Bullet (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #19) [NOOK Book]

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The Mother of All Darkness-the first vampire-wants to enter into a new human body...and the one she has in mind belongs to Anita Blake.


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Overview

The Mother of All Darkness-the first vampire-wants to enter into a new human body...and the one she has in mind belongs to Anita Blake.


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Like a robber baron with fangs, master vampire Jean-Claude has been consolidating his power in the underworld. With the invaluable aid of the indefatigable necromancer Anita Blake and restless werewolf Richard Zeeman, he has wrested control—and gained enemies. Now a swarm of assassins are coming to their St. Louis haunts to slaughter them all. An Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novel to keep you watchful and up late. A Barnes & Noble Bestseller; now in mass market paperback and NOOKbook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101432976
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #19
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 19,348
  • File size: 533 KB

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

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
    2. Website:

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I WAS WORMING my way through a mass of parents and children with a tiny clown hat clutched in one hand. In my navy blue skirt suit I looked like a dozen other mothers who had had to come straight from work to the dance recital. My hair was a little curly and a little too black for all the blond mothers, but no one gave me a second glance. The one saving grace as I threaded my way through the crowd of parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and siblings was that I wasn’t one of the parents. I was just here as moral support and last-minute costume rescuer. It was just Monica Vespucci’s style to leave part of her son’s costume at her house and need an emergency save. Micah and I had been running late with client meetings so we got to ride to the rescue, and now since the vast majority of the performers were female I was the only one safe to go backstage without scandalizing the mothers. What did little girls who only had male relatives do at things like this? My dad would have been at a loss.

A little girl and her mother damn near knocked me down the stairs in their rush to get up past me. The little girl was knocked into me so that my suit jacket pushed back and she was staring at my holstered gun and U.S. Marshal badge. The child’s eyes went big as she met my eyes. The mother never noticed, dragging the silent child up the stairs. I let them get ahead of me, the little girl’s huge, dark eyes following me until the crowd hid her from sight. She couldn’t have been more than five. I wondered if she’d even try to tell her mother she’d seen a woman with a gun and a badge.

I started pushing my way up the stairs, keeping the hand with the clown hat in it close to my jacket so I wouldn’t flash the gun by accident anymore. I was going to try to keep my occupation a secret from the screaming children and their frantic mothers. They didn’t need to know that I hunted bad little vampires and wereanimals for the preternatural branch of the U.S. Marshals Service. They certainly didn’t need to know that I raised zombies as my day job. I blended in as long as no one figured out who I was.

I got to the upper hallway and there was one lone male over the age of twelve being herded by his mother. She had an almost embarrassed look on her face, as if apologizing for not having a girl. I knew there were more men up here, because some of them were mine, but they were safely away from the estrogen-rich room of little girls.

Monica’s son was under five, so he didn’t count as male yet. He was just a generic child. Now if I could only find the generic child, hand his mother the hat, and flee to our seats where everyone was waiting for me, I’d count it as a win, though knowing Monica she’d need something else. I didn’t like her at all. But her husband had been one of Jean-Claude’s vampires who died sort of in the line of duty, so Jean-Claude made sure that he and others stood in for her lost husband. It was honorable, I even approved of it, but I avoided Monica when I could. She’d betrayed me and a shared friend to some bad vampires once. She’d apologized, and she depended on Jean-Claude’s people for emergency babysitting and things like tonight. She’d been bad because the old Master of the City had been bad; now that we had a good Master of the City, Jean-Claude, she was good. Sure, and the Easter Bunny is a friend of mine.

The fact that I had a key to her house in case of emergencies still bugged me, but Jean-Claude was right; someone who could go out in the daylight needed to have the key. He also knew that no matter how much I disliked Monica, I’d do the right thing. He was right, damn it. A herd of pink, sequined little girls barreled past me. I hugged the wall and let the teachers chase them down. There were so many reasons I didn’t have children yet.

I heard my name squealed out, in that high-pitched generic toddler voice, “’Nita, ’Nita!” I had no idea why, but just lately Matthew, Monica’s son, had taken a liking to me.

He came rushing at me in his bright multicolored clown outfit with the little balls on the front that matched the ones on the hat. His hair was a deep auburn like his mother’s, but there was something about his threeyear- old face that made me think of his dead father. Robert hadn’t been my favorite vampire, but he’d been handsome and Matthew was a cute kid. He came running with his arms up and launched himself at me. He was not big for his age but it was still startling. I caught him and swept him up in my arms because to do anything else would have either knocked me flat or been churlish.

