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1.0 out of 5 starsAnita Has Become A Selfish Drama Queen
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2021
The character Anita Blake use to be so independent. Now she doesn't know how to text message, log on to a computer, and she can't deal with most situations without all her men begging and pushing her to move forward. Even getting her to get dressed for a party, it takes four people begging her to put on a dress. Every situation in this book requires her men pleading with her. I guess it's all suppose to be cute, but it just seems tedious to me. She use to be able to function better and now she needs to be managed. It's been like that for the last few books and it sucks. Anita use to be a stronger person, even when things got to her, but not anymore. Everyone has to hold her hand and reassure her all the time.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
So this book was great for the basic storyline and to connect the before and after books, but 70% of it could be erased and we'd be left with the same substance plus some sex fluff. I skipped this and about 7 other books because although I love a good sex scene (and these weren't that good... basic smut), I still like substance to my "no thinking required" books. I have finally gone back to pick up these missing links and have resigned myself to just get past the cheap sex. If you read Laurell for smut, this should work for you. If you follow the story, yuppie can pick up a few gems in here. She's talented, but I think she was distracted and under pressure to meet deadlines.
1.0 out of 5 starsHamilton should retire this series.....
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2011
In the beginning I just loved Anita and her stories. The last 6-7 books have been utterly disappointing. Bullet, is in my opinion, the worst of them all. The character arc Hamilton has made my beloved Anita go through is terrible. There was one sex scene in this book that literally took up 25% of the entire book!!!! And then right after there were about 10 pages describing what everyone was wearing after they showered. The latest books in this series are a hypersexed romance novel with some scant police work thrown in as an afterthought. It doesn't matter how gorgeous everyone involved is, I feel really bad for Anita having to be screwing so many people constantly. And the fact that Anita is "deeply in love" with so many people at one time is ridiculous, given her initial personality. Jean Claude, Richard, Asher, Micah, and Nathaniel. Good lord, I understand maybe loving two at one time, but no one can be "in love" with that many all at once.
Hamilton should retire this series,,,or start writing them like she did in the beginning. I miss Anita describing Edward flamethrowing some rogue vamp to death, or raising an entire cemetery of zombies. I understand giving Anita ONE person finally to love, but to have her constantly sleeping in a naked pile of people because it's a metaphysical "need" is abhorrent to me. If early Anita met her own author, I bet she'd kick Hamilton's rear end.
I've read Hamilton being annoyed with people's recent critiques on her work. Don't care, lady. Stop doing this to my Anita.
A lot of people complain about the amount of sex in these books. Doesn't bother me. That's the good part IMO. I think what we should complain about her last few books is the lack of STORY. Although this book has a major plot changer with Richard doing a 180 in his personality, it was so abrupt it seems unbelievable. We spend lots and lots of time in boring details and moments where action might happen if they didn't have to talk everything to death. It is literally exhausting to read.
It feels like there is little forward progress, little character development. Another complaint is that we don't see much of important and favorite characters lately. Nathaniel and Damien, where art thou? Aren't they a triumvirate, too? I don't know if she's just run out of story to tell with Anita Blake or what has happened.
When I finished this book, I really thought that it could be my last Anita Blake book. I felt like I'd wasted my time and money. I certainly won't rush out to buy another hardcover. But I'll probably read more, because I keep hoping that we'll see my favorites come out to play, or maybe something really interesting will happen to reinvigorate the series. Probably a wasted hope.
When I first read this book I did not review it because I thought it was by far her worst book yet. After rereading all her books again to prepare for the release of Kiss the Dead I deceided to do a review. The story of Anita Blake has always been one of my favorite supernatural series. The thing I dislike about the series now is the constant need to claim her character is always a monster or sex craved. I believe the ardeur was the downfall of the series. It was alright when she first introduced the idea but then it was more and more men and sex. Then the constant belief in herself that she is a monster and a slut. Then the other cops or marshalls comments on her being a slut or her need to have her boyfriends around all the time.The only advice I can give LKH is if you want the ardeur in the book then accept what has happened with the characters and at least stop having Anita's character making comments that she can't sleep with another person or she is a bad person because of it. It is just getting old. As for the book I can not really give a plot or idea about the book it was everywhere. You have Anita killing people, saving people, working out with her guards ( and of course being faster and stronger than them ) and you even have her having sex with a woman which she never would have done before since she does not like women to even hug her. Also JC and Richard have sex with a woman in front of Anita. All this is a contradiction to the characters in past books. Very annoying and nothing like I expected of the book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2010
First off let me say I am great Anita Blake fan I've read the books & I am up to book five on the audio books (which are very good by the way!), I love the characters, the world that's been built up, politics, I could go on. I am missing the likes of Dolph, Edward, Bert & the gritty suspenseful thriller that we got in the past. I do not mind the carnal exploits or the violence that seems to be the hallmark of her later books, I'm into dark urban fantasy etc, but this book really disappointed me, I put it down, picked it up again & I really had to make myself finish it off & to be honest found my self skipping a few pages, there's only so much discussion that you can have about guilt over shooting someone. I found Richards change of heart startling & the discussion of dynamic group sex before they did it a bore & analysing said exploits even more frustrating.
Not all the book was bad, the premise of story & what they have decided to do because they have to is brilliant, some of the turns of events make it gripping & the potential makes me hopeful for the next novel, but the actual execution of plot was uninspiring, I found the Anita Blake that I have grown to love, just a shadow of her former self, lost in a myriad of characters that I neither wanted to or could care about.
Disappointed not totally bad but not that good either......
2.0 out of 5 starsAnother Anita Blake book repeating the previous ones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 23, 2014
I've read almost all of the Anita Blake books now (I just can't stop reading the series once I've started it - I know: it's bad), and it looks like along the way most of the interesting bits about Anita's story got lost and were replaced by sex, sex and then some more sex. This book is no exception.
Even the sex is repeating itself nowadays from one book to another: the same acts being vividly described and there's nothing new in these scenes either. They do almost everything people can do in the bed or out of it - with more and more people joining in. I suppose the only new thing is that couple of times it has happened that, because of certain reasons, no one remembers anything about the orgy that has lasted often over a day (don't they need to go to the toilet at any point?).
And talking about the dialogue... it is also just repeating itself over and over again. The characters are overanalysing the same things about their relationship with each other in every single book, and it's getting really very boring. You'd think that with all this analysing the characters would finally solve their issues and manage to proceed with their lifes. But sadly no.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhen the dark tries to eat you...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2020
The biggest baddest vamp of all time wants to take over your body and rule the world, you use everything in your arsenal to save yourself and that is exactly what Anita Blake had to do. Please note heavy sexual content.