(Obsidian Butterfly Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #9) PDF Î Laurell K. Hamilton
First read June 2006Initial rating 55 stars favouriteRe read October 2017New rating 55 stars favouriteI have one strong memory of reading Obsidian Butterfly the first time around and that is that the book was just so good I couldn t ut it down Any second I had to read I icked it up and devoured it I ended up reading the 600 odd age book in a little over a dayIn contrast my re read was incredibly slow almost two months from start to finish but I found it just as enjoyable as before if not enjoyable as I found a lot of details that I either missed the first time in rush to get to the end or had simply forgotten aboutThe Apoplexia, Toxic Shock, and Toilet Bowl Some Notes On Why I Write plot Edward calls Anita away from St Louis and her regular life to help him investigate a supernatural occurrence in his home town Edwarduts together his own team which includes Anita Olaf Gundersson a serial rapist and murderer and Bernardo Spotted Horse a supernatural bounty hunterWhat I liked Following on from Blue Moon Hamilton once again takes Anita out of her comfort zone and uts her in a new lace with new challenges to confront I always like how Anita can handle herself no matter where she is The crime was horrific but original view spoilerand I love the twist on the zombie mythology employed here hide spoiler I really wasn t excited about this book All I wanted was to skim over the What the Wood Whispers To Itself paragraphs so that I could get to the next book of the series Narcissus in Chains as uickly asossible And then it hit me mutilated bodies and Olaf You need to read this book to understand just how messed up my opinion is of his character He s dangerous He s deadly And Blake is just his victim type I like him Total turn on go figure Obsidian butterfly is a fantastic book filled with torture essence sucking vampires sociopath serial killers and monsters that apparently can rip the skin from a human s body without leaving any tool marks Eww Edward wonders why I m so sympathetic to monsters The answer is simple Because I am one Anita alienates herself Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization putting a This book is a vacation from Anita s usual life because she travels to New Mexico to help Edward the assassin solve a case So no love triangle bs which is niceWhen arriving in New Mexico Anita discovers that Edward is engaged to be married to a very naive widow with two adorable children Edwar Finally it s Edward s bookA 4 12 not uite a five because Anita s badass attitude grates here and there but so much better than the books focused on the triumvirate sp and sexy times Obsidian Butterfly is all business no sex This is the book the Edward fans were clamoring for and it was worth the wait This book lets us in on Edward s secret life when he calls in Anita to help out with a series of grisly murders She learns he s living another life where he is known as good old boy Ted complete with sweet girlfriend and acting as step in dad to her two children Anitaries and teases and her relationship with Edward becomes less of a who will kill the other first kind of thing and of a I will always have your back kind of thing It s believable and I loved that about this bookIt is dark and gory and some extremely nasty things to happen to innocent Allerhand Fragliches people There arearanormal baddies and mysteries and loads of danger filled action Usually those things bore me but I found myself retty much attentive to the audio from beginning to end Narrator Kim Alexis does a fantastic Anita all tough bitch and also handles the myriad of other characters with ease I was never at a loss wondering who was speakingI think Obsidian Butterfly is one of the best installments in this series If you re a fan of the earliest books and the harder boiled edge of those stories this a fan of the earliest books and the harder boiled edge of those stories this be the last book in the series you should robably read It all sorta goes downhill from here but I m going to read em again anyway She d been Fettan punishingeople for the same crimes for five hundred years It was impressive in a Die Kunst Des Zeichnens: Die grosse Zeichenschule: Praxisorientiert und gut erklärt psychotic sort of way I d toldeople that I d chase them into hell to have my vengeance but I robably didn t mean it Itzpapalotl would mean every word Re listen One minute you are aranoid and The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans packing too much hardware the next you are scared and underarmed Life s like that or my life s like that Anita Blake This is the very best of Anita Blake straight bad ass bounty hunting Blake with Edward s crew of shooters The novel gets her away from Missouri to New Mexico Edward sTed s home It s exciting to seeieces of the man behind the mysterious assassin who is Anita s great friend and series favoriteHere are my castingsIn the book they are The Broken Spear Clan but the audio calls them The Los Lobos Clan Kimberly Alexis is the worlds best "audible reader This is the book where Laurell K Hamilton lost me as a reader I love the "reader This is the book where Laurell K Hamilton lost me as a reader I love the Anita Blake books because they are olice rocedurals set in a fantasy world But somewhere along the way the menage a trois between the three main characters a necromancer a vampire and a werewolf overspread the ages like a nasty rash of suspicious nature In the books after Obsidian Butterfly Anita is having sex wit This was the last Anita Blake novel worth reading rimarily because of Edward The rest of the series has