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Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20) Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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“Those who like a plot that moves at the pace of a runaway locomotive will be delighted with this 20th installment of the Anita Blake series.”
“As punchy as her first foray…Hamilton goes back to basics and delivers a sleek, hard-boiled page-turner.”
About the Author
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
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Finally. we come face to face with the mother of all evil. I expected a big fight for Anita's, Edwards and everyones life. And how do we get rid of the big bad mother? We drink her down? I read that part 5 times to be sure I was getting it right. To me the past couple of books she waited till the last minute to write it, till the time came and the publisher called and told her the deadline was approaching and she slapped something down. A HUGE fan and after the last several books I am not so eager to buy any more. Maybe just borrow them from the library. I certainly hope the Gentry series doesnt fall to the wayside as this one has
One of the comments on Amazon stated that Laurell K. Hamilton has a no-editing-for-content contract. This is usually the kiss of death, frankly. When a writer gets so big that she is able to reject editing, her work is more than likely to become a bloated mess. Thomas Wolff, Anne Rice...the tight plotting becomes overblown and full of irrelevant side trips. The crisp dialogue becomes pointless and flaccid. The books grow too big, filled with every windy sentiment that the author can think of, and then they grow too small, when the author has nothing left to say. Laurell K. Hamilton has been increasingly self indulgent for a number of years now, but in this book, she is clearly just going through the motions.
Here, Anita and Edward have joined a hunt for a group of shifters and vampires who are murdering Red Tiger shifters. Anita knows that the culprits are the Harlequin, working at the behest of the Mother of All Darkness, Queen of the Vampires, who is still trying to steal Anita's body and reanimate herself. What follows is a bunch of cliches. We have the obligatory cop who hates and distrusts Anita, which would not be so bad if the reader were not subjected to page after page of this pointless baloney. We have endless descriptions of the men in Anita's life, with particular attention to their hair color and styling. There's a lot of talking about sex, though little actual sex, and the action, while adequate, takes up far too little of this already thin volume.
There's always hope, I suppose, but I'm beginning to doubt that Laurell K. Hamilton is ever going to wise up and return to writing good books until she reaches the point where her writing ceases to sell. I hope it's soon, but I'm not holding my breath.