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The Harlequin: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008
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- Publisher : Berkley (April 29, 2008)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0515144614
- ISBN-13 : 978-0515144611
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.23 x 1.23 x 6.73 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #159,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ms. H, could have been much more descriptive in the sex scenes if she was only interested in pornography and fluff. Instead she has made all of her characters real and there is always a reason for the sex as part of the narrative. They have all grown and changed with each book. I have been amazed since the first Anita Blake novel at her deep understanding of human nature both good and bad and the way it effects people. I have read each book in order of it's writing except this one. I thought that I had read it, as it was in my library, but I kept running into references to things that I should have known, but didn't, about in later books. So of course I went back and read it. It filled in a lot of the blanks that lack of knowledge caused in the few later books I have read. If you have any issues with sex and sexuality these books are probably not for you, but if you have even a small understanding of human nature and are interested in people you will enjoy them. They certainly take a different view of vampires, wereanimals of any kind and GOOD & EVIL, and they are a lot of fun to read.
Continuity . . . Willie McCoy's life love was not some unknown . . . Candy??? It was Hannah. Reread Burnt Offerings Ms. Hamilton if you need a refresher. At the end of Obsidian Butterfly, Olaf did not take the heart of the vampire while Anita took the head. It was the other way around.
Richard . . . what can I say. I don't know who he represents in LKH's real life, although we can guess. He has all the components of a very unhappy divorce and justification. Please . . . just kill him off. I'm sick to death of scene after scene of the reasons why he and Anita are no longer together. You've already destroyed every other worthwhile character in the book, just kill Richard off. I'm sure Anita and Jean Claude will survive it.
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I persevered, both because i like to see a series through to the end, and because i had faith in Anita, Jean-Claude and others as character. In the end i was rewarded with this book. It's almost back to where the series started in that the story has the same feel, it has a real plot-line that carries the series forward and adds intrigue, mystery and action whilst balancing with the emotional aspects raised in the previous few books (but does not allow them to overpower the plot). In short, a very nice recovery for the series.
If the books keep to this standard then I will be thrilled, because truly, the last few, though readable, lost a lot of the series' charm. Glad to see that things have improved.
That said, the earlier books are still better in my opinion, hence 4 instead of 5 stars. However, a very good read, thoroughly enjoyable.
There is too much pointless, plot-less sex in the books (since about book 9) and now any storyline is stuffed behind Anita 'thinking' about sex, relationships and other general moaning. It's not that much fun to read yet read it we (fans) all still do. I finished the book really quickly and I do love all the characters and the politics, but where's the Goddamned story?!?!!? The books are never as good as the early plot driven novels - One thing I get really annoyed at is Anita's immense powers that never seem to amount to much. A sign of dragging the series out too long maybe?
I know that here on amazon.co.uk we're British and maybe sex isn't something we're totally hindged on (The american reviews often praise the sex) and I have to say the sex in the Merry Gentry books is perfectly pitched - I really enjoy that, but we're only on book 6 there, by book 14 that too may not be enough to keep me reading.
I just wonder if it's time for the conclusion of Anita Blake?