5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
The more I read the more I understand the plot and each book builds on the characters, so you get them. Bit uncomfortable with the s & M sex but honestly could not put the book down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad with a few good bits
I was really looking forward to this book. After the last novel where we saw a lot less gratuitous sex and much more of the old fashioned hard boiled Anita I was really hopeful about this one. But I was pretty disappointed when I finally read it the first 150 pages or so where slow and while I'm pretty sure there were a few little gems of real character development in...
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by S. Mckirdy
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I keep hoping they will get better !,
I loved the first Anita Blake novels, they were so full of action and a really sassy heroine and storylines that were far from tired.Books you truely couldnt put down.
Unfortunately the books have started to go downhill.
I keep reading them because I keep hoping that the author will get back on track and start writing them with an actual plot and a little less porn! not that sex in a book puts me off at all, but in the last few books there is so much it gets boring, and I never thought I would say that! Flirt the book before Bullet seemed to have been getting back on track ever so slightly, but in Bullet you could fit the actual plot line into about one or two chapters, the rest was just sex, and I ended up skimming most of it trying to re-find a bit of plot.
Please laurell if your reading these reviews, dont write any more Anita Blakes until you can do your earlier books justice.Give Anita a case to get her teeth into and find something she can do without having to have an orgy to do it! Even the Merry Gentry series has become less plot and more sex!
Having said all that, If you've never read any of this authors work, dont be put of, just read the first books in the series, I will guarantee you will be hooked on those.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Puppets on a string - but a necessary and good development nevertheless,
I read "Bullet" with trepidation due to the reviews that have come before. Following that feeling was relief and disappointment in the same measure. The book has very good, I would argue even necessary components, but it has one major drawback. I will now first discuss the good components before turning to the reason why I nevertheless do not think this book works as a stand-alone book.
The good: The book attempts some very necessary character development. The moral and emotional issues Anita has been dealing with had become very stale. The attempt to reconcile the religious background and the realities of her life had come to a breaking point long before. She, and We as readers, are finally forced to confront the realisation that love is not gender bound and that sex is not synonymous with love. However, Laurell K Hamilton does not loose the emotional component of sex. A component which, potentially because of our upbringing, most people still feel. For Anita sex still comes with an emotional responsibility, but it is not anymore bound by gender prejudices and moral ideals she had long since outlived. This was long since necessary. Moreover, our perception of love is challenged. Her love for the men in her life is in no way diminished by their developing physical relationship. In some ways Anita is being taught that love is not about possession. This again has been an important development. Her character is described as supremely confident in her abilities but insecure in her men's continuing existence in her life. She regularly asks herself how it can be that these men are in love with her. Her possessiveness and fear of losing them as a result of sharing is understandable in that. But she has to outgrow this. She already did by mentally allowing for the potential of the men sharing sex, now we see her making the first steps of growing further by allowing the reality thereof.
The bad: Too much is happening. Because the socio-political situation developing in the book is highly complicated and the emotional development not less so the book does not work. Both the external political situation and the internal emotional one suffer in description because not enough space is allocated to them. The result is a lead over book with puppets. Until now, in all books, I was able to feel the characters. I fair amount of them I did not particularly like, I loath Richard and in many instances Anita gets on my nerves, but they were there. They emotionally existed. Even Micah, who in many ways is the most emotionally non-descript character, together with Jean-Claude, was becoming a person. This emotional existence is lacking. It is almost as if I am reading a report not being sucked into another world. In some places there are attempts to give Nathaniel and Micah some depth but they are too short. Two possible reasons might be lying behind this:
a) Anita is admitting to feeling numb, almost shocky. If the book gives us the perception of numbness, of shallowness to recreate for the reader the same emotion Anita is feeling then it is clever. But I do not think this is the case.
b) Laurell K Hamilton has started to be frightened by the criticisms she gets in respect to too much sex in her work. This might be more the reason for her sex scenes lack the emotional depth that made them what they were. In the past they were not pornography but a tool to show the characters at their most intimate and allow the reader to delve into the emotional realm of these characters. Now the scenes are just numb descriptions. If this is the future of the books then that will be sad as the characters will loose much.
In respect to the socio-politicla development I find the brevity even more sad. The power play and intrigue have become an integral part of the books and are fascinating, possibly because we can see many real-life political strategies play out in the back-drop of another world. Whilst I would love Laurell K Hamilton to be more knowledgable and realistic when it comes to politics and history outside the US, it is her world and she creates it. However, a lot is happening on the US front in this book and we are left with a stale description of a few sentence. I hope that this will truly only be a set-up for another part of the story where we get to delve into a more detailed and rich world again.
Final verdict: Well, if you are looking for a paranormal crime novel then this is NOT for you. Neither is it for you if you are only now coming to Anita Blake because the book does not do justice to the series. If you do not want to read about sex this book is NOT for you. If you are homophobic or believe that sex should be hidden in the dark and reserved to a marriage bed then this book is not for you either, start in the beginning of the series and make up your mind after you read those. If you have come to love the political,social, cultural and emotional richness of these books then you will be disappointed by this book - but possibly might be able to appreciate it as the lead-over it, I assume, is. Nevertheless, it is sad. It could have been two, or even three, very good books with more depth and courage.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LKH back on top!,
It's common knowledge that the earlier books in the Anita Blake series were written in a different style, and many of the later books have been compared and reviewed very badly. However, it seems that LKH was found her flow again with Bullet. It's much better than the last book, and actually has a plot and also progresses the series (unlike Flirt did!)It was nice to see the relationship between Jean-Claude, Anita and Asher develop and evolve. All in all a very enjoyable read. I think that for people to start enjoying the series again they need to stop comparing the new books to the first ones in the series and judge each new book on it's own merits. Bring on another installment of Anita Blake!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars oversexed...,
...and over done! not a lot of substance to this book, almost a book- in- waiting for the next one. Boring in places and VERY repetitive.
It was ok - just; not up to usual standard.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Running out of story lines,
I'm by no means a prude (if I was I wouldn't read this series) but this lastest issue concentrated on sex rather than a story. I much prefer the earlier issues. Not as good as the reviews.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BULLET (ANITA BLAKE ),
Bullet is a great continuation to the series, It left me hungry for more and wandering what would happen with BELLE now she is on the run along with afew others of the council, Also what is the Mother of Darkness plan for revenge and her long term plan.
3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake, Bullet,
Brilliant book. I was disappointed with Laurell's previous book, Flirt as it felt rushed, so was unsure what to expect from Bullet. However, after reading it I feel it is back to Laurell's usual excellent standard with all my favourite characters spending time in the spotlight once again. I look forward to finding out what happens next!
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent.,
I must have read a different book to the reviews i've just read on this book,it was brilliant and i reread the whole series after i'd finished reading it,the story line was so good,definatley can't wait for the next one.
9 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bullet,
i dont know what people are thinking, saying the is boring. i was hooked. all laurell k hamilton fans knows how she writes. i have been with her since the start and this book is her all over. the companion screens that are in it are normal and what i expect from the vampires because they have no hang ups. so you just open you mind and go on the jorney of the book. it is one hell of a ride. im waiting for her next book. just open your mind when reading it. you will love it.Bullet (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 19)
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! I really enjoyed this book.,
I just so enjoy Laurell Hamilton's books and she never fails me. If you like her you have to read this book. I have read all her books and most of them twicw and I am about to read them all again.
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Bullet (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton (Hardcover - Jun 2010)
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