Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #22
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Read by Kimberly Alexis
Penguin Audio 2 Jul 2013
19 hours 3 minutes
Mass Market Paperback & E-Book | 624 PagesPenguin/Jove: 3 Jun 2014
Hardcover: 576 pages Berkley Hardcover; First Edition first Printing edition (July 2, 2013)
Review of Audiobook download from library. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”Anita Blake 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. http://www.penguin.com/book/affliction-by-laurell-k-hamilton/9780515154276
This is probably the best Anita Blake book I have read in a while, but perhaps it’s because I haven’t read one in a while though. When I think on it, it is a replay all the same themes: The societal issues with females who have sex with more than one person, polyamory, and issues with having sex with more than one species. The major difference is repairing parental relationship and how they actually accept the Micah/Nathanial/Anita/ Jean Claude/Asher, etc. relationship.
The same kinds of characters are back too — shifters, zombies, the dead, the undead, and the I-thought-you-were-really-really-dead-but-now-you-aren’t. Here’s my real issue: sometimes it all reads like a therapist is writing the story. I first noted this issue this past winter with the novella JASON. It reminded me of a drug company ad where, in a conversational tone, some guy manages to slip all the reasons he would need to call his doctor while taking the medication. Only this is with sex, polyamorous relationships, vampire hunting and execution, and whatever else Anita is into.
We do see how she is able to gain the respect of others with her way of getting the job done. What’s weird is that I still don’t get the whole love polygon these people-ish beings are engaged in. It’s polyamorous, and related to her having become a succubus vampire, but some people she just has sex with and others she loves and has sex with. It’s no wonder the story sounds like therapy.Anita and friends do partake in some super kinky and dangerous, Do-Not-Try-This-At-Home-Kids, sex. If you like the kink, some horror, and paranormal wrapped up in one package, this could do it for you!
But, still, I liked it more than the novella that came out at the same time this did, and JASON.
I had narration issues: I dislike books with sound effects — in this case there are mostly battle noises. And music. It annoyed me. If I wanted to listen to a radio drama I would have been born 50 years earlier. Ms. Alexis is obviously comfortable with voicing the narration and manages to keep all the voices straight. I didn’t like all of her vocalizations, in this case Nathanial’s voice (part of the love triangle Anita shares a house with, Nathanial is a submissive, exotic dancer, leopard shifter and bisexual). It just didn’t represent him for me. I had specifically not continued with this series because I disliked the direction in which it seemed to be heading, but, I was all out of audio books and this was a handy library download when I needed one. It was also a longer audiobook, which I really like. I give it a tentative recommendation.