I used to love the Anita Blake novels. They used to have good plots, action, real drama not just sexual drama. Now it seems the plot of the story, theI used to love the Anita Blake novels. They used to have good plots, action, real drama not just sexual drama. Now it seems the plot of the story, the action and climax and denouement, is all a vehicle for discussing the complicated polyamoury of the main characters. That gets old very quick.
The plot here was potentially good. But just when it got interesting, when the villain was uncovered and there was the potential for a showdown, when the villain was ranting and telling all suddenly, poof! Ten minute finish and we are all done. Bad guy dead. No real showdown. Not even a good tension among the good guys. All the interpersonal interaction of the characters here is so stereotypical it's down right boring. Disappointed doesn't even cover it....more
It took me forever to finish this book because it kept putting me to sleep. The characters were so bloody annoying, the plot is disjointed and ramblinIt took me forever to finish this book because it kept putting me to sleep. The characters were so bloody annoying, the plot is disjointed and rambling, and the dialogue was as cliche as it could possibly get. Not going to read more by this author. Ever....more
It took me an inordinate time and an effort of will to finish this book. I am not sure why. It had some good action moments. The challenge to the HunnIt took me an inordinate time and an effort of will to finish this book. I am not sure why. It had some good action moments. The challenge to the Hunn near the end was both witty and well played. The overall culture clash is pretty fascinating as well, especially where we have the same scene from the two perspectives: human and daemon. I can even live with an unlikable protagonist, and though Dave is certainly that I found myself rooting for him when he finally got into the action in the streets. (In point of fact the only likeable characters in the whole book are nonhuman: Lucille, who is a weapon, and the Thresh, a minor daemon who thinks things through.)
Maybe it is that the author is trying too hard. There is a lot of repetition of things we already know. Yes, we have sympathy for the officer with the artificial leg, but we don't need constant speculation on whether it is painful to be revisited ever time the guy gets out of a vehicle or walks any distance. Yes, the Professor is an asshole, but constantly revisiting it with cutesy quips gets tedious and simply makes the character a stereotype of annoying nerddom and the protagonist just annoying. Also annoying is the constant need to have pop culture references every few sentences as if the author must hammer it home for some reason that this is 21st century America that is being invaded by monsters.
There are too many tantalising things that never get explored--why does Dave have super powers, how is it that other people killing other Hunn don't assimilate their memories as well, and what is Lucille? And there is too much that is hashed and rehashed ad nauseum--the story of Dave and the hookers, sexual tension between Dave and Dr. Ashbury, Dave's drinking stories, Dave's issues with politics, with his ex-wife. I could go on. Perhaps a good copyeditor with a sense of continuity would have helped.
Mostly I am glad just to have finished it and be done. There is no comparison to Butcher, whose books I not only love but re-read. And it is sad to have to say it, but after reading the teaser for book two at the end of this book I KNOW I won't look for that one. A teaser should make you want more, not disgust you....more
Centuries old vampire (I hate the pretentious spelling of the word as vampyre) with a heart of gold falls in love at first bite with chubby insecure cCenturies old vampire (I hate the pretentious spelling of the word as vampyre) with a heart of gold falls in love at first bite with chubby insecure crippled girl. Some of this is fun. Some is overblown prose. Far too cliche, and predictable....more