A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Guilty Pleasures’ chapter forty one


Chapter 41 out of 48, and I still have narry a fucking clue as to what is going on.

I sat with my back pressed against the cool porcelain of the bathtub. The front and side of my shirt was clinging to me, water-soaked. Edward knelt beside me, a half-empty bottle of Holy Water in one hand. We were on the third bottle. I had thrown up only once. Bully for me.

Edward is cleaning Anita’s vampire bite. Silly vampire hunters, it takes three bites to infect and turn. Have you never read Bram Stoker’s Dracula? Edward starts expositing in his dialogue about how this should take forever, and that Anita needs to be have this done now before Nikky comes back before nightfall, and Nikky might be able to call her anyway despite the wound being clean. It is clunky and badly done.

The Holy Water burns Anita and she starts freaky out. Edward then suggests putting a cross against the bite. If the wound hasn’t been cleaned enough, the cross will scar her flesh.

The cross pressed against my skin, cool metal, no burning, no smoke, no seared flesh, no pain. I was pure, or as pure as I started out.

Anita, weren’t you raised a Catholic? Is original sin still believed in in Catholicism? (I honestly have no idea; I’m was raised in a broadly semi-Anglican way) She cries, and chastises herself for being weak. Edward is very helpful and escorts her into the penguin covered bed. Edward stands over her, guarding over her in case any day-walking vampires jump out on her. She falls asleep, as the psycho she suspects to be murdering people over own stands watch.

You’re very clever Anita.

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4 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Guilty Pleasures’ chapter forty one

  1. I was raised Catholic and I think it’s still a thing, but in this case I think she meant ‘pure human/free from vampire influence via the bite’ though she should have been more clear. As it is, it does sound like an evil/sin/morals/etc kind of pure instead

  2. In the story so far, Edward and Anita’s relationship is vague yet complex to be explained as “I trust him for certain things but am aware he’s amoral at best”.
    LKH really dropped the ball with Edward. She could have made him an “honorable sociopath”, a bit like Dexter? But as with everyone, her characterization for him is too inconsistent to make him compelling. He’s just… Anita with a dick, if she were more honest about herself.

    • Edward is, frankly, rather boring. He doesn’t have much of a character? He’s just Anita, with less whinging and running around being pursued by asshole rapists.

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