Short Story · Writing

Succinctly Yours: Inspector Dad

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 135 characters.


“Dad?” She looked out her father’s bedroom window and groaned. He was at it again. When would he realize he was retired? “Dad! Dinner!”

Book Review · fantasy

Book Review: Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

Warning: spoilers ahead. Do not read if you object to being spoiled. Repeat, do not read if you dislike spoilers.

Old Anita is back! At least, this is the closest to Old Anita Blake I have seen, well, I can’t remember since when. LOL

I cannot tell you how happy I am. This whole book, there is only one sex scene. Count it, just one sex scene with one guy. Okay, yeah, he’s a new guy, but I am too happy to look this gift horse in the mouth. It’s such a relief!

She’s away on Marshall business; the Harlequin are killing people. They (Anita and Edward) can’t tell anyone who the killers are, but it’s their job, so they need to do something. Lots of action ensues:  firefights, chases. As always, Edward packs a tremendous amount of firepower. I always enjoy seeing what new weapons he will bring out.

I think Edward is one of the reasons why Hit List is so good. She is out-of-town. Her usual sweeties are not there and she’s better at controlling the ardeur (explains the lack of sex) . Plus, there is Olaf to mix things up. The bodyguards actually guard Anita instead of doing other stuff.

I really like Edward. He and Anita have both changed since the first book and this book makes clear their relationship has changed, too.

The ending sort of uses the ardeur, but also the power from the insane vampire from the last Edward book (OB). It wasn’t a huge fight scene, but not that bad.  Think it lacked firepower. Also, the way she was kidnapped was a little disappointing.

The biggest surprise:  Olaf becomes a weretigter. The usual end-of-book summary says this and that he’s kidnapped an Anita Blake lookalike. The next book might put an end to the Olaf situation once and for all.

But Anita can call tigers to her . . . what odds do you give Olaf will be able to resist Anita’s siren call?

Grade: B