by Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.
Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”
Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…
Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
AFFLICTION has been my favorite Anita Blake book in a long, long time. Interesting action, actual relationship development between several characters, and some intriguing issues for future books. I enjoyed how some of Anita’s lovers are starting to distinguish themselves from the pack, and the action side of things (minus the repetitive ego-stroking and head-butting with law enforcement), was interesting. For the first time in a long time, Anita suffered a loss that touched my emotions.
Around these compelling elements, however, there was still a lot of this story that was dead weight. At this point in the series, I view the inevitable diatribes between Anita and various small-minded, petty, strangers much like junk DNA. As long as it is skippable without causing me to lose the flow of the story, I’m fine. There were a few instances where I had to flip back to the beginning of a conversation to figure out who is talking to Anita. Ernest Hemmingway style, Hamilton doesn’t break up her dialog with a lot of “Anita said/Nicky said” tags, but this doesn’t work when discussions don’t offer any context clues as to who is speaking (Meaning, Anita always sounds like Anita, but most bodyguards/lovers/police officers are interchangeable cyphers and hard to keep track of).
Viewing AFFLICTION in the context of recently re-reading the Merry Gentry series, I’d say the Anita Blake books have become all about mechanics. Whether it be the nuts and bolts of police/SWAT procedure or the Do’s and Don’ts of group sex and polyamorous relationships, Blake has become very cut and dry. While much of those mechanical relationships I can miss, I still enjoy Hamilton’s fantastical elements. The way power shifts in her world, the way politics collides with practice, the way Anita continues to develop new powers and abilities… all of these details are what keep me coming back for more.
- Guilty Pleasures
- The Laughing Corpse
- Circus of the Damned
- The Lunatic Cafe
- Bloody Bones
- The Killing Dance
- Burnt Offerings
- Blue Moon
- Obsidian Butterfly
- Narcissus in Chains
- Cerulean Sins
- Incubus Dreams
- Danse Macabre
- The Harlequin
- Blood Noir
- Skin Trade
- Hit List
- Kiss the Dead
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