Depending on how high a tolerance for the p0rn you've got, you may want to stop around Obsidian Butterflies. LKH's books just slide further and further into being bad erotic fanfics of her earlier stuff...
I was just about to say the same thing. I loved the series until Obsidian Butterflies. Then the new two books introduced a dozen new characters whose sole primary purpose seems to have sex and I got tired of trying to find the plot amid the porn. I haven't even bothered with the last few books.
It does turn into total porn at that point, but I still read them. I tried to excuse the series as an example of how you can become somebody else after you begin to slide down hill, but I doubt the series is deep enough to contain hidden meanings. If you like vampires and werewolves in your porn, it's great.
I advise stopping after Narcissus In Chains (which is not very good, either). It is sad, how the series has plummeted.
I believe that was the one where I had finally had enough and just stopped reading.
I like the Laurell K Hamilton books... although her lead female characters tend to be rather similar when all was said and done, increasing in powers and men in her harem as the books go by... but still, good mind candy from time to time... You might also consider her Fairy Boinking, I mean, Meredith Gentry series
Have you ever read any Anne Bishop books? She has a few good trilogies, too. More fantasy, less vampires and what not, but some good relationship food for thought along the way, too...
No - I will keep it in mind. Thanks!
I love the Anita Blake books. Definitely addictive. I also like the Merry Gentry books, but slightly less.
I'm also going to have to look into Diana Gabaldon's books, since I keep seeing her review on the back of the Anita Blakes.
So many books...
The violence is replaced in large part with sex. Lots of sex. Really graphic sex. I mean pages and pages AND PAGES of it. I miss when Anita shot people...
appallingly bad editing
I couldn't tell you now which ones they were (though they were probably the then-most-recent ones, and one of them was the one in which the antagonist was the head of the powerful law firm) but, when I read the two Anita Blakes which qtrhorserider got for Christmas 2002 from my stepdaughter, I kept editing Anita's dialog with the villains for length. Mostly just in my head, but at least two passages I actually wrote down.
I don't think I could say much about this series that hasn't already been said (mostly negative). But she does give (badly written) good porn. :D
I'm probably in the minority here but I have to confess..the sole reason I read those books is for the porn. Yep. Plot schmlot...Anita irritated the hell out of me, she's emotionally wimpy and abnoxious...but at least she's getting laid in awesome ways :D
In another book or two.
I agree with all of the above ... total porn ... but that is what I read them for. If I want plot, I will read something else! The Merry Gentry is even better for porn ... hot sexy Faerie Porn! :)
I'd never even heard of it before now!
When I read the Blending series the first time, I read all five books in one sitting. I then emailed Sharon Green and said, "It's your fault I just stayed up all night right before I'm supposed to start my new job. YOUR FAULT! (Hurry up and finish the second series!)" Or something like that, anyway.
She replied back to me, simply, "Hee!"
Oh, and I have read all the Anita books, and all of the Meredith Gentry books as well. I enjoy them, but they aren't Deep™. I would wish for a better copy editor at the very least in her most recent stuff, but eh.
I agree that Jim Butcher's Dresden books are better writing by a long shot, but I might be biased, as Jim's one of the folks in my longtime online social circle. *grin* I haven't read his other series yet, though.
Good on you for getting into a new series! I devoured the first three books in the Anita Blake series, but I could never get any farther. I think I was eventually turned off by the repetitive descriptions.
You are inspiring me to give them another go, however...
The Merry Gentry books are pr0n without the pesky narrative. Admittedly, I like a little build-up, but if you only have 15 minutes to read...
Get right down to business, eh? ;-)
OMG, those are HIDEOUS!!!!! Jean-Claude is not an emo 14-year-old!!!!
My brain hurts now.
If you manage to get to Obsidian Butterfly, just STOP. Pretend it ends there. It's not that I'm not all for porn - porn is awesome, and when it's erotically written it is fabulous. But LKH's latest porn is BORING, poorly written, repetitive, and.... there is way too much of it. After OB, if you start skipping the porn you're essentially left with a short story, and Anita is overall a tired, whining Mary Sue. The last couple of books are nigh unreadable.
Oopsie - the group is actually lkh_lashouts
. It's a place for fans of the series to lament what's happened to it, and it's damn amusing.
Heh. A friend recently lambasted the one LKH book she read, and the descriptions are starting to sound like my opinion of Anne Rice's Beauty
Best vampire series ever? The Jack Fleming books by p_n_elrod
Yeah, I couldn't get through the Beauty books. While the occasional spank is erotic, I found that level of torture appalling, not sexy in the least.