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March 25, 2004

Anita Blake Book, First Impressions

i've been reading Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton, which is one of her Anita Blake, vampire hunter books. It's like an adult version of Buffy. So far it's okay. i'm about a quarter through it.

The heroine is tough talking, always insists on the last word and kicks a lot of ass. The writing is technically proficient, but Ms. Hamilton does have a few annoying habits. For instance she always describes what every character is wearing in every scene.

In the case of her male characters, every single one of them has long hair. They all like to go around showing off their torsos, either in see through shirts or simply bare-chested. Hamilton always takes the time to describe what their stomach muscles are doing. i'm like, okay i get it already, they're in shape. The author seems fixated on a very specific type.

Also, the aforementioned protagonist is kind of a bitch. Someday i'd like to see a kick-ass girl heroine who's not also a ball buster. Can't a girl be nice and still be tough when she needs to be? If and when i finally write my sci-fi police woman book, that's how my lead character will be.

Posted by annika, Mar. 25, 2004 |
Rubric: Arts


...at first glance I thought this entry was filed under the Rubric: Autism, not Artism. And I thought that was funny. I don't know why Autism is funny, I'm a bastard apparently...

...possible idea for the name of your female heroine: Miss Demeanor...

...anybody remember that cartoon from the 80's, COPS? These folks do: "all the male criminals have the Mullet, the wrap-around sunglasses, and the baggy Buttafucco pants. If they are female criminals they all wear Ratt or Def Leppard concert T-shirts and wear feathered hair and smoke Marlboro lights"...

...why is heroine spelled so similar to heroin?? and why is the word smack associated with both those words??...

...def leppard's drummer's got one arm!

Posted by: Scof on Mar. 25, 2004

Did i ever tell you about the armless drummer i saw in London. Thalydimide baby. Decent drummer.

Posted by: annika on Mar. 25, 2004

A very interesting female character is in the fantasy series Silverglass by J.K. Rivken(?). A mercenary named Corson.

Posted by: Ted on Mar. 25, 2004

The Anita Blake books start off well, but gradually degenerate into a supernatural S&M freakshow. Yech.

For a kick-ass non-bitch heroine, see here. :)

Posted by: Pixy Misa on Mar. 25, 2004