Friday, July 11, 2008
Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novel)
What was this book about?
Anita has a life that many others do not. She lives with several “boyfriends”, is the human familiar of the Master Vampire of the City, and is a Vampire Hunter. She has complicated relationships with everyone around her – especially the men.
When best friend and sometimes lover Jason Schuyler needs someone to come home to meet his parents he doesn’t even have to ask – Anita volunteers. Jason and his father have a complicated relationship where he has always believed that Jason was gay. So Jason needs someone to pretend to be his girlfriend.
Unfortunately, the return home has many more complications. Jason’s hometown has some secrets of its own and they threaten both Jason and Anita. Not only that but Marmee Noir, the mother of all vampires, is ready to see what she can do to get Anita under her power.
What did you like/dislike about the book?
The book is a decent story on its own. The only thing I would argue with was that I missed the interaction with all the other characters. This book is like “Jason’s Story” with little other forward movement on the overarching plot of Jean Claude, Nathaniel, Micah etc.
I missed the other characters. While it is always fun to see Anita and get a glimpse into her head – I wanted just a little more. Then again – I would always recommend the Anita Blake novels to anyone who likes vampires and is not afraid of some graphic non-traditional sex scenes.
What genre would you consider this?