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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Narcissus In Chains Chapter Forty Five

Dottie's post here

Dolph answers by saying "Dolph." Somehow his phone answering habits are supposed to be characterizing, because Anita goes on about them for a fat paragraph.

Anita tells Dolph everything. She points out that the Talbot kid wants to be a doctor, and that the Ursa is a chiropractor. The lions own a restaurant. If it comes out that they're all weres, they're all likely to lose their jobs and any opportunities like going to med school. On the one hand I understand why, given how LKH has portrayed her shifters. They're utterly unsympathetic. They act like a bunch of murderous sociopathic sadists and in fact in some ways I'm surprised they haven't been run out of town the way people tend to run registered sex offenders out of town.

On the other hand I think I'm meant to believe that the average person doesn't know this about the shifters. Remember how the pack tortured a werewolf to death for talking to a reporter? So if the average person doesn't know this, why does the mere fact someone turns in to an animal warrant such an extreme response? Does the ability to turn in to a leopard or a dog negatively impact your ability to serve hamburgers? And remember, this is a world where magic and magical creatures have always been a known quantity. Isn't it more likely that they've come up with fail safes to keep shifters under control, like medical leave around the full moon?

Anita is mad that Dolph doesn't trust her to give the whole truth, even though she's being lying to him from the jump. See, everyone is supposed to sense when she's acting in good faith, because she can't comprehend that not everyone is obsessed with her and tuned in to her whims at all times.

Anita says Dolph's name a million times, because that's not awkward at all. Imagine having a conversation with someone who managed to work your name in to every sentence.

Anita whines to herself about how Dolph is just such a grouch, blaming it on his hatred of "the monsters" rather than her fucking lying through her teeth constantly. I still think she should stop using that word, by the way.


  1. I just could never understand her worldbuilding after a while. Vampires are legally recognized, people (on the whole) apparently understand that shifters exist, and they're apparently *also* legally people, yet they can be hunted down as "varmints" and they can't hold any sort of job. At all. Because, uh, I don't know why, a swan feather might get in someone's soup or something. I mean, I get unrealistic prejudice (see: current politics, pretty much), but she still acts like all of these people are somehow mysterious and completely unknown, yet the whole premise of her stories are that vampires are a legal entity (the recognition of which was a biiig fuuucking deeeaal), and that shifters are apparently well-known enough FOR A VACCINE AGAINST CATCHING IT. *headdesk*

    All of this would be swell if LKH was a better writer and was trying to sell Anita as potentially mentally incapable of understanding reality versus the story she has going in her own head of herself as the heroine in a world gone maaaaad instead of the awesome!hunter she's been presented as.

    1. "All of this would be swell if LKH was a better writer "

      clearly I don't need to do these recaps anymore because you just summed up everything I have to say right there