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Flirt: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011
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- Publisher : Berkley; Reissue edition (February 22, 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0515148970
- ISBN-13 : 978-0515148978
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #137,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoy these books- that's why I feel a bit robbed by this one. Short, and only four scenes- most of them short- office, restaurant, mansion, graveyard- wham, bam, thank you ma'am!
Laurell, please- don't crank out a book every year to cash in on your fans. Don't keep describing everything that happened in every previous book in the new book to fill in space- maybe allude to, or even mention- but DON'T describe the whole tableau in every book you write! Your fans read your books, probably in order even- let them enjoy recognizing a reference to a previous novel and be smug that they are in the know about Anita's life and experiences, don't bore them to death reading about it for the fifteenth time!!
And for the love of God- DON'T keep having the endless discussions such as between Richard and Anita debating morality or other issues!! Let them progress, and even if the issue is still there let them MENTION that they've discussed it before, instead of chewing it to death over and over and over... it just seems like your books now are filled with 50% describing events from previous books and exhausting conversations that never end! I find myself skimming over entire pages to get to some narrative that actually talks about events that bring the story forward...
Please- go back to the first 2-3 books in this series, and try to recapture that pace and flavor. Those are what hooked your readers.
Do yourself a favor, and just try to find a better series to read. This one is played out.
Problem #1: Lack of characters. My favorite characters are no where in sight. Jean Claude is mentioned in passing, Richard not at all. Sadly that's nothing new for the recent books but the characters that do appear are sadly lacking. Micah has always been a blank to me but I've always loved Jason & I've grown to like Nathaniel. Both of them seemed blah to me in this book.Even though the book is titled "Flirt," Jason has been much more flirty, in your face, bubbly in past books & Nathaniel seemed too quiet & subdued, where was the hint of strength he has been slowly developing (the thing that made me start to like him)? And the werelion Anita rolls & adopts... there is nothing new or interesting about him, nothing different from many of the other Anita boytoys. He's totally interchangeable with at least 5 other characters.
Problem #2: Anita's job or lack thereof. I was excited at the thought of seeing Anita at work raising the dead again. But we learn nothing new or exciting in the scenes with the 2 clients. We've seen these characters before in earlier books & Anita responds to them the same as she always does with total lack of respect. In fact, part of this story (sadly I can't really call this a real book) seems lifted directly from earlier books. We've seen clients with hidden agendas before. We've seen Anita forced to raise the dead before. We've seen Anita raise an entire cemetary before. We've seen Anita sic her zombies on bad clients before. We've seen Anita get away with it before. We've seen Anita roll, have sex with, & adopt another boytoy many many times before.
Problem #3: Flirting. Sorry, I was totally uninterested in this plotline. One of the things I liked best about the early Anita was her tough, non-girliness. I never considered it a weakness. But at least half of this story is Anita learning to sort of flirt. Why? I didn't feel it added to her character in any way. I didn't feel it made Anita more interesting. I thought it was kind of sad, actually. Anita is supposed to be such a powerful character but I felt this just made her seem weak, needy, & incredibly ignorant of the simplest social interactions.
On the other hand, despite my problems with "Flirt" it's not all bad.
Positive #1: Not as bad as other books. While I wasn't thrilled with "Flirt," it didn't disgust me. It's a quick read (& not just because of the lack of length). The writing seemed to flow more easily than some other recent books. I thought the juxtaposition of the flirting scene with the kidnapping / threats scene was just a bit jarring. Maybe another flirting scene at the end might have made a more closed circle for me. But there was nothing that made me want to throw the book across the room unlike some other books.
Positive #2: The comic. I really enjoyed the comic at the end. I thought it was cute, interesting, & fun. I liked it more as a climpse into the real LKH than I do the section she wrote herself about how she got her idea. I may just have to search out more by the artist.
To close: Just when I think I'm finally ready to give up on LKH there's a hint of something that keeps me coming back in search of what I liked so much about the early books. Was there enough of that hint in this book to make me buy the next book? I haven't decided yet. I keep hoping. I hear there may be some significant changes in the next book. Please let it be a return to fewer, stronger characters, more actual plot that actually allows the characters to grow & develope, & less pointless sex with blank, uninteresting, interchangeable boytoys.
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Now for the review. First of all, apart from being short, its entirely fan service. No in depth plot-line, no continuation of the current plots and plots that we've had hints towards. Nothing special happens in the story. There is only one notable point in the entire book and I get the feeling it'd going to get mostly ignored or pushed aside.
The first 20% or so of the book is introduction, half of that being almost pointless. At around 20% we get something a little more interesting and admittedly, I enjoyed that, its not a bad story, not really. My main issue with the whole thing is the length, lack of detail and the fact that it felt like a filler episode in a tv series. Imagine a series based on a continual plot-line, and then they throw in an episode with no relation to the plot, with a weak story, fluff and eye candy. This is the Anita Blake version of a filler episode.
Its not worth the money to me. This is the first time ever I had paid so much for what is a novella... I avoid novella's unless they are cheaply bought and have a point to them. This was not cheap, most of the full length novels I buy do not cost this much. Worst of all, it had no real point to it.
And just when the series was starting to pick up again too. Really disappointing. Unfortunately I've already bought Bullet, the next in the series, as I expected both this and the next to be worth a read given the pick-up in the last few books... but now I'm dreading that I just paid for another novella... I really really hope this is a one off blip.
Well, I thought that with the previous novel: Skin Trade, matters were improving. But No! This is a weakly constructed, simply plotted novella, that disappears among all the adjacent books on my shelf, as it is so thin (200 pages of large font).
It is not worth purchasing and she must be "laughing all the way the bank" at the poor suckers like myself who paid money for it.
I thought having exhausted the excesses of the graphic sex in the recent members of this series she would return to the decent more complex crafted style of the early ones.
I am terribly disappointed and can only hope that the next one in the series: Bullet (just bought) will be better; at least it is over 400 pages long and in a SMALL font!