B 69% Satisfactory Notes Cozy and familiar while at the same time sloppy amateurish and blah No direction just seemingly random events 3 12 StarsI should start off by saying that though the Sookie Stackhouse series isn t my all time favorite series Eric Northman IS my all time favorite fictional character AND GODDAMN I LOVE ME SOME PAMHalf of the reason I don t know why I have this feeling we will be disappointed with this installment I just feel the series needs a closure and it doesn t seem ike it I want Eric but I don t think I Mastering AngularJS Directives ll get all the Eric I need to get toove this series again It feels Clean Tech, Clean Profits: Using Effective Innovation and Sustainable Business Practice to Win in the New Low-carbon Economy like this book is just gonna be another chapter in the series and not as whole book I m not sure if I made myself clearlol Oh My GodI have never been so disappointed and conseuently angry by a book as I am right now and it is actually hard for me to type My brain is exploding right now This is going to be a rant This is going to contain cusses This is also going to call out Tru Blood People are going to eitherike this or not First Tru Blood has killed this series cue outrage from fans of the HBO show For the record this is not about those that Managing Conflict, A Women's Guide to Controlling Confrontation (Conflict EXTINGUISHER) like the show I don t but it s not about the fans It s about Harris complacency and riding on the success of the show which she absolutely should she s one of my favorite authors and is definitely entitled to it without giving thought to the booksHarris is noonger writing for a book medium to me she is writing something that may ook good on the screen and damn the conseuences I want to know about what is going on Sookie s head and not the same repetitive shit has been written in the past three books nor do I want to hear a diatribe about Christian morals that has been paraphrased from an earlier chapter SHOW ME do not TELL ME and for the ove of God do not TELL ME something you ve already told 450 words earlierThe show is the campy cousin of the series and while the Stackhouse series has always balanced ight sexy and dark the ast two books have been a stagnant mess The characters have changed since this show into what s on the screen I don t ike the show I don t want to read a veiled script for the show Please remember those of us who had been fans of the book since before HBO needed a new show to take over the Sex and the City demographicsOnto the bookThis is me reading the first half of the book Eric was a bitch in the book This is not a spoiler because you will realize this in about six pages This will in turn spoil the first 300 or so pages because we are then treated to the view spoiler turmoil of the Sookie and Eric relationship Not only do us fans get treated to the mistrust that Sookie has due to the bond we get to experience Eric face pummel Pam and Sookie not having enough balls to ask why Seems Sookie is content to ive in her own world and complain that Eric always makes decisions without her Scala High Performance Programming like he s always done becauseet s face it he s a fucking vampire and Sookie is a telepathic part Fae human and doesn t need to worry about half the stuff that goes on because she Prayogshala Nepali Sankramanma Dilli Ra Maobadi (प्रयोगशाला नेपाली सङ्क्रमणमा दिल्ली, दरबार र माओवादी) ll get it into her fool head to do something about it and then Oh I don t know DIEShe goes on to complain that Eric never talks to me about anything really important Sook you re not a college graduate but you re not an idiot Please see the above reasonThen He s been too mopey and complainy since his maker aka His Dad Mentor got all killed and stuff By me Yes I actually can see your point here and Harris did not do a good job balanci Dear Sookie You know you are one of my oldest friends right Iove our yearly visits at your old Stackhouse family home sitting on the porch soaking up the sun and drinking iced tea It s great to Charlie the Caterpillar live vicariously through you and hear about the most powerful and sexy supernatural beasts falling over themselves to flirt with and please you And Eric Mmmm Anytime you want to tell me all of his dirtyittle secrets and every sexy thing about him that is okay with me But here s the thing Sookie You tend to ramble A ot Don t get offended I ove hearing you tal Formula for Sookie books nostalgia for her grandmother and a way of Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture life that s been over for about ten years now disappointment when nostalgia does not match up with realife nail polish a sexy dress that shows off her cleavage attraction to than one man self recrimination about attraction to than one man instant orgasmic sex judging others for not being Christianbeing violentbeing sexually deviant self recrimination about being too judgemental failing to be a good hostess in a situation that doesn t reuire hostessing self recrimination about ack of hostess skills hanging out with fairies who are generally acknowledged to be amoral self recrimination for judging fairies and having her illusions shattered hanging out with weres and vampires who are generally acknowledged to have societal structures built on maintenance of power by violent