All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #7)

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Betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life—the oh-so-handsome shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with a long-planned vampire summit. With her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans, the local vampire queen is vulnerable to those hungry for a takeover. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she'll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and...

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Overview

Betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life—the oh-so-handsome shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with a long-planned vampire summit. With her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans, the local vampire queen is vulnerable to those hungry for a takeover. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she'll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

And with HBO's launching of an all-new show, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse is bigger than ever.

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  • Charlaine Harris
    Charlaine Harris  

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The seventh installment of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire saga (after 2006's Definitely Dead) marks a decidedly dramatic turn in the series that features lovable telepathic Louisiana barmaid Sookie Stackhouse. What started out as a relatively lighthearted amalgam of romance, paranormal fantasy, and mystery has gradually evolved into a complex and wildly compelling literary juggernaut comparable to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels.

In All Together Dead, Sookie is trying to put past failed relationships behind her and has a new man in her life: the handsome and mysterious shapeshifter Quinn. But in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, and with the entire Louisiana supernatural community still reeling, Sookie is summoned by Sophie-Anne Leclerq (the Queen of Louisiana) to accompany her to a historic regional vampire summit. However, the conference -- where entire power bases could be gained or lost -- is filled with friction and ill will; and when delegates are found brutally murdered, Sookie finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy-ridden power play where the unlikeliest of suspects could be a cold-blooded killer…

Considering this series' ever-increasing cast of memorable characters (a half-wit bloodsucker named Bubba who happens to be an undead Elvis Presley, quirky telepath Barry the Bellboy, et al.) and a fast-paced, witty, and intricate story line that would rival any daytime soap, it's no surprise that HBO is in the process of developing a show (True Blood) based on Harris's Southern Vampire novels. Fans of authors like the aforementioned Hamilton, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Briggs who have yet to discover Sookie Stackhouse should do so as soon as possible -- before Bubba leaves the building. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Harris mixes humorous Southern-fried fantasy with biting satirical commentary in her seventh novel to feature Sookie Stackhouse, the bubbly telepathic barmaid from Bon Temps, La. (after 2006's Definitely Dead). Sookie attends an all-important central U.S. vamp summit on the shores of Lake Michigan as a "human geiger counter" for Sophie-Anne Leclerq, vampire queen of a Louisiana weakened by Katrina and who will be tried during the event for murdering her king. Sookie knows the queen is innocent, but she's hardly prepared for other shocking murders, not to mention protests by the Fellowship of the Sun, a right-wing antivampire movement. Her sleuthing skills, along with those of her new telepath friend, Barry the Bellboy, are put to the extreme test. Harris juggles a large cast, including several romantic contenders for Sookie's heart, with effortless exuberance. HBO's True Blood, based on this addictive series, is scheduled to begin its TV run this fall. 11-city author tour. (May)

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Sookie Stackhouse, the telepathic barmaid from Bon Temps, LA, returns in Harris's (Definitely Dead) seventh mystery, a strange brew of vampire fantasy (weretigers beside werewolves!), romantic comedy, and murder. Sookie uses her telepathic powers to assist the Queen of Louisiana in fighting a murder charge that surfaces at a vampire summit on the shores of Lake Michigan. Titled True Bloodfor HBO, the series is scheduled for broadcast this fall. But narrator Johanna Parker just can't do justice to the large cast of characters, with male voices particularly poorly rendered. Purchase where demand for Sookie warrants.
—Sandy Glover

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441014941
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series , #7
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,478,253
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris writes both fantasies and mysteries.

Biography

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris grew up in a family of avid readers (her father was a teacher; her mother a librarian). She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English and Communication Arts. Although she penned poetry and plays in school, her first serious foray into fiction was with two standalone novels, Sweet and Deadly and A Secret Rage, published (effortlessly!) in the early 1980s.

After her early success, Harris released the first installment in a series of lighthearted mysteries starring spunky, small-town Georgia librarian, true crime enthusiast, and amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden. When Aurora debuted in Real Murders (1990), Publishers Weekly welcomed "a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." The book went on to receive an Agatha Award nomination.

