I am having a hard time understanding how I ever got this far into this series. Has it always been terrible or have I cha...moreDesperately seeking a plot...
I am having a hard time understanding how I ever got this far into this series. Has it always been terrible or have I changed?
The first 90-100 pages of this book is clothing hair and eyes. The entire middle is tears, fear, sex and...clothing, hair and eyes. The worst part is, all this descriptive BS may well have been copied in chunks from previous installments. If you want a graphic novel, have one, but don't pretend that appearance is "plot" to fill pages. There wouldn't even be enough story content here for an entire graphic novel.
The entirety of the "plot", if I can stretch the definition that far, occurred in the last 15-20 pages and turned out to be a extended replay of a previous scene. There wasn't a single climactic moment. And after all the fashion, it was hard to care.
The writing is terrible. I've always thought this series was Anita Blake: Faerie Princess. They are the same people, in the same relationships, conquering magical men with their magic vagina. And somehow the workings of faerie Anita's magic vagina is supposed to be enough to fill 300+ pages. It's not, which is undoubtedly why it is so repetitive. How stupid must Hamilton think her readership is to repeat six or seven times that Anita...I mean Merry, loves Sholto but she's not "in love" with him. And yes we know Andais used to say "Bring me my darkness".... she's told us at least 3 times in every installment.
Readable but unremarkable. This continues in the same vein as the previous novels in the series. Jackie is a weak character, and as the lead she doesn...moreReadable but unremarkable. This continues in the same vein as the previous novels in the series. Jackie is a weak character, and as the lead she doesn't do much to enhance the plot. I like that she toughened up a bit, but again it always seems as if she's biting off more than she can chew. Given Jackie's inherent character flaws,the final outcome, rather than being happy, seems to be the beginning of new potential disasters ie. another job Jackie is hopelessly unqualified to fulfill.
I know the author would have liked to have written more in this series but, unfortunately, the characters were never intriguing enough to sustain a much longer series. Remy is, as usual, the best of the lot.
The rush to wrap things up seems to have left a few holes as well. There never is a satisfying explanation to Remy and Jackie's kidnapping earlier in the story, or Sophie's joining their expedition, or what the other parties wanted to use the halos for. (less)
I often finish books I don't care for out of sheer curiosity. I didn't even skip that many pages in hope that I'd get the full impact of the big secre...moreI often finish books I don't care for out of sheer curiosity. I didn't even skip that many pages in hope that I'd get the full impact of the big secret of why Jezebel left hell. It wasn't worth it. It's just not an interesting a revelation. I don't even know what it really means. As for Jez, she's crass. It's to be expected of her character but it doesn't make her an appealing character. (less)
The author manages to arouse curiosity and present some pretty hot sexual situations but the failing is dialog and plot. The characters speak in oddly...moreThe author manages to arouse curiosity and present some pretty hot sexual situations but the failing is dialog and plot. The characters speak in oddly robotic way that is unappealing. The emotional underpinnings are also awkwardly handled. Sara chooses an approach to helping Valentin that I just don't understand and is a really weak attempt to add more depth to this novel. Her understanding his past really doesn't have much to do with his coming to terms with it. (less)
Third in the series and I finally have an opinion...I'm not sure I like What's-Her-Name...exactly I can barely remember her name....Jackie. For the mo...moreThird in the series and I finally have an opinion...I'm not sure I like What's-Her-Name...exactly I can barely remember her name....Jackie. For the most part, she's a forgettable character but when she's not, she's a little ditzy and self-absorbed. She's not believable as an archaeologist and she lacks the ability to see the big picture. Jackie is surprised by Remy's ability to compartmentalize and put aside all the bad things that happen to her, however, Jackie is actually much better at this. The bad luck she's brought to her friends and the far reaching consequences of her mistakes don't weigh her down nearly as much as her own romantic problems. She's so busy obsessing over the two men in her life that most of the time she misses the obvious, that she was single before she met them, she didn't really choose them as romantic interests and she can have anyone else she likes. I suspect I'm supposed to admire her for her decision not to be a slut but honestly, it would probably be better for her and everyone else in her life if she were less prudish which makes it seem more idiotic than admirable.
this is an odd little scifi short story that has some elements of potential I suspect it would be a disaster if it were a full novel but it but it's d...morethis is an odd little scifi short story that has some elements of potential I suspect it would be a disaster if it were a full novel but it but it's decently written. A few more pages to round out the plot would have helped.(less)
2.5 stars really. This is much better than the last novel but I've come to the realization that I really don't like Anita. It's hard now to understand...more2.5 stars really. This is much better than the last novel but I've come to the realization that I really don't like Anita. It's hard now to understand how I've come this far in the series given that she's the narrator and yet I find her to be a patronizing bitch. I've read enough first-person perspective novels to realize its entirely possible to introduce the audience to new information without lecturing but Hamilton doesn't really seem to manage that well. Every new tidbit of information feels like its being explained to a small child. And so much of it is repetitive, I really begin to feel like a kindergartner. It's really an unnatural and awkward way to tell a story and, quite frankly, it's just not very good writing.
