My opinion, for what it s worthexactly With the exception of Micah, I ve read the entire Anita Blake series up to this point Blood Noir, 16 and, in the aforementioned opinion, Obsidian Butterfly was the last decent book, after which the series should have been renamed Anita Blake, Vampire Humper since the majority of what little action takes place occurs in the bedroom, the back seat of automobiles, on the kitchen table, the bathroom flooretc, etc, etc Beginning with Narcissus In Chains, gone are the days when Anita spends her time raising the dead, kicking monster butt, and slaying rogue vampires, with threat to life and limb Instead, we re treated to her increasingly frequent sexcapades watching as she dips her toes and other body parts into the murky waters of BDSM and pseudo beastility I mean, really, what else do you call sex with a partially transitioned werecreature and we re not talking gender issues here, but rather Does it, or doesn t it, have fur and a tail tedious repetitions of her ambivalent and animosity laden encounters with Richard He loves me, he loves me not He loves me, He s full of snot and long discourses regarding monster and especially vampire sociopolitical structures Call me provincial, call me shallow and two dimensional, call me Al or some other A word , but when I pick up a book about a vampire hunter, I anticipate, wellvampire hunting, or something of its ilk, not a weird blend of Penthouse Letters, teen diary, and Royal court treatise It s too bad, cause Anita Blake was pretty kick ass, back when she was kickin ass. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah You know who I m thinking of here Marion Zimmer Bradley That is not a compliment Talk talk talk sex whine talk cry sex cry sex sex talk whine politics whine sex talk talk mope sex pine sex sex talk cry Except with Anita, so there s also stomping, threatening violence, and being a total asshole The outfits in this book are a cross between a West Village queen s fever dream, the erotic etchings of a courtier during the reign of the Sun King, and the yearnings of some sort of hair fetishist Men s hair flows down to waists, down to ankles, can you imagine what a total nightmare it would be to participate in an orgy with that much free flowing hair They deliberately take their hair out of braids before climbing into bed INSANE I know from experience that it is no damn fun to have your boyfriend accidentally pin your hair while moving around, and my hair was shoulder length and there were only two of us I now imagine all of these ridiculously unerotic sex scenes ending with all participants stuck in a giant snarl Like a hairball hocked up by a massive cat And then Anita goes into conniptions about whether or not she had sex This is a woman who has been sexually active for about six years If she doesn t know what is and is not sex, I don t know what she s doing roaming free Anita, you went to third base with one guy, second with another, and the others squirmed around you Man up and deal Stop whining Also, I am damn tired of Anita being talked round to a point of view over the course of fifteen pages, then if she s left alone for two seconds she reverts to her previous stance Usually this stance is no, don t wanna even when someone has patiently gone over every avenue with her and it s taken thirty pages to get her to see reason It s like listening to someone compromise with a toddler There is nothing admirable about Anita s inability to make choices and stand by them Sometimes she manages to reverse herself twice within one page, and she always ALWAYS takes her indecision out on someone nearby She is a whiny brat, and J C is too patient and accommodating Richard on the other hand Totally delusional and quite regularly dangerous in his idiocy I think J C is a dull fop who lays down for Anita like a brocade doormat, but even now I feel a weird pity for him, that he had the misfortune to hook up with these two morons who are going to get him killed He must rue the day Probably tries to kill himself every few weeks out of frustration The saving grace of this book is that when Anita is having sex with a cat person, most anatomical features of cat breeding are not carried over That will probably happen in book 14, though Shudder. This book is the beginning, the core foundation of everything to come.All of the books prior to this one were filled with death, gruesome and violent homicide scenes, bestial pornographic rape scenes to unquestionable love Totally weird stuff, but worth every minute of couch time This book takes the entire series, and swings it into a completely different direction This book really rocks the boat, and takes you by surprise The once innocent and strictly moral and you must be in love to have sex Blake, is torn from those lines of thoughts and thrown into the deep end Everything changes This book was a startling shock the first time around This time, I was expecting the twists and turns and appreciated every moment of Micah and Nathaniel My two favorite sweeties I still don t like Richard To hell with him Jean Claude gets on my nerves, he s become even secretive, cryptic and manipulative A power hungry master vampire, one third of the triumvirate, he plays puppet master to Anita and Richard and really screws with everyone s reality.Narcissus is an interesting character He is the owner of a BDSM club, and although he usually tops Asher makes him pant with anticipation Weird, but fun He gave a small bow of his head Now enter and enjoy the delights, and the terrors, of my world Anita s confusion and fear of love, as usual, leaves her cynical and stubbornIf it works out, it s the best thing in the world If it doesn t work out, it s like having your heart torn out and chopped into little pieces while you watch It leaves a big hollow space that