Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #11)

Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #11)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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ISBN-13: 9780515136814
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #11
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 81,544
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Hometown:

St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas

Education:

B.A., Marion College

Table of Contents

Interviews

An Interview with Laurell K. Hamilton
The Mother of All Vampire Hunters herself, Laurell K. Hamilton, answered a few questions for Barnes & Noble.com about her wildly successful Anita Blake series and her prolific writing group, the Alternate Historians.

Paul Goat Allen: One of the many things I love about your Anita Blake novels are her sarcastic and irreverent one-liners, spoken and unspoken. They're absolutely priceless! How much fun is it to write these books, and how similar is your sense of humor to Anita's?

Laurell K. Hamilton: It's a lot of fun to write Anita. She gets to say all the things we don't dare, at least silently in her own head. Give me two hours and some paper, and I'm as witty as Anita, on the fly not so much. My sense of humor seems to migrate closer to hers during the writing of a book. It takes about six weeks for the Anita-isms to fade from both my mind and conversation.

PGA: Another noteworthy quality about the Anita Blake novels is the density of plot. Cerulean Sins is no different; there's so much going on simultaneously. How difficult is it to weave plot lines so thick?

LKH: Difficult, sometimes. On the books that are more pure mystery, I just need a plot outline and a mystery outline, or really clue outline. On the books that are more romance- or relationship-involved, I need a plot outline, a mystery outline, a relationship arc outline, and sometimes an overview outline to see how the three interact. It can get quite complex. My outlines are not point by point, but more rambling discussions at first, then the rambling is trimmed down to something closer to a traditional outline, but truly I never do anything very traditional in an outliney sense. But since it works for me, I don't worry about it.

PGA: I can't think of another author or series of books that has so effortlessly crossed genres -- fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, mainstream fiction -- and has such a diverse fan base. Why do you think your Anita Blake novels have become so wildly popular -- with both men and women?

LKH: Search me. I sat down to write what I wanted to read and was lucky enough to find that a lot of other people wanted to read the same thing. I think part of it is the fact that I mix genres. I hear over and over again: I never read horror, but I read you. I never read romance, but I read you. I never read mysteries, but I read you. I never read vampire books, but I read you. So it seems the genre mixing is part of the appeal. Beyond that, the fans, men and women, tell me it's the characters. They love the characters.

PGA: You've acknowledged your writing group, the Alternate Historians (which includes authors Deborah Millitello, Marella Sands, Sharon Shinn, and Mark Sumner, among others) in several novels. How important is the group in your writing process?

LKH: Early on they were essential. My writing group didn't make me a better writer at first; they made me a better editor of my own work. I believe that editing your own words is a skill harder to learn, and harder to keep sharp, then the writing. As a writing group, we have one of the most prolific track records that I'm aware of. Between our little group, we have sold over 40 novels, uncounted short stories (mainly because I've lost count), and no other group that I'm aware of began with nothing sold and has that track record. You will not be able to trace the 40 books using the names listed; some members of the group, not me, have written under various pseudonyms. We all have our different areas of expertise. Between us all, we have degrees in anthropology, biology, computer technology, geology, literature of various kinds, history, and that's just the official degrees that I can bring to mind. We then go out to our areas of hobby, or just things we've picked up, sometimes through research, sometimes not. Genealogy, herbs, ancient medicine, folklore, mythology, fisheries, archaeology, physics, caves, scuba diving, and the list could go on. When one of us has a particular research question, we often find that someone else in the group knows the answer or can recommend a book or article. I've always felt privileged to be a part of the Alternate Historians, and that has not changed.

PGA: Ever dressed up as a vampire (or vampire hunter) for Halloween? What was your most memorable Halloween costume?

LKH: Once, because I already owned a black velvet skirt outfit and didn't have to buy anything. Most memorable Halloween costume? Hmm. Perhaps the year that my entire family did their first theme costumes. My daughter was Tinker Bell, I was Wendy, and my husband was Peter Pan. He wore green tights in an area of the Midwest where that doesn't go over all that well. Brave man. Last year we all did characters from the J. K. Rowling books.

PGA: Can you give your fans a hint as to what the 12th book in the Anita Blake series will be about?

