Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9)

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For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…

But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres.

Until now. The weres and...

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Overview

For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…

But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.

At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.

But what she doesn't realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings--older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves-- is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…

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  • Charlaine Harris
    Charlaine Harris  

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The good folks of Bon Temps, Louisiana, are about to receive a crash course in vampires, werewolves, and homicide. Paranormal barmaid Sookie Stackhouse would prefer not to be their instructor, but she has no choice. Not that there aren't other things on her mind; most prominently, an ancient race of exceedingly inhuman beings now preparing for a war to end all wars. Bloody funny; murderously good.
Publishers Weekly

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse braces herself for trouble when another group of supernatural beings goes public in her disjointed eighth adventure (after 2008's From Dead to Worse). Following the vampires' lead, the shape-shifters decide to step out of the woodwork and announce their existence to the world. While the initial reveal goes smoothly, the brutal crucifixion of a young werepanther behind the local bar makes Sookie wonder if the people of Bon Temps, La., are as tolerant as she thought. Meanwhile, the FBI is asking questions about Sookie's uncanny ability to locate survivors after an explosion, and trouble is brewing among the secretive fae. Harris tries to cram too much into a single story, and even die-hard fans of Sookie's adventures in print and on HBO's True Blood will complain about the plot gaps. (May)

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Library Journal

Vampires started the craze of coming out to the ordinary human world. Now weres and shapeshifters have done the same. In a highly publicized TV interview, a gorgeous young woman explains that there are those who appear completely human but have a second nature within, which she then demonstrates by turning into a wolf. Some mortals are shocked and become belligerent. The issues of minority rights and hate crimes become a real problem when Crystal, a pregnant werepanther and estranged wife of Sookie Stackhouse's brother Jason, is found nailed to a cross. In the midst of this horror, Sookie finds her own life endangered by a rebellion in the land of the Fairies. It seems her fae great-grandfather's princely power is being challenged, making Sookie a target of the rebels. Then there is Sookie's love life. The handsome, formidable vampire Eric has tricked Sookie into a much closer relationship with him, not that she minds too much. Three strong story lines lead to an intensely gripping finale. The ninth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series is one of the best. Librarians, be warned: buy multiple copies.
—Patricia Altner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441018512
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 69,146
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris writes both fantasies and mysteries. She lives in southern Arkansas with her family.

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
    2. Website:

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Chapter Three

The closer I got to the vampire bar, the more my pulse picked up. This was the downside to the blood bond I had with Eric Northman. I knew I was going to see him, and I was simply happy about it. I should have been worried, I should have been apprehensive about what he wanted, I should have asked a million questions about the velvet-wrapped bundle, but I just drove with a smile on my face.

Though I couldn’t help how I felt, I could control my actions. Out of sheer perversity, since no one had told me to come around to the employees’ entrance, I entered through the main door. It was a busy night at Fangtasia, and there was a waiting crowd on benches inside the first set of doors. Pam was at the podium. She smiled at me broadly, showing a little fang. (The crowd was delighted.)

I’d known Pam for a while now, and she was as close to a friend as I had among the vampires. Tonight the blonde vampire was wearing the obligatory filmy black dress, and she’d camped it up with a long, sheer black veil. Her white fingernails were polished scarlet.

“My friend,” Pam said, came out from behind the podium to hug me. I was surprised but pleased, and gladly hugged her back. She’d spritzed on a little perfume to eclipse the faint, rather dry, smell of vampire. “Have you got it?” she whispered in my ear.

“Oh, the bundle? It’s in my purse.” I lifted my big brown shoulder bag by its straps.

Pam gave me a look I couldn’t interpret through the veil. It appeared to be an expression that compounded exasperation and affection. “You didn’t even look inside?”

“I haven’t had time,” I said. It wasn’t that I hadn’t been curious. I simply hadn’t had the leisure to think about it.

Pam gave me a long look of appraisal. “Go back to Eric’s office and hand him the bundle,” she said. “Leave it wrapped. No matter who’s there. And don’t handle it like it was a garden tool he’d left outside, either.”

I gave her the look right back. “What am I doing, Pam?” I asked, jumping on the cautious train way too late.

“You’re protecting your own skin,” Pam said. “Never doubt it. Now go.” She gave me a get-along pat on the back, and turned to answer a tourist’s question about how often vampires needed to get their teeth cleaned.

