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Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 7) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2002
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As much as I like the series, Anita Blake is the most annoying, superwoman, I can outdo everyone around me, hypocritical, hyper-feminist character I've ever had the displeasure to read. I was starting to root for the bad guys to take her out. However, I kept reading because I really like Jean-Claude, Edward, Larry, Dolph, Jason, Stephen, and other supporting characters, and wonder about what happens to them, even if they don't have enough sense to tip Anita in the nearest tar pit and move on with their lives. If the series gets any more Anita-Worshipping, I may have to periodically gag in between chapters. The friend who got me started warns me that it does, and that after the next two novels, I should give up rather than continue to read the author's worship of Anita.
As you can tell, there are NO strong female characters allowed in these books, other than Anita herself. Any female who seems to be a dominant character soon meets an unfortunate demise or fate worse than death, usually at Anita's hands because of course, she's the Ultimate Evil of the novel. The only recurring female supporting character is Ronni, Anita's best friend. Despite initial promise in the early books, Ronnie is little more than a puppet for her so-called best friend to dangle about when she needs to have girl-talks. And the men all seem to be joining Anita's harem, which is annoying, since she's a rather hypocritical wench when it comes to the bedroom.
*bah* If my friend hadn't promised me that the book after the next is an Edward centered novel, I'd give up on this series while I was ahead. Edward, for those who haven't read it, is a sociopathic assassin. Scary that he's more truly heroic as a character than Anita Blake, isn't it? ;-)
Anita is clearly getting further and further away from her roots of Zombie raising. Instead, she's running around town trying to protect everyone which she considers "her people". She's the head of the werewolves, the werepanthers, and the vamps! She's Richard's Lupa, she's Jean Claude's human servant, she's a 1/3 of their weird power trio...it's all too much. In the next book will she be in charge of the wererats too? I have no idea how one Necromancer can save everyone and be at the top of the food chain for every supernatural being in St.Louis. Ridiculous. Then to top that off, the whole "I love Richard still, yet I'm grossed out that he ate people". Then in the next sentence, "I may love Jean Claude, but I'm grossed out that he's dead"....LOL...again, too much relationship angst for a grown ass woman. I'm sure in no time she'll be having three ways with them both, then there won't be a need for that ongoing inner monologue about her relationships. I don't want to know! Lol!
This series is definitely crossing into the world of Horror for me. In addition to the killing, there's dominance, rotting vampire corpses, humiliation, rape, torture, etc. This whole book seems centered around Anita and Jean Claude making deals to try to keep the members of the Council from harassing and raping Vamps, and all the types of Were's, men and women alike. Yuck. Then the never-ending power struggle between Anita and Richard, who has turned into a completely different character by the way, it just one more thing that made my eyes roll. I'm a little mad that Richard's no longer any better than that Jean Claude. Oh well.
I listened this on audio and Kimberly Elise is good as always, but the story line takes over and it's almost a mute point if she's a good narrator or not. Personally for me, this series has gotten a little bit worse with each book. I'm stopping now before I'm at the point of not liking them at all.
Then there are members of the vampire council who came to town and takes over the Circus. Not only do Anita and Jean-Claude have to save their own people and allies, but their presence is causing problems with weaker vampires. And if that wasn’t enough on their plates, Humans First is causing problems.
There’s a great deal going on in this book and you get a really good idea of just how seriously Anita takes what she feels is her responsibility for others. She’s not about to back down from anyone or anything and the council learns more about her.
This book has been reread a number of times throughout the years and many things that occur here are important to the rest of the series. This is the only book so far in the series where Anita is in the physical presence of the council members other than in the metaphysical. You’ll love to see how she deals with one and how you’ll feel about another; well you’ll have to make up your own mind.
A variety of situations are faced and there is plenty of action. Something really interesting occurs between Anita and Richard that you won’t want to miss. I love the world and character building and could easily accept seeing many of these characters walking down the street.