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The Laughing Corpse
Book 2 of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series

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Speaking of life...and death...every animator worth her salt knows that the older the zombie, the bigger the death needed to raise it.  After a few centuries, the only death "big enough" is a human sacrifice.  Now, I'm no assassin--sure I kill vampires--and I don't do it for the money--but I don't kill people.  Like I said, working for Animators, Inc. is just a job, like selling insurance.  But all the money in the world wasn't enough for me to take on the particular job Harold Gaynor was offering.  Somebody else did, though--and insane animator.  And he wasn't just raising the dead...he was raising Hell.

And it was up to me to stop it...

Characters:
   Bert Vaughn
   Bruno
   Harold Gaynor
   Anita Blake
   Mrs. Cassidy
   Catherine Maison
   Elizabeth Markowitz
   R.P.I.T
   Tommy
   Bruno
   Kasey
   Dominga Salvador
   Benjamin Reynolds
   Manny Rodriguez
   Marian Seville
   Ki
   Cicely
   Roberts
   Man Eating Zombie
   Rosita Rodriguez
   Antonio Salvador
   Enzo
   Peter Burke
   John Burke
   Jamison Clarke
   Charles Montgomery
   Irving Griswold
   Luther
   Dead Dave
   Jean-Claude
   Evans
   Wheelchair Wanda
   Pete
   Seymour
   Ernie
   Amazing Albert
   Willie McCoy
   Merlioni
   Fred
   Gross
   Brady

Nikki Says:
Ryder Says:
Overall Grade:  91 (A--) Overall Score:
Anita Ranking:  7th Anita Ranking:  6th
Brownie Points:  Oh my GOD, this book scared me.  On so many levels.  This is the *only* book that has ever given me nightmares.  I think it was the voodoo or demented old man thing.  I dunno.  But besides that, the action and the mystery in this book were to die for...literally. Brownie Points:
Major Pitfalls: I hold a grudge toward Dominga Salvador for making me sleep with my mommy for two nights, so I had to deduct points.  Hah, take that!  Also, though scary, I really like the politics that go with the entire Anita underworld, and this book lacked that.  So it lost points for not including the scaries thing, vampire politics, while managing to almost make me wet myself. Major Pitfalls:
Final Thoughts: Scary.  Definitely scary.  I liked the whole Mexican/latin culture shock you get from this book, because that culture really is as close as it appears in this book.  Wheelchair Wanda was also really cool... Final Thoughts: