Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #10)

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In Dead in the Family, the "vivid, subtle, and funny" (Entertainment Weekly) world of Sookie Stackhouse is about to take a dangerous turn...

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their ...

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Overview

In Dead in the Family, the "vivid, subtle, and funny" (Entertainment Weekly) world of Sookie Stackhouse is about to take a dangerous turn...

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the shifters’ coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. Also, unknown to her, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side—and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry.

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Editorial Reviews

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Sookie Stackhouse somehow survived the Faery War, but life never seems to get easy for Bon Temps' telepathic (but tip poor) barmaid. In the tenth installment of Charlaine Harris's resilient Southern Vampire series, Sookie and heartthrob Eric Northman come under intense regal scrutiny, but there are dangers even closer at hand: The doors to Faery slammed shut before some Fae were able to return and they're holding Sookie very personally responsible. (Hand-selling tip: HBO's True Blood is based on this series. The fourth season of this Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama begins in June. It is the network's most watched series since The Sopranos.)

Publishers Weekly
Still reeling from the deaths of her fairy cousin, Claudine, and many others in 2009's Dead and Gone, Sookie Stackhouse struggles with paranormal politics in her entertaining if slow-moving 10th outing. When Claudine's triplet, Claude, appears at her doorstep, Sookie reluctantly allows him to move in. The government threatens two-natures with mandatory registration, and tensions run high in the local Were pack. Then Eric's maker, a Roman named Appius Livius Ocella, arrives without warning, bringing along Alexei Romanov, whom he rescued from the Bolsheviks and turned into a vampire. Though the action often builds too slowly, the exploration of family in its many human and undead variations is intriguing, and Harris delivers her usual mix of eccentric characters and engaging subplots. (May)
Library Journal
In the tenth entry in Harris's popular paranormal series (after Dead and Gone), Sookie heals quickly from the torture she suffered at the hands of the Fae, but emotionally she is a wreck. Add an unexpected fairy house guest, shape-shifters using her property for a good run, and a few dead bodies she did not know about, and you have a typical day in the life of mind-reading Sookie. The Weres and shape-shifters have also recently gone public, and now the world is dealing with the knowledge of their existence. VERDICT With so many different characters and plotlines, this book is somewhat hard to follow, even for series fans. There is a lot of action and some romance, but Sookie just runs from one emotionally charged and/or dangerous situation to another. Readers new to the series will be confused. Best appreciated by longtime fans.—Jennifer Draper, Pickering P.L., Ont.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441018642
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series , #10
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 372,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (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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March

The First Week

“I feel bad that I’m leaving you like this,” Amelia said. Her eyes were puffy and red. They’d been that way, off and on, ever since Tray Dawson’s funeral.

“You have to do what you have to do,” I said, giving her a very bright smile. I could read the guilt and shame and ever-present grief roiling around Amelia’s mind in a ball of darkness. “I’m lots better,” I reassured her. I could hear myself babbling cheerfully along, but I couldn’t seem to stop. “I’m walking okay, and the holes are all filled in. See how much better?” I pulled down my jeans waistband to show her a spot that had been bitten out. The teeth marks were hardly perceptible, though the skin wasn’t quite smooth and was visibly paler than the surrounding flesh. If I hadn’t had a huge dose of vampire blood, the scar would’ve looked like a shark had bitten me.

Amelia glanced down and hastily away, as if she couldn’t bear to see the evidence of the attack. “It’s just that Octavia keeps e-mailing me and telling me I need to come home and accept my judgment from the witches’ council, or what’s left of it,” she said in a rush. “And I need to check all the repairs to my house. And since there are a few tourists again, and people returning and rebuilding, the magic store’s reopened. I can work there part-time. Plus, as much as I love you and I love living here, since Tray died...”

“Believe me, I understand.” We’d gone over this a few times.

“It’s not that I blame you,” Amelia said, trying to catch my eyes.

She really didn’t blame me. Since I could read her mind, I knew she was telling me the truth.

Even I didn’t totally blame myself, somewhat to my surprise.

It was true that Tray Dawson, Amelia’s lover and a Were, had been killed while he’d been acting as my bodyguard. It was true that I’d requested a bodyguard from the Were pack nearest me because they owed me a favor and my life needed guarding. However, I’d been present at the death of Tray Dawson at the hands of a sword-wielding fairy, and I knew who was responsible.

So I didn’t feel guilty, exactly. But I felt heartsick about losing Tray, on top of all the other horrors. My cousin Claudine, a full-blooded fairy, had also died in the Fae War, and since she’d been my real, true fairy godmother, I missed her in a lot of ways. And she’d been pregnant.

I had a lot of pain and regret of all kinds, physical and mental. While Amelia carried an armful of clothes downstairs, I stood in her bedroom, gathering myself. Then I braced my shoulders and lifted a box of bathroom odds and ends. I descended the stairs carefully and slowly, and I made my way out to her car. She turned from depositing the clothes across the boxes already stowed in her trunk. “You shouldn’t be doing that!” she said, all anxious concern. “You’re not healed yet.”

“I’m fine.”

“Not hardly. You always jump when someone comes into the room and surprises you, and I can tell your wrists hurt,” she said. She grabbed the box and slid it into the backseat. “You still favor that left leg, and you still ache when it rains. Despite all that vamp blood.”

“The jumpiness’ll get better. As time passes, it won’t be so fresh and at the front of my mind,” I told Amelia. (If telepathy had taught me anything, it was that people could bury the most serious and painful of memories, if you gave them enough time and distraction.) “The blood is not just any vampire’s. It’s Eric’s blood. It’s strong stuff. And my wrists are a lot better.” I didn’t mention that the nerves were jumping around in them like hot snakes just at this moment, a result of their having been tied together tightly for several hours. Dr. Ludwig, physician to the supernatural, had told me the nerves — and the wrists — would be back to normal, eventually.

“Yeah, speaking of the blood . . .” Amelia took a deep breath and steeled herself to say something she knew I wouldn’t like. Since I heard it before she actually voiced it, I was able to brace myself. “Had you thought about... Sookie, you didn’t ask me, but I think you better not have any more of Eric’s blood. I mean, I know he’s your man, but you got to think about the consequences. Sometimes people get flipped by accident. It’s not like it’s a math equation.”

Though I appreciated Amelia’s concern, she’d trespassed into private territory. “We don’t swap,” I said. Much. “He just has a sip from me at, you know . . . the happy moment.” These days Eric was having a lot more happy moments than I was, sadly. I kept hoping the bedroom magic would return; if any male could perform sexual healing, that male would be Eric.

Amelia smiled, which was what I’d been aiming for. “At least...”

She turned away without finishing the sentence, but she was thinking, At least you feel like having sex.

I didn’t so much feel like having sex as I felt like I ought to keep trying to enjoy it, but I definitely didn’t want to discuss that. My ability to cast aside control, which is the key to good sex, had been pinched out of existence during the torture. I’d been absolutely helpless. I could only hope that I’d recover in that area, too. I knew Eric could feel my lack of completion. He’d asked me several times if I was sure I wanted to engage in sex. Nearly every time, I said yes, operating on the bicycle theory. Yes, I’d fallen off. But I was always willing to try to ride it again.

“So, how’s the relationship doing?” she said. “Aside from the whoopee.” Every last thing was in Amelia’s car. She was stalling, dreading the moment when she actually got into her car and drove away.

It was only pride that was keeping me from bawling all over her.

“I think we’re getting along pretty well,” I said with a great effort at sounding cheerful. “I’m still not sure what I feel as opposed to what the bond is making me feel.” It was kind of nice to be able to talk about my supernatural connection to Eric, as well as my regular old man-woman attraction. Even before my injuries during the Fae War, Eric and I had established what the vampires called a blood bond, since we’d exchanged blood several times. I could sense Eric’s general location and his mood, and he could feel the same things about me. He was always faintly present in the back of my mind — sort of like turning on a fan or an air filter to provide a little buzz of noise that would help you get to sleep. (It was good for me that Eric slept all day, because I could be by myself at least part of the time. Maybe he felt the same way after I went to bed at night?) It wasn’t like I heard voices in my head or anything — at least no more than usual. But if I felt happy, I had to check to make sure it was me and not Eric who felt happy. Likewise for anger; Eric was big on anger, controlled and carefully banked anger, especially lately. Maybe he was getting that from me. I was pretty full of anger myself these days.

I’d forgotten all about Amelia. I’d stepped right into my own trough of depression.

She snapped me out of it. “That’s just a big fat excuse,” she said tartly. “Come on, Sookie. You love him, or you don’t. Don’t keep putting off thinking about it by blaming everything on your bond. Wah, wah, wah. If you hate the bond so much, why haven’t you explored how you can get free of it?” She took in the expression on my face, and the irritation faded out of her own. “Do you want me to ask Octavia?” she asked in a milder voice. “If anyone would know, she would.”

