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by Laurell K. Hamilton

Series: Smart Pop

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Title:Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series (Smart Pop series)
Authors:Laurell K. Hamilton
Info:Smart Pop (2010), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Odds & Ends
Tags:anita blake vampire hunter series, anthology, essays, nonfiction, literary commentary, kindle, R1

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Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton




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I was disappointed with most of the essays in this book, but thankfully not all of them. "Showing the Scars," in particular, by Jacob Clifton delves into the aspects of Urban Fantasy that most interest me. He posits that the supernatural love triangle is a communal effort of our culture to cope with the myriad of sexual and gendered changes of the last 40 years. That is the heart of my research interests, there are too many patterns throughout this genre, and they sell WAY too well, for these elements to be purely coincidental.

So, worth reading, worth my time, but the first half is also worth my complaints in that first week. I am pleased with the last essay. ( )
  raselyem7 | Aug 30, 2014 |
I'm a huge fan of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and reading essays focusing on many different aspects of the series was a wonderful experience. While most of the contributing authors were unknown to me, all had interesting viewpoints on the series.

Having Laurell K. Hamilton herself edit the book concerned me. I felt that her involvement in the project may have caused the book to be less candid than it could have been. The Anita Blake series often invokes strong feelings, for and against Anita's actions. While the subject of her sexuality was touched upon on a few occasions, there was never a strong voice against how the series has progressed, which made me wonder if that just wasn't allowed.

I did enjoy Hamilton's introductions to each essay. She spoke about personal times in her life that seemed to influence the topic each contributor was speaking about. Hamilton is known for being very open about her personal life and these introductions are on par with what fans know of her personality.

The essays will vary in interest according to the reader. Some focus more on the series itself while others focus on the comparisons to either other literary works or "the real world." As I mentioned earlier, all are interesting, but some will be more relevant to fans than others.

Ardeur is a fun look at the entirety of the Anita Blake series, often delving deep into a variety of topics. Much of what is covered in these essays will cause readers to consider aspects of the series in entirely new ways. A must for any Anita Blake fan. ( )
  TequilaReader | Mar 12, 2011 |
If you are interested in this book because you believe it's about the Ardeur, you will either be vastly disappointed, or incredibly relieved, because it's NOT about the Ardeur.

Fourteen authors have written essays covering fourteen different aspects of Anita and her world. This is by no means a book touting how wonderful the Anita Blake series is. As a matter of fact, you'll find some authors that think the series lost it's value either when Anita finally had sex with Jean-Claude (no more sexual tension or leaving readers wondering who she'll pick) or by doing a 180 with her issues on monogamy in Narcissus in Chains.

What we do have are some interesting and thought provoking theories covering topics such as:
*Anita's relationships with other women
*Romance, and why vampires are such a hot topic
*How cold English words are for different parts of the body and how Laurell has avoided them
*How Anita has to save someone before she can trust them, and why
*How death shaped her
*What becoming a monster has done for Anita
*Why the level of violence exhibited by a woman was such a breakthrough in this series
*The law and why it's so unfair to the preternatural community
*And a whole lot more - and yes, there are a couple regarding sex

Each essay is prefaced by a message from Laurell, not pointing out what she believes is right or wrong, but of her own experiences related to the topic and how they affected her writing or Anita's character. This adds a great deal of insight to the hows and whys.

This is a really good book for making you see things in a new light. Of course if you have already stopped reading the series because you don't like the direction it has taken, this book probably isn't going to make you suddenly want to go play catch up with the books you haven't read yet. But I do believe you'd appreciate the insights and theories offered in this book. ( )
3 vote dearheart | Mar 28, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193377147X, Paperback)

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is a literary sensation, thanks to its strong female hero, well-fleshed (both literally and literarily) characters and unabashed attitude toward sex. The world Hamilton has created is powerfully compelling and stunningly complex—and it gets deeper, richer and more perilous, with every book.

Straddling the series’ dominant themes of sex and power, Ardeur gives Anita fans a deeper look into the dynamics, both personal political, that have kept readers fascinated throughout the run of the series. Why is the ardeur the very best thing that could have happened to Anita, personally (aside from all the sex it requires her to have with hot men)? How is Anita’s alternate United States a logical legal extension of our own? And as the series continues, what other bargains might Anita have to make with herself and others in order to keep the people she loves safe from harm?

The collection includes essay introductions by Hamilton, giving context and extra insight into each essay’s subject.

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