Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)

by Laurell K. Hamilton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 051513449x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Morgaine77 of Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on 10/4/2005
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Tuesday, October 04, 2005
I discovered Anita while browsing a Barnes & Noble in New York. I bought the first book of the series - Guilty Pleasures - and got immediately hooked. I had to read all the following novels because I just NEEDED to know what's happening in Anita's life! :-) And it got juicier and juicier with every book...

"Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law--as long as they don't get too nasty. Now someone's killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees-with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting--to help figure out who and why.
Trust is a luxury Anita can't afford when her allies aren't human. The city's most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita's professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn't playing along--yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters--both dead and alive."


Have fun reading! ;-)

Journal Entry 3 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Saturday, December 24, 2005
After I get this book back from my friend, I'll start a Europe-only bookring for the first 4 novels in the Anita Blake series.

Some guidelines:
1. Please journal the book when it arrives (so we know it's safe and sound with you), once you read it (to let us know how you liked it) and when you ship it off (so we know it's on its way to the next reader).

2. Please PM the next person in line before shipping the books off, not only for the adress, but also to ask if they are still interested in the ring!

3. I would suggest that you don't ship off all four books together (except you're an extraordinary fast reader!) but in packages of two (1+2, 3+4) or one after the other.

4. Try not to take longer than four weeks per book.

5. And the most important thing: Have fun!

Here are the participants so far in shipping order:
1. cathepsut (Egypt)
2. Agrippine314 (DE)
3. Haltestelle (DE)
4. Pegafli (DE)
5. Mary-T (DE)
6. adeps (SE)
7. candy-is-dandy (UK)
8. sadogs (UK)
9. rmg (UK)
10. cloggy (UK)
11. Sterile (UK)
12. ...
13. ...
... back to me, Morgaine77

Journal Entry 4 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Thursday, January 05, 2006
Given back to me by my friend who didn't journal... :-(
The book will soon travel to the first participant of the bookring.


sent to cathepsut. Enjoy! :-)

Journal Entry 6 by cathepsut from Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Arrived today, yay! Thanks for the funky cards and the tea bags! I am amazed that naked guy made it past Egyptian customs! That's probably, why it took so long... ;-)
I just started reading another bookray, so I see how I can squeeze it in. I will try to be fast!

Journal Entry 7 by cathepsut from Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, February 26, 2006
From the back cover:
"Why should it surprise me that I was alive?... There on the right side of my neck was the real thing... Tiny, diminutive, fang marks. Nikolaos had contaminated me... I bet she thought I'd be scared of her. She was right on that. But I spent most of my waking hours confronting and destroying things that I fear. A thousand-year-old master vampire was a tall order, but a girl's got to have a goal."

I know this is the first book of the series, but I kept checking several times nonetheless. It just felt as if I was missing some prequel to the story.

Much darker than Charlaine Harris. Not as funny or as erotic (yet). The vampires are much scarier. And so is the heroine. She is not scared to pull her gun at every opportunity. Think Kinsey Millhone in the body of Holly Hunter. Anyway, that is how I imagine Anita Blake.

I found this book pretty creepy, after reading much more light hearted Charlaine Harris. And I thought "Yeah, kinda ok, so-so...". And as soon as I put it down, I was off to my bookshelf and started the next one. Must have been better than just ok...

Jean-Claude, hmmm, now who could play him in a movie?

Will post this as soon as I have the address...

Journal Entry 8 by cathepsut at By mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 06, 2006

Released 14 yrs ago (3/7/2006 UTC) at By mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases



Finally sending this on. Sorry for the delay, but I had internet connection problems, which made my IQ drop by about 100%... Have fun!

Journal Entry 9 by Agrippine314 from Ergolding, Bayern Germany on Friday, March 24, 2006
Received this book yesterday, together with The Laughing Corpse ... amazingly, the third book overtook these two, I guess in customs (and it also was a German Registered Mail, which surprised me, receiving them from Egypt .... I wonder what customs did).

I will do my very best to get the books on their way again, soon!

Thanks for sending and lending them!


Welllllll, I do have to admit, that the book is captivating and I really wanted to know the solution, but, it's much too cruel or too bloody for me. Well, ok, crime stories are so too, but mostly that will be hidden.
Maybe I should have started with a novice vampire story, I don't know.
All in all, although I would like to know how the frame story continues, I will not read the following books, it is just not my cup of tea (of blood?).

Thanks a lot anyway!!!


Will be sent to Haltestelle with "Circus of the damned" and "The laughing corpse".

PS: Please, remove me from the reader list for the fourth novel!

Journal Entry 11 by Haltestelle from Groß-Umstadt, Hessen Germany on Monday, April 10, 2006
Arrived today with to other Anita Blake novels. I´ll try my best... :-)

Journal Entry 12 by Haltestelle from Groß-Umstadt, Hessen Germany on Saturday, June 03, 2006
Sorry I forgot to make a journal entry, I´ve finished this one and the second an now I´m reading part 3.

