Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #14)
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Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #14)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton
     
 

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In the thralls of supernatural passion, Anita Blake faces a most human dilemma.

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In the thralls of supernatural passion, Anita Blake faces a most human dilemma.

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From the Publisher
Anita Blake [is] a 'Tom(asina) Jones' for the 21st century if ever there was one. (Star-Ledger)

Erotic and evocative. (Best Reviews)

Page-turners with a little bite to them. (Austin American-Statesman)

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In this Anita Blake novel, Laurell K. Hamilton unleashes the mother of all bombshells -- the sexy necromancer and vampire executioner could be with child! But with seven supernatural studs as regular lovers, just who is the father?

After a missed period, Anita takes a home pregnancy test, and it comes up positive. And, as usual with Anita, complications arise at the very worst of times. One of her lovers, the Master Vampire Jean-Claude, is throwing a party for a traveling dance company made up almost entirely of undead bloodsuckers -- and he has invited numerous other Master Vampires to attend. The historic occasion is the largest gathering of Master Vampires in American history and could be a pivotal event in the attempts to unite the fragmented factions. But with so many commanding supernatural beings gathered in one place, Anita's ardeur -- a supernatural sexual hunger that is always looking to be sated -- begins evolving once again, and actively seeking out the most powerful lovers…
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Laurell K. Hamilton should be profoundly touched. The genre-transcendent success of her Anita Blake novels has spawned a whole new subgenre of dark fantasy, romance, and mystery hybrids. Just as Marmee Noir is the creator of the vampiric civilization in the Anita Blake universe, Hamilton too is the very first of her kind -- and Danse Macabre is a perfect example of her continuing mastery, combining knotty supernatural plotlines with unadulterated eroticism. Cold shower advised after reading. Paul Goat Allen
Denver Post
The eroticism and the 'dramedy' of complicated relationships between shapeshifting lovers sets Hamilton's novels apart from the rest of the pack . . . Hamilton really does come off like the genre's answer to Henry Miller.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Hamilton just keeps getting better and better.
News Press
The 'it' girl for bloodsuckers, werewolves, wereleopards and assorted undead types.
Publishers Weekly
The uniquely complicated life of Anita Blake, the St. Louis-based necromancer, gets even more complicated when Anita discovers she may be pregnant in the 14th novel in bestseller Hamilton's vampire hunter series (Micah, etc.). Her sexual magic powers require multiple lovers, so there are six potential fathers. One possible dad, werewolf Richard, has trouble understanding that, baby or not, Anita's still a federal marshal who raises the dead and executes vampires. In addition, terrifying, life-threatening obstetrical challenges are involved, since the maybe-mommy has to deal with vampirism and several strains of lycanthropy coursing through her veins. That Anita has no detecting to do may disappoint some fans, but playing hostess to a gathering of North American vampire Masters of the City, ostensibly in town for a performance by a vampiric ballet troupe, keeps her plenty busy. When the vampire ballet takes the stage toward the end, several new plot elements emerge. The very lack of a finale suggests that there's no end in sight for this fabulously imagined series. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The events of this latest entry in the "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series take place over one weekend. The incredibly handsome Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the city of St. Louis and Anita's first lover, has invited fellow Masters from throughout the country to attend a gathering at his place. The ardeur, a power fueled by sex, is rapidly gaining strength. In order to satisfy the craving it produces, Anita must find a new lover to add to her list of seven. To complicate matters, just as the weekend begins, Anita thinks she might be pregnant. Besides wondering how she could fit a child into her unconventional life, she tries to figure out which one of her preternatural partners could be the father. Hamilton (Micah) writes well and shares interesting insights into Anita's relationship with other characters. As in the more recent series novels, graphic sex is abundant. For Anita Blake fans and those who enjoy erotic romance.-Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Columbia, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515142815
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/27/2007
Series:
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, #14
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
77,859
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1963
Place of Birth:
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Education:
B.A., Marion College
Website:
http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/

