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The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) (original 1994; edition 2005)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Title:The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
Authors:Laurell K. Hamilton
Info:Berkley Trade (2005), Paperback, 320 pages
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I am listening to this series on audio while I am getting projects around the house done. It keeps me engaged and easy to listen to. ( )
  Ahnya | Jan 25, 2014 |
Loved this book. Anita rocks! I listened to this book on audiobook and it was fast paced and entertaining. the reader was really good so i hope she reads for all the books in this series. ( )
  twokidsnablanket | Nov 2, 2013 |
“The Laughing Corpse” is a well-done follow-up for “Guilty Pleasures”. Hamilton has created a gruesome, action-filled series with a strong independent female heroine.

This second novel, introduced us to the world of voodoo and the dangers of powerful magic. Anita Blake must confront a voodoo priestess while coming to terms with a change of relationship with the new master vampire of the city.

Hamilton’s writing is as descriptive as ever with antidotes of sarcasm mixed in. The details of the murders that she must help solve and of the creatures is incredible and provide a level of realism to a world of pure fiction. The short chapters make for easy reading and it is a book that quickly becomes absorbing.
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  JEB5 | Oct 30, 2013 |
There are a new series of gruesome murders in the city and Anita, on retainer with the Spook Squad, has been called out to investigate some of the most blood saturated, brutal, violent crimes she’s ever had the displeasure to see.

And she sees a flesh-eating zombie – whether out of control or wilfully set on people by an animator, voodoo priest or necromancer. Either way, people are dying and being eaten and Anita needs to get some answers before she sees more bodies. Except investigating requires crossing some of the most powerful and dangerous magical practitioners in the US – enemies who are happy to send a murderous zombie through your door at night.

Then there’s the added problem of Harold Gaynor. Extremely wealthy man and an extremely ruthless, dangerous man who wants a zombie raised – a zombie that’s so old that only Anita can reliably raise it. But it’s also so old that a human sacrifice will be required – a line Anita will not cross. Of course, Harold doesn’t take no for an answer and is more than willing to use any methods he can to persuade Anita

And then there’s Jean-Claude, Vampire Master of the City to whom Anita is bound with 2 marks. He wants her to play his human servant, her defiance is weakening his political power – but she wants nothing to do with the vampire.


We have another intriguing mystery here that, again, didn’t come together until the end of the book. The clues were there, repeatedly and variously throughout the book, but it was only at the end that you could see how they all fit and how they were all interconnected – even the seemingly two separate, parallel plot lines coming together to be part of the same mystery. I often forget reading the later books just how elegant and interesting these early books where and how well done the detection was. I was confused, but never bored, curious but never lost.

And I like the world, especially given the age of the book. The diversity of beings, the complete integration into the world and the fact that they have always been integrated – there has never been a hidden conspiracy of supernatural – is well done and interesting. It ensures there is always something more to learn and something more to see.

I like Anita’s voice. Yes she does over-describe things a lot and it can be repetitive. But it can also be funny, snarky and informative, her internal monologue being a way to expound upon the world around her. I think it’s very easy to bog a book down with this kind of writing – and we’ve certainly seen it as a problem in other books – but this flows. It’s not overdone, or not consistently so and if it does incline itself occasionally to being overly descriptive or unnecessarily purple, it’s not in a bad way.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Sep 20, 2013 |
Okay, though I'm not overly fond of Anita Blake as a character - waaaaay too full of herself for my tastes... ( )
  kayceel | Aug 22, 2013 |
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wikipedia.com- The Laughing Corpse continues the adventures of Anita Blake, as she attempts to solve a particularly grisly set of murders, while simultaneously avoiding two potential threats to her life from people interested in using her talents as a zombie animator. Meanwhile, Anita continues to attempt to come to grips with her powers and her relationship with Jean-Claude, the vampire master of St. Louis and Anita's would be lover/master.
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Harold Gaynor offers Anita Blake a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old zombie. Knowing it means a human sacrifice will be necessary, Anita turns him down. But when dead bodies start turning up, she realizes that someone else has raised Harold's zombie--and that the zombie is a killer. Anita pits her power against the zombie and the voodoo priestess who controls it. Notice to Hollywood: forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Anita Blake is the real thing.

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Anita Blake, a woman who has the power to reanimate dead bodies, refuses an offer of a million dollars to bring a three-hundred-year-old corpse back to life because the effort would require a human sacrifice, but when a less ethical animator takes the job, it is up to Anita to stop the resulting carnage.… (more)

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