I have been going through this series for the 2nd time. Glad I did. The first time I stopped because I couldn't like Micah. on the second go around I have come to understand his role in Anita's life as well as Nathaniel's. I realize because of her connection to Jean Claude, she needs these people in her life (as well as the sex). Though in some of the books the sex is "too much" and I get a feeling of "get on with the story, " this time around I can see the purpose behind it. OB was a great read, more action than usual. My only complaint is that after this book there are many missing from the series in audio version. I don't know why, but in a 24 book series to just stop putting out the audio versions until book 17 is kind of...crap!
I have to say that no audio book seems better than actually reading a great book for the first time. However, Audible use of the perfect narrator and well placed special audio effects is fantastic. I love the narrator for this series Kimberly Alexis, she is perfect voice for Anita Blake.
Anita is the best obviously. However, if you exclude her I love Obsidian Butterfly, she makes such a good character. Is she a villain? Friend or Foe? Plus, Edward is amazing, he is the kind of guy you need on your side when you are neck deep in vampires/monsters.
I love the scene when Anita is full of Obsidian Butterfly's power, that whole lead up is great, i remembered reading it for the first time and I was engrossed. Listening to these books after having read them already is a real treat. It is like rediscovering my favorite guilty pleasure all over again.
Instant cult classic! A must see for vampire lovers, and fantasy enthusiast of every flavor. A true gem in the Anita Blake vampire series, and one of the best vampire books of all time!
I think that this book, the Harlequin, Affliction, and of course Hit List are a few of my favorite titles in this series.
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I wrote a long review. No Spoilers, but an overview of a series of books that are fantastic. The first ten anyway. Somehow my whole review got chopped in half and did not make sense anymore.
I have over 197 audible books and "Obsidian Butterfly" is in the top ten favorites of all my books
If you are new to the series, PLEASE start with the first "Guilty Pleasures" and move on from there. After book ten, all the books turn into horribly cheap pornography. Fifteen pages of story, 22 pages of group sex all centered around Anita having sex with many men, many times per day. Believe me, I had hoped that the books would get better, but after book seventeen, that was it for me.
I wish Laurell K. Hamilton had continued to write about Anita Blake and not about her own experimentation with swinging, group sex and live in sex partners other than her husband.
Please get "Obsidian Butterfly" at some point. Let the talented Kimberly Alexis turn this book into a killer movie in your mind.
Also, this is the book that lets you get to know Edward a whole lot better. On the strangest, most frightening case of her life are Edward, Anita of course and back up picked by Edward. That would be Assassin, Bodyguard and Native American Playgirl centerfold "Bernardo Spotted Horse" and Black Ops Assassin, Sniper, Hulk and Sociopath, Rapist/Serial Killer "Olaf.
The part of the South West the story takes place in has been banned as Taboo, No Entrance to any Vampires except those already part of the Vampire Goddess "Ispopolatul's" vampires and animals to call. This was Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Jean Claude warned Anita to just be the executioner, investigator and animator. Admitting she had ties to another Master of a City could sign her death warrant.
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I love all the supernatural love stories. Vampires stories are my favorites.
There are too many things to list. But first thing that comes to mind is I would delete all of the unnecessary descriptions.
I'm actually frustrated with this series. The first book I enjoyed a lot then each book after that I began to get more and more irritated with the extra descriptions of the sky and the houses and the floors and the rooms and etc. and I definitely did not like the music or sound effects. Unfortunately this is the last book I will listen to in the series. I found myself fast forwarding through so much that I'm sure I missed some crucial details but I just couldn't bear listening to all the descriptions. I honestly was not interested if the grass was green or not water properly or if the trees were tall or short. If the carpet was red or blue if the house was painted white or yellow. There were points I fast forwarded thru 3-5 mins of describing a certain area. This is the second series that I started listening to and had to stop because I would say 40% of the book was just filled with descriptions of everything around them and it was just quite frankly too much.