been garbage including Edwards return Seriously what was his body count in the Harleuin one Maybe I don t have a roblem with the sex but Hamilton has sacrificed that literary device thingy called lot in order to Times of Bede pack theages with smut Something happens they have sex for five hundred The Catechism of the Council of Trent pages then the Ardeur snaps it s fingers and kills the badguyIn terms of characters it s obvious that Richard is Hamilton sersonal dumping ground from everything she s ever felt about her ex husband turning the interesting City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York power dynamicresent in the first few books into something sad Also despite the legions of evil creatures including the oldest and strongest vampires on the The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 planet that attack her at every turn nobody close to Anita ever dies Hamilton has stated that she loves her characters and will never kill them off and that childishetulance combined with the almighty Ardeur robs her books of any sense of dangerNow Blood Noir is out and though I will reserve judgment until I hear something specific about it I m not holding my breath expecting Hamilton to grow up again Did you know that once you unfreeze meat you shouldn t refreeze it It goes kind of suishy and rottenPeople s faces freeze and unfreeze so much in this book it s insane masks monsters blah book it s insane Masks monsters blah blah Oh and there s a giant hulking threatening rapist so that s good Anita does her usual routine show up act like a total asshole hitkick Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje people threaten them with gunsosture and stomp off all arrogant and full of herself This woman should be dead a thousand times over She is a moron who foolishly takes any opportunity she can to iss eople off for absolutely no reasonLook I get that women in American society are conditioned to be con. 'I was covered in blood but it wasn't mine so it was okay'Edward is a hit man He specialises in monsters Vampires shape shifters anything and everything There are Ciliatory I get that this is not a good thing and that when women act assertive in the same way that men do they are freuently unished for it But Anita Blake is not taking this stereotype on she s just as asshole If she were a man she d still be an asshole I like characters to have g 4 Vampy starsTo begin with I have to say that this book is one of my favorites from this series It is uite true that I have several emotional changes during Anita Blake s books For several reasons I love and hate this series but the truth is that I have never been bored for a minute while reading one of the series books Why I love the books 1 Anita Blake is a woman who can mesure up almost to every man or woman she comes across either human or supernatural and that makes an interesting heroine at the very least I may not always like her but I always find her entertaining2 The Learner Strategies in Language Learning plot in every book is always different enough to be captivating so you never get the idea that you read the same things all over again The crime stories are always interesting and fresh Yes she usually hunts vamps but that s the job description The adrenaline rush during reading the books is addictive3 The gory stuff are really alus in my opinionI can see why many disagree but I find it really fascinating the way she doesn t shy away from the disgusting details4 The supportive characters are always a major Dangerously Placed part of the story and are always different enough from each other not to be boring Again you don t always like them but LKH knows her character development ABrobably has the best bad guys of UF What I don t really like about the books 1 The misogynistic comments are a really big downside in the Anita Blake books Most of the times the cops and often Anita herself seem to display a very racist side with comments about other women s behaviour and usually in the books only Anita comes out as a strong female character Some would say that since Anita can take everyone out either male or female it can t be that bad but the fact is that it is actually that bad Anita is just too hypocritical She judges Just Destiny prejudicedeople while she shows a highly judgemental and Paradise Run prejudiced behaviour Slut shaming isn t nice whether the character doing it is a man or a woman whether it s a Mary Sue or a badass2 The sex is just too much Sometimes I think the books tip the balance between adult romance or erotica andorn As the books rogress the sex scenes become blatant and freuent to the oint that I actually just skip them allI know that the vampires in Jean Claude s line feed on lust but you can read so many sex and orgy scenes before you ve had enough3 Asher is actually Help Me, Jacques Cousteau pretty annoying He is full of envy complaints arrogant in some things and completely insecure in others and he just whines his way through the books Why thisarticular book 1 No sex is the biggest reason It has an interesting mystery story with much action and NO SEX2 Edward is just a favorite I love all the books in which he has a lead role and it doesn t get lead than this He is interesting without all the lust that Anita seems to have for almost everything that belongs in the male category3 The Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen plot is interesting than most the other books the characters fascinating the southernieces seem to give another flavor to the story and the fact that she doesn t have all her lovers in her feet seems to give the book a adventurous side beside the romance feeling that most of the others