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Really, Legit question.
What is most interesting, or what do you like most, about the Anita Blake series?
1.The personal growth: Vampire hater to vampire hugger, Chaste to Ardeur-ous, hating monsters to being one?
2. The love making/sex scenes?
3. All the paranormal elements mixed up together?
4. The action?
5. Anita's penchant for weaponry?
6. Her necromancy as it pertains to raising Zombies?
7. Her relationships, the men, their hair?
These are some of the many elements of Laurell K. Hamilton's book series. I like the quality of sex writing, Anita's personal growth and her relationships as well as the Paranormal stuff all mixed together. I find her knowledge of an fascination with weaponry very interesting.
Anita is willing to look at the ugly truth and come to terms with it. Richard wants to pretend there is no ugly truth.
Official LKH synopsis:
Last night I finished Blood Noir, (book sixteen of twenty so far). It was the fastest read of the books so far, and another "road trip" for Anita. This time, Anita accompanies Jason, for whom her sentiment is growing beyond mere friendship or "fuck-buddy." Although he slept with every girl at school, his father thinks he is gay. He does admit to being a little bit bisexual but prefers girls.
Jason is a very good natured werewolf who is extremely fair skinned with short yellow-blond hair. Anita never took him too seriously, probably because he make a joke of everything and is superficially sexual. He was on the ardeur feeding list until he had a live in relationship with a mermaid, Perdy. As this story opens, Anita comes home to Nathanial and Jason in the kitchen. They all end up in bed together, and it comes out that Jason's father is sick and they are estranged because his father thinks he is gay.
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Like most things, it turns out more complicated than that. There's more going on in Jason's old home town than just his father being sick. Anita and Jason get caught up in it, she begins to call Tigers to her as a dominant tiger female. And, there just happen to be two at the hotel.
Richard is at his stupidest in this book. He is still obsessed with Anita, the 2.5 kids, white picket fence. At one time Anita believed herself conventional enough for that to be her goal. She got over it though.
He hasn't. That is an issue.
Anita is always pulled between the monster who is not the monster of stereotype, and who loves her for what and who she is, and the monster who wants nothing more than for the supernatural world to go away and to be a "real" boy and for Anita to be just human. Unfortunately they are metaphysically linked and that just escalates all the emotions to a pitch, especially for Richard who both hates and loves everything. He admits he loves his dark side and that it turns him on, but hates that he loves it. If there were ever a candidate for therapy it would be Richard.
More than anything, this book moves the emotional growth of all parties along, and it brings the "Council" a little closer to deciding to do something about Marmee Noir. It's about, as all Anita Blake novels are, testing one's limits, pushing boundaries, and growth. Anita knows she rubs people the wrong way and isn't willing to compromise herself not to. I identify with that in her because, aside from the sex, vampires and pan-were-ism, I feel that I am like that. Anita Blake is the one who refuses not to see the elephant in the living room.
A difference between Anita and Richard is that instead of feeding the ardeur, he would let people die because of his morals but has a hard time killing otherwise. Anita is the opposite. She is able to kill as needed but doesn't consider her morality more important than keeping people alive. They both have moral conflicts but she measures hers against whether others will come to harm. Richard measures his actions in a conflicted situation against whether he will feel more or less like a monster.
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I say this is a highly-recommended read ranging up to a must-read for series readers.
Reading level is definitely adult only and even then, not for those offended by sex or violence.
Not much in the way of back story. We need an Anita Blake companion book.
Official LKH synopsis:
Now the old bastard’s dying and I won’t have time to forgive him before he goes…Jason Schuyler is a werewolf. He’s also one of Anita Blake’s best friends, and sometimes her lover. And right now he needs her –not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshal, or a necromancer, or even for her rank in the werewolf pack, but because his father’s dying. He needs Anita because she’s a pretty woman who loves him, who can make him look like an everyday guy, who agrees to go home with him and help him say good-bye to the abusive father he never loved. The fact that Jason is about as much an everyday guy as Anita is a pretty woman is something they figure they can keep under the wraps for a couple of days in a small town. How hard can that be?
Really, by now, Anita Blake should know better.
Marmee Noir, ancient mother of all vampires, picks this weekend to make a move. Somehow, she has cut the connection that binds Anita and Jean-Claude, leaving Jean-Claude unable to sense what is happening. Dangerous even as she sleeps, buried in darkness for a thousand years somewhere beneath the old country of Europe, Marmee Noir reaches out toward power. She has attacked Anita before, but never like this. In Anita she senses what she needs to make her enemies tremble…
Bargain Price—Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (May 27, 2008)
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (May 26, 2009)
Kindle Edition: 329 KB
Print Length: 364 pages
Publisher: Jove; 1 edition (May 26, 2009)
Sold by: Penguin Publishing