“Would you like to come very close and look at mine?” Pam asked in a sultry voice, and the woman shrieked with delighted fear. That was why the humans come to vampire bars, and vampire comedy clubs, and vampire dry cleaners, and vampire casinos . . . to flirt with danger.

Every now and then, flirtation becomes the real thing.

I made my way between the tables and across the dance floor to the rear of the bar. Felicia, the bartender, looked unhappy when she saw me. She found something to do that involved crouching down out of my sight. I had an unfortunate history with the bartenders of Fantasia.

There were a few vampires seated throughout the bar area, strewn among the gawking tourists, the costumed vampire wannabes, and humans who had business dealings with the vamps. Over in the little souvenir shop, one of the New Orleans vampire refugees from Katrina was selling a Fangtasia T shirt to a pair of giggling girls.

I walked through the bar and knocked on Eric’s door. I heard his voice inside, telling me to come in. I stepped inside and shut the door behind me. “Hi, Eric,” I said, and was almost rendered mute by the surge of happiness that swept through me whenever I saw him. His long blond hair was braided tonight, and he was wearing his favorite jeans-and-a-T combo. The T shirt tonight was bright green, making him look whiter than ever.

The wave of delight wasn’t necessarily related to Eric’s gorgeousness or the fact that we’d bumped pelvises, though. The blood bond was responsible, and I had to fight the feeling.

Maybe.

Victor Madden, representative of the new vampire king, Felipe de Castro, stood and inclined his curly dark head. Victor, short and compact, was always polite and always well-dressed. This evening he was especially resplendent in an olive suit and brown striped tie. I smiled at him and was about to tell him I was glad to see him again when I noticed that Eric was eyeing me expectantly. Oh, right.

I shucked off my coat and extracted the velvet bundle from my purse. I dropped the purse and coat in an empty chair, and walked over to Eric’s desk with the bundle extended in both hands. This was making as much of the moment as I could, short of getting on my knees and crawling over to Eric, which I would do when hell froze over.

I laid the bundle in front of him, inclined my own head in what I hoped was a ceremonious manner, and sat down in the other guest chair.

“What has our fair-haired friend brought you, Eric?” Victor asked, in the cheerful voice that he affected most of the time. Maybe he was actually that happy, or maybe his mama had taught him (a few centuries ago) that you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

With a certain sense of theater, Eric silently unfolded the velvet. Sparkling like a jewel on the dark material was the ceremonial knife I’d last seen in the city of Rhodes. Eric had used it when he officiated at the marriage of two vampire kings, and he’d used it to nick himself later when he’d taken blood from me and given me blood in return; our third exchange, the one that (from my point of view) had caused all the trouble.

After Victor recognized the knife, there was no trace of a smile remaining on his face. He and Eric regarded each other steadily.

“Very interesting,” Victor said finally.

Once again, I had that feeling of drowning when I hadn’t even known I was in the pool. I started to speak, but I could feel Eric’s will pressing on me, urging me to be silent. In vampire matters, it was smart to take Eric’s advice.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Enjoyable and Engrossing

    I truly enjoy this series and heartily recommend this latest multi-layered addition. This book is a murder mystery about the crucifixion of Sookie's estranged were-panther sister-in-law and a tale of survival when Sookie becomes the target in a war between two faerie factions. These two story lines, with the help of a few plot twists, are ingeniously interconnected and thrillingly concluded. The romantic sub-plot (which begins a relationship between Sookie and Eric and ends with Sookie's last minute doubts about Bill) is also a fun and interesting read. Personally, I hope her relationship with Eric continues for awhile. Although Sookie has not yet realized who she really loves, I have no doubt that her 'true love' will be revealed at the series' end. Until then, I'm happily, (although a bit impatiently), along for the ride.

    Occasionally, the story's flow is slightly slowed by extraneous events (see below)*; however, overall reading enjoyment is not diminished. Further, unresolved issues concerning the FBI and Sookie's half-fae great uncle linger at book's end. Although unessential to solving the mystery, these unsettled matters tend to niggle any reader who prefers 'end of book' answers to all questions.

