A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Burnt Offerings’ chaper forty seven


You know what I love in books? When a lot of things happen when the main character is unconscious and then I have to read a big chapter of people telling her what has happened. Because reading people telling me about conflicts which have happened instead of reading about them happening is just so goshdarned interesting!

Anita wakes up in hospital, with Lawrence next to her. Nice to see how much he cares for his injured girlfriend. He explains that the Traveller possessed one of the vampires in the basement and saved everyone. Well, except for Tucker, who go ripped in half. The ceiling then collapsed, but everything is fine. Anita has been unconscious for over a day, neatly side-stepping when Anita and JC would have to entertain the vampire council.

I hate LKH’s ability to jump over conflict and events. I don’t understand why she hates writing about things so much when she has decided to make a living as a writer.

Lawrence says that the dinner has been postponed until Anita is better, although I have no idea what’s actually wrong with her. She then tells Lawrence everything. He responds with the wonderful news that the police have solved all the arson attacks offscreen, by finding out that Humans First were responsible.

Oh, and Vicki Pierce was lying. She was dating a Humans First member and a vampire at Burnt Offerings, so her human boyfriend forced her to do the attack and gave a token sum, and now she’s going to prison and he’s run off. That’s right – female sexuality gets you a karmic punishment.

There’s a small panic over a deadline for the police to find the human boyfriend before the vampires do but as there are only five chapters left i don’t think it’s going to be impressive or interesting. I think it’s going to be as much a damp squib as the rest of his book was.

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6 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Burnt Offerings’ chaper forty seven

  1. I HATE THAT “SUMMARIZE ALL THE COOL SHIT” THING SO MUCH AND SHE DOES IT ALLL THE TIME SHE DID IT IN SKIN TRADE AND BULLET DFSFDKFKDLA

  2. I thought the arson was supposed to be the plot… We get like three chapters on it and then have to hear about the action second hand? At least name the book something else, if you’re going to do that. Geez LKH.

    • I have no idea why she chose to put the arson at the focus of things. She could have kept the name ‘Burnt Offerings’ and just wrote about the Vampire Council on the back. It still would have made sense.

  3. And once again, the supposed “plot” of the book is resolved while the alleged protagonist and POV character is unconscious. Are we entirely sure this isn’t just bad fanfic?

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