Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

15 Aug

If you’ve never read this series of books by Laurell K. Hamilton, you should.  We have all of the books in the series and I’ve read them all and, recently, started reading them again just for the fun of it.  Laurell, wow, this chick can write her ass off and this series not only deals with vampires, wereanimals, and other spooky things, but Laurell can bring the noise when it’s time for her characters to get naked and get busy.

Anita is a necromancer by birth – she raises the dead for a living and her side job is hunting down and executing rogue vampires and is one tough, no-nonsense, gun-toting and, often, cold-blooded bitch… but not really.  Early on, you learn that the devoutly religious Anita – a necessity so that when facing a vampire, your cross will work – is also the biggest prude I’ve ever seen in a book; while she doesn’t believe in the picket fence and 2.5 kids and a dog thing, she doesn’t believe in premarital sex and is a one woman, one man kind of girl.

Until she eventually runs into Richard and Jean-Claude; Richard’s an alpha werewolf, Jean-Claude a master vampire and Master of the City of Saint Louis and from there, the shit really hits the fan for our plucky heroine.  I just love the way Laurell gets Anita into all kinds of predicaments, things that run totally contrary to what she believes and then makes her deal with them, often in rather spectacular fashion.  Anita, also known as the Executioner because she has more legal vampire kills than anyone in the country, will put a bullet in you without even thinking about it… but when it comes to her abilities, love, and sex, sheesh, she’s so deeply in denial that as I re-read the series, I keep rolling my eyes and fussing at her because she does understand what’s going on with her… but she refuses to accept it.

As a character in a book, Anita just gets on my last good nerve at times!  She’s tougher than most men… but she’s also such a naive little girl at times and, well, it’s just fun to read how Laurell makes this contradiction work – and it does work.  It’s probably chick lit… and if it is, it’s the only chick lit I’ll ever read.

Laurell brings to the table a lot of good shit, from heterosexual sex to poly relationships, with a good dose of D/s and other BDSM things tossed in for good measure and, oh, yeah, there’s gay sex in there as well and even if you, as the reader, don’t believe in such things for yourself, I’ll go out on a limb and say that you will find these particular predicaments Anita gets herself into rather delightful to read.

The one thing that stands out to me is the internal conflict she has regarding monsters.  She hunts them and kills them… but some of the monsters become her friends and lovers… and, oh, yeah, given what she does for a living and the powers she has, she’s one of the monsters, too… and she never quite gets her head around that – again, she understands that she’s never really been human in that sense… but in the early parts of the series, she just refuses to accept it, can’t deal with the true nature of her power as a necromancer and, when the powers of her lovers, Jean-Claude and Richard, are added to the mix, oh, man, I just love the way it all fucks with her!  She sees and understands the necessity of all of this… but accepting it?  Oh, man, she drives me nuts with this, and it makes me give Laurell very major props for her ability to weave a story and characters so well that it makes me want to slap the shit out of them at times.

If you’ve read the whole series, read it again; if you haven’t read it, I recommend that you do, chick lit or not.  If you like magic, zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other creepy things, you can get your fill of them by reading this series.  The only thing I have to say ‘bad’ about the series as it progresses is that Laurell tends to focus more on the relationship/sexual aspects of Anita’s life than her powers as a first-class necromancer – Anita doesn’t raise the dead enough to make me happy because the way Laurell writes it, man, it sounds so damned cool!

1 Comment

Posted by on 15 August 2013 in Life, Living and Loving


Tags: ,

One response to “Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Three of Us: Kit, Kitten, and Kitty

This blog is mostly about personal growth. It’s random and it’s ever changing.

Corrupting Mrs Jones

Often unfiltered thoughts.

Gemma - Journey of Self discovery

So, I've been spanked, hard! I have spanked myself hard, I have spanked others even harder! I'm now heading for a different road, one that still includes all the best bits of me, all the naughty bits, all the hot steamy bits, and plenty of spanking still to be had! But this time I'm creating characters to play out my delightful erotic fantasies, I hope you enjoy the new ride as much as the previous one...

Marla's World

Sporadic randomness from a disheveled mind.

Miss D

My BDSM adventures and accounts as a kinky sadomasochist

The Middle-Aged Bisexual

Struggling with my bisexuality in a heterosexual relationship

Porn Girl

BDSM, Femdom, D/s, sex and life in general

Water bound girl

A Submissive Journey


Musings & Interests of a Bisexual Man

A journey into surrender

Finding Strength in my Submission

Mature audience only, 18+ NSFW...kinky sex & spankings ahead!

Acquiescent Soul

Internal Perspective

Domestic Discipline, Jenny style!

Unconventional journey to unimaginable fulfillment.


by Hannah

Hopeful Heartache

Ramblings about life, relationships, anxiety, depression, and questions.

SeXXy Julie

Sordid Sex Stories & Erotica of a Cougar

Temperature's Rising

Still hot. (It just comes in flashes now.)


Random thoughts from a random mind


Writing about recovery.

Wake Up- Get Up- Stand up

"We the People" need to stand together.

The Watering Hole

Where everyone comes to quench their thirst for insight to life's challenging questions.


Parts Of My Life

Date A Bisexual

Love the one you love


The Wise Serpent

a worried whimsy

bouncing between happy and anxious

The Self-Actualized Life

Have a fulfilling life sexually and every other way!

Larry Archer's World (

------ Erotica from the dirty mind of Larry Archer


is there a path to a successful open marriage?


The silent inside of an anonymous Indian rebelling against society

The (Bi)te

The uninteresting world of a young bisexual girl


What Perspective Matters Most Depends on Your Perception


Just my random thoughts and meanderings... I'll try to keep you entertained


when and why size matters


I write when the choice is to die if I don't

My SEXuality

Why am I afraid to tell you who I'am?

Confessions of a Cheating Housewife

...because love just isn't enough ;)

Apparently I Don't Exist

The Many Adventures of a Bisexual Genderqueer

Writing Myself into a Hole

The flailing scraps of a struggling writer. Original fiction and creative whining, whenever my petulance will allow it.

%d bloggers like this: