Book Review: Affliction: An Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book. Laurel K. Hamilton

Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.
Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”

Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…


The back story of Anita was brilliant, snarky, bitchy vamp killing machine. The book series started out as crime and mystery and around Incubus Dreams it became not so much concentrated on the crime and U.S. Marshall stuff but very smut oriented, graphic and written like a fan fiction.

This book is no exception. The chapters often were cut short with a “So we did” or some cliche of that nature and the next chapter would continue with exactly what was cut short, be it a sex scene, which thankfully there weren’t a whole lot but there was enough. Anita also comes to grips with her feelings for Nicky her ‘bride’ as well as the remains of what Mommy Darkest, the Mother of all vampires has done in her destructive path. The rotting vampires of this book really became interesting in a this-breaks-every-rule-known-to-man about vampires kind of way, but the way this book was written didn’t read like the 22 book in the series, it read like a story where a non professional took over and wrote it. There wasn’t nearly enough about Micah and his father/family and the fact that Micah’s father and mother live in the same situation that he, Nathanial and Anita live in just made it all the more of a bad cliche of everything works out in the end.

The death of one of the characters and Anita gaining a new animal because of it really put in a new twist as well, because if Asher does remain there permanently and isn’t exiled. Will he some how become all the more connected to Anita because of her new animal? How many strains does this make for her? Is she ever going to change? That question was kind of answered when suddenly a file comes across the local Boulder CO ‘s PD desk that is a military file in Anita and her ‘gifts’ and could an army be made? I for see this being a problem in the future but then again there’s a lot of dead end story lines in this series. Will Micah continue to be close to his family? Will Jade play a larger part now that Anita has come to grips with her having a female in her bed? What’s going to be the new big bad?

I love Buffy but towards the end of the series it became more and more cliche and while the story lines were good, it left you asking for more until the very last finale episode and even then it left unanswered questions if you watched Angel, this series is turning into just that. Poor lazy writing that a newbie would pull and a load of dead end story lines and the everyone-hates-the-monsters and Anita getting the brunt of their anger. I want to give this book a GREAT rating but at this point I’m going to have to give it a 3 of 5 stars.

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