Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures, Laurell K. Hamilton, 1993 (book 1 of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series)

My favorite quote: “Most hatred is based on fear, one way or another.”

Notable characters: Anita Blake, the animator/vampire hunter; Nikolaos, the Master vampire of St. Louis; Jean-Claude, owner of Guilty Pleasures, a vampire strip club

Most memorable scene: For me, it was meeting Rafael, the wererat. I didn’t see that coming. I was like, WHAAAT?? A WERERAT!? In cut-offs!?!?

Greatest strengths: The characters. Most notably in this case, Anita Blake. She’s tough, funny, and smart — the kind of character you want to follow into the next book 

Standout achievements: This book (and the rest of the series) blurs genre lines in a refreshing way, merging elements of horror, action, romance, and mystery to create a sparkling concoction that is all the author’s own. Stylistically, it reads a little like hardboiled detective fiction … but with vampires and murder and sexiness all around. The overall result is a mixture of scary/sexy/noir badassery that’s as fun as it is unique

Fun Facts: Beginning in 2006, Marvel Comics and Dabel Brothers Productions released a twelve-issue comic book adaptation based on this series

Other media: The graphic novel series titled, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 

What it taught me: The power of short, declarative sentences to help ramp up the action

How it inspired me: There are a handful of authors who truly compelled me to pick up the pen and write books of my own, and Laurell K. Hamilton is one of them. She has a few writerly superpowers, but specifically, I’m impressed by her ability to create a powerful, multi-sensory experience for the reader. You see what she wants you to see and feel what she wants you to feel. She makes it easy to forget that you’re actually just looking at words on a page, and when I first discovered her in my early twenties, I knew that I wanted to do the same thing 

Additional thoughts: This is the first book of this series and I’ll be posting reviews of the other installments, but not necessarily in the order they were written

My rating: 4.5 of 5

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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