My second emergency room in less than two hours. It was a red-letter day even for me.
Yay people I know have been horribly injured!
Alpha or not, Zane was a shapeshifter. They were able to bench-press medium size elephants.
Zane can bench-press 4,000 kilograms? That’s over 8,000 pounds. I think the maximum a normal person can press is around 700 pounds, but my research is not that great. I do not think anything that has human form – and therefore human muscle and skeletal structure, and is subject to the stresses thereof – can possibly be THAT strong. Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman, but they are not human so the point is moot. Zane should not be able to bench-press an elephant.
I was not going to arm-wrestle him. Not only would I lose, but he’d probably pull the arm out my socket and eat it. Most lycanthropes liked to try and pass for human. I wasn’t sure Zane sweated little details like that.
NEWSFLASH – shapeshifters are human for twenty eight days of the month. They can pass for human because they are not walking around with a massive sign around their head saying I CHANGE INTO AN ANIMAL JUDGE ME JUDGE ME.
And Zane is a wereLEOPARD. He is not a lycanthrope. He’s a … Pardusthrope.
Anita then goes on and on about guns. Joy. She always carries silver plated bullets because they work on supernatural creatures and humans just as well. I hate to point this out but you shouldn’t be running around shooting plain old humans. That’s not your job and it’s quite illegal. Then she complains how fairies aren’t bothered by silver and need regular bullets. Even though normal metal doesn’t really work on fairies either. This all leads to Anita putting bullets in her gun because she is going to kill Zane.
I guess this means that Anita Blake is officially above the law now. LKH seems to have written this series specifically to piss me off. People believing that they are allowed to operate outside of the law is a real pet peeve of mine, both in real life and in fiction. The law applies to everyone, no matter how ‘good’ or ‘noble’ the intention, and that includes walking into a hospital and shooting a pardusthrope in the face.
Anita walks inside and immediately finds the hospital in chaos. I would say that they’ve been warned, but Anita seems to think it’s a problem with Nathaniel and Zane.
I flashed my ID at the nurse. “I’m with the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team. Can I help?”
The nurse clutched my arm. “You’re a cop?”
“I’m with the police, yes.” Prevarication at its best. As a civilian attached to a police squad you learn how to do that.
Anita pulls out her gun and pats herself on the back for having safety rounds. Great, this is a real help. Now there’s an insane sociopath running around a hospital with a loaded weapon. She runs through what I think is Accident and Emergency until she runs into Zane. Zane is marching around with Nathaniel in his arms, so Anita does the smart thing and shoots him in the shoulder.
Well done. You might have shot Nathaniel in the head.
Zane drops Nathaniel and carries on walking, so Anita shoots him in the chest for good measure. It apparently leaves ‘a hole the size of a fist’ in his chest. I thought Anita was firing safety rounds? That doesn’t sound very safe to me. Or the wound a handgun could leave, when fired at a target more than five metres away.
While Zane is bleeding and dying on the floor, Anita walks around him and taunts him with the prospect of her shooting him in the head.
i don’t know what to say
this is a character i am meant to like? to root for? to sympathise and empathise with? To cry when she’s hurt, to feel elation at her moment of triumph, pride in her accomplishments, and grief in her defeats?
And she is taunting a dying man as he lies bleeding and shattered on the floor, with a malicious glee that is dripping from her words, down the page, and out over anything else Anita says or does
she can never claim to be a ‘good guy’ or to have any moral right. She is no better than any villain.
In fact, she’s worse. Anita’s sexist, racist, and ableist. I can’t think of many villains (in fiction. There are plenty of real life examples) that are all three of those. It’s quite telling that I can sympathise with many villains, but I find Anita to be entirely unrelatable.
Anita threatens Zane until he breaks down crying and promises to leave the wereleopards alone. He cries with… happiness, that Anita has come to look after the wereleopards because he can’t do it?
Anita realises that she can’t shoot a crying man and thinks that she can’t say ‘no, no, hell no’ to being in charge of the wereleopards. Zane heals himself and curls around Nathaniel’s body, crying about how Anita will keep them safe.
I was in way over my head.
and the chapter is over
I’d like to take this moment to point out that this is only page 23. I already want to destroy this book and never have to look at it again.
Is that a new record?
I’m going to play more Lego Harry Potter and feel better.