[identity profile] raven-tiger.livejournal.com
I am quite new to the Anita Blake series. I have been wanting to read them for awhile since I heard how bad they have gotten. I like reading bad!fiction.

There be snark and spoilers behind the cut )

This is my first post here, so if I tagged or titled this entry wrong, please correct me. Thank you!
[identity profile] ephemeralthings.livejournal.com

I...I found something terrible today. This community has been discussing the way that LKH tries to ride on Gaiman's coattails of awesomeness for months, and even I've gotten a little bored with it. (It's induced eye-rolling and the comment, "That's nice, Laurel." *pat, pat* "Now go off and play with your friends.") But before today, I kind of thought the connection was all in LKH's head. After all, it seems that's the place where many things live. (Oh, owww. Mental squick. I just thought about what goes on in her head. Bad idea. Very Bad Idea.)

But no.

On Amazon, the page for Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" quotes LKH in the editorial review section.

I feel the strange urge to cry now, and I'm not even a huge Gaiman fan.

"After finishing The Graveyard Book, I had only one thought -- I hope there’s more. I want to see more of the adventures of Nobody Owens, and there is no higher praise for a book." -- Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels


[identity profile] cicipsychobunny.livejournal.com
At Reading By Moonslight, a brand-spanking-new pisstake-romance-novel-review blog, takes on Cerulean Sins:

Belle: I’ll explain later, Claire.

Niki, you naturally fail to recognise the Genius of this decision. Less page space dedicated to a more organic solution of problems raised earlier in the book means more page space dedicated to superbly realised vampire threesomes.

Short, sweet, hilarious, dialogue-format, can't wait for Darla to find it and think they're being serious.
[identity profile] easol.livejournal.com
Which was just posted on amazon.com. It doesn't bother much with the story, as with the adaptation and the artwork, which I personally found... well, just read if you want my thoughts, perchance. And be relatively gentle with me, because this is only a first draft -- any constructive criticism will be hugged and tucked in with a teddy bear.

PS. Edited.

Title: Guilty!
Ranking: 2 Stars

Once upon a time, before the Anita Blake series became cheap porn with well-endowed vampires and werethingies, there was "Guilty Pleasures."

And like many a successful fantasy/horror novel before it, Laurell K. Hamilton's breakout story has been adapted into graphic novel form, with "Guilty Pleasures, Vol. 1" compiling the first six issues. The results... are mixed. It comes across as a goth teen's daydreams, wrapped in indifferent artwork that doesn't seem quite to match the storyline.

The story: Anita Blake is a vampire hunter and an animator, able to raise zombies from the dead. She also isn't too fond of vampires or weres, though St. Louis is swarming with them. So when a vampire comes to hire her, she turns him down. But at a bachelorette party, she soon finds herself hip-deep in vampire politics -- and a dangerous enemy who is trying to kill her.

Things only get more complicated when she ends up facing the Master of the City, the deceptively childlike Nikolaos, and a dungeon full of wererats. To find who is offing vampires in St. Louis, she'll need to relax her "no vamps" rule -- and join forces with the mysterious, seductive Jean-Claude.

The graphic novel is pretty faithful to the original novel, sticking closely to the storyline of the original novel -- lots of lines like "You don't have to be undead to be evil, but it helps." Stacie M. Ritchie and then Jess Ruffner provide some pretty good adaptation of the first-person dialogue, which is never easy.

But... a big but...

A graphic novel is more than its words -- it's art too. Brett Booth has done some great artwork in the past, but he doesn't seem to have his heart in this one. It's decent artwork, admittedly -- bright colours, detail, well-drawn in general. It's the little details that make it silly, including the mangaish illustrations (Anita's GIANT lips) in a realistically-drawn comic.

In fact, these become more prominent as the comic proceeds. Often the action described doesn't match the illustrations (while thinking, "I'm not a coward," Anita huddles down and wrings her hands). And we get other visual quirks, like giant thick thighs -- they pop up on lots of people like Anita and the rat king, but Madge's enormous thunder thighs (each is thicker than her waist) are the funniest thing in the whole book.

