Bullet (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #19)

Bullet (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #19)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton
     
 

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What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel."—USA Today

"There's no end in sight for this fabulously imagined series."—Publishers Weekly

The music came back up and the next group of little girls, slightly older, came out. There was a lot of that in the next hour and change. I liked dance

Overview

What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel."—USA Today

"There's no end in sight for this fabulously imagined series."—Publishers Weekly

The music came back up and the next group of little girls, slightly older, came out. There was a lot of that in the next hour and change. I liked dance, and it was no reflection on the kids, but my will to live began to seep away on about the fifth group of sequined children...

Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life—as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita's past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It's hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here—in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.

The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can't succeed in taking over Anita's body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: "Run if you can..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425234334
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, #19
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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I WAS WORMING my way through a mass of parents and children with a tiny clown hat clutched in one hand. In my navy blue skirt suit I looked like a dozen other mothers who had had to come straight from work to the dance recital. My hair was a little curly and a little too black for all the blond mothers, but no one gave me a second glance. The one saving grace as I threaded my way through the crowd of parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and siblings was that I wasn’t one of the parents. I was just here as moral support and last-minute costume rescuer. It was just Monica Vespucci’s style to leave part of her son’s costume at her house and need an emergency save. Micah and I had been running late with client meetings so we got to ride to the rescue, and now since the vast majority of the performers were female I was the only one safe to go backstage without scandalizing the mothers. What did little girls who only had male relatives do at things like this? My dad would have been at a loss.

A little girl and her mother damn near knocked me down the stairs in their rush to get up past me. The little girl was knocked into me so that my suit jacket pushed back and she was staring at my holstered gun and U.S. Marshal badge. The child’s eyes went big as she met my eyes. The mother never noticed, dragging the silent child up the stairs. I let them get ahead of me, the little girl’s huge, dark eyes following me until the crowd hid her from sight. She couldn’t have been more than five. I wondered if she’d even try to tell her mother she’d seen a woman with a gun and a badge.

I started pushing my way up the stairs, keeping the hand with the clown hat in it close to my jacket so I wouldn’t flash the gun by accident anymore. I was going to try to keep my occupation a secret from the screaming children and their frantic mothers. They didn’t need to know that I hunted bad little vampires and wereanimals for the preternatural branch of the U.S. Marshals Service. They certainly didn’t need to know that I raised zombies as my day job. I blended in as long as no one figured out who I was.

I got to the upper hallway and there was one lone male over the age of twelve being herded by his mother. She had an almost embarrassed look on her face, as if apologizing for not having a girl. I knew there were more men up here, because some of them were mine, but they were safely away from the estrogen-rich room of little girls.

Monica’s son was under five, so he didn’t count as male yet. He was just a generic child. Now if I could only find the generic child, hand his mother the hat, and flee to our seats where everyone was waiting for me, I’d count it as a win, though knowing Monica she’d need something else. I didn’t like her at all. But her husband had been one of Jean-Claude’s vampires who died sort of in the line of duty, so Jean-Claude made sure that he and others stood in for her lost husband. It was honorable, I even approved of it, but I avoided Monica when I could. She’d betrayed me and a shared friend to some bad vampires once. She’d apologized, and she depended on Jean-Claude’s people for emergency babysitting and things like tonight. She’d been bad because the old Master of the City had been bad; now that we had a good Master of the City, Jean-Claude, she was good. Sure, and the Easter Bunny is a friend of mine.

The fact that I had a key to her house in case of emergencies still bugged me, but Jean-Claude was right; someone who could go out in the daylight needed to have the key. He also knew that no matter how much I disliked Monica, I’d do the right thing. He was right, damn it. A herd of pink, sequined little girls barreled past me. I hugged the wall and let the teachers chase them down. There were so many reasons I didn’t have children yet.

I heard my name squealed out, in that high-pitched generic toddler voice, “’Nita, ’Nita!” I had no idea why, but just lately Matthew, Monica’s son, had taken a liking to me.

