Flirt (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 18)
Flirt - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 18 Author:Laurell K. Hamilton When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss. But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that t... more »he thing she can do as a necromancer isn't the miracle he thinks he needs. The creature that Anita could coerce to step out of the late Mrs. Bennington's grave would not be the lovely Mrs. Bennington. Not really. And not for long« less
Interesting book. Although I like the longer novels a bunch, I think she popped out a pretty credible shorter novel here, much better than the Strange Candy anthology, more in the same vein as Micah. Has some memorable scenes, good characterizations. Think maybe this one may grow on me too - when the book Micah came out I was disappointed it was short but it is now one of my favorite in the series. Was surprised that this arrived in Hardcover, thought it was going to be paperback, also has a intro and afterward (23 pages), with some drawings in the back related to the book production process. Definitely read the book first, do not flip thru the back of the book or skim ahead until later! Expect a quick read, speeds by...
It is with books like this one where I wish I read really slowly. I was so looking forward to this book (keeping up the Anita adventures), but it was over in only a mere 2 hours! For what was there I enjoyed the heck out of it, I just wished it lasted longer. Micah was brought in more than he has been in the past couple books, which I loved to see, and Anita's lion side is the main animal crawling for attention in this one. Would have been nice to have an update on more of the men in Anita's life, it seems like each book focuses on maybe 2 or 3 main guys, but what can you do. Overall a SHORT but enjoying read.
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I've read every single thing that Laurell K Hamilton has published from short stories to the book she did in the Star Trek Series. This is the first book that I literally finished reading and threw across the room because I hated it THAT much.
There was just about no point to this book, it easily could've been added on to another Anita Blake novel and been just as if not more effective in 'furthering' the next to nothing plot that we've had for several books now. She raised some zombies, that's really great, we haven't seen her raise the dead in quite a while. The means by which it was done however had a faint resemblance to an earlier book where she raised the dead under very similar circumstances. I kind of felt like I had read that part already.
So we also get more relationship... stuff. I think Anita's story has become one that's more for the romance readers then for the horror, suspense, sci-fi, and fantasy types.
This one was to short...
It was great to finally have the return of the old Anita, but just when I was really getting into it the book ended.
I know there have been some who complained that Laurell K. Hamilton lost her way the the Vampire Hunter series, and there were a few time and a few books were I would have agreed. This book restored my hope in the series.
There was good plot lines and bad guys, and not chapters of only bedroom scenes. There was finally some twists and turns and surprises that I didn't see coming. Not just the obvious that I had come to expect... like the endless back story, consent arguments over the same things, and the self hatred over things that can't be changed.
Anita Blake finally has a few days to rest and reconnect with her many men. Flirting and just having fun until she is forced at gunpoint to animate a zombie for a crazy man. The clincher is the heavies are werelions - the only animal that resides inside Anita for which she hasn't found a mate. This makes for an interesting and exciting dilemma. But don't look for Jean-Claude or Asher in this one because neither makes an appearance. This book is strictly about the shifters. It's a very short book (only 171 pages) but there really isn't enough action, danger or sex to stretch any further. Enjoyable but not worth the price of the hardcover book. I purchased it because I want me Anita Blake collection to be complete so that when I reread them, I won't miss a single word.
I was very disappointed with this one. As a rule I love Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. This 158 page book cost $24 and was basically just a very short story. I don't begrudge the auther her due but the book promises so much more than it delivers.
After the short story is a rambling account of how the author came up with the book's basic idea (which had little to due with the really storyline). Then a comic drawn by her friend. Both were incredibly boring.
Not your typical Anita Blake book. But, like "Micah" another short story sold as a complete novel. It used to be this would have been included in a larger novel but then that was before the author became so popular.
Don't get me wrong - it's not a bad little story. Just don't pay full price for it - pick it up used (there's bound to be some around) or check it out of your local library. It's a quick afternoon read.