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Is this supposed to be Anita Blake or Merry Gentry???
on April 27, 2003
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.
Another thing: How many powers is she going to get, anyway?? It's like LKH just runs out of ideas with what she had, and instead of moving on, keeps degrading Anita's personality, and stuffing her full of more superpowers. This last one, the ardeur, just disgusts me. But I never got really worked up, though, because other than Phillip, I haven't seen Anita lose anyone yet. I knew, almost as a given, that once again, she would develop yet another power right at the last minute that would save whoever she was trying to save. No risk element at all. And the excuse: "These are things from legend. We have no idea what power you will develop next." has REALLY worn thin. Boring.
Gone are Anita's morals, her hard-as-nails willpower, her determination and individuality. Now, she is just a sexaholic with little qualms, and all her seeming otherworldly "friends" seem happy as clams to indulge her, whatever the mood: murderous, critical, sexual, whatever. (And, is there anyone in this little world who DOESN'T want to sleep with her? Geez!)
Which reminds me of Edward. I hope he decides that Anita is now his perfect idea of quarry, and doesn't suddenly feel the need to sleep with her, too. After all, she seems pretty much the pinnacle of the monsters he hunts now.
If I was reading this story as my introduction to the story, I would never have known Anita Blake, Vampire Executioner, had ever existed. I would have called this a cheap sex Harlequin book with a supernatural twist, shook my head, and not bothered with any of the other books in this series.