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Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #14) 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 805 reviews.
Darsey_spudnick More than 1 year ago
Hmmm...I'm giving this 4 stars because the writing skill used in developing this is good. That being said...I have trouble that it's 500 pages and nothing really happens. What I mean by that is it's a sequence of metaphysical, moral, sexual power struggles/crises for Anita, one after the other in quick succession, that don't really move the overall story arc along. It's ok if you read it over time, ie pick up, put down, pick up, put down, pick-up, etc because then it doesn't hit you as hard that its still the same day when you're halfway through the book. While this book seems to be setting up future story lines and introduces new characters, you don't get to the final conflict that gave its name to the title until the end. Plus we've seen very little of how Anita is functioning in the world outside of vampire politics. It would be nice to know what's up with Edward's engagement, what Animators Inc. really thinks about all this [especially as she's now in the limelight with Jean Claude], how things are with the police force and Dolph, and in general have a book focusing on a case and not all the politics. Hopefully all this set up will get us to that soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will start by saying I am a Laurell K. Hamilton fan. But I don't know what happened when this book was made. I like the sex scenes and all, but this book seemed like the interaction of the characters was just a bothersome necessity to get to the next sex scene. There was no action. All the scenes that were happening were all internal, either internal personal conflict for anita or internal dialogue between her and characters she's metaphysically bonded to. If this was made into a movie the scenes would just be people standing around staring at each other while voice over happens like some sort of 60's acid trip movie. And really, nothing seemed to be accomplished in the book. It was really disappointing. Hope to see a little more action in future books, but for now I'm gonna take a little Anita Break.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well... this book both gives me a lot to say and leaves me speechless all at the same time. I respect writers and what they do with their characters so I don't want to bash anyone. I'm just left confused with this series. The first several books I really got into this story and the characters. Then I was just left scratching my head. The sex scenes don't bother me I'm no prune, but it's the amount of people she NEEDS to have sex with. It has become just gross and a turn off. I remember feeling torn between Richard and Jean Claude. There are so many men in Anita's life that NONE of them are special. I loved the mystery of Jean Claude and the fact that he was a vampire made him intriguing, I loved that Richard was some what normal even funny and seemed to of fallen in love with her. (he's still my pick) I know so many readers don't care for him but to me he's the only one that is unable to share Anita with other men isn't that what someone that loves you does? All the other men in her life either need something from her or are drawn to her by her powers. Jean Claude lost me when Asher arrived. Asher is probably the most annoying man in her life. I just need a break from this series. I hope she will wake from a dream or an injury and these last few books of never took place. I just view Anita as all used up in every since of the word eww.
MA-Mark More than 1 year ago
The 200 pages of sex is off putting to me. I would like to see more of Anita actually doing her job with Animators Inc. The "Ardeur" is my absolutely least favorite plot device in this series. It combined with Richard constantly behaving like a spoiled brat make me crazy. How is this man an Alpha and kept in his position when he so often makes horrible mistakes. Has he gotten nothing good from being part of a triad?
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The problem, for me, wasn't that DANSE MACABRE was 300 pages of sex. The Anita Blake Series has become increasingly more sex- based, due to the ardeur that Anita carries and needs to feed. The sex in the book is nothing great, although there are a few attempts to put the people involved in situations and positions that I find would be hard to accomplish for any mortal human. But since everyone in the book is some type of supernatural being, it didn't seem to be a physical impossibility. So, if you can understand the fact that sex is an integral part of this book, you won't have a problem.

What makes the book not that great is the fact that, underneath the sex, there's just no real plot. Jean-Claude has invited a number of various Masters of the City to St. Louis for the showing of an all-vampire ballet/dance troupe. As such, the same Masters have all brought various candidates to become Anita's pomme de sang (read blood & sex dinner). That's the general plot. Unfortunately, the entire book only covers forty-eight hours, and although we know the gist of the storyline, nothing ever really happens. Besides, of course, the sex.

There are lots of hurt feelings in the book. There's a pregnancy scare. There's the typical characters (Richard, Jean-Claude, Asher, Nathaniel, Micah, Jason, Claudia, assorted vampires and werewolves and wereleopards and wererats). There are new characters (the succubs mermaid and her family, the werelions, the Masters of the City). There's crazy sex, ardeur sex, powerful sex, painful sex.

When you strip away the sex, there's not a whole lot else there. Although I will say that DANSE MACABRE could have used a good editor, just to get rid of the repeated phrases that are prominent throughout the book.

Yes, I finished the story, and no, I didn't hate it. But it wasn't all that satisfying (the sex, although large in number, isn't anything to write home about) or fulfilling (almost nothing is resolved at the end of the book that was brought up at the start).

