Kiss the Dead : Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

  • by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by Kimberly Alexis
  • Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more.…
But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them.…

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Weak Link in the Anita Blake Series

I started reading the Anita Blake series with a true appreciation for the story and characters. As the series developed, I treated the series like an old friend, overlooking the annoying traits and focusing on the familiar good qualities. Like many fans, in the later books I enjoy parts of the story and cringe at other aspects. In book 21 it becomes even more difficult to wade through the slimy swamp to get to the island of plot.

In fairness, there is a bit of story here, and there is a crime to be solved. In typical LKH fashion and without spoilers, there is a speedy conclusion without a lot a detail -- LKH's usual, "Oh, by the way, we got the bad guy" ending. The villian is not well integrated into the story and the wrap-up is much too simplistic after drama point is reached.

While there was not quite as much sex as some of the books in the middle of the series when the ardeur ran amuck and bad guys were forcing events, this book reached a new level for passionless, emotionless, thoughtless, mechanical sex. The in-the-moment discussion and analysis of size and position, coupled with post-game player comparisons and performance appraisals of "you were AMAZING," were at times truly cringe-worthy. While in the past I did not agree with many of the sex-scene decisions made by LKH, I could feel that the author thought they were necessary to her vision of the events and characters. In this book, I didn't get the feeling that LKH wanted to include the sex.

For me, the Anita Blake series has been like a delicious nut with a tough and enormous shell, but there is usually enough enjoyment to reward the effort. LKH has a fantastic imagination and has created a wonderful world for her characters. I feel that these 21 books could be edited and culled down to about 3 or 4 works of fantastic fiction, but that is pure hindsight. What I do know is that this book was greatly overwhelming in shell with very little nut to be found.
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- pewter

Done with Anita Blake

I enjoyed the Anita Blake books back in the day when Anita was a heroine and her story had a plot.

Unfortunately, Anita has become a pathetic example of a pseudo-heroine with such poor decision making skills when it comes to her personal life that she is forced to call herself "poly-amorous" and "hetero-flexible". I know this is fiction but really...no one has time for a successful career and THAT many lovers and so much time to whine about them.

The best thing I can say about this book is that FINALLY the use of the word "spill" and all of its accompanying forms has been greatly minimized compared to previous Anita Blake books.

I'm sad to see that Laurell Hamilton's writing talent has been reduced to such drivel so my advice to potential readers is to find something else to read. It's time for Anita Blake to be put to rest.
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- Tiffani

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio