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on December 29, 2012
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 three books and finish my set.
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on April 23, 2009
best vampire series by far.the only down fall is waiting for the next ones to come out
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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. The prose is turgid and slow-paced, as if Hamilton didn't bother having it edited.

Anita herself fast becomes an annoyance -- not only is she endowed with powers as big as Micah's member, but she has a newfound arrogance that grates on the reader. Not to mention an apparent willingness to be quasi-raped by her apparent soulmate. Jean-Claude and Richard start off strong, but as the ardeur strikes they begin acting oddly. Leopard king Micah is basically a gigolo for Anita's personal pleasure.

"Narcissus in Chains" lacks the qualities of good fiction -- even of good romance. Hamilton stumbles through a silly, turgid plot, leaving tatters of the characters' personalities in her wake. A ghastly mess.
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on August 16, 2006
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!
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on August 8, 2004
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. She is one of the few strong female characters. Well at least she used to be. What happened? Now all she thinks about is lust? Like COME ON. I think she needs to get her head out of the bedroom scenes and do a little bit more action. Thats what drew me into The ANITA BLAKE series, it was the action. The strong Anita Blake is disspearing and needs to be brought back quick. Lets move and read some QUALITY work by Ms Hamilton because this is clearly not her best
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on July 12, 2004
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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on July 8, 2004
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 since I read Narcissus in Chains.
The story is full of mindless sex. I enjoy sex in novels; it's great, but most of these sexual scenes are out of nowhere and not tied to the actual plot.
More and more, I can't stand Nathaniel. He's a whiny little baby who looks to Anita for EVERYTHING. It's like someone suddenly yells FREEZE and the plot suddenly halts because Nathaniel needs something. I'm surprised that he isn't dead yet, really.
The villian in this novel was terrible. LKH pushed aside almost all of the plot's mystery so she could present us with smut. Suddenly, as the book is winding down, she has the gang drive over to the club and the gun fight is on. It's just too random. There was no extreme detective work. And LKH presented the villian as though we were supposed to know who it was all along. What the hell?
The series was wonderful when she was animating, solving crimes, and suffering under the weight of the sexual tension. LKH uses the arduer as a poor excuse for all the sex in her novels now.
This is the worst of all the novels in this series in my opinion. I'm going to read Incubus Dreams because I've already been a long time fan, but I don't have much hope for it.
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on June 4, 2004
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 that he will eventually be written out of the series. I still liked the book.
There was some obvious editing problems with this book and there were other issues, but it still was an entertaining read.
I would not start with this book first.
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on May 27, 2004
Okay -- I do not do reviews, but I read these reviews and they were so negative in general that I felt I had to. One reader complained that LKH "has taken a wrong turn with Richard's character." Well, Richard is LKH's creation so she can change him anyway she wants. And actually Richard has been like this from day one -- it's just coming our more. Someone else called Richard whiney(sp?). Richard wants to be a normal person and not a werewolf. He also (mentally) lives in a world where people are honorable and do the right thing -- boyscout syndrome. But real life is not like this and it causes him a great deal of conflict. This really adds to the story. Someone else wrote that Anita's new boyfriend being small enough to wear the same clothes she wears "was just too disturbing." Why? Anita is about 5'5" and so is her new boyfriend. It disturbs you to read about short people? Your'e a biggot! And for those of you who haven't been exposed to this series, Anita usually wears shirts and jeans and tennis shoes so her boyfriend is not going in drag! Someone else complained about the kinky sex. Huh? Re-read this book. Are you referring to kinky sex as sex with more than one sex partner at a time? That's pretty tame by today's standards! Someone else complained about Anita losing control of her life. Anita dealing with the "ardeur" which takes away her self-control, of which she is extremely proud, this just helps develop the character even more. She is becoming more and more a "maternal but strong heroine" which adds more depth to her character.
Someone else complained that "the carnage is so over the top" they lost interest. You need a heavy dose of reality. Read some true crime stories or something -- people are this violent on a daily basis -- women slaughtering their children, husbands murdering or torturing their wives. No, this just adds to the realism, besides which it helps set the feel for the story -- about how horrible the violence is. Another reviewr complained about Anita saving Gregory, then Damian, then Michah, etc. Guess what -- she is a strong character and saves people in every book. That's the whole point -- she saves people. Someone said that original the "plot stormed along" in earlier books. Well if you want action read a western, or an action/adveture book, not a vampire story! SOmeone had a problem with Anita becoming something she originally despised -- a monster, but if you notice she never becomes a monster, the real question she is really asking is -- who are the monsters? The monsters or the people? One of the werewolves points out that more monsters are killed by people than people are killed by monsters. Remember Adolph Hitler? A perfect example of what she's talking about! SOmeone else complained about Anita giving in to "mystical wanton lusts" -- like you're a 50-year old virgin? Come on, get real. And one final note -- if you don't like the way a writer tells a story, just remember it's her story and not yours. Go write your own -- but you can't can you?
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on May 17, 2004
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. There have been books that I have greatly enjoyed, such as this one, that others really dislike. That said, I enjoy books that bring large casts together and then crazy things start happening. There's a lot of change in this book, though if you read Obsidian Butterfly you might have expected it. If you like to stick with one or two characters faithfully and while the action changes, the characters remain the same, you might not like this book.
I think I look at this series a little differently than most fans in that I read the series backwards, starting with Obsidian Butterfly. Because of that, I could really see the way Hamilton's writing and her characters changed. Though I don't agree with all of her choices, it's not my book, and I'm not at all surprised with Richard's development. Besides, happiness does not make exciting fiction.
To me, this is a transition book. However, it's also one of my favorites. Cerulean Sins seems to confirm that this was the start of something a little different (maybe a new phase of Anita's life). Anita and her life are changing and the series is reflecting that. If you're thinking about quitting after this book, that's up to you. But don't decide not to read it simply because of someone's opinion.
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