Tuesday, September 2, 2008

You should read it: Anita Blake vampire hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton

I just finished reading the Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton, book 14 of her amazing Anita Blake vampire hunter novels. These novels are not like your average vampire novels, but instead they are so much more.

More of what? Well, I could sum it up with more demons, violence and sex, but that would not do these books justice. Although it is true, that especially the books later in the series include a lot of demons, violence and sex. A lot of sex.

The series are about Anita Blake, a vampire hunter and necromancer. The latter means she can raise the dead, which is very convenient for a lot of people. She actually works for a firm where people can hire her to raise the dead for them.
For example, lawyers hire her when they need someone who is dead to testify or tell them how they died. In the world of Anita Blake this is all perfectly normal. So is the existence of vampires and shape shifters.

In fact, in the world of these novels (which is present day United States, only an alternate reality version of it) vampires and shape shifters are treated as humans or at least have many rights to exist and live a normal life.

The series starts out with Anita Blake as a righteous person who just wants that one special person to share her life with. Pretty soon she finds out that things aren’t as black and white and learns to redefine her morals.

That is when the violence and sex parts come in. She starts dating the master vampire of the city, which of course is not the smartest thing to do if you are a vampire hunter, and through acts of metaphysics becomes his human servant.

At the same time she is also dating another guy, who is a shape shifter werewolf. Through all kinds of weird and mainly meta physical circumstances, she ends up with about six boyfriends by the time we get to book 14.
When Anita is not having sex she is killing demons, vampires and other evil guys. Just writing all this down makes the books sound very very bad, but trust me they make for a great read.

If you are into this sort of thing of course. They would probably make for a great TV series if they made everything a little less graphic. Like Buffy, only much more adult and more grim. Hmm. Or a movie. I would go see that. Would you?

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