A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Narcissus in Chains’ chapter forty six


The MacNairs promise to go off and talk to the police, along with Jane Talbot. Christine, despite coming here to tell Anita what happened, actually knows nothing about the whole business and buggers off.

Donovan Reece said, “She is an independent creature.”

No. Christine is an independent person, you disrespectful shit.

I could admire that. “I hope her independence doesn’t get her hurt.”

Oh, yes, Anita can be the only independent woman in the world. I forgot that for two seconds. Donovan is now armed to the teeth.

“I won’t let my girls be taken again.”

“People, call them people,” I said.

He gave me a smile. “They are all girls.”

“Humour me,” I said.

He gave a small bow of his head. “My people, fine, but I won’t let them be taken again.”

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You’re such a fucking hypocrite Anita.

“Remember everyone that’s vanished has been a leader, not a follow. They chained Nathaniel up because they thought he was you; your people being taken was just incidental.”

whaaaaaattttt.

Sorry, I should say something more intelligent.

wwwwwwwwwwwhhhhaaaaaaattttttttttttt.

Argh, just because you know what’s happened, LKH, it doesn’t mean that your characters or your readers know. Anyway, moving on. Donovan wants to know how Anita knew he was armed. It’s because he has a gun tucked into the crotch of his trousers. Something any idiot could see. Hope he shoots his balls off. He probably will, seeing as he doesn’t really know how to use it that much. The book now turns into Anita’s soapbox for how amazing gun laws are and Donovan is wowed and proclaims her the queen of shapeshifter politics. Before this, the communities never interacted at all, because they’re fucking idiots. Anita decides that the shapeshifters should have a coalition, a council for the whole community, and Donovan is like totes amazed that someone came up with this.

Yeah. Because a group subjected to immense bigotry and oppression just sit back, don’t interact, and don’t try to work together to try and better their lives.

I don’t believe that. This is terrible worldbuilding, all so Anita can be the most amazing person in the whole wide world.

Donovan thinks someone should be in charge, and that person should be Anita. She doesn’t think any sole person should be in charge.

The woman who hates democracy and thinks the world would be better as a fascist autocracy thinks the shapeshifter council should be a democracy.

Say it with me folks!

Micah then steps down from on high to tell Donovan that Anita wants to be friends with him. Donovan is confused because shapeshifters can’t be friends. Anita Blake: Friendship is magic! She points out that Vivian is dating Stephen, but that’s different for some reason. But Donovan has agreed to Anita’s wonderful idea that the shapeshifters should be friends. Good old Anita, wading into the oppressed to tell them what to do.

Gil pops up because he’s all alone as a werefox and needs to live inside Anita’s buttcrack. She throws out her arms and monologues about how she’ll kill him if he’s bad but they should help him because you should help the weak in society as well as the strong. Donovan is surprised that Anita will help someone useless. Gil says he’s brave and weak and cowardly, so Anita kneels in front of him like she’s a messiah walking amongst us to cure the disabled.

She promises him she’ll kill all the bad people. Then she yells at Gil because he doesn’t want to kill people. Plus, Anita gets to decide whether Gil deserves to live.

Gil the werefox was a liability. In a combat situation he was a fucking casualty waiting to happen. I was civilised enough to give him protection when he asked, but not civilised enough to pay in the blood of those I held dear.

YOU’RE NOT A SOLDIER.

YOU JUST RAISE ZOMBIES FOR A LIVING.

Gil is suitable awed and Anita welcomes him to the club. Man, if that’s a welcome, I’d hate to see what the hazing would be.

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8 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Narcissus in Chains’ chapter forty six

  1. …Donovan doesn’t call his flock “people” because “they’re all girls”

    wow

    Yeah I want him to die now. We have him killed off in our little AB RP-verse (we meaning me and some friends) for letting Anita MASS-RAPE ALL SWANMANES IN AMERICA THROUGH HIM in The Harlequin…now I just wished we’d offed him sooner. (Speaking of RP, we on for tomorrow?)

    “Donovan wants to know how Anita knew he was armed. It’s because he has a gun tucked into the crotch of his trousers. Something any idiot could see. Hope he shoots his balls off. He probably will, seeing as he doesn’t really know how to use it that much. ” AGREED

    “Gil the werefox was a liability. In a combat situation he was a QUACKING casualty waiting to happen. I was civilised enough to give him protection when he asked, but not civilised enough to pay in the blood of those I held dear.” GOD HER VOICE IS JUST SO EXTRA GRATING WHEN SHE SAYS STUFF LIKE THIS

    Also, more about Dolph/Anita’s comments about ugh why do shifters keep having businesses people don’t want to oh it must just be because they were told they couldn’t—it really rubs me the wrong way because, if shifters are supposed to represent oppressed minorities (which is not without it’s problems, as has been discussed, but that’s still clearly the intent) it’s basically boiling down the goals and lives of minorities as just being a reaction to the opinions of the privileged groups. As if that alone is what their choices and dreams hinge on. And that mindset is what leads to the stereotypes of minorities in media as mere accessories to their privileged counterparts—the gay or black best friend to the straight or white protagonists, for instance–with no real independent existence outside their relation to the privileged group, be in in compliance with them or opposition to them.

      • I was thinking even more about this at the chiropractors, and the “oppressed group makes all their decisions based on what the privileged group thinks” is also the logic behind the “don’t dress like THIS if you don’t want to get harassed for being a slut cuz obviously you only wore it cuz it’s what men like/don’t dress like THAT if you don’t want to get harassed for being a frigid prude because you’re obviously just doing it to cover up from guys” and never because it’s practical or comfy or what you like to wear because WOMEN HAVE NO THOUGHT OF ANYTHING ELSE IN THEIR HEADS EXCEPT MEN RITE

      • I’ll probably be there more around 4:20 than 3 like usual because shelter again

        3 PM = 8 PM for Dottie, not sure how that works out for the rest of you (I live in Georgia, USA)

  2. When was the last time Anita actually did the job she gets paid to do? I thought it was executing vampires who’d gone off the rails and raising the dead to settle legal disputes, but it’s been so long I’m not sure any more.

    Also, just thought I’d share this line from that Loki-fic I’m working on:
    “For the love of Odin, stop rubbing your nipples!”

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