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on June 14, 2002
Unfortunately this book is racist, classist and displays religious bigotry. The villain is a "voodoo queen" who raises zombies and Anita's personal religious bent casts Dominga Salvador and her African originated religious beliefs as immediately suspect and evil. It was irresponsible to write this without a display of the good side of Santeria, Candomble, Macumba, worship of Ocha or the Orisha or the Saints.
The plot was stronger than other books in series because it wsn't laden with as many characters as the rest of teh books became so that focus stayed on the crime plot. Which was good, remarkable even for a Hamilton book in many ways. Anita never so much of solves a crime as she just shoots the right folks at the right time. This book actually has a thread of strength to it but the racism and one-sided views of God through Catholicism weakens it. I'm reading it thinking to myself Anita raise steh dead, sleeps with a werewolf and a vampire and is JUDGING someone. Laughable. If this books were a little stronger, it could attain the level of dreck.
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on July 6, 2004
This book sucked. I think that Laurell K. Hamilton is the worst author yet. The book was boooooring. It only had like 4 scenes, and one scene lasted 30 pages. It was ridiculous. I could hardly keep my eyes open. For an animator, Anita is really stupid, she doesn't explore any of her powers. All she does is get smart with everybody she not supposed to get smart with, and by mistake discovers more powers. She repeats the same phrases over and over again till you wanna reach through the book and slap her. The scenes with Jean Claude are unoriginal. All they do is repeat the same thing. Anita - I'm not your servant. Jean Claude - yes you are. NO I'M NOT, YES YOU ARE, NO I'M NOT, YES YOU ARE. No dialog at all. Her friends lack personality, she has no back bone at all and a stupid sense of humor. The only action is at the end, but you won't make it past the boring scenes! The cop, Dolph, is just as bland as she is. Don't expect any action to come from there. Dominga Salvador is the only interesting person in the book. I say, if you want a good suspense/mystery, go to the book store and get J. D. Robb's In Death series. I guarantee, you will not have to read about Eve Dallas finding outfits with penguins on them in which to conceal her weapon.
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