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Obsidian Butterfly [PDF / Epub] ☆ Obsidian Butterfly ✩ Laurell K. Hamilton – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist takes flight with a whole new lookIn her ninth adventure, vampire hunter Anita Blake owes a favor to a friend a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter backlist takes flight with a whole new lookIn her ninth adventure, vampire hunter Anita Blake owes a favor to a friend a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she s about to face.

  • Hardcover
  • 386 pages
  • Obsidian Butterfly
  • Laurell K. Hamilton
  • English
  • 07 September 2019
  • 0441006841

About the Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction A New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics Hamilton is a full time writer and lives in the suburbs of St Louis with her family.



10 thoughts on “Obsidian Butterfly

  1. Jeremy Baker Jeremy Baker says:

    This was the last Anita Blake novel worth reading, primarily because of Edward The rest of the series has been garbage including Edwards return Seriously, what was his body count in the Harlequin, one Maybe I don t have a problem with the sex, but Hamilton has sacrificed that literary device thingy called plot in order to pack the pages with smut Something happens, they have sex for five hundred pages, then the Ardeur snaps it s fingers and kills the badguy.In terms of characters it s This was the last Anita Blake novel worth reading, primarily because of Edward The rest of the series has been garbage including Edwards return Seriously, what was his body count in the Harlequin, one Maybe I don t have a problem with the sex, but Hamilton has sacrificed that literary device thingy called plot in order to pack the pages with smut Something happens, they have sex for five hundred pages, then the Ardeur snaps it s fingers and kills the badguy.In terms of characters it s obvious that Richard is Hamilton s personal dumping ground from everything she s ever felt about her ex husband, turning the interesting power dynamic present in the first few books into something sad Also, despite the legions of evil creatures including the oldest and strongest vampires on the planet that attack her at every turn, nobody close to Anita ever dies Hamilton has stated that she loves her characters and will never kill them off, and that childish petulance combined with the almighty Ardeur robs her books of any sense of danger.Now Blood Noir is out, and though I will reserve judgment until I hear somethingspecific about it I m not holding my breath expecting Hamilton to grow up again

  2. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    Obsidian Butterfly A Review in Two PartsAnita Blake returns home to a phone call from Edward He s calling in a favor and needs her to come to Albuquerque, NM to assist him in a job She goes to find that there have been several gruesome murders, the victims left horribly maimed Who is performing these crimes and how far will Anita go to stop them NOTE I have VERY DIVISIVE feelings about this book Therefore, I have split this review into two parts One part will probably appeal to those who Obsidian Butterfly A Review in Two PartsAnita Blake returns home to a phone call from Edward He s calling in a favor and needs her to come to Albuquerque, NM to assist him in a job She goes to find that there have been several gruesome murders, the victims left horribly maimed Who is performing these crimes and how far will Anita go to stop them NOTE I have VERY DIVISIVE feelings about this book Therefore, I have split this review into two parts One part will probably appeal to those who are big Anita Blake fans the other is VERY VOCAL about how certain parts of the book made me feel.PART ONE Up to this point, the series had become rather beleaguered with Anita Blake s increasingly complicated love life Does she love Jean Claude or Richard How does she balance both in addition to her growing powers and her place as lukoi And what about her increasingly dark turn, embracing dark magics and torture How does she reconcile this with her Christian and moral upbringing While these questions are very good, Anita needed some space to work them out Hence this book It was a great way for Anita to get some distance, look at things with a new perspective and realize some important lessons such as Just because Ronnie is dating a slightly boring guy, doesn t mean that Anita can t make an effort to remain friends Catherine may be married, but she is still Anita s friend Anita can t keep holding back her abilities and powers Anita isn t being fair to the Triumvirate and deserves to muddle through her complicated love life.The actual mystery and investigation is very interesting I thought LKH brought some interesting Southern flavor to the novel, setting it in Albuquerque I liked Anita meeting another necromancer, a vampire who thought she was a goddess, and learningabout Edward such as that he CAN love and maintain a reasonably bad lifestyle I liked seeing Anita investigate the murders, ask questions, dig deeper Sure, the mystery isn t the most brilliant or original I ve ever seen, but at least, for once, Anita is investigating these crazy events instead of talking with people who drop convenient plot points.If this were the only part I was reviewing, I would easily give this book a 3.5 stars It brings up some interesting conflicts, new sides to old characters, and mixes up our surroundings so things don t get too boring.PART TWO I cannot believe how misogynistic and disgusting this series has become I thought I could hold back the floodgates until Narcissus in Chains , the one I hear is the beginning of the end of the Anita Blake series, but I can t This book is absolute dreck.Why What makes this book worse than all the previous 8 books It s not that hard I ll break it down to my two points.1 Misogyny I had noticed since about Burnt Offerings that these books seemed to showcase aandhostile view of women Well, this book easily surpasses them all Anita s and I almost wonder if the author s hate for women drips from nearly every single page in the book Comments like She s direct even for a man, Edward said For a woman, she s like a battering ram and You would have made a good man I took the compliment because that s what it was and She also knew how to shake hands Most women never really got the knack of it are insulting and demeaning.Making broad statements like women are naturally friendly or that all women have large purses and pack a bajillion suitcases full of crap is small minded and foul Letting 14 year old impressionable boys get away with misogynistic statements just keeps the cycle repeating Starting fights with cops over who s balls are bigger and then letting a man say rude, misogynistic remarks without a peep just proves that Anita doesn t have her priorities straight and is nothing like the strong, independent woman she purports to be.Every woman not named Anita Blake is a delicate, easily broken flower the nurse who is too fragile to answer questions Anita might have about who is dead and who is alive, a dwarf woman who is brutally murdered, a young scientists named Dallas and Edward s fiancee, Donna That Dallas was oblivious to Olaf staring at her made me worry about her just a littleher survival instincts just weren t up to it She s a wimp, Peter said I agreed with him but not out loud May I just add, this is a SON talking about HIS MOTHER If Edward showed Peter this little corner of hell and word got back to Donna, it might be enough to break them up permanently I was willing to trade some of Peter s innocence for that Speaking of Donna, I don t think I ve ever seen a character so badly villified From the moment Anita lays eyes on her, she is undermining the woman, demeaning her, and treating her like filth Anita is critical about Donna s age, calling her in her early thirties and going up to her forties Anita insults how Donna makes out with her fiancee in the car, in a gesture to make Anita jealous Anita immediately sides with Peter, Donna s bratty 14 year old son, in front of his mother Donna is unable to defend herself and Peter, at 8, is forced to wield a weapon When Donna and her children have been threatened, Donna breaks down into hysterics Instead of tending to her children and trying to comfort the woman, Anita does this I got a handful of that short, thick hair and pulled her hair up It hurt and it was meant to Look at me, you selfish b tch Anita is ready to sacrifice Peter s innocence to get Donna and Edward to break up If Edward showed Peter this little corner of hell and word got back to Donna, it might be enough to break them up permanently I was willing to trade some of Peter s innocence for that Anita withholds information about Peter s rape because Donna wouldn t be able to handle it He hadn t told Donna, his mother about the rape I didn t betray his secret First, I wasn t sure she could handle another shock Second, it wasn t my secret to tell And on and on and on The things Anita does to Donna and the way Anita thinks of Donna is absolutely INSULTING and EMBARRASSING I m not saying that women can t hate each other, that they are always naturally friendly but Anita has ZERO REASON to behave so rudely to Donna And yet Anita isn t the one portrayed as the b tch no, it s DONNA.And then we have a major scene where a male stripper is sexually harassed Anita makes the flip comment that if he had been a woman, EVERYONE would have jumped to make sure he wasn t assaulted, but because he s a MALE, people let him be Leaving Anita as the only one to rescue him.As if that isn t enough, the number of times rape is brought up is obscene Edward hires a bragging rapist to help him solve the murders Anita is nearly raped YET AGAIN Other women are likewise threatened.TRIGGER WARNING I honestly canNOT believe I am including a trigger warning in a review about vampires and paranormal creatures Child rape, child torture.2 Child rape and torture At one point in the story, Peter and Becca, Edward s fiancee s children, are kidnapped Anita and Edward attempt to rescue them Before they do, they and the readers are subjected to a brutal depiction of child rape and torture A random woman fondles Peter until he experiences his first Pleasure and hits him across the face He screams and protests the entire time A man holds Becca in his lap and breaks her fingers as she screams.I respect that LKH wants to make sure that we realize that these kids are in real, serious danger, that they might not come out alive I even respect her for trying something darker I understand it s all too easy for people to say that X is a bad guy without having that bad guy do anything to prove he is a bad guy.But honestly, this scene is completely unnecessary, a chill, pornographic thrill, something to make readers gasp in shock and horror These characters have only appeared in this book I ve heard they don t reappear ETA I ve been told that Peter does reappear in the series, so perhaps there is some discussion about the trauma he has undergone here Further, apparently, things like their damaged mental health never needs to be addressed, because Anita sure as hell doesn t mind withholding Peter s rape from his own mother He hadn t told Donna, his mother about the rape I didn t betray his secret First, I wasn t sure she could handle another shock Second, it wasn t my secret to tell Do things like this happen Of course, all the time unfortunately But did we really need to go there in an Anita Blake novel In my opinion, no It s a horrible, horrible, cheap, awful way to show that these guys are bad and that Anita Blake needs to hurry up and save the day.These two main bullets are the reason that this book is rated 1 star Sure there are other parts of this book I wasn t fond of the extreme gore that made me regret every meal I ate, Anita s constant aggression to authority, her antisocial personality disorder seriously, check it out, it s astonishing how many bullet points she can tick off but by far the worst, the ones that made me the most mad were the blatant, undisguised misogyny and no, I m not talking about misogynistic characters, I m talking about the whole attitude of the book and the unnecessary, gratuitous, vile child rape and torture scenes.If you really like Anita Blake, have always liked Anita Blake, and desperately wantof her and Edward, then go ahead, have a ball with this book More power to you But if you are sick and tired of the woman hating, excessively violent, angry Anita Blake, then you might want to give this a pass or at least proceed with caution.NOTE For those not faint of heart, I recommend taking a look at some of my status updates for the items I forgot to mention, such as the stellar writing I laughed They laughed A good time had by all ,examples of how hateful Anita is, and my mind being blown to pieces

