Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2009 Penguin
"The third novel of Hamilton's Anita Blake series has the petite necromancer fighting a giant cobra and a rogue vampire, Alejandro, who wants her for his human servant. Anita is still resisting the advances of Jean-Claude, St. Louis's master vampire, but she does need him on her side, if not in her bed. Anita's reluctant involvement in the odd goings-on at the supernatural Circus of the Damned introduces her to Richard, the werewolf of her dreams, and Larry, her powerful but nervous partner in zombie-raising. Mystery fans will love the tightly plotted, Paretsky-esque action, and horror fans will love just about everything in this unusual series." (Amazon.com review)
"One of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara-and a hell of a lot more fun than most." (Publishers Weekly)
This book was fun. Since I have read all of the older books first and then came back to the first books I enjoyed this book for a few reasons. I love how Anita is confused by the monsters and the more confused and scared she gets the more aggressive and violent she gets. How Jean-Claude is clumsy and really pushes her but it seems to always back fire on him. I like how he is not sure how to handle her. I like that she is learning that Jean-Claude is not nearly as bad as most of the other Vamps. I also like to see that Richard was even blind to her back in the beginning of this series. He couldn’t swallow her out there fighting the bad guys and risking her life. He still is trying to find a way to wrap her in cotton and take away who and what she is. She is one tuff cookie our little necromancer is !!!!! :)
This is the first book (and last) I've read by this author. I honestly do not understand the appeal of this series.
Main gripe: the author uses way too many plot devices and suspended belief becomes impossible.
I didn't care for the ignorant prejudice from the protagonist. What's the deal with her distaste for vampires? Says she won't "date" the undead and would rather die than become one of the undead. The author doesn't explain why vampires are worth Anita defending (in some cases) but not good enough for her to "date" them. Maybe that was just a clumsy device to manufacture tension between the two...but it gets very annoying after about the 8th time.
Story drags from the middle on as the main character is all wrapped up in what she thinks, and what she feels. One moment she's self-righteous and then the next questions herself about really silly things -- childish.
It really irritates when an author will gladly have other supposedly strong characters be killed (in this case by Anita's supposedly assume fighting skills -- ummm yeah, didn't see any) but nothing can touch the protagonist. I call it the "Rambo" Dues ex machina, which was was old even in the 80's.
The sound effects are TERRIBLE! For me, music in previous audiobooks, was used to signal the end, or beginning, of a chapter. It took me a while to catch on that for this book it is used only for the action scenes. I'd been trained to get ready to transition and found myself confused when I realized they were fighting. And the sound effects are -- literally -- used as sound effects. Yikes! That production decision needs to be re-thought. I don't want to hear a gunshot ricochet while the narrative is going on, not to mention the "sucking" sounds when a knife is used.
This book was published in 1995...pagers are the most advanced technology. I know it was current for it's time, but I mistakenly thought it was only a decade old because that's when it was produced in audio version. My bad.
The book reads like a teenage angst rant. It's all Anita, Anita, Anita....blah, blah, blah...boring! Who cares what Anita thinks? She's not that great. And I don't get the appeal...
I really loved the performer, she's one if the best I've heard.
I can't help it though, I root for Jean- Claude...
This must be my 15th or 30th time listening to this book. Love them all. always start at the beginning just before a new one comes out.
this voice actor is the worst. Who voices for the character are more distracting than they are pleasant. I can't wait until I get to a different voice actor.
I have a special place for Anite but she gets annoying in this book. I understand her need to be cautious, paranoid even, but she gets downright bitchy. After the first two books, this one is much more subdued, storyline and action wise. The bright side is we get to meet Richard Zeeman. Haven't read the books yet? That alone makes it worth it. It's also nice to not have such a soul-crushing mystery involved after The Laughing Corpse.
Kimberly Alexis is a fantastic voice actor for this series, bringing all the characters alive in a way that you can picture them speaking to you. The effects can be difficult to get used to and the music sometimes over powers her reading but overall, it is fine.
The story is good and entertaining but I have one personal complaint. This is my third Anita Blake book and I still really don't like Anita! I'm all for "heroines and girl power" but she just comes across as a judgmental, narrow minded bitch that constantly uses bad puns! I will continue the next story of corse. Hopefully things will change and I will come to like her at least a little. I do enjoy the other characters though.
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I keep coming back to this series looking for that special something but I Don't like how negative Anita is about everyone... She has this softer side and shows hits of it but is so stubborn and strong then weird and catty. I just don't get the character yet... But I do feel like it'll get better so on ward I go
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