Incubus Dreams: Yuck! Typical for the most recent books

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LKH has continued down the path that she has chosen for this series: the characters just get trashier with each book and all of the redeeming features that made them respectable are disappearing.

The sad part is that it is such a flawed perspective on people. Some people are actually able to resist being corrupted by outside influences and that is totally absent from this series where everyone is so caught up in a need for sex and power that they will totally debase themselves to get it. The will to resist that call was part of what made Richard Zeeman admirable, but now he is so enraptured with Anita that he is falling too. Get real!

Hamilton’s editors should have helped her avoid some of the chracter clutter and useless dialogue in Incubus Dreams. Kill Richard off or let him vanish into the sunset. Give Micah a backbone, because there is no way that he is a Nimir-raj like he is. He would get walked all over by a stronger personality. Jason would have been dead meat after the games he has played between the Pack and Anita and there would be nothing she could do about it. Nathaniel is just digusting and the whole infatuation thing that LKH has with him makes me want to gag. The creation of yet another triumvirate when the first one was still not well explained was another example of events taking the place of a planned storyline.

There is so much potential in this series, but it just seems like LKH is bent on destroying everything that made Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter worth reading. I have hated many of the plot turns, but they made sense in the earlier books. Now it seems like Hamilton is lost and feels like she can keep the readers interested by taking things further down the porn road than along the occult/vampire road. Bad choice.

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