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Jun. 10th, 2007 @ 02:27 pm The Harlequin
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Laurell K. Hamilton's newest Anita Blake novel, The Harlequin, came out on June 5th. I finished it a few days ago and I must say I really loved it. I know a lot of fans have gotten really frustrated with LKH's writing style and to be honest the past few books haven't bothered me as much as I know it has other people. But those who loved the earlier books much more than the recent ones I think will be plesantly surprised about The Harlequin. Edward returns with Olaf as back up and another surprise character. I'm trying not to spoil it too much but I there is much more of a mystery in this book as well as tons of vampire politics.

Who has read it and what did you think? I'm eager to discuss.
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Date:June 10th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)

The Harlequin

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Ok, I enjoyed it. Some of it was meh and there is so much stuff going on that things from other books don't get addressed until two books later and stuff like that.

1) she said there was a death. She made it sound like we would care. I didn't.

2) I'm unhappy with the Samuel situation - in that it remains unresolved.

3) I'm happy with the richard sitation. Finally, maybe some closure?

4) I love Edward and was so happy to see him again

5) I seriously thought that Laurell had lost her ability to write subtly, that we were always going to have everything over explained to us ALL THE TIME. However in the wicked awesome Olaf/Anita scene (ya'll know what I'm taking about) it was creepy and lovely until the groppage at the end. She finally had just played it out without the constant thoughts, but then the groppage, which wasn't necessary. It was creepy and uneasy without that.

6) I highly doubt, what with the media, that a single vampire or shifter doesn't know who Anita is. This silly little two page run ins where people try to stop her from entering or doing something or blah blah are a waste of time.

7) Stop pandering to people who haven't read the books yet. She keeps explaining every little thing for fear that it's a person unfamilar with her books reading. It pisses me off because I don't need that back story, it slows the action and forward motion.

8) STOP USING SWEETIE ALL THE TIME!! Not every character in your book uses that word. It's Anita's word. Not EVERYONE!!

Ok, so it probably sounds like I'm bitching about the whole thing, which I am to some degree. However, I really did enjoy it a lot more than the previous book. This, was worth waiting for.
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Date:June 10th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)

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1) I thought that the deaths,though not of main characters were important especially when you think about Remus' last words as he died. We haven't really seen that kind of death since Guilty Plasures.

2)That sorta irks me too, I was kinda disappointed we didn't meet Perdy either. She was just talked about.

3)I definitely don't think there's closure but I think its better now that everything is all out in the open now.

4)I totally agree. Edward is definitely one of my favorite characters.

5)Olaf was definitely creepy throughout the book but I think the last scene with the groppage just put it over the top for me. I disagree that it was unnecessary, I think one of the reasons I like LKH so much is a lot of times she takes it one step further and the groppage was that one step.

6)I think its realistic. People may know her but seeing someone on TV and seeing them in person is very different.

7) I don't mind it because I know tons of people don't read the series in order (even though I did) and I think it helps remind us sometimes.

8) I see your point.
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Date:June 24th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)

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I liked it.. not love.. but like. Kinda sad as I really was excited over this one.

I was happy to see Edward again too. Not so happy to see his FAMILY involved. PLEASE he has a secret life.. leave it like that..

JEeeez. She needs to quit explaining stuff.. WHY does she need to explain her freaking love life TO EVERYONE? At what point can she just say FUCK YOU.. it's NOT YOU BIZ?

stop using the term.. DEFINE. DEFINE THIS, DEFINE THAT.. ANITA is not stupid. So help me god if she uses it again I'll give her DEFINE straight up the head with my hand! ARrrrg!!

stop using all the sweet talk. Anita was never into it. So whats with all the SWEETIE crap?

And I am convinced that the woman must have a magical VA-JAY-JAY! ;) meaning that she is always tight. I kept screaming @ this book!!! YOU CAN PARK AN RV IN THERE FOR CHRIST SAKES!!! She can't be tight!!! AEEee!!

I know I should'nt bitch.. but man I had to get that outta my system. I really love the series.... but this last book just had me going WTF?

also I need a scorecard for all of the guys she collects.
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Date:June 10th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
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my bookstore hasn't gotten it in yet. they have most of the other books in the series. it makes me sad. :/
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Date:June 10th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Wow.. shows how much I'm still interested, I didn't even know it was out.

So now I'm on the list at the library. We'll see how much I like it.
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Date:June 11th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)

loved it!

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The part a truly loved was the Richard stuff. I've been thinking Sh*! or get off the pot for the past couple of books anyway. I mean I love Richard I adore him I really do but you know what hating yourself isn't going to make it go away. And hating Anita isn't going to make you a human again. Stop acting like a five year old who got told no and move on accept your animal and be a grown up! I'll admit I was a tad put off with the last couple of books being all sex and none of the real anita books I loved in the beginning, but everyone tends to forget that Dolph hates vampires and shifters so we really couldn't do a lot with that any longer. I also like the fact that her credibility is being questioned by herself and outside sources because of her relationship with Jean-Claude. With Dolph questioning her about Richard I think that may play out in later books and then richard really will hate anita because of course it will be her fault from his point of view.
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Date:June 11th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)

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After Dolph's questioning, I'm wondering if Richard will be "outed" in an upcoming book. I think that might be what finally makes him realize that he can't change what he is and he's got to accept his beast.
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Date:June 11th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
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I really enjoyed actually which suprised me. I've continued to buy her books, despite the "all sex, barely any plot" angle LKH seemed to be wallowing in, just because I enjoy knowing I have a complete series, but the past few books haven't been all that. This one, although heading in the right direction, wasn't a true return to form either.

