A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter fifty four


You know what we need? A whole chapter about weapons!

The narrative is already at a standstill. There does NOT NEED to be an entire chapter on weapons. Editing! You need it!

  • Anita refers to this as ‘suiting up’. Lady, you ain’t Captain America, and this ain’t the Avengers.
  • They pick up Olaf and Bernardo.
  • They get body armour.
  • It has to be explained to Anita why she might want to wear body armour.
  • She has to be told yet again that Riker

  • is essentially the local mob boss.
  • Anita, you already had to fend off an attack from his private bodyguard army! Use your brain!
  • Edward has grenades. Of course he has grenades.
  • It has phosphorus in it.
  • You are aware that’s breaking international law, right?
  • It’s not cool. It’s an illegal chemical weapon.
  • Edward has lots of James Bond style gadgets, insomuch as they all turn into weapons.
  • I like James Bond. I don’t like this.
  • Anita complains about being given weapons and how she has a ‘hairspray grenade’.
  • Are you stupid? It fires out PHOSPHORUS. If you put that shit on your hair, you would DIE VERY PAINFULLY.
  • Apparently, all female secret service agents have them. And they are all technically war criminals.
  • The plan is that Anita is going to offer Riker a spell of protection, even though they’ve already been fighting and he knows they’re coming to get Donna’s children back.
  • They storm a car and Edward promises to kill everyone.

This should have been completely removed from the book. I do not need to read about them all getting weapons. It is not necessary. It adds nothing. It is entirely pointless. It does nothing but slow down this already over-saturated mess.

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3 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ chapter fifty four

  1. The worse is yet to come, sadly.

    And then, the very quick resolution of the actual supernatural plot. LKH really has a dim idea of what constitutes a well-written plot.

  2. “Anita refers to this as ‘suiting up’. Lady, you ain’t Captain America, and this ain’t the Avengers.”

    Nor is she Barney Stinson. I shall now hide in order to avoid any vitriol from the HIMYM finale.

    “It has to be explained to Anita why she might want to wear body armour.”

    Anita, you’re supposed to be living in a “realistic” world. And in the real world, your incongruously ginormous boobs and “spunky” attitude aren’t going to protect you from bullets. Hell, I’m amazed you don’t have body armor of your own – even Harry Dresden enchanted his duster.

    “Edward has grenades. Of course he has grenades.
    It has phosphorus in it.
    You are aware that’s breaking international law, right?
    It’s not cool. It’s an illegal chemical weapon.”

    To be fair, it could be (and probably is) a smoke grenade, which doesn’t fall under the same regulations, because the incendiary effect is secondary. It might also explain the “hairspray grenade” comment – it looks like a big tube of hairspray. And why Anita is so pissy – it’s not a “real” weapon.

    Not that LKH shouldn’t have clarified that, or better yet, just called it a “smoke grenade”. Or just excised this entire chapter.

    Oh, wait, then she couldn’t show off how much she knows about guns and stuff. Because that’s more important than doing actual research related to what the book’s about.

    • I did not watch the HIMYM finale, so I will not be unleashing any vitriol here!

      The hairspray grenade fires off a stream of phosphorus. Yeah. It is like mace. But a grenade. With phosphorus.

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