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Laurell K Hamilton Promises to Kill Merry Gentry Series Too

Okay, not the character, but the series. According to a transcript provided by author, E.E. Knight, Laurell K Hamilton said at Archcon:

LKH: “Gave myself enough toys” * (guns mythology folklore) and let “series go in a direction I didn't forsee” * Meredith Gentry series is looking to be 15 books too.

The loud moans and wails? That’s me. I had given up on Anita but I still liked Merry Gentry. I accepted from the beginning that this was an erotic fantasy series with Merry Gentry as the reincarnated (or at least vessel for) the goddess. But this was planned as an 8 book series with Merry getting pregnant, choosing a consort and coming to a conclusion. With this announcement, I think I am done for.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

179 Comments

  1. kardis
    Dec 05, 2006 @ 13:19:20

    God, I had the same reaction when I read that. I didn’t like the idea of the Merry Gentry series (because I was hooked on Anita at that time) but it’s much better than AB now. I was looking forward to Merry Gentry having a definite end. *Sigh* I guess I’ll just have to moan and wail along with you. And give up on LKH entirely- too bad because I wanted to know how that series would end.

  2. Taekduu
    Dec 05, 2006 @ 14:57:58

    *pats shoulder* I walked away from AB around Obsidian Butterfly. It was the last book I could stomach. I have held out hope for Merry but knew we would face problems with the decreasing length of each book and the fact that everything happens over 12 hours to 1 day. But, I can giver her until book 10 too. We have barely scratched the surface at this point though many have plumbed the depths so to speak. :)

  3. Keishon
    Dec 05, 2006 @ 16:45:12

    I never bothered to start this series because I hated what she did with Anita Blake. I’m glad I didn’t start.

  4. DebR
    Dec 07, 2006 @ 00:53:06

    Gaaaahh! I was hanging in there with Merry G when I thought it would conclude within a fairly reasonable time frame, but if this turns into 15 books…um, no. Just No.

  5. Jess
    Mar 19, 2007 @ 04:47:51

    i love the characters and would of been sad to see them come to an end but i was kinda hoping for a new series, i think LKH need something new to snap her out of her rut

    rut being the operative word LOL

  6. anna
    Apr 25, 2007 @ 04:29:11

    I gave up on LK when there were more pages devoted to sex than plot.

  7. sarah
    Nov 23, 2007 @ 15:42:10

    i am in love with the characters in her merry series and not willing to let them go so quickly. 15 books? okay maybe too much, but who knows. i’ve eaten my way through the first six so i say bring it on! and in reply to anna, somtimes you need a lengthy sex scene to add weight and understanding to the plot, especially in books like these, but to each their own right? :)

  8. Loni
    Dec 21, 2007 @ 14:23:26

    I love her books, they are a good, quick read. 15 books in the MG series….GOOD!!! I love that series and think it is the better of the two anyway. Come on LKH keep writing!!! I am waiting on both series to pump out another book. The sex scenes are great and I agree that “somtimes you need a lengthy sex scene to add weight and understanding to the plot, especially in books like these.”

  9. ROXIE
    Dec 26, 2007 @ 18:15:14

    i love love love the merry books, i just finished a lick of frost and come on give me more. its too good to just end like this more sex scenes and more rhys. i love rhys :)

  10. michelle
    Dec 29, 2007 @ 15:04:20

    i have to say a prob be hated that i love both series .i just finished lick of frost and have been waiting already for the next book.i dont see anything wrong with books which keep going they can always evolve you grow up with them this way and you dont get to the final thinking hey i wish their was more to happen more to know .i say lkh keep going love just can i add me own character cause i wanna be in them .te he

  11. Nicci
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 20:48:06

    As long as the story stays as good as it is who cares how many books it is? How many times have you read about a character you really liked for 3 books, or maybe even only one, and wished “Damnit, I want to know more.”

    Well I’m one of those people who is never satisfied with the least and always wants more. So bring it and I’ll keep buying.

  12. triphazard
    Jan 09, 2008 @ 09:17:44

    Just finished ‘A Lick of Frost’ and have to say that this one does finally do some fabulous story telling as well as the sex scenes – the sex seems to be back to embellishing the plot rather than being the basis of the book – HOORAY!! If they keep on like this, I’ll be hanging on in until the end…

  13. Ashley
    Feb 05, 2008 @ 18:58:52

    I finished “A Lick of Frost” and I just can’t wait for the next book. I’m looking forward to know what happens to Frost and I wan’t to know if she will have her own sithe. So who cares if their are 15 books I say keep writing LKH. I aslo think that for this series their has to be “a lengthy sex scene to add weight and understanding to the plot, especially in books like these.” cause you have to remeber where meredith decends from a goddess of fertility.

    .

  14. Alexis
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 12:51:11

    I think she should keep going.

    It shouldn’t matter how many books there are, it’s a damn good series.

    I personally can’t wait for the next one…and the next one.

    I love the series and will continue to buy them until the end.

  15. Joode
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 11:07:20

    LKH weaves a wonderful tale in BOTH series. I’m a huge AB fan, and can’t wait til “Blood Noir” is released. I started the MG series out of curiousity, and am halfway through the 2nd book. It’s great, too. But I find them too similar. One pretty lady with multiple “beautiful” men. Sure, the sex scenes are great, and I love her writing, but I was really hoping for something different with MG. But, I like LKH’s writing, so as long as she writes, guess I’ll read!

  16. Tonie
    Mar 27, 2008 @ 04:59:54

    I wanted to know how many books there were knowing the AB series, which i kinda gave up on when i hit the 7th book (8th is sitting next to my bed) with jean- claude appearing less and less *sobs*, anyway I loved JC but i am obssessed with Merry’s men, i love frost and when i found out that there would be 15 bboks i was thrilled i am nearly finished the 4th one and you can see the character growth so much more than in AB, though i do agree with some, on the sex scence i love a good sex scene but the descriptions are all starting to sound the same and repeative, so needs new ideas with that part of the plot, but the growth of the charcters is great, i didnt like rhys in the first book bu now i love him he cracks me up i love the bit about the badges being a new term for balls, and the scene where doyle breaks down and starts to cry cause he believe the ring choose Mistral it was a show of raw emotion i was cried so MUCH. THAT my friend is character growth and is what AB lacked if the MG series continues the way it is going I will stick to it till the end, I wanna know who becomes King, and what the other men will do when he is choosen.

    I just pray it doesnt turn out to be another Anita Blake dud. *sobs again* (though i will try to pick it up again.)

    much love to Frost, Doyle, Rhys and Mistral. MY FAVOURITES. in order too of course. May one of them be King of the Unseelie Court. LOL ^_^

  17. Amy
    May 19, 2008 @ 19:37:41

    Well, I have read all AB books so far and agree that they’ve definitely become boring in the last few years. But I just read the last three MGs (had some catching up to do on vacation) and am totally in MG mode right now. I am so hooked and so sad that I have to wait until Christmas for Swallowing Darkness.

    I TOTALLY sobbed at the end of Lick of Frost. While I’m thrilled with the significant plot progress, I’m devastated by the plot decision she made at the end (and if you’ve read it you’ll know what I’m referring to – no spoilers). There better be 15 books so she has time to rectify this horrible decision she made (which someone in the story said could be resolved in 3 or 103 years – it better be 3). So bring on more Merry and her gorgeous men!

  18. Nikki B
    Jul 09, 2008 @ 08:16:30

    I am totally astonished by some of the responses I’ve red! Let me tell you something: if you don’t like it don’t buy it, step in something else and stop criticizing what she’s doing, you may don’t like it but others do! I will also add that it’s easy to criticise, but try to do better, everybody can’t create a whole world like she did, give life and personality to every single character and give a “cohérence” to the plot and some of you may respect only this if not the story! As far as I’m concerned, I love it both as way of entertaiment and as work of art. I’m european, so I maybe I have an other way of seeing things, but think that you can’t despise somebody’s work if you can’t do any better! To be a writter can be difficult, but don’t be disapointed Laurell because you have some real fans!

  19. Helen J
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 07:22:28

    I would just like to say that a friend introduced me to the Merry Gentry series and i absolutely loved them read all seven books in about a fortnight! Never came across any literature like it! Doyle all the way!

  20. Hannah Hollars
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 01:05:41

    Ohhh. I hope it turns into 15 books.

    I loveee this series I just started reading it about a week and a hald ago.. Im on book number six. =D

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEE it.

    Dont much care for the Anita Blake series.
    But this one has mee hooked.

    I atleast hope it goes to 10. =]

  21. Hannah Hollars
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 01:06:51

    I love rys and sage the most btw.
    And thenn Darkness. =]

  22. queenstacela
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 20:45:55

    I will have to say that with Merry, I have been re-reading the series lately and I have to say: The books are better than AB. AB I stopped reading at Obsidan Butterfly, and refuse to buy any others. MG I have continued to read, do not buy (personal reasons). I have noticed that the books are getting shorter and some taking an entire day. Lick of Frost brought back some of the intrigue of the books, and I will be interested to see what happens next. I have a feeling if the books continue in the same vain and shortness I may end up turned off to them. One thing is sure I will not be buying anymore of LKHs books and will be probably be selling off all my AB books including the signed ones. (I don’t see a reason to keep them). This author intrigued me at first, but the continual sex grates on everyone after awhile. BTW what was the count on the many men she slept with while in the sithen last? I lost count. More story per novel, the ones she is putting out is novella length not novel length.

  23. WeyrCat
    Aug 06, 2008 @ 01:11:12

    /Just another Post at the bottom that will be missed, but I finally get to spurt my opinion to other AB/MG readers!
    I feel LKH pumps these books out like the Pulp of old, and yes, I devour them quickly. But they’re so good that I have no problem finding myself rereading them, when I can’t stand to reread anything. The sex scenes are, for lack of a better word Perfect for Me, and I’m enthralled by the characters in both series. True, the more and more people in MG’s bed is, wow, but I can’t stop reading them. It’s almost an addiction. I’m reading the things in my cubicle, on my Treo, so I can tuck it away quickly!
    Probably shouldn’t be reading the racy parts at work /blush/ but I can’t stop!

    If they become pulp after pulp with no new challenges, I can see a problem. But like a good old horror show, as long as the nightmares grow, I’ll keep reading!

    /Just starting Mistral’s Kiss/

  24. Syd
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 17:07:24

    I finished up Killing Frost a while ago an I absolutely loved it and all the others. I won’t mind if the seriousends up being 15 books as long as it still keeps me hooked.

    As for Anita Blake, I’m not even touching that subject.

  25. Patty
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 14:15:16

    I totally agree with Nikki B ~ don’t like it don’t read them..With Swallowing Darkness coming out in November I wanted to go back and read them over again which I did and fell back in love with Doyle, Frost and Rhys all over again. I feel she can keep on going 10 to 15 or more as long as it finishes the story without leaving you going ARGGGG!!!!

