The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #2)

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #2)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Animator and vampire hunter Anita Blake is about to discover that some secrets are better left buried—and some people better off dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101146569
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/24/2002
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 26,049
File size: 909 KB

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.


St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas


B.A., Marion College

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The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1112 reviews.
Cris_Thinks More than 1 year ago
I actually liked this one. After reading the first I got to say I was up in the air about continuing. I feel like I've gotten to know a little more about our main character Anita Blake. The character development is really what I feel was lacking in the first book and I'm glad I got a better understanding of her. Do I think it can be elaborated more? Yes, especially her relationship with Jean Claude. I think her descriptions of the murder scenes are fantastic I really could envision all the gore. I read another review that stated that her character shouldn't have done what she did in the end and I have to full disagree. Given the circumstances I feel it was the lesser of two evils and a necessary act of power for both the people plotting against her and the bystander watching. I would borrow not buy this one if possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book first in the series, I was hooked, I knew when I went to the bookstore the next day and got two more in the series. Though heavy on the gore, which really didn't bother me, it's got a good storyline and plot. One of the boys are in this, Jean-Claude only makes a couple apprearences, at the end saying Anita scares him a little. So if you like reading supernatural vampire stuff or werewolf stuff, go get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author has no pproblem keping me interested. I can't wait to read more about Anita!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As all anita blake books its awesome!
yahaira87 More than 1 year ago
I love the anita blake series, you learn more about the characters in every book as they continue to grow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this series because it had it all-action, romance and the supernatural. While the story lines are interesting, I stopped after book 3 because the "romance" was leading in too many directions. First, the character loved this guy; then, she fell for this guy and now let's add another male to the mix. I am a one-guy woman with a little side sexual tension thrown in.. Anita Blake seems wishy-washy and that doesn't make for a strong heroine. I became frustrated with Stephanie Plum and Sookie Stackhouse novels because no one can commit, similar attitudes here. You CAN have steamy sex and good writing in a supernatural novel, just ask Karen Marie Moning and Christina Dodd and Christina Feehan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dragonfairy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, lots of suspense and action.
JohnMunsch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. Still good. Not a lot to say about it. If you liked the first one you'll probably like this one as well.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For some reason, this is always the one that sticks out in my head when I think of early Anita Blake. Anita resisting Jean Claude, fighting a vudun queen, I don't know, this one has it all minus the sex that the series is known for...Awesome!
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable, but my least favorite in the series
DF6B_LaurenE on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really did not like this book. But then again i am not a big fan of zombies. This book was about Anita being asked to bring someone that has been dead for over 200 years back to life. At first she refuses to do that. Then she finds out that there is a human-eating zombie on the loose. It is Anita's job to find the zombie and return him back to his coffin, without dying AND still making sure that she does not have to bring the dead guy that is over 200 years old back to life.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sensational second book in a fantastic series.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the course of her job at Animators, Inc. Anita Blake routinely raises the dead. There can be any number of reasons for wanting to raise a recently dead person -- to clarify a will, to help in finding a murderer, to be able to finish "unfinished business" of all sorts. It takes a special skill to be able to do it, and Anita seems to have been born with an affinity with the dead. Raising a zombie is not the same thing as resurrecting a whole human being. The zombie is still very dead, but often in the first few moments after the raising, it is able to think and speak, which is what the main attraction is in raising them in the first place. Of course, zombies are also at the complete command of the person who raised them and they are nearly impossible to stop unless commanded by their maker. When a series of truly gruesome murders begins in the suburbs of St. Louis, Anita is called in because the murderer is almost certainly a zombie that is out of control. She has her suspicions about who might have raised such a zombie and even though she herself doesn't consider what she does to be "voodoo," she'll be up to her neck in it before she can find her way out. Plus, much to her chagrin, she's going to have to call upon her old nemesis, Jean-Claude, the new vampire Master of the City, to help.Another very fast paced story, written with straight forward bluntness. Anita's character is starting to flesh out a little bit and we get to see a couple of her vulnerabilities. These books are probably some of the goriest I've read in recent memory. I'm glad this is on the written page and not a movie or I'd probably get up and walk out. The story is twisted enough to be intriguing and the characters are mesmerizing -- especially Jean-Claude. Plus, I'm just fascinated by the thought of vampires running around on Laclede's Landing in St. Louis. LOL
