The Laughing Corpse ★★★★★

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series by L. K. Hamilton

Novels, Short Stories, and Comic Books

Book 2: The Laughing Corpse (1994)

First Published by Ace Books

Genres: Urban Fantasy/Mystery, Horror

Pages: 293

Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: Anita takes it up a notch as an animator in The Laughing Corpse. Not many animators can raise a 300 year old corpse and none of them can do it without a human sacrifice which is why she turns the job down.

However, there is always a less scrupulous party who will give anything a try if the price is right. One of the suspects is an all-powerful voodoo queen who Anita makes a mortal enemy out of by asking the wrong questions and pushing the right buttons.

Throughout the story Anita also has to deal with the new Master of the City, Jean Claude, who wants her as his human servant and will use whatever method he thinks will prevail from unsavory to sensual.

My Thoughts: This is a self-revelation novel, a coming to terms with aspects about yourself that you may not like but have to deal with for Anita. Still a bad-ass and sassy vampire slayer, L. K. Hamilton introduces a new aspect to Anita’s character: a strong sense of morals which I think is a pretty awesome trait in a heroine. I also have to mention I LOVE Jean Claude, right now he is such a great character to despise but he is totally growing on me.

I also like the animator/necromancer side of Anita because straight up vampire slayer books tend to get a little boring after the first 2 or 3 in a series. I’m hoping the world of necromancy and vampires combined provide enough of a base to keep me interested for a least a few more books.

Right now, I am completely hooked and dying to read the next adventure though I do enjoy the fact that you aren’t left in the middle of a plot development at the end of these books. You’re obviously set up for another book but not with a crazy cliff hanger that stretches the plot line.

Another well deserved 5 star review.

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