  26. Emily
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 09:29:53

    As an avid reader I say carry on…I mean the sex and the plot intertwine she has to get pregnant to be on the throne for crying out loud how else will she hear the pitter patter of little feet without the occasional roll in the sheets, dirt, snow, hallway…(u get my point ;) )
    anyways if ppl are so feed up with LKH why are u writing on a site dedicated to her? On with the show I say I need something to keep me awake at work.

  27. W
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 20:29:19

    I just finished reading Swallowing Darkness. It’s full of action, magic, death and more magic. The other books are more about the slow build up in Merry’s relationships with her men and the Goddess. This one is a non-stop action fest. The plot gets going in a heavy way. LKH usually ties up ends and writes a neat little epilogue chapter, but this epilogue chapter was a bit too neat, I was confused. Good to hear there’s supposed to be 8 more books. I was so intent on finishing the book, I think I only noticed 2 brief maybe-love scenes. 2 major deaths. Amazing book.

  28. K
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 21:02:58

    Just finished Swallowing Darkness and it was all about action and intrigue. I also had to go looking to see that there are expected to be more books in the series as alot of loose ends were tied up. Scared me for a second. I think fans will love this latest addition.

  29. veinglory
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 21:59:02

    One was enough for me in this series. I find it odd that people can get so outraged that there are people discussing a book without using pom poms. It is hardly unusual for this blog.

  30. Mrs Giggles
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 22:12:50

    Laurell K Hamilton had (allegedly, since I read this in an Amazon forum) told Writer’s Digest that Anita Blake would go up to 70 books. Apparently because Rex Stout had 70 books in the Neo Wolfe series. 15 for this series, therefore, is a surprisingly conservative number from her.

  31. Fionn J.
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 04:51:27

    Urk.

    I’ve been trying to trundle through Incubus Dreams, but it’s been one big sex scene after another. Anita was great when she was kicking butt, not licking it. :(

    Merry’s not that bad. At least there’s no pretenses about what she really wants, rather than Anita who’s like “Ooh, I don’t want to have sex with half the men in the goddamned book”, and promptly ends up doing so regardless of her so-called morals.

    As for 70 books? Jesus Christ on a piece of toast.

  32. Anion
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 06:20:02

    A while ago I wondered if the Anita books really had gotten as awful as I remembered, or if they’d improved after time, so I bought a copy of Danse Macabre. Jesus. I have never read anything more boring in my life. I had to force myself to keep reading (and actually did not finish it, although I did go back and skim the end out of boredom.)

    It was a huge waste of time and money, and it cleared up any remaining feeling of “Maybe the books aren’t THAT bad,” I still had floating around. No. They really are that bad; that book had no plot, no story, nothing but dull, unerotic sex. (Although at least, if memory serves, we didn’t have to deal so much with Micah in that one.)

  33. DS
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 07:10:11

    Mrs Giggles on November 2nd, 2008 at 10:12 pm:

    Laurell K Hamilton had (allegedly, since I read this in an Amazon forum) told Writer's Digest that Anita Blake would go up to 70 books. Apparently because Rex Stout had 70 books in the Neo Wolfe series. [snip]

    Rex Stout would be so proud. Especially because most of his books were less than 150 pages in the original form and usually involved three stories all neatly ended.

    Did you know though that he got his start writing romances and adventure fiction?

  34. RfP
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 10:07:57

    I’m too over it to wail. Maybe a faint whine of nostalgia.

    Like you, Jane, I was fine with the initial setup of the Merry books: over-the-top erotic fantasy with dark touches. They’ve already gone off the rails, though, losing consistency, not advancing the story, and losing the original focus on a few interesting characters. I used to be impressed that she could keep developing so many characters, but that’s got lost in the something-for-everyone, all-you-can-snog buffet. This news just confirms it’ll only get worse.

    I’ve read that the early Anita books were thoroughly outlined–individually and as a series–and without that discipline they literally lost the plot. No idea whether the outlining story’s accurate; it could be a surmise based on what’s happened with each series. Either way, it makes me think about other series that have jumped the shark, or simply petered out; in some cases I suspect the author senses it happening, though that doesn’t necessarily make it easy to fix.

    E.g. it looks to me like Kim Harrison is essentially re-starting her Rachel Morgan series after getting rid of Kisten. He was a nice but inconsistent character (Book 1, scary vampire/Book 2, puppy-dog boyfriend) who, IMO, didn’t add much to the plot or relationship dynamics–but he was popular so I’m sure that’s rocked her fandom a bit. OTOH there’s the JD Robb series–there’s no lack of discipline in the plotting, but I’ve lost interest as the relationship tension’s dwindled and the mystery has to carry the book. So there’s no guarantee tough choices or discipline will keep the magic going, but they can prevent strung-out craptastification a la Anita. Though I’m not sure whether I prefer a little dull or a lot WTF…. The WTF is certainly memorable.

  35. Jane
    Nov 03, 2008 @ 10:50:22

    @RfP – When I first started getting ARCs, LKH’s series was one that was a real treat for me. Tellingly, I failed to ask for any of her most recent books from publishers and even though Swallowing Darkness has now been out and I’ve been offered the book for review, I turned it down because I just lack any interest in reading it right now. Haven’t read Anita for years, since book 10 I think.

    As for Harrison, I’ve not read her past book 3. I was kind of interested in the Ivy-Rachel dynamic but she really refused to go there as far as I know. Kisten never was interesting for me. Like you, I thought he was fairly bland.

    I think the idea of 80 Anita books is fairly frightening. Exciting for Penguin and I suppose devoted fans.

  36. Windzswept
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 05:25:24

    @W:
    Yeah, I was a little worried, that epilogue chapter in Swallowing Darkness is too neat, and sounds like the end of a series.

    I also felt that at least one of the ‘rutting’ scenes in there was there because LKH suddenly realised that there hadn’t been enough ‘rutting’ in the book (the one closer to the end).

    It would be a place to leave the series though, and it would allow us all to use our own imaginations about what happens, but imo the ending was way too tame and easy, and in fact, a LOT anti-climatic.

    Ah well.

  37. Kaila
    Nov 29, 2008 @ 01:18:51

    I love the books. I HATE Anita though. Love the boys in both sets. I just hate it when she PILES on the psycho mumbo jumbo into to few pages. I got very confused at the end of blood noir. and Merry getting pregnant by 6 was so unfair. I hate how she gets to have everyone. I was the heartache of choosing only ONE. GAH.

  38. Suzy
    Dec 01, 2008 @ 09:14:47

    I shall establish this now – I am a fan of both of the series. There is a big BUT in this though. I have religiously followed both Anita and Merry through all their books except Swallowing Darkness. For an avid fan I would normally have had the book on pre-order or ran down to a local bookshop on the day of release. I didn’t though. I actually found myself worried instead. Worried that this was going to go the same way as the other later books. The reviews I had read certainly weren’t favourable. Now don’t get me wrong, both of them started with a bang and it was a good hook. I read erotica sometimes so I’m not fussed about the amount of sex in the books but the plot has gradually gotten lost and the pages are whittling down. It would be so nice to maybe loose a little sex in exchange for a little more progress. To be honest, reading the books is a little like watching an episode of 24 – everything does seem to happen in a 24 hour period.
    I know I shall probably give in and purchase Swallowing Darkness eventually but PLEASE Laurell K Hamilton, go back to your roots and give us the action that you hooked most of us on in the first place.

  39. Taylor
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 11:16:13

    I am utterly disappointed in LKH. What the hell?! I was a huge fan and love the way the she writes but it seems that she always bites off more then she can chew. SHe quits alomst all of her series and Swallowing Darkness was a to short and choppy mistake. It was a quick fix ending and hated it….im heartbroken…

  40. Miranda
    Dec 14, 2008 @ 16:04:39

    AH! you guys sort of drive me nuts. See the thing i originally liked about AB was her realism (i know thats an oxymoron) and how she wasn’t making anita a slut. now anita IS a slut. and making excuses for it. i will still love and read both stories, but the gentry serious was ONLY sex sex sex from the start. the fact that you would stop reading blake before blake became sex sex sex and bitch because blake was too nasty pisses me off no end. Sorry for my spelling mistakes. studying for a final and rushed

  41. Miranda
    Dec 14, 2008 @ 16:20:59

    i DO love hamilton though. i think her plots are wonderful. I agree with suzy mostly. I want more plot and less sex. i am not eighteen and don’t have such a hormonal rush that i can be sustained on erotica alone. erotica without feeling can be hot, but it can also get boring. same with erotica with too much feeling. the thing i mostly loved about hamilton before was how her books never turned into a romance. the romance was never the main part of the story. now though with anita it HAS become the main part, and the plot has taken a back seat. this worries me. a character can have a sex and love life after hte series ends. thats normal and okay. i wish laurell would realize that and stop trying to give antia the perfect womans dream. she may think anita has it hard and she does but hamilton is trying to make it perfect. if her love life is not horrible, but she just went through kicking evil murderous zombies controlled by a vampire ass then i will be happy. very happy in fact. i tend to LIKE gorey books. my favorite manga is ISLAND for christ sake.

  42. Cauterize
    Dec 14, 2008 @ 17:28:08

    I was an early adopter of LKH, came on when Guilty Pleasures was the new book. I loved Anita and JC, hated Richard and was the happiest in the Killing Dance era. It started going downhill for me, quickly, as the sex took over any sort of plot. I love erotica, but I loved Anita for her kickass-ness and her inhumane resistance to desire. I can’t stomach anything now as Anita gains multiple (and random!) metaphysical-sexual powers in every book and doesn’t seem to actually do any detecting/executions. The insane Mary Sue creeped me out, but I tried to trudge through them. As per LKH’s OWN instructions, since I didn’t like her books anymore, I stopped buying them but kept going by borrowing them at the library. My last was Blood Noir, but I actually chucked the book at Chapter 3 and DNF. I NEVER DNF books! I officially gave up on Anita (and JC *sob*).

    I have been reading the Merry Gentry series, and I thought it started off great, with a logical explanation for all the sex, but the race to the throne kept things moving. I almost gave up from books 3-6 as LKH did her patented slow down of time and deep six-ing of plot. However, the author did manage to recapture my interest in Lick of Frost, as she actually advanced the plot in shocking ways and THINGS HAPPENED. Wow. So, Merry has new life… for now.

  43. mysticbud
    Dec 26, 2008 @ 12:44:31

    Must confess that I resisted reading Merry Gentry series for fear of suffering from yet another painful addiction to a new group of impossibly emo and beautiful, unattainable men. Yes, agree that AB series lost credibility with excessive sex scenes that were interesting the first dozen times, but now I find that identical language is utilized to depict same sex acts in MG as in AB. How about a little creativity, LKH? Perhaps learn a few new phrases to replace “T and W”, please.

    Meantime, the MG addiction is fresh and briefly sates the withdrawal symptoms for j-c, asher, etc. while I am counting down the months until June, 2009.

    It is pleasant to learn that other fiction-readers suffer as I do. Have always appreciated fantasy and eroticism and LKH delivers, creating a mostly-consistent universe, multi-faceted characters and generally engaging dialogue. Yep, plots are a little thin, if action-packed. Both Lick of Frost and Swallowing Darkness should satisfy fans of this series, although Lick of Frost advances the series and Swallowing Darkness seems more focused on resolving some loose ends. At times it certainly felt like the ‘end of the series’. Perhaps LKH was in the middle of contract nego with more than one publisher.