  3. Jilly Jilly says:

    This book is a vacation from Anita s usual life because she travels to New Mexico to help Edward, the assassin, solve a case So, no love triangle b.s., which is nice.When arriving in New Mexico, Anita discovers that Edward is engaged to be married to a very naive widow with two adorable children Edward s nickname is Death , and he likes killing things So, the idea of Death getting married bothers Anita give it a few years, Death, and you ll be wishing for your namesake So, Anita gets all up This book is a vacation from Anita s usual life because she travels to New Mexico to help Edward, the assassin, solve a case So, no love triangle b.s., which is nice.When arriving in New Mexico, Anita discovers that Edward is engaged to be married to a very naive widow with two adorable children Edward s nickname is Death , and he likes killing things So, the idea of Death getting married bothers Anita give it a few years, Death, and you ll be wishing for your namesake So, Anita gets all up in his business about trying to make him break up with his woman She really is a nosy, judgmental busybody From what I can see, she doesn t have the clout to give relationship advice.And, here s something that bothered me tell me if you catch itThey take her to a Mexican restaurant she hates Mexican food what the hell Mexican food is life here in Texas Don t be dissing it , and she says that they get to the table and the waiter brings them a basket of bread Huh This doesn t happen You get chips and salsa, not bread And, then she goes on to say that oh, it s not bread, it s sopapillas Seriously That doesn t make it sound right Sopapillas are a dessert Baskets of chips with salsa are what they bring when you get there In other words Do your fucking research if you don t know what would really happen This makes me think that the author has never eaten in a Mexican restaurant in her life And, that s fine just don t make your characters go there if you don t know how it s done you can never eat Mexican food too often, Anita Kill Joy Okay, so that s out of my system I mean, come on, Mexican food is THE best food ever How could anyone not like it okay, NOW it s out of my system.This book had a LOT of killing and violence It even went a little too far for my tastes because there were rape and torture scenes with children So not okay Aside from that, it was action packed, Edward packed, and a lot of great new characters If I were to do it over again, though, I still wouldn t read it because of the child hurting stuff I just can t handle that kind of thing If you are going to rape and torture people in your book, make sure they are over 21.I m taking a break from the series for a few days to read Winter Yay

  4. yellowbird yellowbird says:

    This is the book where Laurell K Hamilton lost me as a reader I love the early Anita Blake books, because they are police procedurals set in a fantasy world But somewhere along the way, the menage a trois between the three main characters a necromancer, a vampire, and a werewolf overspread the pages like a nasty rash of suspicious nature In the books after Obsidian Butterfly, Anita is having sex with every were creature available, the detective elements have gone out the window, and I coul This is the book where Laurell K Hamilton lost me as a reader I love the early Anita Blake books, because they are police procedurals set in a fantasy world But somewhere along the way, the menage a trois between the three main characters a necromancer, a vampire, and a werewolf overspread the pages like a nasty rash of suspicious nature In the books after Obsidian Butterfly, Anita is having sex with every were creature available, the detective elements have gone out the window, and I could only skim the books, hoping the series would somehow recover My husband continued to buy the series because he is a collector by nature, but I refused to read them Eventually he also lost heart Unfortunately, I know what went wrong Sorting out an impossible love triangle is difficult enough in real life, let alone in a piece of fiction where all the participants have to stay likeable, and can t become utter shits The Twilightseries by Stephanie Meyer has similar problems, as it is also a romance involving a werewolf, a vampire, and a human When my teenage niece asked for the Twilight series for Christmas this year, I felt like warning her not to get involved in a tangled love affair Of course, we ended up buying Twilight for her anyway Some things have to be learned through personal experience

  5. Jo ★The Book Sloth★ Jo ★The Book Sloth★ says:

    4 Vampy starsTo begin with I have to say that this book is one of my favorites from this series It is quite true that I have several emotional changes during Anita Blake s books For several reasons I love and hate this series but the truth is that I have never been bored for a minute while reading one of the series books Why I love the books 1 Anita Blake is a woman who can mesure up almost to every man or woman she comes across either human or supernatural and that makes an interesting 4 Vampy starsTo begin with I have to say that this book is one of my favorites from this series It is quite true that I have several emotional changes during Anita Blake s books For several reasons I love and hate this series but the truth is that I have never been bored for a minute while reading one of the series books Why I love the books 1 Anita Blake is a woman who can mesure up almost to every man or woman she comes across either human or supernatural and that makes an interesting heroine at the very least I may not always like her but I always find her entertaining.2 The plot in every book is always different enough to be captivating so you never get the idea that you read the same things all over again The crime stories are always interesting and fresh Yes, she usually hunts vamps but that s the job description The adrenaline rush during reading the books is addictive.3 The gory stuff are really a plus in my opinionI can see why many disagree but I find it really fascinating the way she doesn t shy away from the disgusting details.4 The supportive characters are always a major part of the story and are always different enough from each other not to be boring Again you don t always like them but LKH knows her character development AB probably has the best bad guys of UF What I don t really like about the books 1 The misogynistic comments are a really big downside in the Anita Blake books Most of the times the cops and often Anita herself seem to display a very racist side with comments about other women s behaviour and usually in the books only Anita comes out as a strong female character Some would say that since Anita can take everyone out either male or female it can t be that bad but the fact is that it is actually that bad Anita is just too hypocritical She judges prejudiced people while she shows a highly judgemental and prejudiced behaviour Slut shaming isn t nice whether the character doing it is a man or a woman, whether it s a Mary Sue or a badass.2 The sex is just too much Sometimes I think the books tip the balance between adult romance or erotica and porn As the books progress the sex scenes becomeblatant and frequent to the point that I actually just skip them all.I know that the vampires in Jean Claude s line feed on lust but you can read so many sex and orgy scenes before you ve had enough.3 Asher is actually pretty annoying He is full of envy, complaints, arrogant in some things and completely insecure in others and he just whines his way through the books Why this particular book 1 No sex is the biggest reason It has an interesting mystery story with much action and NO SEX 2 Edward is just a favorite I love all the books in which he has a lead role and it doesn t getlead than this He is interesting without all the lust that Anita seems to have for almost everything that belongs in the male category.3 The plot isinteresting than most the other books, the characters fascinating, the southern pieces seem to give another flavor to the story and the fact that she doesn t have all her lovers in her feet seems to give the book aadventurous side beside the romance feeling that most of the others have.4 No Jean Claude, Richard, Asher In the early books I kind of liked Richard but then he started behaving like a jerk and he never stops the whining, along with Asher they make your brain bleed with all the complaints Jean Claude is kind of ok but really at some points he gets just as clingy as the other two and you can never tell whether he is a good guy or a bad one it made things interesting for a while but at some point you get fed up.Now I know that I seem to like the book for what it doesn t havethan for what it has but it is true that if there weren t so many moments where Anita puts down other female characters it would be an amazing book Now it has to go with just great

  6. Tilly Slaton Tilly Slaton says:

    I really wasn t excited about this book All I wanted was to skim over the paragraphs so that I could get to the next book of the series, Narcissus in Chains as quickly as possible And then it hit me mutilated bodies and Olaf You need to read this book to understand just how messed up my opinion is of his character He s dangerous He s deadly And Blake is just his victim type I like him Total turn on go figure Obsidian butterfly is a fantastic book filled with torture, essence suckin I really wasn t excited about this book All I wanted was to skim over the paragraphs so that I could get to the next book of the series, Narcissus in Chains as quickly as possible And then it hit me mutilated bodies and Olaf You need to read this book to understand just how messed up my opinion is of his character He s dangerous He s deadly And Blake is just his victim type I like him Total turn on go figure Obsidian butterfly is a fantastic book filled with torture, essence sucking vampires, sociopath serial killers and monsters that apparently can rip the skin from a human s body without leaving any tool marks Eww Edward wonders why I m so sympathetic to monsters The answer is simple Because I am one. Anita alienates herself, putting as much distance as possible between herself and her lovers Working with a witch to build stronger barriers in hopes to withstand accidental intrusions, Blake is pulled into Edward s world of gore as he calls in the favor that she owes him Surrounded by centuries old delusional vampires claiming to be gods, werewolves enabling a psycho necromancer dwarf, Anita really has her hands full There are several scenes in this book that are to die for Pun intended There is one scene that doesn t get any easier with every reread A skinless corpse searching for food in a hospital. and a nursery. Absolutely disgusting, completely heart shattering, this scene haunts me with nightmares It is the most gruesome and heart wrenching scene I have ever read Violent, action filled and brilliant Yet I still wanted to vomit Double thumbs up on the intense description and detail put into that scene Odd moments shared between Edward and Blake Weird Totally awkward, a must read I recommend this book to adults only Do not read if you have a weak stomach or strict line of moral code on what is and is not acceptable This book pushes the limits of imagination and gruesome disgust Extreme violence Some sexual content Rape Shocker, right Do not read this book out of order Start with Guilty Pleasures Happy Reading

