of zombies, think of how much easier that would make investigations and probate!). Anita Blake, penguin afficionado. Anita Blake, walking ... read more

  • Kiss from a Vampire

    Jun 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderfully written. Exciting story line.
    Cons: Not long enough.

    Summary: This book is so amazingly written and so well thought out. The plot line is absolutly riveting and full of twists and turns that keep you captivated. From the introduction of Anita Blake to he climactic ending this book is one hundred percent ... read more

  • Ah...The Appeal of Vampires!

    Apr 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A great lead character, amazing character development.
    Cons: The cheesy cover!

    Summary: Like many people nowadays, I have a bizarre fascination with vampires, and all things supernatural. I've always been a fan of horror movies, and one of my first books was "The Amityville Horror."(I was never one for light reading, even as a small ... read more

  • Teeth Not as Sharp as Could Be

    Feb 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Hard boiled style
    Cons: Needed more clues for a mystery.

    Summary: This is a good first effort. Hamilton presents a world similar to Alien Nation, where a very strange demographic enters the mainstream. In this case, the demographic is made up of monsters from our fantasies and nightmares: vampires, werecreatures, ... read more

  • Hamilton's best so far!

    Dec 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Facts, myths, slang terms the characters uses is explained(yippie!)
    Cons: the book wasn't long enough, 300 something pages is never enough with this writer!

    Summary: Laurel Hamilton is so amazing. Her character, Anita Blake is one tough cookie! This chick raises the dead for a living and is being chased by a love-sick vampire,Jean Claude, who happens to be the master vampire of the city. She is such an ... read more

  • Guilty Pleasures - Does NOT suck!

    Dec 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: supernatural elements, memorable characters, good plot, page turner!
    Cons: may be too violent for some readers

    Summary: Guilty Pleasures is the first book in Laurel K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" series. I came across this at the library and since I'm a fan of vampire fiction I checked it out. I was immediately hooked! In the world of Anita Blake ... read more

  • Guilty Pleasures:Just Made Me Feel Guilty

    Dec 6, 2000 by serc is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: clever idea for a story and a fun "fluff" read
    Cons: too many characters who were just cardboard props

    Summary: For week after week, the women in my bookclub were raving about a series of books about a person called "Anita Blake." The conversation kept coming around to these books. Finally, one of the women in the group brought one to me to read ... read more

  • Guilty of enjoying this book....

    Dec 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quick read. Fast Paced. Great characters.
    Cons: none

    Summary: Being a big fan of Stephen King and C. Barker, I was looking for some horror that was a little lighter. Ms. Hamilton has created a world, not unlike our own with just a few little twists. Some of the things that we take for abnormal, scary, or terrible ... read more

  • "Guilty pleasure," indeed!

    Dec 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: funny, well-written, interesting (if not quite fleshed out yet) characters, fast-paced
    Cons: characters somewhat derivative (but see later books for development)

    Summary: Guilty Pleasures will addict you to Hamilton's alternative world where vampires, zombies, and weres are, if not run-of-the-mill citizens, at least acknowledged and "real." Fast-paced and often laugh-out-loud funny, this book and its ... read more

  • Guilty Fun!

    Oct 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of action. Complex characters (believe it or not).
    Cons: Not available in hardback

    Summary: Well monster movie fans, have I got the series for you. Imagine a world where vampires, ghouls, zombies and werewolves are literally part of everyday life. Well, Anita Blake lives in such a world. Sounds like pure fun, doesn't it? Well it is, but ... read more

  • Great Vampire Book

    Mar 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good story, atmosphere
    Cons: ?

    Summary: This book was recommended to me by my brother who reads everything. I usually don't get into much of the horror genre but I bought the first three books of the Anita Blake Series and I've finished this one and I'm reading the The Laughing Corpse now. ... read more

  • a wonderfull start to a wonderfull series

    Jan 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: keeps you on the edge
    Cons: a bit dark

    Summary: "guilty pleasures", the first book in laurell k. hamilton's ongoing anita black: vampire hunter, is a great foundation to set the series on. the book is an entraling page turner that will keep you turning the pages until the book is done. ... read more

  • A Vampire Strip Club!

    Jan 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: You'll laugh, cry, and put off going to the bathroom several times if you don't take your book with you in there
    Cons: You may not sleep much after starting this book

    Summary: When Anita Blake goes to her friendís last minute bachalorette party she has no idea she will end up in the only vampire strip club in existence. Nor could she imagine recent vampire murders would nearly cost her life trying to solve it. In this first ... read more

  • I couldn't put it down

    Jan 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast paced, humorous
    Cons: none

    Summary: Guilty Pleasures got me hooked in the first chapter, and Laurell K. Hamilton's wonderful characters, humor, and fast paced writing kept me going through all 8 books in this series. Anita Blake is a wonderful character,she is a young, small, sassy ... read more

  • Guilty Pleasures - reading this book

    Dec 28, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent writing, intense story, super characters
    Cons: Lots of violence

    Summary: The first book in the Anita Blake series is a true find for all lovers of the supernatural. Once you read this, you will be hooked and searching for the rest of the books. If you have never read any of these books, you are in for a real treat. ... read more

  • More bite than...

    Dec 16, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid Writing, Fast moving, ample firepower, good characters
    Cons: sometimes disorienting, extremely violent

    Summary: Laurell K. Hamilton's novel concerning the vampires of the dark side of New Orleans is not only a well-written vampire yarn but also set in an interesting alternate world. Having given legal protection to vampires, the Supreme Court has ... read more

  • Better than Buffy...

    Dec 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Exciting quick read.
    Cons: They don't come out fast enough.

    Summary: Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake could give Buffy the vampire slayer a run for her money. Anita is tough and sassy, animator by profession (she raises the dead), Executioner by calling. Anita is called to the fore as an investigator with a special ... read more

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  • ANITA BLAKE IS ONE BAD MAMA JAMA!!

    Aug 14, 2005 by
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    Pros: A BOOK THAT HAS IT ALL!! AND CHEAPER THAN A MOVIE TICKET!!
    Cons: SOME GORE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GROSSED OUT EASY

    Summary: I can't even think where to begin. This is the starting book to a wonderfully written series by Laurell K. Hamilton. The book is the perfect start in introducing this chick who can deliver all!! The book contains, lust, mystery, action, love, career, ... read more

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