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In which a billionaire makes demands, the premier necromancer in New Orleans - not Anita (yet) - makes some not-so-bright decisions, and Anita discovers yet another reason for cremation after death. Lots of blood, zombie guts and violence.
phyllisd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one more than the first in the Anita Blake series. I felt the author provided more back story. I'm looking forward to book three.
t1bnotown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book in the series was okay, so I thought I'd give this one a go. I was mostly intrigued by the potential for a relationship between Anita and Jean Claude. We barely got to see Jean Claude- what we did see was gore. Anita finds lots of blood, kills lots of people and a few zombies. I don't care about zombies, only vampires, and I'm not interesting in watching Anita prove that she's tougher than everyone else ever to have existed. I guess I won't be reading any more of this series.
TheSolitaryBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second installment to the Anita Blake series, The Laughing Corpse, is a riveting tale of a female Animator and Vampire executioner Anita Blake. In this book, she is being offered a job by a wealthy millionaire to raise a 300 year old zombie but raising this type of zombie need a human sacrifice which Anita doesn't do however big the reward may be.In the middle of that, Dolph called Anita to help with an investigation of a murdered family. Gruesome crimescreen but hope of a survivor arises. Anita investigates and comes up with two people who are powerful enough to do something like this. One is the recent deseaced, Peter Burke, and Dominga Salvador who is a vaundun priestess. Manny arranged a meeting for Anita to interview Dominga who eventually told Anita was the old lover of her former mentor Manny. During the interview Dominga proposed that Anita be her partner in traping zombie souls into the body without decomposing making it easier for torture but knowing Anita, she refused resulting with zombie attacking her in her own apartment which pisses her off!Further investigation Anita and John found a gris-gris that they suspected belonged to Dominga so together with the police they went to the priestess house and confronted her. With a confession of a grandson, Dominga is arrested for the zombie that did the murders.On another note, when Anita got home she was then kidnapped by Gaynors bodyguards together with his girlfriend wheelchair Wanda. Gaynor together with Dominga dictated Anita to do the ritual but still Anita refuses so Dominga did a spell that can control Anita. When Anita told Dominga the information that Gaynor didn't inform her - the dead ancestor is a fellow animator - Dominga was mad but still continued with the plan. With a command to do a human sacrifice, Anita killed Gaynor's bodyguard instead of Wheelchair Wanda. With Anita's power including two human sacrifice, Anita was able to control every dead within her range including Jean Claude who remained the distance until every thing stopped.Anita still continued to refused Jean claude and the story still continues to book 3 - Circus of The DamnedAll in all I though this book was a great improvement with the first book. The Anita Blake series are a great read to every vampire, zombie, supernatural, creepy gruesome reader out there. Hamilton writes in a very detailed many, giving up vivid pictures that help our imagination to think of the actual story and how it goes. It can be a slow read but every turn of the page is worth it, especially when you enjoy these kind of novels. A must to every book series collector and a guaranteed re-read everytime.
Cailin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anita Blake returns to fight zombies, voodoo queens, and the occasional vampire! Fun read!
SuzReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! It's book #2 in the Anita Blake series and we learn more about her character and abilities. Fast pace and lots of action made it hard for me to put the book down because I always wanted to know what was coming! I would definitely recommend this and am looking forward to #3!
averitasm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this was not your normal paranormal romance type book, it was dark and gritty and way to addictive. I love this series now and yes it has some steamy moments and as the series goes on it gets more so but it was great I recommend this series it was fun to read and I look for all her other books now.
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, continues to thrill!
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the Anita Blake character and I liked finding out a little bit more about her past - especially her first experience with (inadvertently) raising the dead. I also enjoy unraveling the (sometimes obscure) hometown references. Like the first Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book this one was also full of action and girl-power, but I sort of missed the vampires. Jean-Claude and Willie had a very small part in this one. This book was more about Anita and her zombies.
onefinemess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weakest of the series so far, hard to explain why. Maybe because the villain was so telegraphed? Not that all the villains in this series aren't relatively predictable...but when someone asks you who you think it could be, and you pull a name out of your ass, that isn't even an established character....and it turns out to be them. It just seems odd/tacky, you know?
siubhank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Laughing Corpse is a comedy club run by vampires. Anita Blake is a vampire hunter. Why is she hanging out there? Oh so may reason, she has found herself linked psychically to the head vampire of St. Louis, she's not happy, but she's coping, more or less. She finds herself in way over her head when she refuses to raise a long dead family member of a wealthy, but disturbing man, who may be connected to the mob. With his enforcers following her around, a murderous zombie on the loose and Jean-Claude demanding she act as his human servant, Anita is running in circles and getting nowhere fast. But she finds the zombie and continues to defy the Master of the City, without losing either her life or her humanity, for now.