So far I'm just waiting for the plot to start. I'm fifty pages in and my friend who asked me to read this has informed me it stays slow until the 150So far I'm just waiting for the plot to start. I'm fifty pages in and my friend who asked me to read this has informed me it stays slow until the 150 pg mark.
...It should not take that long for a story to get good dammit!...more
This book loses a whole star just because I’m getting sick and tired of villains always dying in such sucky ways. Yes sucky isn’t very articulate butThis book loses a whole star just because I’m getting sick and tired of villains always dying in such sucky ways. Yes sucky isn’t very articulate but neither are these so called larger than life inhuman badguys.
I think this book had a lot more going for it in the long run, but Hamilton just took it to a place that wasn’t as interesting as I thought it was going to be. I thought the side plot with the teenage girls death and her parents wish to ‘kill her’ before she rose as a vampire was more interesting then the main story. The introduction of fae was pretty interesting; expect Hamilton doesn’t explain anything about all the fairy folklore she uses. Yes, the same woman who copy and pastes her clothing descriptions and recaps the same things in every book doesn’t bother to give us any real information on the fae, we’re just supposed to go with it. No wonder she re-conned this in later books.
Jason was a little more interesting, I'm rather interested in where this character is going.
Also Anita makes friends with soon to be vampire girls little brother; he is then kidnapped by a paedophile vampire who entered the house threw a doggy door. (Yes I just said that) Anita is understandably scared for the boy and tries to find him before he’s sired. How does this all end? There’s a scene where the kid is held as a hostage and watches his feral vampire sister kill a canon fodder villian. Then a couple of scenes later the kids corpse is burnt in said pedo vamps coffin. Yeh I know the boy was dead and wouldn’t have raised for another two nights but Anita hardly comments on this! Every single book just feels so freaking rushed near the end and I’m being put off by it. Not to mention you can tell who will be a badguy just by the way Anita treats them.
Oh and Jean-Claude shows little specs of a real personality, but nothing to really make me give a crap about him. Seriously people read these books for this guy alone? *sigh* I miss Willie Mccoy and his amusing ties. ...more
Crap, I've left this too long and forget what actually happened in this book. That's not a good sign.
Jean-Claude becomes more like a stalker, I remembCrap, I've left this too long and forget what actually happened in this book. That's not a good sign.
Jean-Claude becomes more like a stalker, I remember that all too well. Oh and Hamilton introduces random female vampire characters she can use to show just how less appealing they are compered to Anita. Also Jean-Claude out right abuses said female vampire and others. Isn't he just the embodiment of everyones wet dream?!
Seriously I like dark fiction but this outright nose turn to better ideals and morons is starting to piss me off. Richard, Anita's hot werewolf boyfriend is treated like a wimp just because he doesn't want to outright MURDER someone. I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't for the fact that he's written in a way that makes it so Anita's 'shot first' mentality is always right....more
Finally! We have werewolves! No seriously this is the first time we've seen werewolves sin this series. In the first book we had wererats, which is a Finally! We have werewolves! No seriously this is the first time we've seen werewolves sin this series. In the first book we had wererats, which is a pretty interesting concept. The second had no weres that I can remember save for Ivan the reporter guy who we’re told was a werewolf but never shifted. So I’m happy to say that the third book in the series finally shows me what all the fuss was about for this series.
The plot starts up right away with a vampire victim case being brought to Anita Blake’s attention. Richard Zeeman comes into the picture, and Hamilton does more with her world than in the last two books.. We get to see Circus of the Damned, an indoor circus ran by vampires. We find out that vampires change others by biting a human three times. (third time causing death. And yes Hamilton has waited till the third book to explain that) and most interesting of all we learn that if a human is feed on by more than one vampire and dies they become feral. The best aspect of this story has to be the nonstop action and the world building. The scene in the abandoned hospital was actually tense, and the escape from the snake woman in the cave was even more heart stopping.
Once again Hamilton disappoints with the final villain. Seriously this vampire is supposed to be over a million years old, yet he dies like a bitch. The author has stated she likes to wrap up things at the end of each book because she doesn’t like cliff hangers. But I feel this also forces her to rush all her endings and leave a bad taste of anti-climax in our mouths. ...more
I've grew up surrounded by urban fantasy as a kid, from watching stuff like the gargoyles cartoon too my collection of VHS tapes my dad had no idea II've grew up surrounded by urban fantasy as a kid, from watching stuff like the gargoyles cartoon too my collection of VHS tapes my dad had no idea I was buying. Interview with the vampire and An American Werewolf in London to this day mark my expectations for what I think should be a vampire and what I think should be a werewolf.
When picking up the Anita Blake series I wanted something that blended my tastes together, something dark and gritty with monsters that were actually monsters! (Seriously screw using every supernatural creature for gay or AIDS Allegories in my escapism) The first book managed to perk my interest, sure it wasn’t great, but alot of B horror movies ain’t exactly fantastic either.
The second book however...didn’t hold my interest as much.
Sure it had perpetual, but after the psycho vampire child in the last story the sudden change to a voodoo grandma is hard to make threatening; and I’m sorry to say Hamilton is not a good enough writer to make me fear this books villain. Anita continues to annoy me, and I never thought I’d be annoyed at a character for being too much of an underdog. There’s just something really off putting about the way Hamilton makes her heroine pretty disadvantaged yet making her the biggest badass ever known. Again Anita pretty much solves the case and manages to kill the villains because they were stupid enough to go after her and THEN give her bond villain styled chances to escape. Over all I enjoyed the last 50 pages of this book, but the build up was painfully slow and dragging. I hope Hamilton finds a balance for her plots in the next book. ...more
Why was this book so addicting too read? There's just something about the style that makes it easy to get into despite it being more popcorn entertainWhy was this book so addicting too read? There's just something about the style that makes it easy to get into despite it being more popcorn entertainment than descent reading. I will be the first to admit that when getting into this series, I was expecting it to be greatest most original urban fantasy ever. In fact my opinion has been somewhat tainted by what I've heard about the later books. (sex powers? really?) But somehow Hamilton kept me reading right up until the last page.
Anita annoys the crap out of me sometimes, but the moments were minor and the last hundred pages of the book made up for it. I also dug the hell out of Willie, guy just seems more interesting too me, how many vampire chain smokers are there who dress like cheap car dealers? I also prefer the concept of new vampires than old. Lets face it, Anne Rice pretty much made the century old vampires old hat. Sorry Jean-Claude. ...more
The most useful book I've read all semester! I managed to devour this thing in about three working days. There is a reason Stephen King is thought of The most useful book I've read all semester! I managed to devour this thing in about three working days. There is a reason Stephen King is thought of as a master of fiction, and I have to say despite my lack of interest in his genre the man can grab your attention even when he writes none-fiction.
King cuts out alot of the bullcrap these kind of books have and manages to keep the information short, sweet, but USEFUL! If you want to improve your own writing I suggest looking up this little gem, you won't regret it.
If you don't want to know about Stephen Kings life, well that's tough cookies. The first 133 pages in my copy talked about how he became interested in writing as a child. There's also a lot of little slips into the man's personal life. I didn't mind this since Kings tone is casual enough to allow you to just sit back and enjoy the story, but I know some people will find this a little annoying. So please don't let this put you off! If you want you can skip the start...though I won't encourage it....more