Welcome back to the Preternatura Book Club! We’ll be talking about topics that are related to the book we’re reading but are general enough for you to pipe up and voice an opinion.
Each book read will last four weeks, which is a much faster schedule than we’ve done on previous books. Today, we tackle the final chapters of GUILTY PLEASURES, book one in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
Today’s giveaway will be a mystery trio of unclaimed weekly prizes—yes, there are people who enter the contests and never come back to see if they won. Bad for them, good for you. So go for it!
These chapters of GUILTY PLEASURES wrapped up our first Anita Blake mystery. As with the first of any series, there was a lot of world-building, but I never found it overpowering and, on the whole, I was pleased at how well this book held up after nineteen years!
One thing I hadn’t remembered about the beginnings of this series was how very SCARY the vampires are. Even Jean-Claude is scary as heck, but to me, Nikolaus was maybe one of the scariest vampires ever. What did you think of her?
I thought the whole Anita-facing-Valentinebuildup was dropped like so much dead weight. I kept waiting for a big confrontation between them, but basically she opened his coffin and killed him.
How did you end up feeling about Phillip? I kind of wish they vampires hadn’t brought him back to torture him some more, since it seemed pointless to the story as a whole.
I’m simultaneously grossed out by and fascinated by the Rat King and his minion of were-rats. I mean…were-rats? I will tell you that the Rat King’s name is Rafael, and he has some major storylines in later series books. As I think back over this series, there are were-snakes, were-swans (which I found extremely creepy, by the way), were-lions…what else? I must confess to creating the were-gator. Do you like the exotic were-animals, or would you prefer to just limit your shifters to wolves and big cats?
Share your final thoughts on GUILTY PLEASURES! We’ll take a week off from the book club next week. On September 19, we’ll begin the opening chapters of Faith Hunter’s first Jane Yellowrock book, Skinwalker.
Leave a comment, start a discussion, and let’s see where it takes us! Anyone who leaves a comment gets entered in the giveaway, which is international, of course. I’ve highlighted some possible talking points above. What do you think?