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There were parts that were luke warm, but never reached hot. That's what happens when you make sex something other than what it is supposed to be ie. She's getting off with someone she either doesn't like, doesn't trust, or doesn't want to add to her stable. You do it because you have to, not because you're really digging parsnips. The only character here who had actual growth was Edward. There were some plot issues here as well, and it seemed like Hamilton lost the thread towards the end.

The end of the book was the weakest part by far. Bernardo, Olaf, and Edward just drop off the face of the Earth. What happened to them? Suddenly, she's back in St. Louis, new playthings in tow, and life is back to some shade of normal. But, there were some good parts, which is more than I can say for the previous 6 books. It did read very much like Obsidian Butterfly so if you didn't like that one, you're probably not going to be much for this one either. Jun 10, Meagan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Let me begin my review with the caveat that Laurell K.

Hamilton is definitely not for everyone. She has a lot of graphic sex and violence, and I am aware that over the course of the series she has lost a number of fans. I am aware of the literary shortcomings that will keep her from appealing to a lot of people. Does this matter to me? I have remained a steadfast fan of both the Merry Gentry and Anita Blake series since I began reading them years ago.

I was always aware of where the w Let me begin my review with the caveat that Laurell K. I was always aware of where the weak books were in the series, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. Having said that, I can say that Skin Trade has been my favorite book in the series since about book 9, Obsidian Butterfly. Anita Blake is back to her murder investigations and is looking to kick a little vampire ass. Edward is also here, watching Anita's back while wondering which one of them would win in a fight.

All of my favorite elements are here, and while the steaminess has been scaled back a bit, it is by no means gone. Developments in this book leave me both shocked and wondering what she could possibly have planned for the future entries. I missed some of my favorite characters, like Jean-Claude, Micah, and Nathaniel, but I still found this to be Laurell's most satisfying book in years.

View all 7 comments. Jul 28, Gothmom rated it liked it. I have mixed feelings about LKH's work these past few years. She's gotten to write hardcover fiction and I'm sure gotten some of the money and prestige that goes along with it. But Anita Blake spun way out of control a few books back - it turned into porn first, plot second.

But I loved the characters and am familiar with the world so much that I just kept on reading. In this book, the porn takes a second place to plot FINALLY - however, because two giant orgy scenes conveniently are not in the book with Anita having "blacked out" during them makes me wonder if her editor is finally pulling on the reins? Anyway, I was glad I didn't have to slog through some more scenes where I couldn't even figure out the physics of the sex positions.

Okay back to what was in the book - plot! I'm really glad of that. Too much discussion of what is guy behavior and what is girl behavior, what is police behavior, etc. Don't analyze it, describe what they DO and move on! I think LKH needs to start a new series or branch out with a different main char - she's developed a whole cast here, just take one out and see what happens with them. Like Edward for example!!

Oct 16, Shelley rated it did not like it Recommends it for: All I can say is wow, what has this writer become? This is probably my last attempt to read any of Hamilton's work. Her first books in this series were entertaining, and I have stuck with her and Anita even after Anita started losing herself, and my interest.

This book is nothing but the same few sentances of dialog repeated over and over in a different way. Nothing new is ever said. What a pointless read. The characters drag, Anita's personality has become extremelly obnoxious, and I can no longer deal. Have fun screwing everything that moves and tearing yourself up about it later. We all know you will, but I won't be around to suffer through it with you any longer.

Aug 19, David rated it did not like it. The first few chapters of Skin Trade actually felt like old Anita Blake. And, to my even-in-retrospect disbelief, in almost pages I bet there is less that 20 pages devoted to gratuitous sex btw - I love sex, just not poorly written sex that is used as a substitute for a plot. Instead, LKH thumps us on the head over and over again about boys not believing girls can be taken seriously and concludes with a trite ending to super-powerful villains Well Instead, LKH thumps us on the head over and over again about boys not believing girls can be taken seriously and concludes with a trite ending to super-powerful villains.

