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Dead Ice (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) by [Hamilton, Laurell K.]
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Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton returns with another addictive adventure featuring vampire-hunting heroine Anita Blake, to thrill fans of Charlaine Harris and Anne Rice.

My name is Anita Blake and I have the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. I'm a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since master vampire Jean-Claude and I went public with our engagement, all I am to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude's fiance.

It's wreaking havoc with my reputation as a hard ass - to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, I'm still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. I've seen my share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn't bother me. But the women being victimised aren't just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signalling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It's the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And my own soul may not survive unscathed . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2050 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425255719
  • Publisher: Headline (4 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I was hoping that in this book Anita Blake had got over the need to go on and on about her relationships and such, but no.

The first couple of Chapters where Anita is called in to consult with the FBI on the Zombie issue are very good. However Hamilton takes us on a tour of Anita's psyche and her problems with all the men and women in her life that has been done to death in the last few books. And the pages and pages with Anita’s angst over her having sex with Cynric - It’s done; get over it, for god's sake.

I have purchased and read all of the Anita Blake books, first in hard cover, and now on Kindle and this book is the worst one yet. This book is a bloat fest and could have almost been a short story at 100 pages if all the trash was removed.

There wasn't even a decent sex scene to save it this time.

If I could give this book less than 1 star I would.

Sadly Ms Hamilton has lost her way with this character. She (Hamilton) needs to get back to the type of story that Bloody Bones, or Incubus Dreams was, because otherwise I won’t be buying anymore of her books.

And as for charging $16.99 for this garbage, well it's just not worth it. It’s maybe a $3.99 book at best.
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One of the worst things to ever happen to the Anita Blake series was that Laurell K. Hamilton received a coveted "no-edit" clause in her contract. Even if the books were bloated, tedious, repetitive trainwrecks.

And the best parts of "Dead Ice" are the ones that clearly show the mark of an editor's scarlet pen. But while it starts strong, the book quickly sinks into a clammy, dismal quagmire of relationship issues, few of which are actually even slightly interesting to read about. Instead, we get long stretches of Anita being the toughest, manliest, most misogynistic macho-man in the universe, broken only by a disturbing subplot that heralds future necrophilia.

The FBI enlists Anita to help them on a case that really shouldn't be new to them: someone is raising zombies so they can be molested in porn videos. This doesn't surprise Anita, since she has encountered such plots in the past -- but the Internet is bringing a new dimension to such things. That plot sounds exciting, interesting and chilling... so it is set aside for almost the entire book. Not kidding.

Instead, we follow Anita as she shops for jewelry, has sex in cars, plans who's going to be in her mass commitment ceremony, and has useless power struggles that nobody cares about to show us how she is tougher/sexier/cooler/better than everyone else. And, of course, everybody sits down to eat bland food like a "family," and talk about relationships. Hooray. Occasionally we dip back into the zombie-porn plot, only to be dragged back into Anita yelling at random new characters.

In a way, "Dead Ice" is the most disappointing book Hamilton has written in years, because the beginning is... good.
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Ugh, I have felt for some time that the author is trying to push and justify her personal life in these books and it happens again in this book. For most of the book.
The synopsis sounded great so I gave it chance. It starts off with the FBI bringing Anita in on a zombie case. After that chapter nothing else happens with it until one chapter at 80% in and then nothing again until the final run home at 90%. What happens between 10% and 80%? Anita goes ring shopping, raises one zombie and constantly obsesses over which tiger to add to her poly group and explains repeatedly the poly dynamics and her willingness to accept another woman that all "loves" are pushing for.
This book was disappointing. I had to force myself to finish particularly with the repetitive dialogue. I think I read 5 times how she first raised her dead dog unintentionally and 10 times how she drank down The Mother of all Darkness and that was in the first 10% of the book. In case you forget Nicky is a sociopath, don't worry, you'll be reminded every few pages.
I should have listened to my gut and not paid $16.99 for this. I might come back to the series when Anita actually marries Jean Claude or if Edward makes a return with Bernado Spotted Horse if/when Olaf comes back but that's it for me.
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Reading LKH these days is like a train wreck. I can't not read but thanks to my library at least I don't have to resent paying for the privilege.
Dead Ice starts well - setting up the case Anita is currently working on. And if we'd just stuck with the police work this novel could have worked for me.
But in the end I think it would be lucky to say seven or eight chapters focus on the 'dead ice' case whilst the rest of the novel is a frantic series of personal events that Anita seems powerless to control or avoid. Seriously, the woman should just put her foot down, tell everyone to back off and chill for a while.
The problems;
- on three separate occasions Anita goes nuclear on someone's ass, they underestimate her, she takes them to the floor, threatens to kill/fire them and then boom, backs off or recants... huh
- All the recapping... seriously? Just give us a character glossary and get on with the fricking story.
- Anita is finally happy with the number of people in her life (sort of) can't we delve further into those relationships rather than keep adding numbers to the revolving bed?
- Jean-Claude is supposed to be King - then act like one. Kill Asher, banish him, whatever, but lets move on from this repeating disaster.
- the whole, I love you, I love you most, I love you mostest... gag me with a spoon every time I see it in print.
- if I had a dollar for every time Anita does her woe is me - I've resigned myself to dating men who are more gorgeous than I am - routine, I'd be filthy wealthy. How... in the world, considering EVERYONE wants to bed her, can Anita still be so bloody insecure about her looks/appeal?
- Every character it seems must have a personal hangup.
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