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Obsidian Butterfly (An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 9) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2002
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Praise for the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novels
“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
“If you’ve never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter’s vampires.”—Literati Book Reviews
“A sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist.”—Starburst
“Number one New York Times bestseller Hamilton is still thrilling fans...with her amazing multifaceted characters and intricate multilayered world, a mix of erotic romance, crime-drama, and paranormal/fantasy fiction. Her descriptive prose is gritty and raw, with a mosaic of humor and horror to tell this complex, well-detailed story. But it’s her enigmatic stable of stars that continues to shine, managing their improbable interpersonal relationship dynamics.”—Library Journal
From the Back Cover
New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton offers a sexy, suspenseful new novel of human -- and inhuman -- passions, narrated by the vampire hunter known as Anita Blake...
"MY NAME IS ANITA BLAKE. I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET EDWARD...
'Edward was a hit man. He specialized in monsters. Vampires, shape-shifters, anything and everything. There were people like me who did it legal, but Edward didn't sweat the legalities or, hell, the ethics. He was an equal opportunity killer. I may be one of the few friends that Edward has, but it's like being friends with a tame leopard. It may curl on the foot of your bed and let you pet its head, but it can still eat your throat out...'"
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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.
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.
Anita Blake is Captivating and Edward is intriguing and it was exciting to see this other side of him that he found with Donna & her children. I hope it works out for them and I hope we hear about it in the next book.
Bernardo and Olaf were interesting additions to this book. I kind of feel like we were left wondering more about those two and the ending with Olaf was creepy to say the least. Throughout the book I kept hoping Anita would leave the other two lovers and stick with either Bernardo or Ramirez, but maybe in the next book.
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.