Monday, September 21, 2009

Skin Trade - A Review

As many of you have read in my last post, I broke down and checked out Skin Trade from the library (I gave my self some props slack since I didn’t actually spend money on it; except the library fees I owed.).

Any of you who have even remotely heard of the Laurell K Hamilton book debacle have probably heard about how the last 10 or so Anita Blake books have been smut – filled with Mary Sue-ism, bad porn, orgies, and bestiality. After reading the last book, Blood Noir I was a little bit surprised that there were only about 3 sex scenes in the book – was this an improvement? Would the next Anita Blake books get better? I wanted to hope so… at least I would feel less guilty about reading them.

So that brings us to Skin Trade Book 17 of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Books. Anita Blake must run to Vegas to try and kill the ancient vamp serial killer that got away from her a while back. He even personally requests her and sends her a lovely gift. While in Vegas she meets up with some old Obsidian Butteryfly friends, which includes Edward.

Will Anita Blake kill Vittorino before he kills her?

Will she have control of the stupid annoying Ardeur?

What will happen with her connections to the Lions?

Will she pick up some more bedmates?

And so goes the anticipation and curiosity (FYI - that was sarcasm in the last few sentences). Like I mentioned before; it’s like an Obsidian Butterfly reunion. All the OB marshals are there, its hot; there is an ancient power against them, etc. etc.

I’m not saying it was the best book I have ever read, but I was a bit impressed that LKH toned it down! Yes, you read it, it is a bit toned-down! Yes. Anita is “amazing” and “perfect” and “all-powerful” and all that, but she meets psychics who rival her ability too – never female, but it’s a start.

Yes, there is lion drama. Yes, Marmee Noir makes an appearance, Yes, there is sex. BUT – there is no in-detail orgies or bestiality, no real details of Nathaniel, Asher, Richard, or Micah, and only brief conversations with Jean Claude (how dare he be mad with her) and one small conversation with Jason. So this book is almost a vacation from the recent usual Anita Blake crap.

It will be interesting to see where the next book goes because it seems like certain things were wrapped up a little too nicely in the end. Skin Trade definitely could have been a lot worse.

And so my unfortunate infatuation with the Anita Blake world continues.


Michelle said...

For the last four or five years I've been stuck in book eight and never got around to finish it (lack of time and too many reviewers' copies of OTHER vampire novels around). And I'm actually reluctant to read on. I don't mind some sex, but if I had to choose I'd always choose plot over nakedness:)

Lindsay said...

Yeah, sometimes it is tough to get though... I think I actually stopped at book 9 and didn't read any of them for a few years then reread them all again and got through all the new ones.

I like Asher and Nathaniel more and more, but some of the characters and/or plot just seem to be missing or redundant. I would say try and plow through just to read the rest and experience what has happened... but even LKH said life is too short to read books you don't like.