Journal Entry 13 by Haltestelle from Groß-Umstadt, Hessen Germany on Wednesday, June 14, 2006
On his way to pegafli!

Journal Entry 14 by bc-del-20080225 on Friday, June 16, 2006
thanks to haltestelle for sending me this book. i'll start reading it immediately.

Journal Entry 15 by bc-del-20080225 on Wednesday, June 21, 2006
a lot of blood, a lot of sex, a lot of cruelties... this book is fast to read, but no milestone in the history of literature... finally I read it, because I wanted to find out the end of the story. Hamiltons way of writing is very thrilling, but there are too much description of feelings and environment. So some charpters bored me.
But I will read the other parts too. :)

Journal Entry 16 by bc-del-20080225 on Thursday, July 06, 2006
send to Mary-T

Journal Entry 17 by Mary-T from Bretzfeld, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, July 09, 2006
Found this one along with the 2nd part in front of my door today. Thanks for mailing, Pegafli. :)
Anita Blake will have to be patient - since here are other rings as well I need to read first. But I will try to be fast.

Well - that's a different vampire-novel. Unfortunately it didn't grab me and I think it's not really my kind of vampire-book... And I won't read the other parts...
Nevertheless, thanks Morgaine for giving me the oppertunity to read! :)

I will send all four books to the next participant today

Journal Entry 18 by adeps from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Friday, September 01, 2006
Weee! Today a book...

Journal Entry 19 by adeps from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Sunday, September 10, 2006
I can't say whether or not it's my type of book, or how I liked it compared to other of its kind, I'm not that familiar with this sort of stories. But I sure can say that I enjoyed it!! The normality of it all, that raising zombies was an ordinary job, you could have a vampire for neighbour, being a werewolf wasn't that extreme, appealed to me.

I was under the impression that Anita Blake novels were very erotic and blood gory, but I didn't find it that way. I read somewhere, at the bookcrossing forum, I think, that the series developed in that direction, I wonder if it gets interesting or tiring... I will sure read more, anyway.

Thanks for bringing me into the world of Anita Blake! :)

Journal Entry 20 by adeps from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Friday, September 15, 2006
Due to postage costs I waited with sending until I had two books. You know, one for 7, two for 10..

Journal Entry 21 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Received with book 2 in the series - completely new author/style of book to me. Thanks for sharing - I hope to get round to reading them soon.

Journal Entry 22 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, March 01, 2007
I've never read a vampire hunter style book before and I'm still not really sure what I thought of it. This book was styled 'a heady mix of romance and horror', it didn't do much for me in either department. It took me some time to settle into it, sometimes feeling it was all too trivial and not written well enough to enjoy, other times I felt it was an easy, light read so why not enjoy it for what it was. I suppose I tended towards the latter view as I continued reading.

Though certainly bloody in places I didn't find it frightening or over-gory. I didn't find the sexual bits very interesting at all as I couldn't imagine fancying a vampire or the sadism involved.

I will be reading The Laughing Corpse next and then send the 2 on their way.

Journal Entry 23 by sadogs from Telford , Shropshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 18, 2007
Arrived yesterday with The Laughing Corpse and another bookring. I haven't had any bookrings come my way for ages and now I have three. Have started with this one so shouldn't be too long in reading.

Finished the book now and have already started on the next one. A quick read and very gory and bloody. But an enjoyable read nevertheless. Blood and gore don't bother me! not squeamish at all.

Ready to send onto rmg when I get the address.

Journal Entry 24 by cloggy from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, June 04, 2007
Arrived this afternoon together with 'The Laughing Corpse'. Just when I was getting confused by getting books 3 & 4 this morning..... problem solved
Have got a couple of books ahead of this one, but hope to get it read soon.

Journal Entry 25 by cloggy from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, June 07, 2007
I enjoyed this book, but it did feel like a 'guilty pleasure'. Or rather, lovely lightweight stuff. Finished the book in one day.

What made the book such fun, was that Hamilton makes it seem that Vampires and Zombies are normal occurrences. She underlines this by talking about Vampires' civil rights and the Vampire refugees moving to the US because of this. It is a one-line throw away comment, but helps to build the illusion.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series & will read book 2 before sending this one of its way to Sterile.

Journal Entry 26 by Sterile from Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
It's hard to believe that these books have been out on the road for nearly 18 months!! Books 1 & 2 are here with me on the home stretch now and are next up on Mount TBR. Thanks to Cloggy for sending them on and to Morgaine77 for offering them in the first place.

Journal Entry 27 by Sterile from Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 01, 2007
Welllll this first book didn't scrape past page 60 with me. I lost the plot when Anita was confronted with a man sized rat wearing cut-off demin jeans!! What?????? I know it's fantasy and I was doing alright untill then but that was a bit too much on the far side of whacky for me. Pming Morgaine77 with a view to sending 1 & 2 back.

Journal Entry 28 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Monday, July 23, 2007
The book arrived safely back home, patiently waiting for me until I got home from my vacation today. Thank everyone for making this a succesful ring!

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