08/29/2004 Entry: "LKH's INCUBUS DREAMS--Loads of Sex, Little Plot (Suzanne)"
It's a big book. Lots of words. Lots of sex. Not much plot.
I was hoping for better from Laurell K. Hamilton's INCUBUS DREAMS. I've been sticking with the Anita Blake series, and finding the last few books still readable if not up to the level of the first books in the series (up through BLUE MOON). Unfortunately, I'm seeing a big decline in quality in this one.
In past books Hamilton has created some core characters that we get to know and care about. Instead of concentrating on this core group, she has Anita in way too many sexual situations with characters who are strangers to us (and to Anita!), and then these characters are never developed further in the book. Except for a very sweet and sexy scene with Jean Claude, most of these sexual situations in the book are weirdly unerotic to read. Even the big Jean Claude, Richard and Anita three-way (that many of us have been looking forward to!) is a dud.
The plot is an afterthought, or at least it seems so, since it takes up relatively little page space in a long book. There is a group of serial killer vampires who move from community to community preying on strippers, and Anita is in the thick of things as usual. There are hints and portents of trouble to come, and a master vampire of tremendous power who never shows up (I assume he or she will turn up in the next book).
There were an amazing amount of spelling and syntax errors in this advance reader copy. "Wretch" for "retch". "Loose" for "lose". I wouldn't mention this, expecting the errors would be corrected in the hardback, except I seem to remember there were lots of problems like this in CERULEAN SINS. These errors just drive me nuts and can really cut down on my enjoyment of a book.
There are some of us so invested in Anita that we will probably continue reading the series, but not with the anticipation of former years. I certainly won't buy the hardbacks--I'll put my name on the hold list at the library for the next one.
I'll be very interested to see if any of you have a different response to the book.--Suzanne
I'm not sure if I read more than one Anita Blake book. However, I've been following the Merry Gentry series with its Seelie/Unseelie courts, politics, etc.
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Just to clarify - your review of Incubus Dreams was based on an advance reader's copy?
I was (un)lucky enough to read an ARC of Cerulean Sins, that was full of grammar, spelling, and syntax errors. There was little to no coherent plot, and bad character building. I was much relieved to read the actual release of Cerulean Sins, which, while not exactly Shakespeare, was much better than the ARC.
Here's hoping the actual ID will be less painful.
Posted by Sam @ 08/30/2004 01:18 AM ET