  44. Majick
    Jan 11, 2009 @ 23:31:47

    @W: I just got done reading it also, and have to say I loved it !!! More action in this one which was great, not that I mine a few love scenes but it was great to really be pushed to read with all the fights. It will be interesting to see what LKH and build from here. Now I need to something else to read to keep me busy.

  45. mimi
    Mar 03, 2009 @ 20:04:56

    i love merry gentry and anita i agree with someone saying that anita is getting a little irritating by complaining and trying no to have sex with everyone (you already have love move on with yourself let go of that oppression and deal with it ) prob why i lve merry so much she wants someone she doesnt feel guilty about it . now heres my real gripe its with everyone on here that moans about the sex its part and parcel of everyday life its part of being alive and really i do feel a lot of people are a little bit prudish . i think some one else said that maybe their views were diff because they were european and maybe the same goes here i just dont see whats wrong with it . i loved swallowing darkness and altough i liked the ending i wanted to know more so was over the moon to find out more books would be on there way .(ok not part of this forum but i also really love the rachel morgan books jenks is fab and i want him as my own backup)
    i also tink someone else had the right of it if your just going to bitch and moan constantly dont bother but to contradict myself again obsidian butterfly …..didnt care for it so much have loved the ones after though and im interested what will happen when the mamme noir wakes up (sorry for spelling its late and im an insomniac) xx

  46. Jess
    Mar 03, 2009 @ 20:22:45

    If you loved the Rachel Morgan series you will love

    ilona andrews
    Patricia Briggs

    If you dont mind lost of sex and great plot then try

    Keri Arthur

  47. mimi
    Mar 04, 2009 @ 06:18:28

    cheers me dears will look them up xx

  48. Judy
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 12:05:40

    I came upon this entry because I peeked at the end of the latest Merry book (I haven’t bought the last couple) and thought it might be the series ending! Apparently not. I guess Laurell can’t resist beating a series into the ground. I remember when a book used to cover more than a few hours…

  49. Jan
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 11:23:02

    What can I say? I loved the AB series and I love the MG series!!! Keep writing and I will continue to check them out. Can’t wait for the next book. I would be happy with many more!!! Thanks LH

  50. Caitlin
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 20:22:36

    OMG!!! You are all so annoying! If you dont like Laurells books stop reading them it speaks volumes about the amount of free time you have that you can come on here and whine about books you dont like. Its very annoying, its not like you complaining about her writing will make it stop. To all you people who that hate anita and merry Hamilton has something to say to you on this blog http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/2006/12/dear-negative-reader.html Anyway I say keep writing Hamilton! To all those that love Merry let me say that book 8 is AMAZING and enjoy.

  51. Thankful in Florida
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 09:35:15

    LKH is the writer, leave her alone- I have never really gotten into fiction, but this series- reccomended by a great girl at Books -a Million as a good fantasy
    I have had more than my fair share of challenges in my life as of late: The IRS trying to get money out of me that I don’t owe them, fighting for custody of my son to get him out of the hands of a ‘real life monster’ (the big P) and the screwed up family that I have done so much for over the years- turning on me so they can get the inheritance locked in place from a mother that is still alive- And to top it all of I am a real estate agent AGGHHHH! Am I taking drugs to calm my nerves- no ,drinking every night- no, working out way to much (should be) but no
    I should have fallen apart but I found the magic in this world that is sooo lacking in reading this Merry Gentry series ,It is my private piece of sanity in my day- LKH takes me into a place full of magic and un-ending possibilites. she makes me smile- I am well past 18 and I love the erotic parts of the story too. LKH keep writing this series anyway you see fit and ignore the writer-want-to-be’s. We all need a little magic in this world and you bring it!
    Thanks

  52. Jess B
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 20:05:12

    Thankful in Florida…

    Its wonderful that books can do this for you, I have had a few deaths in the family, one was my dad to cancer. Each time I grieve I turn to books.

    If you like series of books that can help you to escape let me also suggest

    J D Robb – Her death series, first book Naked in Death
    Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum Series – first book is One for the Money
    Sherrilyn Kenyon – Dark Hunter books – First book is Night Pleasures (prequel is fantasy lover)

    Good Luck with everything :)

  53. Thankful in Florida
    Apr 11, 2009 @ 12:28:13

    Thanks Jess B,
    I am so sorry, especially for the loss of your Dad. I also lost my Dad to Cancer. Dads are irreplacable, and I had a great one too!
    Thanks for your suggestion of books. I really liked this series because of the way it portrayed Merry; a woman one found through all of her feminineness,(she would break down and cry etc), she could find her strength and be a loving, strong and grow into a powerful leader without having to lose her womaness (I don’t know if thats an actual word)
    Anyway, thank you for the kind words,
    Annette

  54. Jess B
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 07:59:01

    Thankful in Florida,

    If you like strong females that have a more vunerable side then I will suggest these 3 authors, they are all urban fantasy so their heroines tend to be very tough but each of the three heroines also have a great support cast of characters and their own unique vunerablities

    Ilona Andrews has 3 books out and the first book is titled Magic Burns, These 3 books are flawless. I dont think I have ever said that about any author, there is usally something that I would like changed or didnt like, shes definately one of my new fave authors.

    Patricia Briggs has 4 or 5 books out now and the first is titled Moon Called, the books are totally entralling and so well plotted, I simply ADORE Patricia’s style of writing and cant recommend her enough.

    Kim Harrison has 6 or 7 books out and the first is titled Dead Witch Walking the first book took about 100 page for me to get into and then I was hooked faithfully for the rest of the series, the plots are totally original and the characters are put in truely interesting positions, I adore Jenks, if her books were movies he would win Best Supporting Actor Oscars every year.

    A warning…none of these book have explicit sex in them Ilona and Patrica have none but they do have a wonderful romantic suspense thing happening which in a way keeps me even more interested. I spent so many years reading paranormal romances and other romances that I didnt give Urban Fantasy much of a go, boy am I glad I changed my mind.

    I hope you are able to get a hold of these books at your library or a bookshop, they are simply amazing series.

    I can pretty much guarentee all three would keep you absorbed for hours make that days lol :)

    Goodluck with everything :)

  55. SistertotheMist
    May 27, 2009 @ 14:13:24

    I love her merry books, never read anita. All I have to say is Laurell is a great writter I want to see more.

  56. rainyday
    Jun 08, 2009 @ 11:36:32

    Helllloooo,
    I have to say I love the Merry series. The sex is a little much sometimes, but then sometimes its just perfect :) But I love the story line and will read all 15 books as long as this story continues.
    I tried reading Anita, but I’m a scaredy cat and chose my good dreams over bad. ;)

    And as for the negative opinions, everyone is allowed their own opinion, thats why we live in a free country, but that doesn’t excuse your manners. Remember the golden rule people, would you want someone talking about you and your work like that?

  57. Jonathan Maberry Interviews Laurell K. Hamilton
    Jun 09, 2009 @ 04:07:02

    [...] Hamilton is the International Best-selling author of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series.  She took a break from her insane writing schedule to chat with me for the Big Scary [...]

  58. Kalebarkab
    Jun 09, 2009 @ 11:55:34

    I want to find good pop music. Help me please.

  59. jenna
    Jun 10, 2009 @ 21:17:17

    How can you guys start complaining when LKH havnt even finished publishing her 9th book?
    I am a big fan of the MG series. Towards the end of the MG books it always has me wanting to start the next book as soon as possible. I hope that she would finish writing her books quicker. =)

  60. Jessi
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 21:13:41

    I see a lot of people complaining about the complaints. I have to say take your own advice and don’t read them. If someone doesn’t like something, they have every right to give it a bad review or discuss why they don’t like it. How else would we evaluate things? I guess we should just all keep our mouths shut and let everyone buy books that suck? No! They have options! They can read the good and the bad that everyone has to say about them and make their own decision based on that, or they can just go buy the book and decide for themselves. It’s up to them. Personally, I think it’s more of a waste of time to complain about complaining than to complain about a book that you don’t like, but I just did it too.

    Now all of that being said, I love the MG series and I will continue reading it as long as it holds my interest. I do get frustrated sometimes with how slow the plot moves in some of the books. The last one I read was Stroke of Midnight and it was a little bit like that until the end, when things started to pick up a bit. I still really liked it and want to read the next book. I loved all of the sex, but I love erotica and I am also well over 18.

    For the most part, I really hate series books…period. But the fact is that I always seemed to get hooked on them. I think what I really hate is having to wait so long between books…or trying to find them…or when I accidentally buy the wrong book because I’m not sure which ones I’ve already read (I read a lot of books, so it can be hard for me to keep up with stuff like this. Sometimes they all run together). This is especially true for the MG books because the titles and covers are all so similar. That’s not a complaint toward the author. I understand the logic behind it, but for someone as absent minded as I am, it kind of sucks :D. I think they should put which book in the series it is on the cover! If there are going to be 15 books, don’t you think they should make some effort to let us know where we are?

  61. Alicia
    Jul 22, 2009 @ 11:46:57

    I love Laurell K Hamiltons’ books. The Merry Gentry series is my absolute favorite. I really hope it does go to 15 books or more. I also like the Anita Blake series. I will admit thought that the first time I read the series I had to take a break from it. I thought that at first it was going to be kind of repetitive but it’s not suprisingly. I like where she’s going with the story. It’s just taking her longer than with Merry Gentry.
    I strongly plead to all of you who stopped in midway of the series to pick it up again.
    After Narcissus in Chains, it shoots off to this great…interesting…make you wanna read the next book story. I promise it’s really good. Just as good as the Merry Gentry series. Please try…I would hate for anyone to miss out on it.

  62. 101st Airborne
    Aug 21, 2009 @ 12:04:24

    I am happy to hear their will be 15 books, my wife got me reading and im only on book 4 but im a dumb army grunt i dont read..well until i picked up this series now ive gone from reading the first book in a month to reading a book a week and im running out…so hurry up…or better yet make a comic book or tv series or something out of it please! If they tell you its a bad idea come get me LKH and ill make sure they realize its a great idea!

  63. Cheri
    Sep 17, 2009 @ 00:07:13

    My first thought was “What!? Only 15 books! NO NO that cant be! I love Merry and all her men! I also like Anita, although im not crazy about the way some of that story line has been going. But Merry is awesome!
    Your doing a great job LKH keep the books coming and if you could write just a bit faster I would be a happy reader!

  64. Ezaraudin
    Sep 23, 2009 @ 03:44:11

    Sifting through the comments here I will probably wind up in the minority in the regard that I’m male. I loved the Anita Blake series all the way up to Obsidian Butterfly, and truth be told I only loved it because of Edward. After that, there was less and less plot, and more and more sex. As I guy, I enjoy sex.. Like Lots.. but you know there is way too much of it when a MAN says enough already! There are lots of porn sites you can go to for free and not have to shell out the money to buy another uninspired rut-race.

    I miss the character driven plot.. I miss the adventure, that edge of your seat page flying momentum that made you hit the back cover the same night you opened the book… but most of all I miss the credibility of the characters. I miss Anita’s moral highground.. I miss the tough as nails take no crap Executioner they swapped out and replaced with a sperm bank for anything Supernatural. :/

    If you’re going to continue the series, bring it back to the level of creative craftmanship that made us love the world of Anita in the first place.. If the lackluster Skin-emax knock off persists, maybe it is better to give up the ghost.. You’ve already given up Anita’s dignity..

  65. stacey
    Oct 04, 2009 @ 16:31:19

    I don't know if I am happy or not that the books are continuing. I remember when I first started reading LKH books I was so thrilled at the way she wrote that I wished the day would never come where I wouldn't have a new MG or AB book to read. I dreaded the end of the series. Now I am not so sure. I still read them (albeit more slowly) and I still like her writing style, but it HAS taken a dramatic twist in the AB series. That was my favorite and it still crushes me that Anita did a total 360 on me. Not that I don't mind reading good sex scenes but it used to be about more. To me a good plot is necessary and I like a nice balance of sex/action/supernatural mumbo jumbo. I really do miss the way she used to write the series, but I am certainly not going to bash her because I know it is a lot of work. I applaud her ability to keep readers interested. However I think I am about ready for Merry and Anita to come to conclusion and perhaps see another interesting series unfold from the mind of LKH. *shrug* Just my humble opinion (heh)

  66. Alex
    Nov 28, 2009 @ 08:07:02

    why would they kill the series? i loved it from the very beginning… i first started reading the anita blake vampire hunter series that’s how i knew and instantly fell in love with the meredith gentry series… please think about us, fans, and how we would feel if the only fetish we have would be stopped!! please!! My friends and i love Mrs. Hamilton’s masterpieces!! it’s the only things we ever dicuss!! when i read the both series, i felt ashamed of having been addicted in collecting all of the sookie stackhouse series!! I may not be your number 1 fan, but i am certain that all your fans would not only be shocked but also greatly disappointed! Please consider what i’ve said… :(…

    ** sincerely saddened**

  67. Ky andra
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 21:51:15

    I find it interesting that someone else commented that they stopped reading AB with Obsidian Butterfly. I actually gave that one to a friend to read and told her to burn it when she was done. It was one of the few books I have ever read that turned my stomach. Maybe it is because I’m a nurse?

    AB has pretty much turned into nothing but a hard core kinky sex series. Best recentish book in that series was Micah. It had more plot. I really think every time I read them that she did not originally plan the direction it went.

    As for MG, I have wondered for awhile, after she became pregnant, if they stories would not end and jump to the next generation. That is what I expected, actually.

  68. stacey
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 09:02:12

    @Jess B:
    I have to admit that like so many others, I too am depressed at the turn the AB books took. I fell in love with both series and also wished the day would never come where I wouldn’t have an LKH book to read. However, with AB I am more than ready to see a resolution to the story and with MG I am a little annoyed that she gets to keep all these men (6 are the father’s of her twins? WTF?) Although I love many of them I was looking forward to her having to loose them. The last few books in each series have been lacking in my opinion, but I want to know what happens so I continue reading. It at least makes me feel better to know there are other authors out there with promise such as Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Kim Harrison, Lilith Saintcrow and many others. The Succubus and Storm Born series by Rachelle Mead are also a good reads. I still pine for the old Anita though, and although characters are bound to change she totally threw me for a loop. RIP Awesome, kick-ass Anita.

  69. Lorenza
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 16:20:00

    I just finished reading the AB series and am waiting for the next book “flirt.” I have truly enjoyed reading all the books, they have been a very good distraction from a long day of work!

    I am about to begin the Merry series and based on the various discussions, I am looking forward to reading it.

  70. Mindy C
    Mar 04, 2010 @ 11:39:32

    I would so love if this series goes to the 15 books this is a great pleasure series to read. I have all the faith in Laurell K. Hamilton on completeing this series with a bang. Am dieing in anticipation of whats to come next in this series. Love LKH

  71. Amanda
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 22:28:31

    Ok I absolutly love, love, love, Merry and her Guards. If this series goes to 15 I will have them all. I’ve already read up to Divine Misdemeanors and if there is more to come I will have them. That one shocked me when I saw it. I actually bought it on the spot, in hard back, & had it done 8 hours later. I never put it down. (I can speed read really well) I just read A Kiss Of Shadows again and realized how much I really love this series. I am a bibliophile. I love books & I have lots of them. I also think those who don’t like these sereies can shut up, pick up another book and leave the rest of us elf-stuck humans to our own devices. If you think you could do better go for it but I won’t hold my breath. This is by far one of the best series I have read and will keep reading it. Go for it LKH those other people are just jealous they can’t do what you do. PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Keep corrupting me. Doyle is the best, with Frost and Mistral coming in second and third. Rhys is in a class all on his own. Hell I even like Sholto (but the tentacles are creepy in the beginning).

  72. cheryl
    May 04, 2010 @ 13:16:43

    I dont care what anybody says I love the meredith gentry novels in fact I just got done reading divine misdemeanors and I like the fact that she can continue a novel and still hold my attention i hope she doesn’t stop writing because the series is too good to just smash and even though I started out on Anita Blake I like merry gentry better and I love killing frost, darkness, galen and all of the characters it just gets better every time

  73. cheryl
    May 04, 2010 @ 13:17:37

    @Amanda: I totally agree with you!! I love the novels its so addicting.. I have read them all including anita blake and I hope she keeps writing!!!

  74. Cindy
    May 04, 2010 @ 23:02:32

    I really like LKH books. I read and fell in love with Anita Blake Series way too fast (now have my sisnlaw obsessed as well)I could not put them down with all the investigations, sex, and supernatural beings. So of course, I picked up Merry Gentry books and I’m just as addicted. I would love these stories to continue. And, cannot wait for the upcoming AB book. Woohoo!

  75. Andrea
    May 31, 2010 @ 15:54:01

    I LOVE this series. I actually happened across it when i was looking for a new series of books to immerse myself in. The last series I got through was the Twilight Saga. And I got hooked after A Kiss of Shadows. LKH has created a world that is truly different from anything I’ve ever read before. I think that the characters are stupendous and they’ve all grown since their introductions, which I always love. The development of the plot has also grown a lot since the first book. I got done with Divine Misdemeanors about a week ago and…wow! The curve balls LKH threw at us were amazing and has really got me excited for the next book whenever it comes out. Bring on a 15 book series. :)

  76. Keiada
    Jun 08, 2010 @ 17:33:00

    @kardis: Okay 15 book is just….no. I cant think of any other word than no.I started out loving MG but when you drag out a book for that long things start getting repettive. Which is just not cool.

  77. Snow
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 20:19:15

    OK 15 books is fine…so where is number nine? I mean enough of the short stories of Anita and put a good Merry one out that is equal in length to previous. I thought the last two could have honestly been one nice length book instead of two mediocure size ones. But waiting for word that the ninth is in the works and still nothing…come on leave Anita for awhile and move on either tell us you changed your mind and ended at eight after all or move it along already.

  78. LostDarkAngel
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 11:51:54

    Ok, so you guys are killing me. Merry isn’t dead nor is she planning on killing it. If you haven’t been paying attention a new Merry book was released back in Dec of 2009. So come on.

  79. DeadlyLover
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 03:10:27

    @Keiada: te only way 15 books would work ould be with good plots and good sex go lkh

  80. sarah m
    Jul 16, 2010 @ 10:07:32

    @Nikki B: Um, let me get this straight. You’re European and you DON’T understand the concept of art criticism? That’s a little weird. Artists don’t create in a vacuum. An audience has a right to react with disappointment. I know that you wrote this two years ago, so I understand if you’ve moved on. I just couldn’t help but point out that blind adoration is a fine thing to experience and communicate but there’s no need to silence those who don’t agree. I love LKH, whom I’ve read since middle school I might add. And I picked it up in the young adult section!! So yes, she has changed a little over the years. To deny that is just delusional.

  81. arlena
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 11:43:04

    @anna:
    outta curiosity what is so wrong with the sex? Granted there is a lot of it, but the characters themselves were sexual from the get go. For example, Merry descended from five fertility deities….don’t you think that would make her view sex a little differently, and frankly….for the women who a) have no true outlet {like me at this moment} and/or b) really vivid imaginations…the sex isn’t all that detrimental.

  82. Rebecca
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 19:24:28

    I love that the Gentry series is being extended. It’s been the best series I have found since the vampire chronicles by Anne Rice. Keep writing Laurell!!!

  83. Kristi
    Aug 08, 2010 @ 23:37:07

    i love the books, so i would be happy if it went to 15 books, but i do agree thats its just too much sex. And all the scenes with the men are the same and they never change. LKH should have put more of Frost in the 8th book considering he was gone for the entire swallowing darkness

  84. Stacyann
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 08:09:03

    Well I have read all of the MG books several times over and I just on the edge of my seat to see what happens to Meredith after her pregnancy. It has never been that I have read a book more than twice and I have read all eight books at least five times. Please, I need to know what happens next.

  85. Nicky
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 13:16:48

    I’m sorry, but what’s wrong with you people? Are you a bunch of bible thumpers? The sex and interaction between Merry and her people are what keeps me entertained. I seriously hope this series continues for a long time and in the same vein. I got sick of Anita Blake constantly whining about trying to avoid intimacy. Now even that series keeps me entertained. I think the majority of you should go back to reading Twilight and dumb repeatitive romance novels that follow the same plot and bore me to death.

  86. Stacey
    Aug 28, 2010 @ 08:22:40

    Bible thumpers? May I remind you that a Bible thumper wouldnt even be on this webpage, they’re busy out thumping bibles. Now believe me, I love sex in a book…well written sex at that. LHK has delivered in this up to a point but unless you are a literary nymphomaniac sex doesnt cut it forever. Both series have gone downhill drastically since I first started reading. I have been a LONGtime reader and buyer of both, but the last few years have been the first where I haven’t run to the bookstore or ordered advanced copies. Why? Because the story is lacking meat (har har not that kind), the characters are shadows of themselves, and I’ve found other things to read (not twilight or harliquin romance novels…for the love of god ew). If I want kinky sex there are a number of novels I could read that center around just that, but I fell in love with these books because of the characters (especially AB). Now keep in mind this is my own personal opinion and I certainly don’t begrudge everyone who still finds LKH books FANTASTIC. I really REALLY wish I could be among your number again, for I remember the days when I used to rant about her books (in a good way). In anycase happy reading all!

  87. Rea
    Oct 19, 2010 @ 00:13:54

    I love LKH and both her series!!! I really love both her main characters and I do agree the books are kinda getting a little out of hand with the major sex. However I still hold out hope for them! Since all of LKH characters are so interesting and there is so much information about them that we don’t get that I’m dying to find out more with each book.

    And honestly can you imagine how much pressure LKH gets trying to get almost 2 books out a year! It’s non-stop work for both series. Hopefully, with the break she seems to be taking she’ll actually take her time and the book will turn out better and be plot driven instead of completely sex driven.

  88. Anaisa
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 18:06:22

    Say it ain’t so! *hangs head in defeat*

  89. Jess
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 05:14:54

    I dont read the AB stories anymore. It was not just about the sex, I read erotica so I have no issue with saucy scenes.

    But the plot is just not there anymore, the whole book about Jason and his family and blah blah blah it really just lost me for all time.

    I love her earlier stories that actually had a mystery that needed to be solved. Now its all just Vampire politics.

    HOWEVER

    I have no complaints about the sex in the MG series because the overall story ARC is still there. She had to get pregnant – thus she had to have sex LOL

    My only complaint is that the stories are novella sized in a Hardback, the reason that there is 12 books in this series is not because there is more to write, its just that she is halving the size of the next ones.

    all in all, she is a talented writer that got a little full of her own ego (read her blog it is ahhh… interesting)

    I love it when an author will keep rewriting till they have something they are satisfied with, so when they release a book it is as perfect as its ever gonna get. Laurell stopped doing this at book 11.

    All together now, lets say Laurells favourite word…….Spill….*rolls eyes*

  90. Alice
    Nov 11, 2010 @ 14:23:19

    I love both AB and MG – but think they pos both need a break, its getting repetative and anoying – u wait all year for a book that then dissapoints

    think would be good to settle the caracters and then let them live their lives.
    come back when merry has settled in- mabey with kids running round causing trouble with their powers (sex is good but the magic is amasing)

    or could let the main story wait for a bit and tell us what happened to her soldiers

    AB lives in a brill world but has lost the PLOT, she could right some real stories for the rest of that world while Anita gets her head straightened out

    I would prefer to wait an extra 6 months/ a year to get a good book instead of her rushing them to print.

    a good MG/AB book every 2 years would satisfy me a lot more then a reasonable one every year

  91. An Onni Mouse
    Nov 26, 2010 @ 17:17:42

    A year ago, I would have said that both the Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry Series were incredible. However That was before I read the most recent Anita Blake books.
    Since reading Micah, Flirt, and Bullet, my opinion is that Laurell K. Hamilton is trying too hard to get more books written. I agree with Jess that she should work on something different (personally, I wouldn’t mind her going back to Nightseer, or expanding on “Here Be Dragons”). She’s just running dry on plot and character development for Anita.
    Merry, though, hasn’t gone sour (yet). She’s coming close, though. The first sign was (SPOILER) when she bent the story over backwards to make all of Meredith’s sweeties her consorts. It means that she’s leaning towards giving Meredith single-use last-second-discovery powers (Like Anita’s ability to kill anyone she is touching. Remember Chimera? Where did that power go? Did Anita forget that she could do that?). My best case scenario for Meredith is if Laurell K. Hamilton writes maybe five more books with a solid ending on the last one.
    I would also like to say my prediction for how the series ends (if it ends). My best guess would be that Meredith ends up forming her own court, possibly following the total collapse of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Think of it. In the Unseelie Court, Meredith has refused the crown, and Andais and Cel have fled, so there is no royalty to take over there. In the Seelie Court, King Taranis has gone completely bonkers, pretty much everyone there has recognized that, and many of them are so desperate for him to vacate the throne that they are begging someone who has Unseelie and Human Blood in their veins to take his place. Watch Taranis get assassinated and both courts fall into chaos while the Goddess provides Meredith and her followers their own sithen.
    One thing that I couldn’t forgive Ms. Hamilton for leaving hanging is what happens with the borderline worship that Meredith is recieving from the human soldiers that she and the Black Carriage rescued. I want to see where that goes.

  92. Serna
    Dec 10, 2010 @ 23:12:57

    well i recently jus finished reading AB’s bullet and MG’s divine misdemeanor. i loved them both and cant wait till the next one are released next year. hit list is what im really lookin forward to. LKH i s a talented writer but i would really like to know if anything serious would happen with her and asher. like will anita have a deeper relationship with asher like she shares with jean claude and micah.that is just my own opinion though. oh and i would also like to know what happened to OLAF!! will she ever have that chance to possibly kill him like she stated in previous books if she was ever to see him again.

    then i really dont mind how many books laurell k. hamilton writes in a series because they were all pretty good and some endings did suprise me. keep writing because i am sticking to the end with both series.

  93. Heather Garcia
    Dec 25, 2010 @ 11:34:26

    I love everything that LK has written. I don’t understand why people would complain about a series being to long, because I believe the more to read the better. I love the worlds she has made in both MG/AB, and wish I could get a Nathaniel for myself. Doyle is pretty amazing too.

  94. wickedsmiles
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 02:05:44

    To those who don’t like it…don’t read it…the rest of us say keep them coming please. So many people is the US are sooo Hung up on sex they can’t enjoy anything even if its vanilla. But LKH brings so much to life by writing as she does allowing all of her characters to grow and love and evolve without the hangups we in our real world face. The trials, wonderful magic, mystery of the wild going into new directions, incredible sex and in no way boring relationships adds spice and excitement to our lives. My husband loves them as much as I do. Keep writing please…we love the worlds you create.

  95. Sharlyn Whitson
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 08:29:07

    I just want to say that I really enjoy reading, or listening to the audio books of the Merry Gentry series. To me LKH is an awesome and brilliant writter. This series has kept me so captivated with in the Fairy relm so to speak. I say keep writting LKH,and I am guessing its really coming down to Frost, or Darkness, I was hoping for Galen myself, but ahh who knows right? I think I am byast when it comes to Galen because the fact he controlled greenery. I love the color green, and I just loved his personality! I am a Hopeless Romantic!! Just keep writting the series LKH. You are one of my favorite Authors. :)

  96. Larry Schelske
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 13:27:34

    I have all 8 Merry Gentry books. When and if will the next book be forthcoming?

  97. Kerris
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 16:34:10

    The reason for my comment is to thank those who recommended Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs as I have now added them to my ever growing library. I have searched for a while to find a series where I have loved every book and now I have. I am still amazed at how happy a brilliant and well written book can make me, or maybe I just forgot for a while.

    I hate to say it but, I am one who too became disheartened and dissapointed with the AB series. Like many of you I stopped about a quarter of the way through Obsidian Butterfly and just scanned the rest. I was a little worried that MG would go the same way but Laurell seems to have given the series new life and I am loving it again.

    On that note, I really hope Anita returns to her butt-kicking, animator-extraordinaire ways soon!!

  98. Kim
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 02:44:58

    I love all of Laurell Hamilton’s books. I hope Laurell never ends either Anita Blake or Merry Gentry series. There is so much she can write about for either character. Anita Blake though is my favorite. I love the sex scenes and so does my husband…especially when I read them to him and he benefits from the effect they have on me. I can’t wait to see what how the sexuality between the men progresses and when a woman finally comes into Anita’s life that she is comfortable with. I could even see one of the books displaying Belle Morte coming to visit them and coming to terms with the love she actually has for them and showing a change in her. Or altimately a piece of the Mother of Darkness entering Anita and Anita teaching her to be more human. I mean, isn’t that what Anita is discovering more and more as time goes by that in the heart of some vampires is humanity waiting to be rediscovered? There are so many possibilites for Laurell to go with this series so I hope she never ends it. I am on my second time around reading this series and I can’t believe how much I missed the first time around!

  99. sonya
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 13:07:09

    I enjoyed the Anita Blake series; I am still very interested in being able to read more and more. I just finished ‘Divine Misdemeanors’ for the Meredith Gentry series. I like what LKH has done with her work. I am completely hooked. I realize you can only expand a character for so long, but whatever she decides to do, I hope LKH’s imagination can make both series fantastic and end with a bang.

  100. sonya
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 13:15:40

    @wickedsmiles: I agree with you 100% about Anita Blake series. It has given me an imagination that I didn’t know possible. I mean, I felt like a virgin living in a convent when I started reading these books and I have been married for 7 years. LKH has helped spruce up my…imagination. If anyone doesn’t like how erotic or descriptive LKH is, then check out the young adult section in your local library for example: House of Night Series or go a little older without the ‘erotic’-Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thompson series. I love love love Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series. totally awesome

  101. Stacey
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 20:08:27

    Well yeah… I have absolutely NO problem with the eroticism of her novels at all. I like a wide variety of writing styles. I don’t really consider Patricia Briggs as young adult, but whatever. I enjoy both. A young adult series I DID enjoy was The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, who also writes the Succubus series (eroootic) anywho… I have found I just can’t read LKH anymore.. I skip through 90% of it. Same old story… I mean, in the last book Anita didn’t even go help with the crime going on because she was busy taking care of all the metaphysical sex crap that was happening.. I really liked when the books had a balance of both. However, Laurell is still a talented writer, just not to my tastes (it took me a while of being bitter over the extreme change in Anita) I hope she continues to write for all of you who get enjoyment from her style :)

  102. Erin
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 04:59:16

    I love the Anita Blake series,I have read all 19 books, i would go out and buy 3 at a time as i wanted to know what would happen next. I loved bullet, i am dying for the next one to come out or be finished, i hope LKH keeps writing AB cos i will continue to buy. I’m rereading them for the 3rd time and I’m still in love with them. I’ve just finish MG first book which i was bored with then towards the end I’m now intrigued by it and i might just purchase the 2nd one to see what will happen.

  103. Andrew
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 21:35:14

    I love Anita Blake and I love the meredith gentry series. I’m only disappointed there is no clear ending for meredith. Yes she got crowned queen of the sith bit never of fairie exclusively and the prince is still in the picture and whatnot. Laurel k should make a conclusion to this series instead of so many possibilities. :)
    I live Anita Blake and yes it can be tedious in some parts but the others outweigh these and keep the story going. I am just curious on how this story will keep playing out but feels like the conclusion is coming. And I will remain a FAN till the end. Alas, everything must come to an end eventually.

  104. Kate
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 08:38:13

    I own both series. And am currently re-reading the MG series again. I love both but I’d have to say MG is my fav. Any new books she writes I’ll deff b going to buy. I just hope that when she does end the MG series she ends it. Don’t leave us hanging. The AB series is good but it has changed quite a bit. But like I said, I’ll buy them when they come out. They’re to good not to!!!

  105. Vicky
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 07:13:56

    15 books.. are you serious?
    I bought the first three together in a pack and thought that’s all there was..
    I’ve just finished the first one and now find out there’s so many many more.. it’s a good read but finding all those books will be a nightmare..
    thank goodness for ebay ^_^

  106. New Found Reader
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 18:37:09

    A friend turned me onto the series, I’m not a “reader” or wasn’t I should say. It took me a year to read the first book. Pick it up, put it down for months and start again. The second book I finished in 2 days, the 3rd, 1 week (got busy). I love this series and currently needing to go buy the 6th.
    The steamier the better!!

