Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.
Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”
Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…
Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
This is more of an unofficial review because I bought this book for myself hoping to reacquaint myself with all the reasons why I started reading Laurell K. Hamilton in the first place. I've not been excited about a new Anita Blake in awhile, but not for the reasons most seem to be having. Blogs and chat forums are full of people grumbling that the books are just about sex with multiple partners and less about solving cases, which I can understand to a point. Much of what makes Anita Anita is that over the course of her experiences she has grown and adapted to be less judgemental and more open minded, embracing the things, or men, that make her happy. She has made many tough decisions about things that are beyond her control and what makes those choices bearable is that she has a solid support structure at home. Her men serve as more than just sexy toys, although some of them are strictly for feeding, helping her to become the badass Executioner we know her to be. So, yes, the books are full of inventive and sometimes unbelievable sexual encounters that can feel gratuitous, but they are written like that to show freedom and unconditional feelings. I'm not one to besmirch those that aren't game for multiple encounters of mind-blowing sex with some of the sexiest men ever written, but I'm naughty like that and don't mind the sexual content one bit. Even when it has elements that I would never try in my wildest dreams, like some of the heavy bondage scenes in Affliction, I'm still okay with it being in the story.
What turns me off from the series is that the writing itself can feel repetitious with certain words or phrases being repeated over and over throughout the book, like we as readers didn't understand the first 5 times she said it. I'm guessing that most of the repeated explanations (about the guys, about BDSM, about being female in law enforcement) are done like that so that new readers get a quick backstory lesson, but for those of us that have followed along since the beginning, well, at this point it just aggravates me because I have heard it all before and wish the heft of the book was because she had so much new content that nothing could be deleted without adversely affecting the story.
Would I call Affliction a success? Yeah, I guess I would, because for most of the book I felt Anita and her guys were moving forward and that real progress was made within her relationship structure. Plus, we saw more of Jean-Claude and zero of Richard which I count as a positive thing.
By the way, a new Anitaverse novella came out:
Vampire hunter Anita Blake leaps into uncharted territory in the all-new novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.
For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla—and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…
Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…
You can order Dancing here and here.