Kiss the Dead is a erotic thriller by American writer Laurell K. Kiss the Dead centers on U. Marshal Anita Blake as she attempts to sort through her ever increasingly complicated personal life while dealing with a vampire that is breaking both vampire and human laws by turning underage teens and children into the undead. Meanwhile Anita also has to deal with the fragile ego of the ancient vampire Asher , whose jealous behavior threatens the physical and emotional well-being of all around him. Louis Post-Dispatch praised the book, citing the "heart-stopping climax" as a highlight. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton Goodreads Author. When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to U. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she's faced with something she's never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master.

And where there's one martyr, there will be more But even When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to U. But even vampires have monsters that they're afraid of.

And Anita is one of them Get A Copy. Hardcover , First Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Kiss the Dead , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 31, Shannon marked it as will-never-read Shelves: dumb-female-characters , abandoned-series , terrible-writing , hate-this-series , dumb-male-characters , abandoned-author , unnatural-character-progression.

The one and only time I will ever put a gif in a review. Hit List was the end of Anita Blake for me, after reading this series for the better part of a decade, so check out my review of it to see why I'm not reading Kiss the Dead. I grew attached to the characters and the story and was thoroughly invested with these books until it just got to the point that I couldn't read them without wanting to stab myself in the eye or tear my hair The one and only time I will ever put a gif in a review.

I grew attached to the characters and the story and was thoroughly invested with these books until it just got to the point that I couldn't read them without wanting to stab myself in the eye or tear my hair out, or both. It wasn't the sex which, even though it got ridiculous it was at least hilarious enough to be entertaining , it wasn't the plot what little existed , it wasn't JUST the writing though it continued to go downhill with each subsequent book , it was a combination of all of those things and more.

She's run this series into the ground and continues to milk it even though it's painfully obvious she doesn't know what she's doing with it anymore. I don't even recognize most of the characters especially since some of the leads haven't even been IN the books for the last few and Anita is just an awful Mary Sue who runs around in circles asking the same questions and getting into the same disagreements and adding more and more men and more and more powers to both her and others through her magical vagina.

Every book ends with a couple of pages to wrap things up in an epilogue instead of using the bulk of the book for those plot points. If someone reads this book and sees my review and can prove me wrong and this one is different, I'd love to know, but any trollish comments will be deleted. I went looking for new info about the Meredith Gentry series yes, I still will read that one and I actually even enjoy it a little bit , and happened upon an excerpt from an outtake that was "too hot to handle" seriously, how is that possible?

Really, how anyone can read this and not understand why she needs to get a new editor saw on her blog she actually DOES have one, though how much she lets her editor actually EDIT is suspect , and stop writing this series until she knows what the fuck she wants to do with it is beyond me.

The black curls touched the edge of his face, as if bringing attention to the curve of his mouth, the line of his cheek, and those eyes. They always looked blue , but they were so dark. His eyes were a blue like deep ocean water, where it runs cold and will eventually spill down into something warm and mysterious, where creatures the light has never seen live and thrive. Those gorgeous eyes looked at me, and there was love in them, but the second he saw me in the doorway, walking toward him , there was lust, desire, and just a heat that brought a blush to my face and an answering heat to my own eyes.

They talked about burning for each other, and we still did. I never seemed to get over the surprise of turning around and seeing him there. I'm not always great at critiquing literature, but I think that's what she was going for.

Seriously, did you see she wrote "he was mine" twice in the same sentence? Well, good to know that this scene was cut from the book because it didn't fit in with whatever "plot" she came up with and not because it's so awful it shouldn't be published Shameful, but it doesn't surprise me at all.

The only thing that still surprises me is that she has any fans left. View all 93 comments. Jun 08, Lorena rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy , urban-fantasy. I know that my compulsion to hate-read these books is far more perverted than anything Anita ever gets up to in this series, but there it is.

I almost feel that I am performing a service for those of you who have had the strength to stop reading the books themselves, yet may feel the danger of back-sliding just to see what is up in the lives of Anita and her horde of vaginal slaves. The answer is nothing. Nothing is up that remotely matters or makes sense.

I'm not going to mark anything in here I know that my compulsion to hate-read these books is far more perverted than anything Anita ever gets up to in this series, but there it is. I'm not going to mark anything in here as a "spoiler," because I don't even know what that means in the context of these books anymore.

However, if the fact that I am going to quote parts of the book and that those parts of the book may reveal some of the things that happen in the book will upset you, stop reading now. You have no one but yourself to blame if you continue. Likewise, I guess I should add that if crimes against the profession of editing, the English language, and the Aristotelian Unities upset you, you should also consider yourself warned, because what follows must necessarily be very disturbing, indeed.

Let's first give credit where credit is due The Marshall job, anyway. There's a throwaway reference to Animator's, Inc.

Remember how that used to be a thing in this series? But not anymore. This time, Anita is helping break up a hostage situation involving a bunch of vamps who appear to be members of the Undead Tea Party, being composed primarily of old people and near-children who were too young to know what they were doing when they changed over, and only want to yell "FREEDOM! This is not really all that important, actually. I mean, they provide the background for some of the Dramatic Events in the story that cause Anita to have to kick ass and talk about her weapons and her height and how strong she is like always, but that's it.

Consider them not really all that material to the story. We DO get to walk into the building where they are holed up, though, and get one of those glorious paragraphs where Hamilton tries to get all deep and descriptive, and ends up making no kind of sense whatsoever. To wit: The room looked like a set for a slasher flick, with dirty walls; pale paint that might have started as white had flaked away from the bricks, so that the paint debris lay at the base of the walls as if something big had clawed at the walls.

The question was, had it been clawing to get in, or get out? First of all, no, that is not the question. Nothing was clawing, in or out. It's just some paint flecks.

Also, if there HAD been clawing, the fact that all of the paint flecks are on the floor inside the building would be a significant clue that the clawing was coming from inside the building as well.

I mean, to anyone who happened to be a professional investigator of some sort. Or someone who had ever read a mystery story before. Those familiar with the series will not be surprised to learn that Hamilton's tendency to use the same words repeatedly, and even to seemingly cut and paste whole paragraphs from previous books to re-use several times in the course of each "new" volume has not abated even a little. She also continues her odd quirk of picking a new phrase that everyone in each book suddenly decides to use all the time, in all sorts of situations, and then never use again in subsequent books.

In this edition, that phrase is "ass deep in alligators. Enjoy it while you can; in the next book no one will have ever heard of alligators. Also, you will find this paragraph, worded almost exactly the same way, in at least two different parts of the book: His face already held that darkness, that surety that most men's eyes get at some point when the clothes are coming off and the sex is happening.

It's not exactly possessive, but yet it is, but it is predatory It wasn't a shapeshifter look, or a vampire look, it was a male look.

Maybe women had their own version, but I rarely saw my own face in a mirror during sex, and I had only one other woman to compare to, and she didn't have a look like this one. Also, lest we forget There can be no other explanation. On the subject of the vampire marks, though, we do get this: We'd finally figured out it was Jean-Claude's vampire marks that kept me from being able to shapeshift for real.


Anita Blake #21: Kiss The Dead

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