He came rushing at me in his bright multicolored clown outfit with the little balls on the front that matched the ones on the hat. His hair was a deep auburn like his mother’s, but there was something about his threeyear-old face that made me think of his dead father. Robert hadn’t been my favorite vampire, but he’d been handsome and Matthew was a cute kid. He came running with his arms up and launched himself at me. He was not big for his age but it was still startling. I caught him and swept him up in my arms because to do anything else would have either knocked me flat or been churlish.

He put those little hands on my shoulders and leaned in for a kiss. I offered a cheek, but he touched my face and shook his head, very solemn. “I’m a big boy now, ’Nita. I kiss like a big boy now.” Cheek kisses had been fine until about two weeks ago, and now Matthew was very certain that cheek kisses were baby kisses. It made me wonder if Monica was being overly friendly with the new boyfriend in front of the kid. It was Monica; there would be a boyfriend.

I’d told Monica about it and she thought it was cute. Matthew puckered up and planted one on my mouth, which meant he was wearing my very red lipstick. “Now you’ve got my lipstick on you, and that’s more big girl than big boy,” I said, as I looked around for some Kleenex or something to wipe his mouth with. I was also looking for his mother. Where was Monica?

“It is big boy if it’s your lipstick.”

I frowned at that tiny face just inches from mine. “What do you mean, it’s big boy if it’s mine?”

“All the big boys kiss you, ’Nita.”

I had a sinking feeling that maybe it wasn’t just Monica and a boyfriend in front of Matthew that were giving him ideas. “Where is your mother?” I said, and began searching the room for her a little desperately.

She finally separated herself from the mass of women and girls of various ages and came toward us beaming. It creeped me out a little that Monica seemed to think I didn’t hold a grudge about her betraying me five years ago. I did hold a grudge and I didn’t trust her. She seemed unaware of that.

She had Matthew’s curly auburn hair, cut shorter and more styled, but her face was thinner, more of a sharp triangle, as if she’d lost weight since I saw her last. Once upon a time you could have asked if she was feeling all right, but now women dieted for no reason at all. Monica was shorter than I was by a few inches, and I was five-three. She was still in her skirt suit, too, but her blouse was white, and mine was blue.

Matthew kept his arms around my neck while she used a wet wipe on his mouth. Then she put a paler shade of lip gloss on his lips, though they didn’t seem to need any to me. She took the hat from me and put it over his curls. If he’d been any older the outfit would have been embarrassing to any boy I’d ever met, but at three it was actually . . . cute. I would not admit it out loud, but it was.

“Thank you so much, Anita,” Monica said. “I can’t believe I forgot it.”

I could, but I just smiled and kept quiet. Quiet usually worked better between Monica and me. A mass of little girls dressed in the girl version of his outfit bounced up, and he wiggled to be put down. I did so, happily.

Monica watched him run away with the others in his class with that proverbial mother’s look: pride, love, and almost possession. I never doubted that she loved her little boy. It was one of the reasons I was nice to her.

She turned to me, still smiling. “I’m so glad the recital is tonight so I can concentrate on the business tomorrow.”

I nodded, and tried to make my escape. Monica was apparently a better lawyer than she was a human being, or at least Jean-Claude trusted her to do up the contracts that might, or might not, be getting signed tomorrow. I trusted Jean-Claude to be a good businessman.

“Agreed,” I said, and tried to slip away.

She grabbed my arm. I don’t like to be touched by people that I’m not close to. I stiffened under her hand, but she didn’t seem to notice. She leaned in and whispered, “If I was being offered a seventeen-year-old boy toy I’d be more excited, Anita.”

Matthew was out of sight so I let my eyes show just how happy that comment made me. Monica let go of my arm, her eyes a little wide, face surprised. “Oh, come on, Anita, what woman wouldn’t be flattered?”

“First, I haven’t agreed to letting him stay in St. Louis when they bring him in from Vegas tomorrow. Second, don’t ever call him a boy toy again.”