never really heals Sucked into a war between different animal groups, Blake finds herself betrayed by a new love, her body in shock from the bloodshed, and trusting new bodyguards at her back I pressed the barrel of the Uzi against the top of the head If you re alive, don t move, if you re dead, don t worry about it Hehe I think she rocks I recommend this book to every adult Sometimes it s nice to spice up your brain, fall into a world that is unacceptable and continue reading until you re beating heart pounds in your chest This book is twisted, filled with extreme violence and moderate to semi extreme sexual scenes In depth description of alternative lifestyles, and consequences to an addiction Blake gains from the married marks Do not let any child or immature adult read this book, or ANY book in the series that follows.Happy Reading And onto Cerulean Sins I go toot toot Anita Blake is spending some much needed time with her friend, Veronica Ronnie Sims, when she gets a call Apparently, submissive Nathaniel went to the club, Narcissus in Chains, and got into some BIG TIME trouble Against the wishes of Ronnie, Anita calls Jean Claude to give her an assist At the club, she reunites with her other lover, Richard From there, BIG changes happen.NOTE For some odd reason, the only audiobook version I could find is the abridgement So I m sure there are tons of nuances and scenes I ve missed.If you gave me this book with no cover, no indication that this was part of the Anita Blake series, I probably would have thought this was part of a spin off series or fanfiction or some crazy What If book, so little connection does it have with any of the previous books I ve been very open that I have never been a huge fan of this series it s had many faults, the number one being Anita Blake herself, another being the misogynistic view of women, another being pacing, writing, etc But this book is so completely different, I am at a loss for words to describe how DIFFERENT it is.Ever since Anita slept with Jean Claude in The Killing Dance, sexuality has been increasing in the series A couple of sex scenes, lots discussions of BDSM, weird sexual acts, and of course, a hearty helping of rape And honestly, I really didn t mind it well, minus the rape part honestly, you don t need rape to make things Serious Business The series was kinda moving in that direction and after all those books of dancing around the sex issue, we really needed some bedroom action, if you catch my drift.But thisthis is just one long sex scene I mean, Anita has sex at least THREE TIMES in this book That doesn t include her makeout session with Jean Claude and Richard at the beginning of the book nor all the mentions of the ardeur The previous books might have ONE sex scene, if you were really looking Here You have to try hard NOT to find the sex.But the amount of sex isn t even the real problem the real problem is the lack of a STORY Now, I realize I listened to an abridgement, so I m missing story details, but halfway through the book, there WAS no story, no plot And then, at the 3 4 mark, LKH realized that she needed to toss one in for kicks, so we get a showdown with Anita and Chimera Even with all my complaints to the previous books mostly about Anita wasting time arguing with people , at least the previous books HAD a plot, HAD a story and a focus, HAD something they were building to Here It was just about the sex And the thing is, the sex isn t sexy it s over the top, extravagant, silly sex That is, when we aren t talking about rape Because LKH Rule 31 Great way to tell people who the bad guy is is to have him rape or talk about liking rape I enjoy rape Adds spice I can t complain too much about LKH s fetish for over describing clothes, but I attribute that one to the abridgment than her toning it down Because we still get gems like He was dressed in a black vinyl shirt that looked poured on and Knee high leather boots completed his outfit I didn t find Anita so b tchy and unlikable here, but again, gotta wonder how much got cut out in the abridgment Does Anita really tone back on the p ssing contests with everyone and his mother or did that end up on the cutting room floor As for the notorious ardeur thing on one hand, the previous books set it up On the other, it just sounds like an excuse so that Anita can have as much sex as she wants and not be considered a slut Which, if Anita wants to have sex, she shouldn t need some gorram ardeur to make her not a slut And if the ardeur is supposed to make her comfortable with having sex, why is every sex session like pulling teeth, one where she is constantly protesting it And what the hell is up with Anita s obsession with handshakes She offered me a hand and gave me one of the best handshakes I ve ever had from another woman The other characters are meh Nathaniel makes me want to break something he is not a submissive , he is a doormat Micah needs to learn that No means no and that when a woman doesn t want sex, he needs to back the frak off Jean Claude was barely present Richard was grouchy the entire time Ronnie has resorted to being one note angry that Anita is dating Jean Claude No sign of Larry, Anita s daytime job, or a woman that isn t easily pushed around by the rapey men in this series.By far, the most hilarious part of the book is the God Awful writing LKH has NEVER been the best writer in the world, but she is at her absolute worst here Did an editor even SEE this book Or did it go directly to publishing once LKH had finished typing Take a peek at some of these and you tell me His eyes had gone drowning blue What color is that exactlyHe kissed me hard enough to bruise, hard enough to force my mouth open, then he crawled inside It s Aliens Quick, get Sigourney WeaverThe POWAH didn t just build it exploded It was like lying at ground