The Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton


Circus of the Damned, Laurell K. Hamilton, 1995

My favorite quote: “The serpent must have smiled at Eve like that: pleasant, amused, dangerous.” Followed closely by, “If you came here to call me names, get the hell out of my office. If you have real business, state it, then get the hell out of my office.”

Notable characters: Anita Blake, vampire hunter; Jean-Claude, the master of the city; Richard, a naked guy; Oliver, one of the creepiest peeps you’ll ever meet

Most memorable scene: I’m somewhat reluctant to admit it, but for me, it’s when Naked Richard makes his naked debut and rises naked from the bed. Naked. I don’t know why this moment was so memorable to me. I mean, generally speaking, I’m more interested in the Anitas of this world than the Richards (unless, of course, we’re talking about Jensen Ackles, but that’s a given). Anyway, that’s what I remember most. Probably because it was so unexpected. I was just reading along and BAM! — Naked Richard all up in my face.  

Greatest strengths: That’s easy. The action 

Standout achievements: I’m most impressed by Hamilton’s ability to work in back story and information from previous books in a smooth, unstilted way, and her talent for that really shines in this one. There are no “As-you-know-Bob,” moments here and as a reader and a writer, I appreciate that. It’s not an easy thing to handle, but Hamilton does it like, well … a pro

Fun Facts: By the time I made it to this book, which is the third in the series, I had insisted that everyone around me read them, as well. And they did. We seriously had a great big huge Anita Blake book club going for a long, long time

Other media: This one, too, is part of the graphic novel series

What it taught me: That the city of Arnold is an actual place. I lived right by it and had no idea

How it inspired me: I haven’t yet given any of my own characters a naked debut (I don’t think, anyway) but if I do, it will most assuredly be inspired by Naked Richard’s grand entrance. And by grand, of course, I mean, naked

Additional thoughts: While I obviously enjoyed the first two books (I kept going, didn’t I?) I feel like this book is where this series really hits its stride. And hoo boy, what a stride!

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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: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* 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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