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Subject: Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu (Does it get better?)
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 2:12 AM ET
Member Since: 8/22/2005
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I'm having so much trouble getting into this book. I normally read a book in one sitting, but I've been trying to read this one for the last three days and it just seems like so much work getting into the characters and plot.  It's part of her Hunter Kiss series and I know I read Iron Kiss. (Don't remember hating it so I think I liked it.) I LOVE Dirke & Steele series Liu writes and have read some other books as well.  I don't know what it is about this one. I haven't gotten too far, maybe only 50 or 75 pages.

Anyone have any comments? Does it get better or is it just a bad fit for me personally?  According the the PBS ratings (27), it's got 3-1/2 stars. The only written review was from someone who loved it.


Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss, Bk 2)

Marjorie M. Liu

They are the obsidian shadows of my flesh - tattoos with minds, hearts, and dreams. By day, they protect me. But when night calls to them, they leave my body, dissolving into their true form - as demons...

Nomad born and bred, demon hunter Maxine Kiss has always relied upon herself to fight the darkness that surrounds her, the predators-human, zombie, and otherwise - who threaten the earth. But one man has penetrated her lonely life: Grant, the last of his kind. With music he is able to control any living creature...including demons. And now his life is in danger.

Haunted by the past, determined to change the future, Maxine soon understands that to save Grant, she has only one choice-to lose control, and release her own powers of darkness...
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 10:00 AM ET
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Hi Jo,

  I first read Liu's novella, Hunter's Kiss, in the Wild Thing anthology and really liked it.  That made me go out and buy Iron Kiss which I also liked really well.  However, I also had a hard time getting into Darkness Calls.  I bought this one right when it was released because of how much I had enjoyed Iron Kiss.  I found the characters to not be that interesting or have enough of a personality that I cared about any of them. I don't know if it was me or not, but in some places I felt "lost" as to what was going on and who was who.  I don't usually have a problem like that.

Needless to say, I won't be buying any more in this series.

I've never tried the Dirke and Steele series, but I don have the first one on my TBR.  Maybe I should try it.


Date Posted: 1/10/2010 6:06 PM ET
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I didn't finish Darkness Calls. I just couldn't get into it. I thought maybe it was just me since I enjoyed the first book (never read the short story in the anthology) so maybe one day I'll borrow it from the library again, but for now, I have too many other books in my TBR pile to waste time on it.

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 7:26 AM ET
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Good to know.  I've had this in my TBR pile for a little while and I've been putting it off since I wasn't a big fan of the first book.  I figure with Bk 2 why should I make myself read a book when there are so many more TBR! :P

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:14 AM ET
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I've put this book down so many times now that it's gone missing. So, the probablem is at least temporarily solved. Can't read what I can't find!