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


You know what most vampire fictions have and this one hasn’t had yet but now is happening in this chapter? A symbolic dream sequence!

Yeah, this is appropriate.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS MARVELLOUS DREAM

  • JC sits on a throne
  • Anita is wearing a white dress. Really? really?
  • Anita walks towards the throne and she rips open his frilly shirt. He has a really hairy chest.
  • JC cuts open his chest and it bleeds everywhere. He forces Anita’s face into the blood.
  • Hamilton spells vice as ‘vise’. I dislike the American spelling immensely.
  • Nikky shows up and giggles. Anita, have you been reading this book?
  • JC starts mouthing off stuff that sounds tantamount to him turning her
  • she wakes up

woooo dreams. She is holding a gun and waving it around and Edward, the crazy killer (apparently) is now the calm collected one. She phones her friend Catherine – not mentioned for chapters and chapters – but Catherine is not in town. She then phones a werewolf journalist and asks him to send the Rat King a message: ‘the vampires didn’t get me, and I didn’t do what they wanted’. Meaningful. Anita’s boss Bert then phones up and asks about the vampire case. Huur hurrr what case. Anyway, she takes a job for this night, laying the dead to rest. Sensible. You need to solve a series of murders before you are brutally killed so you take on a new job?

The Jensen case is quite interesting. Thomas Jensen lost his daughter twenty years ago, had her raised as a zombie seven years ago. Turns out she killed herself because he was molesting her. He raised her to say he was sorry, and because she was not stupid, the daughter would not forgive him for driving her to suicide. Her mind deteriorated the longer she was undead and he kept her as a punishment to himself. Now, he will only put her to rest of Anita will do it. This would make a great plotline for a whole book but instead is regulated to a sideline in the conclusion of this book.

Pacing. IT IS YOUR FRIEND.

Anita invites Edward along because… I have no idea.

Let’s go put the dead to rest and ignore the fact this book is meant to be solving a mystery.

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

  1. ‘Vise’ is not the American spelling of ‘vice.’ ‘Vice’ is the American spelling of ‘vice.’ This is just another case of Editor Did Not Do His Job.

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