I am reading my way through the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Not because I think they are literary works but because they are "fluffy" enough to read on the metro without having to concentrate so much that I miss all those wonderful announcements, station stops or conversations around me.
During the reading of the first three books I decided I wanted to be Anita Blake when I grew up. She is one tough broad. She is a necromancer, raising and controlling the dead; she is a licensed vampire hunter & executioner and she has some incredible "hardware" strapped to her body. …… knives, sword (in a pouch down her spine) and Browning hand guns.
I so wanted to continue this fantasy that based on those 3 books I bought the other 14 books in the series – well, I won't do that again.
I am currently half way through book 12. Somewhere in the last few, the books have turned to soft porn with insatiable ardeur and scanty plot. I am turning more pages than I am reading. Anita has developed metaphysical problems you would not believe. I'm relieved to find myself grown up and not her!
Now, I have a Kindle and that in itself can draw attention as people will ask what it is and how it works. I am quick to go to the home page incase they spy writing which makes us both blush. Descriptions of torrid sex between Anita and vampires or shape shifters. Recently she has sex with both at the same time – threesomes have become her thing. She hasn't "done" a zombie yet – but then I still have 5 books in which that might happen.
A little girl sat next to me on the train and after a few moments asked – is that a book?
Yes, I replied and quickly went to the main index of book titles. (nothing too bad there unless you count "Nymphos of Rocky Flats" by Mario Acevedo).
What are you reading about?
Vampires and a lady vampire hunter.
Oh - I like vampires – I watch a show about vampires on Disney on the weekends. (Little voice in my head says not like my book; not on Disney).
She asks what my favourite book had been when I was little. I replied "Ann of Green Gables"
Oh, she says, I just read that. Is your lady hero like Ann?
Ah – absolutely not!!!