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Incubus Dreams

by Laurell K. Hamilton

Jove | August 31, 2010 | Mass Market Paperbound

Incubus Dreams is rated 2.7059 out of 5 by 34.
Vampire hunter Anita Blake finds her life is more complicated than ever, caught as she is between her obligations to the living-and the undead.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 752 pages, 6.7 × 4.32 × 1.3 in

Published: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Jove

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0515139750

ISBN - 13: 9780515139754

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Book 12 of the Anita Blake series once again departs from the strictly suspense driven plot to focus more on character development and the relationships between the characters, but I'm not complaining. This is one of my favourite Anita Blake books. It is raw and emotional. Hamilton really can write in a way that draws the reader's empathy for her characters. I love how we continue to see the characters and their relationships develop. I especially like how we see more of Nathaniel's personal growth. The story opens at a wedding...Larry's and Tammy's. But, as with any event in Anita's life, a murder takes place and she is forced to leave the wedding to fulfill her duties as a consultant to the Regional Preternatural Investigation Unit and a Federal Marshal. It looks like St. Louis has a vampire serial killer (or killers) on the loose, raping and draining strippers dry. While Anita is positive none of Jean-Claude's vampires would commit this crime, others are not convinced and she must face many prejudices and find ways to fit into the cop mentality once again. While many believe that the series has become nothing more than erotica, they are vastly underrating things. Yes, Incubus Dreams does contain many explicit sexual encounters, and Hamilton, as the voice of Anita, may be providing a tad TMI, especially in Anita's fascination with a certain part of the male anatomy, but the encounters are all part of the overall development of Anita's character. The powerful sexual incubus that Jean-Claude has inadvertently shared with Anita can not be tamed. It is a driving force that she must feed or face the consequences. This dilemma gives rise to the need for more sexual partners and provides the emotional turmoil that Anita faces. The sexuality is not gratuitous in nature and has a purpose in the story arc of the entire series. 2010-099
Date published: 2010-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anita heads her own Trimulative Incubus Dreams is the 12th book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series. The book starts off with Anita standing in a wedding for Tammy and Larry. She must leave the reception early because of police business. She must investigate a stripper who was killed by multiple vamp bites and was drained. Anita is convinced it’s not one of Jean-Claude’s vamps, but the police think that Anita is “too involved” with him to be bias. She also realizes that Malcolm has not blood bonded his vamps and it leads to unrestrained predators. Anita is still struggling with the Ardeur and balancing her lovers. Nathanial wants to be more to Anita and is pushing her to have sex with him. She struggling with herself and trying to please everyone. She must feed the ardeur constantly and it has lead to her feeding on men she just met. Anita also has to deal with the after affects and dealing with her morals to save the ones she loves. Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard have a rise in power. They must try to control it, while it being unpredictable. Anita also forged a new trimulative with her vamp servant Damian and her pomme de sang Nathanial. This time, she is the head of the trimulative and is trying to learn to control it. Let’s talk about the sex. The book was full of it. I love Anita but it’s getting too much. That being said I won’t stop reading the books. I’m emotionally invested in these characters and will continue reading the series. People are upset of how much Anita has changed from Guilty Pleasures, but this is book 12. Many would complain if she was the same Anita and no real change in character development at this point. I trust Mrs Hamilton vision and will continue reading this wonderful series.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simply too graphic THE TIME HAS COME!!!! This book was over the top. And not in a good way. While the storyline as usual was fantastic, it was as if Hamilton lost her marbles and rented a porn film and wrote everything she saw. It cheapened so much she worked for. There was so much love between her and Richard and it was crumbled down to her sucking his....manhood in a most graphic way. I don't mind erotica...actually i enjoy them in supernatural book because it gives a break from horror and infuses humanity... I understand the Ardeur...the need for Anita to have sex every six hours. This does not bother me. It was the ongoing chapters, back to back, decrypting the most graphic, gory, disgustingly depicted sex. I mean, I like sex as much as the next girl, but Honestly....it was simply too much. I love Nathaniel, I was glad he got his. I love Damian, I was thrilled that he finally got his connection with Anita. The triumvirate between Nathaniel, Damian and Anita was awesome. The new powers from it was amazing. I still adore Anita's character. The one thing that sucked was ...too much sexual information that cheapened instead of enriched the book. I see now why people took a step back from the book. I had to skip pages just to reach the next plot. Overall, I will keep buying the books because the story is still original, amazing and enthralling....but I hope that the sex tones down. Cheers.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One Big Book of Sex If you just want to read about mindless sex, you'll like this book. Otherwise there's not much progress with the story line. If you prefer a better series what is witty and more entertaining, try reading Kim Harrison. You will LOVE her books.
