Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I'd call that a really great cover for one of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, series.
Am not sure just where in that series this title fits, but am prepared to read more of her backlist and forthlist , because the character, her peculiar occupation, and the societal difficulties intrigue me.
And how the author blends or alters elements of cuturally accepted myths and established tropes.
Yesterday, finished Hamilton's A Kiss of Shadows, the adventures of Meredith Gentry, a refugee from the deadly politics of the Faerie Court, who works as a P.I. investigating supernatural crime.
Problem is, we get little of the investigative set-up and too much of the corrupt politics and shifting alliances of the decadent Court.
A little more case load to establish her smarts would have been appreciated.
And Meredith is a more passive and reactive person than Anita when all is said and done, relying on inherited, rather than developed, power and magic.
In yesterday's comments, the claim was made her stories lapse into porn, which I assume means a reiteration of one sexual encounter after another, with no emotional investment for either the reader or the character involved.
Hadn't noticed that so far.
As consistent as such activities might be for a Faerie character descended from a number of fertility goddesses, the lack of emotional stakes makes for boring.
But then I tend to find Faeries and the emphasis on sex-magic generally boring.
Granted, there are a lot of neat and very clever imaginative touches, interpretations and adaptions of fairy tale elements in the series; but think that, on the whole, by Hamilton's devotion to internal logic and consistency of character, she lost something vital.
Meredith is too distant.
I don't particularly care if she takes her rightful place in the Court and becomes Queen, or survives her cousin's ambitions and evil machinations.
One of the criticisms of some series is the loss of plot. Series have also been criticised for an opposite failure - mechanical repetition of one damned dilemma after another.
What, in your mind, in the worst serial killer?