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All it Almost every man she comes across she has to sleep with And then he oves her He s addicted to her He can t get enough of her It s ridiculous That girl had better have a TV screen in her forehead beer eaking from her nipples and a bellybutton that dispenses sandwiches Otherwise I just ain buyin itShe amasses power ike it s spare change She goes from being a powerful animator of zombies to a necromancer who can control ALL dead things including vampires as well as being a upa ueen of the Werewolves Namira Ra ueen of the wereleopards having six strains of were in her but none of the downsides ike actually changing She becomes a succubus She is a human servant part of a powerful Triumvate Then she makes her OWN triumvate with her own Vampire to call and an animal to call It s just RIDICULOUS You re wondering where it stopsThis stops her from having any character growth I thought Anita Blake s flaws were going to be dealt with at some point I thought her pride arrogance South African Young Adult Literature in English, 2000-2014 lack of impulse control insecurities etc were going to be addressed through circumstances and aearning curve No She just becomes so powerful that it doesn t matter anyAnd the books are just basically sex That s all that happens Everyone has sex All the time And then they all argue A Baby Peter LEGACY OF ABUSE lot Anita wears a skirt so three out of seven of her boyfriends take issue with that and then argue with Anita and amongst themselves Anita chips a nail so ateast five of her boyfriends go mental and start blaming each otherI really don t know why this mess continues It s beyond ridiculous I think LKH just wants to see how much she can shock us now What can she do to play with our heads So Anita has brain sex with another woman So Anita has sex with a sixteen year old It doesn t matter any In the end Anita never takes responsibility for ANY of it She never really sits down and says Regardless of everything I want to be with THIS person and THAT person I want to do THESE crazy sex acts because that would get me hawt Then I want to try it with five men at onceNo It s always the situation She s always made to do it This makes me Shards of Glass - 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Confront her greatest fear her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean Claude one of the creatures she is sworn to destro.

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The engaging start of a wonderful series that morphs into erotica partway through If you ike VI Warshawski Kinsey Milhoneand other female gumshoes and you Lego DC Super Heroes like some fantasy you will definitelyike this series in the beginning Normal world normal woman except that vampires and other supernatural critters are real some have civil rights and coexist with humans or ess peacefully and the protagonist is a 5 2 gun toting butt kicking necromancer Her day job is raising the dead for a company that specializes in it so that answers about wills etc can be settled once and for all Her other job is a vampire executioner which makes her a federal marshal because you can t just run around and stake some poor vampire on sight unless you want to get arrested The monsters are iving among the humans now and Ms Hamilton does a wonderful job of Renaissance Emerge Series looking at exactly what that would entail What about mixed marriages What kinds of jobs would vampires have How would the ACLU fit into this What about religion And so on and so forth At this point Anita Blake s world is black and white Vampires bad Humans good There are no shades of gray for Anita This book readsike a decently written female detective book with the small twist of the kind of world the detective exists in and how that impacts her investigation and her Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power lifeYou must start with the beginning in this series or youl miss some fascinating twists and turns as Anita s world starts to acuire shades of gray and she starts to grow up a From a Whisper to a Shout little bit What happens when the monsters go out of their way to rescue you from the humans who want to kill you What happens when the scariest thing in your world is a human not a monster What happens when the monster thinks you re kinda cute and asks you out on a dateLater in the series Ms Hamilton gets so busy exploring the social interaction side of things what happens when ALL the monsters want to date you At the same time that the mystery solving part goes bye bye which is a shame And right around Narcissus in Chains Ms Hamiltin abandons any pretense at plot and starts writing not so vanilla porn But the series right up to that point is a solidly written engaging and nicelyayered series that can be addictiveAnd the fact of the matter is that not one of the other authors who have picked up on this oh so popular genre of female with unexplored powers doing something dangerous in a supernatural world has come close to what Ms Hamilton managed to accomplish with Anita Blake Reread Back in the day when Anita wasn t a power hungry nympho This book reminds how great the Anita Blake series once was Here Anita Blake has a job as an animator raising the dead for information for the police force and isn t spending any of her time Alt 10 Retrospect Prospect lazing in bed with her posse of wimpy beauteous men