Would I recommend buying a copy? No. Should you borrow it from a friend or the library? If you're an Anita Blake fan, then yes, to see how the storyline (what there is of it) continues. Let's hope the next book has a little more meat to it, and less screaming sexual gratification.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laurell K Hamilton is the only author I know who can make a sex scene boring! I skimmed through most of this book. No plot, just porn. I'm done with this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I made it to page 88, then got so sick of Anita's sex life that I tossed the book across the room. Yuck. Whatever happened to the Anita in the first 4 books? The one who kicked booty and actually did something that wasn't centered around her? I miss the old Anita and give up totally on this new one. I'm not prude, but give me a break.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't a big fan of Hamilton to begin with because i read the Merry Gentry novels. Wana know why? Because Gentry was always changing partners or on top of another being. HOWEVER!!! I thought i'd give the Anita Blake series a try as i heard its the original formation other authors such as Feehan have used in their books. ANYWAY!!! i was amazed by how much i loved this series it was sooo good i felt i was being harsh by judging Hamilton too quickly on previous books. Maybe i spoke to soon i dnt know what happened. Everything turned into a pornographic scene where the woman is shared between men who supposedly 'love' her. AND WILL SOMEONE PUHLEEZZZ TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TO JEAN CLAUDE???? He was sooo in love with Anita in the first 5 or so novels and all of a sudden he wants to share with other men??!! Whats wrong with this picture??? I skimmed through the book then skipped atleast ooo lets say 700 pages and read the very last sentence. To be honest i got bored of the series. Could it be that Hamilton has finally overused Anita's character? Maybe it's time to let Anita live happily ever after. After novel 5 the storyline took over somewhere between Hamilton's fantasy and what she thought the readers wanted. I think this was the last of Anita Blake i will ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book could best be described as very boring porn. The entire book is devoted to the ardeur. Either Anita is feeding the ardeur, or else she is talking about the ardeur. Endlessly. For pages and pages and pages at a time. There are far too many characters in this book, and none of them have the depth and texture that was a hallmark of the earlier books in the series. I tell you, I am so sick to death of the ardeur that I could just scream. To me, it feels like a cheap way to rattle off a book in time to make deadline instead of having to actually think up a plot, and character growth. I would love it if LKH would come up with a real plot, instead of relying exclusively on the ardeur to sell her books. None of the sex in this book does anything to further the plot. I'm not learning anything new about Anita's character, or the character of the people with whom she's having sex. It's just a big, fat, heavy waste of time. I read in an afterward in one of her earlier, better books, that LKH has fans who read these sex scenes to each other as foreplay. I don't know, maybe laughing at the lameness of it all trips their triggers. All I know is that I am not going to waste any more of my valuable time on new Anita books unless they come with a real plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like(liked) the series a lot but when it got to Obsidian Butterfly it started getting more about sex, not that I mind that. Then I started on Danse macabre and it was more sex, weird sex.. I read the first 120 pages skimmed the rest then put it aside I could not read it anymore. Hopefully she'll back to raising the dead and killing people instead of sleeping with 20 people in 1 day in the next book geeez . I know its a book but that's so gross and not interesting at all. PLease let the next book be better...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stillwaiting for the anita blake adventures to be more than erotiica . I loved all the books...right up to obsidian butterfly, and then everything seemed to be on self destruct mode. It used to be...I coulnt put the book down, now I find myself skimming the pages. I've also decided to borrow the ebook from library rather than spend the $$....until I feel the book is worthy of a spot on my bookshelf...I do look forward to that time. I'm hopeful!
knitknack More than 1 year ago
This book should get a half a star. I started reading the Anita Blake series as it was on Charlaine Harris' list of books that she liked. So while waiting for a new Sookie Stackhouse story I thought I'd try something else. The first few books were great, loved the premise and characters. The writing and editing is fair with some continuity errors here and there though, and repeated phrases that are just irritating and annoying after about the 5th book. I'm not a quitter, not a prude but this book seems to be just porn. Not much plot, not many scene changes... yawn. I can't recommend this book. Anita Blake fans might stick it out but any one else who might read this as their first intro to the series is likely to be disgusted. Too bad we didn't learn more about the Danse Macabre... just a bit at the end and poof. All over. I'll find the next in the series and hope its better. More story, less "uh-oh I gotta have sex..." The "ardeur" was interesting for awhile but its just annoying now. If this is all Anita is now, i guess I'm done.
sweetnectar213 More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't the best in the series. In my opinion the story was just bad. The plot wasn't the best, although I think that Asher gaining power was very cool. This book had way too much sex, Anita slept with about 10 guys in a matter of a day or so.
Roszo79 More than 1 year ago
