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I was a huge fan of the first nine or ten Anita Blake books, and doggedly stuck through the last several installations in the hope that Hamilton would bring back the tough-as-nails vampire hunter I knew and loved. Unfortunately for me, the last few books ran like this:
There's a murder. Anita and Jean Claude talk. Anita and a few guys have sex. Then they talk about all the reasons they had sex. Anita feels guilty because she's having too much sex. She has some more sex. Lather, rinse, and repeat a few times, throw in some overdramatic scenes with Richard/Micah/whoever, solve the murder case in the last twenty pages, slap a twenty-five dollar price tag on it, and call it done.
In Skin Trade, however, Hamilton brings Anita back to herself. This story is a decent paranormal mystery, almost as good as "Circus of the Damned" or "Blue Moon". She does throw in a few sex scenes (pretty good ones, too), but doesn't lose the thrust of the mystery in all of the. . .well, thrusting.
I, for one, am thrilled to have the old girl back to carrying around more weapons than boyfriends. For the first time in a long time, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book.
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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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