Date published: 2007-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved this book Natanial and Anita finally get it on. Richards charater is becoming so unattractive that it's not even funny half the time i think they should just kill him off. Here's becoming to many sexual partners in the books it's kind of turning into an orgy. I still love the books but I think it needs to be toned down just a little.
Date published: 2006-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from File this under .... I think that Ms. Hamilton's books should now be filed under the "erotica" section instead of general fiction. I was hoping for more of a plot and story than a sex book....
Date published: 2006-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from wheres the story Ok I did still enjoy this book, but where is it going. How many partners does she need. I hope that this story leads to a great book for her next release.
Date published: 2006-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cue the Music When reading Incubus Dreams, I found it both highly entertaining and easier on the senses to play the theme music of "Debbie Does Dallas." Considering that both it and Laurell K. Hamilton's newest paperback offering are both over-hyped, low-quality pornography, it seemed fitting. Oh, Laurell, what happened to you? What happened to the edgy, violent, sassy Anita Blake we all knew and loved? Once, long ago, I used to consider Anita to be spunky in the take-no-prisoners sense. Now it seems that all the spunk is left over from her nightly proclivities. Even the casual parousel of this book is like playing Russian roulette. Flip to a random page, and there is about an 85% chance that it will contain a badly-written sex scene. There is a line between being a sexually-liberated woman and something far less savourly (and ironically inappropriate for a professional review), and Miss Blake has not only crossed the line, but thrown herself wantonly over it. Now, there are some authors out there who write remarkably good sex scenes with multiple partners. They're all categorized as "erotica." Hamilton's works are resting on the laurels of her previous success, and are being placed in the "fiction" section. This, of course, may be a position of convinience, as Chapters does have a suspicious-smelling back room in which to house such badly-written rags. Perhaps I am being too ungenerous, but even when considering the multitude of editorial and continuity errors in the book, it just doesn't make a good read. I would like to think that, like many authors in the past, Laurell K. Hamilton has retired and passed her name onto a group of ghost-writers who, embittered by her previous success, seek to defame the Anita Blake franchise. Unfortunately, however, it might merely be the case that Laurell K. Hamilton has just gone downhill, and Incubus Dreams is setting the lowered, foul-smelling and slightly slimy bar for her future endeavors.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lots of sex If you want to read a book with lots of sex and different partners then this book is for you. I would of loved more of a story though.
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great Despite what all of you have to say about this book ,I have to disagree. All that Hamilton is trying to show with her sexual senses in this book is to show how Anita is growing, in the way she trusts and loves and that she has finally excepted the world that she has found herself entangled in. I recommend that you all re read this book and to think back to the fist , where Anita was so closed off, now she is opening up , she is growing. And in that she has found love and friendship. This book is not just about sex it is about Anita finally trusting herself in a way she thought was impossible.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What Happened to the Series? I really think it's time for Laurell K. Hamilton to review and reevaluate where she wants this series to go. This book was nothing but filler and considering how much I've enjoyed the previous books, it's sad to say that I am disappointed I spent the money on this one. I've always loved the eroticism in her books, but a 50-page love scene seems to just be overkill. As gruesome as some of her books can be, I actually found myself wishing this one was more like that. At least the gore lended itself to a plot and kept me reading along for the mystery. This time around I found myself bored and couldn't wait for it to be over. Sadly, the novel-long mystery in this book could have fit into a book about a quarter of the size of this one.
Date published: 2006-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Plot??? What plot???? What a disappointment this book (and I use the word lightly) was.
Date published: 2006-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from where's the plot?? The Anita Blake books used to be a fun read - good horror and plot with some interspecies relationship for a bit of spice. Now we have peeks at what could be a great storyline lost in all the lust and angst of what is no longer titilating and has simply become predictable.
Date published: 2005-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed I thought this book was excellent. While not as plot heavy as some of her books, the personal discoveries/relationships made by the main character was what was needed to continue the series. Lots of sex, miinimal violence (comparatively), but definitely a good read.
