I became a fan of Anita Blake because I enjoy reading vampire stories, similar to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The first books were amazing but I have read half of Narcissus in Chains and I can't see a point to this story. I have read over the old comments from past readers and felt that maybe I could find something different in the book, but most of her readers are correct when they say that this book is a waste of time.
Does Anita even go to work anymore? What of Laurell's other strong characters? I didn't much care about Edward but what gives? The funny thing is that I enjoy reading erotica but the dialogue that bounces back from character to character is very dull and never ending. The action has dwindled to action in bed and this makes Anita a whore instead of an action heroine. She used to have strong morals and a good personality but now she seems to open her legs to any man with long hair.
Mistakes still occur throughout the book which makes me wonder if she even had an editor and the repeated words are pathetic - over and over and over again! Please Laurell, if you are going to write about sexual acts, learn to write them properly. The description is so clinical that no sensual energy is detected at all and stay away from "inside me". Those words are used much to often. I am sure as a writer, she would have the use of a variety of different words and phrases.
Unfortunately, I still like the concept of the story but, then again, I have already gone out and bought all the books before I read reader's reviews. I have no choice but to continue to read the other books or loose my money alltogether. This book is so thick but it is full of trash. Narcissus in Chains is no where near the great writing and powerful characters it started out with in the writer's first books. I am just waiting for Anita to walk into her office and start working at her real job instead of making porn!