He put those little hands on my shoulders and leaned in for a kiss. I offered a cheek, but he touched my face and shook his head, very solemn. “I’m a big boy now, ’Nita. I kiss like a big boy now.” Cheek kisses had been fine until about two weeks ago, and now Matthew was very certain that cheek kisses were baby kisses. It made me wonder if Monica was being overly friendly with the new boyfriend in front of the kid. It was Monica; there would be a boyfriend.

I’d told Monica about it and she thought it was cute. Matthew puckered up and planted one on my mouth, which meant he was wearing my very red lipstick. “Now you’ve got my lipstick on you, and that’s more big girl than big boy,” I said, as I looked around for some Kleenex or something to wipe his mouth with. I was also looking for his mother. Where was Monica?

“It is big boy if it’s your lipstick.”

I frowned at that tiny face just inches from mine. “What do you mean, it’s big boy if it’s mine?”

“All the big boys kiss you, ’Nita.”

I had a sinking feeling that maybe it wasn’t just Monica and a boyfriend in front of Matthew that were giving him ideas. “Where is your mother?” I said, and began searching the room for her a little desperately.

She finally separated herself from the mass of women and girls of various ages and came toward us beaming. It creeped me out a little that Monica seemed to think I didn’t hold a grudge about her betraying me five years ago. I did hold a grudge and I didn’t trust her. She seemed unaware of that.

She had Matthew’s curly auburn hair, cut shorter and more styled, but her face was thinner, more of a sharp triangle, as if she’d lost weight since I saw her last. Once upon a time you could have asked if she was feeling all right, but now women dieted for no reason at all. Monica was shorter than I was by a few inches, and I was five-three. She was still in her skirt suit, too, but her blouse was white, and mine was blue.

Matthew kept his arms around my neck while she used a wet wipe on his mouth. Then she put a paler shade of lip gloss on his lips, though they didn’t seem to need any to me. She took the hat from me and put it over his curls. If he’d been any older the outfit would have been embarrassing to any boy I’d ever met, but at three it was actually . . . cute. I would not admit it out loud, but it was.

“Thank you so much, Anita,” Monica said. “I can’t believe I forgot it.”

I could, but I just smiled and kept quiet. Quiet usually worked better between Monica and me. A mass of little girls dressed in the girl version of his outfit bounced up, and he wiggled to be put down. I did so, happily.

Monica watched him run away with the others in his class with that proverbial mother’s look: pride, love, and almost possession. I never doubted that she loved her little boy. It was one of the reasons I was nice to her.

She turned to me, still smiling. “I’m so glad the recital is tonight so I can concentrate on the business tomorrow.”

I nodded, and tried to make my escape. Monica was apparently a better lawyer than she was a human being, or at least Jean-Claude trusted her to do up the contracts that might, or might not, be getting signed tomorrow. I trusted Jean-Claude to be a good businessman.

“Agreed,” I said, and tried to slip away.

She grabbed my arm. I don’t like to be touched by people that I’m not close to. I stiffened under her hand, but she didn’t seem to notice. She leaned in and whispered, “If I was being offered a seventeen-year-old boy toy I’d be more excited, Anita.”

Matthew was out of sight so I let my eyes show just how happy that comment made me. Monica let go of my arm, her eyes a little wide, face surprised. “Oh, come on, Anita, what woman wouldn’t be flattered?”

“First, I haven’t agreed to letting him stay in St. Louis when they bring him in from Vegas tomorrow. Second, don’t ever call him a boy toy again.”

“Touchy,” she said, and then her face softened and her eyes glittered with some thought that I knew I wasn’t going to like. “Defensive of him already, Anita. My, my, he must be better in bed than I remember at that age.”

I leaned in and hissed in her ear. “We were all mind-raped by one of the scariest vampires to ever exist, Monica. She used me to feed on his power as a weretiger. She used me, and him, and all the other tigers in a bid to survive even if it meant destroying all of us. You tell me, what part of that was a good thing?” I had grabbed her arm somewhere in all that.

She spoke low. “You’re hurting me.”

I let go of her, and stepped back. She looked up at me, and I think for a moment let herself see me, really see me. She was angry, and for just a moment I knew that she didn’t like me any more than I liked her, not really. Then I watched a different look cross her face, one that most men would have thought was a good look, but a woman knows when another woman is about to drive the blade home.

