[identity profile] world-dancer.livejournal.com
Since I'm having a slow week, I thought I'd poll the lashers on what was the book where you stopped reading. I realize that some are still reading (tenacity, you haz it).

I stopped with Cerulean Sins. I may, one day, have to start up reading again, but that day has not yet come, and I am grateful for that.

Cerulean Sins also holds the title of "Only book I have ever thrown at the wall." I don't like to mistreat books and am one of those people who don't even crack the spine.
[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: What’s Next for Anita Blake?
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

What’s Next for Anita Blake? )
[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: Mar 3 2014, 10:24
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's Facebook. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

I promised myself when I finished the newest Merry Gentry novel, A Shiver of Light, that I'd let myself write anything I wanted to write next. I'd let my muse play. I just finished 6 pages of a new short piece, set in a brand new world. It surprised me by bridging to pages I wrote months ago, so my short story maybe a one shot novelette, but either way it was fun to throw myself off the creative cliff and build my parachute on the way down. (I think I'm paraphrasing Ray Bradbury.)

Don't worry, I'm not abandoning Anita Blake, but for today I just let myself go where the muse dictated. It was a rush to just let myself write and not care where it went, or what it was, or . . . to create for the joy of creating. Sometimes a writer needs to go for a walk off the beaten path, so we can come back to our beloved characters and worlds with a refreshed eye, and a new sense of wonder.
[identity profile] guardians-song.livejournal.com
Posted on my Dreamwidth due to character limitations. Anon commenting is on.

It's been said, but this story is utterly rancid. Anita has not the slightest scrap of interest in anyone she isn't planning to date. She doesn't know what to say or feel without Micah hugging her and whispering into her ear. She manages to hit pretty much every Anita Blake cliche in the books possible without sex or policemen appearing on-page and a few that aren't. And to top it all off, the author acquires complete amnesia about THE ENTIRE STORY'S Excuse Plot within the last few pages.

If you want to see a story that starts sporking itself within its first two paragraphs, click on the link. If not, you could try reading a slightly better-written story instead...
[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: A present from me to you, because our government is behaving badly
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

This story is for all my readers who have been impacted by the current political SNAFU – and for anyone else who might need to enjoy a free story in these difficult times.

“Shutdown”, will be available free for the duration of the government shutdown. Once the government is back in business then the short story will no longer be available on line, at least not until my publisher and I figure out what we might want to do with it. But for right now, while we’re all wondering how it got to this point, here’s a brand new Anita Blake short story, featuring our favorite bad boy werewolf, yep, I mean Richard Zeeman. Hey, I’ve been telling you, he’s been working his therapy: read on to see the results that hard work and being brave enough to own your whole self can get you.

Get “Shutdown” here:

[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: Aug 30 2013, 11:23
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's Facebook. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

Dragoncon I am in you! I'm doing double the number of panels this year. Today at 2:30 it's just me, a microphone, & you! In the Westin Peachtree ballroom. I'll be talking about 20 years of Anita Blake, new Merry Gentry, & a special announcement!
[identity profile] rodentfanatic.livejournal.com
This has been brewing in my mind for quite some time....

All evidence in the AB books points to vampire/therian media being identical to that in our world. For instance, Anita citing Dracula: Prince of Darkness, other therians being mad that werewolves get all the movies, everyone throwing stuff at TV for getting stuff wrong, Anita sneering at "movie shit", and so on. Yet this idea doesn't make sense. As I am always finding myself having to bring up, vampires, therians, fae, witches, psychics, ghosts, gargoyles, ghouls, zombies, trolls, and merfolk all been around forever and openly so. They're not fantasy and horror creatures, fantastic and horrible though they may be, they're just...real. And everyone knows it.

So not only should modern media get them 'right' according to the rules by which they function in the Anitaverse, especially since now they're legal citizens it'd probably be considered bigoted to portray them inaccurately. Yeah, horror movies about sharks and snakes get things wrong about sharks and snakes despite those being real too, but sharks and snakes can't speak up in protest about it like supernaturals can. Plus most of the changes made are made to make the animals scarier and/or the movie better. Example: giant snakes being ready to eat another person right after gobbling up one, even though real snakes will go a long time between meals. It just wouldn't be much of a movie if the giant snake took a long nap after eating one person and then could be killed at the leisure of the heroes. However, when it comes to the supernaturals of the Anitaverse, there's really no need to embellish them in this way; their super-powers and bloodlust means they're already quite scary enough!

Really, the entire horror genre should be different in the Anitaverse. In fact, Anitaverse supernaturals might not even be staples of horror genre. They're not unknown, they have fixed rules, you can't play around with them. The folklore that came before the movies and books would be a lot more fixed too; in fact, it wouldn't really be folklore, because they're real. Or, given their status as hated and feared, it'd be more along the lines of unfortunate sort of folklore that crops up around Jews and Roma peoples, but it would still be limited as hell compared to the rich and varied global lore about vampires, therians, etc., in our world. Maybe AB horror media focuses mainly instead on creatures that are fictional in Anita's world as well as ours, like chupacabra, Deer Woman, and Lovecraftian horrors.

They also wouldn't be confined to horror genre, they're everyday people so there are probably regular monsters on all shows, books, etc., just like there are, say, black people on most shows (albeit still usually not as the main character, not more than a few, may be tokenized, etc., which may well be case for monsters too, but there's still probably at least one on every soap, especially given that can you see TV producers passing up drama like they could bring?). In fact, there's likely whole different set of cliches for supernaturals in media in Anita's world than there is in ours, stock roles and stereotypes and such (again, as with real-life minorities like the sassy gay friend, the spicy Latina, etc.) So they might well get upset at TV, but not for reasons she suggests.