“Touchy,” she said, and then her face softened and her eyes glittered with some thought that I knew I wasn’t going to like. “Defensive of him already, Anita. My, my, he must be better in bed than I remember at that age.”

I leaned in and hissed in her ear. “We were all mind-raped by one of the scariest vampires to ever exist, Monica. She used me to feed on his power as a weretiger. She used me, and him, and all the other tigers in a bid to survive even if it meant destroying all of us. You tell me, what part of that was a good thing?” I had grabbed her arm somewhere in all that.

She spoke low. “You’re hurting me.”

I let go of her, and stepped back. She looked up at me, and I think for a moment let herself see me, really see me. She was angry, and for just a moment I knew that she didn’t like me any more than I liked her, not really. Then I watched a different look cross her face, one that most men would have thought was a good look, but a woman knows when another woman is about to drive the blade home.

“Funny how it’s never your fault when you have to have sex with all these men, Anita,” and with that she walked away. She walked away with the proverbial knife stuck deep and hard right through my heart. Nothing cuts deeper than when another person says exactly what you’re afraid to say out loud. Hell, Matthew had said it, too, in his way. All the big boys kiss you, ’Nita.

I fled the laughing costumed children and Monica’s knowing eyes. I waved at Matthew as he called my name, all lined up with the little girls in his class. I wanted to be in my seat so I could see him; he’d go on second. Yeah, that was it, I hurried to my seat to make sure I’d see his performance, but I knew that wasn’t the truth. I ran toward my seat and the men waiting for me, because part of me believed that Monica was right and all my words were just a case of the lady protesting too much.

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1963
Place of Birth:
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Education:
B.A., Marion College
Website:
http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/

