It's so good to dive back into Anita's world. The book is the usual Laurell K. Hamilton dose of sex, violence, and butt kicking Anita! But this is the first audiobook I've heard of this series and I need to commend Kimberly Alexis for doing such a fantastic job. The sound effects are fantastic! I really look forward to hearing more from her!
I need my books to stay sane! Love, love, love my book time!!
It has been at least 1 year since I listened to any of the Anita Blake books. Once I started listening to this one, I realized that once it was over, I would just have to start listening to the entire series again!!
I love Edward!!! I have always enjoyed the books with him in them.
Awesome book! Reminded me of the Anita Blake that was in the beginning of the series.
I've been a fiercely loyal fan of the Anita Blake (and Merry Gentry) series from the start, but as many readers have noted, the last several books have been pretty disappointing. It's as though Ms. Hamilton has a massive chip on her shoulder about her own personal love life and has written it into Anita. Instead of solid plot, well-researched weapons and fight-sequences, and a few steamy scenes with her men, Anita now defensively argues with anyone and everyone (her men included) about the status of her polyamorous love life, complete with long repetitive speeches defending their choices and love. Not only that, but she uses the same 5 or 6 phrases over and over again, from one book to the next, so that not only is the defensive arguing itself repetitive, but so is the language. Yes, I'm sure that some people can be narrow minded about group relationships. But since when would every police officer, fellow Marshal, hospital/medical personnel, etc. openly confront someone about their personal love lives while on the job, not to mention in the middle of a crisis? Really? But because everyone around Anita acts so outrageously unprofessionally (so much so that he or she would be fired in the real world), Anita gets to defensively pontificate about polyamorous relationships every few minutes throughout the book. As a result, it's really starting to seem as though the issue is Ms. Hamilton's own, and not Anita's.
My other big problem is the language used, or maybe just the writing itself; Ms. Hamilton was once a fantastic author, but sections of this book were so poorly written that I wondered what had happened and how it had gotten past Ms. Hamilton's editor. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I won't quote directly, but one example dialogue went something like this: Really? He said. Yes, I said. Why, he said. Because, I said. I don't understand, Dev said. It's like this... Nicky said. (And on and on it went.)
There are other problems with the book as well, but it really comes down to this: lately Ms. Hamilton writes about 60% defensive anger and polyamorous angst, 15% fight scenes, 15% love scenes, and 10% plot. If you're a die-hard fan, and that little plot/love/fight stuff is enough to keep you going, then enjoy! For the rest of us, it seems time to give up hoping that this awful pattern will ever change.
The cutting off of the vampire heads by those that should not be named.
As always Ms. Alexis is one of my favorite!
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx
The sex was toned down, there was not an orgy on every other page. What I liked least was the way Anita described everything, from brown eyes like hers, the men are all too beautiful. There need to be some real people in the book.
Maybe its time for Anita to move along.
Too much repetition, all of her lovers have long flowing hair and great bodies, and everyone falls in love with Anita, it’s boring, I miss the days of the Necromancer , when she had a job to do or a case to solve, now it seems as if the whole world is either out to kill Anita or sleep with her. This book was better than the last 3-4 books and I hope they keep getting better. Audible also needs to get rid of the music and silly sound effects; a good story does not need them. Ms Hamilton also needs to stop with Anita wanting to be one of the boys, but crying when someone hurts her feelings, just because a woman works with men does not mean she has to become one, either Anita is a woman or she is not, the character is supposed to be so strong but she keeps comparing herself to the men she works with, it’s silly and weak.
I used to love the Anita Blake books, but I have been very disappointed in the several books. I cant keep up with all of the men in Anita's life. Their characters are not very developed and the characters I do now and like are hardly in the books and when they are, they are not a major part of the story. The story lines have become rather thin. I used to like the series because Hamilton did a good job interweaving crime story with the paranormal story. It was a good mix and fun to read. Now each book seems just like the same sex story with a different guy (or rather several different guys) and a back story as an afterthought.
A decent Anita book for once! Anita the succubus killed the series long ago but I stayed on out of pure stubbornness. While this one still isn't up to Anita's prime, she is at least active again. YAY!
I really enjoyed seeing how Anita kept getting out of the corner that she is always put into without any of her people being killed
When Olaf disappears...you know he is going to be back.
She has good tones that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Gathering of the Tigers
Yes. It is better than the print version from the stand point that you can listen to it while doing house work and as a general quiet evening in.
The fact that Anita and Edward are teamed up again.
The emotion that she uses when she reads make you feel like you are right there as the story unfolds.
Yes, so far every one of the series has been listened to in one sitting. But I hated to have to pause it for anything.
Can't wait for the next in the series. I have gotten my husband hooked on the series as well.
Oh yes. It's a great story. I really liked the voice too.
Whole thing was great.
Read all Laurell K. Hamiltons books in order. They just get better and better.