means self recrimination about hanging out with weres and vampires and seeing violent things screaming when surprised by violent things followed by crying when violent things are over impulsive poorly executed attempts to stand up for herself self recrimination about said attemptsHarris unfortunately doesn t vary the formula in Dead Reckoning reminding me why I burned out on Sookie she has almost completely failed to develop continuing to act ike a naif surprised and unaware of the supernatural world she has been immersed in for yearsTake for instance when Amelia and Bob visit and Amelia says she has view spoilerfound out how to break the blood bond between her and the vampire Eric Nevermind that Sookie spent the first part of the book reflecting on how the bond has offered her protection and had it reinforced when Eric had to visit his Regent Victor Nevermind that Eric came to the bar both times she was in danger ready to save her Nevermind that she hasn t said word one of her desire to be free to Eric or even to herself Poof Traditions Of Maimonideanism (Ijs Studies In Judaica) like that she does it Completely thoughtless selfish and heartless hide spoiler There are some minor spoilers below allusions to character s feelingsthoughtsactions that could give some plot points awaySookie s working her shift in Merlotte s when the bar is firebombed and it doesn took ike the bomber was human To make matters worse an old enemy is out. An Alternate Cover for this ASIN can be found hereWith her knack for being in trouble's way Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's the bar where she works Since Sam Merl.
I really enjoyed this installment once the ball got rolling the 1st 50% was a bit boring for me I do believe this was indeed a huge turning point for not just Sookie Eric but Sookie herself The end scene with Eric was ikeBAM She has some very big thinking to do about what she wants for herself what she is willing to accept about her ife the people she surrounds herself withI don t have many doubts that EricSookie are going wind up together OK maaayaybe a ittle doubt b c CH Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War likes to play her audiencebut really It wouldn t make sense to have it be anyone else 11 books in a few shorts as well I found this installment to signify their next big bump in the road the next trial tribulation for their relationship watch how they get through it In this book for the 1st time Sookie was upfront Discussing the future aging babies etc she has grown continues to It doesook A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion like there is a setup for a breakup in the next book but with a possible reconciliation in theast book thanks to the magical cluviel dor Who knows for sure thoughSemi spoilersThere were a The Magic Question lot of typical SVM hi jinks humor in this book Sookie s naked jaunt into Bill s house her rambling inner monologue Irrelevant was hilariousI eveniked Bill A ot Although that s not surprising b c CH was turning him into Eric to a degree Not kidding CH is definitely recycling her Eric material into the new Bill His uote as to why he oves Sookie complete with a comment about her chest so un Bill ike is practically verbatim Eric to Sookie in DTTW That s rightgo check it out And his moveIs it Christmas Are you my early present was also classic Eric It s a ittle tedious CH s manipulation of the audience but whatever It is what it is I suppose if you are going to finish this ride be prepared for the tactics that come with itSookie was back to herself but in better form than ever in many ways Aside from her own homicidal tendencies she is growing mature in control Or trying to be at east She is taking a much arger stand for herself in what she will tolerate from the people in her An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism life whereas in the past she almost assumed their feelings was able to be manipulated Iike her relationship with Eric a ot Warts all I found her insecurities misgivings well founded as well as his own anger resentment fear I really enjoy seeing them having to go through a ton of crap to work it out Like a real relationshipI also oved the scene with Eric Sookie after the bond broke Not the sex scene mind you b c that was whatever it was one page of throwing it in but it did to me show their huge relief that Sookie does in fact Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character love Eric tremendously as he does her More than that Iove their bit of dialog afterwardHowever the scene that blew me away was at the end when she freaked out amongst the assassination ruin in which she had the majority hand in rallying plotting When Eric took her blood after rightly calling her a hypocrite didn t take the pain out of it HOLY COW I know this will be a much debated scene very controversial but I thought it was just SPOT ON So good So dark So very deepIt was awesome Well for me anyway I mean here Sooks has been complaining the Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences last 2 books how she wants Victor to die by her own hands even She s the one that rallies Eric co It s her plan they go with then at the endb c she hates what she sees in herself not only that but was a part of had theargest hand in plotting she projects onto Eric co b c it s easiest to do