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Bullet 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1091 reviews.
MyHeadInTheClouds More than 1 year ago
The Anita Blake series has become quite a bad habit. It is trite, tiresome, pornographic, and almost uninspired; yet, I still consume it. Devour it. It's like not being able to take your eyes off a bad accident. I breeze through the pages not knowing if it's because I simply want to get through it or in the hopes that Hamilton will eventually redeem herself. It could also be the affinity for the characters, very understandable after 19 books. Whatever the case, if you've stuck with the series this far, pick this up. Bullet is perhaps 50% about sex, 40% detailed account of someone's eye color, hair color, silk shirt, leather pants, &c., 9% plot development, and 1% resolution. I exaggerate of course but this isn't so far from the truth. If you read this all in good fun, then you'll enjoy the ride. If you expect a literary masterpiece, save your money. Hamilton's work is not about finesse. It has always been about what is dark, dirty and forbidden; only now she writes it in spades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laurell K. Hamilton has turned into a porn writer instead of a sci-fi writer. 80% of porn, 10% on recital and giving descriptions of all the characters and I do mean all, 2 to 3 chapters at the gym, she spends two pages on wrapping everything up at the end of book. What a waste.
CrazyAZ More than 1 year ago
Like so many other readers, Anita Blake is a bad habit for me. I eagerly awaited the release of the book and devoured it. I was hoping for some plot and found myself either yawning through lengthy descriptions of a dance recital or people's clothing or too much sex. What's up with the characters? It seems that Ms. Hamilton has decided that writing about characters with conflicting values is too tough so they all suddenly stop having the issues that made them interesting and start having sex and agreeing with one another??? I feel like the author is trying to set us up for a climactic showdown with the vampire council and the MOAD however, it just disappeared into sex and then a short wrapup at the end. This book left me cold and disappointed that the plot and characters have completely disappeared into sex and therapy???? I will not buy the next installment until I am sure there is a plot because the old Anita Blake was much more interesting.
briarrose11384 More than 1 year ago
I am so glad i did not buy this book/ebook! ive been reading LKH since guilty pleasures & for the past few books the series has gone down hill!! this book dissappoints. i only got thru 64 pages & was already fed up w too detailed scenes & lack of character development & oh and dont forget the sex!!!! where is the LKH of old the zombie raising? i thought that was her job? what happened to the action (and no not action as in sex)? i was a HUGE fan of LKH but now after these last few books i dont think ill be readin anita blake anymore. LKH PLEASE go back to how it used to be!!!
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
I loved Anita Blake. But since LKH's divorce, her subject matter has gone to "bed", literally. Instead of a plot, you have a lesson in how to take multiple partners and lose yourself. Don't buy until you check out the physical copy. One of her latest releases had Anita stumped on how to beat the bad guy. So she slept with him as a way to defeat him. She has a short story called "Micah" but the publisher is charging as though it is a full fledged novel. Be extremely careful what you get through ebooks with this author. You might not get what you expect. This is a book to check out either at the store or at the library before adding it to your collection. I haven't bought a book of hers in close to 7 years because of the lack of plot. This author is a great writer when you can get her out of bed and on to telling a story. She seems to be on her way back, but caution is the keyword with LHK. And I miss her story telling. She was great.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the Circus of the Damned, vampire executioner extraordinaire and zombie animator Anita Blake sees her lover St. Louis master vampire Jean-Claude arguing with his second in command Asher. They were once lovers, but Jean-Claude refuses to share his body because he fears how Anita will react. Anita assumed the pair was having sex all along. Richard Zeeman informs her he has reconciled himself to what he is and joins the fun, They are having fun, when Belle Morte, Jean Claude and Asher's creator interrupts them in a metaphysical astral projection. She has a piece of the Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire in her body which makes her believe she can bind them to her. She is wrong and Padma Master of the Beast tries to break the ties that bind them to each other which will weaken them.. The Vampire Council is determined to destroy the Triumvirate of Richard, Jean-Claude and Anita because they are accumulating so much power they threaten the vampire hierarchy everywhere even the ruling Vampire Council. The Mother wants Anita's body since she lost her own, but Anita is strong and rejects the Mother and the Council trying to prevent her and her lovers from owning America starting with assassins sent to kill them. The nineteenth Blake Vampire Hunter urban fantasy is a great entry, which is extraordinary as most of the long running series is excellent. The keys to this terrific tale is so much comes to a head as the vampires and shapeshifter hierarchies fear the Triumvirate and decide to destroy it before it is too late. The fun is trying to discover who are the assassins, spies and enemies in the Mother of All Darkness war. With sedition and a mole inside the Circus to augment the action, fans of the saga will relish this strong thriller as hell is coming to St. Louis. Harriet Klausner