“Funny how it’s never your fault when you have to have sex with all these men, Anita,” and with that she walked away. She walked away with the proverbial knife stuck deep and hard right through my heart. Nothing cuts deeper than when another person says exactly what you’re afraid to say out loud. Hell, Matthew had said it, too, in his way. All the big boys kiss you, ’Nita.

I fled the laughing costumed children and Monica’s knowing eyes. I waved at Matthew as he called my name, all lined up with the little girls in his class. I wanted to be in my seat so I could see him; he’d go on second. Yeah, that was it, I hurried to my seat to make sure I’d see his performance, but I knew that wasn’t the truth. I ran toward my seat and the men waiting for me, because part of me believed that Monica was right and all my words were just a case of the lady protesting too much.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    nothing unexpected

    The Anita Blake series has become quite a bad habit. It is trite, tiresome, pornographic, and almost uninspired; yet, I still consume it. Devour it. It's like not being able to take your eyes off a bad accident. I breeze through the pages not knowing if it's because I simply want to get through it or in the hopes that Hamilton will eventually redeem herself. It could also be the affinity for the characters, very understandable after 19 books. Whatever the case, if you've stuck with the series this far, pick this up. Bullet is perhaps 50% about sex, 40% detailed account of someone's eye color, hair color, silk shirt, leather pants, &c., 9% plot development, and 1% resolution. I exaggerate of course but this isn't so far from the truth. If you read this all in good fun, then you'll enjoy the ride. If you expect a literary masterpiece, save your money. Hamilton's work is not about finesse. It has always been about what is dark, dirty and forbidden; only now she writes it in spades.

    70 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2010

    WAS a fan, no longer.

    Laurell K. Hamilton has turned into a porn writer instead of a sci-fi writer. 80% of porn, 10% on recital and giving descriptions of all the characters and I do mean all, 2 to 3 chapters at the gym, she spends two pages on wrapping everything up at the end of book. What a waste.

    43 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    I've been had

    I'm very disappointed I feel cheated and scammed, Flirt had led me to believe that she was finally going to at least meet us half way and tone down the sex but instead I feel like Laurel just wanted to rub it in our faces (those of us that miss the classic Anita Blake, that had dept and strong character development) and say ah hah gottcha. The entire book is the same thing as last other 4 or 5 books, sex, someone trying to break through the mighty triaumpent sorry about spelling... sex saves the day Oh! Excuse me love saves the day, with yet more sex with anyone new that comes along. I wish I would have bought it in the store so I could return it I will not make this mistake again. If you have read the last 4 or five books and were disappointed than trust me just skip this one this was the worst yet...

    26 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

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    Bullet?

    Like so many other readers, Anita Blake is a bad habit for me. I eagerly awaited the release of the book and devoured it. I was hoping for some plot and found myself either yawning through lengthy descriptions of a dance recital or people's clothing or too much sex. What's up with the characters? It seems that Ms. Hamilton has decided that writing about characters with conflicting values is too tough so they all suddenly stop having the issues that made them interesting and start having sex and agreeing with one another??? I feel like the author is trying to set us up for a climactic showdown with the vampire council and the MOAD however, it just disappeared into sex and then a short wrapup at the end. This book left me cold and disappointed that the plot and characters have completely disappeared into sex and therapy???? I will not buy the next installment until I am sure there is a plot because the old Anita Blake was much more interesting.

    23 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

    what happened to LKH???

    I am so glad i did not buy this book/ebook! ive been reading LKH since guilty pleasures & for the past few books the series has gone down hill!! this book dissappoints. i only got thru 64 pages & was already fed up w too detailed scenes & lack of character development & oh and dont forget the sex!!!! where is the LKH of old the zombie raising? i thought that was her job? what happened to the action (and no not action as in sex)? i was a HUGE fan of LKH but now after these last few books i dont think ill be readin anita blake anymore. LKH PLEASE go back to how it used to be!!!

    20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

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    great series gone to seed

    I loved Anita Blake. But since LKH's divorce, her subject matter has gone to "bed", literally. Instead of a plot, you have a lesson in how to take multiple partners and lose yourself. Don't buy until you check out the physical copy. One of her latest releases had Anita stumped on how to beat the bad guy. So she slept with him as a way to defeat him. She has a short story called "Micah" but the publisher is charging as though it is a full fledged novel. Be extremely careful what you get through ebooks with this author. You might not get what you expect. This is a book to check out either at the store or at the library before adding it to your collection. I haven't bought a book of hers in close to 7 years because of the lack of plot. This author is a great writer when you can get her out of bed and on to telling a story. She seems to be on her way back, but caution is the keyword with LHK. And I miss her story telling. She was great.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    Review is for the BOOK: Not availability of E-book

    I am worried that new followers to the Anita Blake series will not read it because of the low review rating. I will not give a review for a book that has not been published yet, I will do so after I have read it. It is wrong to give a poor rating for a book simply on the fact that an E-book is not available. A review is on the content not the format it is offered in.

