Monday, April 18, 2011

[Book Review] GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton


The horror fiction genre was discussed March 17 as part of the library's What's Your Flavor reader's advisory series. This is a review from one of the participants.


"…I spend most of my waking hours confronting and destroying things that I fear. A thousand-year-old master vampire was a tall order, but a girl’s got to have a goal."

Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. I am not a horror reader. But I love a smart-aleck, gutsy heroine. And Anita Blake is definitely that - sort of a grown-up Harriet the Spy in a paranormal world.

Guilty Pleasures is the first in a (to date) seventeen book series, set in St. Louis. This book is definitely plot-driven and not for the faint of heart--gore abounds, as do vampires, ghouls and were-rats (Were-rats?? Who knew?).

But through it all, Anita Blake is a captivating, believable and funny heroine, whose ruminations certainly made me chuckle while I anxiously turned the pages to see what would happen next. I was at times confused by so many characters flying in and out (pun intended) - but the plot’s the thing, and Anita triumphs to engage in many more books of vampire-hunting.

Recommended as a new adventure for open-minded non-horror readers who can tolerate some violence and gore.

From her website,

"Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Penguin/Putnam Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series.

There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages."

Audrey May, LINC/2-1-1

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