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1.0 out of 5 stars Bring back Anita Blake, 13 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Incubus Dreams: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Volume 12 (Paperback)
I’ve been a fan of LKH’s Anita Blake series since Guilty Pleasures first arrived in the UK.
The series has had it’s high points (Guilty Pleasures, Lunatic Café, Obsidian Butterfly) and it’s lows (Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Burnt Offerings), but I’ve stuck with it.
But - and it pains me, and brings no pleasure to, to say this - Incubus Dreams is the worst book of the series.
In fact, it’s one of the worst books I’ve ever read.
The Anita Blake started off as action/thriller/horror detective stories, but now they are thinly disguised porn.
If you’ve read the synopsis, that’s not the story. The story runs like this:
Anita Blake whines.
She has sex.
She develops a new and mysterious magical power.
She whines.
She has sex with someone different.
She develops a new and mysterious magical power.
She whines.
She has sex with a few randomly selected male characters different.
She develops a new and mysterious magical power.
She whines.
One or more of her seven official lovers whine.
She has sex with someone new.
She develops a new and mysterious magical power.
She whines.
Repeat for 700 pages. And that’s a day - one day, in Anita Blake’s life.
It’s not the sex that makes this book bad (I like erotic fiction). Neither is it the amount (every 2-3 chapters - bear in mind the chapters are very short - Anita’s panties are off). It’s just that all the shagging serves no purpose.
Like a good porno movie, events in the story are only there to give a reason for Anita Blake to have sex with random - and I do mean random - men she meets. Characters you’ve never heard of appear, seemingly with the only reason to give Anita someone new to have… well… to have.
Reading this you feel like you’ve been sold an anthology of trashy erotic fiction, after being told it’s an action/detective/horror novel.
On the other hand, the blurb could have something to do with the story. I’m about 500 pages into this 724 page tome and there have been two scenes which might - MIGHT - be relevant to the serial killer of vampire storyline (a plot that’s a throwback to the first Anita Blake book, Guilty Pleasures). That’s a trick that LKH has used in Cerulean Sins and Narcissus in Chains - realised she’s 200 pages from the end of the novel, and thought "Damn. Better pack the plot in here."
I’m say this as a big, and loyal, fan of Anita Blake: I wish I hadn’t have bought this book. Cerulean Sins and Narcissus in Chains were bad, but this…
I hope that LKH brings back the Anita Blake I know and love. Until then, I’m staying away from this series.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 2 Jun 2009 20:57:50 BDT
Zoe says:
Agree, agree, agree. Couldn't have said it better myself. Thank god I borrowed it and didn't spend money on this trash.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2009 10:14:08 GMT
J. Smith says:
Agree too. I looked down in horror and discovered the first evidence of an ongoing plot around page 270. Two hundred and seventy pages of Anita ending up in a pile of bodies (usually containing Anita and two random long haired, leather-trousered males whose clothes are mysteriously torn off), and suddenly finding new powers to explain weak spots in the plot. I had to stop reading sometimes because my eyes kept rolling back into my head.

Posted on 31 May 2012 16:41:18 BDT
A. Lough says:
You forget several key parts of the Anita Blake equation!
*Extensive descriptions of clothing.
*Random police officer has issue with her badge/necromancy/lack of clothing/gender but she shows them!
*The same argument she has with Richard at least twice per book.
*Insert at will the following descriptions - 'drowning deep', 'cop eyes', and 'candy on my tongue'.
*Approx 1-2 pages to round up half of the plot and action at the end.

Other than that youve gotten the nail right on the head. What has happened to the heroine of the books that shes gone from kick butt to incapable of leaving her home without clinging to several men? Wheres the plot gone? If you get to read the next one (Dance Macabre) where the heck are the bad guys?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 16:51:40 BDT
Huh... I'd actually forgotten about that book. And writing the review of it. (Wish I could edit it so I could remove the Yoda-like grammar.)

I do vaguely recall LKH complaining about her fans complaining about the direction she had taken the Anita Blake books down.

Needless to say, I haven't read any other book in this series (or any of LKH's novels, or any of the erotic vampire fairy tale romance genre) since this one. And I haven't missed them at all.

Guilty Pleasures is still on my book shelf. Occasionally I'll look at it and consider re-reading it, for the first time in years. But then I remember what the Anita Blake series turned into, and I can't make myself go down that road again.
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