“Affliction” is the newest Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel by Laurell K. Hamilton. I have to say, I love these books. They are so entertaining and original as well. Sure, there are other vampire novels out there, but this book has vampires, werewolves, were-panthers, were-lions, were-rats, were-bears, and ZOMBIES! I like how these books are original and I especially like the power that Anita has. She isn’t some girl doting over a sparkly vampire…she is the one people dote over. And she knows how to handle herself. She carries more weapons on her person at one time than most marines do going into battle. More importantly, she knows how to use them. All of these things combined with a sarcastic attitude makes Anita my kind of girl. The instant I open these books I find myself sucked into Anita Blake’s world. And she is so funny! “Have one billionaire inheritance overturned because of undue influence on a zombie and everybody got all weird about it.” (Affliction, pg 3) I read that and just cracked up. It was good to be back in her strange world.
In “Afflicition” Anita gets a call at the office from a woman who claims that Anita is engaged to this woman’s son. Since she isn’t engaged and is dating more people than you could count on one hand Anita thinks she must be mistaken. Once they figure out who each other really are, Anita has to get Micah to go back to his family to say goodbye to his father who is dying. When they get there they find his dying is only the beginning. Micah’s father has what is rumored to be the ‘zombie disease’ and his family has to sit by and watch as he slowly rots from the inside out. In addition to being forced to reconcile with his estranged family while his dad slowly rots to death, Micah has to deal with all sorts of other family dramas. “Some issues stay fresh every time you open them up. It’s like evil magical Tupperware–it stays fresh forever.” (Affliction, pg 139). So true.
Before long, Anita finds herself once again thrust into the insane world of the supernatural. She is educating all the people she can about the proper way to kill different kinds of creatures and still she is seen as a freak by most of the local police force. On the one hand you just want to yell at the other cops who are being rude to her without cause. On the other hand, it makes sense why they are acting they way they do. No one is happy to have someone else come into their place of business and start doing their job better than them. At least Laurell K. Hamilton is accurate in this regard.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, I think anyone who already has been sucked into the Anita Blake world has to get their hands on this and read it. I think anyone who likes reading a combination of supernatural and smutty entertainment would enjoy this series.