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(May 15, 2007)
I was not a vampire genre fan before I stumbled on to Guilty Pleasures. I am now. I have been reading Anita and Merry books like crazy. I finally started getting them in the library because it was getting too expensive. I have skipped around and not read the books in order. Therefore I was very tickled to learn about how this pack was operating in its prime. Lunatic Cafe was a fast, absorbing read. It fleshed out the were-animal culture for me. The swan shape shifter who is cursed rather than infected was an interesting twist to the ware myth. Luna-tic Cafe as a were-animal establishment is just great wordplay. Most book worlds begin to bore me after 5-6 books max. The special sparkle the characters have that pulls me in seems to fade. That is not happening with this series. The world is consistent enough that reading out of order does not detract from enjoyment. Way too many books are predictable. I can get the general plot and "surprises" by the first chapter. I find surprises around corners in the Lunatic Cafe. I am getting a little scared that I am running out of books left to read by Hamilton.
Ah well, I am now looking for Nightseer, because I understand it is Fantasy, my usual fare, and was her first book.