Incubus Dreams: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

Mass Market Paperback | September 27, 2005

byLaurell K. Hamilton

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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.

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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.

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 Sha...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.5 inPublished:September 27, 2005Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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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 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 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