Affliction (Anita Blake #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

March 15, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy 4 ★★★★

Affliction (Anita Blake #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
Published by Penguin on July 2nd 2013
Number of Pages: 603
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon
four-stars

Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease."

Anita Blake makes her living off 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...Where will it stop? Even Anita Blake doesn't know.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, based on the summary. I like Micah well enough, but it sounded like the whole 600-page book would be based around his dying father. It was, and it also wasn’t.

I was really enjoying it, there’s lots of police work and crime detection like in the early books most of us loved before the series started going down hill. There were only 2 sex scenes in the entire book. And 2 of my favorite characters who we don’t see enough of made appearances: Wicked and Truth.

But Anita kept having major blonde moments (and I can say that, being a blonde myself). She managed to ‘forget’ important things that ended up coming back to bite her. And while I can understand once or twice, she is trying to stave off a zombie apocalypse after all, it happened so many times I started wanting to smack her. Or smack the bodyguards who didn’t point out she was doing it again. It wouldn’t have bothered me, and I most likely wouldn’t have noticed at all, except she kept ‘realizing’ and then being all upset with herself that she’d done it.

I really do like how the book made an effort to return to the early days of the series though. Less sex, more plot, more use of her skills that don’t revolve around shooting people. (Though of course, there was much shooting of zombies.) It makes me hopeful that the series is going to continue to get better.

four-stars

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4 Responses to “Affliction (Anita Blake #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)”

  1. Liza Barrett

    If I remember correctly, I had a similar reaction to this one. I didn’t think I’d like it at all, and was pleasantly surprised. And I was definitely glad that this one wasn’t all about sex and the ardeur. But I think Anita as a character has weakened for me — she annoys me more than she gains my sympathies, and that’s not the best thing to have in a main character πŸ™ Especially with those blond moments!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Agreed. I don’t actually read the books for Anita herself so much anymore, as the secondary characters. I still have a soft spot for Nathaniel, Jason, Wicked and Truth. I’ve started calling this series my ‘guilty pleasure’. The first books I still love, and I’ve been kinda holding my breath that she’s finally getting the hint and returning to writing the series more like that.

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