Date published: 2005-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrendous piece! This is by far one of teh most horrible books I have ever read! I have loved Anita Blake in all the books before. She started out strong, and sure, and ... moral! She changes and is confused, but she stays strong and she learns new stuff about herself at each turn! In this book ... its like she was made into a wimpy, horny, pitiful being! And thats only about that single character! Never mind the plot (or lack there of), which is 99% sex! I m sorely dissapointed! I think I'll be pretending this series ended with Cerulean Sins ....
Date published: 2005-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Oh BTW Yes there is too many sex scenes, not enough corrections and absolutley no real plot. Do yourself a favor and go read Tanya Huff novels.
Date published: 2005-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I should have waited for the paperback! For years I have been a fan of Anita. More so than I was a fan of Merry, but this book has managed to change all that. It was as if Laurell simply changed her mind about what character was going to be more promiscuous (sp?). In the 3rd Merry book, there was hardly any sex and what sex it did contain was integral to the plot. Now I'm not saying I don't like the occasional sex scene. After all, the 1st book I read from Laurell was Narcissus in Chains, and it had me hooked. However, there comes a point in which one must draw the line. And this book not only crossed it, but took bounding leaps over it. It got to the point where I thought ''Oh, God! Another sex scene? Oh, I'll just flip past it.'' But that was pointless. Five pages later there was another one! My suggestion to you all is the check out the Merideth Gentry series. From this point, it simply looks more promising. After all, it actually contains plot!
Date published: 2005-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read The Anita Blake series has been marred by ups and downs over the years, and I honestly have to rank this one as one of the ups. The characters are nicely developed [particularly Nathaniel and Richard, who almost comes off looking sympathetic, not merely pathetic], there is actually a return to Anita's place of work, and the numerous sex scenes are creative, bold, and entirely in context. Anita's power, the Ardeur, is an integral part of the character now, so it is only natural that she'd use it, just as she does her Necromantic powers and her guns. [Funny how the graphic violence in the books never bothers readers and reviewers - only the graphic sex...] Hamilton has her usual literary quirks and irritating repetitions, but on the whole, I throughly enjoyed the read, and I'll keep buying. Thumbs up!
Date published: 2005-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed I am a big Anita Blake fan but this book was horrible. The book has little to no plot. The entire book is about Anita having graphic sex with as many people as she can. I don't mind a little sex in my books, in some situations it makes the book better, but this was way too much. I think the author forgot that she was writing for the general public. This book should have been categorized as Erotica, not General Fiction.
Date published: 2005-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent i think this book is excellent good plot characters, i love how Richard is jealous over Anita that sweet because it make you think about other things during reading. I love Laurell K Hamitlon's books alot and i want her to write more books about Anita Blake or Meredith Gentry both series it great this book sure turn into a movie of some sort. Love this book i give it a 10/10
Date published: 2005-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes!!! I loved the new book Incubus Dreams, Laurell K Hamilton. The sex scenes were great. It was good to get information on Nathanial and Micah. It made them more endearing and real. So glad to finally have Richard become a team player with the coalition as well as in bed with Jean Claude and Anita. As much as I enjoy Nathanial's domestic and feminine side, the only disappointment in the book was Nathanial's gift of pearls and an apron, much too girly! Looking forward to the continuing intrigue, mistery and sex!
Date published: 2004-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Worst Book I have Ever Read If it was possible to rank a book on this site below 1, I would do so. I have been a huge fan of Laurell Hamilton and the Anita Blake series for a long time, and this book was the biggest piece of garbage I have ever read. There is absolutely no plot beyond a few people getting killed now and then; the entire book focuses around who Anita is going to have sex with next and by the 500th page, you actually lose count as her list rises into the teens...and the worst part is, that there is still about 300 pages to go! So disappointed; this series has taken a sharp downward spiral and is actually degrading into cheap pornography.
Date published: 2004-11-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's A Sad Day For Anita Blake Fans After the incredible build up of the other books in the series and so many different plotlines that this book could have taken... couldn't Laurell have picked one of them? What happened to Olaf? Where's DEATH? I'm really happy about the talk with Ronnie and how Anita's relationships with Nathaniel and Jason have progressed but where's everything else? If I wanted porn I know a few good movie places right down the street. The action, fast plot, and angst-filled relationships of the previous books were almost completely missing. I was so dissappointed with the utter and total disregard for any reader who might like to read a story and not simply one fun-filled erotic episode after another, which is sadly what takes up about 90% of the book. I'm definitely not as interested in reading the next in the series after reading INCUBUS DREAMS. I hope Laurell takes a look at everyone's reviews before putting out such a completely boring book again. It was completely repetetive and unfortunately uninspired. It is a sad day for Anita Fans Everywhere. I like reading smut as much as the next reader, but give me a break. She even invented new characters just for Anita to have sex with. I'm not impressed.
Date published: 2004-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This book called Incubus Dreams, Laurel K. Hamilton does an amazing job of capturing some of the BEST Romantic fantasy and vampire fighting scenes I have ever read. With her non-stop usage of discriptive words. She uses an amazing arrangement of words when she writes about Anita and Nathanial in the first couple hundred pages of the book, where Anita is being begged by Mrs. Brown to raise her son. And she beasts out on them. It's really an amazing part of the book. It caught my attention almost immediately!
Date published: 2004-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much sex!!! I wouldn't say the book is bad but it's the poorest in the series.When i saw that it was over 600 pages i was excited to read it...but out of 650 pages there is about 100 pages that don't include sex! COME ON!!! everytime the story started to pick up..bam!!! SEX! It can be fun once in a while but tone it down a bit. If i want that much sexual encounters in a Laurell K Hamilton book I will read her Meredith series. I expect it from that series. When i read a Anita Blake book I want some monster bashings, some investigating...some action. I hope the next Anita book will be more in the style it used to be in. And yes there are a lot of typos...what does "sauve" mean anyway??? Was she trying to say "suave" maybe?
Date published: 2004-11-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hamilton meets Dallas For those of you who remember the dream sequence when Bobby died on Dallas, Hamilton's new book Incubus Dreams is worse. Full of overused and trite expressions, Dreams is a let down. Well, let's be fair, if you want soft-core porn with a little plot thrown in, you've found it. I hope this title is like that long forgotten season of Dallas--I hope Anita awakens to find it was just a DREAM! Also, be aware that if you have read the short story for Cravings, you've read about the first 3 chapt. of Dreams.
Date published: 2004-10-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Trite and offensive to her loyal fans The title says it all....I have never read something so poorly edited and just generally offensive to my intelligence. I am disgusted by Hamilton's apparently blase take on editing...especially since, in the dedication at the front, she wrote of an involved editorial process. Simple words were misspelled and the grammar was atrocious. I've never been really impressed with her diction but she really sinks to new depths this time. I mean really, how many times, and in how many different contexts, is it possible to use the word 'spill' without realizing one is guilty of overkill? Come one Laurell...you are capable of much better work than this...find a new editor and for god's sake....INVEST IN A THESAURUS!!! One more thing....the sex is great as usual but come on Laurell...enough is enough...try and stick to the narrative and the actual plot instead of trying (and failing) to impress your readers with your sexual exploits. We wouldn't want you to 'spill' what is left of your reputation down the drain.
Date published: 2004-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beyond bad!!! I totally want a refund; Laurell has completely lost it! The storyline is nonexistant and she's changed the personalities of all her characters so that they are flat and one-dimensional with no real thoughts or feelings coming thru the page. If you like sex, then great cuz there's a lot of that going on but even that isn't written well. I want a refund and warn anyone against buying this sorry excuse for a novel. It's tragic because I valued Laurell as an author who was bright and interesting enough to capture my attention but now it seems she just wants to (try to) write about her latest sexual indeavour... and doesn't even pull that off well.
Date published: 2004-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overkilled Overkilled with a lot of sex scenes. Sure it was nice that she doesn't have much of a hang-up with sex but compared to her other books...... it seem like one BIG short story. Not much of a plot. No climax, major event or even a criminal case. It was more like a day where nothing much happens except her trying to handle the Ardeur and her odd relationship which is not bad if it was more developed.
Date published: 2004-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wow, Sex is Boring! My love for Laurell K Hamilton started four years ago when I read Guilty Pleasures for a course on fantastic literature. I quickly bought the books in the series because, let's face it, it is hard to find good fantasy literature that doesn't stray too far from current times. This book, is the first disappointment I have ever suffered from Laurell, and believe me, I suffered while reading it. Things started to get really sexy in Narcissus in Chains and Cerulean Sins but these books included great plots that wove the sex scenes through them wonderfully. Incubus Dreams has plot for the first chapter and then nothing but sex until the last few chapters. Anita spends more time on her knees then she does on the case and that ...sucks. She jumps from bed to floor to desk to every other imaginable place in less than 24 hours. The scenes lose their shock value and become downright boring half way through the book. What really makes me angry about this novel is that I have been waiting since the third book for Ms. Hamilton to do something with the Church of the Eternal Life and it goes nowhere!!! Where's Asher? Edward? The other wereleopards? Sylvie? It comes across like she wrote the sex first and then remembered to add the crisis. And didn't anyone check the grammar before it went to print?! If you are considering buying this book, do yourself a favor and wait until it comes out in paperback.
