Giulia Bussone Bussone itibaren Dachau, Almanya
OK...after 16 books this series is getting a little bit tired. Vampire mind games, blah, blah, blah, sexcapades, blah, blah, blah, were-animals, blah, blah, blah, torture, blah, blah, blah. I keep reading because I've read the other 15 books (OK, may have skipped one or two), but I'm not sure how much longer this series can keep going. I much prefer her Meredith Gentry series, which seems to have completed a story arc after about 7 (?) books. Or, I may just go back and read the Anita Blake series from the beginning. The first books are the freshest, most fun, and most original. If you want to try a different, but related, series altogether, head over to the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris.
This book was amazing! I actually put garlic by my bed one night becuase it seemed so real. It was incredible, and was a complete page turner! It doesn't matter that it is 7 hundred and something pages, you will tear through it! Wonderful!! Made me want to go to eastern Europe and visit these places!
Am I the only person who thinks this book eventually gets really boring and obvious, like a stoner's dorm-room monologue about religion and philosophy? Maybe that's overly harsh, and I kinda thought about giving the book three stars, or like 2.5 stars, because I did finish it, and the first half (or even two-thirds) was really interesting and engaging, but at some point it felt like the character of Nakata took over the entire book's narration, giving the whole story an aw-shucks, life-is-both-mysterious-and-precious vibe that got kind of grating until I wanted to yell out "Yes, okay, I get it, can we just wind this damn thing up already?" I'll still read other Murakami stuff, because the writing was often lovely and the plot was certainly imaginative, but something about the tone changed toward the later parts until it started to feel kind of young-adulty in a not-so-great way.