Danse Macabre by

11 September 2007

Rated :

ISBN: 1841494747
#14 in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter verse
Read for the RIP Challenge
See also: Voracious Reader ; It’s not the heat, it’s the humanity

Image of Danse MacabreIt all went downhill so quickly in this series. The first few books were good solid entertainment. Plenty of action and fairly decent characters. But now they are all merely vehicles for Anita to have sex with as many people as she can. And to top it all they are badly written as well. Thank god I got this one from the library and didn’t shell out actual cash for it.

This may be the worst of this verse that I’ve read so far. I’m trying to think what the plot might be, only there isn’t one, everything happens over the course of a few days, and really the “everything” is sex and poorly written screaming matches with characters sometimes repeating, word for word, what a difference character informed us of earlier.

And yet I finished it. And may even read the next in the series; I did see it when I was in the library. So from that perspective Hamilton has done a good job. But from the perspective of writing a good story she has failed. There is no story, there is simply her Mary Sue screaming. Sometimes because she’s scared. Sometimes because she is angry. And often because she is having “midblowingly awesome” sex with various vampires and shapeshifters. Basically she screams a lot.

Plus, there is no horror in these stories any more, and there is certainly no mystery. ACtually that isn’t true, there is a mystery, why I continue to read them.

And the thing that really bothered me in this book was not the pages of quaisi-psycho-crap that I skimmed and skimmed, but the way Hamilton seems determined to make all other female characters into bad guys. Anita’s best friend is shown as nothing but a jealous slut. Other female characters that she meets are bitches. There is not one who is even half as, I dunno, approachable as any of her male characters. Well, maybe Claudia, but even then she is such a peripheral character.

In conclusion, and in case you couldn’t guess, this is not a good book.

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8 Responses

  1. Oh God, I have only realised now, on reading this, that's is actually Laurell and not Laura K Hamilton. *Shame*

  2. Harlequin says:

    That's terrible. Just an excuse for lots of other-worldly soft-porn, eh? Awful. Shocking. Unnecessary.

    Can I borrow it? ;-)

  3. jean pierre says:

    oh dear…

    that thing about characters word-for-word repeating each other is one of the biggest crimes a writer can commit. you just feel insulted as a reader. its horrible… you sit there, reading, thinking to yourself "my life is flashing before me."

  4. Harlequin says:

    Dude, where the feck are you? You're not posting and there's no Luna Nina! This IS Sunday, right?

  5. Fence says:

    I think you can be forgiven TGWAOF. She writes such crap anyway.

    Erm, it really isn't soft H. But yes, you can, well, not that one cause I got it from the library, but I have most of the others. And I'm here, look, it is still Sunday and you're Luna Nina has appeared. Was in Greystones yesterday watching Connacht get beaten. And then the delight of that rugby match. And before that was busy at work with the new students. Some of us aren't unemployed layabouts you know :)

    JP luckily I employed the "skim it" method of reading for this book

  6. Harlequin says:

    Well, I'm glad you're back. :-) All I have is t'internet and t'dog and since I reached the end of Heroes, I need more blog updates! The whole being unemployed layabout thing is just fabulous apart from the boredom and the poverty. Ah well. I'm sure I'll be employed and grumbling about having to get up in the morning soon enough. xxx

  7. courtney says:

    I read like a few of her books, and I really don't get Anita. She says she's tough but when something happens she gets emotional. And the sex it's so boring she sounds like a slut. She also say that she can give anybody her heart well if she wasn't so damn mean and she needs to let go about her mothers death because I got over mine. She's just a fake. all the men wanting to sleep with her is crazy she's just one woman in the world there's others. She has more hatred than anyone I have ever known and that's gonna get the best of her.

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