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Hit List: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2012
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I can't even argue with some of the points (such as the prevailing and all-consuming sex and harem, the every book new power gambit, the poor-me attitude, and the general lack of direction in plot). That being said I still love the characters and am usually (if not happy) content with the books. Something surprised me (in a happy way) Or I got learn a little more about the characters, or see something develop for Anita. something I was pleased about. I usually feel at least something was accomplished. Something that made a whole years wait and the purchase of the book worth it....
Not so for Hit List. I was horrified. After twenty books THIS is the best we get? YEARS of devotion as a fan and faithful purchase of the books, and we get this drivel? I respect that some liked the book. I can't imagine why, but I respect that opinion. As such I feel it is my right to say I didn't. I was sooo upset with this book I wish I hadn't bought it, and I can honestly say that I have never felt that way about one of LKH's books before.
Will I stop buying and reading her book because of this? Of course not. I still love the characters, but when I reread the series next time I may just skip Hit List all together.Read more ›
It's official now- this series is dead in the water, not even a hint of inertia. Hamilton has crushed what little impetus the storyline had left.
This is another book about nothing: lots of talking, whining, snarling, blank looks, Anita's-is-bigger-than-your's-contests with cops, etc. Toss in a couple of semi-decent but somewhat hard-to-follow action sequences and some sub-plots to nowhere, and you get Bullet with less sex and a smaller cast. I spent the whole time reading this waiting for something significant to happen, something to raise the stakes, and never got it.
Since Hamilton hasn't supplied a real plot summary yet here's one for you: The Harlequin, a cadre of vampiric enforcers under the control of the Mother of All Darkness, commit seemingly random brutal murders of were-creatures across the country in an attempt to lure Anita away from the security of her home city of St. Louis so that their mistress can metaphysically inhabit her body. Realizing it's all a trap, Anita and Edward must find a way to stop the Harlequin before they can both kill again and capture Anita.
This entire book can be described in one word: filler. From the unedited first chapter which is nothing more than an 'As You Know, Bob' infodump to the dripping-wet rag of a finale, you're treated to endless amounts of pouting, emo-sessions and rehashing of old news. Hamilton blogged recently that her agent told her that Hit List would make a great starting point for someone who'd never read the series... not a good sign this far along since it means there's a lot of old info being recycled. You'd never think that hunting down the baddest set of killers on the planet could be so damn boring.Read more ›
All that aside, I think I'm really done with the entire series this time.....
As previously noted, Hamilton has drastically dialed back the number of pages she devotes to sex. Not a bad thing IMO, since I can buy porn elsewhere. The final staw for me is the way this whole mess ended....with a resounding thud.
--The one sex scene in the book seemed entirely pointless to this plot.
--Who can keep up with the 15 shades of tiger rainbow? Do they do anything for the story, besides take up page space? These faceless, formless characters are all that remains.
--The great murder mystery I had been looking forward to wasn't much of one at all.
--We hardly got even a mention of her core supporting characters. --The great Mother of Darkness was defeated in about 3 pages... No great fight, no terrible casualties or life altering struggle....just a bit of metaphysical hand holding and she's gone.
What a waste.... Yeah, I'm done.
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One of the best Anita Blake stories. I especially like the books with Edward/Ted. I would recommend this book. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Beverly Deich
As good as always. It's hard to even remember the earlier Anita. But, I don't miss her as the story just gets better and betterPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love all of Anita Blake Vampire novels, so how I feel about this book is marked on the blocks above it.Published 4 months ago by Susan D. Roberts