    13 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    I still miss the old Anita

    Even though I have not liked the last few books I still buy the hardcover in hopes that it will be less about cranky Anita and her MANY whiney boyfriends ..... oh and the many boyfriends with each getting a love scene that will "OF COURSE" save all humanity. I miss the old Anita who went out with the police to catch the monster. Hope this one is better then the last few and with something new other than sex saving the day.

    12 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2010

    I wish she'd start writing again.

    I have followed all of her books faithfully and I wish she would go back to writing stories, instead of soft porno. This is the last of her books that I will buy unless she returns to being the writer her early and previous books have shown her to be.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    not happy again

    I loved the first half of this series and became hooked at the first book. I was really hopeful that this would go back to the way the series use to be! What happen to the Anita from the beginning? She loved her job as an animator and working for the cops, or as a vamp executioner working side by side with Edward. I want to see more of those stories again, they were full of mystery with a little violence, romance, and sex mixed in. Now the stories are all sex with a tiny bit of other stuff mixed in. Don't get me wrong I like the steamy sex scenes but not when that's all the books about! Its like half way into the series we started a whole new one. The Anita in the beginning of the series would not sleep with every guy and girl she meets nor would she watch her man sleep with another woman! What happens to this series?? Also all the other books had a ending, they cleared the "mystery" up, this one did not clear anything up. It left you wondering what happened with every part of the small plot, nothing got solved besides everyone having sex with everyone. For now on I think I will go to the book story and flip the pages to see if Anita is working with Edward, Larry or any of the police before I buy it-those are the stories worth buying not this crap with great sex scenes and no story.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

    Anita is as Anita does

    As an avid reader to the Anita Blake series, I whole-heartedly love this series. That being said, I'm getting a little bored with it. After reading 18 book with the same characters, I'm still in as much love with them as I was when I was first introduced, but each book's plot is almost exactly like the previous: someone tries to break Anita and Jean-Claude's power structure, Anita has sex to save lives, regrets most of it, adds more power to herself and her two triuvirates, and little action developes outside the bedroom. There was such promise of a meaty new crisis,but like the other books that held that potential, it never happend. It almost seems as if LKH wears herself out with coming up with freasher ideas for sex scenes and then is too tired to actually fill in the plot. I still love them, but I need something more.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

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    Literature's equivalent to the movie "Showgirls"

    I used to adore LKH's writing. This book is an example of some of her worst drivel I've read yet, and I still read them hoping for the good old days.

    *** SPOILER WARNING ***

    The main antagonist is The Mother of all Darkness, but she is in what, two scenes? After her first few appearances, you only get to see the consolidating of power in preparation for her. So the main plot line of the story takes a detour into a side neighborhood never to be seen again in this book.

    You will read scene after scene of Anita analyzing her feelings, being conflicted that she doesn't feel something she should. You will repeatedly see the phrases "What's that supposed to mean?", "I frowned", "I gave him angry eyes" before another nit-picky argument begins between characters. It reminds me of baby-siting 3 year olds, not heroes in a great struggle. Next thing, we'll begin seeing "She's touching me!!" and "He stole my dolly!"

    Anita keeps reiterating that she isn't girly, and prefers the role of 'Prince rescuer' to being a princess - but she does more talking about 'feelings' than the ladies on The View do. Anita initiates hugging sessions and kissing and putting her head on so-and-so's shoulder. It seems that everyone except Jean Claude cries at some point in this book.

    Apparently half the crowd has begun going to therapists and Richard is no more. In his place is a character re-written to be Richard after successful therapy. Stepford wife Richard.

    Haven has been turned from macho 'Cookie Monster' into testosterone-poisoned cave man spouting lines like "You've made me into a girl!" and "Is he better in bed than I am?" the rest of the angst over the Haven story-line was both dull and irritating to have to slog through.

    There are also assassins after Anita, Richard and Jean Claude, but they decided to chase the elusive storyline of the Mother of all Darkness into that side neighborhood that eats plot lines because you never see that one continue either. Wasn't there another book where assassins were after Anita? Are we recycling now?

    The only good thing I can say about this book is that Ms Hamilton seems to be using the word "spill" a little less than she has used it in the past.

