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We were in B&N the other day, and I read the description of the new… 
9th-Jul-2009 08:51 pm
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We were in B&N the other day, and I read the description of the new Anita Blake book, and it actually sounds pretty good (hey, it's got Edward in it, and I have a soft spot for everyone's favorite psychopath). I'm debating whether I should catch up by actually reading the books or just reading Wikipedia (sad, I know). I've heard that the books actually get better again - the last one I read is Narcissus in Chains, which is a lot of catching up to do. So, worth catching up, worth reading Wikipedia so I can read the new one, or not bothering?
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10th-Jul-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Having recently finished the latest book I can't really recommend it. Yes, it's better than the past few books. But...well...I spent the past several books reading authors like Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstrong, and Kim Harrison. Going back to Hamilton's writing after reading those authors was like...leaving a lobster dinner to swing by Mcdonald's.

My biggest complaint is the dialogue. Everyone sounds exactly the same. And they all sound like Jack Webb. And I'm so sick of men giving each other knowing glances while Anita goes, "What'd I miss?"

Of course, I just now realized that's not what you were asking. So, umm...wikipedia. You haven't missed much. I think the only major thing is that Anita can call tigers now.

I shouldn't discourage you. The book's not completely terrible. When someone at work asked me how the book was I replied, "Once you get past the gag reflex it's not too bad."

Edited at 2009-07-10 01:07 am (UTC)
10th-Jul-2009 02:12 am (UTC)
I'm considering whether it's worth wading through several 700 page books. By all means, it's ok to be discouraging. :)

I'm 60 pages into the new Briggs, so I know what you mean. Mercy is so what Anita was supposed to be, and the writing is so good.

Do the Anita books at least get more actiony of the kick-ass variety and less actiony of the "I didn't know that was possible in nature" variety? :)
10th-Jul-2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Yes. In the latest book there's hardly any sex. But when there is...well...I won't spoil it. At least it's plot-driven sex.

Also...I'm not sure how much of it is in the other books (I'm kind of reading things a bit differently these days), but it was hard to shake the feeling that that Laurell simply hates women. Come to think of it, I have said before how the men in her books come in a variety of different flavors, but women are always either bitches or victims. And doing a quick googling I see I'm not the only one who's gotten that impression.
10th-Jul-2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Amen. I was told that if I could make it past the first 180 pages, the rest was pretty darn good.

Unfortunately, I still haven't managed it.
10th-Jul-2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Read wikipedia. I have read the last books, because it's like watching a train wreck - I just can't help it and I need to see how bad it gets.
10th-Jul-2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Um. So I went to Wikipedia to figure out if I've read the last one, so I can properly advise you. And I haven't, because I haven't read any Anita Blake tripe since it came out in June, but it sounds an awful lot like the last Anita Blake tripe I read, so far as what passes for a plot goes.

And whoever told you the series went back uphill again was wrong, wrong, wrong. :) They kept getting worse and worse. So if you're going to read the new one, at least don't subject yourself to the others :)
13th-Jul-2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
read 'em. they're largely fluff, but she does pick up some new abilities and there is much relationship drama.
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