Anita Blake herself is the most comically drawn -- she's as pale as an albino, except she has ridiculously flowing curly hair; it's always falling coyly over her eyes, and occasionally it drapes itself a good six inches in front of her face. Perhaps as a reflection of Booth's own mood, she also always looks bored -- even when she's supposed to be screaming with terror, she looks like she's yawning.

Nor does it help that Jean-Claude looks exactly like a breastless Anita, right down to the albino skin and artificially flowing hair. The other characters don't fare that well either: Bert looks like a blond Frankenstein's Monster, Philip looks like he's covered with herpes, Edward looks like a perv, and Nikolaos looks like a Disney heroine, which I don't think was the intention.

"Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures" takes on a fairly amusing book, and transforms it into a tepid graphic novel. Interesting for completists, but an exercise in lackluster art for all others.
[identity profile] caligryphy.livejournal.com

"...A systemic and catastrophic failure of the entire process of book creation from initial idea to writing to editing..."

It's a thing of beauty.
[identity profile] misora.livejournal.com
Call me crazy, but I love-love-LOVE reading the snarky and pissed-off Amazon reviews of Hamilton's latest AB works. I seriously do this when I'm at my desk from breaks in the lab. It relaxes me; I'm dead serious. It's my Guilty Pleasure (TM). ^^

So I found a rather good one, today, and thought I'd share:

[identity profile] witchwillow.livejournal.com
Surfing the internet I stumbled across an English to Italian translation of the summary for: Mistral's Kiss. At first I thought it was a review so I actually paid attention to how the book was described.

Read here )
[identity profile] witchwillow.livejournal.com
"The latest on best-seller Hamilton's series featuring Meredith Gentry, the fairie princess/PI in the Unseelie Court, reads sorta like fan fiction."

This week's EW review of Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton )


Jun. 30th, 2006 08:31 am
[identity profile] theotherbaldwin.livejournal.com
Bam at dionnegalace.com takes on LHK's books in a review so brutal and bloody, I swear I could hear almost hear chants of "ECW! ECW! ECW!" as I read it. An excerpt:

I really miss the Anita Blake stories of yore. The reason I started reading them was because the earlier stories featured a paranormal detective investigating heavy-on-the-gore crimes and solving them with her intuitive skills as well as her preternatural abilities. There was an actual plot line in them that a reader could easily follow. There was a discernible beginning, middle, and end. I enjoyed that Anita was this tough girl who wasn't afraid to use her gun on monsters and could hang with the big boys. In the later novels, Anita is still hanging with the big boys, but she's not shooting them anymore... she's having sex with them. It's almost ironic, really, because in the earlier novels, I wished that Anita would just loosen up a little and have some sex with Jean Claude AND Richard (but even then I was getting tired of the Betty and Veronica Syndrome that permeated that threesome), but now that she's having sex with every preternatural creature with a penis, I wish that there was a button I could push and turn back everything to the way it was. About eighty-five percent of this book happens in Jean Claude's bedroom where Anita and her friends--about ten to fifteen of them at a time--have metaphysical sex, have real sex, talk about how great and beautiful Anita is, have the most awkward info-dumping sessions that would shame even a beginner fan fic writer, and have more sex to feed Anita's ardeur. Anita Blake has now surpassed the Mary Sue complex; she has swallowed it whole, shat it on the ground, and used it as fertilizer for her marygolds.
As they say on the interweb, read the whole thing.

Despite all this, I am really curious to see even the tiniest sliver of development in vampire politics, and also seeing is Anita actually does get Asher all to herself as rumoured, so when my wife's done with it, I'm going to read it anyhow
[identity profile] dragon-mouse.livejournal.com
Not sure if this particular review (bash? rant? ramble of what we're all thinking?) of Micah has been posted, but I hadn't read it before, so if this is a double of a prev. post, blame it on my sleep-induced double vision. :D

[identity profile] bleedtoblue.livejournal.com
I found this entertaining. The good professor has a point...or two. ^__^

[identity profile] bleedtoblue.livejournal.com
An article about Vampire Romance proliferation in TIME Magazine.

