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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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On the positive side, I felt like Hit List was a step back towards the roots of the series. Yes, the zombie raising work as a Necromancer has been replaced by "monster hunting" as a US Marshal, but the book wasn't forcing sex and Anita's "harem" down my throat every five pages. There was also a good bit of Edward in this book, who I happen to consider one of my favorite characters in the series. And despite some issues I'll touch on in a moment, the book did a fairly good job of building tension steadily towards a climax.
On the negative side, the book definitely seemed to be a filler, bridge book in the series, and even in that light it had failings. Gone were the forensic and investigative details. Gone was any semblance of depth to the plot. And by the end of the book, the climax was not only anti-climactic but also seemed to be rushed and disjointed with far less depth of description of the action.
Overall, I can't hate on this book like many other reviewers are, but for all but the most rabid fans or completionists I would say wait for this to go on clearance or come out in paperback.
This one just fell flat for me. I tried to care. I couldn't. The long list of secondary characters bores me- why bother to keep up with Anitas 35 lovers. She'll get a new one in a few pages anyway. I miss the core characters- can I get a little Richard please or Jean Claude? Hell even Micah. Is Anita ever going to raise a zombie again or even reference that part of her power?
I do love Edward/Ted. I was glad to have a book with more of him in it.
I'll read the next one. I can't help but try and see it through after reading so many. I hope LKH pulls out a story from the muddled mess this has become.
I barely remember why I liked these to start with. Laurell K, please work on your plots, if the stories were better perhaps you wouldn't have to fill all our pages with nonsense.
I even like Richard! I'm in the minority there too! But, holy moly the ending was abrupt, all that build up to the final battle against the ultimate evil one, summed up in one page (or is that 2 on my Kindle, who cares?).
Did I actually just read TWO chapters about her arm cut healing? Really? Best part was the hunt in the woods, and Edward with a rocket. Olaf is scary, and even scarier now (but do I want to dedicate another book to this?).
All the characters I've grown to like/hate were missing in this one. As much as I love Edward, the storyline with him was even weird (did they actually have a huge portion of conversation dedicated to how Edward would kill everyone if Anita died? Was that a chapter?)
In the end, I'm afraid I won't get the next one. I can get disappointment anywhere, man, don't want it when I'm paying for it. But then again, I have sucker written all over my face, apparently.