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


Anita is amazed she can park outside a nightclub and that there’s no line. I will remind you all that it’s eight in the morning.

I just – I don’t get these characters. It’s like they’ve been written by someone who has never been around humans before.

Anita is fuzzy headed, almost like she’s had no sleep and had serious heat stroke the night before. Anita’s gang goes into the club and all of Narcissus’s flunkies are being punished for some reason.

“Look, I don’t believe in letting anyone push me around to this degree, but it’s not my deal, it’s yours. So let’s share information and let us get out of here.”

So, you don’t think the hyena pack should be an autocracy. I DON’T GET ANITA. Anyway, Anita’s gang don’t want to give up their guns and all the flunkies are all scared.

I’d been told that a good dominant was a caring partner. Maybe Narcissus wasn’t a good dom, maybe he was a bad one.

Or maybe he’s a pack master and it doesn’t have anything to do with BDSM.

Ullyses starts crying because Narcissus will torture his boyfriend if Anita keeps her gun. Anita refuses to give it up and says she’ll offer the werehyenas sanctuary but ‘someone’ has their lovers. Then people come out with guns and Anita puts her gun against Ullyses’s head because… he deserves to die? Someone tells her that the rifles all have silver bullets so she better put her gun down so they can talk.

Anita decides to order her gang to shoot the riflemen, then the werehyenas jump the gang, and Nathaniel shoots Ullyses. Loads of armed men suddenly appear. Do I sound bored? That’s because I’m bored and bewildered. There’s less than ten chapters left of the book – this climax is just appearing. There’s been no build-up. LKH just decided ‘hey this needs a big shoot out! I’ll write a big shoot out!’. SIGH.

The gang run out to the Jeep but the five hundred werehyenas swarm the car. The gang shoot some of them. Some hyenas try to rip the roof off but Anita has a Uzi hidden in the jeep so they’ll be okay. Gil freaks out but Anita smacks him in the head. Anita fires the Uzi and lots of people die. The Jeep drives off with lots of dead bodies sort of sticking out of it. Anita turns the Uzi around and fires at bodies in the Jeep. One turns out to be alive – a hyena called Bacchus – and they save him because they need to find out what’s going on.

There’s only six chapters left. And I have no idea what’s happening.

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5 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Narcissus in Chains’ chapter sixty

  1. Wait, why is happening? Why is *any* of this happening? Why did this possibly innocent man have to die, and at the hands of one of the “heroes”?

    And I can’t help but think that this kind of thing is why multiple drafts (or at least heavy outlining) are needed – so shit like this doesn’t just happen for no good reason. But wait, that would require LKH to actually outline or write more than one draft.

  2. …I don’t even want to talk about this bullshit so I’m just gonna do like I did with Anita’s height last time and focus on something else. In this case, since we covered height, how about shape? LKH was super heavily involved in the short-lived AB comic series as I understand it, and so the way Anita looks therein is probably to her approval

    This is apparently the woman constantly bemoaning being ~curvy!~ and not skinny at all and yadda yadda…

    uh huh.

  3. I want to read about Ulysses and what happened when Chimera came to town. Not the amnesiac soul-sucking alien that calls itself Anita and thought melons was an actual measurement for human breasts. At least Ulysses might have an interesting viewpoint and this could be a great story wherein he rallies the hyenas and they eat Chimera and then turn all these horrible people into so much white dung–except Merle and Gil and Claudia, they can live–and then ride off into the sunset to throw Narcissus a gloriously tacky baby shower. And Claudia brings down the bullshit ‘alpha’ structure and frees the shifters from centuries of brain washing.

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