    After having read this book (and I didn't pay a dime to read it) I have the same disgusted and apathetic feeling that I have after mistakenly watching the movie Showgirls. You start off thinking "It can't be as bad as I remember it." - and it is.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2010

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    What is Laurell Thinking????

    I had never read a series out of order, but then, years ago I got Blue Moon as a gift, and I loved it so much that when I found out there were previous books I bought them all and have been hooked ever since, which is why I was sooooooo dissapointed with her most recent releases.
    The males are always blubbering and crying cause apparently there are no other attractive, strong women in St. Louis so they all settle for Anita and follow her every whim like puppies. She in turn has gone from a strong interesting character to a whiny self absorbed ninny.
    It seems somewhere around Narcissus in Chains, Hamilton decided to just go with senseless graphic sex that is not even erotic or romantic, just raunchy, and exchanged substance for ongoing descriptions of clothing, weapons and secondary characters that aren't all that important, and then she added the stupidest dialogue since Twilight, to finish it off. There was a time when I would buy her books in hardcover the first day it was published, now I'll wait to see if I can get it discounted in paperpack. I'll finish reading the series in the hopes that Hamilton will redeem herself and remind me of why I loved the series to begin with, and I'm hoping it's soon. So till then I'll continue reading some really good books by other authors who have yet to dissapoint, like Lynn Viehl's Darkyn series, Lara Adrian, Jacquelyn Frank, and Anna Windsor.
    Laurell, your devoted fans miss you...come back!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    LKH - from bad to worse

    I started reading LKH with Burnt Offerings and instantly became hooked with her books. I didn't really enjoy the Meridith Gentry novels (only read the first two & stopped reading thereafter) as I found them a bit boring. Unfortunately, somewhere starting with "Micah", the books became tedious and repetitive. How often must the reader endure Anita's constant whining over her random sexual encounters, constant whining over new powers, constant whining over...well...everything. Out of a roughly 350 page book, LKH spends at least 300 pages on sex and Anita's agonizing over the aformentioned sex. What happened to the story? What happened to the plot? What happened to the action that drew me to her stories? "Micah", "Blood Noir", "Skin Trade" and "Flirt"...one can simply skip altogether. I didn't mention "Danse Macabre" and "The Harelequin" cause they were simply painful rather than awful like the others. I've had to move LKH to my list of authors "Potential Stay Away" rather than her usual place on the "Top Favs" list. Disappointing doesn't begin to cover her last 6 Anita Blake books.

    I recommend Jeanne C. Stein (Anna Strong Series), LA Banks (Crimson Moon Series), Jennifer Estep, Chole Neill (Chicagoland Vampires Series), Caitlin Kittredge (Nocturne City Series) if you want a really good read!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2010

    I'm done with Laurell K. Hamilton

    This was yet another book that I am so grateful that I borrowed from the library rather than purchasing it with my own money. Had I spent my own money on this book, I would only have been pissed off with myself for doing so.

    It has been about one week since I finished reading this book and it was such a failure to me that I can't even remember what the story line was about.

    What I remember about the book is this:

    Sex...porn...and more sex. Honestly, I have no problem with sex and porn, but that isn't why I started reading this series. What happened to the days where Anita kicked ass through out the books, raised zombies from the dead, or helped solve crimes? These books are starting to feel like a good porn movie. You watch it for the sex scenes, not for the story. Which is pretty much what this book was. All porn, no real story.

    The other thing I remember about this book was the excruciating detail put into describing every single character of the book. While reading through these character descriptions, in my mind I kept thinking, "Blah, blah, blah."

    I don't know what else to say about this book other than, I am done with Laurell K. Hamilton. I would only recommend her earlier books of this series.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

    Not A Magic Bullet But Still A Solid Hit

    Bullet is not a plot-driven book; it's a character-driven book. In some ways, Bullet has more in common with literary fiction than genre fiction. Laurell K. Hamilton's books have become less about what the characters are doing than who they are becoming. In Bullet, readers will not find the larger-than-life conflicts and flashy climaxes of early Anita Blake novels. If you like fast-paced action, you're going to be dissatisfied when the majority of a book focuses on the internal workings of the characters' minds.

    Inside Anita's mind is exactly where the majority of Bullet's story takes place. This is a fine thing, but readers who long for the days when Anita rushed from one life-or-death emergency to the next will be frustrated. If you like heavy doses of carnal lust (or at least don't mind them), then you'll be rewarded with some interesting character development happening in the midst of, because of, or in spite of the sex. Take your pick.