Immortal_Beloved More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader to the Anita Blake series, I whole-heartedly love this series. That being said, I'm getting a little bored with it. After reading 18 book with the same characters, I'm still in as much love with them as I was when I was first introduced, but each book's plot is almost exactly like the previous: someone tries to break Anita and Jean-Claude's power structure, Anita has sex to save lives, regrets most of it, adds more power to herself and her two triuvirates, and little action developes outside the bedroom. There was such promise of a meaty new crisis,but like the other books that held that potential, it never happend. It almost seems as if LKH wears herself out with coming up with freasher ideas for sex scenes and then is too tired to actually fill in the plot. I still love them, but I need something more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have followed all of her books faithfully and I wish she would go back to writing stories, instead of soft porno. This is the last of her books that I will buy unless she returns to being the writer her early and previous books have shown her to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never read a series out of order, but then, years ago I got Blue Moon as a gift, and I loved it so much that when I found out there were previous books I bought them all and have been hooked ever since, which is why I was sooooooo dissapointed with her most recent releases. The males are always blubbering and crying cause apparently there are no other attractive, strong women in St. Louis so they all settle for Anita and follow her every whim like puppies. She in turn has gone from a strong interesting character to a whiny self absorbed ninny. It seems somewhere around Narcissus in Chains, Hamilton decided to just go with senseless graphic sex that is not even erotic or romantic, just raunchy, and exchanged substance for ongoing descriptions of clothing, weapons and secondary characters that aren't all that important, and then she added the stupidest dialogue since Twilight, to finish it off. There was a time when I would buy her books in hardcover the first day it was published, now I'll wait to see if I can get it discounted in paperpack. I'll finish reading the series in the hopes that Hamilton will redeem herself and remind me of why I loved the series to begin with, and I'm hoping it's soon. So till then I'll continue reading some really good books by other authors who have yet to dissapoint, like Lynn Viehl's Darkyn series, Lara Adrian, Jacquelyn Frank, and Anna Windsor. Laurell, your devoted fans miss you...come back!
sara0520 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first half of this series and became hooked at the first book. I was really hopeful that this would go back to the way the series use to be! What happen to the Anita from the beginning? She loved her job as an animator and working for the cops, or as a vamp executioner working side by side with Edward. I want to see more of those stories again, they were full of mystery with a little violence, romance, and sex mixed in. Now the stories are all sex with a tiny bit of other stuff mixed in. Don't get me wrong I like the steamy sex scenes but not when that's all the books about! Its like half way into the series we started a whole new one. The Anita in the beginning of the series would not sleep with every guy and girl she meets nor would she watch her man sleep with another woman! What happens to this series?? Also all the other books had a ending, they cleared the "mystery" up, this one did not clear anything up. It left you wondering what happened with every part of the small plot, nothing got solved besides everyone having sex with everyone. For now on I think I will go to the book story and flip the pages to see if Anita is working with Edward, Larry or any of the police before I buy it-those are the stories worth buying not this crap with great sex scenes and no story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Anita Blake series. In fact, even if I don't like a particular book, I still read it to complete the series. In Skin Trade, Jean Claude showed some signs of possessiveness and wanted to limit the men that Anita would sleep with. I was kinda excited that he finally showed possessiveness and Anita's men will be drastically limited to probably 3-5 men instead of 30-50. Unfortunately, in Bullet, instead of reducing the number of men, Anita didn't just sleep with more but even Jean Claude who was exclusive with Anita, is now sleeping with others! In the earlier series, multiple partners kinda made the story interesting - like "something weird" is going on and you are wondering what will happen next. Now the sex scenes have no meaning and are boring. I always end up skipping them. I miss the action of the earlier books of Anita Blake. In all, aside from the orgies, the book would have been okay.
DeniceNYC More than 1 year ago
I started reading LKH with Burnt Offerings and instantly became hooked with her books. I didn't really enjoy the Meridith Gentry novels (only read the first two & stopped reading thereafter) as I found them a bit boring. Unfortunately, somewhere starting with "Micah", the books became tedious and repetitive. How often must the reader endure Anita's constant whining over her random sexual encounters, constant whining over new powers, constant whining over...well...everything. Out of a roughly 350 page book, LKH spends at least 300 pages on sex and Anita's agonizing over the aformentioned sex. What happened to the story? What happened to the plot? What happened to the action that drew me to her stories? "Micah", "Blood Noir", "Skin Trade" and "Flirt"...one can simply skip altogether. I didn't mention "Danse Macabre" and "The Harelequin" cause they were simply painful rather than awful like the others. I've had to move LKH to my list of authors "Potential Stay Away" rather than her usual place on the "Top Favs" list. Disappointing doesn't begin to cover her last 6 Anita Blake books. I recommend Jeanne C. Stein (Anna Strong Series), LA Banks (Crimson Moon Series), Jennifer Estep, Chole Neill (Chicagoland Vampires Series), Caitlin Kittredge (Nocturne City Series) if you want a really good read!