thatHim Anaphora and Conceptual Structure letting her feel the pain was his way to me anyway of saying deal with it Face it This isife with mea vamp Sookie I m not going to sugarcoat it for you Accept it accept me You partake in this Between Silences life these are the realities that come with it We re alive Isn t that what you wanted mostI don t know what CH is going to have her do but I find this turning point really compelling She scares herself Theengths she s willing to go to for those she Betrayals loves to survive the macabre situations she finds herself in as a resultI thought it was a very clever deep sceneThe CD fairyove token is a bit of a cop out but I will wait to see how CH wields it Oh wait we have a potion which will amazingly come in SO handy Erwe Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations ll seeThe potential Fairy plot is uite devious It seems as if CH is foreshadowing someone playing dress up in Eric or someone else s skin to potentially get Sook s up the duff IDK but all the material is there manthose Fairies are sneakyFunnily enough I felt the worst for Sookie in regard to Amelia Not that Amelia s meddlesome betrayal was a surprise to me I figured it was only a matter of time but she really went all out Sookie is a character with a rare handful of people she can trust not even that She is uite often alone And that theme featured aot in this installment With Eric s new day man being a Bat Ode lone wolf Eric asking her to move in with him b c the thought of her being alone feeling her fear made him crazy Her really feeling the isolation in this installment esp when she kicks everyone out of her home Poor Sookie SookieOverall this place which Sookie is in yet another crossroads deciding who she can trust turn to what will happen to her relationship what will that mean for her future This is all great meaty stuffAnd now for my biggest issuethe potential plot inconsistency it s the convo between SC D about how Niall Eric were in cahoots It soo doesn t stack I am investigating that one won t bog down the review with it but in fairness I will change my rating if it turns out that it s not a sloppy hole filling plot inconsistency b c CH didn t have enough material to plan 13 books Edited May 14th I thought when reading that b c CH has stated she writes by the seat of her pants that she was going back to try fit in plots in places she thought were vague enough in order to make things work now that she had to stretch the series out After all she has made aot of obvious errors in the past that her readers have caught called her on In this book CD tell Sookie that Eric had approached Niall to send protection for Sookie hence Niall calling in Claudine b c she was withering The implication being Eric knew who Niall was in connection to SookieCH recently stated in April that DR doesn t have a word about the history between Niall and Eric because it s not important to Sookie s story I think those crafty fairies are definitely up to something. R over Eric Northman and his child Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master Gradually Sookie is drawn into the plot which is much complicated than she knows.
For her blood and the tension between her vampire overhusband Eric and his progeny Pam with their boss Victor is building The peaceful ife Sookie is wishing for seems a distant dreamA new Sookie book is ike visiting with old friends There are so many folks I Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War love in Sookie s world and it is real treat catching up with them but it sike a visit with the old gang in ways than one it is great catching up with them all but there s so much going on in their Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French lives you feelike you didn t spend as much time with them as you would have Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America likedA few old favourites make significant appearances here Bubba Mr Cataliades Amelia Bob Hunter and Alcide show up Alcide in a funny and very compromising way and it makes me think we might not see Alcide again in a hurry Bill plays aarger role in Dead Reckoning than he has in a while and I found myself genuinely At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture liking him not just feeling sorry for him for the first time in uite a few booksEric is obviously in a starring role and as much as I was rooting for a relationship between the two of them you begin to see some problems here Sookie s starting to genuinely consider the real costs of a relationship with him both him as an individual and him as a vampire What s going to happen when she gets older How can they have a relationship if Eric won t talk to her not just about his business and problems but about serious issues that have huge conseuences for her This couple has serious communication problems She s also really beginning to examine how much violence she can cope with and wants in herife While Sook struggles with the thought of killing someone even if that someone is trying to kill her Eric will snap their neck without a moment s thought or a pinch remorse While Sookie understands Eric s character motivations and actions she needs someone who will understand her remorse and horror and comfort her even if she knows she s not being rational Eric will never be that person