  107. Anne
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 22:07:19

    I LOVE the Merry series. I’m actually disappointed that it’s been so long since a new book. I always thought Merry was the stronger, more consistent of the two series. I goggled for the sales info and even the #’s tend to support that fact. (taken from Publisher’s Weekly)

    2003:
    Cerulean Sins. Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (150,000)

    2004
    Incubus Dreams. Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (201,287)
    Seduced by Moonlight. Laurell K. Hamilton. Ballantine (106,396)

    2005
    No Anita book on the list
    A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K. Hamilton. Ballantine (109,830)

    2006
    Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (256,008)
    Mistral’s Kissby Laurell K. Hamilton. Ballantine (170,022)

    2007
    The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (245,155)
    A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton. Ballantine (173,240)

    2008
    Blood Noir. Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (216,121)
    Swallowing Darkness. Laurell K. Hamilton. Ballantine (167,958)

    2009
    Skin Trade. Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (153,004).
    Divine Misdemeanors: A Novel. Laurell K. Hamilton. Ballantine (166,102)

    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/financial-reporting/article/42534-the-view-from-the-top.html

    If my math is correct, it appears that book purchasing readers for the Anita Blake series fell approximately 60% between 2003-2009.

    Merry took a slight dip, but it’s maintained its sales #’s a LOT better than Anita has. I definitely demand more Frost!! Hopefully, I won’t have to wait several more years to get it.

  108. Stacey
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 12:15:14

    So does anyone know if or when there will b a book 10? I read the fever series by Karen mining before the MG series and i love them both with their balance between faerie super natural and the well written lustful scenes. now that i finished book number 8 in The Gentry series does anyone have any reccomendations for a new series that contains both those elements? I need help

  109. Stacey
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 12:16:24

    KAREN MONING*****

  110. Lin
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 02:18:28

    Karen Marie Moning is definitely a good choice for those who like the supernatural/romance. Her two series (Highlander & Fever) deal with the same reality dealing with the seelie and unseelie courts of the fae, though the highlander books deal primarily with the seelie, and the fever books with the unseelie. Also the highlander books are more the traditional romance novel, and fever is more violent/mystery. Each of the highlander books are a story unto themselves. The fever series is actually a continuous story dealing with one main character. Additionally, she has left it open for a new series to start having to do with one of the characters of the fever series.
    Moning should appeal to those who grow tired of the never ending Anita Books, but will also appeal to those who want to see the series continue so you don’t run out of reads. : )

  111. Kris
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 10:00:52

    I used to love the Anita Blake series. I tore through the first 12 books or so, then couldn’t handle reading sex scene after sex scene. These books take forever to actually get around to a story or plot because Anita seems to be having sex about every fifteen pages or so. It’s so disapointing because the books started out so great.

    Does the Merry Gentry series have as much sex as Anita’s series? If so I’m not even going to bother reading it.

  112. Anne
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 18:32:07

    @ Kris Yes. The Merry Gentry series has just as much sex as the later Anita books.

  113. Cassandra
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 23:01:44

    The Anita Blake series is still intresting in it’s own way, at first as I was reading them it started to get boring, I felt like screaming at Anita to just screw Jean Claude, or Richard, I just wanted her to pick one and do it, but now as I wait for the newest “Hit List” to come out, I think that I am starting to get a little bored with Anita’s Harem of men, I think that Anita needs to find a way to shed some of them and maybe narrow it down to Micah, Jean Claude, Nathaniel, and Asher. Because their are so many of them that I cant even remember them all. Personally I think that Richard should get over his problems, same with Anita, I mean talk about repetative. For seven years Anita has had the exact same moral problems, I admit though that I am starting to see a nice change in Anita, but it still has quite a ways to go. I also think that her family should be invovled a little more, like maybe her father and little brother, she should seriously have a heart to heart talk with her family!

    The Merry Gentry series seems like it’s a whole other authur writing this, things that are emotional happen faster than in the anita blake series, but the action scenes are still long! I also like how the men are more emotional with merry, unlike Anita’s men whome are more cold and removed from her, I denfinately am liking the Merry series better, but I am Loyal to the Anita Blake books and will stick it out all the way to the end, I just hope the Anita series will redeem themselves, I basically feel like I dont really know Anita, other than her stuborness, but with Merry I feel like I already know her.

  114. Anne
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 11:44:35

    They just announced the sales #’s for 2010 on Publishers Weekly.

    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by%2Dtopic/industry%2Dnews/publisher%2Dnews/article/46541%2Dthe%2Dwinning%2Dgame%2D2010%2Dhardcovers%2Dfacts%2D%2Dfigures%2D2011.html?page=3

    2010:
    Flirt. Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (120,000)
    Bullet. Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (115,000)

    The sales for the AB series have indeed continued to drop. They also listed all e-books which sold over 10,000. Neither Flirt nor Bullet even made the list. It’s obvious that less and less people are finding AB interesting. Mrs. Hamilton might not have to kill her series, if this trend continues her sales will do it for her.

  115. summer
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 01:16:27

    It doesnt seem to matter which series im reading, i love them both and cant get enough. when i finish one series i just start the other over again. lol but a new series all together would be awesome!!!

  116. SUSIE JACKSON
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 14:04:37

    I love all the anita blake books, cant wait for the 20th one to come out and also love the merdith gentry books, am greatly awaiting the 10th book, does anyone know when it comes out? I love the longer series, wish for more!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Apr 15, 2011 @ 03:32:21

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  118. Lily
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 21:05:33

    I love the Meredith Gentry series! I recieved the first one for my birthday and since then it has been an oh my god experience I love the boldness of the actions and how there are a lot of pagan aspects to the book. I even introduced a friend of mine to it who is crazy about it as well. I was out of circuit for awhile and saw two new books and went crazy. I was so happy. Hopefully I’ll get them soon!

  119. susie e williams
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 19:12:59

    the last book was so up in the air. We want to know what happens with the lighning king and what happens when the goddess returns from Europe. What happens in the development of the Western Faerie? Will she(Merry) become queen of the western faerie and everything? What about Nicca and Biddy? Two boys or boy and girl? An easy pregnacy or more difficult?

  120. Amanda
    May 01, 2011 @ 03:00:57

    Why in the world does everyone keep saying Book 10 for Merry Gentry? There are currently only 8 Merry Gentry books in circulation, the 8th being Divine Misdemeanors that came out in 2009. I for one am going insane waiting for another one. She published 2 Anita Blakes in 2010, and no Merry Gentry, and here we are looking at a 3rd Anita here in 2011, with still Merry Gentry in sight. I am annoyed.

  121. Amanda
    May 01, 2011 @ 03:02:38

    Why in the world does everyone keep saying Book 10 for Merry Gentry? There are currently only 8 Merry Gentry books in circulation, the 8th being Divine Misdemeanors that came out in 2009. I for one am going insane waiting for another one. She published 2 Anita Blakes in 2010, and no Merry Gentry, and here we are looking at a 3rd Anita here in 2011, with still Merry Gentry in sight. I am annoyed.

  122. Dawn
    May 04, 2011 @ 10:37:37

    The reason why there haven’t been any more MG books is because her original publishing contract was only set up for 8 (at a different publisher than her AB books too). It has taken her this long to get another contract. This one is with the same house as the AB books. If you read her blog she is planning on writing a MG book next. At least that is what she says….

  123. Anne
    May 05, 2011 @ 07:56:59

    I no longer believe ANYTHING of what Laurell K. Hamilton says until the book is available for pre-order!

    She spent the past two years assuring her fans it was just a ‘rumor’ that she didn’t get re-upped by Ballantine Books, that she WAS under contract for three more Merry Gentry novels with Ballantine, and, up until April of this year, continued to tell fans that a new Merry Gentry book was scheduled for release in Nov-Dec ’11.

    Less than 30 days later she drops the bombshell in her 4/20 blog that “now that I’m at the same publisher with both Merry and Anita” and knows what her next three novels will be. An announcement which proved that the rumors she’d spent two years vehemently denying were true since Anita Blake series is published by Berkley Hardcover.

    Although I will commend her on skillfully downplaying this bombshell. It’s prevented most of her fans from realizing that she’d lied to them for two years. I would have respected her more if she’d have just stated in 2009 that she was looking for a new home for Merry Gentry and another novel would be published once this has been done. Instead we’re lied to and our hopes raised that a new book was coming this year.

    So, now she’s under contract with Berkley Hardcover for three books. She hasn’t revealed, however, if that’s one Merry Gentry and two Anita Blake or vice versa. As for which project is coming out next (and when) well… I’ll get excited when I see it available for pre-order on Amazon and NOT until then.

    http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/index.php/site/comments/will_the_big_bad_wolf_get_me_or_will_i_get_him

  124. Mary Alice
    May 24, 2011 @ 18:10:35

    Laurell does this thing where she dangles these enticing storylines in front of her reader’s noses in the beginning of the books, and then either forgets about developing them, or changes her mind about them half way through.

    However, she did say that she was under a contract with her publisher to pump out at least 2 books per year- maybe the reason why the quality of her books has continued to drop is because she can’t come up with enough material to write two books in a year, and has to populate it with a bunch of fluff..

  125. Anne
    May 24, 2011 @ 23:56:10

    @ Mary Alice: The argument that the continued drop in the quality of her books is only because she was contracted for ‘two a year’ isn’t valid. Laurell disproved that argument in 2010.

    She was only contracted for one book in 2010. Twelve months to produce the absolute best for her fans. Instead of producing one fantastic novel, she decided to write a bonus novella. Both novels underwhelmed her fans and sales took another sizable drop over the previous year (- 38,000 copies).

    There will be, however, a full twelve months between the publication date of Bullet and the upcoming Hit List. Twelve months in which she only has to focus on one novel. If your theory is correct then the quality of the writing (plot, grammar, composition) for Hit List should be excellent. Unfortunately, I don’t think your prediction will come true. Especially since her publisher had to issue her an ultimatum just to get her to finish writing Hit List. http://twitter.com/LKHamilton/status/31863688319213568

    Plus, Mrs. Hamilton announced that she’s obtained a contract for three novels (Anita Blake & Merry combined) and that her publisher would like her to RETURN to producing two novels per year. Apparently her publisher has realized that providing her with additional time to write the novel doesn’t result in a better book. It only results in a larger drop in their sales.

  126. Jess
    May 25, 2011 @ 01:03:38

    @ Mary Alice:

    I was on Nalini Singh’s website and I was reading about how she edits her novels, here the link:

    http://www.nalinisingh.com/articles.php#revisions

    That is a perfect example of how to produce a quality book.

    Nalini write 2-3 novels and 2-3 short stories a year. so you are looking at approx 400-500,000 words a year.

    Even though Anita Blake books are longer, Merry Gentry is alway shorter. So I dont even know if LKH would publish 500,000 words.

    Another example of how much quality matters – Nalini has produced constant good quality novels and she is about to debut her first hardback release in 6 days.

    There is no excuse that LKH can come up with to justify her shitty editing and overall plotting issues. Its all 110% HER fault.

    The shame of it is, she use to have such amazing talent but she let her ego get in her way.

    If you think I am being mean about her ego…lets look at this blog post of LKH’s from 09/25/04 (this post has stuck in my mind for 7 years because it was sooo arrogant.)

