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Kiss the Dead: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by [Hamilton, Laurell K.]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 956 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425247546
  • Publisher: Jove (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072O00VQ
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I keep reading Ms. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels and stories, and lately,I keep hoping she will get out of the corner she seems to have written herself into. The early Anita novels, the middle ones, the police procedural laden tales, the relationship conflicts and struggles to come to some workable compromises, all the wallowing around in the steamy underbelly of sexuality--I have been willing to follow the characters thru all of their adventures because they were interestingly drawn, and the universe Ms. Hamilton created had some interesting quirks. However, things have changed in the last couple of books. It seems Ms. Hamilton really has lost interest in the characters as there has been little advancement in the last two novels, at least little that wasn't just announced....great evil Mommy Dearest just gets swallowed. fine. she's gone. Jean-Claude will start a new council and make things better. Do we see that happen? no. we just get informed that he's in charge and it's done. No more great elaborate vampire political scenarios. In this book, we get just one old vampire,Benjamin, and his human servant who are allowing un-oathed vampires to be turned(which we've seen done with more panache previously). The issues with the guys Anita works with on the force are just swept away--Dolph gets counseling and is fine, and a gay guy gets introduced--but nothing happens with him. We don't see any action at the Animator's office at all this run. So, what's this novel accomplishing? well, Anita needs to accept one lover and ditch another because they keep giving her emotional fits that screw up the plots, such as they are. We get lots of SWAT teams charging around, lots of dead bodies, little angst over any of it- Why am I still reading this?Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
I started reading these because my wife recommended the first 3.

Laurell K. Hamilton is still trying to find that balance for her readers. For the people who loved the earlier books and find the new ones too much fantasy Mary Sue and the readers who enjoy the erotic self-indulgence of her books. This time she apparently tried to balance by word count.

The first half of the book has a plot. It has moments of Anita Super S(four letter word, rhymes with nut) Mary Sue writing while Anita proves to anyone who hasn't been paying attention that she truly is one of the guys but short, curvy and dressed to impress, but the majority of it is actually story telling. Then almost exactly halfway through, we get the first "love" scene and it devolves from there. The plot in the second half is rushed between sex scenes, introspection and drama with the lovers. Parts are very repetitive, like a school assignment with padded words. The actual ending is rushed, as it has been in the last few books. Almost exactly the opposite of Hit List where the first half was the Mary Sue, and a rush in the last half for a story.

Recurrent themes:
Is Anita a monster?
Can she fight monsters when she loves them?
Can she love everyone she's with?
Will she ever discover that shoes don't have to have heels to look good?

Answered questions:
Yes, some men in her world realize she's just a tough or tougher than they are and she appreciates that very much.

It would have been two stars, but my wife yelled "Give a star for Sigmund being mentioned." That's what this series that started out so strongly has become. Something to laugh at, and to be happy because a stuffed penguin gets a sentence.

There are moments where you see touches of Ms. Hamilton's original flair and insight. A sentence here, a paragraph there. But this still reads like bad fan fiction.
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Format: Hardcover
"When a fifteen year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she's faced with something she's never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people-- kids, grandparents, soccer moms-- all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there's one martyr, there will be more...

But even vampires have monsters that they're afraid of. And Anita is one of them..."

With the Mother of All Darkness gone, sucked down the drain like a swirly, Laurell Hamilton is now struggling to find a story arc for this series, something to pad out the pages of her fantasy life between the sexual olympics. Before anyone gets too excited about the outline, remember what series this is and who's writing it. And re-read that blurb; it takes just about that long to resolve this scenario- the first 7 out of the 50 chapters. And once it's done, you already know what comes next. This book can be broken down into three categories- Plot, Sex, Wangst. Believe it or not, Plot wins. A basic page count breakdown goes like this: Plot- 46%, (Actual) Sex- 13%, Wangst- 41%. But as the majority of the wangst relates to sex, you could well say that it makes for over half the book. Because of that the story can't help but crash and burn, but not exactly for the reasons you'd think, and it actually has a few redeeming features.

**Potential Spoiler Alerts**
The Good: It's Old Home Week as several long time friends finally make their return. Dolph, Zerbrowski, Larry Kirkland; yes, Virginia- RPIT's back! And there's actually flashes of a story and some interesting plotlines dropped in here like bread crumbs.
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