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Det där med Anita Blake


Hittade precis en nyhet om ett boksläpp som gjorde mig lite nostalgisk. Såg på SF-bokhandelns Twitter flöde följande; Dagens text: Nytt med Anita Blake. Först slog mig tanken, “åhå minsann en ny Anita Blake bok vad trevligt”, raskt följt av “nä men inte ytterligare en till”. För jag har en liten hat/kärlek till Fru Hamiltons hjältinna. Men eftersom dagen gått lite i nostalgins tecken (pratade med arbetskollega på lunchen och på Twitter med Bokstäverna om Yoko Tsuno) så var jag bara tvungen att skriva några rader.


En gång i världen var Laurell K Hamilton en utav de bästa författarna utav urban fantasy, ja nästan innan det begreppet fanns. De först böckerna är helt fenomenala, jag och väninnan räknade ner dagarna tills nästa bok skulle släppas. Hamiltons värld är trovärdig, fylld med zombies, vampyrer, varulvar, faeries och mycket mer, allt presenterat på ett (då i alla fall) nytt fräscht sätt. Hennes hjältinna börjar som en någotsånär vanlig kvinna som dock har en förmåga att uppväcka zombies, men blir successivt mer stark och mäktig desto mer involverad hon blir i (bland annat) vampyrpolitik. Men det var länge sedan det, jag är kvar på bok nummer 16. Ni kan läsa om mitt tappra försök att läsa klart denna bok här.

Men när jag läste följande så blev jag lite sugen på att göra ett försök igen;

AfflictionZombier har alltid funnits där, som hinder i hennes karriär som vampyrjägare, men aldrig på samma sätt som nu. I tjugoandra boken, som släpps idag, har zombierna plötsligt blivit snabbare, aktivare, och med ett bett som för över zombiesmittan till offret. Lite som vampyrer, med andra ord, fast ruttna.

Väldigt otrevligt. Inte ens Anita Blake vet hur det ska sluta.

Fantastiskt bra skrivet och gör att jag blir lite, lite sugen. Hela texten finns att läsa på Science Fiction Bokhandeln

Så frågan är skall man raskt hoppa över 6 böcker och hoppas att vi återse den gamla Anita Blake, eller är det samma stuk som de sista böckerna och det hela resulterar i att man blir kanonfull, åtminstone om man tröstar sig med följande spel när man läser

The Anita Blake Drinking Game

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New Summer Project – have a go at abandoned books

I often have a couple of books that I read parallel to one another, and most of the time I finish them rather fast. But from time to time I sort of forget, have a change of heart or just happen to stumble upon some new and more exciting books,  and then you will find all of these poor abandoned books all over my flat just waiting to be read. So I had this idea that during the summer I would make it a project and finish reading them.

Unfortunately my first attempt didn’t go quite as well as I would have liked.

At random I just picked up one of those abandoned books, and it happened to be, Laurell K Hamilton Blood Noir which is the 16th installation in the series about Anita Blake, vampire hunter.

Blood Noir*sigh* realized when I opened the book that I’ve started on it in December 2009 and deserted it somewhere halfway in.

This was once one of the best urban fantasy series out there. The first in the series, Guility Pleasures, I stumbled upon as far back as 1996, and have actually re-read it more than a couple of times. The first books are absolutely fabulous! I can totally recommend reading them, from the first one up until about number 6- 7.

After that it goes just go right downhill, from being intelligent, witty and entertaining books it just becomes more “harlequin”, and then just straight to home wife porn-ish. It’s depressing and I don’t think I actually can finish this book, unfortunately I think all hope is lost when it comes to Ms. Hamilton and her heroine.
So sad, I really miss the old Anita.

Or maybe I should try to re-read/ finish this one using this excellent blog writers suggestion how you manage to get through these last installments. Maybe it will be more fun to read then, and I’m most certainly going to get oh so drunk!

http://alphareader.blogspot.se/2011/06/anita-blake-hit-list-drinking-game.html

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Blood Noir
Laurell K Hamilton
Published 2009 by Jove

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Vintage Anita – in a different package

Holidays are great, for then there suddenly is time to have a go at all of those books that you just haven’t come around to read, yet.

So Anita Blake – the first death.

Anita Blake – the first death1      Anita Blake – the first death

This is really back to basics, old vintage Anita, set in time just before the first novel, Guilty Pleasures.

This is the story of how Anita came to work with the police, her first meeting with Jean-Claude and not to forget the reason she ended up as an ally to Mr. Death himself. It is a fast tale Laurell K. Hamilton along with her husband Jonathon Green is serving us. The pace is steady, writing quite basic and the illustrations is really what drives the storyline forward.

It starts with Anita at the murders scene of the latest victim to what appear to be the result of a serial killer. The trail eventually leads toward a rouge vampire group and after some life and death situation Anita manage to put all the badies to the ground, with a little help from Mr. Death. Along the ride we meet some of the people at Animators Inc, like Manny and Bert, at Guilty Pleasures there is Jean-Cleade and yes then there is Edward.

It’s more of a short story and you finish it rather (to) quickly. As an (former) Anita Blake fan, well there are worse storys that Ms. Hamilton has penned. When it comes to the graphic parts, the illustrations feels a bit like Witchblade or the Darkness (which in my book is ok).
I sort of liked the interpretation of Anita, Jean-Claude and Edward, but Storr and Sebrowski, well not so much. But then again the illustrations is competing with pictures made up in my head from reading the novels and to be honest that has nothing to do with this graphic novel.

So who will appreciate it?
I think fans of Anita Blake will probably enjoy a new story, as graphic novels goes, well it’s not that impressive, not bad, just ok.
And if you are expecting more of the new incarnation of miss Blake, then you have to look elsewhere, not a sex scene in sight 😀

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Anita Blake – the first death
Laurell K. Hamilton, Jonathon Green and Wellington Alves
by Marvel Comics,  2009

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