have4 No Jean Claude Richard Asher In the early books I kind of liked Richard but then he started behaving like a jerk and he never stops the whining along with Asher they started behaving like a jerk and he never stops the whining along with Asher they your brain bleed with all the complaints Jean Claude is kind of ok but really at some oints he gets just as clingy as the other two and you can never tell whether he is a good gets just as clingy as the other two and you can never tell whether he is a good or a bad one it made things interesting for a while but at some oint you get fed upNow I know that I seem to like the book for what it doesn t have than for what it has but it is true that if there weren t so many moments where Anita Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide puts down other female characters it would be an amazing book Now it has to go with just great Obsidian Butterfly A Review in Two PartsAnita Blake returns home to ahone call from Edward He s calling in a favor and needs her to come to Albuuerue NM to assist him in a job She goes to find that there have been several gruesome murders the victims left horribly maimed Who is Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert performing these crimes and how far will Anita go to stop themNOTE I have VERY DIVISIVE feelings about this book Therefore I have split this review into twoarts One Hidden Boundaries part willrobably appeal to those who are big Anita Blake fans the other is VERY VOCAL about how certain arts of the book made me feelPART ONEUp to this oint the series had become rather beleaguered with Anita Blake s increasingly complicated love life Does she love Jean Claude or Richard How does she balance both in addition to her growing Gods Callgirl powers and herlace as lukoi And what about her increasingly dark turn embracing dark magics and torture How does she reconcile this with her Christian and moral upbringingWhile these uestions are very good Anita needed some space to work them out Hence this book It was a great way for Anita to get some distance look at things with a new Forever I'm Yours perspective and realize some important lessons such as Just because Ronnie is dating a slightly boring guy doesn t mean that Anita can t make an effort to remain friends Catherine may be married but she is still Anita s friend Anita can t keep holding back her abilities andowers Anita isn t being fair to the Triumvirate and deserves to muddle through her complicated love lifeThe actual mystery and investigation is very interesting I thought LKH brought some interesting Southern flavor to the novel setting it in Albuuerue I liked Anita meeting another necromancer a vampire who thought she was a goddess and learning about Edward such as that he CAN love and maintain a reasonably bad lifestyle I liked seeing Anita investigate the murders ask uestions dig deeper Sure the mystery isn t the most brilliant or original I ve ever seen but at least for once Anita is investigating these crazy events instead of talking with eople who drop convenient lot ointsIf this were the only art I was reviewing I would easily give this book a 35 stars It brings up some interesting conflicts new sides to old characters and mixes up our surroundings so things don t get too boringPART TWOI cannot believe how misogynistic and disgusting this series has become I thought I could hold back the floodgates until Narcissus in Chains the one I hear is the beginning of the end of the Anita Blake series but I can t This book is absolute dreckWhy What makes this book worse than all the Renoir previous 8 books It s not that hard I ll break it down to my twooints1 Misogyny I had noticed since about Burnt Offerings that these boo. Eople like me Anita Blake who do it legally but Edward doesn't sweat the legalities or hell the ethics He is an eual opportunity killerI may be one of the few frien. Ks seemed to showcase a and hostile view of women Well this book easily surpasses them all Anita s and I almost wonder if the author s hate for women drips from nearly every single age in the book Comments like She s direct even for a man Edward said For a woman she s like a battering ram and You would have made a good man I took the compliment because that s what it wasand She also knew how to shake hands Most women never really got the knack of it are insulting and demeaningMaking broad statements like women are naturally friendly or that all women have large Bakunin: The Creative Passion purses andack a bajillion suitcases full of crap is small minded and foul Letting 14 year old impressionable boys get away with misogynistic statements just keeps the cycle repeating Starting fights with cops over who s balls are bigger and then letting a man say rude misogynistic remarks without a The Donegal Woman peep justroves that Anita doesn t have her Martha's Chickens and the Pirates priorities straight and is nothing like the strong independent woman sheurports to beEvery woman not named Anita Blake is a delicate easily broken flower the nurse who is too fragile to answer uestions Anita might have about who is dead and who is alive a dwarf woman who is brutally murdered a young scientists named Dallas and Edward s fiancee DonnaThat Dallas was oblivious to Olaf staring at her made me worry about her just a littleher survival instincts just weren t up to it She s a wimp Peter said I agreed with him but not out loud May I just add this is a SON talking about HIS MOTHERIf Edward showed Peter this little corner of hell and word got back to Donna it might be enough to break them up The Necromancer, or The Tale of the Black Forest permanently I was willing to trade some of Peter s innocence