I stopped feeding money into the Anita Blake machine a few novels back, but kept up via my public library. I feel sad because LKH's stuff now sucks so bad that I would rather sit through a insert-your-least-favorite-actor's-name-here film festival that read one of her books again. I'm also chapped because I'll probably be doing myself Karmic harm by returning Skin Trade to the library, but I must if I want to check our more books. If not for me, do it for the children. Jun 06, Shanna rated it it was ok. I've stuck by Anita and Laurell for all 17 books.

Even the last couple that were lacking. But I'm finally losing interest. The first several chapters were so full of exposition and wasted pages that I found myself complaining out loud. How many people are picking this book up and reading it as if it's the first in the series? If Laurell is concerned about new readers being confused about past happenings, write a brief summary of the previous books and put it at the start of the book. Referring t I've stuck by Anita and Laurell for all 17 books.

Referring to things that are already well established to loyal series readers in cheesy conversations makes me insane. Yes, Anita is the most powerful necromancer in a thousand years and I'm not sure I would've remembered if Jason hadn't reminded me in a completely silly conversation with Anita. I'm all for including new readers, but I'm not sure contrived dialogue is the way to attract and keep them. It's also not going to keep me. View all 5 comments. Oct 22, Esma rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 4 comments. Then I reread the entire series start to finish and realized how downhill the whole thing had really gone.

This book is just the culmination of that downhill slide. I am not sure how Hamilton can pull it back up. A fact checker would be a really good place to start. Some decent writing and a return to the good storytelling of the original books would be great. I wish Anita would give up the Marshall service.

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This would all This contains spoilers! This would allow her to take the 4th mark and truly become JC's human servant. Than the books could focus on that and her being a necromancer. It could give Hamilton some new material and perhaps refresh the series a bit. One of the glaring things about this book is the mistakes.

Hamilton seriously needs to hire a fact checker, someone intimately familiar with the serious who can tell her when she gets details wrong. In the beginning she states she met the tigers when Max and Bibiana came to St. She later corrects this about half way through the book. The other thing Hamilton relies to heavily on are her stock descriptions of people and places. Again, I didn't notice this as much until reading all the books together. She uses the exact same language over and over and over again. If you are reading Skin Trade, you know who Jean Claude is. We don't need detailed descriptions of who he is, what he has done, how they met, etc.

But Hamilton does this for almost every character and it is ridiculous. What is worse is that it is the same in many of the books. It is like she has a database that she just cuts and pastes this information from. We also get massive descriptions of every gun Anita ever carries, yet she never seems to use any of them. She is always absorbing some bad guys powers and using that to save the day instead. Why does she never fire a gun any more? Also, why has she emasculated every man in her life?

And why does every sex scene sound extremely painful and unsexy as hell? Even the scenes with the people Anita supposedly loves really have no emotion. It is like a switch is thrown and suddenly Anita falls on a penis or two. The best part was that Anita didn't have sex until page ! I am not sure how Hamilton restrained herself with writing no sex scenes for pages, but good for her.

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And the sex wasn't over the top or strange, it was pretty normal for Anita. Not focusing on sex allowed her to focus on the case and Edward, Olaf and Bernardo. Yeah, they are back. I love Edward and any book he is in is just better, though he didn't have all that much to do in this one.

Olaf is creepy and his interactions with Anita are always interesting. I'm not sure I really like where this is going with him wanting to date Anita. Why does every man want to date Anita? Is she that irresistible? She seems pretty bitchy and like a pain in the ass to me. Bernardo is just a flirt and you are pretty sure Anita is never going to sleep with him. The cops scenes in this book were very repetitive. We have seen them in almost every book where Anita has to interact with cops.

It started with Dolph and has now infected every other cop. There is always some cop calling her a slut and thinking she is a monster because she sleeps with monsters. It is getting old. I can't believe that a serial killer vampire case is not as interesting as Anita's sex life to these cops - seriously! Can they really not focus on their jobs? I was intrigued by the idea that Anita was getting tired of being a Marshal. I kind of like the idea of her giving it up and focusing on being a necromancer and JC's girl. Would save us from all these cop scenes. I didn't like the fact that we had another group orgy.