Sookie also takes a very drastic measure to test her real feels for Eric in this book and the outcome could destroy a good friendship as well as putting her in danger And Eric s been hiding a big secretSookie has experienced personal growth over the course of the series than any character in any other series I can think of She s a Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity lot mature and there s an Aha moment where she decides she s going to have to prioritise her crises in order to copeike she feels she s not so much Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism living as rushing from oneife threatening situation to another She s far cautious in many areas of her Boggs: A Comedy of Values life butargely in who she chooses to trust She s beginning to examine what she really wants from Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago life and I thought it seemedike she was starting to think of herself as Berlioz and the Romantic Century leading two separate ones her normal humanife in Bon Temp as a barmaid a sister and a friend throwing her best friend s baby shower and another where she s the wife of a powerful vampire a pawn in political power games and in constant danger from vampires weres faeries and God knows what else And than anything Sookie just craves peace A uiet happy Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago life with the people sheoves At one point she tells Eric she wishes he was a normal vampire boring and without the political strugglesDead Reckoning ends on an ambiguous note and perhaps creates uestions than answers for the series While we Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) learn aot about Sookie s gran and her family history some threads in the story I thought had been neatly tied up are unravelled again notably an unexpected twist to do with Bill What is Sookie going to do with her Grandfather s gift How will this book effect her relationship with Pam What about Eric The ueen of Oklahoma What the HELL is Claude really up to It definitely seems as though everything is coming together for a big finale in 2 books timeThe world of the Southern Vampire Mysteries is rich and vibrant and SO real and Charlaine Harris has created an intricate web with almost infinite possibilites I cannot wait to see how see where she takes it next I am willing to bet that this book was as much of a torture for Charlaine Harris to write as it was for me to read There is no juice Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture left in this series And certainly there is no author sove Not only is Sookie s voice no onger recognizable I just reread books 1 3 so I can in fact tell the difference but this whole book is simply one huge FAIL The characters were altered Where was cool Pam Where was sarcastic Eric Where was chemistry between Sookie and Eric Where were the human characters Where was JasonWhy was this story so convoluted Why was the blood bond so easy to sever Why did Alcide show up Why was Amelia such a ditz Why were Lily Bard and Jack in the book Why did Bill come over to ramble about his ove ife Why did so many threads from the past suddenly surface Why was that package hidden in the attic What was the deal with the fairies What was Hunter doing in this book Ice pack Why What Where How WTFThere is no fluidity in Dead Reckoning It is a bunch of events and occurrences smacked together into an uninspired convoluted dumb messI am not reading any of this With the appearance of a huge deus ex machina code name cd in this book I won t be surprised if someone will find a magic wand in the next installment In any case I already know how this all will end If you don t hereview spoilerimage error It seems to me that Ms Harris is being and influenced by the show which in case of the novel is a bad thing Does anybody else have a feeling that the author is setting a scene for a convenient fading out Eric and a not so miraculous reintroduction of Bill The dialogue between S and E is stale and acks in energyWhereas Bill s character all of the sudden shows signs of sense of humour In short I wouldn t be surprised if in the end of the series Eric ended up dead and Bill emerged as a Sookie s true Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store loveWell if I were Stephen Moyer I would be thrilled WelllThis is a solidiked it but 35 stars If it wasn t for the fact that there MIGHT be a HUGE plot inconsistency in this book the convo between Sook Claude Dermot about Niall Eric being in cahoots I would give it 4 stars but I m trying to figure out if something might actually be a well placed ie by CH or not but I m not so sure yetEdited on May 14th After doing some digging I think the bit I thought was a plot inconsistency is intentional See bottom of reviewHowever overall. Otte is now known to be two natured suspicion falls immediately on the anti shifters in the area Sookie suspects otherwise but her attention is divided when she realizes that he.
Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty five years A native of the Mississippi Delta she grew up in the middle of a cotton field Charlaine lives in Texas now and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distanceThough her early output consisted largely of ghost stories by the time she hit college Rhodes in Memphis Charlaine was writing poetry an