Sunday, January 31, 2010

Flirt - Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton
Berkley Hardcover
Copyright: 2010
978-0425235676 product description:
 When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss. But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necromancer isn't the miracle he thinks he needs. The creature that Anita could coerce to step out of the late Mrs. Bennington's grave would not be the lovely Mrs. Bennington. Not really. And not for long.
 I really wish I could rave about this latest installment in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. I love the books (and have bought every one of them the day they came out in hardcover since Cerulean Sins). However, the novellas have been just irritating to me. They're just far too short for your money. Micah was bad enough, and it was a paperback. Flirt? Well, they want $30.00 for a book that is under two hundred pages, double spaced. As good as the story is (and it is a good one), that's far too much money.

Overall, the story was a good one, with plenty of tension and several surprises. In the process, Anita (and us) learns more about the were-lions as well. I don't want to give anything away and ruin the story, which is making this review a lot harder to write. I will say there's a lot more Anita and a lot less of the others in the group in this story. The other thing is, I've seen a lot of reviews of the other books in the series recently that complain about the sex, but I have to say in this book it doesn't seem excessive.

One thing that I thought was really neat about Flirt is the little article about how Laurell K. Hamilton wrote the book, how the idea came about. It's a neat insight into how she thinks and writes, a lot of which comes out in her blog, but this one had more to it than that.

But, for thirty dollars, I think I'm going to wait for the paperback. Either way, it's not going to be too long before the next Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter book. Bullet is supposed to be coming out later this year.

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