I'm glad about the sceens with Richard, it's about time he got resolved one way or another.

I'm gad there was a decent plot line, although I kind of saw it all comeng, particularly Olaf, as I'd been waiting for him since OB, and I'm not all that satisfied with the way he was used, I thought there was more potential for him.

I'm glad we're finally getting a hint of why Anita's powers keep growing...it's a kind of obvious reason when you think about it, but satisfying to see it start to come out...even though I know it's not probably going to be mentioned again for another 3 books or something!

I'm not happy about:

-the "issue" with Nathaniel not being really resolved at all by the end of the book.

-Anita not really seeming to have any relationships in this book...we know how many lovers she has, as we keep getting told, but they're not really in evidence at all, particularly Jean-Claude, and pariticularly with the new way the ardeur manifests itself towards the end.

-and as one person said, the issue of Samuel. We're getting far too many unresolved issues going on, which leads to LKH constantly reminding us of what plot development lead to such and such being in her life, but never any closure for books and books into the future!!

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Date:June 11th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
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Damnit! I'll have to read it then. :) I swear off her books every time I read another one. Then, I manage to stumble across the newest one for a cheap price, so I get it. Then, I swear them off again. /sigh I guess I'll have to try this one.. :-P
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Date:June 11th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
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lol... She keeps sucking you back in.
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Date:June 12th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
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Honestly I couldn't stand it. I understand that sex is sometimes nesscessary to a plot line. But when I'm wading through sex scenes in search of the story, it gets redundant.
Date:August 25th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Hey the sex scenes are what makes it worth reading
Date:June 17th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
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I like it. I feel like I grew up with anita (that shows how old I am lol) Her first book came out when I was in high school and it's been murder waiting for each book. But I digress.

What I figured out with this book, when Anita and Edward had their warm and fuzzy scene- was that it was a sign of how good the book was that I wasn't upset that Edward and Anita would never get together- something that I used to hold out for (before Obsidian Blade). I think the Characters are growing more and more. And, I was one that didn't really mind about the sex in the previous books. It wasn't what I read them for, but hey. Why complain.

Let's see. I adore Nathaniel. I couldn't stand him before- and now he makes me laugh.

Hm. Richard annoys the piss out of me. I think that LKH lays groundwork for them breaking up the trimunitave. (sp?) I mean after being told that it was iffy if any of the three would survive it. Now we see that they did. All three of them with very little for them to worry about- I mean they were all right as rain in a few days. Sorry that is a little garbled, but you see what I mean.

Hm. Other things. Olaf scared the bejesus out of me.

I read the last bit of the book very quickly so I was iffy on all of the things that happened. (It was a library book and I was overdue. :) )
Did Malcolm give his vamps to Anita? What the hell happened with Jake? was he a council member or just one of their minions?

Sorry for all the questions. Love to talk to you more about this!
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Date:June 20th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Sorry it took so long for me to respond. I've been super busy.

I loved that Edward and Anita sorta talked a lot of their issues out and now Edward is in the know about a lot of things. I was just so happy to see him after so long.

Richard annoys the hell out of me but I can sorta understand the character. All of his faults make him more real. I am wondering how LKH is going to address the issue that he basically just tried to KILL Anita and Jean-Claude. But I don't think we're gonna see Richard go anywhere.

Olaf so was sooooooooo creepy. I mean you know you're freaky when the vampires don't want to be given to you.

Malcolm gave his vamps to Anita to protect them from the Harlequin. Jake was a minion of one of the Harlequin that had NOT turned, the ones that were still just and all of that. That's why he wanted to help Anita. Everyone is still very scared of waking Marme Noir.
Date:June 22nd, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
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doesn't Marmee Noir seem a little too much out of an Anne rice vamp?

And that just made me think of something- she is attracted to Anita's necromancy. I wonder if that is still growing? She's kinda turning pied piper on her...
Date:August 25th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)

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Hey i loved this book and read it in one sitting, i love lkh writing and i believe the series just keeps getting better and better. Just for the record i wish i was anita think i'm in love with all her men!
If you like this and haven't already got round to it read her merry gentry series excellent
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Date:October 25th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)

Has to reread

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I have to reread it I'm only dissapointed cause there's more thought put into the sex then there is in anything else it's kinda like watching hardcore porn with a semi plot. It just drives me nuts that she hasn't been fininshing the mysteries. I remember not being as pissed about The Harlequin as I was with the others but not enough is hitting my brain right now to have a good disscussion. Now I will not say that her sex is unimaginative in anyway it's actually quite good but, I picked up my first anita book a year after it came out I was about 14 at the time so I've grown up with her. My hero has become a sex fiend.
Date:April 23rd, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)

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hi, im jamie ive read the harlequin and i must say i love it i love laurell k hamiltons writing style anyway so this was a great book it managed to pull me in like the rest of them ive just started on skin trade so far so good and cant wait to try flirt and when bullet comes out too ive been trying to find a series like this but havent been succesful any ideas??