Friday, July 23, 2010

Anita Blake

I'm going out of town this weekend and I most likely won't be taking my laptop with me, so today you get two more posts to hold you through the weekend. If anyone is even reading this. *Sigh* One day, I'll have readers. One day.

I have just finished the latest book in the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton and I must say, the entire series is incredible. Yes, it's about Vampires. No, it's nothing like Twilight. The Anita Blake novels are much more adult and Hamilton keeps the romance to a minimum. They are action packed and full of surprises.

Anita Blake is a license Vampire executioner and an animator-meaning she can raise the dead. In fact, she has an affinity for all the dead. She is also freakin' bad ass. She carries an arsenal of weapons around, back talks the biggest, scariest monsters, and can take one hell of a beating. Hamilton writes Anita's character with loads of sass and attitude.

Here is the Wikipedia description.

The series takes place in a parallel fantasy world where vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, faeries, etc. exist. Her night job, and primary source of income, is the legal profession of re-animating the dead. As an "animator" in a parallel St. Louis, her job entails using magical abilities to bring temporary life to dead bodies in order to question them for legal purposes. She is a necromancer, which allows her to control the dead, including vampires and zombies, but not ghosts and ghouls. She is also a licensed vampire hunter/executioner, with eventual empowerment as a Federal Marshal. In her world this profession involves tracking down and killing vampires who have murdered humans. She is also held in retainer for the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT, pronounced Rip-it), which investigates supernatural crimes committed involving magic, vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.
A strong protagonist in the series, Blake is very direct, flippant, and highly competent in the professions she is involved in. She is trained in judo, kenpo and knows how to use several weapons, but is most efficient with guns (as the series begins, the
Browning Hi-Power is her carry gun of choice, though later in the series she switches to the Browning BDM). She is also a devout Christian which often creates moral dilemmas for the character.

So far there are 19 books in the series and the first few have been made into graphic novels, which I of course own and they are equally incredible.

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Me, myself and I said...

OMG I love the Anita Blake series!I have read almost all of them! There are two out right now in hard cover that I haven't read, I am waiting for them to come out in paper back!
I am always trying to get my other friends to read them but no one has!

Tress said...

Wow!! Yay a fellow fan!! I can't get anyone to read them either because it is such a long series but OMG they are amazing!