  7. Faye Faye says:

    First read June 2006Initial rating 5 5 stars favourite Re read October 2017New rating 5 5 stars favourite I have one strong memory of reading Obsidian Butterfly the first time around and that is that the book was just so good I couldn t put it down Any second I had to read, I picked it up and devoured it I ended up reading the 600 odd page book in a little over a day.In contrast, my re read was incredibly slow almost two months from start to finish, but I found it just as enjoyable as b First read June 2006Initial rating 5 5 stars favourite Re read October 2017New rating 5 5 stars favourite I have one strong memory of reading Obsidian Butterfly the first time around and that is that the book was just so good I couldn t put it down Any second I had to read, I picked it up and devoured it I ended up reading the 600 odd page book in a little over a day.In contrast, my re read was incredibly slow almost two months from start to finish, but I found it just as enjoyable as before, if notenjoyable as I found a lot of details that I either missed the first time in rush to get to the end, or had simply forgotten about.The plot Edward calls Anita away from St Louis and her regular life to help him investigate a supernatural occurrence in his home town Edward puts together his own team which includes Anita, Olaf Gundersson a serial rapist and murderer, and Bernardo Spotted Horse a supernatural bounty hunter.What I liked Following on from Blue Moon Hamilton once again takes Anita out of her comfort zone and puts her in a new place with new challenges to confront I always like how Anita can handle herself, no matter where she is The crime was horrific but original view spoiler and I love the twist on the zombie mythology employed here hide spoiler Obsidian Butterfly herself, and her strange sociopathic sense of justice in particular the three females and their rapist that she turned into vampires, so that the women could get revenge on the rapist for eternity Up until this point in the series, Edward has always been a mystery so to travel to his hometown and see his personal life and the way he conducts himself around other people was fascinating As with all the Anita Blake novels, Hamilton gives tantalising glimpses of the reality of living in a world where magic and the supernatural are real and commonplace such as how the criminal justice system could hold a person who can summon demons at will safely for trial We also learn that the death penalty is applied to those who misuse their magic like raising a demon to commit a murder, and that they follow tradition in burning the body after execution a twenty first century take on burning a witch at the stake The horrific scene in the hospital nursery was so hard to read, but at the same time unputdownable The entire dramatic rescue scene for view spoiler Peter and Becca hide spoiler in particular the scene where view spoiler Anita takes out two armed men in the bathroom with nothing but a single knife hide spoiler I also liked the fact that while Anita is surrounded at all times by all manner of powerful, supernatural creatures Hamilton still manages to make Edward and Olaf mere human beings two of the scariest characters on the page.What I didn t like On my re read I skipped the details of what happened to view spoiler the children while they were held captive hide spoiler I just didn t want to read that sort of thing twice

  8. Bark Bark says:

    Finally, it s Edward s book A 4 1 2, not quite a five because Anita s badass attitude grates here and there but so much better than the books focused on the triumvirate sp and sexy times Obsidian Butterfly is all business, no sex This is the book the Edward fans were clamoring for and it was worth the wait This book lets us in on Edward s secret life when he calls in Anita to help out with a series of grisly murders She learns he s living another life where he is known as good old boy Te Finally, it s Edward s book A 4 1 2, not quite a five because Anita s badass attitude grates here and there but so much better than the books focused on the triumvirate sp and sexy times Obsidian Butterfly is all business, no sex This is the book the Edward fans were clamoring for and it was worth the wait This book lets us in on Edward s secret life when he calls in Anita to help out with a series of grisly murders She learns he s living another life where he is known as good old boy Ted complete with sweet girlfriend and acting as step in dad to her two children Anita pries and teases and her relationship with Edward becomes less of a who will kill the other first kind of thing andof a I will always have your back kind of thing It s believable and I loved that about this book.It is dark and gory and some extremely nasty things to happen to innocent people There are paranormal baddies and mysteries and loads of danger filled action Usually those things bore me but I found myself pretty much attentive to the audio from beginning to end Narrator Kim Alexis does a fantastic Anita, all tough bitch, and also handles the myriad of other characters with ease I was never at a loss wondering who was speaking.I think Obsidian Butterfly is one of the best installments in this series If you re a fan of the earliest books and the harder boiled edge of those stories this might be the last book in the series you should probably read It all sorta goes downhill from here but I m going to read em again anyway

  9. Grace Grace says:

    Did you know that once you unfreeze meat, you shouldn t refreeze it It goes kind of squishy and rotten.People s faces freeze and unfreeze so much in this book, it s insane Masks, monsters, blah blah blah Oh, and there s a giant hulking threatening rapist, so that s good Anita does her usual routine show up, act like a total asshole, hit kick people, threaten them with guns, posture and stomp off, all arrogant and full of herself This woman should be dead a thousand times over She is a mor Did you know that once you unfreeze meat, you shouldn t refreeze it It goes kind of squishy and rotten.People s faces freeze and unfreeze so much in this book, it s insane Masks, monsters, blah blah blah Oh, and there s a giant hulking threatening rapist, so that s good Anita does her usual routine show up, act like a total asshole, hit kick people, threaten them with guns, posture and stomp off, all arrogant and full of herself This woman should be dead a thousand times over She is a moron who foolishly takes any opportunity she can to piss people off for absolutely no reason.Look I get that women in American society are conditioned to be conciliatory I get that this is not a good thing, and that when women act assertive in the same way that men do, they are frequently punished for it But Anita Blake is not taking this stereotype on she s just as asshole If she were a man, she d still be an asshole I like characters to have good reasons to act the way they do, and she doesn t She s just a reactive, hypersensitive jerk.God I hate this series

  10. Wanda Wanda says:

    Edward, the empty eyed sociopath who haunts the outskirts of Anita Blake s life, is arguably the most interesting character in the Anita Blake series A man of mystery, obviously dangerous, Anita values his occasional assistance and has a wary respect for him When Edward calls in a favour that Anita owes him, she knows she has no choice but to go give him a hand.The actual mystery portion of the book is predictable and rather uninteresting The reason that I enjoyed this book so much was gettin Edward, the empty eyed sociopath who haunts the outskirts of Anita Blake s life, is arguably the most interesting character in the Anita Blake series A man of mystery, obviously dangerous, Anita values his occasional assistance and has a wary respect for him When Edward calls in a favour that Anita owes him, she knows she has no choice but to go give him a hand.The actual mystery portion of the book is predictable and rather uninteresting The reason that I enjoyed this book so much was getting to know Edward and observing the dynamics of the team that he has assembled to solve the mystery Four usually lone wolf killers must find a way to co exist in Edward Ted s Santa Fe adobe home for the duration of the operation and it becomes obvious as the book progresses that Anita could be in danger from her fellow team members as well as the usual supernatural crowd.I find myself debating whether Hamilton did Edward any favours with this installment Does the knowledge that he has acquired a girlfriend and step children and that he seems to care for them at least in his own limited way weaken him in his role as stone cold killer and psychopath Or does it add an unusual dimension to an otherwise stereotypical sociopathic role One way or the other, Hamilton gives us the even creepier Olaf as contrast and the implied promise at the book s end that he ll be back at some point in the future.Anita must also deal with her own ethical slippage in this adventure, wondering just how much like Edward she has become and if the progression will continue Can hard cases like Edward be redeemed by love Is there hope for Anita too Perhaps the most enjoyable Anita Blake book especially since I m part way into the next one and I m wondering if I ll even finish it