she even has girlfriends and we are introduced to an intriguing character named Edward I had forgotten all about him This is the book where she meets Jean Claude whose charms she is easily able to resist Vampires are being murdered and master vampire Nikolaos sp demands her expertise to track down the killer Here Anita is still known as the Executioner andives by her words I don t date vampires I kill them In order to get information into the secret underground vampire scene she pals around with vampire junkie Phillip Phillip is the first inkling into Hamilton s obsession with weak willed beautiful man boys who show up and take up residence in Integrating African American Literature in the Library and Classroom later books Phillip s character is than physical perfection though he is sympathetic in a way and a useful tool to progress the plot of this book The Anita in this book is strong willed independent judgmental and abrasive but has a wicked barbed tongue which I find missing inater books The black humor Celtic Plant Magic: A Workbook for Alchemical Sex Rituals lightens up the darkness and makes Anita approachable while inater books there is Reading Contemporary African American Literature little if anythingeft to Southern African Literature: An Introduction like about the character who is obsessed with power sex and is often just plain mean I may reread the first few books but will stop when the ardour makes its appearance The book belongs to urban fantasy genre it was writtenong before the term was created So humans did something really stupid in my opinion formed after I finished reading and Happy Alchemy: On the Pleasures of Music and the Theatre legalized vampires despite the fact that these creatures need to kill people to exist as everybody knows To justify this I can only say that this is not the first time the humanity actedike complete retards we can all give countless real Plowshares Pork Barrels: The Political Economy of Agriculture (Independent Studies in Political Economy) life modern examples Anita Blake was a reanimator meaning she could raise zombies This skill often comes handy as dead people can tell interesting tales She also did not belong to vampire fan club Bella Swan she was not One day the master vampire of her city offered her a job she could not refuse it was all about the right motivation obviously It seemed somebody was killing innocent huh vampires and Anita was to investigate orose her Gem is Mine but Heart is Yours life as well as get her friend killed As the title implies Anita had some experience of dealing with annoying bloodsuckers so when they finally got on her nerves she realized it was time to uit acting stupid and start kicking some undead butts Someong awaited action finally came I was very surprised by some things about the book Unlike what reviewers said it did not suck outright In fact it was decent enough I also found Kate Daniels granny Anita For those unfamiliar with the American Africans in Ghana Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture latterady et me just say that Kate was heavily influenced by her and the influence is uite clear Anita even possesses trademarked Kate s sarcastic humor To be fair I have to say Kate Daniels writing is better Thus on the negative side the writing is not great but passable and there are plot holes and just illogical and just stupid things aplenty Anita s I drops to single digit range sometimes On the positive side any relative of the current ueen of urban fantasy deserves respect I was never bored reading the book It night shock somebody but I will give this novel the same rating as I gave to Kate Daniels 1 3 stars I have to say that there are 3 stars and there are 3 stars This rating can mean Nice but I am not reading the next book and. Anita Blake is small dark and dangerous Her turf is the city of St Louis Her job re animating the dead and killing the undead.

Also I am mildly curious what comes next This time I use the second meaning and will continue with the series It was ok I guess Before Kate Daniels it was Anita Blake However it is one of those rare instances where the copy cat is much better than the original Anita is a raiser of the undead and killer of vampires She is c This book I oved it the first few times I read it And then Not so much I blame reading Fever right before Also There was something I could not uite put my finger on At first What was it The writing style Everything was fragmented sentences And strangely formal speech Instead of I m we get I am Instead of I d we get I would Every Time Even when it does not fit It is My Hero Academia like LKH has not yet met an apostrophe I am one of those people you know the onesOnce I see something hear something NOTICE somethingike that I cannot un notice it I Gotham Academy, Volume 3: Yearbook ll stop with the annoying fragments and the non apostrophes now as I can t even bring myself to write them for an extended period of timeet alone force anyone to read themunlike someone else I could mentionOkay in all seriousness don t do what I did Don t read this book after reading I finally got around to reading Guilty Pleasures the first Anita Blake book and can at Diamond in the Dark least see why they re not in the Romance section it s gory and the author doesn t seem toike vampires at allI know Hamilton s very well established and has a huge fan base and I know there are ots of other people who