Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22) Affliction discussion


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Do you think this book will help the series get back on track?

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Alexa Lopez I have not read Affliction yet.I'm honestly looking forward to it though,Since the last book ''Kiss the dead'' was just messy (In my opinion of course),i just thought maybe this time LKH read some critics and thought,Hey,Maybe i should fix up the series and make it back on top!

.....Maybe it's just my love for the old Anita in the first few books that has kept me going with the rest of the series..''The strong, determined, willing to take risks,wry sense of humor,loyal to friends,passionate about her work and seemingly non-judgemental'' heroin and not the I-need-to-fuck-everyday-or-ill-get-weak-and-die- girl.

Maybe One day Laurell might slowly make that girl come back again..but with all these new people,new magic tricks and new emotional love problems involve,i don't see how it's possible...

I'm an Anita Blake fan,& I have nothing against the author.but damn,Doesn't she see that the book is now mostly sex,and Anita is now this "Sex goddess"? What the hell happened?.I'll pray,that everything WILL get better.If not then i'm going to have to forget this new Sex Addicted Anita,And pretend she never existed..

And Just stay home with the good 'ol Vampire Hunter,Necromancer,and Executioner Anita.


David Davies Well acording to her website shes finished writing it now (700 pages she said) and Edward is in it. Her books all seem to develop a bit further (have more of a story) when Ed is involved in the storyline.
So fingers crossed, maybe its as good as Obsidian Butterfly :)


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Kelly Anderson Alexa i have to say that you've hit the nail right on the head. I agree with everything you've just said, i wish for the old Anita Blake but i don't think it's possible to bring her back, and i keep buying the books because the first ones were so amazing and i can't help but hope :( I don't like the fact Anita has to depend on sex, or that she has all of these 'amazing' lovers because it's completely unrealistic, she could wipe out half of her lovers and i wouldn't blink an eye- the emotional attachments aren't there with most of them- hell i don't even know how many she's sleeping with anymore? It's dissapointing that such an amazing series lost it's charm that attracted it's readers in the first place, and instead became a huge orgy with every time of man or woman thrown in that you can think of.

All for the old Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Necromancer, and Executioner!


Eduardo Won't be easy, but we can hope she can accomplish it.


Jenn I always hope. That's all we can do...or just give up on the series entirely. I ended up taking a break from the series for a couple of years because of how ridiculous the porn aspect was getting, but more plot is making it in these days. We'll see...


Jessie The novel is already being sold in some stores and shipped by some online retailers. I'm afraid it doesn't get the series back on track.

TONS of filler and very little plot.


message 7: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John Nope; had it since last week- I'm 150 pages in and STILL waiting for something to happen besides the usual whining, crying, hugging, you-hate-me-because-I'm-a-woman, would-it-be-ok-if-a-man-did-it bullshit. 150 pages of NOTHING! You'd think Hamilton doesn't give a shit anymore about this series.


Eduardo Wait, the book is out already? I thought it was going to be released until July 2nd!


message 9: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John Living in NYC, I know where to look. Plot doesn't even start until almost 200 pages in.


Ladyacct From the looks of it I will wait until it comes out in paperback, I really hate when a strong female lead is lead about by her bits, and quite frankly while I read erotic romance THIS IS NOT WHAT I read Anita for - I read it for the terrific story, the mystery, and winning fights of a petite female bad ass. Now it's just bad ass sex, Sex then more SEX. I've honestly read more erotic romances that have better plots and story. Even if it is the hated, sick of girl in trouble guy saves her plot line.

PS It's been out around here in the grocery/drug stores and Wal-Marts for the last week now.


message 11: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John Where you at?


message 13: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John Lol- I got mine two weeks ago at a bookseller where people tend to sell their in-house copies. Spare yourself some pain; this thing is really, really, really bad.


message 14: by Jody (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jody Austin The only thing that would get the series back on track is if she wiped out 95% of the boyfriends/lovers and had an actual plot.


