I'm one of the rare (it seems) folks who really still like LKH and Anita Blake. I really liked The Harlequin and thought there was a step forward in a return to some bit of balance with that one. This one felt like two steps back to me, but not necessarily in regards to the balance.
I have a couple key things that I found annoying. First, the style/quality of the writing seem to be amateurish. I've always really enjoyed her style of writing in the past, but sometimes even simple writing mechanics seemed painful here. I found myself groaning (and not in a good way) with how some of the stuff was written.
Second, this book was far longer than it needed to be. I can't even believe I just said that. I've always thought her books could be bigger and go on forever, and I would be perfectly happy with that. Not this time. This book should have been like Micah... small paperback, and really cheap. I'm almost annoyed that this was put into a hardback.
While some of the underlying character development was really good, and even the skeleton seemed solid, something just seemed to get lost in execution. Jason is going home to his dying dad with his bed buddy just so he can prove he is truly straight... seriously!?! This just baffled me. I can't even put my finger on why, but it just seemed so whack. Then when you add the whole looking like the local celebrity into the mix, it just felt entirely too contrived.
I still enjoyed it, cuz these are some of my favorite characters, but I felt like I got a glimpse of them on some seriously bad hair days or something.
More Anita. More sex. More people trying to kill Anita, more of Anita killing other people. More pouting and stupidity from Richard. A Jean Claude who is nearing maudlin. Jason begging (again). Nathaniel wanting rougher sex (again). Men and women both bespelled by Anita's cuteness and charm (again...and, yet, what?).
Basically, for followers of the series, you'll read it, because even if someone told you it was made up of only three 20-chapter sex scenes, you'd still read it. But please, do yourself a favor and borrow it from the library. At least that way you can save your money, even as you give up your common sense.
I am not a member of the Laurell K Hamilton bashing commitee. You know the people who buy the books and then blog about how horrible they are and reminisce about the good ol' days, but this book was horrible. It was Micah 2.0 but crappier. I know she says that she has so many ideas that she could write Anita Blake novels forever but there were no new ideas in Blood Noir. Anita has lots of sex, she gains some powers, she has a baby scare, she contemplates her relationships, she "grows", ends up in the hospital and impresses/scares everyone with her awsome powers. I'm sorry if I have given too much away but really, did you think you were going to be surprised? I won't start blogging about it (this is it, I swear) because I'm not going to read another one. Ugh!
This book was alright, but nothing spectacular. It feels as though Hamilton is just using her Blake series as an outlet for fevered sex-dreams at this point than as a vehicle for story development. I have no problem with that, though, so I still rush to buy the books as they are released.
I wouldn't recommend this book to the Blake "purists" out there that long for more character involvement and less "accidental sex", but it was a quick read with some pretty entertaining moments for those of us that still enjoy the series.
This book was pretty much agonizing for me to read. It was all angst and had bad sex scenes. There was not one sex scene (which is pretty much all there is to these books anymore) that I was like, "oh, that's so hot. I've never read THAT before." This was by FAR the most redundant Anita Blake book I have read yet. It's like she has no new ideas or thoughts, and just keeps repeating the same garbage over and over and overWell, you get the point.
I really have nothing good to say about this book, and this whole review will just be a snark fest. I'll try to make it short. We start off with a description of everyone and everything in the room. Oh, Jason and Nathaniel are strippers, and they shift on stage which is like totally awesome, I guess. Last I checked when they shift to their animal form there is goop and gunk everywhere! This does not sound like a stripper I'd want to be around, but I guess the women just LOVE it.
Let's see, Jason is my favorite character so there was that. Except, the storyline SUCKED. Jason has to go home to see his dying father, but his father thinks he's gay. Nathaniel being the understanding boyfriend that he is offers Anita up to Jason to take with him. Every father's dream right? When they get to Jason's hometown things start going downhill right away! Jason's cousin (who is really a half brother) looks JUST like him. So of course craziness ensues! But wait! The mother of all darkness is after Anita againor is she? What the hell, nothing even happened. Except a sex scene with two new characters that we didn't even get to read about! Oh, and another animal for her to call. Yes, everyone welcome the Tiger! Ugh. Richard's back, and now he has contracted the Ardeur, it's like a disease! He should have used it on Anita and ended this series with them behind that picket fence we are constantly reminded of. That would have been best, that way these books wouldn't get published just because she is Laurell K. Hamilton.
This was by far the worst book yet. There were a few scenes that made me almost slam down the book and not even finish it.
For those who have read the book, am I wrong? Nah, I know I'm not. But what did you think?
I know this isn't like my normal reviews, but this just burns me up that there are amazing authors out there struggling to get published. Then crap like this goes out without a hitch, just because of a name.
I'll add this in, first week this was released it debuted at 2 on the NYT Best Sellers; then swiftly made its way lower and lower on said list. It only has 2.5 stars on Amazon, and I'm shocked that 35 people felt that this book deserved a 5 star review. SHOCKED!