    While I was signing the copy of the book for the producer today, I thought again, this is a hefty book. I’ve finally reached the door stop size. No wonder it took so long to write it. Okay, long by my standards. Darla told me of a writer that puts two years between the books in their new series because the writer is also doing a second series at the same time. Two years between every book. All I could think of was, what a weenie. Though, of course, maybe that writer cuts themselves more slack, and has a more life giving schedule. Hmm, maybe.

    Yep – she called other authors ‘weenies’ because they couldnt produce 2 books a year….guess LKH is weenie herself now :)

    here is link to entire blog post: http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/index.php/site/comments/it_was_dark

    I can name ALOT of authors that produce more books then LKH and they are all well edited and they have more then sex in between the covers.

    She needs to forget the fact that she is famous and remember the fact that she is suppose to be a professional author.

  127. Chris
    May 28, 2011 @ 19:54:25

    Hey everyone, I came here because I finished the MG series yesterday and started the Anita Blake series last night and I’m just not feeling it. I’m looking for more books along the lines of MG, black dagger brotherhood, karen Monig’s books like Highlander and the Fae series. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  128. Jess
    May 28, 2011 @ 20:57:28

    Hi Chris,

    Nalini Singh – she has two series that I can recommend – Her Psy-Changeling series and her Guild Hunter series. (Guild Hunter is my favourite) both seriess contains great plot and sex.

    Ilona Andrews – has 5 books out in her Kate Daniels series, this is a Urban Fantasy series so it takes time for sex to come into it, there is plenty of teasing but no shmex till book 4 (one of may all time fave series,such a great plot)

    Patricia Briggs – Mercy Thompson series – once again UF – so no sex till later in the series.

    Another great series – this time more fantasy romance is Elizabeth Vaughan’s Warprize series, (warprize, warswarn, warlord.)

    If you are game – try JD Robb’s – In Death series (this is 36ish books in series and sooooo awesome)

  129. Chris
    May 28, 2011 @ 21:00:45

    Hi Jess,

    I was hoping you’d respond. It seems as if we like similar types of books. Thanks so much for your suggestions. Because of your “Nalina Singh” comment I just pulled down most of her PSY series. :D

    Oh I’m game all right! Thanks Again!

    Chris

  130. Jess
    May 28, 2011 @ 21:21:54

    Your welcome Chris :)

    Alot of my fave romance authors have started producing books filled with editing errors and plot malfunctions.

    That is why I have turned back to Urban Fantasy and UF Romances.

    I really hope you like the psy-changeling series. I put off reading her guild hunter books for a few years. (now I cant imagine how foolish I was LOL) I think the back cover blurb of Angel Blood does not do the story justice. So please check it out to.

    Talking about NS has made me want to reread the Psy-changlings LOL – they are awesome. My fave is Caressed by Ice and there was one after CbI that I thought was a bit bland but overall a awesome series.

    Kissed by Snow is coming out in 2 days – I have been waiting for Hawkes book for YEARS….so excited :)

  131. Chris
    May 28, 2011 @ 21:38:57

    Hi Jess,

    I noticed that she has a book out in 2 days and like that it’s a rather current series. Although the MG series wasn’t current but I still fell in love with the books. I hope the new book is everything you’re hoping it is. Now I can’t decide which of her’s to read first! :)

  132. Jess
    May 28, 2011 @ 21:59:49

    I think you will like either of them. Both are wonderfully original and I dont think there is anything quite like them on the market.

    I love the MG series to – I dont mind there being alot of sex because shes a fertility goddess and its kinda the whole plot you know – race to get pregnant etc

    The Anita Blake series is different Books 1-10 are action/horror series then she moves into semi plot/semi porn for books 11-13 and books 14 and onwards are just pure porn LOL zero plot.

    The thing is – LKH goes on about how she pioneered this sexy vampire genre but the first 10 books arnt sexy they’re almost a vampire crime mystery mixed with urban fantasy.

    Ugh – dont get me started on LKH again its one of my biggest disappointments :(

  133. Chris
    May 29, 2011 @ 16:59:15

    :) Someone else mentioned that it seems MG and the Anita Blake series were written by different authors. It took me the first entire AB book to figure out what was going on. After the MG series I was a bit disappointed. I like plot and sex but just sex gets really boring. And like you said, it’s more detective mystery stuff.

    I have a few pages to go and most likely I’ll start the other series that you mentioned and come back to AB if I run out of books. :)

  134. Rochelle
    May 31, 2011 @ 10:50:05

    I have been reading the LKH books snce she first published Guilty Pleasures. I loved it. I made it a point to buy them all as they came out. I was getting kind of tired of the repetition in her writng when the Merry Gentry series came out. However, it was novel enough to keep my attention. It would take a lot for me to read another Anita Blake novel…I dont remember where I left off. But since everything went he kissed like he was “eating her from the mouth down” I was plain bored. In fact I counted that phrase in a couple of books and she used it at least 3 times in the same novel. If she cant think of more descriptive phrases to describe kissing and love making then maybe she should go back to writing the mystery/crime aspects that attracted so many of us in the first place. I, for one, will spend my money on books where I dont have to skip 90% to get a tiny piece of story line. There are too many other choices out there to settle for half rate writing.

  135. Chris
    May 31, 2011 @ 11:09:20

    LOL@ Rochelle. I hear ya.

    Hey Jess, I think I’m a really spoiled person. I forced myself to finish the first book of Psy/Changeling and most of the time I wanted to gouge out my eyes. To me, the writing was SO bad that I squirmed a lot. The one sex entry was so anti-climactic that it would have been better to leave it out. In this first book the writing is so choppy, no flow. Hopefully the books get better but I’m going to move on to a different series. Is Guild Hunter better?

    Next up; The MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy by Kelsey Cole. Fingers crossed. :)

    by the way, I’m very grateful for the book suggestions. ;)

  136. terry
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 18:34:03

    I’ve read every MG and AB novel. I love Both series’ but can’t wait for mor from either series. Any word on an actual release date for either of the two????

  137. terry
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 18:49:10

    I love both merry and anita. Is there an actuall set date for a new book from either of my two favorite kick @ss ladies!?!?

  138. Dallass
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 21:17:41

    I have been following the AB series since 1999. I loved it and would devour them on a regular basis. Once NiC came (and I loved it), things changed and the series focused less on the Animating/RPIT side of her life, and skipped straight to sex. This still doesn’t sit well with me as LKH has taken an already sexually choosy character in Anita, and made her do things that you could never imagined her doing considering her sexual history! It is such a 180 for a character that it really does make me wonder what is going on.

    Has LKH has forgotten about what made AB such a fantastic series to begin with? Or have I just outgrown the need for voyerism? I didn’t start reading this series for the violence, or vampires. I continued because Anita was a strong character with an interesting story to tell.

    I have bought all the following books (11 to 18), but for me, it’s lost alot of the magic that first drew me in. I haven’t even considered buying Hit List as Bullet left me feeling blah. Maybe I’ll try the library?

    Now, Merry Gentry on the other hand, while full of the same level of sex AB has developed, it fits with the characters (hello, she’s descended from fertility deities!). LKH has built this world so that the Sidhe are a sexually open and non-judgemental lot, and that’s okay. It works in this series. She hasn’t changed Merry in the same way as AB and I think that’s why I still love these books. It’s a pitty that MG seems to always be on the backburner to AB.

  139. Chris
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 22:00:22

    Hey Dallass,

    I’m about ready to launch into the MG series take II. I really miss that world, Merry and the guys. It’s very sad that this series has been abandoned.

  140. Laura
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 10:29:52

    I don’t care what anyone says, I would like to see at least a couple more Anita Blake books. I have read the entire series 4 times, and I still get totally enveloped in the stories. I would like to see Anita pick one of the men in her life. Us real ladies would kill to have a Jean Claude or a Richard in our lives. Anyone who likes the Anita Blake or the Meredith Gentry series would absolutely devour The BlackDagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. This series is probably the most erotic series that I have read. Ladies, you’re in for a treat. I have gotten just about everyone I know reading all three series. I have even started writing my own books. Wish me luck!

  141. Jim
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 20:51:07

    I was browsing “Hit List” at my local store. The initial chapters look promising. I’ve read maybe half of the AB books and I agree with the comments regarding balance between meta/sex and mystery. I found I liked MG better; the character, the background, and the personal dynamics. I’m waiting for James Cameron to option the series for a CGI franchise! You’d need computer graphics to get the hair and eye colors, although it could be done as a mask over live actors, a technique I’ve seen in some TV shows lately.

  142. Kaitlyn
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 22:16:50

    I loved both the Merry and Anita series. I am waiting to read the books Hit List and can not wait to see what happens. I would like more to happen with the Merry series because I think it should continue more into their lives.

  143. toni
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 18:41:35

    omg i love the anita blake and merry gentry series they just what i need to escape when i need bit of me time. keep goin lkh i got faith in ya

    xxxx

  144. toni
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 18:44:47

    think it b brill if either or both the anita blake n merry gentry series got made into films. think alot of people would agree

  145. Chris
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 18:48:41

    Kaitlyn, a friend told me that she’s going to write 7 more Merry books. I nearly hit the floor. I’m so excited and can’t wait for the next one. Too many things were left undone.

    I tried, I really did try to get into Anita Blake but book one bored me to tears. I wish I could get into them but the Merry Gentry series cranked things up a notch and now I’m spoiled as all hell.

  146. Michael Green
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 11:39:13

    The end of Merry?!?!? It can’t be! There is still so much that can be told, that can happen. What happens to Frost, or King Tarannas? And what happens to the queen, does merry ever take the throne, does faerie live?

  147. vici
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 16:44:54

    15 BOOKS?!
    COM’ ON!!!
    I JUST WANNA KNOW WHAT WILL HAPEND WTH MY DARKNESS!!!

  148. JoAnn
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 20:25:24

    I also stopped reading the AB series around the obsidian butterfly, but gave the Merry G series atry. Absolutely loved it!! I can’t wait for the next book, please hurry!! I will continue reading as long as you keep writing them in this style.

  149. renee\'
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 18:49:17

    @sarah:
    I say Bring it oN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  150. melissa
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 02:39:14

    I read the first few comments on this page and skipped the rest. I gotta say you people are crazy. I love every single one of Laurell’s books. I wish that there was a new book to read every month from her. I don’t care at all how many books it would take to get through a series. Waiting for one just means later I get to read the series over again to recatch up. I love both Anita and Merry. Obsidian butterfly is my fave of AB. I read that one about eight times now. I’ve reread the series twice, merry’s once. I am a true loyal fan of Laurell. People are always complaining about her style, too much blood, to much sex. I think her attention to detail is genius, it just makes the story pop and seem so real. I just hope to God, please please please, Laurell does not take everyone’s negative comments to heart and quit writing either series. I would die a little inside if she did.