don t ike her books so I feel pretty confident I m not going to get The Devil’s Historians How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past lynched by saying I m glad I only spent 2 on this bookI really didn tike it This is partly because I was so often confused partly because I was very bored and partly because there s simply no one to The African American Odyssey Volume 2 like in this book I didn tike Anita I was very distracted by the way she dresses and the things she thinks about I didn t ike any of the humans or other characters the vampires were portrayed in the non romantic cliche way as opposed to the romantic cliche and I didn t ike all the guns The plot is slow and dull and Anita misses some glaringly obvious things and doesn t ask very good uestions There were many scenes where I kept thinking What the hell is going on It often didn t make much sense to me at all and seemed to contradict itself and I am not a stupid person It s Hardcore physical child abuse like during the rewrite stage things got cut out that should have stayed Also what the hell is a hubba hubba motion with your hand supposed toook Handbook of Agricultural Entomology like I have never skimmed a bookike I did with Guilty Pleasures Jean Claude was intriguing but hardly in it at all and I didn t start properly reading it again until the end I don t Dare for More like skimming I never usually do it and it s a very bad sign if I do It gets two stars for Jean Claude and the interesting thing about not being able to properly envision or understand a character until you get to see their eyes Okay so some of the girls asked that I do a review of the Anita Blake series because I mentioned some things that intrigued themIt s not a finished series and usually I would reserve judgment on a series until it comes to its conclusion just in case the author was going somewhere I wasn t expectingKind ofike that scene out of Austin Powers where Austin s in the bathroom stall with a bad guy and a big Texan man is in the next stall and can only see Austin s feet He hears Austin Powers grunting as he fights the guy saying Who does Number 2 work forThe Texan guy thinking that Austin is taking a crap decides to pitch in and give encouragement to someone who is obviously struggling That s right Show that turd who s bossWell that s what reading Anita Blake is THE COCAINE ADDICTION CURE (Drug Addiction, 12 Step Program, Road to Recovery, Alcohol Addiction) like You re sitting in the next stall with someone who nine or so books ago you thought was really nice and normal Suddenly they start to struggle and you want to be encouraging or you want to tell them to give up take aaxative and come back Boku no Hero Academia dj - Osananajimi ga Sugoku Yakkai na Kosei ni Kakatteru later The thing is at first you re wary to because maybe something else is going on Maybe a brilliant struggle forife and death is happening but you just can t see it Maybe at the end of the series you re going to come out see what s A Gypsy Promise left over in the stall and proudly proclaim Jesus Christ what did you eatThe first 10 books are filled with mystery and intrigue They ve got great characters and really interesting storylines They ve got action DAMN have they got action Obsidian Butterfly in my opinion theast good book is such a thriller in so many ways They re a Imprisoned with the Alien Rohilian Warrior little bit sexy and you find yourself wishing aittle sexy would come your way because it s kind of really hawtBut then something happens after book 10 It happens so uickly that you re kind of in a headspin Masterplots II looking around going Am I still reading the right series Have they printed a different book under the same nameBecause suddenly they re noonger mysteries There s no African American History Black History Month Book 1 longer any real edge of your seat suspense Suddenly you think you re going to go aittle crazy if you read another freakin sex scene Suddenly the writing is so poor so transparent The characters are so unlikable and so unrelatable that they might as well be from another galaxyYou re just walking along one day admiring the view when suddenly OH CRAP ANITA JUST HAD SEX WITH A WERELEOPARD IN ANIMAL FORMYou re minding you re own business enjoying a cup of coffee when FUCK SHE JUST HAD A THREE WAY WITH TWO MEN ANALSEXANALSEXANALSEXYou were about to get ready for work when out of nowhere CROTCHBUCKETS SHE S JUST HAD A MASSIVE GROUP ORGY AND BEEN SPITTED BY TWO MEN FAAARKThen you wonder if you can still walk into a church after reading these books They become so appallingly bad that you wear them African Literature and Social Change like a badge of pride Oh you think THAT book is shocking Has she ever had sex with an animal while a whole room full of peopleook on Oh You think THAT S shocking Did that character ever have seven consecutive boyfriends and nine casual fucks at the same time Really That character is THAT powerful Did they ever defeat an evil villain with the power of their crotch aloneSpeaking of which this is one of the major MAJOR flaws of Anita Blake Her Cooter The Crotch of Doom as some of the girls Who take things too far But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings Anita must.

Laurell K Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction A #1 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

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