Here are comments on LKH’s latest Anita Blake book from those of us who haven’t yet abandoned the series. First up: Shelley.
I finished DANSE MACABRE by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is one of the books in the series that moves the story line foward but is an issues book. That is, it revolved around exploring Anita’s powers rather than Anita solving a crime. Otherwise, the story was wall-to-wall sex.I did get caught up in the book, and the politics were interesting, but I found myself thinking that once again the ending seemed rushed. I would really enjoy a book that has Anita solving crime and also has her focusing on her inner circle. I do not think the multiple men are going anywhere but would like to see her spend more time with Jean-Claude, Asher, Micah, et. al. That is, actually relationship building. Actual conversations would be nice . –Shelley
And here’s JW’s take:
I wouldn’t mind more time with the inner circle as well, but I loved the book. What can I really say about it? I love the series, so I expected to love this one, and I did. There is probably less dramatic change to Anita’s personal life in this one than in the previous few books, but rather more taking stock of where she is and where she’s heading. This reflection is brought on by worries about a possible pregnancy and by the growing need to add a man (or men) to her list to feed the ardeur.I know some people who liked the earlier books in the series don’t like the turns it has taken (more men and more sex), but I like it. If I’d been asked without reading the books I would’ve said I wouldn’t like the concept — I like romance with monogamy and happy endings and all that great sappy stuff — but the complicated relationships within this series (and also LKH’s other series) work for me. I can’t explain why, and I am sure that very few writers could make these type of scenarios work for me. – JW
So there you have it. I’m still unconvinced there’s anything in this series worth my time anymore, but I’m a hater that way.