  151. rushane
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:42:50

    This is the first time posting anything on a Laurell K Hamilton affiliated blog site; am doing this because I have been waiting for book 9 of the merry gentry series since 2010 but I have not found any postings are update about the issue, if L.K is having writers block with this series I think she should say so. L.K is one of the best romance and fantasy novelists of all times. I like the amount of research and time she buts into each book that is published; the faery character are taken from many of the old fae European myth and legend. Where book 8 left of there are many paths or plots that can be written; Meredith is still pregnant, she is still homeless, she still need money, the two lesser chalices are still missing, her retainers are increasing with more and more people coming to her every day; the king of the seelie is still alive, same with the old queen of the unseelie. The goddesses promises have not yet come to past when she said that she would give her gifts to the humans. Her consorts still need sorting out who is the kings, princes, lords etc Reese is the only one with a mount in LA what’s the plan for that. With Meredith new dream powers is she now the goddess of war, blood, death, fertility, healing, flesh and iron etc. what as Gaylin turned into his powers reminds me of the lord of summer. L.K please continues to publish from this series it’s one of my favorite of all times

  152. Kailey
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 16:00:27

    I had to stop reading the AB novels as well. They were getting out of hand. I have to say that I very, very much dislike when LKH uses the same words and descriptions over and over and over. I lose interest as she continues to beat the dead horse… however Merry Gentry had kept me very entertained and intrigued to find out what came next and who she should would pick. I was very disappointed when she had not one, not two, but SIX fathers for her children. Ridiculous. Not that the book was realistic to begin with, but come on! It just becomes way too much when there is such outlandish accommodations made to force a book in a direction. She can’t just pick a court- she should be queen of them all. She can’t just have one king- she needs 6 fathers. Too much. 15 is WAY too much.

  153. Otakustarr
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 01:25:47

    I admit to liking the original series in both ab and mg but even though I’m kind of done with all the gratuitous sex I still prefer that to when ab was all squeaky clean in the bedroom department. It was boring and a bit hipocritical listening to preach and bitch about sex befor marriage one second and then turn around deal serious pain and usually death. I didn’t mind the sex until it started out weighing the plot. Whatever. I’m a true fan so I have continued to read ab and mg and will continue to do so till lk is bored writting them.

  154. Jaz
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 05:29:26

    I personally didn’t like the AB books though i have tried many times to read this seires because there are a lot of interesting parts in the series. I do injoy the Meredith series very much and i also consider it just as good as the dresden files. but thats just me not everyoone thinks the same way!

  155. Silverbutterfly
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 05:25:18

    I’m not really surprised that she made this series longer: Anita’s series’s losing a lot of fans (from Narcissus in Chains those novels have not been what I was used to and after Skin Trade I just stopped buying them altogether, and I’m not the only one.) and Merry’s is just getting better, because the main character HAS grown, becoming (finally) a worthy princess of the court, not just a girl who couldn’t hold her own with the other sidhe and didn’t scare anyone. I like it.
    And, IF (and it’s a big if, seeing what Ham’s done to Anita, who may have grown and grown in power but is becoming more of a slut and an idiot with every novel) Ham can keep making Merry’s novel better and better with every book added… I don’t mind that there are still seven to come. I’d heard that she only meant to write up to eleven novels, but I trust your news… just one question, cause it seems to me she doesn’t even have the inspiration to write ONE more, when’s it coming out? it’s already been two years since the last one.

  156. Inannamouse
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 13:48:18

    Sex scenes: meh
    Fight scenes: cool
    Plot: awesome

    I really started to love the series after book 5, so story telling is good enough to keep going before the plot starts to shine.

    A shame that she’s stopping. I would go for more plot & story. I love the imagination. I vote for continuing.

  157. JennaK
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 16:53:53

    are you all crazy this is a wonderfully brilliant series i was to see the 15 books there is so much depth in the characters and the sex scenes great addative best sex me and my husband have had the books are intuitive steamy and keep you wanting more i want to see the 15 books happen

  158. John
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 00:27:48

    I started reading the Merry series out of bordom one day when my ex left it sitting out… Been hooked ever since!
    I say if she can keep the plot going strong more power to her!
    I’ll keep reading if she keeps writing.

  159. Riley
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 17:34:06

    Personally I love Laurel’s books and can’t wait for the next which ever Thanx Laurel

  160. tosha
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 17:10:13

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE dont do this to me i live throught merry and anita please keep the books going!!!!! I am a security guard who works third shift and i read your book all night while i am at work ihave tried to read many authors but none have cought my attention like yours have. I am 25 and live with my husband and i take care of my 4yr old and my husbands grandma, i work weekends and have NO life what so ever so any excitement i get is through merry and anith and if i dont have them to live throught i believe that i will be the most lonly and board woman in the world i wish for just one night i could have an adventure like those two women have the most excitement i get is when a rat runs across the building i warok at and scares the crap out of me…. So please for one womans sake keep the sieries going so i wont die of boardom theank you for all the books so far ……

  161. Jomega
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 00:29:18

    I have been a faithful reader and I like both the series, but when I reread the novels, I find myself just skipping chunks of the books when all AB does is have sex. I don’t mind the erotica the first time around, but it gets repetitive and hardly adds to the character development anymore. Then I realized that I could read the books in a couple hours if I skipped all the sex. There is something wrong with that! Please LKH, bring back Jean Claude and move AB’s story along in St. Louis, not on some trip. Oh, and does anyone else want to see her lessen the Edward storyline? he has become as boring as AB. Harsh words I know, but its only cause I’ve become so attached to AB and MG.

  162. Roger
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 08:43:37

    I’ve been an avid reader for 40 years – I read a lot of different genres. I appreciate Laurell K Hamilton writings and wish to see more Anita Blake & Merry Gentry novels.

    Think I would read anything that LKH writes.

    Film deals in the making? It would eclipse Eclipse…

  163. Rayna
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:33:23

    okay enough moaning and groaning I need a fix – for 2 Christmas’ now I have not had a new Merry book and this is unacceptable – I do not care if it takes 50 books to have those babies and resolve all the problems of Faire not to mention is the Hollywood mound now primary and come on twins with six fathers give me a break I need input. I am not alone because there are 4 others that read my copies as soon as I finish that help me brainstorm as to what is gonna get covered next and now there is nothing. My god finally a series that is just enough pornographic to spice up our imaginations with grownups just trying to make things right and the sex brings something back that was lost to each and every partner so it isn’t just gratuidious but necessary. The writing is so good I can actually see the scenes unfold in my mind and they are almost believable. I love Anita but either bring her to full power and incharge of everything or let her retire because she is starting to become hard and brittle even the boys are getting a little dark but with Merry everybody is dark and she is bringing them into the light and making them able to care again.

  164. Nicole Bell
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 14:33:00

    My Zumba Instructer is an avid reader like I am and she suggested the Meredith Gentry Series and I was hooked after the 1st book. Im a “series” reader and this is just Awesome that there could be more than 8 books.
    I say as long as Mrs. Hamilton can keep the imagination, story line, and the juices flowing- GO GO GO GO!!!!!! Keep writing! its wonderful. Ive simply adore Hamilton and put her right up next to my favorite JD Rob (Nora Roberts) and ALL her “Death Series”.
    Thank You Laurell K. Hamilton for taking me places that Ive never explored before. Magic, Beauty, Sex, and Love! Youve hit it all………….

  165. denise
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 21:15:11

    I HAD BEEN HOPING THAT THERE WAS A BOOK #9 FOR MEREDITH GENTRY SERIES BECAUSE I REALLY INJOY IT
    I WAS VERY UPSET WHEN THE STORY ENDED AT BOOK #8 I HAD BEEN WAITING ALL YEAR FOR ONE TO COME OUT ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT THERE WILL BE NO MORE TO THE STORY

  166. Brian
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 21:18:50

    @denise: The series isn’t over according to what Hamilton said in May…

    http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/2011/05/rumors-about-the-merry-gentry-series/

  167. gail
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 13:25:45

    i think the prob is its 2 easy for AB lets face it at the mo thers no real crime or that it is ALL SEX so all you have to do is write a fantasy wereas MG needs alot of research ppl will pull u on mistakes. ive read all comments and im on the fence as long as AB gets published ill read it because i love nathaniel and micah, hate richard he a D**K. LKH needs to concentrate on MG its got alot of substance and the sex is valid in her books. Roll on dec

  168. Robin
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 08:31:52

    it’s been 2 yrs already … where’s the next one … I have nothing to read – you could make 20 books in the Merry Gentry series and I would read them all!

  169. Kris
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 07:59:03

    I read both AB & MG series and re-read the whole series before each new book release. I love both series and will keep reading them until the end. There were a couple in the AB series that were just OK instead of “WOW that was great”, but I still read them every time. Cant wait until June!

  170. Crystal Charette
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 13:19:29

    No! I love the Merry Gentry Series too much! I really enjoy reading about the characters, and the books are just too much fun to put down. Gah, I really don’t care if it turns into 15 books, but ending it? No. No. No.No.Noo!

  171. MICHELLE
    May 03, 2012 @ 11:37:13

    @Crystal Charette: i am def with you i LOVE LOVE LOVE THE MERRY SERIES I THINK ILL ACTUALLY CRY WHEN SHES DONE WRITING THE BOOKS

  172. MICHELLE
    May 03, 2012 @ 11:38:20

    @Robin: MEEEE TOOOOO 50 BOOKS WOULD WORK 4 ME

  173. nan
    May 04, 2012 @ 13:30:16

    I just want to know if there will be another Merry Gentry book. Yes or No?

  174. Anne
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 02:42:49

    LKH has just announced that there won’t be another Merry Gentry novel.

    After moving the release date back 3 x’s (2010, 2011, then 2012), LKH finally stated again today that there will be no Merry book in December this year.

    “I honestly think I should have stopped the series at book seven, Swallowing Darkness, but I was still under contract for more books and I still love the world.”- LKH

    “In the end Merry won’t play ball. I’m leaving her alone.”- LKH

    “I think we’ll work it out eventually, but I have no idea when.”- LKH

  175. Anne
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 02:43:46

  176. Caryl
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 17:17:01

    Am happy to have found this group of comments on the Merry Gentry series. Unfortunately, I just discovered them about two years ago, and have been anxiously checking bookstores for a new book. I definitely didn’t think the most recent book closed the loop on Merry’s story. After all, she was pregnant and her life (and child’s life) were still in danger. To get people enthralled with a series then just “drop” it because you only wanted to do a certain number of books is a really juvenile attitude. A real slap in the face to faithful readers who expected something more than what Ms. Hamilton has done.

  177. alexis
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 02:45:30

    i love lkh. her books give me a better orgasim then my man

  178. Megan
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 18:59:38

    I love the Merry Gentry series…but have been disappointed with the shrinking of the books! I have read one Anita Blake book…I enjoyed it…but I can’t see myself getting into the series. I hope Merry doesn’t go the way of Anita…from what it sounds like…though she may already be down that path…

  179. Charley
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 19:28:22

    I have been an avid reader of the AB series but until recently reading the Gentry series felt as though I was cheating on Anita, I love LKH as an author. You dont find many series’ today that can hold your attention and with BOTH series’ she has done just that. I look forward to all the books you include in the series! <3

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