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The Laughing Corpse: A Dark Creepy Tale about Zombies

Updated on July 3, 2016

The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K Hamilton

The Laughing Corpse

I still remain in the midst of a book drought, so I’m re reading some old favorites. This time around, I decided to re-read an early Anita Blake novel by Laurell K. Hamilton. Originally I wanted to read Guilty Pleasures or Lunatic Café as those are my favorites. But since they have sexy and somewhat provocative covers decided to not read them as I’m reading it in public places, where I tend to get those evil glares from parents. So I read book two, The Laughing Corpse which had the safest cover.

So what is the Laughing Corpse about? It focuses once again on Anita Blake, a police consultant for supernatural related murders and an animator, a person who can bring the dead back to life for clients. The books follow two major storylines. One is that there is a zombie that is tearing apart families creating blood baths bad enough to even haunt Anita’s dreams. She has to help the police to find this monster. The second story line is that of Harold Gaynor, a rich man who is requesting Anita to raise a two hundred year old zombie which requires human sacrifice. She says no, but the rich man does not take no for an answer. He sends out henchmen to make her do it by force.

The good? This book focuses on zombies and in our world that is full of zombie media. This stands on its own as its own thing. And for once zombies were creepy again. This also is the creepiest book in the Anita Blake series. The undead monsters are scary and the snaky voodoo priestess Dominga is just as frightening. The mystery itself is strong. Hamilton’s signature humor shines through here. And Anita is still just as likable as ever.

The bad? This book is not as action oriented as the other novels in the series. It’s a slow burn hard boiled thriller. So if you don’t like slower books, this is not for you.

Overall it’s a good book. It’s fun, it’s creepy and downright scary at times. These early Anita Blake book are Hamilton’s best work. Though it is a bit slower than the others, it’s a wonderful book everyone should check out.

4 smoothies of four.

Overall Rating: A Dark Creepy Tale about Zombies

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