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  1. Jeremy Baker Jeremy Baker says:

    This was the last Anita Blake novel worth reading, primarily because of Edward The rest of the series has been garbage including Edwards return Seriously, what was his body count in the Harlequin, one Maybe I don t have a problem with the sex, but Hamilton has sacrificed that literary device thingy called plot in order to pack the pages with smut Something happens, they have sex for five hundred pages, then the Ardeur snaps it s fingers and kills the badguy.In terms of characters it s This was the last Anita Blake novel worth reading, primarily because of Edward The rest of the series has been garbage including Edwards return Seriously, what was his body count in the Harlequin, one Maybe I don t have a problem with the sex, but Hamilton has sacrificed that literary device thingy called plot in order to pack the pages with smut Something happens, they have sex for five hundred pages, then the Ardeur snaps it s fingers and kills the badguy.In terms of characters it s obvious that Richard is Hamilton s personal dumping ground from everything she s ever felt about her ex husband, turning the interesting power dynamic present in the first few books into something sad Also, despite the legions of evil creatures including the oldest and strongest vampires on the planet that attack her at every turn, nobody close to Anita ever dies Hamilton has stated that she loves her characters and will never kill them off, and that childish petulance combined with the almighty Ardeur robs her books of any sense of danger.Now Blood Noir is out, and though I will reserve judgment until I hear somethingspecific about it I m not holding my breath expecting Hamilton to grow up again

  2. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    Obsidian Butterfly A Review in Two PartsAnita Blake returns home to a phone call from Edward He s calling in a favor and needs her to come to Albuquerque, NM to assist him in a job She goes to find that there have been several gruesome murders, the victims left horribly maimed Who is performing these crimes and how far will Anita go to stop them NOTE I have VERY DIVISIVE feelings about this book Therefore, I have split this review into two parts One part will probably appeal to those who Obsidian Butterfly A Review in Two PartsAnita Blake returns home to a phone call from Edward He s calling in a favor and needs her to come to Albuquerque, NM to assist him in a job She goes to find that there have been several gruesome murders, the victims left horribly maimed Who is performing these crimes and how far will Anita go to stop them NOTE I have VERY DIVISIVE feelings about this book Therefore, I have split this review into two parts One part will probably appeal to those who are big Anita Blake fans the other is VERY VOCAL about how certain parts of the book made me feel.PART ONE Up to this point, the series had become rather beleaguered with Anita Blake s increasingly complicated love life Does she love Jean Claude or Richard How does she balance both in addition to her growing powers and her place as lukoi And what about her increasingly dark turn, embracing dark magics and torture How does she reconcile this with her Christian and moral upbringing While these questions are very good, Anita needed some space to work them out Hence this book It was a great way for Anita to get some distance, look at things with a new perspective and realize some important lessons such as Just because Ronnie is dating a slightly boring guy, doesn t mean that Anita can t make an effort to remain friends Catherine may be married, but she is still Anita s friend Anita can t keep holding back her abilities and powers Anita isn t being fair to the Triumvirate and deserves to muddle through her complicated love life.The actual mystery and investigation is very interesting I thought LKH brought some interesting Southern flavor to the novel, setting it in Albuquerque I liked Anita meeting another necromancer, a vampire who thought she was a goddess, and learningabout Edward such as that he CAN love and maintain a reasonably bad lifestyle I liked seeing Anita investigate the murders, ask questions, dig deeper Sure, the mystery isn t the most brilliant or original I ve ever seen, but at least, for once, Anita is investigating these crazy events instead of talking with people who drop convenient plot points.If this were the only part I was reviewing, I would easily give this book a 3.5 stars It brings up some interesting conflicts, new sides to old characters, and mixes up our surroundings so things don t get too boring.PART TWO I cannot believe how misogynistic and disgusting this series has become I thought I could hold back the floodgates until Narcissus in Chains , the one I hear is the beginning of the end of the Anita Blake series, but I can t This book is absolute dreck.Why What makes this book worse than all the previous 8 books It s not that hard I ll break it down to my two points.1 Misogyny I had noticed since about Burnt Offerings that these books seemed to showcase aandhostile view of women Well, this book easily surpasses them all Anita s and I almost wonder if the author s hate for women drips from nearly every single page in the book Comments like She s direct even for a man, Edward said For a woman, she s like a battering ram and You would have made a good man I took the compliment because that s what it was and She also knew how to shake hands Most women never really got the knack of it are insulting and demeaning.Making broad statements like women are naturally friendly or that all women have large purses and pack a bajillion suitcases full of crap is small minded and foul Letting 14 year old impressionable boys get away with misogynistic statements just keeps the cycle repeating Starting fights with cops over who s balls are bigger and then letting a man say rude, misogynistic remarks without a peep just proves that Anita doesn t have her priorities straight and is nothing like the strong, independent woman she purports to be.Every woman not named Anita Blake is a delicate, easily broken flower the nurse who is too fragile to answer questions Anita might have about who is dead and who is alive, a dwarf woman who is brutally murdered, a young scientists named Dallas and Edward s fiancee, Donna That Dallas was oblivious to Olaf staring at her made me worry about her just a littleher survival instincts just weren t up to it She s a wimp, Peter said I agreed with him but not out loud May I just add, this is a SON talking about HIS MOTHER If Edward showed Peter this little corner of hell and word got back to Donna, it might be enough to break them up permanently I was willing to trade some of Peter s innocence for that Speaking of Donna, I don t think I ve ever seen a character so badly villified From the moment Anita lays eyes on her, she is undermining the woman, demeaning her, and treating her like filth Anita is critical about Donna s age, calling her in her early thirties and going up to her forties Anita insults how Donna makes out with her fiancee in the car, in a gesture to make Anita jealous Anita immediately sides with Peter, Donna s bratty 14 year old son, in front of his mother Donna is unable to defend herself and Peter, at 8, is forced to wield a weapon When Donna and her children have been threatened, Donna breaks down into hysterics Instead of tending to her children and trying to comfort the woman, Anita does this I got a handful of that short, thick hair and pulled her hair up It hurt and it was meant to Look at me, you selfish b tch Anita is ready to sacrifice Peter s innocence to get Donna and Edward to break up If Edward showed Peter this little corner of hell and word got back to Donna, it might be enough to break them up permanently I was willing to trade some of Peter s innocence for that Anita withholds information about Peter s rape because Donna wouldn t be able to handle it He hadn t told Donna, his mother about the rape I didn t betray his secret First, I wasn t sure she could handle another shock Second, it wasn t my secret to tell And on and on and on The things Anita does to Donna and the way Anita thinks of Donna is absolutely INSULTING and EMBARRASSING I m not saying that women can t hate each other, that they are always naturally friendly but Anita has ZERO REASON to behave so rudely to Donna And yet Anita isn t the one portrayed as the b tch no, it s DONNA.And then we have a major scene where a male stripper is sexually harassed Anita makes the flip comment that if he had been a woman, EVERYONE would have jumped to make sure he wasn t assaulted, but because he s a MALE, people let him be Leaving Anita as the only one to rescue him.As if that isn t enough, the number of times rape is brought up is obscene Edward hires a bragging rapist to help him solve the murders Anita is nearly raped YET AGAIN Other women are likewise threatened.TRIGGER WARNING I honestly canNOT believe I am including a trigger warning in a review about vampires and paranormal creatures Child rape, child torture.2 Child rape and torture At one point in the story, Peter and Becca, Edward s fiancee s children, are kidnapped Anita and Edward attempt to rescue them Before they do, they and the readers are subjected to a brutal depiction of child rape and torture A random woman fondles Peter until he experiences his first Pleasure and hits him across the face He screams and protests the entire time A man holds Becca in his lap and breaks her fingers as she screams.I respect that LKH wants to make sure that we realize that these kids are in real, serious danger, that they might not come out alive I even respect her for trying something darker I understand it s all too easy for people to say that X is a bad guy without having that bad guy do anything to prove he is a bad guy.But honestly, this scene is completely unnecessary, a chill, pornographic thrill, something to make readers gasp in shock and horror These characters have only appeared in this book I ve heard they don t reappear ETA I ve been told that Peter does reappear in the series, so perhaps there is some discussion about the trauma he has undergone here Further, apparently, things like their damaged mental health never needs to be addressed, because Anita sure as hell doesn t mind withholding Peter s rape from his own mother He hadn t told Donna, his mother about the rape I didn t betray his secret First, I wasn t sure she could handle another shock Second, it wasn t my secret to tell Do things like this happen Of course, all the time unfortunately But did we really need to go there in an Anita Blake novel In my opinion, no It s a horrible, horrible, cheap, awful way to show that these guys are bad and that Anita Blake needs to hurry up and save the day.These two main bullets are the reason that this book is rated 1 star Sure there are other parts of this book I wasn t fond of the extreme gore that made me regret every meal I ate, Anita s constant aggression to authority, her antisocial personality disorder seriously, check it out, it s astonishing how many bullet points she can tick off but by far the worst, the ones that made me the most mad were the blatant, undisguised misogyny and no, I m not talking about misogynistic characters, I m talking about the whole attitude of the book and the unnecessary, gratuitous, vile child rape and torture scenes.If you really like Anita Blake, have always liked Anita Blake, and desperately wantof her and Edward, then go ahead, have a ball with this book More power to you But if you are sick and tired of the woman hating, excessively violent, angry Anita Blake, then you might want to give this a pass or at least proceed with caution.NOTE For those not faint of heart, I recommend taking a look at some of my status updates for the items I forgot to mention, such as the stellar writing I laughed They laughed A good time had by all ,examples of how hateful Anita is, and my mind being blown to pieces

