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Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) (edizione 2013)

di Laurell K. Hamilton (Autore)

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Vampire hunting heroine Anita Blake faces creatures that hunt in daylight and are faster and stronger than vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes. Can Anita stop them before more humans perish in agony?
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Titolo:Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
Autori:Laurell K. Hamilton (Autore)
Info:Berkley (2013), Edition: First Edition, 576 pages
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I really loved Laurell K. Hamilton's early Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series books but I did feel like she lost the thread a bit in the middle of the series. I am glad to say that it seems like she is focusing more on the story line and less on the sex of late which makes the books better in my opinion. I think Anita is a great character and Laurell K. Hamilton can write a great plot but her overly complicated sex scenes can somewhat take away from the book. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Slightly more disjointed, but very definitely on the same level of writing as Obsidian Butterfly. Really had fun with this one. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Its still Dark Age Anita Blake, but not the worst of the Dark Age.

Anita: She doesn't develop much if at all. She is still preachy and sanctimonious about her lifestyle. She is still a raging Pick Me who is immediately suspicious, judgmental, and toxic towards any woman she encounters; the internalized misogyny is so blatant. She is still in really toxic relationships and the romantization of sociopathy and the "I can tame/fix him" approach she has is gross - especially in the case of Nick in which there is literal rape involved. She is still a Mary Sue who is explicitly stated by other characters as being better than anyone else, and anyone who doesn't love her is a bad guy. She really needs some de-powering, and she really needs a Good character to call her out on her shit in a meaningful way.

Plot: There's very little, and plot threads are picked up and dropped constantly. For example, Micah and his family are an afterthought for most of the book. There's a lot of pregnancy talk and weird focus on when Anita does and doesn't use protection, or does or doesn't vomit, that comes out of nowhere and then disappears. (I legit couldn't tell if this is foreshadowing of another pregnancy scare or just random repetitive descriptions.) There's the beginnings of a plot thread about some cops setting Anita up that just disappears.

There's significant repetition - we hear the same speech about polyamory 4-5 times in just the opening of the book, we get the same reminders about the exact height of everyone in the room and their weightlifting routine, the same nagging about the importance of feeding.

Action: The fight scenes are decently written and exciting. Hamilton spends a bit too much time repeating the same Gun Facts™ each fight. Ironically, many of the fight scenes simultaneously play up the danger of the zombies while forgetting just how dangerous the mundane aspects are - fires in hospitals can cause explosions, for example. Being more mindful of those aspects would have led to more grounded yet compelling action scenes.

Sex: There's some sex but it isn't as pervasive as in earlier Dark Age books. That's good! The bad news is that the sex scenes were terribly, horribly unsexy for me. Hospital showers are not a sexy place.

I really think this is a book that could have risen to 3 or even 4 stars with some solid editing. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
The bad first, and it's not as bad as you might think: there's a half-dozen obligatory sex scenes. If it hadn't been written in as a character flaw that's also a series-long plot-device, as a response to Laurell K Hamilton's publisher demanding that she cannot mix romance (or furry romance) with (hard-boiled police-drama/necromancy/furry politics/vamp politics/musings about what makes a person a sociopath,) then I might have written-off the series more than ten books ago as needlessly sexed-up.

The good: The author is bold. She throws many genres in the pile and watches them go at each other in a urban-fantasy death-match. My personal favorites are the suspense and tension resolved by an inevitable power-up and conclusion that shows us just how god-like this character really is after consistently leveling-up for 22 books.

That's another thing I like: The fact that Anita Blake has leveled-up. If you take the great majority of hard-boiled fiction and analyze them, you'll find that the main characters never change. Anita does have a very hard time changing her basic make-up, it's true, but when she eventually gets over her flaming shit-pile of emotional and personal drama, I'm at the point where I'm cheering and clapping my hands with relief. When she finally allows herself to use her hard-won powers, or isn't so squeemish about them, I'm very pleased to see some fucking awesome fireworks. That's the point. I've watched a lot of anime, and watching Anita Blake go otherworldly is as great as some of the really messed-up shit over on that little island in the pacific.

Honestly, when I was first reading the series, it was the first of its kind in my knowledge. Urban Fantasy in general might have been around before, but I hardly credited Lestat for starting it. This marks the 20th anniversary of Anita Blake, and I think the series could have grown into something greater than any other, if it hadn't gone all porn on us. Still, I think about what has been accomplished, if I ignore the porn, and I think about how great the series is.

The middle books were the worst for the porn, but thank god she's moved away from it and back to the complicated mix of genres she started with. I find myself daydreaming and consider writing a fan-fiction of her stuff. You know how so much fan-fic throws a boatload of odd sexual encounters into an established storyline? I fantasize about killing off all of Anita Blake's lovers and put her on anti-depressants to reduce her sex-drive chemically. Force her to feed on anger instead of sex, as she does now. Have her bind every freakin vampire in the world under her necromancy, raise all of the world's dead, and make her start a war against an army of wholesome demons pouring in from a rift in the netherworld. That way I can get my fix of Anita without too much A: Personal Drama... when she sees a problem, she's a bullet. She can cry about her loss off-screen after the book. B: Gratuitous Sex Scenes... her 40 to 50 regular lovers are all dead because of the demons, the whole world is full of rage, what is an energy vampire supposed to do now? C: Did I mention personal drama? I want ACTION out of this character, because that's where she shines and shines.

Ending tirade now. Yes, I gave this 4 stars, because the good really does outweigh the bad, and I'm flexible enough to enjoy a story based on what the author was originally intending, despite my personal preferences.

One last thing: I might have enjoyed this book a little more if the final action wasn't as quick, more impressively mind-blowing. I'm just saying. It's hard to keep all of the other books out of my mind, as well, when I'm in the middle of the series. NO ONE would know what the hell was going on without reading the previous ones.

Peace! ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Not the worst Anita Blake. ( )
  DavidEves | Oct 22, 2019 |
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