Nancy I've read all the Anita Blake's and I too think the last few books were lacking. Just finished Affliction and I have to say it reminded me of the earlier books. A good story and a lot of character driven dialogue. It was nice to see Edward "Ted" again in a major way. I really liked this one!


message 16: by Kosh (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kosh I've just finished the book and, while it doesn't bring the good old times back, it's entertaining and has a decent if simple plot.

I agree with those who think Anita's harem should be thinned down, though... I'd need a chart and a database to keep up with her beaus-du-jour!


message 17: by Jamie (last edited Jul 25, 2013 09:40PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jamie anthony I really enjoy Affliction.although I like all her book this one is my favorite by far.


message 18: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John I have one burning question about this book: so where the heck were the Master of the City and all the local packs when all this shit was going down?


Carla I don't usually have any questions after one of her books, but this time I do. Question 1: They made a big deal out of the missing purse and a possibility that a cop was involved and then.....nothing. Question 2: She kept saying over and over, "what is wrong with me". Well....what IS wrong with her? Question 3: What happened to Al. The last we heard he was taking a phone call and then.....nothing again. He was a pretty big part of the story, then he vanished. And lastly although not a exactly a question I have to comment on the strangulation sex scene. I'm okay with the BDSM, but letting Nicky strangle her? Really? Maybe it was just me.


message 20: by Eduardo (last edited Aug 14, 2013 05:02PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Eduardo Carla wrote: "I don't usually have any questions after one of her books, but this time I do. Question 1: They made a big deal out of the missing purse and a possibility that a cop was involved and then.....not..."
All of those are good points that to be honest I didn't caught. And it's not just you, at least I found that BDSM scene not to my liking.

John wrote: I have one burning question about this book: so where the heck were the Master of the City and all the local packs when all this shit was going down?
They were chillaxing.


message 21: by Janelea (last edited Jul 28, 2013 12:10PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Janelea Carla wrote: "...I have to comment on the strangulation sex scene. I'm okay with the BDSM, but letting Nicky strangle her? Really? Maybe it was just me."

If anyone was to do that "safely", it'd be Anita's Bride, so the choice of person to do that makes sense. To be honest, I kind of saw that one coming up- as in the strangulation thing, not the Nicky-being-the-one-to-do-that bit. It seemed more likely than a scene where Anita allows someone to cut her with a knife (and heal her later or something) or ... I don't know, some other BDSM thing.


Hatake Yeah this book got back on track with the series and find it to my liking that nicky got to partner up with nathaniel to do a little BDSM on anita. I even liked the part where shes with wicked and truth and that would be awsome if it was in the next book where they do the same thing but with sex.


Francesca The ardeur did not dominate this book as much as it has in the past, so that is an improvement. We saw a glimpse of the old Anita we grew to love. Ultimately, the only way this series will live up to its "glory days" is if Anita loses/conquers the ardeur, or if some of her lovers die in a showdown.

Whenever Edward appears there is more depth to the storyline, some action at least. I just wish her pissing contests with law enforcement, and her defending her lifestyle to others would end. We get it already, and it detracts from the plot.

Even though this story delved into Micah's (one of my least favorite characters) personal history, I enjoyed this book more than the last two.


Soobee72 Carla wrote: Question 1: They made a big deal out of the missing purse and a possibility that a cop was involved and then.....not..."

John wrote: "I have one burning question about this book: so where the heck were the Master of the City and all the local packs when all this shit was going down?"

Yes! To all this. What happened to the local involvement? Did she just forget that she'd raised that? I think the missing purse was sort of kind of solved in that she let the reader assume that one of the zombie vampires drove the couple's car.

But are we supposed to assume that Al was involved somehow? What happened to the whole plot thread about the local possibly wanting to be caught? And what happened with Travers? Was he the local? Why did he flip out like that because a vampire saved him? Did he kill himself? Did someone go and make sure that didn't happen? Why is this book 10,000 pages long and yet still has dropped plot lines?

WHERE ARE HER EDITORS? How did they not catch this?


message 25: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John She's one of those who has a no-edit clause- at least for now- plus isn't that supposed to be the job of Missy, her unpaid 'continuity editor' to catch that?


