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Circus of the Damned: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 3 | [Laurell K. Hamilton]

Circus of the Damned: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 3

In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.
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Publisher's Summary

In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.

Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.

©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"The third novel of Hamilton's Anita Blake series has the petite necromancer fighting a giant cobra and a rogue vampire, Alejandro, who wants her for his human servant. Anita is still resisting the advances of Jean-Claude, St. Louis's master vampire, but she does need him on her side, if not in her bed. Anita's reluctant involvement in the odd goings-on at the supernatural Circus of the Damned introduces her to Richard, the werewolf of her dreams, and Larry, her powerful but nervous partner in zombie-raising. Mystery fans will love the tightly plotted, Paretsky-esque action, and horror fans will love just about everything in this unusual series." (Amazon.com review)
"One of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara-and a hell of a lot more fun than most." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 01-05-10
    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 01-05-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Vampires, Werewolves and Snake gods...oh my"

    This book was fun. Since I have read all of the older books first and then came back to the first books I enjoyed this book for a few reasons. I love how Anita is confused by the monsters and the more confused and scared she gets the more aggressive and violent she gets. How Jean-Claude is clumsy and really pushes her but it seems to always back fire on him. I like how he is not sure how to handle her. I like that she is learning that Jean-Claude is not nearly as bad as most of the other Vamps. I also like to see that Richard was even blind to her back in the beginning of this series. He couldn’t swallow her out there fighting the bad guys and risking her life. He still is trying to find a way to wrap her in cotton and take away who and what she is. She is one tuff cookie our little necromancer is !!!!! :)

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 05-18-12
    Emily 05-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Reviewed for uncommitted fans..."

    This is the first book (and last) I've read by this author. I honestly do not understand the appeal of this series.

    Main gripe: the author uses way too many plot devices and suspended belief becomes impossible.

    I didn't care for the ignorant prejudice from the protagonist. What's the deal with her distaste for vampires? Says she won't "date" the undead and would rather die than become one of the undead. The author doesn't explain why vampires are worth Anita defending (in some cases) but not good enough for her to "date" them. Maybe that was just a clumsy device to manufacture tension between the two...but it gets very annoying after about the 8th time.

    Story drags from the middle on as the main character is all wrapped up in what she thinks, and what she feels. One moment she's self-righteous and then the next questions herself about really silly things -- childish.

    It really irritates when an author will gladly have other supposedly strong characters be killed (in this case by Anita's supposedly assume fighting skills -- ummm yeah, didn't see any) but nothing can touch the protagonist. I call it the "Rambo" Dues ex machina, which was was old even in the 80's.

    The sound effects are TERRIBLE! For me, music in previous audiobooks, was used to signal the end, or beginning, of a chapter. It took me a while to catch on that for this book it is used only for the action scenes. I'd been trained to get ready to transition and found myself confused when I realized they were fighting. And the sound effects are -- literally -- used as sound effects. Yikes! That production decision needs to be re-thought. I don't want to hear a gunshot ricochet while the narrative is going on, not to mention the "sucking" sounds when a knife is used.

    This book was published in 1995...pagers are the most advanced technology. I know it was current for it's time, but I mistakenly thought it was only a decade old because that's when it was produced in audio version. My bad.

    The book reads like a teenage angst rant. It's all Anita, Anita, Anita....blah, blah, blah...boring! Who cares what Anita thinks? She's not that great. And I don't get the appeal...

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Deanne Milwaukie, OR, USA 07-22-15
    Deanne Milwaukie, OR, USA 07-22-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Had me at the edge of my seat"

    Great book even better ending, had me at the edge of my seat wondering which way Things were going to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-18-15
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    "OMG the voice for John Claude is terrible"

    Great story with lots of action. Good strong lead with interesting support characters. The narrator is not great with men's voices but certainly passable. However, she really blows it with John Claude. I hope there is an improvement as the series continues because the voice she uses for him is just squirrelly, certainly not romantic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen N. Moscoe Vancouver, WA United States 12-16-14
    Ellen N. Moscoe Vancouver, WA United States 12-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Early Anita Blake books outstanding!"

    Books have fascinating stories and characters. When you finish one book you want to know one thing - Where is the next? Books in second half of available books are not as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda SAINT PAUL, Mongolia 09-27-14
    Amanda SAINT PAUL, Mongolia 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing vocal skills"
    Where does Circus of the Damned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first of the Laurell K Hamilton books that I ever read and is one of my favorites to listen to. It's definitely in. My top three.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Anita Blake, the title character. This book is early enough in the series that she is still tough, smart, and strong as opposed to whiny and annoying.


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Alexis – was your favorite?

    Her vocal skills are well showed off with the lamia character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Years ago this was a random find at a library. Over a decade later I still come back to it for a good mystery and a fast paced plot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third in the series. Starting with this book is a great introduction to the author and the narrator without having read or heard any others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    luvs2read 08-02-14
    luvs2read 08-02-14
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    "Blame the rating on Audible"
    Any additional comments?

    First let me say, I loved this book and this narrator. Unfortunately I HATE the narrator they replaced Kimberly Alexis with in the more recent releases. Audible in it's infinite wisdom will not set up a way for me to get those books out of my "recommendations based on previous ratings". Because I rated the early books so highly they feel that they HAVE to recommend the later books in the series based on those ratings. I've emailed Audible asking for a fix for this and got no response. At this point I don't think there is one book in my recommendations that I haven't already read/purchased someplace else or that I cannot stand the new narrators. So in order to get some new recommendations had to go back and trash a whole bunch of books that I love. This truly sucks and is something I did NOT want to do. I'm blaming this on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TW Ervin II Ohio, USA 04-06-14
    TW Ervin II Ohio, USA 04-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A lot of action with interesting twists"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a solid action-packed novel, without with a minimal dose of sexual content, especially compared to works as the series continued.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between Anita and Edward.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite of the Anita Blake novels. I stopped reading/listening after the 7th, as the content moved away from action and far more toward sexual content that I have no interest for. What can be easily skipped over in text is far more difficult in the audio format. Just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 01-05-14
    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 01-05-14
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    "Listening is so much better with this series!"
    If you could sum up Circus of the Damned in three words, what would they be?

    What a start!


    What other book might you compare Circus of the Damned to and why?

    I am a huge fan of the Anita Blake series in book form but in all honesty, it cannot be compared to any other. Other then Stephen King, I rarely deviate from my favorites. Neither author can compare with the other and I cannot even begin to explain why.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final fight with Mr. Oliver. Even though Anita could have died, she still managed to kill her master by force-Alejandro, kill Mr. Oliver and save Jean-Claude.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The last thing Anita Blake, the Executioner of bad vampires wanted, is to be tied to Jean-Claude,Master of the City.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DANI BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, United States 11-07-13
    DANI BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Hi, I enjoy paranormal romance. Once I start a series I like to continue it through. Anita Blake is my favorite. I'm granny mom. Reading is.

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    "im not ur human servant"
    Would you listen to Circus of the Damned again? Why?

    Yes. I enjoyed just that much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard. I like the way his character was introduced


    What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?

    She changes her accent during story for character's. She perform's with emotion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Do I really hate jean Claude


    Any additional comments?

    I like Edward also

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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