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Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton
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I've been reading the Anita Blake books from the very beginning & really enjoyed them until the point where the books turned into soft-core porn first, everything else about 16th. Don't get me wrong, I don't have any issues with soft-core porn, but that absolutely isn't what I read these books for &, frankly, Laurell K. Hamilton doesn't write it all that well.

I've kept reading the books, though. I just kept thinking, "Okay, at some point she'll get over this phase ..." I did, however, stop buying them. These days I wait for the copy to become available at the library & I don't even get on the waiting list for it.

All that said I was very pleased to find that this book was much much better than many others. While she's not quite back to the level of Obsidian Butterfly, she's definitely on the right track. There were vampire & shapeshifter politics & there was Anita trying to figure out what to do with all the men in her life while tracking a serial killer vampire with her executioner buddies from Obsidian Butterfly.

There are some things here that are still annoying - primarily that every single male person that Anita meets wants to do her. This is a really lazy & boring plot device (it's also highly improbable). Having said that, I enjoy watching Rescue Me even though every woman that meets Denis Leary's character has sex with him so maybe that's an unreasonable quibble.

All told if Hamilton can continue to take Anita in a direction where there is actual plot then I don't mind the occasional descent into soft porn territory. When she's at her best she's definitely playing in a cool world that I enjoy visiting. Here's hoping this new direction takes.
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