Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 2

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The hit adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series continues! What price will Anita pay in order to save her friend's life and solve the Vampire Murders? Will she actually kiss Phillip? How far will Edward go in order to find out where the daytime resting place of the Master Vampires truly is? Where is Jean-Claude? And most important, who is behind the Vampire Murders? What's next for Anita Blake, you ask? The answers to all of those questions are here!

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Overview

The hit adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series continues! What price will Anita pay in order to save her friend's life and solve the Vampire Murders? Will she actually kiss Phillip? How far will Edward go in order to find out where the daytime resting place of the Master Vampires truly is? Where is Jean-Claude? And most important, who is behind the Vampire Murders? What's next for Anita Blake, you ask? The answers to all of those questions are here!

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #7-12.

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The bloodsuckers are out biting in this striking graphic novel version of Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures erotic horror fest. Vampire hunter Anita Blake is in fine form as she tracks down a serial killer and attempts to reconstitute her love life. A crowd-pleaser in any form.
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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.

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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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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    Story was interesting. If you like the books, then you might lik

    Story was interesting. If you like the books, then you might like this. Again, the art is something to get used to but you kind of like it.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    A must read

    I read all the Anita Blake novels and this is the next best thing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    I'm not a comic book person, but LOVE Laurell K. Hamilton!!!!

    I was very surprised that the comic book followed the story as well as it did. I didn't picture the characters to look like they were drawn, but I think everyone would get a different picture in their heads. I ejoyed everything about the graphic novel except they way Anita was always looking down. It made her seem very unsure of herself, not at all as confident as she is portrayed in the books. I know that she couldn't look the vampires in the eye, but for everyone else eye contact is very important to Anita.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Didn't like Artwork

    I am a huge Laurell K Hamilton fan, so I was excited when I got this book for Christmas. I must say that the artwork didn't match the pictures I had in my head and it seemed as if most of the characters look the same. On the upside, the novel stayed pretty true to the book, but I was really disappointed with the artwork.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Not a guilty pleasure

    You don't have to feel guilty for reading this graphic novel. It is a very good adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's first Anita Blake novel. It was a great book, and the graphic novel is just as good. Very cool to see the characters come to life in this book. Art work is great, and follows the storyline pretty faithfully. For a more in depth view of this book, one merely has to read the novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

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    Good Stuff

    It brings the book to life. Instead of seeing what is happening in your mind you get to finally see it on paper. I say they should turn these books into movies. I love Hamilton's books. They're amazing. They keep you guessing at every turn. I just can't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2009

    art didn't do it for me

    Normally I like Marvel, but this is one graphic imagery of the characters and action that I did not care for. I thought the art style was stiff. I'll add though that the storyboarding in the graphic novel is fairly close to the book though. ...Would like to have seen how Dark Horse or Top Cow publications treat the imagery. The graphic artists for the Conan or Witchblade graphic novels comes to my mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    There's more to the story than what's written.

    I gotta tell you. Anita is a growing character who's life is turned upside down, inside out and every other way possible. I love this character and all the others. But Anita is my fave. With each book, she's unfolding and growing and realizing what things really are at the same time. Nobody said life was easy.....even in her world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

    A Perfect Take On The Anita Blake World!

    This comic series is one the best series made from a book. All of the characters are drawn exactly the way I pictured them and exactly the way Hamilton desribes them in her books. I absolutely love the art work in this comic series. I also love anything Marvel does, so I'm extra happy that they chose to do the Anita Blake series. Thank God it wasn't DC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    I love and hate the series

    I loved the first few Anita Blake books. Shes good and bad at the same time. she takes care of the people in her life at any cost to herself. she is a great heroine but toward the end of the series she became a...lose woman. I find myself blushing and scanning while I read over the sex scenes. She makes love if you can call it that on the way to work, at work, during lunch, on the way home and all night with multiple men at one time. I love Anita and all of the characters but I hate what has become of the series. I hope that the next book will go back to the way it was with wonderful plots and great fight scenes. I miss the old Anita Blake. I hope she comes back to herself for her sake and ours

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