I am done with books by Hamilton; I'm disgusted by the lack of story and the main character's idiocy
No plot, main character is a whiny nutcase; these used to be good books but are just awful now
She was fine, but the sound effects added in (echo effect, gunshots) were awful and really destroyed the book environment
I took a chance and bought this latest one, even though I've been increasingly disappointed by the last few books. I wish I had saved my credit for something I could stand to listen to for more than three hours without deleting the book.
This reads like a non-final draft that was rushed to print. It would have benefited greatly from a strong editor.
First, a small thing, isn't the wereleopard who wants to get pregnant Vivianne, not Vanessa?
Second, there are large holes in the police/action drama. In the beginning, we are led to believe that there is a monster master vampire who is turning old women and young children into vampires against their will -- and has been making a veritable army of them in recent years. Yet as the story unfolds, I don't think the master vampire we meet at the end did create them all -- so then are they just creations of assorted evil vampires, did they want to be turned? Are all these vampires are originally from St. Louis (made without Jean Claude's knowledge) or did they move here? If so why? Is it a coincidence or a "master" plan?
Third, the repetition of the attempts to give Anita the "cop/street" cred -- is too much. We could have done with one less long discussion of how "we stand shoulder to shoulder" and how our job is "to run in to where the monsters are."
Fourth, while some of the relationship development was natural and seemed to be long in the making/foretelling -- Sin, but especially Asher -- there are some relationship developments that seem very abrupt and could have been fleshed out more -- Dolph's regaining respect for Anita, but especially what happens with Larry (WTF??).
I did like the continuing evolution of Anita's metaphysical powers -- I think that was well done -- both the additional abilities and the control over the ardour. I liked Nathaniel's continuing maturation and the depictions of the relationships between him and Sin and Sin and Nicky.
The sex was okay - same old, same old
For the narration -- which is good as usual -- one comment. Did she change the way she did Micah's voice? It sounded foreign and was distancing and distracting to me.
If it weren't for Otto -- I would think there is nothing left to tell about this world.
I gotta say this book was a serious disappointment, it seems like half the book was nothing but sex scenes and the plot itself was half hearted at best. The entire plot was basically what would have been a only a small scene in many books. I saw some of the other comments and have to agree that this really did feel like an "abridged" book. If things don't change, I'm seriously considering calling it quits on the series.
I've always loved the Anita Blake books, but lately, they have just gotten boring. This one has to be the worst so far. She spends most of the book, telling us all about Anita's lovers, what they look like, and background on them, then she has some kind of imaginative sex with them. If you follow, the series, then it's just a repeat of things you already know. If you haven't followed the series, it would be too much to comprehend in one book, and you wouldn't get enough of a bond to the characters, to care anyway.
There is a small story that starts out in the beginning of the book, and is quickly solved in the end of the book.
Most of it though, is Anita tooting her own horn,as to how tough she is, and tired of her job, and how much she loves her partners, then having sex with the previous mentioned.
No romance anymore, like the early books, when you couldn't wait for her to give in to Jean Claude, (he's not even interesting anymore, with his cameo appearance)
In my opinion this series is over, it has just become repetitive info, with lackluster characters and no plot.
I do like the narrator to the story, except for Micha having an Irish voice, and Asher doesn't quite cut it for me. But the Anita voice is perfect.
Giving it more plot. Most of it feels like fill, fill, and more fill. I'm so sick of hearing about AB's lovers, and how she's such a bad-ass cop "just one of the boys." PLEASE go back to giving your poor, long-suffering readers a real story -- with plot and lots of action -- to read!
Probably not. It's a waste of good money.
She's a good reader. What a shame she wasn't given a better written book to demonstrate her talent.
All three. Some of the scenes -- like the ones blabbing away over nothing with the "guys" made me just plain furious! Where is the plot!
Ms Hamilton, I beg you to have more respect for your readers and give us something decent to sink our teeth into. You used to be the best in the business. Now it feels as if you're just throwing out a new AB book every year because you know you're supposed to. Your once devoted readers aren't going to put up with this forever. Please, take a little time and give us something fun and exciting to read again.
I used to absolutely LOVE the Anita Blake series, but over the span of the series, Anita has gone from a strong investigator with two very interesting choices in her love life to a woman who does not much more than have sex with dozens of men, sometimes all at once.
I stuck with the series through the gradual change of the main character, even though I could see it changing from strong and interesting plots to just sex, in hopes that it would eventually go back to less pointless erotica and more investigating paranormal crimes.
With this 21st book, I was disappointed that this isn't the case. LKH has continued the path of Anita Blake and her NUMEROUS lovers without putting much of a plot other than that into this book. As sad as it is to say, it may be time to move on from this series.
Like many of you, I began the journey into the Anita Blake books many moons and many books ago. I was drawn into the characters, the depth of the story, and a strong female lead that makes you want to throw on a pair of leather pants and go rule the world. And, like many of you, I suffered through the last 5 or so books (I'm being generous) that revolved entirely around Anita's ever-complicated sex life. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional steamy love affair in my novels; but there should be a purpose, an intent, not one romp after another, after another, after another...with no plot in between.
Kiss the Dead started out well and had a little bit of the old Anita flair. And then halfway through, it seems as if Ms. Hamilton got bored trying to actually write a story and began with the drivel again. It's to the point now that I don't recognize half of the names because folks are being trotted in from 2 and 3 books ago that got one night in the sack and are now supposed to be memorable characters in a 21 book series.
The sad part is that, like many of you, I keep hoping for a spark of the old Anita, or to be honest, a spark of the old Ms. Hamilton, who would write books for the sake of the art and not to simply make a quick buck and move on. Unfortunately, I think even I have to admit that at this point, the series is irredeemable and that Ms. Blake, and Ms. Hamilton, have lost both their spark, and my money.
A fan of almost any great romance-unapologetically!
I enjoyed this one almost as much as the rest. I don't dwell on plot much. I just sit back and take in the characters and story. This story line had all my favorites.
In this series I have always preferred Kimberly Alexis over Cynthia Holloway. She's always been appropriately dramatic, sarcastic, etc. She has great timing and will always be Anita Blake to me.
However, in this book, I was so disappointed. She was very consistent in all the other books. The voices always matched the characters thru the entire series. When she was speaking as a certain character I knew who it was by the accent and tone of voice used. I always assumed that she went back to the other books for reference and refresher, but she fell short badly in this one.
One of the main characters, Micah, is a Midwestern American born and raised. She has used his voice in previous books (I'm fairly sure) so when I heard her version of him in this book I was dumbfounded. He had a middle American accent-or lack of one in previous books. In this book he had an IRISH style accent! I had a hard time listening to the parts of the book that Micah was present. It almost ruined the story for me. I hope that this issue is brought to her attention before the next book because she needs a serious adjustment when it comes to her memory of Micah.
Sylvia & Al Moody
To some I would. I would be embarrassed to recommend it to others.
The first half of the book relates to the style of the first 5 book in the series. No metaphysical sex. The second half regresses to her more current style.
She is great! No negatives.
I get bored with Hamilton's sex scenes and up the speed of the playback through them. The detailed description is not needed for the story and is repetitive.
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.