  3. Jilly Jilly says:

    This book is a vacation from Anita s usual life because she travels to New Mexico to help Edward, the assassin, solve a case So, no love triangle b.s., which is nice.When arriving in New Mexico, Anita discovers that Edward is engaged to be married to a very naive widow with two adorable children Edward s nickname is Death , and he likes killing things So, the idea of Death getting married bothers Anita give it a few years, Death, and you ll be wishing for your namesake So, Anita gets all up This book is a vacation from Anita s usual life because she travels to New Mexico to help Edward, the assassin, solve a case So, no love triangle b.s., which is nice.When arriving in New Mexico, Anita discovers that Edward is engaged to be married to a very naive widow with two adorable children Edward s nickname is Death , and he likes killing things So, the idea of Death getting married bothers Anita give it a few years, Death, and you ll be wishing for your namesake So, Anita gets all up in his business about trying to make him break up with his woman She really is a nosy, judgmental busybody From what I can see, she doesn t have the clout to give relationship advice.And, here s something that bothered me tell me if you catch itThey take her to a Mexican restaurant she hates Mexican food what the hell Mexican food is life here in Texas Don t be dissing it , and she says that they get to the table and the waiter brings them a basket of bread Huh This doesn t happen You get chips and salsa, not bread And, then she goes on to say that oh, it s not bread, it s sopapillas Seriously That doesn t make it sound right Sopapillas are a dessert Baskets of chips with salsa are what they bring when you get there In other words Do your fucking research if you don t know what would really happen This makes me think that the author has never eaten in a Mexican restaurant in her life And, that s fine just don t make your characters go there if you don t know how it s done you can never eat Mexican food too often, Anita Kill Joy Okay, so that s out of my system I mean, come on, Mexican food is THE best food ever How could anyone not like it okay, NOW it s out of my system.This book had a LOT of killing and violence It even went a little too far for my tastes because there were rape and torture scenes with children So not okay Aside from that, it was action packed, Edward packed, and a lot of great new characters If I were to do it over again, though, I still wouldn t read it because of the child hurting stuff I just can t handle that kind of thing If you are going to rape and torture people in your book, make sure they are over 21.I m taking a break from the series for a few days to read Winter Yay

  4. yellowbird yellowbird says:

    This is the book where Laurell K Hamilton lost me as a reader I love the early Anita Blake books, because they are police procedurals set in a fantasy world But somewhere along the way, the menage a trois between the three main characters a necromancer, a vampire, and a werewolf overspread the pages like a nasty rash of suspicious nature In the books after Obsidian Butterfly, Anita is having sex with every were creature available, the detective elements have gone out the window, and I coul This is the book where Laurell K Hamilton lost me as a reader I love the early Anita Blake books, because they are police procedurals set in a fantasy world But somewhere along the way, the menage a trois between the three main characters a necromancer, a vampire, and a werewolf overspread the pages like a nasty rash of suspicious nature In the books after Obsidian Butterfly, Anita is having sex with every were creature available, the detective elements have gone out the window, and I could only skim the books, hoping the series would somehow recover My husband continued to buy the series because he is a collector by nature, but I refused to read them Eventually he also lost heart Unfortunately, I know what went wrong Sorting out an impossible love triangle is difficult enough in real life, let alone in a piece of fiction where all the participants have to stay likeable, and can t become utter shits The Twilightseries by Stephanie Meyer has similar problems, as it is also a romance involving a werewolf, a vampire, and a human When my teenage niece asked for the Twilight series for Christmas this year, I felt like warning her not to get involved in a tangled love affair Of course, we ended up buying Twilight for her anyway Some things have to be learned through personal experience