    As regards the Eric vs. Bill dilemma, IMO Bill and Sookie have been done to death. Bill will fight to the death for Sookie, but in Dallas he pursued the humans leaving Sookie unprotected while Eric took a bullet for her. Plus, Bill has always disregarded Sookie's monetary needs, (like her potholed driveway), while perversely providing economic independence for his distant and clueless descendants. In contrast, even when uninvolved with Sookie, Eric was attentive to her economic needs and tried to help her to the greatest extent she would allow. Most importantly, Eric has never really been in-love and he doesn't really know what Sookie means to him. In the distant past he cared for his family, but he never had a love relationship. He doesn't know what it means when he wonders why he hasn't had 'enough' of Sookie even after a night of lovemaking, and that is pretty intriguing. On the other hand, when Sookie asked Bill to emotionally commit to her in the past, Bill responded by telling her that he had already lived and loved during his human life. (Note, I'm not even counting Bill's presumably involuntary break-up with Skokie at the direction of his maker, and his sudden disappearance from her life. Plus, it's impossible to forget Bill's 'car trunk' rape and mauling of Sookie, as well as his failure to reveal that he had been ordered to befriend and seduce her.) Of course, there's always Sam. He loves Sookie and, as an added bonus, he's actually alive.


    *(Unnecessary/unresolved subjects include: Octavia's immaterial household presence and departure; Sam's inconsequential out-of-state trek and family problems; the FBI's superfluous and unresolved involvement; Quinn's pointless and brief appearance; Hunter's clairvoyance issues; the seemingly useless knowledge about the unavenged killing of Sookie's parents; the inexplicable behavior and questionable motivation and whereabouts of Sookie's half-fae great uncle; and the diverting but unessential public 'shapeshifter' reveal.)

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

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    Is this the same Mrs. Harris? The author?

    Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of Mrs. Harris' work (not just the Southern Vampire series). She is one of the few authors that I keep coming back too. I have almost always found her books entertaining and well-written. With that being said I would like to review Dead and Gone, the latest installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. This book managed (in 320 pages)to take away everything that I have ever like about this series. Let me explain. One thing I like about the books is that they are told from Sookie's point of view. While this book does the same thing, it was horrible because there was hardly any dialogue. The book was mainly filled with her thinking...could've, would've, should've. Blah, I can do that myself and don't want to read about someone else doing it no matter how short the book is. Basically if this book were to be made into a movie it would fall under the silent film category. Secondly, while a lot of loose ends were tied up, there was hardly any plot at all. Yes, there was a murder, but haven't we come to expect a murder in this series by now (one way or another). There was also a war with the supernatural. Again, not the first time that's been done in this series. The war (if one can call it a war) didn't take place until close to the end of the book and was over within a couple of pages. It seemed to me that Mrs. Harris threw the war into the book because she realized after page 290 that her book was anticlimactic. Hopefully the real Mrs. Harris didn't write this. Any day now the publisher will issue a statement apologizing for the huge mistake. Then, the FBI will quit wasting time in this book and start investigating the real problem...who is this imposter claiming to be Charlaine Harris? To sum it up, I feel more than disappointed. Some of the characters are thrown in just to make some sort of appearance and our protagonist acts as if she will have a mental breakdown and end up in a straightjacket. I understand Sookie has been through a lot and feels strained. However, if that's the direction Mrs. Harris is going to take her personality I think it would be best to set the next book up in the Bahamas. Otherwise, Sookie won't be much use to us. In Hindsight, maybe I built this book up to much (I had a year) and I ended up setting my expectations so high that no matter what Mrs. Harris wrote I would've been disappointed. Then again, maybe the increase in fans, money and demands became to much for Mrs. Harris and this was the result. Maybe, it was both reasons.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

    The 9th Southern Vampire Series Book

    I know the book isnt out yet but on Charlaine Harris' website you can read the first chapter, and let me tell you it sound AWESOME. In the first chapter of the book the Shapeshifters come out!!! All Charlaine Harris' books keep you hooked, but i CANNOT wait for this book to come out.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2009

    Entertaining but felt rushed

    Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of the Sookie series. That being said, I was a little let down by this edition. It seemed to be lacking substance. The plot was too rushed. I wish Harris had spent a little more time on developing the story. The book could have been much longer, which would have allowed for more explanation. There are, as many have stated, a lot of characters. I didn't have a hard time keeping up, but some interactions were unnecessary (i.e. the Tara section). Overall, the book was good, but left me wanting more. This is the first time I felt robbed at the end. It lacked closure.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Not your typical Sookie novel

    When I first started reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels I loved them. I have to say this book does not follow the typical Sookie personality. Well for that matter I even wondered if there was a new Eric put in the book b/c he was different also. I guess if your really into the Sookie story you will still want to continue but I honestly have to say when I recommend reading the series to friends, I will not be including this book in that recommendation.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Parellel Love

