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Narcissus in Chains [Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Cathy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Disappointing, sleazy, and boring.
I could, maybe, have liked this book more, if it actually contained Anita Blake, Vampire Executioner. The sleazy nymphomanic with all of supergirl's powers, but without the risk of kryptonite, kind of left me wondering "Did LKH just use her left-over sex scene notes from Merry Gentry, or what??" It seems like LKH has forgotten that they are two different series. I certainly did not recognize this Anita as The Executioner.
I will say that I liked that the reactions from the people Anita cut off during her 6 month stint away from everyone, and the changes and/or developments that occurred during that time was introduced. Things definitely would have changed in six months, and it was logical to reflect that.
Also, the break-down of Dolph was unexpected, and different. I defintely felt sorry for him.
Those are about the only 2 things I liked in this book.
The Micah thing was COMPLETELY unbelivable-Anita went from basically being a rape victim in their first tete-a-tete (she asked him to stop several times), and afterwards never even questioned her lack of reaction to it. After that, he was a permanent fixation. There was no background to him, he was just a there, flat and two-dimensional. The Anita I had known would have killed him, even afterwards, just because he had basically stolen her willpower, and that would have terrified her. She had always prized her self-control, and now doesn't even raise an eyebrow that she doesn't have any?? Whatever.
Sleeping with Nathaniel completely grossed me out. Anita had said all along how he was anyone's meat, and that she would always protect him, but I did not see much of that. Instead, she took advantage of his severely messed-up psyche and never looked back, at least not seriously.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chained down Feb. 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Narcissus was a legendary young man who fell in love with his own reflection, and starved to death while adoring himself. It seems somehow appropriate that Laurell K. Hamilton's worst Anita Blake novel to date is called "Narcissus in Chains" -- a tepid, kinky exercise in literary self-worship, chained by adoration of the author's lookalike lead.

Anita Blake returns from a six-month sojourn, but her love life is no simpler than it was before. And that her pal Nathaniel has been snared into a dangerous S&M club. To save him, she calls on her sort-of-lovers Richard the werewolf and Jean-Claude the vampire. And they "marry the marks," making Anita more powerful than she ever dreamed.

But a fight in the club leads to Anita being in danger of becoming a wereleopard, and Jean Claude is arrested. Richard captures the wereleopard. So when Anita wakes, she not only finds that her friends are in (or causing) trouble, but that she now has the intense craving for constant sex called the "ardeur" from Jean Claude.

Of all literary devices in fantasy, "ardeur" may be the absolute worst. After a relatively solid fantasy/horror series, Hamilton delves into a device that porn writers would be embarrassed to use. But unfortunately, long pages of clinical sex scenes are only a few of the problems that "Narcissus in Chains" has. It's simply a poorly written book.

Hamilton appears to have thrown her writing ability out the window, in favor of constant Anita-worship. (This seems even weirder when you see that Anita strongly resembles the author) The dialogue loses its sting in favor of descriptions of Anita's clothes, weapons, the genitalia of her assorted sex partners, and the passionless pages of coitus that she bounces through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't read it July 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I stared the Antia books starting from the start and I loved all of them. I even found some things I liked in all of them But this one. I baught it as soon as it came out in paperback and I read the first two chapters and haven't been able to finish it. Fianlly I picked the book up four months later and finsihed another chapter. two months later I pick it up again and was able to finish nearly half of it. Finaly yesterday July12 2004 I finish it. Now normaly i can finish a 400 page book in less than a day so that really says something. This is the most idotic book I have ever read in my intire life and I have read a *LOT* of books. I don't mind sex in my books in fact I am a huge fan of erotica, but this. It was nothing more than porn. I'm sorry if LKH can't make the book as long as it is without sex MAKE THE BOOK SHORTER! if she can't go any futher with Antia I think she should give up writting about her alltogher. I have to say I loved these books and an very sad to say this. Skip this book don't waste your money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This series is bobsledding downhill.... April 20 2003
By Hitch
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's sad to see Yet Another Fatuous Female Author (yes, I'm a woman) going the pathetic way of Patricia Cornwell - so self-absorbed in her own problems and resultant fantasy life that she forgets how to be a storyteller, and mires the reader in her own self-analyzing "therapy." And, let's face it, Mediocre so-called "erotica" is easier to write than first-class supernatural detective thrillers.
I had hoped, after reading Obsidian Butterfly, that Hamilton was going to return to the actual THEME of "Anita Blake, Vampire Executioner," as opposed to drowning us in redundant, superfluous sexual drivel and alleged "romance." But, alas, Narcissus in Chains is nothing more than the "same old, same old" that has become SOP in the last few Blake novels...Blake worries about whether she's a monster, Blake makes excuses to have sex, Blake has sex with pretty much everyone - including, mind-blowingly, an abused S&M man-child who has come to her for PROTECTION. ...
I had equally hoped that Hamilton would get the annoyingly predictable "erotica" out of her system with the Merry Gentry series, but it is clearly overflowing like a tsunami into the AB series.
Of course, there are innumerable vapid females out there who will plunk down their money just so they can read these AB novels, which have degenerated from pretty nifty and creative detective/horror thrillers to insipid "romance" books, just for the purpose of imagining being wanted by supernatural studs. Hamilton has sunk to the lowest common denominator, reader-wise, and appears not to care whatsoever about the early readers that made her popular.
"Cerulean Sins" is out, and is already being panned as having yet another overdose of "romance" and sexual content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Laurell
Great Book, ive read all the books in this series and wait for the release off all the new ones cant wait for new book and wiill be ordering it from here again/ may get first... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Corey Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars laurell k hamilton vampire series
best vampire series by far.the only down fall is waiting for the next ones to come out
Published on April 23 2009 by tami wowchuk
1.0 out of 5 stars What is the point of this book?
I became a fan of Anita Blake because I enjoy reading vampire stories, similar to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2006 by J. Andrew
3.0 out of 5 stars can we PLEASE move on?!
I think im with the rest of the Ms. Hamiltons fans when I say CAN WE PLEASE MOVE ON? The series are great and I love Anita Blakes character. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2004 by bobby
1.0 out of 5 stars 90% Sex, 10% Crime/Mystery
I started the Anita Blake series during my senior year of high school. I was totally hooked. I am now entering my junior year of college, and I have become very disappointed... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Lahnna Epolito
4.0 out of 5 stars Because I can't give it 4.5 stars
I liked this book with the one major exception of the introduction of a new romantic lead that is one of the worst uses of CPD-- Although, I don't like this new character and hope... Read more
Published on June 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake rebuttal
Okay -- I do not do reviews, but I read these reviews and they were so negative in general that I felt I had to. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by Phillip Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun but crazy and different
If there is anything I have learned from reading people's reviews, it's that there's no guarantee that I'll feel the same way as the next person. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by S. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupid is in the eye of the beholder
If there is anything I have learned from reading people's reviews, it's that there's no guarantee that I'll feel the same way as the next person. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by S. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Man, that book is 2raw
I love the book Narcissus in Chains. I believe it's a very good book. I love that fact that there are so many plots. When one thing happens, another problem comes right along. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by Bridgette Smith
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