Soobee72 John wrote: "She's one of those who has a no-edit clause- at least for now- plus isn't that supposed to be the job of Missy, her unpaid 'continuity editor' to catch that?"

Does she really have a no edit clause? Why in the world would any writer want that? As for Missy...sigh.


Eduardo Soobee72 wrote: "John wrote: "She's one of those who has a no-edit clause- at least for now- plus isn't that supposed to be the job of Missy, her unpaid 'continuity editor' to catch that?"

Does she really have a n..."


I'm with you. I guess they need to get smart and realize that is stupid and split it into two: Spell checking Clause and Creativity Clause.


Heather Francesca wrote: "The ardeur did not dominate this book as much as it has in the past, so that is an improvement. We saw a glimpse of the old Anita we grew to love. Ultimately, the only way this series will live up ..."

Yes!!!! 1. Losing the ardeur 2. Losing at least half of her boytoys 3. Plot encompassing the entire length of the book (this shouldn't need to be on a list, but unfortunately has to) --- probably the only things that will convince me to keep reading this series.


message 29: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John Soobee72 wrote: "John wrote: "She's one of those who has a no-edit clause- at least for now- plus isn't that supposed to be the job of Missy, her unpaid 'continuity editor' to catch that?"

Does she really have a n..."


Happens when authors get too big for their britches- like Anne Rice. How's that working for her?


Angela Verdenius Had to cringe when Nicky strangled Anita during sex - that was way beyond my comfort zone! Also, Anita did a lot of hand holding during the first 22 chapters...if I knew someone was on the job but constantly holding hands with a 'sweetie', I'd be irritated. Then again, that's just me, I'm not a touchy-feely person in public. (Unless it's with my cats, then its cuddle,cuddle,cuddle and let's not forget the baby-talk! LOL) I still like the series, though, and will keep going with it.


Angela Verdenius Soobee72 wrote: "Carla wrote: Question 1: They made a big deal out of the missing purse and a possibility that a cop was involved and then.....not..."

John wrote: "I have one burning question about this book: so ..."


Oh, I'd actually forgotten about the other pack and Master of the City! I had been expecting them to play in it big time.


message 32: by Tonya (last edited Aug 14, 2013 02:41AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Tonya Is anyone else disappointed in how the bad asses have been sissified?
Edward has been transformed into Anita's "girlfriend" (I mean how many sociopathic assassins call a girl and tell them to be nice to their boyfriends?) and Jean Claude is now just Anita's trophy wife that stands in the background.
These men used to exude strength and danger, now they're nothing but Anita fan girls that squee anytime she shows up in a room.
Sigh, I've lost my zeal for Anita, this book finally killed my hope for character and story line growth.

I also was upset with the plot lines dropping out into the ether. No issues with the local supernaturals. No explanation of the local cop(s) being involved. I guess these things had to be edited out so we could understand some hazel eyes are more brown or green than actually hazel, because that's important stuff right there! *sigh*


message 33: by Jeannie N. (last edited Aug 17, 2013 05:05PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jeannie N. I happen to like "Affliction" It gave you a greater understanding of Micah's background. The strangling scene was a little much but that's ok! The fact that they are getting ready to bring the relationships between her and her men to another level is interesting. Can't wait to see what happens next.


Kati Anyone else think LH needs to include a character list to the back of every book. She could describe each character there rather than waste pages in the actual book describing how all her men are beautiful with long flowy/curly hair and beautiful eyes. I don't need reminded of what they look like each time a man shows up.

I was happy and surprised that LH managed to put off the sex until more than half way through. Huge improvement in my book. Now if she could fix the plot holes. Sometimes I wonder if she even rereads her own books.


Mary-Anne I'm over it, Affliction was the final nail in the coffin for me it was boring and as I've said in a previous discussion topic unless LKH pulls some amazing stunt like Anita giving birth to a child that can shift in to every animal she carries I wouldn't bother with the next book....so sad to see a series go downhill like this one has :(


Andrea David wrote: "Well acording to her website shes finished writing it now (700 pages she said) and Edward is in it. Her books all seem to develop a bit further (have more of a story) when Ed is involved in the sto..."