I call your attention to this paragraph about Anita Blake...

Take Anita Blake )


They have the order of 'having sex with' out of sequence but, oh well.
[identity profile] saadiira.livejournal.com
Yes, indeedy, it's amusing as hell. Or would be, were the author not so pathetically non-responsive to the obvious majority of her true fans..the ones who don't have their noses so firmly up her behind that they can't see the print. (Or would that, in the case of ID, be MISprint?)

Tallying the scores from the fans is the very best part. Hold on to your socks. The numbers certainly do not back the squealing fangirls. (Or boys, or..well, whatever...)

Who found which reviews helpful? Well..let's see!

The review with "This. Book. Blows." As its heading? (That very generously gave two stars, perhaps for sentimental reasons?)

348 out of 373 people found this a useful review.

The weak apologist with five stars who claims that each book is a chapter, and this a 'logical' progression?, and demands to know what books everyone else was reading? 2 of 11 who bothered to even rate this review found it helpful.

Meanwhile, 9 of 10 people found this simple little ONE STAR review helpful:

I truly wish Ms. Hamilton would go back to writing prose instead of sex. This book had no story. I don't mind reading about sex if there is a story, but this was the worst book I have ever read by Ms. Hamilton. If the next Anita Blake book is not any better it will be that last one I ever read.

Where as 3 out of 13 people found this four star review of any use at all:

I can't understand why fans are bashing this book, too much sex and not enough crime for some people I guess, I thought it was definitely different from the other crime books of Anita Blake but it was fun just to have the "Sex", "relationship issues" and less crime for a change. Can't wait for more!(no pun intended:))

14 of 15 found "Extremely Disappointing Read"...a one star entry of length, and depth, very useful.

For more, the link is Amazon Reviews of Incubus Dreams

At any rate, those are the typical numbers on the reviews. Darla and boy wonder sure as hell aren't doing her any favors.

[identity profile] dwg.livejournal.com

After going through Incubus Dreams meticulously, I promised myself that I'd go back to the beginning of the Anita Blake : Vampire Hunter series, summarise and take notes on it. In other words, I dissected it to pieces and ranted like a crazy woman.

But after getting distracted by the Kim Harrison books, I finally kicked my butt into gear and got to finishing Guilty Pleasures.

So here it is:

Or for less licking around, just jump straight to the memorable post section.

Now for the disclaimer:

  • There are spoilers for the book. It's the entire book from page 1 to page 266.
  • There are spoilers for the rest of the series, but mostly for Incubus Dreams.
  • My edition (look right) is the very first edition, released in October 1993. So if the page references don't match up with your copy, this is why. I usually include a quote with a page number, so you should still be able to find the bit that I'm referring to.
  • By no means do I think I'm right about anything. I'll gladly accept any valid argument you make on something where you think I'm clearly wrong. This is just my opinion from my own general knowledge.
  • The summaries and notes are basically for my own reference and benefit -- if you find it useful, great.

Now I get to look forward to The Laughing Corpse.

This has been cross posted everywhere, including: [livejournal.com profile] anita_blake_fan, [livejournal.com profile] abstd, [livejournal.com profile] lkh_lashouts, [livejournal.com profile] olihin_xe, and all posts of ranting can be found in [livejournal.com profile] muse_abuse.


[identity profile] freyalorelei.livejournal.com
Updated my review of Seduced By Moonlight with a few more paragraphs that I'd written back in November, and a new observation on Amatheon.

I must say, I'm actually quite looking forward to A Stroke of Midnight this April. Mom said she's going to look into obtaining a card from Hackley Library, so I'm going to ask to be put on a list to read ASoM when it's out in hardcover. Perhaps I can review it early, instead of waiting for it in paperback!

I also wrote reviews of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. By the time that series is over, I'll have ended up reviewing them all...nicely colour-coordinated to match the covers, too!


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