I have loved reading the Anita Blake novels but lately there is just too much sex. I bought this book back in 2006 when it first came out but kept putting it down because I lost interest due to so much sex. Since I bought it back then, I've read at least twenty other books because I lost interest. I'd come to love the strong willed Anita, not the nympho Anita.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't make myself get through the whole thing. Repetitious sexual circus and lack of a really good story to follow. My first read of this author and probably my last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can be said about this book? I know! Association let's group it with other events or ideas that seemed seemed good up to a particular point and time. Hmmm....the Agony of Defeat winter olympic long-jumper from the 80s commercials, the Titanic, the Hindengburg, ahhh! let's not forget Bungi jumping! What else? OH! That idiot from the internet who thought wearing shorts and feeding sharks was an excellent idea! And like one of Ms. Hamilton's friends, I'm sure SOMEONE in the group must have tried to point out the possibility for disaster. But hey, I guess you just can't hold a seemingly good idea back. I thinking if I ever write, I'll just call my 13th book the 14th, to avoid the indicative potential disaster associated with that number.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own and have read over and over all the Anita Blake books, my favorite being Obsidian Butterfly. After Obsidian, the stories were on a rapid decent into stupidity. It seems like all the books are about these men who are always crying over getting their feelings hurt, and how many times is Richard gonna have temper-tantrums?! He is, after all, supposed to be a teacher- someone who is supposed to be an intelligent role model. If he got fired, it wouldn't be because he's a werewolf, it's because he acts like an infant! I am so beyond disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I have a healthy, and creative, view on sex. But what happened to Anita? What happened to Edward? This series was unique and interesting and it really brought forth a whole new perspective on the way the world might be. I recommended this series to a lot of people, and got a lot of my friends hooked on Anita. I am disgusted. We all are. I can't read one more time about some pitiful wereleapord or -wolf with a 'hurt feeling on his face.' What a waste!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a very big fan of the series but it was very difficult to get through this book. WAS there a plot? It was like Anita was a ball in a pinball machine and she was bouncing from one power altering experience to the next. That's the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own almost every one of Hamilton's novels and, up until now, have loved them. This book was not good, not good at all. I haven't even finished it yet, and although I plan to, the mere thought brings a groan of pain to my lips! Biggest problem: There is no storyline!!! The characters are at a complete stand still. The dialogue is ridiculous and circular. It seemed as though every little detail had to be spelled out for the too obtuse Anita. Maybe her brain is too addled with sex to be the least bit intellectual. I got so sick of the term 'sweetie' being used for Anita's sex buddies. Does 'sweetie' sound like something that a necromancer would frequently use? I don't think so. And I swear I am going to vomit if Anita starts sleeping with one more person. Honestly, there just comes a point when it's too much. And Laurell, please please kill Richard. Either that or change his pissy attitude. There are too many hang-ups in each and every character. It's exhausting at this point to have nothing resolved! My recommendation: Don't buy this book. You're not missing a single thing. If you feel the need to give this one a shot, go to the library. I did and am soooo thankful I didn't spend my money on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of the series, but lately Laurell's novels are disintergrating into a cheezy sex romp, with weak characters, too much useless dialogue, and the over use of the word 'said'. Pick a different word to describe when people are talking! There was no element of crime fighting, or petrenatural mystery that made her novels so unique. I'm sick of all the sex, it is so boring and distracts from the strong and interesting qualities that made Anita stand out as an independant, strogn woman. Now she is no better than the romance heroine sterotype, weak for sex and needing men to bail her out of difficult situations. This book was advertised as 'the baby shocker', but it was a minor foot note compared to the rest of the novel, and completly anti-cliymatic. Frankly, Anita, you are no better than the monsters now, and I don't care anymore about what happens to you in the next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wonder why the main stream critics aren't saying so many of the true and honest things that the rest of us are? 'Anita keeps getting better and better' ... are you kidding me? She keeps getting worse and worse! She started out great, but now she's a lame, two-dimensional characature of herself. This book is bad. It's worse than bad, it's just plain awful. I am embarrassed on LKH's behalf. I am a long time fan. I have all her books. But this one is so bad that I'm going to return it. There is no excuse for this tripe. I feel cheated out of my money for little more than poorly-written porn. Then entire time I read the book, I kept hearing 'boom chick-a-bow wow' (1970's porn music track) in my head.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe that this book was this bad. I loved the books in the beginning and I am okay with a little sex but lets get real. There is no plot here. The whole book was just trying to describe the whole vampire/triumverate/lycanthrope metaphysical stuff. None of it makes sense. I want to know more about that too, but can we have a storyline. Can something actually happen in the book besides the sex and metaphysics. I was disappointed. I can't believe I actually spent the money to buy this. I could have just waited for a copy at the library and went to see a good movie instead. I am not sure I will even read anymore of them in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to admit that no one should be stuck paying to read this book. While it is slightly more interesting than all the books from Obsidian Butterfly to now, LKH still has stopped developing a plot line in favor of just doing soft porn. I swore to myself that if this one was like the last 3, I wouldn't buy anymore. I just want to keep anybody else from making the same mistake. If new to the series, only read up to Obisian Butterfly. Everything else is just porn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding?! What happened to Laurell K. Hamilton? I used to absolutely love her books. Now, it's porn. I am not a prude, but I like to read novels with a plot. I read the book in an hour, merely skipping pages that were just sex. If you were to cut out all of the pages with sex, the book would be considerably shorter, perhaps 50 pages or so. I loved the first Anita Blake novels. She was tough and independent. The sex scenes had added something to the plot. It's no longer entertaining, it's tiresome.I would have rated this book no stars if I could.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laurell K. Hamilton has taken a character we all loved and destroyed everything that made her exciting.I cannot express my displeasure with this book . LKH should go back to writing erotica, she no longer seems to have the depth to move her characters forward in any other way.It is a shame that an author that was once able to create such vivid characters is now only able to focus on one aspect, and seems unwilling to move in any other direction.