First, we just had one in the last book and that one at least had some lead up to it and some meaning behind it even though it really wasn't necessary. Anita gained some tigers from it. This one just seemed to be there for no reason other than the fact that Anita slept with a 16 year old. We know this is going to ick her out for years and she is going to whine about it forever.

That is going to get old. So if that is the only reason for it I think we could have done without it. The last few chapters, basically everything after she got back to the hotel, seemed very rushed as if Hamilton realized she had a page limit and had to finish quickly. There wasn't a lot of thought put into how all the story lines were tied up see the orgy.

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The Marmie Noir thing was just so odd. Is she really dead? If so, that was the biggest let down ever. I have to admit I am tired of that storyline. It was getting really repetitive and tiresome, but I didn't expect it to end the way it did. I really thought that with all the things happening with the psychics and witches in this book Anita was gathering an army to fight her in the next book. So if she is dead I am glad in a way, but very disappointed in the execution of it. I also thought the end of Vittorio was a huge letdown. He has been the big bad in 2 books and his end basically takes a couple of paragraphs.

Again, sloppy execution on Hamilton's part. And the whole sexual playground thing he set up for Anita at the end was just weird. Anita has pages of angst about casual sex because of the arduer but will give a guy a blow job with no problem. Again just sloppy writing and not well done on Hamilton's part. My last compliant is about the 4th marks.

Anita is becoming much more practical about all things vampire and supernatural in her life. I can't understand why there hasn't been more discussion on the 4th mark. Especially since it has been used against them so often. I can't remember how many times, but Vittorio threatens to break the marks and make her his human servant in this one too.

It is ridiculous and becoming an overused plot point for Hamilton. She needs to resolve it. Hamilton needs to stop relying on Anita absorbing other powers and the ardeur as plot devices. She needs to come up with valid stories and tell them. Don't get me wrong, I am still going to read the Anita books. I just wish they were as good as the first ones in the series. I think they have a lot of potential. Hamilton comes up with some good ideas; she just doesn't always execute them very well.

I wonder if she just rushes through them so she can get an Anita and a Merry book out each year. Jun 12, Kelly rated it it was ok.

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Skin Trade is enough of a step in the right direction that I'm sorely tempted to give it a higher rating than it actually deserves. And I turned out to be right about Marmee Noir's plans for Anita. And the two explicit sex scenes are better-written and less icky than what I've come to expect from Hamilton. And she's being copy-edited again, so there are only a few typos.

I get the sense, reading Skin Trade, that Hamilton is trying to blend the mys Skin Trade is enough of a step in the right direction that I'm sorely tempted to give it a higher rating than it actually deserves. The results are mixed, but I have to admit that Skin Trade is her best in years. That said, I can't say I truly enjoyed it, hence the 2-star rating. Skin Trade has its moments, and I'm quite happy that the plot never gets lost and is never far from Anita's mind, no matter what else is going on. However, there are a lot of problems.

First, there's the macho posturing.

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Especially in the first half of Skin Trade, Anita seems hell-bent on bickering with every male character she meets and trying to prove she's tougher than they are. The female characters don't even seem to rate that kind of treatment. Anita pretty much never gets along with any woman, ever. In one scene, she decides that a female cop is "one of those women who seem to hate other women. Anyway, all this bickering and posturing wouldn't be so bad if it didn't take up such a vast amount of page space.

I wanted to shout at the characters to just go solve the crime already. Second, I think Hamilton is trying to push the envelope further in terms of sex, and the results are sometimes pretty disgusting. Anita is far too friendly to creepy serial-killer Olaf thank goodness she doesn't sleep with him and does end up sleeping with a year-old thank goodness it's not "onscreen," and thank goodness she's disturbed when she realizes what she's done.

Third, we know that Anita is the most super-special person to ever walk the face of the planet. She doesn't need more powers, or more men, or to turn out to be one of the very last carriers of blue tiger lycanthropy Blue tigers? What theā€¦ , but all of these occur. Finally, several promising plotlines end anticlimactically. I hope that, in the most egregious case of anticlimax syndrome, the "end" is not as final as it seems. There was one bit that really struck me as clever, though: Why do you want to deal with that?