zero of a nuclear explosion, the shockwaves shooting out, out, out into the room, while we melted together in the center Aren t similes typically supposed to compare something less tangible with something tangible Now answer this question honestly, Anita How many nuclear explosions have YOU been throughHe literally breathed, bit, ate the healing into me I literally have a hard time believing you understand how to use the word literally. Someone was making small animal noisesand it was me If you can t tell you are making noises, you might want to see someone for that. It deepened my breathing, made me have to swallow my pulse This sounds painfulI found my voice, shaky, but mine Good thing, we d hate to have you be silent for the rest of the series We got lots cop p ssing matches to get intoI drank him in as he exploded inside me Again, this sounds IMMENSELY painful And somewhat impossible And I spasmed underneath him, bodies slamming against the bed, not from Richard s thrusts, but from the power of the orgasm itself Screams spilled from my throat Things I ve learned about sex from Anita Blake 1 Spasming during sex is normal, 2 Orgasms are strong enough to slam bodies into bed, 3 screams are now a white, translucent liquid. Lovers I made it a question Good thing you let us know that was a question I would NEVER have been able to tell otherwise I mean, aren t questions marks meant to be thrown in at random BTW, that last part was a questionThe room was black, utterly black, like being flung into blindness, nothingness, like a cave Adjectives were buy one, get one free the day that LKH wrote this sentence.If it hadn t been for all these unintentionally hilarious quotes, I would have been bored stiff This book isn t interesting, doesn t really push Anita into having to face the problems of the previous books, and isn t sexy If I had been an actual fan of this series, I would have been VERY disappointed even as a non fan, I felt betrayed by this book If you have been a fan of the books up to this point, I recommend stopping before you pick this up and really consider whether you want to continue Of course, if you want to read some hilariously bad writing, read on It s really sad the direction this series has gone The first few books we SO GOOD Scary and tense with a little sexual tension, but mostly just scary and tense Then she introduced Richard and things started to go downhill I don t mind a little romance in my blood gore, but this is ridiculous If I wanted to read supernatural porn I d read the Merry Gentry s series Wait, I already did So why would I want to read this crap It s no longer about the baddies that come out at night It s all about her threesome with Richard and Jean Claude or lack thereof and all the magic that comes with it It s SO BORING They go on and on and round and round the same crap they ve been circling around for the last 4 books And everything takes FOREVER She knows that someone is in danger and she must save them, but before they get to where they need to be they discuss things that have no bearing on the problem at hand and then generally someone has to try to have sex with Anita And this time, Hamilton recognizes her long windedness but still doesn t seem to do anything about it Apparently, she thinks it s good storytelling IT S NOT It s PAINFUL.And come on, I know I m a bit behind on this series having started it late, but this book was written in the 2000 s Why is everyone dressing like they re going to a bad gay bar in the 80 s The descriptions of the clothes sound like horrible 80 s rejects Silver mesh shirts pants On men Men with hair down to their waists with vinyl shirts and pants Ew There was nothing feminine about Richard Well, except his hair and his pathetic attitude.And she repeats herself constantly Twice in one chapter she writes that very powerful shapeshifts can partially shift She s ALWAYS I don t think there s been a book without this says something about seeing something horrific and my mind simply refused to understand And then she ll go on to explain how the mind isn t meant to see such things and tries to protect you from understanding what you re seeing I KNOW YOU VE ALREADY SAID THIS It s so annoying I don t think I can read any of this series I can t stand Anita and her wishy washy morals and her sociopathic attitude She s tired and done and really, just a projection of Hamilton wanting to play out her sexual fantasies It s not about monsters and scary things any Boo. Just your average book named after a transvestite, sado masochistic were hyena I swear that market is getting flooded My Internet is out until Monday and I m using my phone, so I ll keep it short Anita is still annoying, Richard is still a dick, Jean Claude is still awesome, and Nathaniel is still sweet. Librarian S Note This Is An Alternate Cover Edition For ISBN Six Months Of Celibacy Have Made Anita Crave The Two Men In Her Life Like Never Before But When A Kidnapper Targets Innocents She Has Sworn To Protect, Anita Turns To Them For Help, Which Will Require Harnessing Both Their Powers And Their Hungers But Merging Their Powers Together Will Give This Mortal Woman A Taste Of Immortal Hunger That She Ll Never Be Able To Forget This is probably my favorite book in the series I loved loved loved this one I know many people think that after Obsidien Butterfly things went down hill and there was nothing but sex sex sex all the time, but if you look at the emotions involved and Anita s blossoming power in this book it is than any book yet, plus there is nothing wrong with liking a little bit of sex or alot with your reading So Since I do like those things I name this book my absolute favorite and I m sure there are many people out there who would agree with me I mean Narcisus what a wacko yet kinda cool, then there is Chymera who