A solid three stars, because I did *like* it. It's a step back toward actually telling stories (a hopeful trend in the last couple) rather than the prA solid three stars, because I did *like* it. It's a step back toward actually telling stories (a hopeful trend in the last couple) rather than the preternatural orgies the series had devolved into.
Also, Edward. Edward makes everything better. He's my favorite sociopath.
But really. Anita kicks some ass the old fashioned way, is generally being less whiny about everything, and it was enjoyable.
My only beef? As is also the trend in this series, but more egregious in this one, is that it's a near 600 page book, and the whole things resolves like two chapters from the end in a way that realistically could have happened 200 pages earlier if Anita had noticed that OH, RIGHT, SHE IS A NECROMANCER. MAYBE SHE SHOULD USE THAT TO FIGHT THE ZOMBIES.
It's not that I am a prude, but dear god, could we get a little less ZOMG MAD KINKY SEX and a little bit more PLOT? Seriously.
It starts with some poliIt's not that I am a prude, but dear god, could we get a little less ZOMG MAD KINKY SEX and a little bit more PLOT? Seriously.
It starts with some police work, which is refreshing. Then some more. Looking up! Then Anita goes home and bonks her honeys. That's cool.
Then we go off on a 200 page section of fucking, until at some point she finally realizes, oh, right, well, I sort of began this plot, why don't we wrap all that up in about 40 pages, and even for LKH, it's an abrupt fucking ending.
I recently reread Blue Moon, and I had forgotten how much I used to like these books. They were never great literature, but they were enjoyable reads. And back in the day, there was still the mad hot sex, but it was in service to the plot rather than just gratuitous scenes of fucking to no end.
Each book now seems like a bad fanfic version of the first 8 or so of the series. I do appreciate that Anita has grown and gotten less stubborn and more aware of her own bullshit. And it's nice to see her relax and be happy. But that's a short story, not a 400 page novel of filler. (When even the sex is repetitive--like it's totally cribbed from the previous book, but INSERT NEW LOCATION HERE--it's hit a point of diminishing returns. LKH is plagiarizing herself.)
Also? If Anita is going to spend the whole book talking about how happy her core group of studly preternatural muffins makes her, perhaps they should appear (hello, Richard? Jason?) rather than her new stable of dudes (and dudette?).
Not sure how many more of these I have in me before I give up and quit reading these. I'm close. ...more
A return to Anita actually on a case! That is exciting! Plus Edward, Olaf, and Bernardo always make for fun and bloody times. Maybe I like them becausA return to Anita actually on a case! That is exciting! Plus Edward, Olaf, and Bernardo always make for fun and bloody times. Maybe I like them because they ground the series back in humanity, which the rest of the gang has gotten so very, very far away from.
However, (view spoiler)[ I was annoyed that she goes on and on about how she can't say the name of the Harlequin--really, there is a whole discussion between Anita and Edward on the subject--and then she says it, full out, BUT THEN GOES BACK TO NOT SAYING IT. (hide spoiler)]
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