  5. Jo ★The Book Sloth★ Jo ★The Book Sloth★ says:

    4 Vampy starsTo begin with I have to say that this book is one of my favorites from this series It is quite true that I have several emotional changes during Anita Blake s books For several reasons I love and hate this series but the truth is that I have never been bored for a minute while reading one of the series books Why I love the books 1 Anita Blake is a woman who can mesure up almost to every man or woman she comes across either human or supernatural and that makes an interesting 4 Vampy starsTo begin with I have to say that this book is one of my favorites from this series It is quite true that I have several emotional changes during Anita Blake s books For several reasons I love and hate this series but the truth is that I have never been bored for a minute while reading one of the series books Why I love the books 1 Anita Blake is a woman who can mesure up almost to every man or woman she comes across either human or supernatural and that makes an interesting heroine at the very least I may not always like her but I always find her entertaining.2 The plot in every book is always different enough to be captivating so you never get the idea that you read the same things all over again The crime stories are always interesting and fresh Yes, she usually hunts vamps but that s the job description The adrenaline rush during reading the books is addictive.3 The gory stuff are really a plus in my opinionI can see why many disagree but I find it really fascinating the way she doesn t shy away from the disgusting details.4 The supportive characters are always a major part of the story and are always different enough from each other not to be boring Again you don t always like them but LKH knows her character development AB probably has the best bad guys of UF What I don t really like about the books 1 The misogynistic comments are a really big downside in the Anita Blake books Most of the times the cops and often Anita herself seem to display a very racist side with comments about other women s behaviour and usually in the books only Anita comes out as a strong female character Some would say that since Anita can take everyone out either male or female it can t be that bad but the fact is that it is actually that bad Anita is just too hypocritical She judges prejudiced people while she shows a highly judgemental and prejudiced behaviour Slut shaming isn t nice whether the character doing it is a man or a woman, whether it s a Mary Sue or a badass.2 The sex is just too much Sometimes I think the books tip the balance between adult romance or erotica and porn As the books progress the sex scenes becomeblatant and frequent to the point that I actually just skip them all.I know that the vampires in Jean Claude s line feed on lust but you can read so many sex and orgy scenes before you ve had enough.3 Asher is actually pretty annoying He is full of envy, complaints, arrogant in some things and completely insecure in others and he just whines his way through the books Why this particular book 1 No sex is the biggest reason It has an interesting mystery story with much action and NO SEX 2 Edward is just a favorite I love all the books in which he has a lead role and it doesn t getlead than this He is interesting without all the lust that Anita seems to have for almost everything that belongs in the male category.3 The plot isinteresting than most the other books, the characters fascinating, the southern pieces seem to give another flavor to the story and the fact that she doesn t have all her lovers in her feet seems to give the book aadventurous side beside the romance feeling that most of the others have.4 No Jean Claude, Richard, Asher In the early books I kind of liked Richard but then he started behaving like a jerk and he never stops the whining, along with Asher they make your brain bleed with all the complaints Jean Claude is kind of ok but really at some points he gets just as clingy as the other two and you can never tell whether he is a good guy or a bad one it made things interesting for a while but at some point you get fed up.Now I know that I seem to like the book for what it doesn t havethan for what it has but it is true that if there weren t so many moments where Anita puts down other female characters it would be an amazing book Now it has to go with just great

  6. Tilly Slaton Tilly Slaton says:

    I really wasn t excited about this book All I wanted was to skim over the paragraphs so that I could get to the next book of the series, Narcissus in Chains as quickly as possible And then it hit me mutilated bodies and Olaf You need to read this book to understand just how messed up my opinion is of his character He s dangerous He s deadly And Blake is just his victim type I like him Total turn on go figure Obsidian butterfly is a fantastic book filled with torture, essence suckin I really wasn t excited about this book All I wanted was to skim over the paragraphs so that I could get to the next book of the series, Narcissus in Chains as quickly as possible And then it hit me mutilated bodies and Olaf You need to read this book to understand just how messed up my opinion is of his character He s dangerous He s deadly And Blake is just his victim type I like him Total turn on go figure Obsidian butterfly is a fantastic book filled with torture, essence sucking vampires, sociopath serial killers and monsters that apparently can rip the skin from a human s body without leaving any tool marks Eww Edward wonders why I m so sympathetic to monsters The answer is simple Because I am one. Anita alienates herself, putting as much distance as possible between herself and her lovers Working with a witch to build stronger barriers in hopes to withstand accidental intrusions, Blake is pulled into Edward s world of gore as he calls in the favor that she owes him Surrounded by centuries old delusional vampires claiming to be gods, werewolves enabling a psycho necromancer dwarf, Anita really has her hands full There are several scenes in this book that are to die for Pun intended There is one scene that doesn t get any easier with every reread A skinless corpse searching for food in a hospital. and a nursery. Absolutely disgusting, completely heart shattering, this scene haunts me with nightmares It is the most gruesome and heart wrenching scene I have ever read Violent, action filled and brilliant Yet I still wanted to vomit Double thumbs up on the intense description and detail put into that scene Odd moments shared between Edward and Blake Weird Totally awkward, a must read I recommend this book to adults only Do not read if you have a weak stomach or strict line of moral code on what is and is not acceptable This book pushes the limits of imagination and gruesome disgust Extreme violence Some sexual content Rape Shocker, right Do not read this book out of order Start with Guilty Pleasures Happy Reading