Date published: 2004-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average I was a little sad to read that there was more sex then anything else in this book. It's true that Anita had to work out some things in her personal life but Hamilton completely complicated things more then she fixed. I am however glad that Anita did open up more in this book but I feel cheated in the connection that was always there between Anita and her lovers. I must conclude that I am partly satisfied with 'Incubus Dreams', but expected more from a great writer like Hamilton.
Date published: 2004-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment As a fan of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, It’s with great disappointment that I have to discourage the reading, or at the very least, buying of this book. If you’re a fan of mystery, you’ll probably miss it as you’re reading. If you enjoy good sexual tension, it’s been replaced with script-like amateur porn. If you have your favorite characters you’re looking forward to, they have most likely been replaced with 2 dimensional pawns who are just there as wallpaper. Many like Asher, get a mention, but no page time. With the development of another triumvirate, LKH has shifted the focus to bringing in yet another problem instead of fixing the ones she has. It does nothing to the development of the central characters. All it does, is present an excuse for Anita to feed more often, thereby allowing the author to include as many sexual situations as possible, while hiding behind a gimmick. When our ‘heroine’ is finally given a chance to be rid of her ‘curse’ she refuses, thereby making all her future choices seem justifiable and in effect, planned. The complete lack of editing coming from a ‘best-selling author’ is downright embarrassing. Mistakes with regards to grammar, language usage, overused words, repeat phrases, and spelling errors in general, are found in at least every other sentence, with the most obvious words like ‘triumverate’ and ‘diety’ standing out repeatedly. Overall, there are many things left hanging at the end of this book, the most evident of which is the main baddie who gets away. Unfortunately, I don’t see this as a planned plot idea for the future books, only that the author ignored that there was supposed to be another focus for this novel other than Anita and her lovers, and chose not to conclude it. She seemed to prefer the idea of stretching out this particular story line, instead of cutting back a number of sex scenes and developing it further in ID. What upsets me the most, is that Ms. Hamilton has the potential to write a great novel, filled with mystery, humor, interesting characters, and yes, even sex. What this book has depreciated to, however, is a 650 page manual for bad pornography, with a minor filler of a mystery thrown in as an afterthought. My suggestion, is if you’re looking for plot and a good Anita Blake novel, read the first ones. If you like sex, buy some good erotica. If you like mystery, read your DVD manual. It’s more satisfying than Incubus Dreams.
Date published: 2004-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buffy does Everyone This book is fun imaginative and you are able to read it once and start on it again . Anita Blake is conflicted , upset, and doing what almost every woman wants two men in her house, bed and four or five men on the side. It sounds like the male fantasy of a woman to cook and clean and another for the bedroom. Lets hear it for women coming into their own. Really liked the tarot card reading as this was a novel approach to using cell phones and E-Mail. Therapy by cell phone is happening now everywhere so much for the office use your own couch and have a snack while working out your issues. This book is risky buisness as usual with the killing, murder, and general mayhem throwen in to make a completely unique experience. The violence does not seem to be just thrown in but actually adds to the overall story. You can be gory and get the point across without the moralizing spoiling a good read. Just the late night snack I was hoping for!!!! Keep Anita Blake coming on strong.
Date published: 2004-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT..... I loved this book. I thought Anita did a lot of growing up and it was very well written. The new characters that are brought in to the fold are excellent with a lot of potential for future AB books. There is not a lot of mystery in this book I thought of it as more of a transition book. Where Anita finally does a lot of mature thinking about her life and sorts most of it out. There are a tons of intimate scenes in this book so if that is not what you are reading them for you may be disappointed but I found every part of the book awesome. The only negative comment I have on it is the usage of the word SPILL. Way way way over used, in every kind of circumstance.
Date published: 2004-10-02

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Incubus Dreams

by Laurell K. Hamilton

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 752 pages, 6.7 × 4.32 × 1.3 in

Published: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Jove

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0515139750

ISBN - 13: 9780515139754

From the Publisher

Vampire hunter Anita Blake finds her life is more complicated than ever, caught as she is between her obligations to the living-and the undead.

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
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