Dead Ice

Dead Ice

Book - 2015
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Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She's a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude's fiancee. It's wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she's 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. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn't bother her. But the women being victimized aren't just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind. It's the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita's own soul may not survive unscathed . . ."
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780425255711
0425255719
Characteristics: 566 pages ; 24 cm

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Raynam
Jun 21, 2017

This book is 150 to 200 pages to long.This is true of most of the books the author has written.If you took out all the sophomoric petty squabbles and sex every five minutes there would be 300 some pages,not 500 something.Hamilton's opinion of herself is arrogant,prideful and she is over sexed.She must read dirty porn magazines to get some of her sick ideas.If anyone has any brain power at all,they won't read her books.I will not be reading anything she writes,ever again.I will not even give it half a star.

AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

I had some hopes for this book... the beginning seemed as though Anita Blake might return to her hardcore executioner ways but not 3 chapters in until about 3 chapters until the end is all relationship drama, bodyguard drama, and her own dramatic drama. So cut all that malarkey out and fill in the actual plot with some substance and suspense and this could have been what the Anita Blake novels used to be. I don't have much hope for future books here.

deaconlyric Sep 12, 2016

Read the other comments before you decide to continue with the series. At this point I'm finishing the book so I can just put it to bed, burn it and scatter it in different bodies of water.

It reads like LKH has no editor. It feels like after her first 3 volumess she got more control of her books and everything that should have been cut by even a junior editor, stayed in the this one. It reads like some 25 year old frat guy's guide to how to be poly. It's gross and I agree-- perpetuates a ton of misogynistic and bad poly tropes.

This book was redundant. So much time is spent voicing LKH's expertise (eye roll) on poly and bdsm to the point where she literally repeats things in the book instead of cutting them. So much time is spent with characters explaining what happened in previous books. It doesn't fit, flow or add anything to the story. There's no doubt in my mind that this could have had 100-150 pages trimmed from it. I'm done. I'll try Merry Gentry. I'd rather wait longer between books, that have someone pump out what reads like fanfiction

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LoveChild60
Jun 21, 2016

I hadn't read any Anita Blake books, and I can see why now. I always give books a chance, a 99page chance, but I didn't make it past 33 pages and was about to cry from the boredom! Awful! Maybe it would have gotten better, BUT, maybe I don't have that much time left to live...know what I mean. I like the author, very much, but I won't waste my time on another Anita Blake book *blechk* Happy Reading! *just not this book*

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dprodrig
Dec 01, 2015

It is an interesting look at the zombie dynamic, but I feel there is too much time spent explaining how polyrelationships work than just being in the moment and letting things transpire, whether it is investigating or solving the case, or people falling out of love. There's also a bit too much foreshadowing for what might come in subsequent novels and I felt the ending was rather weak. Nevertheless, still enjoyable just not as good as it used to be.

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wolfygal
Aug 17, 2015

Can't read anymore of Anita Blake. Her behavior has gotten totally ridiculous--I miss the first books that had story lines. Read to page 118 , couldn't stand to go on so returned book to library. Will miss knowing what happens to Jean-Claude. He's held my interest the longest but now seems weaker than Blake, but isn't everyone?

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auntiejackie
Jul 27, 2015

Feels more like her early books than any of the other books she's put out in recent years. Overall, enjoyable book definitely worth checking out though I do not buy her books retail anymore (or at all in the last few years).

One complaint - I think LKH thinks she's making great feminist points but she just reinforces gender stereotypes in most of her books. It isn't the supernatural nature of most of her characters that makes them unbelievable sometimes but the persistent one-note of misogyny that she keeps painting them with as a foil for Anita. It just doesn't pan out anymore and is a drag on the book. Anita's "guy code" ways are not unique and shouldn't be so much of the focus on the book. And for a writer who seems to try to be feminist, many of her other female characters are decidedly offensive for no discernible reason except to keep Anita complacent in her own misogyny that other women find her too manly and men find her took girly/manly. Frankly, it's stupid.

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pitkerro
Jul 23, 2015

Same old. That's it for me.

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barryandlinda
Jul 21, 2015

I have been a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton since the first Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter came out. This book did not disappoint me.

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jentuc
Jul 13, 2015

Time to put in a stake in this series and call it dead!

Laurell Hamilton needs to admit that she truly DOES need an editor and change her no edit contract.

Starts out as a Zombie story that's feels forgotten until the last couple of chapters. Typical Anita Blake story : More weird things happening with Anita's power that she doesn't understand, waaay too many men in her life that just can't stand to be away from her. Asher has another tissy fit. I could go on but why bother or my review will turn into a rambling mess that goes nowhere, just like this book.

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