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on 6 July 2013
More of a rant than a review I'm afraid.
Am I the only one who notices that this series is turning into the Merry Gentry series? Perhaps Laurell should have continued with that series if she wanted to write badly written, non-erotic, erotica? Am I the only one that notices that Anita is also turning into a looks obsessed girly girl? What happened to the black jeans and Nikes? Why do we have to know that she is wearing a thigh holster under her short little skirt and pretty colored jacket? Because, let's admit it - We all know how it is just so darn easy to kick zombie, shape-shifter and vampire butt when wearing a mini skirt, jacket and high heels now don't we? Why do we put up with these sorts of details? Was it more important to be thinking about hair length than to think about how to tell Micah horrible news about his family? When the heck did Anita get triple-E cup breasts? And, how did she never once fall over from the weight of them on her tiny little slim figure?
This book started off with a bang - with a new disease that started out on the East Coast making its way westward and lodging itself firmly in Anita's world. You need to read (in the Kindle Edition) nearly 40 percent of the book before anything besides relationship angst and some peeing contest hi-jinks with the other cops, happen. That is just plan sad. However, what action there is is quite exciting, except that Anita makes some bone-headed moves. But then again, she is in a sort of "heat' and Nathaniel is in his full form , thus tempting her beyond the ability to stay standing - so maybe that explains the fact that she led everyone into a dangerous situation. And isn't it just really sad that even during the action, Anita's sex life take precedence?
Anita picks up another animal to call - Laurell wrote herself into another corner I see. It was clever, but not enough to pull me out of my funk.As was pointed out in my 'comments' area, the sex doesn't show up until we are well into the book, but the sex that she does have is getting more and more violent. This is the first time I've read about Autoerotic-Asphyxiation, no it didn't appeal to me, although I do so love good writing about menages, but then again I think the types of sex Ms Hamilton is writing about is going to start to appeal to a smaller and smaller fan base.
Why wasn't the Master of Boulder called in to give his help during this crisis? This seems like a big plot hole to me.
I've read all of the books (both series) and the last few have left such a little impression on me. I used to re-read these books religiously, but for about the last 4 or 5 I just haven't felt the urge. In addition, with that lack of gripping story lines and fascinating character interactions, comes the fact that I just do not care to revisit them as I used to.
The story itself finally gets a little interesting once we get to Colorado to Micah's family, although we had to beat the horse dead while explaining (over and over and OVER) the ménage that Anita brought with her. Of course, we find some of the characters to be religious zealots so we shall beat yet another dead horse.
Politics seem to dominate the first quarter of this book - whether it is furry and fangy politics or the politics of Anita taking over an investigation (again what is new?)
I think that is my main issue with the last books, is there is truly no new territory to explore. Ms Hamilton simply tells the same story in as many ways as we will put up with. However, my last straw is the blending of Merry and Anita. I loved it when they were two separate and very distinct series. I do NOT like this ambiguous heroine that blends the best (or worst) of two different heroines.
The constant harping on Anita's love life, with pages and pages of explanations is getting old too. Ms Hamilton, if she knew that what she was writing was good and was what the readers wanted to hear, wouldn't need to keep justifying it. This sort of over-explanation of an out of the norm relationship, would be something I would expect in chick lit or romance - not in a book of this genre. This series has finally turned the final corner into a romance series with mystery, action and horror being in a distant second and third place. Very distant
I do not like the new-ish (I know it has really been going on for many books now) Mary Sue character of Anita, one who gets new powers, as she needs them, as if the author cannot come up with anything better. It is as if Ms Hamilton says "Oh I wrote myself into a corner, so let's give Anita new powers with no true explanation or reason other than to get me out of this corner without me using my writing and plotting skills"
About the only thing left for Anita to do that I don't think she has been done yet is to `double berth' like Merry did. However, I am afraid that that day is nearer than we think.
There are some things that make this a worthy read for the fans of the later books - but for fans from the start, the people who have read and re-read the books from when Anita still wore the Nikes with the "swoosh" I'm afraid you will be disenchanted and disheartened. It really saddens me that Anita's love life makes more of us cringe (and not in a good way) than the blood and guts, the fighting and action and the mystery and suspense used to.
How many times can an author use the word "spill" in all its forms before 'true' fans get annoyed? How much BDSM can an author use before a book is not the original genre and just bad porn? I read erotica; this is some of the worst I have ever read and I am including indie authors here. The fact that Ms Hamilton also pads this book with extraneous dialogue, and is constantly beating those dead horses for additional padding, lets me know that she has lost her touch.
How can we, take this author seriously, when said author takes a character that was so very believable and turn her into a cartoon character that uses `The Ardeur' as an excuse to get it on with anyone or anything with a p*nis? Ms Hamilton is NOT an innovator - I can point out hundreds of other authors who have been writing this particular kind of book for many years before Ms. Hamilton did. Ms Hamilton has jumped on a bandwagon and did it a little too late
And by the way, am I the only one not in a menage?