Friday 15 February 2013

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake # 2) by Laurell K. Hamilton - Book Review

Title: The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake # 2)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Jove
Publication Date: 2002 (1994)
Pages: 293
Format: Paperback   
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Xmas Gift

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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter for Animators, Inc., is offered a cool mil to raise a 283-year-old corpse. But she knows that “the older the zombie, the bigger the death needed to raise it”. Only a human sacrifice is “big” enough to raise this old soul–and Anita’s no murderer. 

Now, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried—and some people better off dead… (Laurell K. Hamilton Website)

It has been some years since I read the first Anita Blake novel. Soon after that I went travelling and ending up moving to Australia. So it is only now I am finally picking up the series again after receiving books 2-8 for Xmas.

I'm not usually a big zombie fan, but I did enjoy this storyline. I like Anita's kick-ass character - a petite, penguin-loving vampire hunter and zombie raiser - and I found it fun to follow her through the book.

There was a little vampire action, too, and I do vaguely remember the character of Jean-Claude from the first book, so that helped me remember what was happening and where the main story arc was going.

Book two has certainly reawoken my interest in and enthusiasm for the series and I look forward to starting book three soon.

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