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1.0 out of 5 stars Trip through the present, March 5, 2006
This review is from: Micah (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 13) (Mass Market Paperback)
Micah. The one character in the Anita Blake series that nobody really wants to see more of -- really, we've heard too much about his physique already.

And because of this, Laurell K. Hamilton has turned out a very short novella, "Micah," to show off her latest creation and his enormous member. "Micah" has many of the same problem as her latest books -- too much emphasis on sex, annoying attitude -- but it's also horribly boring and unnecessary.

Anita Blake is woken when a coworker calls her. A federal witness died before he could be put on the stand, and the coworker can't go, since his wife is suffering a miscarriage. So Anita hops on a plane. But since she needs the occasional quickie to feed the ardeur, her boyfriend Micah tags along.

Though Anita has been shacking up with Micah for the last year or so, she actually doesn't know much about him -- he's a wereleopard, has kitty-cat eyes, and that's about all. But as they spend time alone together (no Jean-Claude, alas, and no Richard), Anita begins to find out what her boyfriend's past contains.

Here's a warning for potential readers: "Micah" is short. Very short. Too short for its size. It strains to fill the few hundred pages of its length. In fact, it's more like a longish short story than a novella, really.

And at the end of the day, "Micah" commits that cardinal sin -- it's completely unnecessary. There's not much of a plot, no exposition, no new revelations worth knowing. There isn't even any excitement until the ending of the book, and that peters out quickly.

Even Hamilton doesn't seem terribly enthusiastic. She's going through the motions: unimaginative (and sometimes gross) sex, lots of Anita whinging, and soap-opera angst about Micah (horrors!) being a good boyfriend. The writing suffers the most, since there's little detail and equally little atmosphere. The sex scenes, of course, are the exception. We get too much detail in those.

Admittedly, Hamilton DOES try to give Micah new dimensions as a character, by giving him a traumatic background. Unfortunately, this trauma is that his girlfriend dumped him because Micah's Magnificent Member was, uh, too big for her to handle. It will move readers to tears... of laughter. And you can only imagine how the Magnificent Member's, uh, size has an impact on the rather icky sex scene that follows. Although since they have been together for a year, it's not clear why the size is suddenly such a problem.

With "Micah," Laurell K. Hamilton has served up a pint-sized story that doesn't really accomplish anything. It's not much of a story, but somehow that seems appropriate for someone who is not much of a character.
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Initial post: Dec 3, 2006, 1:30:11 AM PST
Kinga says:
While the book seemed like it contained no plot, I was thrilled that she finally set pen to paper about something to do with Micah. I can't stand Richard ( he's such a whiner ) I keep hoping he'll die off in one of the books, then Anita can go on a rampage (calling in Edward, whom I miss terribly) and getting back to what Anita does best...kicking monster butt!!! I seriously think more time should have been spent on his past (minus the girlfriend) on what he went through while with Chimera, maybe some on how the current pard came to be together. Or even about what he went through when he first became a were-leopard. I agree that this book was too short, with too little plot. But I certainly was never reduced to tears of laughter while reading it. Ms. Hamilton is, and will continue to be, my favorite author.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2006, 7:37:46 PM PST
M. says:
It's probably too bad that Richard's character assassination is because he represents her ex-husband. Did you even notice the pattern with him, anyway?
Richard: Oh noes, I'm a monster!
Everyone else: No you're not!
Richard: Ok!

(Next book)
Richard: Oh noes, I'm a monster!
That's not the character's fault, that's just sloppy writing.

No one will die in the Anita Blake books now. Hamilton's said as much. Don't expect any of the stories to grow a plot, either. Anita's too busy being the biggest, sparkliest, most special-est Mary Sue ever to resume doing things that involve a *plot*--you know, one where she has to get off her back.

Posted on Dec 29, 2007, 2:53:45 AM PST
Dana Lane says:
While I was suprised, and caught off guard by the abrupt ending of this book ( I was reading it on my ipod) , I feel it was a good segway into the other books... I really don't understand some of the people writing comments (as the first) who criticize the books so vehemently, yet seem to keep reading them! Get a new hobby, buddy! The books may not be the most literarily brilliant, but they are arresting, and interesting, and they are as they were meant to be- an escape from our reality! Keep it up, Laurell!! I can't wait to read the next... and the next.... and the next! ...~Freekmunkee

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2008, 12:14:20 AM PST
Jennifer says:
At Laurell's QandAs, many readers ask her if Richard is modeled after her ex-husband. He is not. Richard was originally intended to get Jean-Claude out of the picture. Laurell's intention was to marry Anita off, but the character of Jean-Claude had other ideas. Seems that Richard had other ideas, too. Don't believe me? Check out her recorded QandAs available on YouTube.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008, 8:41:03 PM PDT
Miri says:
I doubt she would admit that her characters are modeled on her real-life acquaintances. Furthermore, no one really needs her explicit statement to see what's going on; using the information she has volunteered about her situation, I think many readers have drawn their own logical conclusions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2008, 12:23:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2008, 12:23:54 PM PDT
JJ, and you actually believe someone statements about her bitterly-resented ex? Would you expect her to say, "Yes, Richard is modeled after my ex husband, which is why I trash him at every possible opportunity"? I wouldn't.

And as Circe put it, her "based on" stuff is glaringly obvious. Nathaniel entered the scene with Jon, and Micah arrived when they married. A friend disapproved of her second marriage, and Ronnie suddenly became an evil slut. She changed agents, and Catherine vanished. Now she's hot for her hired muscle, and the enforcer character of Haven appears.

Dana, make me get a new hobby. I enjoy snarking terrible fiction, and this qualifies. Just because something is meant to be escapism doesn't mean that it can get away with anything.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009, 12:58:07 PM PDT
I love your review. Two things to add, though. Why does hamilton find short guys attractive?? (I liked your pun about "Micah" the book being short). I guess that's good for the short guys though. Second, Micah's girlfriend broke up with him b/c he's too large down there?? I would just roll my eyes and move on if this was a male writer, but... Not to be too crude, but it cannot be too big! I know, there are some women who would disagree; I know of one who's live in boyfriend, being too large for her, met his needs with my good friend (I do not condone such things) But seriously, in a sexy novel there is no such thing as too big! Perhaps the reason I keep harping on that point is, THIS IS NOT A TRAUMA!!! Let's see, we have fathers who beat their sons and send them out to whore, Mistresses who torture and whore out vamps, a mother taken by death to early, and a guy whose girlfriend left him b/c he was too big? Are you kidding me? That is a trauma any guy would take. If only Richard had that hang up... or hang down...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2009, 1:06:02 PM PDT
It's really an uninteresting point. Who cares if he was based on her ex-husband or not? He's incrediably whiny and annoying. Much ink has been spilt on Richard yet he is a very weak and pathetic character who has no driving force. For example, in "Cerulian Sins", why the bitch tantrum near the end in front of Mussette/Belle Morte? Where did it come from? Where did it go?
Perhaps people are questioning whether he is based on her ex-husband because of the completely disconnected and irrational character he has become in Hamilton's novels. If he was, then there would be a reasonable explanation for the way Richard's character has lapsed into a pathetic whiner. if not, then there really is no reason, other than Hamilton doesn't know what to do with him now.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 11:11:59 PM PST
Thank you so much for posting this review. I really liked the first 6 or 7 Anita books - but then, as everyone has said - the sex started to replace the plot. I am not a prude I just don't like reading long poorly written sex scenes. I read the reviews to see if she would put an end to the ardor and all of the sexual descriptions - but no luck. Thanks for the warning. I'm off to find another series until the next Sookie book comes out.
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