Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Collection 1-5 [NOOK Book]

Overview

“Long before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, [there was] sexy, strong-willed vampire hunter Anita Blake.”—USA Today…The first five Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels in the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Guilty Pleasures
The Laughing Corpse
Circus of the Damned
The Lunatic...
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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Collection 1-5

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Overview

“Long before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, [there was] sexy, strong-willed vampire hunter Anita Blake.”—USA Today…The first five Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels in the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Guilty Pleasures
The Laughing Corpse
Circus of the Damned
The Lunatic Café
Bloody Bones
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101537398
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 39,927
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton
Toss everything you think you know about vampire stories and sword and sorcery novels into an open grave, because Laurell K. Hamilton is reinventing the genres with chills, thrills, and giggles. With her popular Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series, Hamilton is making dark fantasy fantastically entertaining again.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Price...

    It would actually be 39.95 to buy each book individually and it kind of stinks that many of us already own every single one of these books in paperback and would love to now have them on our nooks but once again we have to pay full price to buy them.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    Price is crazy!

    I think they need to come up with a way where if you buy the actual book you get a code for the nook book too. That would be so awesome! I know they can do it, because textbooks do it all the time. Buy the book get the online version for free. I do love these books but I thought typically when buying a box set you are doing it for the art of the books and the box. Since these are virtual books NO ART. Every other "box set" I have bought for nook have been at great discounts obviously not this one. Weird!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Prices

    I absolutely love this series with a fiery passion. I just hate that I already own every single one of these books and to be able to get them on my nook I have to repurchase every single one of them all over again. Not fun on the wallet. But a great series.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Exciting

    I find myself unable to stop reading...pulled into the fantastical world that is created in Ms. Hamilton's words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Maybe its just me

    But i think these books are stupid.long on description but short on character developement. I have read eight of them and dont plan on reading the rest of them

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Freakin awesome

    I freaking love all of her books! I cant wait for her to release a new book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I love all Hamilton's Works!

    These books are amazing! Nothing better than petite heroine who can kick ass! They only get better as the collection continues.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Gotta read!!

    These books are everything promised, well written, can't put down, great read. Her characters are so real you can see and hear them, Anita's fear is your fear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    A+ #1 without a doubt

    This is my favorite series of all time. I can't wait for the next and the next and the next. Anita Blake is a strong women who can kick ass and take names but still get her fill in the bedroom with all her men. So start this series you will not be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Hooked on the series

    Ive read all five books in seven days bought the sixth book finished in a day and a half just bought the seventh book can't wait to start it. I'm hooked on Anita Blakes life if I'm not reading it Im sleeping lol love the books!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    buy this NOW

    Best written vampire series I have ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended - very very good reading.

    I already read all of Laurell K. Hamilton seires on Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter seires. These are excellence books to read. I can not wait to readed her next seires to come. I like the way she write and is hopping to read many more of her wirting.

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