I've been reading Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series since the beginning (of time - it sometimes feels like the beginning of time!) Hit List isI've been reading Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series since the beginning (of time - it sometimes feels like the beginning of time!) Hit List is book 20 in the series and I feel entitled to really be irritated with LKH at this point in the game over some very small things. It's a bit of a good news/bad news situation I'm afraid - I enjoyed the story very much, but the writing, well we'll get to that in a minute.
First, let me applaud the story - the story is good! Anita is back to crime fighting, which is her forte really. These days she uses different supernatural powers to locate and destroy the bad guys, but I am happy with her growth in this area. Hit List brings back our old friends, Marshals Ted Forrester, Bernardo Spotted Horse, and Otto Jefferies, along with a few "second-tier" weres from St. Louis, but the big four are MIA - Jean Claude, Richard, Micah, and Nathaniel.
The "bad guys" in Hit List are the predictable Mother of All Darkness and, her loyal guard the Harlequin. I am happy to finally have that dark cloud (pun intended) dissipate, although there are no guarantees with Mommie Dearest - I wouldn't put it past LKH to bring her back somewhere down the line.
Hit List is not all bad - its really not even mostly bad. The problems I have with the book may even stem from me out-growing the series a bit. After 20 books, you just get a little tired of some of the writing. For example, Anita always has "guy moments" and "girl moments," never just moments. I also get irritated by the way she portrays non-supe men - they all think she's just a little, tiny, cutie-pie, underestimate her skills with weapons, are completely unevolved, and think she's sleeping with all the men in her life. It's the same thing in all her books really, I don't know why I'm surprised.
I am also afraid the LKH is running out of men - perish the thought! She seems to be laying the groundwork for Anita to have sex with Edward and Olaf later in the series, which is sacrilege I tell you! For very different reasons, fans of the series may not survive this turn of events (and Anita might not either.)
There are also inconsistencies in Hit List that annoy me. When we first met the Harlequin back in boon 15, Harlequin, LKH told us that you must never speak their name unless they have contacted you already. They are very old, very powerful, and to speak their name signs your death warrant. In the beginning of Hit List, LKH is very careful not to let her characters speak their name out loud, but on page 67 Anita does say the name, and there are no repercussions. I even thought, "oh yay, Anita doesn't care anymore - she'll say 'Harlequin' instead of 'they who must not be named', etc." But then later in the book, she's back to not mentioning their name - a small thing, but a big one, basically cracking the mythos of her series. Nobody caught this during the editing process? I'm not even a super-careful reader and it struck me!
I don't know, peeps. I still recommend the series, but start at the beginning when the books were still new and good, and quit when you tire of it all. I'm a total completist, which means that I'll probably be reading these books from my rocking chair in the nursing home. I'm just a glutton for punishment I guess, with nobody but myself to blame. ...more
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