  7. Faye Faye says:

    First read June 2006Initial rating 5 5 stars favourite Re read October 2017New rating 5 5 stars favourite I have one strong memory of reading Obsidian Butterfly the first time around and that is that the book was just so good I couldn t put it down Any second I had to read, I picked it up and devoured it I ended up reading the 600 odd page book in a little over a day.In contrast, my re read was incredibly slow almost two months from start to finish, but I found it just as enjoyable as b First read June 2006Initial rating 5 5 stars favourite Re read October 2017New rating 5 5 stars favourite I have one strong memory of reading Obsidian Butterfly the first time around and that is that the book was just so good I couldn t put it down Any second I had to read, I picked it up and devoured it I ended up reading the 600 odd page book in a little over a day.In contrast, my re read was incredibly slow almost two months from start to finish, but I found it just as enjoyable as before, if notenjoyable as I found a lot of details that I either missed the first time in rush to get to the end, or had simply forgotten about.The plot Edward calls Anita away from St Louis and her regular life to help him investigate a supernatural occurrence in his home town Edward puts together his own team which includes Anita, Olaf Gundersson a serial rapist and murderer, and Bernardo Spotted Horse a supernatural bounty hunter.What I liked Following on from Blue Moon Hamilton once again takes Anita out of her comfort zone and puts her in a new place with new challenges to confront I always like how Anita can handle herself, no matter where she is The crime was horrific but original view spoiler and I love the twist on the zombie mythology employed here hide spoiler Obsidian Butterfly herself, and her strange sociopathic sense of justice in particular the three females and their rapist that she turned into vampires, so that the women could get revenge on the rapist for eternity Up until this point in the series, Edward has always been a mystery so to travel to his hometown and see his personal life and the way he conducts himself around other people was fascinating As with all the Anita Blake novels, Hamilton gives tantalising glimpses of the reality of living in a world where magic and the supernatural are real and commonplace such as how the criminal justice system could hold a person who can summon demons at will safely for trial We also learn that the death penalty is applied to those who misuse their magic like raising a demon to commit a murder, and that they follow tradition in burning the body after execution a twenty first century take on burning a witch at the stake The horrific scene in the hospital nursery was so hard to read, but at the same time unputdownable The entire dramatic rescue scene for view spoiler Peter and Becca hide spoiler in particular the scene where view spoiler Anita takes out two armed men in the bathroom with nothing but a single knife hide spoiler I also liked the fact that while Anita is surrounded at all times by all manner of powerful, supernatural creatures Hamilton still manages to make Edward and Olaf mere human beings two of the scariest characters on the page.What I didn t like On my re read I skipped the details of what happened to view spoiler the children while they were held captive hide spoiler I just didn t want to read that sort of thing twice

  8. Bark Bark says:

    Finally, it s Edward s book A 4 1 2, not quite a five because Anita s badass attitude grates here and there but so much better than the books focused on the triumvirate sp and sexy times Obsidian Butterfly is all business, no sex This is the book the Edward fans were clamoring for and it was worth the wait This book lets us in on Edward s secret life when he calls in Anita to help out with a series of grisly murders She learns he s living another life where he is known as good old boy Te Finally, it s Edward s book A 4 1 2, not quite a five because Anita s badass attitude grates here and there but so much better than the books focused on the triumvirate sp and sexy times Obsidian Butterfly is all business, no sex This is the book the Edward fans were clamoring for and it was worth the wait This book lets us in on Edward s secret life when he calls in Anita to help out with a series of grisly murders She learns he s living another life where he is known as good old boy Ted complete with sweet girlfriend and acting as step in dad to her two children Anita pries and teases and her relationship with Edward becomes less of a who will kill the other first kind of thing andof a I will always have your back kind of thing It s believable and I loved that about this book.It is dark and gory and some extremely nasty things to happen to innocent people There are paranormal baddies and mysteries and loads of danger filled action Usually those things bore me but I found myself pretty much attentive to the audio from beginning to end Narrator Kim Alexis does a fantastic Anita, all tough bitch, and also handles the myriad of other characters with ease I was never at a loss wondering who was speaking.I think Obsidian Butterfly is one of the best installments in this series If you re a fan of the earliest books and the harder boiled edge of those stories this might be the last book in the series you should probably read It all sorta goes downhill from here but I m going to read em again anyway

  9. Grace Grace says:

    Did you know that once you unfreeze meat, you shouldn t refreeze it It goes kind of squishy and rotten.People s faces freeze and unfreeze so much in this book, it s insane Masks, monsters, blah blah blah Oh, and there s a giant hulking threatening rapist, so that s good Anita does her usual routine show up, act like a total asshole, hit kick people, threaten them with guns, posture and stomp off, all arrogant and full of herself This woman should be dead a thousand times over She is a mor Did you know that once you unfreeze meat, you shouldn t refreeze it It goes kind of squishy and rotten.People s faces freeze and unfreeze so much in this book, it s insane Masks, monsters, blah blah blah Oh, and there s a giant hulking threatening rapist, so that s good Anita does her usual routine show up, act like a total asshole, hit kick people, threaten them with guns, posture and stomp off, all arrogant and full of herself This woman should be dead a thousand times over She is a moron who foolishly takes any opportunity she can to piss people off for absolutely no reason.Look I get that women in American society are conditioned to be conciliatory I get that this is not a good thing, and that when women act assertive in the same way that men do, they are frequently punished for it But Anita Blake is not taking this stereotype on she s just as asshole If she were a man, she d still be an asshole I like characters to have good reasons to act the way they do, and she doesn t She s just a reactive, hypersensitive jerk.God I hate this series

  10. Wanda Wanda says:

    Edward, the empty eyed sociopath who haunts the outskirts of Anita Blake s life, is arguably the most interesting character in the Anita Blake series A man of mystery, obviously dangerous, Anita values his occasional assistance and has a wary respect for him When Edward calls in a favour that Anita owes him, she knows she has no choice but to go give him a hand.The actual mystery portion of the book is predictable and rather uninteresting The reason that I enjoyed this book so much was gettin Edward, the empty eyed sociopath who haunts the outskirts of Anita Blake s life, is arguably the most interesting character in the Anita Blake series A man of mystery, obviously dangerous, Anita values his occasional assistance and has a wary respect for him When Edward calls in a favour that Anita owes him, she knows she has no choice but to go give him a hand.The actual mystery portion of the book is predictable and rather uninteresting The reason that I enjoyed this book so much was getting to know Edward and observing the dynamics of the team that he has assembled to solve the mystery Four usually lone wolf killers must find a way to co exist in Edward Ted s Santa Fe adobe home for the duration of the operation and it becomes obvious as the book progresses that Anita could be in danger from her fellow team members as well as the usual supernatural crowd.I find myself debating whether Hamilton did Edward any favours with this installment Does the knowledge that he has acquired a girlfriend and step children and that he seems to care for them at least in his own limited way weaken him in his role as stone cold killer and psychopath Or does it add an unusual dimension to an otherwise stereotypical sociopathic role One way or the other, Hamilton gives us the even creepier Olaf as contrast and the implied promise at the book s end that he ll be back at some point in the future.Anita must also deal with her own ethical slippage in this adventure, wondering just how much like Edward she has become and if the progression will continue Can hard cases like Edward be redeemed by love Is there hope for Anita too Perhaps the most enjoyable Anita Blake book especially since I m part way into the next one and I m wondering if I ll even finish it

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