By Laurell K. Hamilton
Ace Books, 1994
As I described in my book review of The
Laughing Corpse, I've read the first three books in the Anita
Blake series in one hardbound volume, including Circus of the Damned.
That's why I haven't included the page header in the sub-heading, as I
Now on to business. These Anita Blake
novels keep getting better. Laurell Hamilton has created a wonderful
character in Blake and a great supporting cast. There are some parallels
to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Jean-Claude could be Spike) but there
are enough differences to keep the two franchises separate and distinct.
For example, Anita Blake is not blessed
with supernatural vampire-like strength the way Buffy is. She kills
vampires with silver bullets and knives, and only occasionally uses a
stake. She has to rely on her skills and good luck to save the day.
However, if Buffy were not around as
a series, I think we would have had at least two Anita Blake movies. With Buffy,
even with all the differences, a movie with a female vampire killer is
just too similar, which I think is why we haven't seen an Anita Blake
movie. It's a shame.
As always, the action is fast and never
lets up, although Hamilton could use a few different tactics. I mean, now
many times does Anita walk into her apartment only to find someone else
there? You'd think she'd move or get a new lock, or something.
Jean-Claude continues to tempt and
aggravate her, entreating her to just give in to the lust she feels and
become his human servant. She refuses, though something happens that takes
her choice away. Don't worry, I won't give it away.
She also helps Dolph and other supernatural
cops track down a rogue group of vampires who is murdering people,
seemingly at random. The group is led by another master vampire, a Latin
hottie named Alejandro. He is much older than Jean-Claude also wants to
make Anita his human servant.
We also meet another master vampire, even
older than Alejandro, with sinister designs of his own. He orders around a
very cool creature called a lamia.
It's a busy book, with a lot happening, but
it never drags. Anita zooms from one adventure to the next, all in a
matter of days. It's really too bad about Buffy, because these books would
make great movies. Maybe someday, long after Buffy goes away (this is the
show's final season).
Perhaps Sarah Gellar could play Anita
Blake? Wouldn't that be cool.