Billify More than 1 year ago
This should say something to other avid readers: although I've bought the last (~)18 or so of this series, I waited 6 weeks to get this from the library. I'm not sure what is going on with LKH. The first half of this series was great; parts mystery, thriller, suspense, and romance plus necromancers, vamps, and werewolves. The last serveral books of this series and LKH's other main series have had crapy writing. Rambling, unneeded details, the main character spends too much time complaining about the same things over and over in the last several books, plodding but hard to follow scenes, the same scene seems to happen over and over in this book. I don't mind the kinky sex but it started to appear about the same time the writing went south. The only interesting scene for me was the gym scene. I think I've given up on this series and maybe LKH alltogether.
t00zday More than 1 year ago
I used to adore LKH's writing. This book is an example of some of her worst drivel I've read yet, and I still read them hoping for the good old days. *** SPOILER WARNING *** The main antagonist is The Mother of all Darkness, but she is in what, two scenes? After her first few appearances, you only get to see the consolidating of power in preparation for her. So the main plot line of the story takes a detour into a side neighborhood never to be seen again in this book. You will read scene after scene of Anita analyzing her feelings, being conflicted that she doesn't feel something she should. You will repeatedly see the phrases "What's that supposed to mean?", "I frowned", "I gave him angry eyes" before another nit-picky argument begins between characters. It reminds me of baby-siting 3 year olds, not heroes in a great struggle. Next thing, we'll begin seeing "She's touching me!!" and "He stole my dolly!" Anita keeps reiterating that she isn't girly, and prefers the role of 'Prince rescuer' to being a princess - but she does more talking about 'feelings' than the ladies on The View do. Anita initiates hugging sessions and kissing and putting her head on so-and-so's shoulder. It seems that everyone except Jean Claude cries at some point in this book. Apparently half the crowd has begun going to therapists and Richard is no more. In his place is a character re-written to be Richard after successful therapy. Stepford wife Richard. Haven has been turned from macho 'Cookie Monster' into testosterone-poisoned cave man spouting lines like "You've made me into a girl!" and "Is he better in bed than I am?" the rest of the angst over the Haven story-line was both dull and irritating to have to slog through. There are also assassins after Anita, Richard and Jean Claude, but they decided to chase the elusive storyline of the Mother of all Darkness into that side neighborhood that eats plot lines because you never see that one continue either. Wasn't there another book where assassins were after Anita? Are we recycling now? The only good thing I can say about this book is that Ms Hamilton seems to be using the word "spill" a little less than she has used it in the past. After having read this book (and I didn't pay a dime to read it) I have the same disgusted and apathetic feeling that I have after mistakenly watching the movie Showgirls. You start off thinking "It can't be as bad as I remember it." - and it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was yet another book that I am so grateful that I borrowed from the library rather than purchasing it with my own money. Had I spent my own money on this book, I would only have been pissed off with myself for doing so. It has been about one week since I finished reading this book and it was such a failure to me that I can't even remember what the story line was about. What I remember about the book is this: Sex...porn...and more sex. Honestly, I have no problem with sex and porn, but that isn't why I started reading this series. What happened to the days where Anita kicked ass through out the books, raised zombies from the dead, or helped solve crimes? These books are starting to feel like a good porn movie. You watch it for the sex scenes, not for the story. Which is pretty much what this book was. All porn, no real story. The other thing I remember about this book was the excruciating detail put into describing every single character of the book. While reading through these character descriptions, in my mind I kept thinking, "Blah, blah, blah." I don't know what else to say about this book other than, I am done with Laurell K. Hamilton. I would only recommend her earlier books of this series.
maltesima More than 1 year ago
I thought the plot was good, but I was just a put off with the descriptions of their clothing. I'm still trying to figure out what those major clothing descriptions had to do with the storyline. I thought it was just filler and I personally skipped over those parts. Unfortunately, I think Ms. Hamilton may be running out of ideas for Anita's character. I, too, miss the good old days when Anita actually worked and was not stuck in the Circus of the Damned having sex almost 24/7. I so hope that Ms. Hamilton will clear all this up in her next book so Anita can get out and start working as a US Marshal Vampire Executioner and Zombie Animator again.
amesAW More than 1 year ago
