Crimson Death – Book Review

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Finished reading

Crimson Death

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

★★

Expectation

I always get excited when I see new book of Anita Blake coming out. After over a decade with this book series it is automatic response. Things I look forward to most are page time for some of my beloved characters. I enjoy intricate world the author has created and many characters that inhabit it. And since this series has gone longer than any other book series I read – it has many beloved characters and things I look forward to.

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I do not own this picture and can never hope to draw anything that looks as good as this

Summary

This one took longer to read than I anticipated. While I was glad to see how Anita tackled Ireland and some new supernatural creatures; I’m not so sure how much I liked the development this book brought to the series as a whole. Usually I refrain from any spoilers or plot revealing details

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Spoiler alert!

Here are the things I have issues about:
First, since it is still fresh that last death of Rodrigo was so convenient that it just left a bad aftertaste for the whole 700+ pages book!
Second, I’m not sure if this was the authors intention (?) but the fact that second part of the book actually happens outside of the USA my EU native feels started to show up. I have a nickname for Anita – Happy Trigger. When the clash of cultures between gun loving American stereotype came full on against the peace loving Irish Gardai who mostly don’t even carry weapons the whole shoot first approach came in to light full swing.
I’m going to make a “benefit of the doubt” theory that the author has finally decided to open the character up to stop being a cop-like type of a character.
Otherwise the main character just comes of like a paranoid and delusional counterpart of the monsters she has battled for the last 25+ books…

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Also the cop and military, AKKA boys and their toys references are really starting to be cringe worthy. I don’t know if these repetitive extra lines and explanation on police and other mostly male dominant professions are induced by the editor or the author but somebody should intervene for them to stop…This would take out at least 100 pages out of the book. If somebody did not get that in the first 25 books they never will. Constantly explaining the same things over and over makes the readers feel treated as idiots. This way author comes as insecure woman that needs to keep mainspalining to her readers same thing over and over…

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Last but not least – for a book that has been promoted as a trip to Ireland it took way too long for the actual travel to happen in the book. As usual once the action got started it all got over really quick. This kind of approach makes me feel kinda cheated on in the end…

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Conclusion

Last few books character development was centered around other characters than Anita and I’m really interested in those. With all above said and vented out I still got happy to see the announcement for the next book in the series on FB. There were some really questionable moments in this book. My relationship with this series is longstanding and very complicated and I have decided to see this series trough.

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Reading in progress – July Update

This July a lot has happened and the ground under my feet shifted a little. For the last couple of months I’ve been rediscovering myself in more than just books. This has kept me from making regular posts.

My reading has taken a rather slow pace. I’m actually in the middle of reading of two books at the moment.

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Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

My pre-order of a long time favorite UF series Anita Blake the Vampire Hunter book 25. arrived this June. I’m about halfway trough. I’ve passed the 400 page mark out of 700+ pages. It is progressing slowly and it gives me much food for thought. I’m not devouring it like I did most of the books from this series and I think that means I’m evolving as a reader as well.

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Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1)

by Anne Rice

Even though I have not read much of it since I came back from my trip to Bratislava in June I still keep this book close by. Somewhere in the process of rearranging my bookshhelves last weekend my bookmark slipped out and I’m not sure on what page I’m on…I’m going to need to push myself a bit more on this one.

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I’ve taken a break from my RL book club meetings and assignments until I settle some issues. I’ve actually skipped the last one and did not finish the one that came before. Last few picks were hard and heavy.

I’m settling in to a new pace in life and have some promising ideas for August and more regular posting.

Bookish Board Games

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My BF and I are avid board game players. Our board game shelf rivals some of your bookshelves. Over the years we made a quite the collection of board games we love and enjoy. Here are some of our board games with bookish themes!

Paperback

First one shown on the picture above is Paperback. It is a deck building game where each player has to make words out of cards he draws. With better words you get money points that buy more cards with letters and thematic wild cards. Wild cards are worth victory points and each is set to look like a cover of a book by author Paige Turner!

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We love playing this game as it is fast paced and make us think on spelling words which is a great exercise for the brain. The fact that none of us speaks English as a first language makes it so much more challenging. Nerdy bookish game!

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE

Bring Your Own Book

The middle game on the picture is the latest bookish board game we found. We hadn’t had the chance to test it yet but have high expectations. It is also a card game with a little sand timer.

byobThe concept of the game is simple. Every player brings his own book with him. Each turn a one player picks up a card with a task that each other player must find in their book. As the game progresses player earn cards by how fast and good they got the needed task. There are many variations depending on the number of players and I like the fact that everyone chooses their own book to bring. Must check out how language dependent it can be with different players before I bring this to my RL book club meeting!

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE

Biblios

Last game on the picture is also a card game where each player takes a role of a medieval monastery abbot. We compete which one of us can get the best library collection. We bid on rare and forbidden tomes, scribes, illuminations and supplies.

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Design and illustrations are lovable for any book lover and this game can make for an amazing evening.

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE

I’m always looking for some quirky bookish games and the first one on this list will soon have an expansion variant named Hardback. I hope to get it as well 🙂