K. Hamilton's Blue Moon
Vampires and Werewolves and Bad Guys, Oh My!
Laurell K.Hamilton beats Chandler at his own game. Open a door in Blue Moon, the eighth book in the "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter," series, and you could be facing anything from a posse of corrupt cops to self-dissolving vampires to things much, much worse.
The trouble starts when Anita's ex-boyfriend Richard, the boy scout werewolf, is framed for rape in Tennessee. Anita drops everything, including her phenomenally seductive vampire lover, Jean Claude, to race to Richard's side.
Not only does Anita still cherish tender feelings for the stalwart Richard, she rightly fears the big lug will do something stupid. Like think being innocent of the charge will protect him in an isolated town where the cops are bent and the local master vampire sees Richard as a threat to his power.
Hamilton knows how to keep upping the physical and emotional ante. The book provides new insights into series favorites Jason (Jean Claude's pet werewolf), Asher (once part of a matched vampire set with Jean Claude) and Richard. Anita must redefine her notions of "monster" and "evil," while dealing with her own eternal triangle and the emotional needs of her newly acquired were-leopard pack.
Hamilton also works hard to provide new readers a program for the tangled supernatural web woven between Anita, Richard and Jean Claude. But the rituals of the local werewolves get very short shrift -- a big flaw in a book focusing on "were kind" instead of the Undead.
For example, readers are expected to grasp that the drying corpses hanging from the giant oak tree in the middle of the local werewolf gathering place mean the pack worships Odin. Bad enough that this is something only a folklore expert would know. (Wagner's operas and most popular retellings of Germanic legends omit this detail.)
But Hamilton relies on this obscure tidbit to set up a gratuitous "Ride of the Werewolves" that treats the assembled weres like so many parked cars in a badly filmed chase scene. Fortunately for the rest of the plot, the "furries" can take a licking and keep on ticking. But since the reader knows they can, why bother?
Admittedly, part of my irritation with these scenes and their pay-off stems from personal prejudice. Hamilton's fans can be divided into two camps: those who like Richard and those who don't. I think Richard's a twit, but I put up with him for Anita's sake.
There's an awful lot of Richard in Blue Moon and precious little Jean Claude. To be fair, Asher, Damien (yet another devastatingly handsome vamp), Jason and a host of vivid minor characters -- including a very surprising FBI agent -- almost make up for the lack...
Jean Marie Ward
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Our Readers Respond
I think anyone who doesn't find Laurell's imagination and storytelling ability excellent, are CRAZY!!!! Who cares how often Jean-Claude and /or Richard appear in the books. Like someone else stated, the books are about Anita and her Adventures to save the innocents at all cost. The real pleasure comes from following all the action, and Laurell has the ability to make the reader feel as if Anita and Merry's worlds are real. Or should I say I wish they were real. Ha!! Ha!! Who wouldn't like to be a Fey princess with a dozen men at your beck and call, or Anita Blake Vampire Executioner kicking Evil Butt!!! More power to Laurell, I can't wait for the next book. I have been trying to find the earlier works to catch up on the Anita series but haven't had much luck at our public library. I am waiting not so patiently for the Merry Gentry installment (if I dare call it).
Hard Laurell K. Hamilton fan,
The very first time I came across a book or anything writen by Laurell K. I found a book order form with titles and book names. The picture caught my eye but the description of the book made me want, no have to have it. When it got to my door and I started to read it I could not put it down for two seconds. That made my mother very mad. I was 16 when I read Circus of the Damned in hardcover. Since then her books only became more exciting and hard to come by. I waited for up to about nine months to get Blue Moon at one point, and it was well worth the wait. I am an 18 years old now and wish to one day be as good a writer as you Laurell K. Hamilton. Please, keep on writing. Thanks for the inspiration.
A True Fan
I enjoyed Blue Moon very much...I don't envy Anita's position at all...Yes, both Jean Claude and Richard have very good points and very bad points but thats what makes the characters so interesting...Which way will she go...it would be interesting to find out...Anita's a very strong character and she is not without her own human failings...not the least of which is her sociopathic tendencies which have been coming to the surface more often than she would like but given the situations she has come upon...its no wonder she reacts the way she does...Maybe its no bad thing...It will be interesting to see what happens...Keep the stories coming, Laurell...
I think that Blue Moon was a wonderful book. It was the first book that I read from the series. I enjoyed the werewolf aspect. I am intrigued by the romance and the intensity of Anita's world. It creates all new wonders, because it is so different from every other book on werewolves and vampires that I have ever read. I hope that more books based on werewolves come out of the series, because they are so very awesome. I will definitly read the rest of the series.
Blue Moon was my favorite book in the series. I was glad Anita finally got together with Richard. Richard a twit? Not in the books I've been reading.
I thought this book was excellent and advanced the series plot lines considerably. At the end of the book, contrary to the review given and other opinions, I felt that Anita knew that she had just about reached the end of her rope and that she had questions that needed to be answered about both her relationships with Jean Claude and Richard. I think she knows that she is becoming "sociopathic and that the killing is getting out of hand...she has always worried about the fact that killing doesn't bother her anymore. We just have to wait for the next installments in Anita's life to see where she goes from here...
personally have to agree that Richard's a little…yeah he's a twit. I personally
would like to see more between Damien and Anita. What do you think?
I found Blue Moon to be another superb story from Hamilton. Richard shows himself to be a person who stands by his values at any cost. It's not that he doesn't know the world is decidedly not fair. Anita has issues that aren't going away: how do you love two different people, and how do you stop the monsters with out becoming one?
Here is a woman with her heart torn in two, and a moral compass all out of whack. Just because she was with Jean-Claude doesn't mean she stopped loving Richard. She ran from him when she couldn't face what he was; now she can face and accept it, so now she can accept him. So, she ended up with Richard. She loves Richard.
As for Anita's rapidly growing sociopathic bent -- well, it was always there lurking beneath the surface. She's been forced to do things she's tried to avoid, but when push comes to shove she chooses to do what her heart tells her -- and that's to protect the innocent at any cost.
Blue Moon is not about Richard, it is about Anita. She is the main one Laurell is trying to justify and redeem. The action is fast, and Anita's mind is slow. She forgets all she learned in college about werewolves, vampires , and incubi. As for Richard, Laurell can't decide if he is just incompetent or stupid. Besides, why would Richard want to tell his mother he is a werewolf?
I do not think Laurell has any idea what Richard is capable of. Richard knows he is being framed. Having morals does not stop you from thinking! If Laurell would write about Richard, she might find a better use for him than as a stuge for Jean-Claude and Anita.
Therefore, she may save Anita from herself!
The review of Blue Moon was much too ambivalent, and much too kind. The lack of Jean Claude while a major flaw, is minor considering the "horror" Anita has become. She rejects trust, loyalty, fidelity, honor, all to bed Richard. She really betrays herself and all she stands for, yet has no remorse or guilt. She tops that off by acting like a stone-cold-killer on a mass murder spree. She is not merely morally bankrupt and covered in slime, she is boring and predictable as Rambo/Terminator.
There is a world of difference between battling dangerous monsters, killing in self-defense, forming a loving threesome and where/what she is at the end of Blue Moon.
The idea the "weres" get short changed is amazing -- the book is badly contrived sex and violence scenes hung together with a "were sociology" course. Given the fascination Hamilton has for "pack" & "pard," and their hijacking of the series, the subtitle should change from "Vampire Hunter" to "Were Nanny".
There are two camps: Richard and Jean Claude -- I belong to the latter. Unfortunately Hamilton belongs to the former and is willing to destroy Anita to prove it.
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