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01 June 2010 @ 06:02 pm
Bullet.  
kistha made me do it; she insisted I post it, that is. 

My writerly thought on LKH's latest Anita Blake book, Bullet:

When your MC's [polyamorous] relationships have become so complicated, it takes you five chapters in the beginning of the book just to review all of the characters, and how they relate back to the MC - just in case you have any new readers on Book 18 in your ongoing neverending series - you're doing something wrong.

For how to do it right, see J.D. Robb.  Okay, so there is no polyamorous stuff in J. D. Robb.  The principal problem here is actually the complexity of all the MC's relationships - lovers, friends, family, et al - and how ridiculous it is that it really did take approximately five chapters for her to review all the principal players.  And spending pages devoted to Micah's eyes, which we already know aaaaaall about, while glossing over Vivian the female were-leopard, whom we haven't seen in roughly...six? Seven books?  Really.  Not helpful.
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soundingsea: tww - toby - everyone else is a moronsoundingsea on June 2nd, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Hah. Sooooo glad I stopped reading those books when she acquired more lovers than brain cells.
rhienelleth: drbrilliant - lowflyingiconsrhienelleth on June 2nd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Yes, be very glad. I have almost quit them several times, but as bad as they've gotten, I still care about some of the characters, and that's why I keep. reading. *sigh*

The last book was actually pretty darn good. Almost a return to the Anita of old. Right up until the cheat ending. Books and books of build up for this villain, and they get taken out by a freaking side character in less than a paragraph. WTFever.

I should just stop reading them. I know I should. *sigh*