I have yet to encounter any of her novels being as good as Obsidian Butterfly. Just re-read that novel and my belief has been fortified. I'll still read her stuff, because I do love certain characters, but Obsidian Butterfly is the novel to beat in this series.


Francesca Andrea wrote: "I have yet to encounter any of her novels being as good as Obsidian Butterfly. Just re-read that novel and my belief has been fortified. I'll still read her stuff, because I do love certain characters, but Obsidian Butterfly is the novel to beat in this series. "

I absolutely agree, none have come close to Obsidian Butterfly. It is my fav in the series. Hopefully, with Edward in the next book, we will see an improvement.


message 38: by Jjab (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jjab Hopefully she will tie up all loose ends and and the series.


message 39: by Jessie (last edited Oct 04, 2013 09:33PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Jessie Jjab wrote: "Hopefully she will tie up all loose ends and and the series."


Hamilton has stated that she plans to continue the series for the next 20 years. So, the loose ends wont be tied up any time soon.


message 40: by Jjab (last edited Oct 05, 2013 02:37AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jjab Jessie wrote: "

Hamilton has stated that she plans to continue the series for the next 20 years. So, the loose ends wont be tied up any ..."


Dang, that's what I get for hoping/wishing about things


Collette Ferguson Kelly wrote: "Alexa i have to say that you've hit the nail right on the head. I agree with everything you've just said, i wish for the old Anita Blake but i don't think it's possible to bring her back, and i kee..."

I totally agree too, I would really like to have the old Anita back, the kick ass, I don't give a damn about anybody anita


Eduardo Jjab wrote: "Jessie wrote: "

Hamilton has stated that she plans to continue the series for the next 20 years. So, the loose ends wont be tied up any ..."

Dang, that's what I get for hoping/wishing about things"

Please tell me this is a joke? There are a few things I want to see happen in the books, but 20 more years of Anita makes it a long, long wait before I see it happen.


message 43: by Jjab (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jjab Nope not a joke the series is pretty much done. Anita's at the top of the hill, has held off all big bads, and gotten more and more powerful shes now god like.

There is not much else for her to do, unless shes gonna rule the world.


message 44: by John (new) - rated it 1 star

John By having sex with all the zexxy weres and vamps (unless they're, you know, not white) while God fashions a speshul set of angel wings just for her.


Annabel Gallagher yes i think this book is a lot better and is more like the early Anita books i liked the other later book as well don't get me wrong but i'm glade the books have moved on from being stuck on men and sex.


Angelique Alexa wrote: "I have not read Affliction yet.I'm honestly looking forward to it though,Since the last book ''Kiss the dead'' was just messy (In my opinion of course),i just thought maybe this time LKH read some ..."

I agree. I loved the series initially but I am slowly losing my passion for it. I love whenever Edward is involved because there is more story and less sex. I also wish that a little bit of the old Anita would show up and less of this I am polyamorous and I have to defend that with everyone who says anything about anything I do. What happened to the "I don't care what others think" woman? I wish LKH would focus on the characters and less on the sex. That is not what drew everyone to this series. There are so many characters involved how about we focus on them and less on adding new ones. I miss Jean-Claude and Jason. They haven't really been around in forever. There are many others but a lot of the new ones kiss her behind too much and don't really add to the story line. The only person who should bend to her will that much is Nick. I think the reason that I don't really like Micah may have to deal with the fact that the ardeur arrived with him and that is when the series turned.


message 47: by Lynn (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lynn David wrote: "Well acording to her website shes finished writing it now (700 pages she said) and Edward is in it. Her books all seem to develop a bit further (have more of a story) when Ed is involved in the sto..."

I've just started Obsidian Butterfly. I'm reading them totally out of order as my library can find them from other libraries for me.. some of their copies were stolen


Jeanine Celentano I loved the book Micah so therefore can't wait for Jason
That said so far Affliction is my favorite


message 49: by Lynn (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lynn loved em all and on wait list for Jason at my library


Yasmine Nouri I think Anita Blake's Series is a lost cause. It started great. I tolerated it up to Affliction, but decided not to continue the series after all.


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