is mentioned many many times after this book and plays an extemely important part in Anita s future this is definetly not one to miss. TOTALLY SPOILERY, BEWAREHamilton managed to work in at least two Triple Word Scores with use of terms that resonate well with genre fans ouroboros remember Scully s tattoo, anyone and oubliette yay Jareth would be so pleased But the newest term created for the Blakeverse Panwere Because it was not enough to have werewolves, wereleopards, wererats, wereswans, weresnakes, weretigers, werehyenas, weredogs and werebears Nay, we also have to have someone who can shapeshift into multiple animals Oh, and also, he must have split personality disorder Just roll with it, it s faster that way When the books began, Anita was 24 and she was an animator meaning she could raise zombies Then she became a human servant to a vampire But then she killed him which nearly killed her and was freed Somewhere along the way, she went from being just an animator to a necromancer like an uber animator she can now also raise vampires Then she became a human servant again And since she was dating the werewolf king called an Ulfric , she was deemed his lupa like a werewolf queen, I guess And then she killed the head wereleopard in town and became the wereleopard s Nimir Ra queen.So, when this book began, Anita was 26 and a necromancer human servant to the Master of the City and the werewolf king s lupa and the wereleopards queen See how I said to just roll with it During the course of the book, Anita is accidentally impaled on the claws of one of her wereleopards, so it seems she might become their Nimir Ra for like real, yo She exhibits all sorts of new powers that confirm this suspicion But come the next full moon, she doesn t shapeshift and it turns out that much as her vampire sweetie has an animal to call being wolves , she through the marks of being his human servant has gained an animal to call of her very own the leopard How convenient Oh, and she has also become a Master Necromancer, in that she now has a vampire servant And did I mention she is now also a succubus Yeah, that one would take too long to explain, so just keep rolling.New folk that want to sleep with her the new Nimir Raj leopard king in town And that panwere I mentioned earlier Of course. This for me is where the series went to crap Before this I d rate no book in this series lower than a four, but this one falls off a cliff I held on and read to book 18, Flirt, because I had genuinely loved the series until this book, and back then once I invested in a series I kept with it, and with the books published up to The Harlequin, momentum kept me going, at least until I had to wait for the next book to be published But Hamilton did something here that made me want to hurl the book against the wall I thought, she didn t just do that But she did, and it wasn t an aberration or anything that was ever fixed and so completely changed the direction of the books from fun paranormal noir to soft porn To explain what went wrong and how I felt, first I have to explain what originally appealed to me, then what Hamilton did here, and thus get into spoilers So if avoiding them is important to you, you might not want to read beyond the next paragraph.When I grew up there was no Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who appeared not long before the Anita Blake novels appeared Although Anita as a necromancer had appeared even before that in a short story There weren t many kick ass action heroines around, so growing up I really appreciated them I loved Anita s voice at first She was a tough as nails take no crap woman in a male dominated milieu and I found it easy to root for her She had her vulnerabilities and hangups, but I thought Hamilton was pushing her in an interesting direction I liked the dynamic between Anita, Jean Claude and Richard Jean Claude, the vampire, started out fairly menacing, and the whole plotline with the different marks, with Anita struggling to remain human, resonated with me Richard the werewolf represented something different someone struggling himself to remain human, but perhaps in vain given his basic nature And you could see Anita struggling not just between the two men, but what they represented Learning that not all such metaphysical creatures should be seen as monsters, but struggling with the darkness within herself and where to draw the line And I liked that Anita had a web of relationships beyond men she was romantically involved with, such as Dolph her colleague on the police force and her friend Ronnie Sims.Spoilers Start Here for this and future booksAll that changed with this book In this book Anita becomes a succubus because of the ardeur that forces her to have sex to feed it, and forces men to have sex with her who are drawn by it So the fuel that drives the plots of the Anita Blake series from here on, a series that had been focused on a independent, tough take charge heroine is rape I hated that And this book also adds one of my least liked regular characters in the Anitaverse Micah as well as marks the increase in importance of Nathaniel, a character I loathe After this book Richard and Jean Claude become and marginalized until in some books all we get are brief telephone conversation with them And the sex takes over until there s little plot or scenes beyond the bedroom and Anita has an entire harem of men never developed beyond eye and hair color That hadn t changed up to book 18.
Laurell K Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction A 1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics Hamilton is a full time writer and lives in the suburbs of St Louis
- Mass Market Paperback
- 630 pages
- Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #10)
- Laurell K. Hamilton
- 16 February 2018 Laurell K. Hamilton