Hamilton used to be one of my favorite authors. I started with the Anita Blake series and fell in love with the stories...and then the sex started and seemed to open some kind of pandora's box for sex thereafter. I kept thinking every time I bought her new books for the series "Maybe this one will be different...maybe she'll have some amazing twist and get back to the main story here." Then I read it and fight not bang my head on the desk. I mean seriously, is she going to add another sex partner EVERY book?! I think Anita has plenty, enough already! And I agree with some of the reviews, the men are starting to act like Anita's male-harem.
The narrator didn't help either. She made most of the men sound like unintelligent surfer wannabes. The only saving grace was the men with french accents. I really liked how she actually gave them the accents and really brought out the character.
Ok, I started to read Hamilton's Anita Blake series first and then started up with the Merry Gentry series, interested in the world of faerie. I enjoy learning about the politics and the different twists in the plot. I believe that it really does spice it up. What I find doing the exact opposite of spicing up the series is the sex scenes in practically every chapter. I understood her need to have sex when she was trying to get pregnant, but her sexcapades now are completely pointless. I get that she loves her men. Great. But that was just ridiculous.
She wakes up. She has sex. She eats breakfast. She has sex. She goes to change clothes. She has sex. She says 'hi' to one of her lovers, which obviously has to lead to sex. She hasn't seen one of her lovers for two days: of course sex has to be in the plans.
I want to give up on this series, but there is still something that I can't seem to let go of. I think I really just want to know what happens in the courts. I hope the next book is better.
As for the narrator. I like her all in all. I first laughed when I heard her interpretation of a male voice, but grew use to it, allowing me to get more into the plot because its easier to differentiate between the male and female characters when they speak. I can't, however, stand it when she squeals in a high voice when she is quoting a demi-fae. Seriously, I don't know if my ears or my speakers can take it when she does that. Their small and have small voices, I get it. Stop trying so hard.
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