Anxious for another challenge, Harris began a second series in 1996. Darker and edgier than the Teagarden novels, these mysteries featured taciturn, 30-something housecleaner Lily Bard, a woman with a complicated past who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, to find peace and solitude. The first novel, Shakespeare's Landlord, was well-received. BookList raved: "Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story." [Much to the disappointment of her fans, Harris concluded the Lilly Bard sequence in 2001 with Shakespeare's Counselor.]

Although Harris achieved moderate success with these two series (which she laughingly describes as "cozies with teeth"), she would hit the jackpot in 2001 with Dead Until Dark, a sly, spoofy paranormal mystery starring a telepathic Louisiana cocktail waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill. The novel, a delightful hybrid of mystery, science fiction, and romance, was an instant hit with critics. ("Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake," raved the dark fantasy magazine Cemetery Dance.) Readers, too, adored the Southern Vampire Series and have rewarded the author with bestseller after bestseller. (In 2008, the Sookie saga came to HBO in a top-rated television adaptation, True Blood, starring Anna Paquin.)

With 2006's Grave Sight, Harris added yet another fascinating character to her stable -- a young woman named Harper Connelly whose youthful encounter with a lightning bolt has left her with the ability to find corpses and determine how they died. In addition to juggling characters and plots for her popular series, Harris has also contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies of paranormal fantasy fiction.

Good To Know

In our interview, Harris confesses:

"I'm really a boring person. My family (my husband and three children) is the most important thing in my life. I go to bed early, I get up early. I love to go to the movies with my husband. My favorite things about finally making some money as a writer are (a) I can buy as many books as I want, and (b) I can hire a maid. The first job I had was working in an offset darkroom at a very small newspaper. I stood on a concrete floor all day and made minimum wage -- which then was $1.60 an hour. I hated it, and I learned a lot, though not necessarily about working in a darkroom. So being a writer is much better."

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    1. Hometown:
      Southern Arkansas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tunica, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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  • Posted December 17, 2008

    My very favorite series!

    Every book takes us a little deeper into the relationships in Sookie's life. Bill has betrayed her in every way - she herself realizes that she must move on (of course, every woman never forgets the first love of her life - so be it!). Sookie wants to be first, but that isn't possible with Quinn - hence, his quick departure. There is one man/vampire who has never betrayed her and, although always blunt and sometimes brutal in his truth, Eric has always been there for Sookie and she has proven herself to be his equal in every way. Eric knows this, too, which is why I believe he loves her. I went back and read every book over again carefully and you will see the hints of Bill's betrayal and the beginnings of Eric's support and deep feelings.<BR/><BR/>I'm sure the next book will deal with Sookie's connection to her great-grandfather, and I hope Charlaine Harris will give a true relationship a chance for Sookie and Eric. Let's see how it works out! I'm sure game!<BR/><BR/>The secondary characters are fabulous and make the whole series - Sam, Amelia, PAM(!), Bubba, and a host of others. I have a feeling we are going to be introduced to some really interesting "beings" in the next book, so don't keep us waiting too long, Ms. Harris! Thanks for giving us a wonderful series that I never want to see end!<BR/><BR/>P.S. The only reason I rate the book covers so low is that they make Sookie look like a child and I don't understand that... Sookie would hate being represented that way!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    Love Eric!

    I love Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. I really liked Quinn in the last book, but in this book we learn that HE has a few secrets that he's not sharing with Sookie, too. I felt the sex scene was too short. It felt like sonething that was checked off a to-do list. However, the best part of the book for me, Eric is definately going to be around more in the future!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2010

    When is the next one coming out?

    After reading TWILIGHT series, I thought I would not find another vampire series to love. Well, I was wrong! Love the Book and Love the Show even though they are very different. Cant wait to pick up Dead In the Family to finish this series off and start a new one!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    more Eric Northman.

