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Danse Macabre 
6th-May-2006 02:25 pm
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Those of you who know me know I am a book reviewer. I get massive amounts of books in the mail. As a matter of fact, the postman just delivered two packages full of books. I am a bibliophile and love books, but sometimes a real stinker of a book comes my way.

My rant is about the latest Laurell K. Hamilton book, Danse Macabre. I must admit that I loved the early books in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, but this book is horrid. I know I will be panned for saying this, but it is true.

I remember being so excited when a new LKH book came out. I got out of bed with pneumonia on the day Narcissus in Chains was released. I have attended her book signings when she comes to Chicago. I even interviewed her for SFSite.com. I was a fan - until this book. I am so disappointed in the lack of storyline and the emphasis on sex. I don't mean sex scenes that make you squirm a little - I mean sex scenes that make you want to hurl. Considering one of my best friends is a professional dominatrix, I think I have a high tolerance for bizarre sexual acts.

All I can say is the publisher probably does not want me to review this book. I will make the sacrifice and finish it so I can write a nice discourse on why no one should purchase this book. Maybe I'll get lucky and the book will suddenly get better.
6th-May-2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
I've been disappointed with pretty much everything she's written from Obsidian Butterfly onward. That's about the time she a) started publishing in hardcover, b) seems to have switched editors, c) started apologizing in print to her writing group for not having time to let them read her manuscripts and d) started cranking out a new book every six months. Gee, I wonder what happened?
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