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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; paperback / softback edition (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819205
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bluecougar25 on 23 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was quite surprised to see another Merry Gentry novel on the shelf at my local library, as I'd assumed Swallowing Darkness was the final installment, it seemed to wrap things up pretty nicely. I'm still not quite sure what Divine Misdemeanors is meant to be, though I did check the title page several times to check I'd not picked up some of the worst type of fan fiction by mistake. Merry goes back to her old job as a PI, though life and notoriety and being pregnant are making having a quiet life pretty tricky. And Merry has sex, with lots of different men, and then another bit of crime happens, then more sex, etc. Half the characters suddenly start being argumentative, and the rest seem to appear from nowhere (I'm surely not the only one to have lost track as to who is who in her large entourage of guards), and what interesting subplot there is about the Goddess' intervention and the effects of Merry's power on the outside world keeps getting sidetracked into more arguments and mainly un-arousing sex (for a series that can be summed up as "faery porn" usually in a good way this is not a plus point. The book was by turns confusing, tedious and repetitive - Merry's insights into the fey were very handy for the police detective but they both seemed to have short memories as the second time Merry mentioned the exact same fact, the detective took it as new information. Um?

Avoid, avoid, avoid.

(Which Merry Gentry book contains the England-based plot given in the Amazon review, incidently, I would love to know, because it sure ain't this one, which stays firmly in LA.)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Read Me on 8 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
I think like a lot of Laurell K Hamilton's reviewers if you're a loyal fan then you'll read this book and the next Anita Blake one anyway. Yet sooo many of the reviews on here are negative that I do wonder why everyone carries on.

Firstly I always prefered Merry to Anita as at least with her you always knew what you were getting (which tends to be sex and politics) whereas Anita Blake seems to have an identity crisis for the last 5 books. This novel sees Merry in a sort of self enforced exile in LA, living as normal a life as the pregnant sidhe princess of the Unseelie Court can. Her job with Jeremy's detective agency is back on and she is trying to help the police solve some demi-fey murders. All good so far - sounds like a plot. Yet as ever its the confusion of things - too many guards, too many lovers, what power has Galen got again? Do I care that Barinthus's hair looks like the sea? Can I actually remember all the fathers of Merry's babies? Sometimes it even appears as though Hamilton knows she's got too many characters and some of them get the briefest of mentions in this book.

If anything this book seems more like a filler used to illustrate that Merry and her guards are out of fairie now and see where this leads them. Hopefully some of the things that are hinted at in this novel (Barinthus's power struggles, the soldier's hold on Merry's powers, the Goblin unrest) will be expanded on in the next and we'll be back to political backbiting and plotting deaths in no time.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Croft on 19 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have no idea what has happened to LKH, is she just milking it for everything its worth? Whats happened to Anite Blake? And now whats happening to Merry? As far as I understood the whole purpose of the fey series was that Merry wanted to get pregnant in order to gain the crown. In book 7 she becomes pregnant and also sacrifices the crown. Therefore that is a conclusion to a series! So why is there another book? Its like having Titanic 2- there is nothing to say! LKH seems unable to end at a good time. She should have ended this at book 7 and Anita Blake god knows how many books ago. Quit whilst you're ahead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kash VINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2010
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I agree with many of the other reviews of this book especially around the direction the series is taking. After getting mid-way through the Anita Blake books and them losing all sense of a story I found myself preferring this series. But LKH is taking the Merry books in the same direction as the anita blake books. There is now no difference between the series, the focus is solely on how many men/ paranormal beings the female lead caharacter can have sex with. Without the massive sections of the book which focusses on all the sexual encounters the story would take up less than 100 pages!!!
I will no longer buy LKH books as soon as they are released - I will be waiting until they are a lot cheaper and I can trust that they have a proper story line.

What a shame as this series started off so well.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
Merry is back Stateside in self imposed exile working as a detective with her harem of guys. Yet life as it is won't let up and with the intrigue of a new case for her to investigate as lesser demi fae are murdered in a pattern reminiscent of an obscure fairy tale. Hounded by the media Merry has to fight tooth and claw to get to the bottom of everything whilst dealing with her pregnancy. Whilst this seems like ideal material the major problem with this offering is that the whole tale is more sexploitation over plot which whilst constantly getting the character off didn't do a damn thing for me. Almost as if Laurell had a kernel of an idea and with deadlines really didn't think it through just bulking it out with unnecessary alongside standard sex scenes almost as if she had them all ready just to insert (if you'll excuse the pun) to fill up page quota's.

At the tales conclusion I really felt cheated and ripped off with this offering from Laurell, so much so that I am seriously considering giving up on this series as I'm getting fed up of the transformation from Merry the Woman to Merry the Walking Mattress.
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