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In which Anita Blake seals her own literary fate

  • Apr 13, 2010
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'Blood Noir' is my last Anita Blake novel. It's been a long road, but I will follow it no longer.

I've read the series from the beginning. I got as far as I did because the first books were fun. Anita was an engaging, funny, interesting character, and her situation had tension and mystery and suspense. There was danger. There was excitement. There were laughs. There was FUN.

Note that all of the above is in the past tense.

In 'Blood Noir' Anita runs off to North Carolina with Jason, her werewolf friend/lover/animal to call, to pose as his girlfriend so his family doesn't think he's gay. It's personal drama and I'm sure in a different book we could have gotten to know Jason, the supporting character, a little better. A little character development is honestly not a bad thing. Unfortunately there's none of that to be had here.

Instead we get a couple bland sex scenes (mostly carbon copies of the same overblown adjectives and descriptions from previous books), a case of mistaken identity stretched to its limit, some vague and pointless references to the Mother of All Darkness, and lots and lots of bad dialogue. There is no tension, no real mystery, and no sense that Anita or any of her "sweeties" are ever in any danger of harming a hair on their pretty heads. And by the end of the book, nothing is different. Nothing has changed.

Here's the thing: Anita Blake is not fun anymore. She's not enjoyable to read about, and she's not a compelling character anymore. She's become so powerful that nothing can touch her (unless it's to have sex with her, in which case anything and everything can do that). The sex scenes are bland and repetitive. Plot and storytelling is replaced with pages and pages of "meetings" between characters and dialogue which leaves nothing to the imagination. There is no sense of humor anymore. For a series about supernatural beings, the stories have become increasingly...mundane.

And that, more than anything else, signals the end of Anita Blake for me. She's dead, and I'm burying her. No more.

Anita Blake used to be fun to read. She used to make me laugh or cringe or want to turn the page. For the last few books, though, she's just made me want to put the book down and move on to something better. But I hoped for better, so I kept reading.

With 'Blood Noir,' the pact is sealed. It's not worth it anymore, because she's not fun anymore. The magic is gone, and what remains is not enough for me to keep going.

Anita Blake is dead. Rest in Peace.

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September 23, 2010
You made it further than me. You know for a series this one made a really good run. Around Obsidian Butterfly or so was when it started to do a nose dive. If anything, to go that far in a series is pretty good. LKH should have just said "time to wrap things up" and developed a new character, preferably one that didn't have to fornicate to get by in life.
September 23, 2010
Thanks - it really did have a good run, and the fact that so many readers followed it for so long after it went south is a testament to that. Knowing when to end things is pretty important, though, and LKH has gone WAY past that mark.
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review by . July 01, 2008
LKH are you reading these reviews??? Get a clue girl and fix this series. Thanks to these nice people who took the time to review this item...I know not to buy it. I bought the last two...and regretted every single minute of it. Half the time I was gagging because of the bloated fake sex scenes...or groaning over the bad dialogue and plot.  I was hoping though that you might, just maybe, possibly, fix Anita and resurrect her as the great character she was. Looks like no such luck. Seems …
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The florid 16th Anita Blake novel (after 2007'sThe Harlequin) updates Anita's endlessly erotic adventures as a living vampire with many weird lovers. Anita serves her vampire sweetie Jean-Claude, Master of the City of St. Louis, obsessed with feeding him and her own need to leech off of others' sexual pleasure or ardeur while retaining her rep as vampire executioner (despite the seeming conflict of interest), U.S. marshal and necromancer. She's also accompanying her bed-buddy Jason Schuyler to visit his dying estranged father in North Carolina. After arriving, Jason's mistaken for his rich cousin Keith Summerland, who's ditched his bride-to-be to run off with the wife of a vampire Master, giving Anita a case to solve between wild orgies with wereanimals. Hamilton chronicles Anita's escapades with a growing air of ennui, which longtime readers can't help sharing as sex increasingly takes the place of plot and character development.(June)
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ISBN-10: 0425222195
ISBN-13: 978-0425222195
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
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