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The Laughing Corpse

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake #2
Published: 1994
Review by: CL4 Kaysa

I'll tell you one thing, under no circumstances should you read any of Ms. Hamilton's books! You'd find that you'd become seriously addicted and become obsessed with finding more of her work. (Little known fact: Hamilton is also a Star Trek writer). After reading "Guilty Pleasures", the first book in the series, and now this book, you'll feel like you know Anita intimately.

In the second installment of her Anita Blake series, Anita takes on a rogue animator who is using human sacrifices to raise the dead and discovers her only hope of survival lies in depending upon the feared Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the city. Also, as a side story, an evil man named Harold Gaynor wants Anita to raise a 300-year old zombie. Anita could do it, only one tiny problem, the older the dead guy is, the bigger the sacrifice will have to be in the animation process and with this old of a zombie the only thing acceptable is human sacrifice (normally the sacrifice is a chicken or at most a goat).

I highly recommend that you do not read this if you're squeamish, it seems Ms Hamilton tends to get more gorier with each novel and this one was pretty bad. There's a high body count and lots of people get seriously injured. Ms Hamilton seems to go into lots of detail when it comes to these things, I tend to just skip right over them. Why read about that sort of thing?

I don't want to get too into the plot of this book, you must read it to find out what happens!