Obviously I've stuck with this series, reading all the books because once I start a series I have to finish it whether I like it or not. I'm not saying I don't like the series because when I read the first few books I was hooked but then "Narcissus in Chains" came out and everything changed. I keep hoping we'll get to see a glimpse at the Anita Blake we fell in love with but after more of the same in 'Bullet" I'm thinking that dream is lost. This latest installment was a let down for me. I felt like she spent more time describing every man and their attire than she did telling any kind of a story. I mean get on with it already. What happened to raising the dead or being a U.S Marshal? Now it's all about group sex and weird vampire possession plus it's getting really hard to keep track of all the men in her life. I find myself having to spend to much time thinking "o.k. who is he and where did he come from again?" It's like I need a cheat sheet for the lovers of Anita Blake. I miss the old books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a long time fan of this series. But I think I'm done with it. So little plot and too much porn that goes on for pages and pages. I agree with some of the others that too much attention is being paid to the descriptions of the characters, but the plot (what there is of it) is handled in a very 'oh by the way' manner. The other disturbing thing is that originally the Jean-Claude character, as well as some other male characters, were very strong. Now they all seem to turn to Anita to help them solve all of their problems. Oh and those solutions always include lots of sex now. Very sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started out liking the Anita Blake series very much but around book 9 or 10 perhaps it became a book of pornography. A little sex in a novel can be exciting but Laurell Hamilton has just taking it too far. When I realized I was embarrassed if someone saw what I was reading I decided to STOP reading her!!! I don't believe she can redeem herself at this point and I will probably never read her again.
zerrin More than 1 year ago
I even order 'Flirt'on line, since I'm out of the U.S you can imagine the shipping bill...after the first 20 pages, i just have to put it down..and haven't open it since. The story line is the same, same events,the solution to every obstacle in the last few books is sex,the first few books were better and has more depth.Anita Blake series is just not offering anything new anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to love the the series. I have all the books I've even reread them but know the last couple of books have gotten so that all it is bout is sex and the plot is very boring.Sadly I am no longer going to buy anymore of her books its just a wast of money!!
Misty Randolph More than 1 year ago
Weak at best. The storyline is lacking as has been the case for the last several in this series. I have contributed my final.dollar to this series... the lustre of the earlier contributions is well and truly gone. A bore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anita has died! Literally, she has gone from a kick ass vamp slayer to a whining, tramp. There are no longer any story lines, just sex. I love sex in a story, love it but when that is all there is and no story, no characters, no plot, it is a boring read. I have truly hated the last couple of LKH books and that makes me sad because I was so in love with her first writings. I think LKH has forgotten how to write a book, so she just compiles more sex, more partners for Anita and has none of the adventure, and terror we have come to expect from Anita It you want an Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novel, don't buy this because you will be really disappointed. I know that I am done with this series and LKH. Good bye Anita, I will miss you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really excited when I first started to read this book. I have no issues with the sex or the long winded character descriptions. I was on edge while reading the first 3/4ths of the book. It seemed to be leading up to an epic battle. Then I was crushed and disappointed when LKH decided to wrap everything up in a neat little bow in the last 5 or 6 pages. I loved the idea of the story and felt this book could have gone on for many more chapters and been such a great book! I was a little weary of reading it after "Flirt" (a complete waste of time in my opinion), and now after this ending... I'm not so sure I want to read the next book.
Laugh More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Hamilton's Anita Blake series. I read through all of her books and found them exciting, thrilling, sexy, and dark. This, being the latest of the series, still holds those standards. This book is more sex than the rest, but it seems to be building to what the next book will hold. Through this book, I was waiting for a major bloodbath in the end, but it never came. I think the suspense in this book will add more color and adventure to the final battle with the big beasties. Every story needs its' suspense to make the final battle well worth it. I love the characters and they all stay true to themselves. I love Hamilton's writing style and how she can put you into the characters and make you believe they are real people. Her descriptions make them jump out of the page and make you believe they either want to make love to you or take a chunk out of your neck. The characters come to life and that is hard to put into writing. Props to Hamilton! Although I liked some of her other books better than Bullet, I do like this book as well. Some books put more into Anita's job as an animator, or U.S. marshal, others show more of her at home life. I think it is good to keep these different perspectives and show all aspects of a character's life. It makes them more real.