LKH: No hinting. I'm really bad at hinting. I always give too much away. Sorry.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this series from book 1 (Guilty Pleasures) and have loved each book. Anita has become such a complex character and her supporting cast members are enigmatic and beautifully created. Yes, the books are much different than they were in the first few installments, but I don't believe that to be a bad thing. Cerulean Sins carries on with a character introduced in the previous book (Narcissus in Chains). This character is Belle Morte, the vampire who turned Anita's boyfriend, Jean Claude, into a vampire. She also created Asher, Jean Claude's second in command. Both men are former lovers of Belle Morte. She is insulted (to put it mildly) that both Jean Claude and Asher chose to leave her, as she considers herself the most desirable woman/vampire in the world. Thus, she sends her second in command vampire to "visit" Jean Claude's territory. The troubles that this visit causes are the central plot in the story (and there's definitely a couple surprises). There is also a sub-plot involving a series of murders that Anita helps to solve. Some readers of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter books believe the series has gone downhill since Anita began engaging in sex with multiple partners as a result of a condition passed on to her from Jean Claude. This condition (called the arduer) causes the person to experience intense sexual desire until "fed". I don't believe this is a problem in the books, or just an excuse for Anita to have sex. I think this condition represents the only thing Anita has found that she can't yet control or kill. It's something she has to face head-on and must be patient with until she learns control. In the books leading up to Narcissus in Chains, where Anita first learns she has the arduer, there are references to her reliance on guns to control situations. I think the arduer is to teach Anita that guns won't solve all her problems. Plus, she's not having sex with random people on the streets and, considering the length of the book, I didn't feel there were too many sex scenes in this book. I never felt like I wanted to just get past the sex and get on to the plot, as I do with some books. I think the Anita Blake series is still going strong and Laurell K. Hamilton continues to add new elements of surprise.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
I love the characters of this series, and this book started out particularly strong and witty. Somewhere in the middle, it got a bit repetitive, almost like Hamilton forgot she had already covered some things. Either way, I still enjoyed it thoroughly, and look forward to seeing where the story goes next. If you like this series, you will definitely like the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, and perhaps the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison.
vampirechicAC More than 1 year ago
I started the Anita Blake series out of order with Cerulean Sins and fell in love with the story and characters. I became a fan immediately and promptly bought the whole series. The first book Guilty Pleasures was bit dissapointing because it was very short and also because Anita's introduction to Jean Claude was not fully developed. The story line got extremely interesting after The Killing Dance, when Anita chooses Jean Claude over Richard (werewolf). My favorites in the series where Blue Moon (the section with Raina's Munin invokes the mating ritual was heart stopping and also I was so glad when Richard and Anita get together), Obsidian Butterfly (full of gore but kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time especially the part of the zombies at the hospital in the maternity ward!. Relationship development with Ted/Edward and his team of assassins and the Master Vampire, she was scary) Narcisus in Chains (the exploration of the SM and Bondage was very vivid and fascinating as well as the introduction of the ardeur and Anita with Michah), Incubus Dreams (personal favorite, HOT, HOT, HOT, what can I say I love Nathaniel, he is one of my favorites), Dansce Macabre (loved the cookie monster/Haven, was dissapointed she was able to resist making him her werelion to call), The Harlequin (LOVED it , the action was amazing especially the fight scene at the hospital with the weretigress Soledad) and Skin Trade (loved the developing plot around the weretigers and curious to see if Anita will choose a king among them like Victor he is hot, also loved the transition of the Wicked Truth into Anita's "food menu"). This series combines horror, action, erotic romance and some humor (Anita is a tough cookie and I love how she considers weapons as part of her dressing accessories). If you wish to escape to a new world of fantasy and excitement this is the series for you!
pdubz More than 1 year ago
I loved this one. You have to be familiar with Anita Blake and how she has gotten to this point, this is not a stand-alone read. To fully understand her thoughts, her actions, and her relationships, don't pick this up and start here, start from Guilty Pleasures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isnt a book you can just pick off the shelf and read, you have to read the other books of the line. The Anita Blake books are a collection, and this is near the end of the line. Start with Guilty pleasures. Anyone who thinks this one was horrable didnt read the others. And those who are annoyed with Richared and the Aurder are just feeling the way Anita is. These books have a tendency to have you feed off the Main characters emotions. And all the metaphyisical stuff and sex is just a journy in Anitas life. Theres a reason for everything kids. Philip had a small part in the first book, but he forshadowed how Anita would be with other Characters, and told why she cares so deeply. Think outside the box people
herpetoculturist More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine pesterred me for years to read this series. I started out with book 1 and immediately became addicted. The last few books, tho (I've read through "Micah") have become more like an XXX story with a little bit of zombie raising & a few vampire kills. Mostly she's having sex with every creature she meets, the ardeur is tedious and a little (?) over the top. I had intended to buy a few more in the series, but after re-reading I got sick of the highly descriptive passages of unrelenting (and increasingly violent) sex and the neediness of all the "men" she surrounds herself with. Tired of reading about "pile of puppies" (how many times can she mention that in 2 pages?). I definitely wouldn't recommend this series for anyone under 21, and am disappointed in the direction the overall story has taken.
onefinemess on LibraryThing 27 days ago
It was better than the previous one, sort of. I didn't have to wade through more descriptions of horse sized schlongs, so that was a good thing. She tried to have 3 or 4 plot threads here going at a same time, and I'm not sure if it was a good thing or bad thing. I don't think the extra plots were really needed, but they helped to keep the RIPT squad characters involved.Nothing really great or really terrible here, if you liked the other ones you'll like this one too.
tuffstuff08 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Very sexy and has a good plot. One of my favorites in the series.
la_librarian on LibraryThing 27 days ago
In Cerulean Sins there are some "bad guys" following Anita, in addition the Belle Morte, the head of Jean Claude's line has send visiters to torment Jean Claude. Anita is, of course, in the middle. This book focuses on the relationship between Asher, Jean Claude, and Anita. Richard is apparently still pitiful in this one. I very much enjoyed this on in the series.
dragonfairy on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Sensual, fantastic, and wonderful. Anita never stops and never slows down!
teharhynn on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Alot more "action" in this one that the other ones, but I liked it! I like Jason, he's one of my favorite characters, so I was glad to see him a little more. It felt like the actual plot arc of the book was a little rushed into at the end, but being this far in the series, Hamilton spends alot more time on the life of Anita and the other characters. It was a good read, I'll read the next one, and I'm sure the rest after that as well.
vampyredhead on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The 11th in a series about Anita Blake, vampire hunter. Just keeps getting better and better. This series is highly addictive. So much romance and adventure.
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I really liked this one dispite all the sex. It still had good writing and the sex was plausible. At least Anita has sex with people she knows and trusts.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is the 5th time reading in many years. Still a greatbook. I love this set of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good one!
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I'm reading the series for the second time and live the combination of bad ass crime fighting, monster fighting, and monster love.
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I could not wait to read the book. I have resd all the series so far and am reading them all over again. Thank you Laurell k. Hamilton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love all her books, but this one was just different enough to make it awesome. No super fight where everyone almost dies, just great action and mystery. And wonderful characters with great story lines.
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Love them all, love them keep them coming! Thanks so much!
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