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“A great return to complex characters and a strong voice. This is one of the better installations in the Anita Blake universe. I have no idea where LKH is going to go from here, but I have faith.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Yuk! Couldn't finish this one. I liked the first books of this series, but this was simply awful. I hated the characters and just found no reason to continue wasting my time.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Anita Blake gets a surprising call from Micah's mother, whom she had never met. He has been estranged from his family after the Chimaera had gotten a hold of him after he became a leopard shifter many years before. She appeals to Anita to help bring her son home, as his father has a deadly affliction that is killing him, and he doesn't have long to live. Anita and Nathaniel accompany Micah to his home town, and discover that it was a zombie attack! Since Micah's father is the local sheriff, there are plenty of law enforcement on hand, and meeting Micah's family is a challenge as well,mince some members are religious zealots!
Anita is there to support her sweetie, Not to be a US Marshall, her other job outside of raising zombie's for a living, but she can't help but ask questions. When other attacks occur, and local trail guides disappear... She is asked to help because of her experience with zombies. They discover that these zombies are nothing like the zombies Anita is used to dealing with, they are faster and they are flesh eating zombies, the most dangerous kind, and there are a lot of them! She senses some vampires are involved, and especially one that is hard to target and kill!
I love that Jean Claude makes an appearance in this novel, but he is still more of a supporting role in this novel since the main focus is around Micah's family and the zombie investigation. Anita's friend and fellow Marshall, Edward, aka Ted, arrives to help out. He even gives her some good advice that is very surprising in dealing with the many men in her life! This story is gripping, in both the emotional impact of Micah's father's situation, and the whole family situation, as well as the intensity of the zombie/vampire hunt. There is also a surprising situation that comes up with Jean Claude that fans will probably love, but will, of course, cause more complications in Anita's life in the future. I am looking forward to seeing how this will play out in future novels!”
“Not the best not the worst.”Ave M wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yuk! Couldn't finish this one. I liked the first books of this series, but this was simply awful. I hated the characters and just found no reason to continue wasting my time.”Raspberrymocha55 wrote this review Thursday, November 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Absolutely love all things Anita Blake! A must read ”Amber wrote this review Sunday, November 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I want to start off with this review is my opinion and I'm allowed to have it. With that being said, I'll proceed with my review.
This is the book #22 in the Anita Blake series and, for me, one of the better ones to come along in the last dozen she has put out in this series. Like many hardcore fans I was despairing and hoping all at once that LKH would bring Anita back to being the Anita at the beginning of the series that I fell in love with as a character. Sassy, strong, intelligent and able to hold her own in a male-dominated field.
Then, somewhere along the way (for me it was after Narcissus in Chains) that the plot and the heroine began to fall apart. Like many other reviewers have pointed out the books devolved into well...smut. It felt like every other page was Anita getting her freak on and the man count kept rising to the point where I got confused.
I'm all for angst and exploration as a writer but, to me, some things were overkill, repetitive and unnecessary. With, Affliction, I felt that LKH regained a small spark of what attracted me to the series in the first place: plot and action.
I think I've become immune to the two-dimensional behaviors of many of her characters. I've also become immune to Anita's inner whiny brat who bewails the complexity of the relationships (bed partners) she's managed to accumulate over the last ten novels.
Though I am so not a fan of zombies, having them running around behaving like zombies was a nice breath of fresh air. Having Anita be ruthless Anita was also refreshing.
I disagree a little with other reviews about her becoming "too girly" (Is there such a thing?). As a tomboy myself, I've had to learn that it's okay to get dressed up and be "soft". I do agree, however, that her clothing choice and personal choices while getting into and during a fight are on the unrealistic side. If you're going to fight bad guys, I don't think you go out in a mini skirt to do it.
There were so many other little things that I choose to overlook while reading the book but the biggest thing that stood out for me was the toning down (and I mean way down) of the sex. I think I counted 5 or 6 scenes total (sorry if I'm wrong on the count) that I happily bypassed so that I could keep reading the story with its *gasp* plot.
The ending was a bit of a letdown but I did enjoy Edward's crowing over who was the baddest. That part did get a chuckle out of me.
Would I recommend it to others? I would, but with a disclaimer. If you don't like erotic/BDSM elements, alternative lifestyles or you're squeamish about gore and violence, this entire series might not be for you.”
“I just could not finish this book. I feel like I read the same book again and again.”Daniel B wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“enjoyable - so glad she turned around and actually got an editor. probably got through 200 pages before the first gratuitous sex scene - must be a record!”Olivvvia wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book! Less sex than some of her recent ones...”Jenn D wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love this series. You rock Anita Blake”Nan B wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No