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I'll only read ten pages. Ri-ight. [Jan. 17th, 2007|05:51 am]
Zoethe
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I was up too late and am way too tired this morning.

I blame my friend Kat.

You see, I'd heard of the Anita Blake mysteries - I even had one that I'd picked up somewhere along the way - but I hadn't gotten pulled into it when I first picked it up.

Then Kat, who is a fan, invited me to join her book group. It meets every two months, and whoever is hosting gets to choose the book. Since I joined, we've read The Handmaid's Tale, Running with Scissors, Ivanhoe, and The Mermaid Chair.

Prior to my joining, Kat had chosen Guilty Pleasures, the first in the Anita Blake series. I wasn't part of the group, so I didn't read it. Honestly, it should have stayed below my event horizon.

But a couple of the group members who read it went on to read more of the books. And it, more than any other past book, keeps coming up. So a while back I pulled out my copy of Guilty Pleasures and read it. It was okay. A fun read, but not much impact.

This weekend, however, I happened to pick up The Laughing Corpse, the second book. The first half I read in a desultory, between-other-activities sort of way. Then on Monday I got into the second half. And when I finished it on Monday, I pulled on my jacket, braved a blustery, wet day, and walked the mile to Half-Price books in search of book 3. As they had them, I also picked up books 4, 5 and 6.

Part of this is because of the promise of vampire pr0n. I'll admit it; I'm curious. But mostly it's because they are entertaining reads, despite appallingly bad editing, even at this early stage in her work. Yes, it's utter junk, but it's fun junk.

So last night at 10:30 I kissed Ferrett goodnight (Tuesdays are guys-and-cards nights here), and climbed into bed with my itty bitty booklight, thinking I would read for 15 minutes.

An hour (and half the book) later, I made myself turn off the lights. It's silly, really. But I told myself I'd stop just as soon as she got out of this scrape, and then forgot and found myself in the middle of another. 5am alarms are a bitch when you do that.

It's all Kat's fault.

(Still I made myself get up and go workout. Go me.)
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[User Picture]From: lurkerwithout
2007-01-17 12:28 pm (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2007-01-17 01:01 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: moropus
2007-01-17 01:05 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2007-01-17 01:11 pm (UTC)
I advise stopping after Narcissus In Chains (which is not very good, either). It is sad, how the series has plummeted.

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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2007-01-17 07:33 pm (UTC)
I believe that was the one where I had finally had enough and just stopped reading.
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[User Picture]From: forestmaster
2007-01-17 01:12 pm (UTC)
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, too...

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...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-17 02:24 pm (UTC)
No - I will keep it in mind. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: kalieris
2007-01-17 01:40 pm (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-17 02:25 pm (UTC)
Indeed.
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[User Picture]From: lurkerwithout
2007-01-17 02:01 pm (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: scarfman
2007-01-17 02:37 pm (UTC)

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.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-17 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised.
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2007-01-17 03:00 pm (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2007-01-17 03:35 pm (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-17 03:56 pm (UTC)
In another book or two.

I'm waaaaaiting.....

;-)
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[User Picture]From: phenom_woman
2007-01-17 04:04 pm (UTC)
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! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-17 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'd never even heard of it before now!
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[User Picture]From: ysabel
2007-01-17 04:20 pm (UTC)
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!"
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[User Picture]From: ysabel
2007-01-17 04:27 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: perseph12
2007-01-17 04:56 pm (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-17 05:14 pm (UTC)
Get right down to business, eh? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: lurkerwithout
2007-01-17 07:49 pm (UTC)
Plus of course the books are now becoming available in bad comics form
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-18 01:14 am (UTC)
OMG, those are HIDEOUS!!!!! Jean-Claude is not an emo 14-year-old!!!!

My brain hurts now.
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[User Picture]From: tonights
2007-01-17 08:52 pm (UTC)
lkhlashouts

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.
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[User Picture]From: tonights
2007-01-17 08:55 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2007-01-17 09:50 pm (UTC)
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 books.

Best vampire series ever? The Jack Fleming books by p_n_elrod.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-18 01:24 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: supremegoddess1
2007-01-18 01:11 am (UTC)
the series started off really well...now most of us just read it for the trainwreck value - all porn, many typos, limited plot. we want to stop, we just...can't.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-18 11:53 am (UTC)
That certainly would be one way of staying awake on the road!
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