    Dead and Gone was truly a good read. I anticipated the release of this novel and was not disappointed. I enjoyed the inclusion of the character & background additions. For someone who has been reading the series for awhile, it will offer welcomed answers to story elements that had puzzled me. I was also happy to see that Sookie is learning to stop taking crap off her brother and the Bon Temp community. I enjoy that Sookie's character is slightly changing. I have started to becomed disappointed with characters in other series novels who have drasticly changed Though it isn't clear to me how the Fae inclusion will pan out in following books, or the reason for Hunter's inclusion, I look forward to Harris' next novel.
    In this novel Harris finally lets the reader get to know who the real Eric is. With each new novel, the reader is given little tidbits, but this is the first to actually give him a background. This novel gives the supernaturals more human qualities and the humans are portrayed more as monsters.
    The parellel between Eric & Sookie is the best element of this novel. Eric is cold & Sookie is sweet, but somehow Harris shows how they both are learning about themselves, and love. And the reader gets to witness the change in both characters. And the chemistry between the two is very magnetic. If for no other reason the one-on-one dialogues between these two make this book a must read.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    I love Sookie Stackhouse but................

    I love this series, and unlike a lot of peole who came to the series only after True Blood was shown on T.V. I've been following it since the very first. I fell in love with Bill when Sookie did, and I was just as star struck by Eric. I even cried when Sookie broke up with bill, and again I cried for poor broken hearted Quinn the weretiger. But underneath all of that love is a quite a bit of disappointment for this book. I hate the fact that after all this time Sookie can't seem to make up her mind about Bill and Eric, and she still takes all of Jason's crap, and Sam's too. It just seems that this book is a perfect example of a series that is kind of stuck. Sure in the past years a lot has happened, and the Author writes about so many changes in Sookie, but evey book is more of the same. Everyone either wants to sleep with Sookie or kill her, and she is torn between two, or three or four men. I love the author and I still love the series, and I waited in aticipation for this book but I can't say that I'll be doing the same for the next. i'll definately buy it, but I won't pre order and won't mark the days either.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    What Happened?

    I was highly anticipating the release of this book. I am a huge True Blood Series fan. I hate to day this but this book seriously lacked on everything. I think Harris took too much time "Explainning" previouse events and not enough time on anything else. the book did not get interesting util the last few chapters. By interesting I mean everything her books usually have. The shocking events, the heartwarming, anticipation, realization, and much more. So I ask: what happened? There were a lot of loose ends to amend that were not. I felt that the story was not well organized. I was seriousely disapointed. If you want to know what happened for the next book just ask someone. you won't miss much by not reading it. I hope the next one is better and makes up for this one.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2009

    disappointing :(

    Was really looking forward to this book, but some how it just didn't seem quite right somehow. Paricularly disappointing was the Eric/Sookie love scene. It really seemed like something that got thrown in after the book was done, just to get it in. I hope the next book is better.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Excellent

    I really enjoy the series especially the first one book. When you are a Charlaine Harris fan like me, you should read this book. It keeps you entertained for hours.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2009

    Bamboozled!

    Ms. Harris and her publishers should be ashamed of putting out a quickly written novella and calling it a book. Then to insult fans further, expect us to purchase the remaining portion in October. I've watched so many authors sell out but Ms. Harris' track record was exemplary. She was one writer I always felt as though I would get my money's worth from... that's no longer the case.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

    ANOTHER EXCELLENT SOOKIE BOOK

    After reading some of the negative reviews, I admit I was a little apprehensive about starting this book. But, after waiting and waiting for its release and finally getting it home yesterday, I have to say, I literally devoured it. I had it finished by 8:30 pm. It was absolutely excellent and well worth waiting for. I think Sookie's relationship with her two vampires is now so much more defined and exciting. It has a new depth and dimension. Charlaine Harris has done it again and done it very well, I might add. Excellent book. It was dramatic, and funny and very touching. I am totally waiting for the next book already !!!!!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    This Book is DEAD AND GONE from my library collection.

    I love the series! I couldn't wait for book 9 to come out but after reading and finishing it, I could have waited another year. We have grown to love the relationship between Sookie and Eric and this book lacks that. She keeps the reader wanting more but not in a good way. Her writing style is utterly confusing in this book. She skips from thought progression and live moments awkwardly and confusing at times. One minute Sookie is thinking about making a sandwich and the next she is on the phone with some one....(Sequence not actually in the book but you get the picture). I was left having to reread back sentences to figure out what just happened and where I got lost. I'd have to say that the most disappointing "action" sequence from the book was towards the end during (SPOILER) Sookies torture time. Charlaine never really reaches a climactic point for me in the book. This would have been an excellent moment for that..During this sequence she tells the reader that Sookie was being tortured (rather than explain) and then has the reader back in when she's rescued. I would have loved to have felt something during those few chapters but alas, nothing. I'm left feeling nothing from the whole book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Is this a joke?

