Micah (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)

by Laurell K. Hamilton | Horror |
ISBN: 0515140872 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingadrienne10wing of Seattle, Washington USA on 4/21/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingadrienne10wing from Seattle, Washington USA on Friday, April 21, 2006
This was on my wishlist and I could not resist it one day at the bookstore. I think I will turn this into a RABCK or ray when I get it read.

Journal Entry 2 by wingadrienne10wing from Seattle, Washington USA on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
From the back:

"RAISING THE DEAD WAS EASY; LOVE WAS HARD..."

There are lots of reasons to raise the dead -- some private, some public. In this case, the Feds have a witness who died before he could speak on the record. They want him raised so his testiony can be taken. So here I am, on a plan to Philadelphia, flying off to do my job.

But I'm not alone. Micah is with me. Micah, head of the St. Louis wereleopard pard. King to my Queen. The only one of my loers who can stir my blood with just a glance from his chartreuse cat's eyes. I was happy to have him at my side.

Until he mentioned that this will be our first time alone together. No master vampire. No alpha werewolf. Just me and Micah. And all my fears and doubts...

Journal Entry 3 by wingadrienne10wing from Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, May 15, 2006
This book is not like the other Anita Blake novels. Or, perhaps, it epitomizes what some of the Anita Blake fans turned detractors say about what has happened: the thriller aspect is gone, it is all about sex and men falling all over themselves for Anita.

If this had been one of Hamilton's early AB novels, this entire book would have been two chapters. There was nothing poor about the writing, but the story was entirely AB whining and alternating pissy and lovey. Her personality was not remaining constant. I was hoping to actually learn something about Micah, but he talks for a few paragraphs about himself and how he became a wereleopard, and that is about it. There really was not much else. I don't think we even learned more about AB and Micah's relationship, nor did the relationship deepen.

Perhaps I have heard too much about the downturn of the style of AB books, and am just becoming one of them. I don't mind sex in novels, even if it is superfluous and not pertinent to the plot (I rarely see sex pertinent to the plot in any novel). But, some plot and story should be thrown in as more than filler. I actually disagreed with all the noise about how terrible the AB novels had become through Incubus Dreams. If she returns closer to that style, then I look forward to Danse Macabre.

Journal Entry 4 by wingadrienne10wing from Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, May 15, 2006
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Journal Entry 5 by yvensong from Reno, Nevada USA on Saturday, June 17, 2006
Woohoo! This has made it! Looks like it must have loped from Nebraska to Nevada!

I have another book to finish reading, but should be able to get to this pretty soon.

Journal Entry 6 by yvensong from Reno, Nevada USA on Saturday, June 24, 2006
This was a very quick read. Once I picked it up I was done in 3 days.

This story had very little depth, unfortunately. I had hoped for a closer look at Micah, which as pointed out by Adrienne10, doesn't happen. This felt like it was a short story or a part of a book that was stretched with several whiny scenes and scenes with men doing their dance around Anita.

There is a minor plot being played out behind Micah and Anita, which looks like it could have been more interesting if filled out more. Leaving the plot in the background made it feel more like this was LK's attempt at a Romance/Sex novella.

This being said, (and not wanting to say too much more to spoil the book for others), I do enjoy LK's ability to write well and this quick read was just what I needed after reading Henry Miller's Black Spring.

6/24 - This is on its was to Rillaith by Airmail

Journal Entry 7 by Rillaith from Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 02, 2006
Arrived safe and sound over the weekend, and will be read very shortly!

Journal Entry 8 by Rillaith from Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I feel cheated! Too short by far - I'd finished it in under an hour and a half. It's the shortest thing I've read in months (and I thought I'd read some short books)!

I liked the story, but it felt like this was a preview - the first few chapters of the next novel or something, maybe a long short story for an anthology. It doesn't fit with the other books in the same way - the whole plot is very short, there's only one zombie raising, none of the major secondary characters other than Micah qand Nathaniel show up, and about the only progress of the overlying storylines is the continuance of the ongoing development of Anita's powers. You could read the series and not notice you'd skipped Micah.

I'm now hankering after more, much more, and may well have to check Waterstones on the way home to look for the next one! D'oh...

I've got the address for raeliz64 already, and will post it tonight or tomorrow.

Journal Entry 9 by Rillaith from Wokingham, Berkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Ahah - worth noting to prevent anyone else being disappointed by having the wrong expectations...

Officially, Micah is intended as a novella in the series (number 13, incidentally), with Danse Macabre being the next "proper" follow-on book. As a novella, it was just about right - but I wish I'd known that beforehand!


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Edit to add: I keep leaving this at home, gah! Will have to be posted early next week now, sorry :(

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Posting to raeliz64 shortly.

Journal Entry 11 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, July 31, 2006
Received today. Thanks.

Journal Entry 12 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, August 20, 2006
The best bit of this book was the zombie raising and how Anita's powers are changing/growing. As for the rest, I'm not really a Micah fan and wasn't particularly interested in the sex scenes. I've said it before, but I really wish Laurell K. Hamilton would go back to the style of her earlier books.

Journal Entry 13 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, August 25, 2006
Posted to Mikime today.

Journal Entry 14 by wingmikimewing from Roma, Lazio Italy on Monday, September 04, 2006
It arrived safely a couple of days ago. I still haven't read a few earlier ones of the Anita Blake series, so I'm afraid this will have to wait a bit...

Journal Entry 15 by wingmikimewing from Roma, Lazio Italy on Friday, February 29, 2008
I've finally managed to read this. I liked it, though I do agree about the inconsistencies in Anita's moods...she seems to be always falling apart at any effectively romantic word or gesture. That seems a bit too much sometimes. But I was definitely happy to know a bit more about Micah, who instead keeps consistent enough, luckily. :)
(WARNING: there might be spoilers in the following bit: jump down below if you prefer!)

But what most disappointed me in this short novel (too short?) is that just in the middle of the action, when things were getting rough and dangerous and Anita's skills and magic were most needed and could prove stronger than ever, she just blanked out. And it all ends up at the hospital, and the "happy ending" is just a reported story. It's almost as if there wasn't enough time or willingness to think a properly interesting way out for that situation.

(end of spoilers!)

So....not one of my Anita Blake favourites! Thanks anyway for letting me read it! It's still unmissable, for an Anita Blake's fan.

Journal Entry 16 by wingmikimewing at Roma, Lazio Italy on Monday, June 20, 2011
This is going as a surprise to someone who's wishing for it.
Enjoy it!! :)

Miki

Journal Entry 17 by book_drunkard at Osgood, Indiana USA on Thursday, June 30, 2011
Received in the mail today.
Looking forward to reading this wishlist book soon.
Thank you very much for sending it to me.

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