Instead of just feeling and understanding things, Anita analyzes and explains the hell out of everything in a way that people don't naturally think about doing unless talking to children or the mentally deficient. It puts so much space between her and the audience. Ironically the flaw in the series is the same one Anita finds in herself: a tendency to try too damn hard to explain things that just simply need to be as they are.
What is better here is: Hamilton remembered Jean-Claude still exists... not for much purpose but he's actually there. Also, there is a plot which includes more than psychoanalysis between thrusts. It's not a great tale but at this point I'm just relieved there is one. (less)
I usually try to rate erotica differently but there were just some lines in here that killed me. It was a bit engrossing, in no small part because of...moreI usually try to rate erotica differently but there were just some lines in here that killed me. It was a bit engrossing, in no small part because of the ridiculous premise. The ending is, as usual, ludicrous and rushed. Read it for the sex and expect to laugh through it... there may be reptiles. (less)
Not sure why I decided to read this. The publication date says 2003 but there is a dated quality to this story and a harlequin romanciness that threw...moreNot sure why I decided to read this. The publication date says 2003 but there is a dated quality to this story and a harlequin romanciness that threw me. The plot is harlequinny but the sex scenes are all hot erotica; it just didn't blend for me. What is with the jumper outfits? Adults still wear those? in public? But I digress. I guess I had the same problem with this story I have with many of this kind. I like heroines with more independence and gumption and Erin is definitely not one of those. I also dislike a common theme in these tales in which wealthy men rescue some poor helpless woman and spend oodles of money on them. This is emphasized in stories of this kind so much that I'm beginning to think it's a considered romantic and that just doesn't reflect well on a modern woman to me nor do I find it romantic. It just strikes me as being purchased rather than well taken care of.
I appreciated the subtelty with which Glenna's ghost was handled much of the time but it also just pointed out that she wasn't really all that necessary a character. In fact her pushing Erin towards Blake just undermined any sense that Erin was capable of independent thought or decision making. As a character she's completely reactive. I didn't appreciate any of the characters which made it impossible to appreciate the erotic scenes which effectively diminished my appreciation of the whole tale. (less)
I'm all for embracing whatever wacky bit of insanity you want to put out there to the fullest degree but "Dread Lords"? Really? I think that takes cor...moreI'm all for embracing whatever wacky bit of insanity you want to put out there to the fullest degree but "Dread Lords"? Really? I think that takes corny a little too far. It was plenty steamy but not without a few weak points. Twyla is irritating; I'm certain it's possible to be a legitimate nympho without being crass, but I'm sure that concept would be lost on this character. It is plenty hot and steamy which was nice but the rest was merely ok. (less)
I've always known the writing wasn't the greatest but that fact tends to stand out when the story itself is so damn weak. While I'd agree that this is...moreI've always known the writing wasn't the greatest but that fact tends to stand out when the story itself is so damn weak. While I'd agree that this is leaps and bounds better than the last two installments (Anita actually remembers she has other things to do than sex), it wasn't great. The main issue I had was Anita spends so much time applying her pop psych analysis to everyone and making bedroom chit chat that the actually state of affairs isn't really given the attention it deserves. If she'd just focus on detailing the action that's happening and responding to it rather than trying to figure out what everyone is thinking, it may have been a better story. Half the time I feel patronized by this series because it seems Anita is giving some ridiculous life lesson lecture and reminding us how awesome she is for thinking like a man.
The Mother of All Darkness plot has been dragged out for so long and so poorly dealt with that it should have been expected that it would be wrapped up in a disappointing way but it was still disappointing. And the fact that it is wrapped up makes me wonder why this series continues. It has become completely aimless.
I keep feeling that Hamilton creates these plot focal points and important characters then shoves them into the background and dances around them without giving them the attention necessary for a substantive plot.
On another note...Where the hell is Jean-Claude? Why does it seem like Anita may have killed him and stuffed his body so she can constantly refer to this person who doesn't really exist? He no longer plays any part in these stories except to pop into her head with a "ma petite" and disappear.
I saw this at the top of the "best menage fiction" list and thought I'd give it a try after having previously passed it over but I guess I had an init...moreI saw this at the top of the "best menage fiction" list and thought I'd give it a try after having previously passed it over but I guess I had an initial reason for doing so because this plot is appalling. I really don't mind a plot that's primarily sex but I don't like to be stunned by ridiculous plotting before the story even gets started.
I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of the brothers stumbling across Holly and, before she even wakes up properly, immediately determining she's the woman they've been waiting for and intend to make their wife. I expect this from paranormal romances where there is usually some alternate reason for this behavior but this comes out of nowhere with no decent explanation for why three grown attractive men would stick to this weird family tradition. Ethan attempts an explanation which clarified nothing and only further annoyed me.
Erotic and idiotic. Ok... idiotic is a bit strong but I could easily have quit reading this at any time without any curiosity as to how things turned...moreErotic and idiotic. Ok... idiotic is a bit strong but I could easily have quit reading this at any time without any curiosity as to how things turned out and I'm actually very surprised that I even finished it. It is certainly hot and spicy which fulfills one half its purpose but the plot exists only to allow sex opportunities and is a poor backbone for complete satisfaction. I will soon forget that I ever read this at all. (less)