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Okay..so far Blake is back in form. No ridiculous sex scene after sex scene... However I have not been able to make it through the entire book yet.. It was so bored that I backed out to listen to Mean Streets about half way through. While seeming to get back to pre-sex-obsessed Blake novel theme, thus far, the story is putting me to sleep. After a the past six month diet of Peter F. Hamilton and Brandon Sanderson..not to mention the latest Harry Dresden novel, I find myself not caring much about this book. The story, thus far, is pretty much interchangeable with any of the earlier Blake novels. OooooOoOOoo...Marme Noir is doing something new! Wilikers! Pardon me while I yawn. Oooo..more sexual tension and crazy powers manifesting. Sorry, but this, so far, is just hack work. I had to put this down half way through when I found myself looking for an excuse to listen to something else. Hard core Anita fans will like this book, hands down. But anyone looking for some kind of serious story progression will be sadly disappointed. There's way too much talk and explaining of EVERYTHING. She infodumps in such a way that make it nearly like listening to a technical manual, a dry boring one at that. I may edit this review if I can manage to listen to the rest of the book but when I find myself able to listen to an Audio book while doing other things, not caring if I miss parts of the 'story', that is a bad sign. I can't say this a BAD Blake novel. It's probably the best one since before she got so wrapped up in the ridiculous sex infatuation, but it's just..boring. I find myself not caring much and wishing for something with a bit more meat to it.
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I loved the Anita Blake series when it first came out, because it was all about Anita and how she solved crimes and kicked butt with her special abilities. Some of the story was about her personal life. Then the series got really sexual. I don't mind a hot read, but the sex part took over the novels until the story line was lost. I found myself thinking, "Oh no, not another sex scene!" I almost stopped reading the series. This book seems to steer back to less sex, but there is a lot of talking between characters and not much action. If it was possible to talk a vampire to death, all the vamps would have been dead by the 3rd chapter. So for me, the pacing was slow, but overall it was an interesting read. At least Anita has some backbone again rather than just being on her back all the time.
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