A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter forty five

Anita is now out of the hospital, driving with Edward and Bernardo. Bernardo is wearing the requisite leather for this section.

His long hair was done in a vaguely oriental style, with one large, deceptively loose knot held back with what looked like two long gold chopsticks.


That is certainly not a practical hairstyle for a hired gun. Great, now you’ve given the people you’re fighting a means to hurt you. I don’t even think he should be wearing his hair long. Long hair is a shit thing to have in a fight. I’ve seen enough fights between people with long hair to know that you’re in for some serious damage when someone grabs a handful of that.

Also, don’t use the word ‘oriental’.

Anita then talks about her black Nikes.

Anita asks who did Bernardo’s hair. He’s got long hair, Anita, he probably did it himself. But no, Olaf did it – he’s in the car too, hooray – because it makes sense that a man with no hair who hates women can do intricate hairstyling.

Anita complains about how much pain she’s in. After dying three times. Leonora gave her a charm of protection, a little bag with magical shit in it. There’s a stone of citrine for ‘protection and to absorb negativity and magical attacks’. For fuck sake, use a fucking comma in a list.

Citrine is actually a type of quartz and I can’t find whether it has any historical properties in magical protection. It was prized in prehistoric Europe as a sun stone, and the sun does have a tendency to be a protection against evil, so that’s not too bad.

Anita then shouts OLAFFFFFF because… um, they’re near each other? Olaf won’t respond so Anita calls him gay.

“You did a great job on Bernardo’s hair. You made him look very pretty.” I didn’t believe the stereotype, but I was betting that Olaf did. I was also betting that he was homophobic. A lot of ultramasculine men are.

  • oh god
  • why did you do this???
  • Ok, you acknowledge that this is an offensive stereotype, and yet you happily go along with it just to wind up this guy.
  • You are very openly using the idea of homosexuality as a derogatory thing. That is homophobic.
  • You are deliberately winding up a man who you already believe is going to rape and murder you in your sleep. You are doing this on purpose. I don’t understand that.
  • Why are you calling Olaf ‘ultramasculine‘? All you really know is that he likes to rape people. Newsflash – raping women does not make men ‘ultramasculine‘. There are too many rapists for that to be true.

They pull out guns on each other. I don’t understand why this is happening. Like, at all. Edward stops the car and they get into an argument about whether or not Edward should kill him.

Why is this happening? Why the fuck wasn’t this book edited? This whole scene adds nothing to the book. It adds no character, plot, or narrative development.

Edward tells Anita to stop winding up Olaf, and says they’re both stupid because they’re scared. I have no idea what Olaf is scared of. Not raping women, I guess. Oh, no, apparently he’s scared that Anita is tuffer than her.

Anita says sorry, Edward says they’re a big family, and Anita points out that you are most likely to get murdered by your family. They start another pointless argument about whether or not a spouse counts as a blood relative.


4 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter forty five

  1. Okay, I really have to wonder if LKH was hoping to get some kind of sponsorship deal from Nike, what with how they seem to be the only kinds of shoes Anita have, and how she constantly describes them in minute detail, despite the fact that NO ONE CARES.

    Also, how many chapters are there in this book? It’s chapter forty-five, and the plot’s still on hold. Seriously, what the hell?

    • There are 63 if I remember correctly. Plus an epilogue.

      Yeah, the mystery element has sort of …slipped away. LKH appears to have problems with maintaining more than one plot at the same time.

      Each time she brings up her Nikes, I want to stab things with forks.

  2. I would just like to say that I did not expect the mental imagery of Olaf sitting down and doing Bernardo’s hair to fill with such warmth and awwwww, but it did. Then Anita came in and ruined the moment.

    So despite being a socially inept, murderous rapist Olaf still manages to respect and bond with his fellow bounty hunters albeit off screen.

    What is Anita’s excuse?

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