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New reader of Anita Blake series & I have a question

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Initial post: Nov 24, 2008 8:49:21 AM PST
Vol Fan says:
As I read the posts here, I see that there are some that have become disgruntled and/or unhappy with the series. I have only read 2 so far & I wondered with which book did you "turn away" and why?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2008 2:07:11 PM PST
Jennifer says:
I haven't turned away from the series but her writing style and content significantly changes after Obsidian Butterfly. Anita's powers change and become more sexually based as well as the book plots shift from the police stuff to more relationship/vamp/were crisis's ... Personally my favorite books were the first up to Blue Moon. Its hard to answer without giving you too many spoilers but the book moves away from my favorite things (her relationship with the leopards) and she turns into some sort of uuber magic user and comes away from her necromancer roots (IMO)... I'm still reading the series because I still enjoy it but I can see where some of the disgruntled people are coming from and can even agree with some points. The books contain about 75% sex now and only small amounts of mystery or action, bad plot development, and it just seems line LKH has lost steam. Again, don't get me wrong, I love the books and will be with them till the end but when I started reading them the thing I would say to people about the books when I was going to recommend them was that LKH had wonderful character development... cause 10 years ago she did... and its like the books have platued. I mean the books have gotten a lot shorter too and when there are sex scenes that span 2 chapters, it takes up some room from the actual story....
But I'm hangin in there, hoping she gets back to her roots...


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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2008 3:08:36 PM PST
Vol Fan says:
Thanks for responding. I'm about to start the 3rd one & I will stick with them for as long as I find them interesting. But if they are turning into 75% sex, for me personally, that won't keep me sticking through all of them. Once I start getting to that point, I'll most likely drop them. Or at the very least, I won't be buying them anymore. I have bought up to "Micah". I'll be using the library after that.

Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2009 7:58:50 AM PST
Everything after Obsidian Butterfly is... Well, I didn't like it after that. I actually really enjoyed everything up to and including OB -- some more than others. My personal favorites are Laughing Corpse and Burnt Offerings.

I stopped reading after Incubus Dreams (but I accidentally missed Cerulean Sins -- which may have been my last one if I'd read it, who knows).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2009 1:20:51 PM PST
Nichole says:
Personally i loved everything till the whole sex thing just became laughable. The books got a little weird from Blue Moon on (trust me, you'll find out what i mean) and once we got to Obsidian Butterfly the violence level had me a little shocked. Not to say its really all that bad, i still thought the books were well written and loved the character development (though i still mourn the path Richards character took- at first it was understandable, but then it just became character assassination and it showed, which i'm still upset about. Richard was my personal favorite). But from Cerulean Sins on the books just take a nose dive. If i were you i'd stop reading after Narcissus (or maybe Cerulean just so you can get a sense of closure) and then pretend she never wrote another book. Save yourself the agony.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2009 3:14:15 PM PST
I hope you're right as I have given up on them, her....I have 17 of her Anita Blake series [one of which is Micah] and I think I'm done. There is no longer any real story left and now I catch myself flipping thru the sex trying to find a plot or something. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2009 10:02:23 AM PST
Vol Fan says:
Thanks for everyone's input. I have a couple more and I probably will stop too. I find it lazy of authors to include mostly sex scenes and not more in depth plot. Years ago, I enjoyed the sex scenes, but now, I want a good story above all else. I guess I found it fun when it was a "new" thing to include heavy sex, but without full plot development, it gets old very quickly.

Posted on Feb 5, 2009 3:46:14 PM PST
A. Gulla says:
switch to kim harrison books

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2009 4:23:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2009 4:25:09 PM PST
Hi, Morgana-Anna:

DO NOT buy the books after OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY. Check them out from the library, read them (IF you can manage that without barfing), and then go buy them at the used books store if you simply MUST have them. They are NOT worth the money, OR the time and trouble.

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC has a segment of her show that she calls WASH/RINSE/REPEAT. Everything that lkh has written since OB should be called CUT/PASTE/REPEAT AND ADD MORE SEXXING/RAPE/BRUTISH SEX.

You want great authors? Patricia Briggs. Kim Harrison. Carrie Vaughn. Charlaine Harris. Come over to one of the forums on either BN or ST, and ask. You'll get TONS of people who will be MORE than happy to steer you to authors that write STORIES with PLOTS and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, and evern GOOD erotica (Sherrilyn Kenyon). Don't bother with lkh's atrocious, rape-centric drivel if you don't HAVE to do so.



Posted on Feb 5, 2009 4:25:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2009 4:26:20 PM PST
Hey, all:

How about let's make a list of all of our favourite authors that are writing in the same genre, and post it here?



Posted on Feb 7, 2009 10:40:33 AM PST
Michele Lee says:
Ilona Andrews
Charlaine Harris
Rachel Vincent
Jim Butcher

For starters...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2009 11:25:28 AM PST
Valkyrie says:
Keri Arthur
Anne Bishop
Tanya Huff
Jim Butcher
Kelley Armstrong
Kim Harrison
Charlaine Harris
Yasmine Galenorn
Patricia Briggs
Rob Thurman
Jeaniene Frost
Emma Holly
Carole Nelson Douglas
Mark Del Franco
Jocelyn Drake

Not in any special order, although the first few were the easiest to remember while the last several taken off books in my den.

Also, not all of them are my favorites, but they are all without exception better than lkh (now anyway) and I just know that I have forgotten a bunch.


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 9:44:32 AM PST
Shannon says:
I think the Anita Blake series went down hill because not because of the sex but because it is the exact opposite of what and who Anita was. I still love the Merry series and it is almost nothing but sex. The difference is that it has been since day one, no if ands or buts about it. After Nacissus is Chains it turned into a whole different series about a who other person, that was the point where I started my dislike of the series. I still get them all but I don't enjoy them searly as much.

A list of a few of my favorites are:

Kim Harrison,
Kelley Armstrong (whom I haven't seen listed, very good, check her out)
and Stephanie Meyers' Twilight series. It's much more on a teen level than adult but it is still pretty good.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009 9:31:46 PM PST
I agree with a number of the authors already listed and would add:

J.R. Ward (some are upset that her recent books have moved more to urban fantasy than romance but I still love them)
Lynsay Sands
Kresley Cole
Carrie Vaughn

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2009 4:59:04 PM PST
Christina M. says:
I agree Kim Harrison ROCKS!! I love the HOLLOWS SERIES, my favorite so far.
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