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Obsidian Butterfly (An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 9) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2002
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Plenty of gore, action, confrontations and situations new to Anita, and for the first time we see that the things she’s witnessed working with the police is getting to her.
We do meet other characters that play a role in future books as they’re part of Edward’s/Ted’s life. One is a particular threat to Anita. I’m hoping that another one shows up in a future book, but has not yet as of this writing.
Once again the world and character building are fantastic and I’ve re-read this book a number of times over the years. There is one scene that some will find particularly disturbing.
I am frankly mystified. Anita Blake used to be a series I waited eagerly to read. Then after Obsidian Butterfly (the last GOOD story LKH wrote) it was like someone flipped a switch. Or maybe LKH had a ghost writer that quit and she had to find someone else. Or maybe it was more about her personal life. The difference was so stunning I went to the bother of reading the book dedications. What I noticed was that Obsidian Butterfly (GREAT) and previous books was dedicated to her first husband, Gary. The next book, Narcissus in Chains (TERRIBLE) and subsequent books was dedicated to her new love, Jonathan. Maybe that's all it took to completely ruin LKH's writing style. I read some of the comments Ms. Hamilton added to later copies of some of her books where she seems to think she's a fantastic writer of erotica. I struggled through Narcissus in Chains and Cerulean Sins even though I don't care for the Micah character and positively hate the man-slut Nathaniel. Still trying I decided recently to give Incubus Dreams a try. Started off ok with an actual story and Dolph was back - for 20 pages. THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY PAGES of horribly written literotica later, the book picked the story back up - briefly. Anita has turned into an angst-ridden slut, Richard probably represents everything LKH hates in "someone", no clue and don't want to know who Mica and Nathaniel represents. What happened? I'm kind of afraid to read the next book. At the rate Anita is becoming all powerful, I have a feeling eventually she's going to wake up one morning and find that God is definitely ok with her because SHE is God and she loves herself.
Whatever, Ms. Hamilton -- leave the literotica to those who do it better. Try to rediscover what a good story is. Try not to repeat yourself so very much. To find Incubus Dreams I went to a Half Price Book store. I searched Horror (where you used to be able to find LKH with the good vampire books). I searched Science Fiction/Fantasy -- no luck there either. Finally I asked and the lady looked in the computer and found LKH in Paranormal Romance. After reading Incubus Dreams I told them they need to put LKH in the literotica section even though it doesn't deserve that either. I won't even pay half price for any other LKH books.
If you want to read really good books, try Anne Bishops "The Others" series or Michelle Sagara's "The Chronicles of Elantra."
Having read the reviews of LKH's books following 10-12, I'm not wasting even half-price to add them to my library. Not when I literally skipped most of Incubus Dreams. Of the 658 pages, less that a fifth were worth reading. In fact you can just skip chapters 5-68 and save yourself some pain.
First of all, i think we all agree Edward is super bad ass, hot, courageous, amazing man, so I was upset to c him fall in love with a very ordinary woman. Older woman I must add, with children. And im sorry but Anita seems like a much better candidate.
Throughout the book Anita struggled with mean cops, I don't understand why does she always come across mean uptight cops with attitudes who hate her guts. It's very upsetting.
The part where the zombie, Skinless man killed the babies in the nursery was horrendous. As well as the part where Peter and Becca were molested. I think that was a little too extreme.
There were so many bad guys in this book, vampires who had a god complex, necromancer midgets, werewolves, even a dragon. Come to think of it I wonder if they're ever gonna find the dragon.
Olaf was so mysterious and I did not like him one bit, being so Mysoginist and all.
Over all Anita saved the day as always. I kept wishing Edward would open his eyes and leave Donna. But no such luck.
I missed Richard and jean Claude and Nathaniel. And Larry even Sargent Dolph.