Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #3)

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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, battles a centuries-old vampire with the soul of the city-and Anita's life-at stake in this supernatural thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.

Anita Blake is an expert on creatures of the night. She has dined with shapeshifters, danced with werewolves, and been wooed, but not won, by Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the city. Now there's a new vampire in town named Alejandro and he wants Anita for his ...

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Overview

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, battles a centuries-old vampire with the soul of the city-and Anita's life-at stake in this supernatural thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.

Anita Blake is an expert on creatures of the night. She has dined with shapeshifters, danced with werewolves, and been wooed, but not won, by Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the city. Now there's a new vampire in town named Alejandro and he wants Anita for his servant. His attempts to win her lead to a war of the undead. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Science Fiction
An R-rated 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.'
Jayne Ann Krentz
The sexiest vampire in the business.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515134483
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/24/2002
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 178,804
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.56 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    VERY COOL!

    I really liked this book, I love reading about supernatural stuff. And this one takes the cake, I was confused at first when Jean-Claude started mentioning marks. Then after reading ahead in the series I finally got it what he was talking about. But I suppose I should talk about the book? let's see: 1-You see Jean-Claude a lot during this book 2-You get introduced to Richard Zeeman(::sigh:: I really don't like this guy) So weather it's a plus or minus, you know my answer. 3- Get this book if you're interested in supernautral stuff like vampires, werewolves, etc.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Another fav

    Love the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Anita is very annoying to me! I hate reading a series where I'm

    Anita is very annoying to me! I hate reading a series where I'm irritated by the main character...The constant references to her gun, the "i'm so stubborn" stuff and the sarcastic stuff ... I'm reading the 4th book in the series now because I'm told the series gets better as it goes on, but I'm struggling to do so... I find myself skimming through it, so here's hoping it actually does get better!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Ahh Anita Blake.....

    When one of the ancient ones begins to cause havoc in Anita's world, she takes it upon herself to protect everyone and remove the danger. Giant Snakes, Immortals, and the like; make for an enjoyable read.

    This is the 3rd book in the AB Vampire Hunter series and it introduces some major characters and starts some major complications for Anita. Laurell Hamilton continues to layer the evil in Anita's world like a master chef providing depth and flavor with each installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    ONE OF THE BEST YET!

    I am only 3 books into the Anita Blake series and I have to say I am HOOKED!! So far the action and adventure just keeps getting better and better. Each book becomes a faster page turner than the last. If you enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series you will like this one. Great read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

    Great read!!

    I am looking forward to reading the other books in this collection! Couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    To Lilyflower

    I would like to be your mate. I am Thunderclaw, and I am a tomcat. ((He is not the nameless tom over there))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    A tom

    Jumps on you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    To:a tom

    "Whats your name?"she snarls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Great detail

    Hamilton does a great job at describing scenes. It makes the reader feel like you are right there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Love her books

    Cannot wait for next one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Just read it

    I gave it 3 stars because its in a series of books. So the writer has all the props on a continuing story. Im not all that impressed with Anita herself, she just rubbed me the wrong way. She has managed to be the "hero" and the end of 3 books so far. Kind of made me think her head is a wee bit big. I love Jean claude!! yay for Vampires!! I like his character. Ill finish reading the series if for nothing else to see how Anita developes

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    As of today, granted i've only read three books in the series so

    As of today, granted i've only read three books in the series so my opinion might change, this is my favorite Anita Blake Book yet! Contains a lot more vampire action and a possible love interest for Anita :] very exciting to read. I literally couldnt put this book down!! every chance i had i was reading it.

    anyone interested in Vampires,zmobies, or both, or like the idea of a heroine (MY favorite!) must read the anita blake series!

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Anita Blake is an animator and vampire hunter. She's also Jean~C

    Anita Blake is an animator and vampire hunter. She's also Jean~Clause's reluctant human servant which is causing him some serious problems. Jean~Claude wants Anita to admit that she's his human servant and all these games will stop cold turkey. Anita tells himto go to hell and leave her alone cuz that is all she wants from him. Sergeant Storr asks for Aanita's help with a vampire killing case which she tells Dolph there will be more killings. Jeremy Reubens and Karl Inger come to Anita for the Master of the City and the Master's daytime retreat neither of these will she give them. Anita wants Bert to hire more people and is stunned when he hires Larry Kirkland. Larry is a fresh faced beginner which Anita feels very protective of in too many ways. Edward makes an appearance also looking for the new Master of the City and daytime retreat too and Anita wonders why she's so popular all of a sudden. Who are the rogue vampires? Can Anita solve this case? Will she give up Jean~Claude? Will she tell Edward, Reubens, or Inger? Your answers await you in Circus of the Damned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Awesome

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Love such a good read

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Can't get enough of Anita Blake!

    Beyond fabulous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Best yet!

    This 3rd book in the series is my favorite so far! I really enjoy how the author keeps building on Anita's interesting personality. There seems to be a little bit more building on the other important character's as well. Edward is back in this book, but, I have no recollection of what happened to him at the end of the book? Was it addressed or did I miss it? Not sure. Not quite as gorey as the 2nd, which is fine with me, but still very detailed. All in all, a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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