for thatSpeaking of Donna I don t think I ve ever seen a character so badly villified From the moment Anita lays eyes on her she is undermining the woman demeaning her and treating her like filth Anita is critical about Donna s age calling her in her early thirties and going up to her forties Anita insults how Donna makes out with her fiancee in the car in a gesture to make Anita jealous Anita immediately sides with Peter Donna s bratty 14 year old son in front of his mother Donna is unable to defend herself and Peter at 8 is forced to wield a weapon When Donna and her children have been threatened Donna breaks down into hysterics Instead of tending to her children and trying to comfort the woman Anita does thisI got a handful of that short thick hair andulled her hair up It hurt and it was meant to Look at me you selfish btch Anita is ready to sacrifice Peter s innocence to get Donna and Edward to break upIf Edward showed Peter this little corner of hell and word got back to Donna it might be enough to break them up Amstel Girl: Playing With Destiny permanently I was willing to trade some of Peter s innocence for that Anita withholds information about Peter s rape because Donna wouldn t be able to handle itHe hadn t told Donna his mother about the rape I didn t betray his secret First I wasn t sure she could handle another shock Second it wasn t my secret to tell And on and on and on The things Anita does to Donna and the way Anita thinks of Donna is absolutely INSULTING and EMBARRASSING I m not saying that women can t hate each other that they are always naturally friendly but Anita has ZERO REASON to behave so rudely to Donna And yet Anita isn t the oneortrayed as the btch no it s DONNAAnd then we have a major scene where a male stripper is sexually harassed Anita makes the flip comment that if he had been a woman EVERYONE would have jumped to make sure he wasn t assaulted but because he s a MALE eople let him be Leaving Anita as the only one to rescue himAs if that isn t enough the number of times rape is brought up is obscene Edward hires a bragging rapist to help him solve the murders Anita is nearly raped YET AGAIN Other women are likewise threatenedTRIGGER WARNING I honestly canNOT believe I am including a trigger warning in a review about vampires and aranormal creatures Child rape child torture2 Child rape and torture At one A Diary of Darkness: The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi point in the story Peter and Becca Edward s fiancee s children are kidnapped Anita and Edward attempt to rescue them Before they do they and the readers are subjected to a brutal depiction of child rape and torture A random woman fondles Peter until he experiences his first Pleasure and hits him across the face He screams androtests the entire time A man holds Becca in his lap and breaks her fingers as she screamsI respect that LKH wants to make sure that we realize that these kids are in real serious danger that they might not come out alive I even respect her for trying something darker I understand it s all too easy for Hiam people to say that X is a bad guy without having that bad guy do anything torove he is a bad guyBut honestly this scene is completely unnecessary a chill We Give a Squid a Wedgie (An Accidental Adventure, pornographic thrill something to make readers gasp in shock and horror These characters have only appeared in this book I ve heard they don t reappear ETA I ve been told that Peter does reappear in the series soerhaps there is some discussion about the trauma he has undergone here Further apparently things like their damaged mental health never needs to be addressed because Anita sure as hell doesn t mind withholding Peter s rape from his own motherHe hadn t told Donna his mother about the rape I didn t betray his secret First I wasn t sure she could handle another shock SECOND IT WASN T MY SECRET TO TELL DO it wasn t my secret to tell Do like this happen Of course all the time unfortunately But did we really need to go there in an Anita Blake novel In my opinion no It s a horrible horrible cheap awful way to show that these guys are bad and that Anita Blake needs to hurry up and save the dayThese two main bullets are the reason that this book is rated 1 star Sure there are other Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes parts of this book I wasn t fond of the extreme gore that made me regret every meal I ate Anita s constant aggression to authority her antisocialersonality disorder seriously check it out it s astonishing how many bullet oints she can tick off but by far the worst the ones that made me the most mad were the blatant undisguised misogyny and no I m not talking about misogynistic characters I m talking about the whole attitude of the book and the unnecessary gratuitous vile child rape and torture scenesIf you really like Anita Blake have always liked Anita Blake and desperately
want of her and edward then go ahead of her and Edward then go ahead a ball with this book More ower to you But if you are sick and tired of the woman hating excessively violent angry Anita Blake then you might want to give this a Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading pass or at leastroceed with cautionNOTE For those not faint of heart I recommend taking a look at some of my status updates for the items I forgot to mention such as the stellar writing I laughed They laughed A good time had by all examples of how hateful Anita is and my mind being blown to Tajna vještina - Gibonni biografija piece. Ds that Edward has but it's like being friends with a tame leopard It may curl on the foot of your bed and let youet its head but it can still eat your throat out.