And that's just modern media. These beings existing openly throughout history means they will be in media throughout history. They will be in everything from all our greatest ancient worldwide cultural works--Beowulf, Illiad, the Bible, etc.--to famous literary works--Charles Dickens, Jane Austen--to just, well, everything! Speaking of the Bible, Bible (along with all other holy books) in Anitverse probably has a lot of additional material explaining the existence of supernaturals, how they are to be treated, and probably even stories of individual ones and what they did just as there's many stories about humans in there and their lineage and what they did. Logically speaking there should be metric fuckton of Biblical material and subsequent cultural impact. Not just for Bible either-- each species probably has its own creation story in every culture alongside with the creation story each culture has for humans, the pantheons we're familiar with will have been modified to include them (for instance, maybe Artemis is also the goddess of therians, or there's an entirely new Greek god unique to the Anitaverse for that), and so on.

In addition to stuff ABOUT supernaturals, there are probably many famous (and many more not-famous) works of art and literature in this world by vamps and therians and other monsters. You know how, in our world, there seems to be a rumor that basically every famous person, no matter what for, was gay, and/or that the work of every famous man (artist, writer,s scientist, what have you) was actually done by a woman? I bet that in the Anitaverse, there's a rumor every famous person is either a supernatural or stole their work from one. And you know how people will swear that Elis Presley/Marilyn Monroe/etc. are still alive? I bet you in the Anitaverse, they swear they're not just alive but vampires, explaining why they stay hidden and also allowing them to be forever the young hotties they're always be in our heads. Not to mention the whole vampires thing means people can also claim that folks like Napoleon and Marie Antoinette are still around too since 'they'd be dead by now' isn't an issue.

Which brings us to....shouldn't history as a whole be completely different, not just media? Shouldn't everything have happened totally differently with monsters in the mix?

My short answer is...possibly. But it doesn't HAVE to. My personal headcanon is that all the same stuff happened in the Anitaverse that did in our world, just in different ways, these differences being the presence and participation of supernaturals. For instance, George Washington still crossed the Delaware, but maybe he had the help of a pyrokinetic witch to keep everyone warm. The Allies still beat the Axis, just now we have several more names in the history books of spies and soldiers on both sides who were supernaturals and how they used their abilities in the service of their countries. So there would be a lot of little differences, but ultimately history got to the same place. It's a longshot, yes, considering all the possible other outcomes for a world like this, and it's one of the very few ways you could write the "monsters exist, always have, and everyone has always known" scenario without doing an entire rehaul of the history of the world, which is such an insanely big job that I don't blame LKH for not taking it on.

I do, however, massively blame her for not *understanding* that her own premise means media with monsters should be different, cops should know basics on how to deal with vampires., etc., of course.
[identity profile] cleoius.livejournal.com
Hello first time poster to the comm, though long time reader. Still read the books too, though I'm not sure why anymore. But at least I just borrow from a library, not actually buy.

Anyway....I just got Affliction from my local library, and I didn't even get to the 50 page mark when I hit what struck me as a WTF moment today...a where did theat come from moment. I guess I'll put it behind a cut, to avoid spoiling...it has to do with Anita's breast size.

Read more... )
[identity profile] rodentfanatic.livejournal.com
I wanted to post some of my headcanon (some of which I think I've posted in the past, but most of it I haven't posted here before) and it breaks a big headcanon rule: It contradicts canon. Headcanon is not supposed to do that. It's supposed to be stuff never stated in canon (hence why it's something your own head came up with) but that wouldn't contradict it if it was. For instance, it's never stated in HP canon that Sirus Black an Remus Lupin were in love, but it was never stated they weren't and there weren't reasons they couldn't be, so it's a headcanon a lot of people have. However, when it comes to the very special case that is the AB series, canon is, in my opinion, basically pick-and-choose for the reader after Narcissus in Chains, because that is where shit starts getting ridiculous. Hence why some of my statements aren't about headcanon so much as whether I do or don't accept a certain part of the post-NiC canon.

Read more )

AB Wikis

Jul. 5th, 2013 03:52 pm
[identity profile] rodentfanatic.livejournal.com
I noticed that the link to an Anitaverse Wiki on the Lashouts.org was dead, so I thought I'd contribute links to two AB Wikis that are still currently up and active:


Originally I was just going to PM this to the mods, but I thought I'd post the links here instead so people would know about them swifter. They were both only up to date to the point of Hit List last I checked, but that's still pretty good I think!
[identity profile] dreamstrifer.livejournal.com
My friend reblogged the Affliction Book Trailer (I guess the trailer came out today).

Now, I'm a huge zombie fan, so I'm guessing the current zombie boom is what inspired this particular storyline (I haven't been following her blog or anything so I don't know a lot of what's going on). I want to like this, but I'm not holding out hope that it's going to be decent at all. Even though the trailer obviously ripped on every other zombie trailer out there, I can't fault them for it because so many zombie stories are rehashed plots and ideas already.
[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: Twentieth Anniversary
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

Twentieth Anniversary )
[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: Jun 14 2013, 12:41
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's Facebook. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

I thought it was the beginning of another book, but it's a short story& it's done, complete. I had to have Jon & my agent read it, because I'm just not used to having a surprise story fall from the muse's lap quite like this. Also continued to make pages on the next novel so a very creative day.

Jun 15 2013, 12:52

News: The short story I just finished an Anita Blake story. It's the first Anita short story I've written in years, and I didn't know I was writing one. I honestly thought it was the first chapter for the next book, but when I got to the end, it was The End. It's my first accidental story. :-) I was so weirded out by it that I had Jon read it, and then sent it to my agent, just to make sure I hadn't missed anything, but they both declared it good and complete. My agent and editor are now discussing what we should do with the story, so many possibilties.


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