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review 2018-04-20 05:01
Skin Trade: Anita Blake #17
Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #17) - Laurell K. Hamilton

*shrug*

Things I liked about this book: Edward. All the Edward. He remains fantastic. It was also nice seeing Anita actually out working on a murder case for once. How quaint. Also: I quite like Las Vegas, so it was fun seeing the characters run around in Sin City.

Things that drove me nuts: Lack of editing, weird pacing, and repetition plague this book. Hearing the same phrases over and over again to the point where I wanted to start a drinking game. Also, you can't have a character insist, probably about three dozen times, that they are acting A-typically then have them continue to act in that fashion. At a certain point there's just no credibility. And then there is the fact that the pacing is downright bizarre. It starts out glacially slow as the book catalogues every detail and interaction, minute by minute, for the first 450 pages, then falls into numerous sex scenes all back to back, then has about 15 pages of final confrontation (but also, oddly, also sex) and no falling action. It was weird.

This is one of those books that needs to be heavily edited, cut in half, and to have the scenes re-ordered. There is a story in here, it just gets bogged down. It's like Hamilton was trying too hard not to write a book populated entirely by erotica but forgot how to write a mystery. All in all I didn't hate it, but it wasn't a good book by any stretch of the imagination. So yeah, shrug. I'm reading these so you don't have to. ;)

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text 2018-04-17 14:56
Reading progress update: I've listened 2006 out of 2459 minutes.
Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton,John Lee

Oh god, we just had a sequence where it took Orion three tries to get out more than "Girl". Why is he being encouraged to talk to her rather than leave her alone? (I know why: she's been hired to entertain him.)

 

I really hate this future and its treatment of women. 

 

I wonder if I can up the speed again...

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text 2018-04-13 22:31
Reading progress update: I've listened 1794 out of 2459 minutes.
Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton,John Lee

Orion (an impressionable teenager): "She was beautiful!"

 

Ozzy (guy who is hundreds of years old): "She wore that much makeup because she's not actually very pretty."

 

<.<

I can't wait to be done with this book. 

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text 2018-04-10 21:28
Reading progress update: I've listened 1643 out of 2459 minutes.
Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton,John Lee

Sigh. I really don't think Hamilton meant that the character had too much mascara "around her eyes". You put mascara on eyelashes. You can have too much mascara, period, but you don't describe it as being around the eyes.

 

If I have to suffer through pointless descriptions of outfits and stupid male gaze crap, get the bloody makeup right!

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review 2018-04-07 06:30
Blood Noir: Anita Blake #16
Blood Noir - Laurell K. Hamilton

Once upon a time I loved this series. Then it changed, and I drifted along hoping it would change back, and eventually I rage quit the series entirely. Now here I am several years later, and I found myself wanting to revisit the series. Rather than going back and reading old favorites I decided to forge ahead since this book promised to feature my favorite side character. I figured if I went into things with my expectations adjusted it might be okay. And it mostly was.

 

I actually enjoyed returning to this world, and hanging out with a few of my favorite characters of yore. Is it the series it used to be? Not at all. But since I knew that going in it wasn't a disappointment. I will say this book actually had a plot, and conversations, and not just sex, so that helped. It didn't hurt that the menagerie of lovers and characters were all left at home as Anita and Jason go off on their own. Narrowing it down kept things on track. All in all this was the fast fun read I needed right now. Anita might have morphed from a kick ass executioner into a steamy succubus, but knowing that from the start meant it didn't lose any points for me.

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