Anita Blake Vampire executioner used to be a very moral person and the heat between her and the guys she likes was great; but now she screws anything and everyone. Love scenes are very graphic and take chapters and chapters and by the time you finish with one you get a little snippit of a plot and its back into the bedroom. This series has degenerated from being novels to borderline soft porn.
Devout followers of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake saga who think that they have the sexy vampire executioner finally figured out are in for a big surprise in Incubus Dreams, the 12th -- and steamiest! -- installment in the wildly popular series.
Already metaphysically connected to master vampire Jean-Claude and to Richard, the Ulric of the St. Louis werewolf pack, Anita finds herself in another supernatural triumvirate, this one with the seductive, shape-shifting stripper Nathaniel and the beautiful bloodsucker Damian. With so many preternatural bonds, Anita finds herself struggling to come to grips with the potentially deadly disadvantages -- and the mind-blowing benefits -- of the complicated arrangement. As Anita is just beginning to understand how to utilize her newfound powers, a series of brutal strip club murders forces her to come face to face with her most terrifying foe to date: her own conscience.
Leah (VeganFreak) reviewed Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 12) on
Helpful Score: 2
My least favorite of the series so far. It felt like the author was bored with writing this character. Very disappointing. I may also be annoyed because she calls vegans, "Rabid fundamentalist vegetarians". I am a vegan and have never once been rabid. My husband gets me all of my shots.
Conflicted about this book.
***Spoilers in this review***
On the negative side - I'm re-reading this series and I've concluded that the whole series is beyond boring. My measure of a good book is that I enjoy reading it as much the second time as I did the first. many of my favorite books are actually better on second or third reading. These books - ugh. I can barely get through them. There is so much boring, repetitious, extraneous detail about what people are wearing or what Anita is thinking or her opinions about other people and the constant stopping of action for her boring run on thoughts or even worse, these stupid conversations that lead absolutely nowhere. No, these books are not good. I think they were titillating (to me) when I first read them, and I cared enough about some of the characters to keep reading. Truthfully, I don't like Anita at all. I hate Richard, Jean-Claude I could take or leave. But I became invested in Nathaniel, Damien, and later characters and they kept me reading. They'll probably keep me re-reading.
And more negative - also I find on the second read that I find LKH's gender-switching with the characters much more unpleasant. All the men are very short - I mean under 5'6" - which is even shorter than the national average. They're all effeminate, they have unmanageably long hair and "pretty" faces. She tries to make them masculine, but they really don't sound all that masculine. I'm fine with that, but let's call a spade a spade. And I don't know how Anita only knows short men. I know hundreds of men. Probably four of them are shorter than me. Anita wants a "wife", she wears a tuxedo, she's totally the "man" in relationships - at least as men are defined by LKH. Anita has fantasies about seeing her boyfriend in a high ponytail wearing nothing but a frilly apron? Is she an in-the-closet lesbian? Does she protest too much in her heterosexuality? Sometimes it seems so much less like we are learning about Anita the character and what she does and it is more about LKH writing out her own secret sexual fantasies. Honestly, I find it creepy. So much happens that is irrelevant to the story or characters.
On the positive side - I was glad to see the progress in Anita's relationship with both Damien and with Nathaniel. I think both were a long time coming. This book is a standout in the series. Not because of the plot or mystery, but because of Damien and Nathaniel. I thought the sex scene with Damien was hot (with plenty of downsides don't get me wrong) and the scene with Anita and Nathaniel in her office was awesome. Although LKH writes Anita to be the man half the time and has her silly ideas of what dominant/submissive relationships are about - I did like how Nathaniel took charge and dominated Anita when the chips were down. It made much of what followed much more palatable for me.
Even though good, this was my least favorite of the series, simply because-shock!-the number of pages devoted to sex scenes just got repetitive. If Anita is going to have to get it on every time she needs to save someone, as it seems lately, she's going to be one sore chicky. She may also have to start carry gift-certificates for a dry cleaning place to replace clothes for the guys she encounters.
I do continue to get a kick out of how the author has Anita talk about little day-to-day things that we my consciously acknowledge, but don't talk about out loud (i.e. what makes a comfy thong).
It was also nice to not have to see the word "sociopath" dozens of times withing the same book. Hopefully the author is going to learn that readers may be getting sick of redundancy.
I will continue to read on in the series though, because for any of it's faults, I enjoyed the main story and series overall.
The focus turns from Richard and Jean Claude to Anita's were lovers Nathaniel and Micah. These two are endearing characters, and in this episode Anita really starts to understand Nathaniel's darker past. It's a very steamy read, but also a little sad because part of you wants to say "what about Jean Claude"?
I'm not even done with this book yet and it is my least favorite. I have maybe 100 or so pages yet and there is nothing but SEX in this book, it's pretty much straight up porn. I don't mind it but I've forgotton what the plot of the book is and I don't like that. I will continue reading the series but this book kinda stinks. Usually I finish my Anita Blake books in 2 to 3 days but this has taken me 2 weeks to finish.