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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 2009
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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 Earth 05-18-12
    Emily Earth 05-18-12 Member Since 2010
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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...

    5 of 9 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 Member Since 2013
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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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    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 07-20-12
    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 07-20-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!

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    "Great!"

    Doing more then a couple hours of driving a day in rush hour traffic, this is my cure to Road Rage! lol Well... I don't get Road Rage but I had never been a fan of stop and go traffic. These Audio Books make it so I don't mind at all, in fact I sometimes feel I get home too quickly and have to sit in the car for another 5 minutes until I get to a part I can feel good about pausing. hehe Group Hugz

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy Navarre, FL, United States 10-08-10
    Patsy Navarre, FL, United States 10-08-10 Member Since 2009

    I live on the Gulf of Mexico and I love to listen and walk the day away along God's beautiful grace.

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    "great"

    can do with out the music....... book as the story of Anita goes on, you grow to love her, and want to know more.... get them all...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Boynton Beach, Fl, United States 07-22-12
    Patricia Boynton Beach, Fl, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2010

    Keeping Informed

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    "GREAT BOOK"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Circus of the Damned to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I would say yes. The music adds lots of drama


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Circus of the Damned?

    When Anita is tossed between two lovers, Jean-Claude and Richard


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

    Jean-Claude


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but the same thing with all the others.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Winter springs, FL, United States 05-13-10
    Donna Winter springs, FL, United States 05-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting"

    I like the stories but not as much as Sookie. I think I would like it better if they dropped some of the theratrics. Such as the echo of the gun shots and lay off some of the music. The characters are interesting so I ordered the next in the series.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sachiko Denver, CO, United States 03-11-13
    Sachiko Denver, CO, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is an outstanding book series"
    Where does Circus of the Damned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The whole series ranks within my top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy the progression of all of the characters, and how their interactions really effect one another.


    What does Kimberly Alexis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her vocal variety is outstanding


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The different action points, suck you in as if you are there in the moment.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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