I couldn't go all lycanthrope, because it wouldn't help me. What could I do? He laughed again, but this time it was lower, more attractive, more seductive. You are the first necromancer in centuries, and with so many other powers. Indeed, Anita does end up being forced to enter Skin Trade's final confrontation without firearms, so that her powers are the only weapon she has. That said, she has so many powers at this point, and it's been ages since she actually shot anyone, so she's probably more formidable metaphysically than physically. All of my grumbles aside, I really do think Skin Trade is a good start, if Hamilton intends to move the series back toward a focus on plot.

Oct 30, Sherri rated it did not like it. Additionally, like many of the past recipes on this show, there will be lots of build up. Preferably in a derogatory way. Now, to begin, take the beginnings of a reasonably good plot in a large mixing bowl. Dismembered heads are a great starting point.

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Marinate your plot in a quick change of scenery. When you drain the marinade off the plot, make sure to leave behind lots of hurt feelings and bad communication if you can. Now add some spice to the dish with a dash of confusion. What happened to the reasonable-sounding guy who we talked to on the phone?

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When did he become a rabid sexist maniac? Also, why does this killer's abilities and MO completely not match what we expected considering we've hunted him before? The more spice you can add, the better. A cup of macho-muscle flexing is good. Oops, we seem to have added the whole bag, but we'll work around it. An extra hundred pages should allow us to stir that in nicely.

Add a few tablespoons of "whiny boyfriend" just so everyone remembers that they exist, but don't actually add enough to let it flavor the plot, we just want the texture. If you find your mix is too heavy, splash in some derogatory, sexist comments and stereotypical characterizations to keep it moving. This is also a good place to add that badly done, repetitive sex-talk.

This may make the plot a bit lumpy, but who cares? Once your mix is ready, preheat the oven to "WTF" and bake for 20 minutes.

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Allow it to cool for awhile while you have nonsensical conversations that might be touching if we cared. My favorite recipe for the frosting is to take 5 books of "super bad-guy build up" and then burn it to a crisp, offstage, with a "non-character" and a homemade bomb. It never fails to crush reader spirit and is the perfect topper to this nightmare. Color the frosting with some bad math like repeatedly referring to animals as being 5. Also, you can add your own touches to the recipe.

For instance, try adding some biologically impossible sex to the mix. While I did say we were substituting sex TALK, there is no reason you can't add a smidgen on the real thing here and there for decoration. Another thing you can try is making every character ingredient whiny, insecure, self-obsessed and unappealing. If you really want to make sure your guests hate it, add in enough off-screen pedophilia to be really revolting. Remember, when you present this dripping slimy mess to your consumers, after choking it down they'll be delighted to have you return to those easy, empty-calorie sex books Jul 07, Natasha rated it it was amazing.

This is the seventeenth installment in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. It follows Anita, Edward and Olaf as they track their latest vampire threat. When a very unwanted package is mailed to her office, the hunt for its sender becomes personal. Naturally with Anita, she takes the flight out to Las Vegas to track him down.

She realizes the sender is making it very personal Starting by murdering a fellow Federal Marshall. Cat and mouse games don't sit well with Anita. And needing all the help she can get with Edward and Olaf by her side she's ready to take him down. Personally Olaf creeps me out, but I really like his character.

I couldn't see me wanting to be around him, but sometimes I think I see something ok in him. Even if it's just for. Edward is one of my favorite characters. I always know it's going to be an awesome one if Edward is involved. Not to mention, it's going to be gruesome. Edwards character would be one hard to write.. If I had to compare him to anyone, it would probably be Dexter. They both have that on purpose split personality. Skin Trade is the seventeenth book in the Anita Blake: While Anita Blake remains one of the most effective "legal vampire hunters" in the country, her personal life is in turmoil because of her close personal relationship with some vampires.

Amid this backdrop, Blake goes to Las Vegas to investigate a vampire's serial murder spree. Vittorio has resurfaced in Las Vegas. Anita receives a head of one of the officers in Las Vegas, and sets out to pursue this vampire serial killer. Lick of Frost, A. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Book How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information.

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