    This was another favorite of mine because it had plenty of Eric and Sookie, plus a small amount of jealous Bill. Definitely a must read along with the rest of the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Superb urban romantic fantasy

    Bon Temps, Louisiana psychic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse feels her plate is overflowing with three weddings to attend. If that is all she had to deal with Sookie could easily cope. Instead she is expected to attend the vampire conference in Rhodes instead of storm damaged New Orleans she knows two of her former lovers will be there also and vampire politics can be blood curdling even when everyone leaves their teeth shield home. On the plus side is her lover Quinn the were-tiger who will accompany her to the convention.-------------------- However, Sookie finds a new catastrophe for her to prevent. With her power at an all time low and forced to reside in Baton Rouge while her capital city recovers from the hurricanes, Louisiana Vampire Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq is at risk from someone who wants to destroy the cluster of vampires. This individual plans to insure the DEFINITELY DEAD attendees are permanently DEAD TO THE WORLD. Sookie investigates before the vampire conference turns into CLUB DEAD complicating her inquiry as to why there is a horde of males offering their best dental side at her side.--------------------------- Though New Orleans was used in the last tale (see DEFINITELY DEAD), fans will enjoy the return of Sookie and the vampire horde in a suspense filled thriller. Vampires from all over the region converge with many seeing this as an opportunity for a coup d¿etat. Sookie as always is caught in the middle, but with her humorous asides, she tries to do what she believes is right for the living and the dead. Fans will enjoy her seventh entry as her past loves show up to cause havoc with her heart and a hostile takeover plan sends her sleuthing to prevent a tragedy. Sookie soars superbly in this post Katrina fantasy.------------ Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Robin

    MINEEEE!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Great book in a great series

    Another mesmerizing book about the lovable Sookie Stackhouse.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Loved it!!!!

    This book was truely amazing i felt there where so many new doors open and so much action that occured i really enjoyed it cant wait for more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    If books were like junk food...

    If books were like junk food Harris' Sookie series would be the be the french fries! You munch each of these adventures down while they're hot and crave 'em when you run out. Keep 'em cookin Mz Charlaine, I need my next supernatural fix!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    Good but a little long.

    Doesn't mean I didn't like the book. I liked the book and all and it was nice to see some characters show up in the book like the regulars, Pam, Eric and etc. Though I wonder what other new characters will be in the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    Struggled to Finish

    I just finished reading this book after having it for a couple of months. At first I was really into these booksa nd now I find myself struggling to get through them. Sookie is starting to get on my nerves as she bounces from one man to another all while still playing the innocent girl. It is a little tiring. I liked the Sookie that was presented in the first book. She was strong-willed and you couldn't help but like her and want to cheer for her. As the books have gone on it seems like she has lost that. I found myself skipping some chapters just so I could finish this book. I am one who when they start a series they finish it, so I will probably get the other 3 books I am lacking but I truly hope they are better than this one. I just wasn't that excited about this one,.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    'All Together Dead' is great. The characters are wonderful as always and it is nice to see some faces from previous books. The universe that Sookie inhabits, just like ours except for a few differences, is easy to get wrapped up in. I could not put it down once I started, and the love triangle and mystery kept me turning pages well past midnight. ------------------------- A vampire in one hand and a weretiger in the other. How can a girl make a choice? Well, besides the fact that all firmly is over with first love Bill, there are not any decisions made here at all. The open-ended conclusion leaves hints of the future, ensuring the series will continue, but little else. ------------------------- There is also the underlying theme of Sookie trying to control her mind reading ability as well as her life. She has always kept a low profile, sure most people in the small town she lives in know she can read minds, but they tend to forget. But the vampires, as well as some humans, are trying to maneuver her into a place they can control her and her ability. Sookie is hard pressed to keep hold of her life as well as her identity as a human being.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Alaysha

    "I know..... I just need to get involved more in school events.... I'm glad I have supporting and caring friends like you guys.. even after being in the hospital for three months..."

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

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    Page turner, hard to put down

    I liked it very much! Didn't know if I would like Sookie but now can't wait to get to the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Fangtastic!

    That dang Sookie. Can't wait to read what she will get into next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Lira to Callie

    *i look at you* hey u okay?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Callie

    Crying loudly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Kaylee

    Ooo master

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Angel

    Um whats it to u? *stands with my hands on my hips*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Best series ever

    I love these books! A vampire must read!

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