    The author seriously missed the mark on this. I was waiting eagerly for this instalment, and I had to force myself to finish. Sookie was annoying - even more so that she can tend to be. I found myself not caring about Bon Temps or Hot Shot at all, and how can it be that, after 9 books, Sookie remains right where she started? No progress, emotionally or otherwise? Also, I still am mystified as to what the central conflict was in this book; there were so many little ones, none of which made much sense. The publisher needs to EDIT this author properly. Many of the passages were ... non-essential, shall we say, and should have been culled. I was annoyed by this book. When the next one comes out, I'll get it from my local library.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    Too Much Nonsense

    Just finished Dead and Gone and wasn't thrilled. It almost reads as if someone else had written it. Does not feel like a Charlaine/Sookie kind of "flow". First of all e-v-e-r-y character ever created by Charlaine has resurfaced in this book...you need a score card to follow the plot. Only ONE love scene with Sookie and Eric and it was almost as if it had to be thrown in...not good at all. I won't spoil the plot and story lines for those who wish to read it - and it is still worth the read - but definitely NOT one of her better books. SORRY......

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

    ENOUGH ALREADY.....!!

    I started this series after reading the Twilight series because like many, I was still enthralled by the world of vampires. Although I was reluctant at first because the characters and story line are very different, I was very soon completely engrossed and I could not put the books down. The first few books were incredible, the plots have just the right balance of mystery,suspense,humor and romance to keep you on the edge of your seat. But as I read on, I find myself getting annoyed at the characters. It feels like the author keeps creating more scenarios for the sole purpose of keeping a story going that should have wrapped up a few hundred pages back. Also, I used to admire Sookie for her strenght and her resilience and she is always quoting her grandmothers favorite quotes from the bible. She considers herself a good person with sound moral values. However, it annoys me that she justifies her sexual behavior by saying that Bill introduced her to great sex so now if any male whom she finds attractive touches her, she cannot control herself. I am no prude and these books are not for prude people to begin with, but this is a bit much. Sookie has turned into a loose character with "big lust" as she puts it and if any man holds her hand it creates a "straight line to her hootchie", give me a break. Also, she used to be really conflicted about people getting killed and now she just figures, "better them than me". I am all for the plot taking unexpected paths, that is what good writing is all about, I just wish the characters would stay true to themselves. I feel like I dont even know them anymore. I wish Ms. Harris would wrap this story up already so I can find out who is it that Sookie wants to have sex with the most since she does not seem to be able to actually fall in love with anyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Eric

    I have to say I absolutely love Eric. He was in the book, but not very much. Sookie and Eric are building their relationship and I am so happy.... Finally!! I wanted to see more of their development, but the book was good as it talked a lot about the fae. A must read, but not a must buy if you are looking for a lot of Eric.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

    calling all eric fans!

    this book is great for sookie readers who are team eric supporters! many great scenes between the hot viking vamp and sookie. with just a glimps here and there to his softer side. i recommend the entire series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    Not so thrilled.

    I can't say this was a bad book. It actually starts pretty good, and we can see real evolution in every character. It starts as a natural progression from the book before, we get to know Eric better, but also Arlene, etc. My problem is really with the plot. It starts really good and strong, but there are a lot of loose ends in the story, a lot of things you don't see resolving, and towards the end, you really don't know where you are headed, and I'm not talking abouut the thrill at the end that'll make you bite your nails 'till the next book comes out. I'm talking 'what tha...' kind of scenario here. And I don't like to see a broken Sookie, if she's anything is strong.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    Very disappointing

    This book was a real disappointment in the series. I've been a huge fan and gotten a bunch of other people hooked on the series but I feel like this one was more of a draft than a finished story. At the end I was left thinking "Is this it? All we get?" The characters are great but just didn't ring true to me. Plot elements and story development lagged and then were incredibly rushed. It just felt very haphazard and unfinished. Sorry to say that I don't think I'll be rushing out to get the next book right away. I haven't given up on the series but it may have dropped back a few notches in my mind.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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