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Incubus Dreams [Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After a very strong start this series has taken a drastic turn from it's well written and exciting mystery/modern fantasy action beginnings into a embarrassingly disconnected plot nightmare sandwiched in between more and more descriptive and frankly unbelievable sex scenes.

The main character, Anita Blake, has evolved from a near virgin, vampire hating, stickler for the letter of the law to a cold blooded murdering "I'll sleep with anything within a 5 mile radius whore".

Talk about character development.

Initially the series was very intent about making connections between Anita's developing powers and solving the big murder to stop the bad guys. Now it's degraded into endless pages of sex with strangers and/or multiple partners all of the werewolf and/or vampire variety and oh by the way, that murder you started the book with you forgot to get back to for 150 pages in between your latest sexual encounter.

Don't get me wrong, the occasional departure into "romance" can be a worthwhile part of a story line but any book where I can read about getting your cervix bumped mentioned about half a dozen times really shouldn't be listed in any other genre but erotica...

TLDR? Disappointing spiral into the toilet bowl from promising beginnings.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What Happened? Oct. 3 2004
By Sean
Format:Hardcover
I've been a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton since I first picked up Guilty Pleasures over ten years ago. But with her newest novel I have to say she's lost me as a reader. Over the last few books Mrs. Hamilton has focused more on sex and less on plot. Her latest book Incubus Dreams is now 95% sex, and 5% plot. Anita is now sleeping with 6 people on a regular basis, and a couple more on a not so regular basis. I don't mind sex in the books that I read, but if I wanted to read a book that is all sex I'd of picked up a book out of the erotica section. This book is supposed to be about a vampire serial killer. That plot line is barely touched on in this book at all, and it's conclusion is not particularly satisfying. Suffice to say, If I decide to read her next book I'll take it out of the library first.
Save your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dream on Feb. 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Many pages. Many sex scenes. Teeny weeny plot.

Laurell K. Hamilton stumbles further into the depths of literary Hades with "Incubus Dreams," a dreary erotic horror-fantasy thriller... or is it, thrilling horror-fantasy erotica? Probably the latter -- the most colorful thing about it is Hamilton's insistently graphic sex scenes. Squeezed between the bouts of sex is a tepid little plot, which seems to be suffocating under pressure.

Anita Blake's life hasn't been the same since she acquired the "ardeur," which basically requires her to have sex constantly. Now she's coming to terms with the fact that she has a male harem, and quite an assortment of new powers. However, her old job still exists -- strippers are being mysteriously drained of blood.

To make things worse, the St. Louis police department is getting suspicious of Anita's increasingly supernatural connections -- she's getting too chummy with the werecreatures and vampires. So (between random sex scenes), Anita calls on help to find whoever has murdered the strippers.

There's a lot of sex in this book. A LOT of sex. So much that the actual plotline can be covered in a mere twenty minutes, if you skip the sex. In fact, Hamilton's strippers-being-sucked-dry plot seems almost like it was hastily tacked between assorted sex scenes. What's worse, the tantalizing plot hints at the end of "Cerulean Sins" are left dangling.

A few flickers of Hamilton's wit do show through, given Jean-Claude's acid comment about Anita having "accidental" sex. The pace is slower, and Hamilton seems to be cluing in a little on some of the things that made her past two books so unsatisfying.

Unfortunately, she hasn't caught on that her graphic, weirdly un-erotic sex scenes add nothing to the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring boring boring June 20 2007
By arikara
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are into Anita Blake having really bad sex every couple of hours with a dizzying assortment of vampires, werewolves, and other creatures you might enjoy it. Its nothing but sex - I couldn't even call it erotica - and between the dumb sex scenes there is no story, just long winded paragraphs that go nowhere. The book is way too long. I started scanning after the first 200 pages and never finished it at that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Review of Incubus Dreams March 21 2006
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you want alot of sex and pornography with little actual story line, then this is the book for you. I got hooked on Laurell Hamilton two summers ago, went out and bought the entire Anita series and had a reading marathon. Each of her pervious books had a nice balance, with a mystery core story line and development of the main characters. However, Incubus Dreams,which happens to be her longest book of the series to date, was extremely disappointing. The majority of the book was dedicated to detailed sexual encounters with multiple partners. The character of Richard should be faded out or assume a minor mention in subsequent books...PLEASE HAVE ANITA FINALLY GET OVER HIM!!! The addition of more lovers for Anita's stud base was too much...question how will they can be incorporated and developed in future books. These additions mean core fundamental quirks of Anita's character and some old interesting characters are no longer mentioned. (her penguin collection, Edward the hitman, the concerned old lady neighbour, Bert etc.)
Overall if interested in reading the book, either borrow from library or friend, or purchase a used copy. Do not waste your money.
I just read Micha, her recent book that was released Feb 2006 and have to say I enjoyed that. It provided history and greater understanding of Micha, developed the relationship between Anita/Micah and Nathaniel. In fact, the sexual piece that ties Anita to Jean Claude and Richard should fased out, and should be business friendship related.
That's my two cents!
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2.0 out of 5 stars More of an X-rated book than vampire hunter
I love the Anita Blake serie, I have read all of them, in order, because I wanted to fully understand the references from one book to the next. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Busymother
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
I chose this rating because I received the book rather quickly and it was like brand new! I liked it so much that I will probably use this dealer for all my used books! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pyretta
5.0 out of 5 stars An awsome read
Incubus Dreams is one of my favorite books. Its a must read for those who love everything about the pretanatural world!! Laurell K Hamilton leaves you wanting more.
Published 11 months ago by Connie Orser
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable! I love Hamilton's Anita Blake series!
I can never get enough of this series. Hamilton's world filled with a variety of preternatural creatures is mesmerizing. Read more
Published on May 11 2011 by Jcy
4.0 out of 5 stars Readers get some resolution
I too felt it was misleading of the publishers to describe this book as a having a main plot revolving around a vampire serial killer. That was definitely a subplot in the book. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2004 by K. A. Koontz
4.0 out of 5 stars One sexy book
This is one sexy book. Frankly, I didn't know WHAT to expect. I'm usually one for some mainstream novel like Angels & Demons or The Bark of the Dogwood, so this was quite a switch... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2004 by Challey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for die-hard fans, not so good for Anita Blake newbies
I've been waiting for this book to come out since I finished Cerulean Sins, and I'm completely addicted to the Anita Blake series. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2004 by "bibi959"
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