    That being said, sex, while abundant and one of the driving forces of Bullet, is not the focus. Bullet is almost exclusively focused on Anita's private struggles. The conflict is about Anita working her internal issues and the external forces feel like little more than scaffolding raised to hold together the architecture of a novel.

    Major plot points were glossed over in favor of a quick and tidy ending. Throughout the whole book, I kept waiting for Anita to tap into her magical abilities and throw down, metaphysically speaking, with the antagonistic characters in her life. Anita has worked her relationship issues and sexual hang-ups enough. I'm ready to see her genuinely embrace her necromancy. I have yet to see her treat it as anything more than a job, at best, and a temporary bandage for metaphysical boo-boo at worst.

    As powerful a necromancer as Anita is supposed to be, it seems like she should have a lot more to say about whether vampires like Belle Morte or Marmee Noire can take over her mind and body. Where is the Anita who raised small army of vampires as zombies during daylight hours? When do we get to see Anita say "enough" and use her power - hers, not power borrowed from the men around her - to fight back? As much as I like the character development in Bullet, I miss watching Anita kick butt and take names.

    On the plus side, fans will be happy to see Richard finally get a grip, pull his head out of his bum, and start holding up his end of the triumvirate. The turn-around is a relief, but I'm not sure I'm ready to trust it. Richard is notorious for taking a baby step forward only to let his emotional baggage come crashing down on everyone's head. I hope Bullet is a set-up for a new story arc that will demonstrate how powerful Anita's triumvirate with Jean-Claude and Richard can be. It certainly felt like a lead-in to something bigger. I eagerly await the next installment.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    Disappointed

    Obviously I've stuck with this series, reading all the books because once I start a series I have to finish it whether I like it or not. I'm not saying I don't like the series because when I read the first few books I was hooked but then "Narcissus in Chains" came out and everything changed. I keep hoping we'll get to see a glimpse at the Anita Blake we fell in love with but after more of the same in 'Bullet" I'm thinking that dream is lost. This latest installment was a let down for me. I felt like she spent more time describing every man and their attire than she did telling any kind of a story. I mean get on with it already. What happened to raising the dead or being a U.S Marshal? Now it's all about group sex and weird vampire possession plus it's getting really hard to keep track of all the men in her life. I find myself having to spend to much time thinking "o.k. who is he and where did he come from again?" It's like I need a cheat sheet for the lovers of Anita Blake. I miss the old books!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2011

    uhhh.....

    I love the Anita Blake series. In fact, even if I don't like a particular book, I still read it to complete the series. In Skin Trade, Jean Claude showed some signs of possessiveness and wanted to limit the men that Anita would sleep with. I was kinda excited that he finally showed possessiveness and Anita's men will be drastically limited to probably 3-5 men instead of 30-50. Unfortunately, in Bullet, instead of reducing the number of men, Anita didn't just sleep with more but even Jean Claude who was exclusive with Anita, is now sleeping with others! In the earlier series, multiple partners kinda made the story interesting - like "something weird" is going on and you are wondering what will happen next. Now the sex scenes have no meaning and are boring. I always end up skipping them. I miss the action of the earlier books of Anita Blake. In all, aside from the orgies, the book would have been okay.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    Going down hill.

    This should say something to other avid readers: although I've bought the last (~)18 or so of this series, I waited 6 weeks to get this from the library. I'm not sure what is going on with LKH. The first half of this series was great; parts mystery, thriller, suspense, and romance plus necromancers, vamps, and werewolves. The last serveral books of this series and LKH's other main series have had crapy writing. Rambling, unneeded details, the main character spends too much time complaining about the same things over and over in the last several books, plodding but hard to follow scenes, the same scene seems to happen over and over in this book. I don't mind the kinky sex but it started to appear about the same time the writing went south. The only interesting scene for me was the gym scene. I think I've given up on this series and maybe LKH alltogether.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

    I Miss Anita Blake the Action Figure

    I thought the plot was good, but I was just a put off with the descriptions of their clothing. I'm still trying to figure out what those major clothing descriptions had to do with the storyline. I thought it was just filler and I personally skipped over those parts. Unfortunately, I think Ms. Hamilton may be running out of ideas for Anita's character. I, too, miss the good old days when Anita actually worked and was not stuck in the Circus of the Damned having sex almost 24/7. I so hope that Ms. Hamilton will clear all this up in her next book so Anita can get out and start working as a US Marshal Vampire Executioner and Zombie Animator again.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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