“Yes, I’d like to find out,” I said, after a moment. I took a deep breath. “You’re right, I guess. I’ve been so depressed I’ve put off making any decisions, or acting on the ones I’ve already made. Eric’s one of a kind. But I find him . . . a little overwhelming.” He was a strong personality, and he was used to being the big fish in the pond. He also

knew he had infinite time ahead of him.

I did not.

He hadn’t brought that up yet, but sooner or later, he would.

“Overwhelming or not, I love him,” I continued. I’d never said it out loud. “And I guess that’s the bottom line.”

“I guess it is.” Amelia tried to smile at me, but it was a woeful attempt. “Listen, you keep that up, the self-knowledge thing.” She stood for a moment, her expression frozen into the half smile. “Well, Sook, I better get on the road. My dad’s expecting me. He’ll be all up in my business the minute I get back to New Orleans.”

Amelia’s dad was rich, powerful, and had no belief in Amelia’s power at all. He was very wrong not to respect her witchcraft. Amelia had been born with the potential for the power in her, as every true witch is. Once Amelia had some more training and discipline, she was going to be really scary — scary on purpose, rather than because of the drastic nature of her mistakes. I hoped her mentor, Octavia, had a program in place to develop and train Amelia’s talent.

After I waved Amelia down the driveway, the broad smile dropped from my face. I sat on the porch steps and cried. It didn’t take much for me to be in tears these days, and my friend’s departure was just the trigger now. There was so much to weep about.

My sister-in-law, Crystal, had been murdered. My brother’s friend Mel had been executed. Tray and Claudine and Clancy the vampire had been killed in the line of duty. Since both Crystal and Claudine had been pregnant, that added two more deaths to the list.

Probably that should have made me long for peace above all else. But instead of turning into the Bon Temps Gandhi, in my heart I held the knowledge that there were plenty of people I wanted dead. I wasn’t directly responsible for most of the deaths that were scattered in my wake, but I was haunted by the feeling that none of them would have happened if it weren’t for me. In my darkest moments — and this was one of them — I wondered if my life was worth the price that had been paid for it.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    B & N PLEASE STOP!!!

    Isn't there a way for B&N to set up the review system to not accept reviews until the book is actually released? Every review up until this point is worthless. Some people give low ratings because they can't download it yet or the book isn't available yet. That just skews the whole rating system and makes it of no use whatsoever :(

    70 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    Chapter 1 preview is on Charlaine Harris's website!!!

    to all fans of the series.... check out Charlaine"s website... you can have a sneak peak of the first chapter.... beware... you will want more!!!

    26 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Sookie,where you at girl??

    I love Charlaine Harris. I have read and loved all of her Sookie Stackhouse books.
    This book disappointed me.

    SPOILER ALERT***********************
    1.The story has no arc,no clear build up of anticipation. It was like cruising in a car enjoying the sites.
    2.The beginning of the book leads you to believe that it is about having a showdown with Victor. That story is barely touched upon and we see Sookie wanting to plot on how to kill him but is impotent to do anything about it.
    3. The chemistry between Sookie and Eric is gone. They use to burn up the pages but now they barely simmer.
    4. Eric, who always came across as the uber male bad a*# is weak and ambiguous in this book. A flimsy excuse for it is because his maker is in town and he is conflicted on how to handle him. Sookie wants him dead of course.
    5. Sookie's character development is disturbing. She has definitely changed. She has lost her innocence but not the faith she has in herself. She was raped and tortured in the last book and that would change anyone. Her attitude is reminiscent of Beatrice Kiddo in "Kill Bill". She wants revenge and death on anyone who has harmed her or her loved ones. Her personality is becoming closer to that of a vampire and I hope she will not choose to loose her humanity in subsequent books.
    6. I feel this book was for the fans because alot of little story lines from the past got wrapped up,(Bill gets reacquainted with his family). The story would be confusing to newcomers and I don't think they would appreciate obscure references.

    On a positive note I liked the subplot with the werewolves and I wish that would have been more developed. Sookie acted as a shaman to Alcide's pack and that was a very cool scene.
    I hope this book was just a bump in the road for Mrs Harris because she still remains my favorite author.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Missing the spark

    I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse series after picking up "Dead after Dark" in B&N out of curiosity. I was immediately impressed with the social commentary, witty repartee, development of the character's relationships. The books have provided an example of isolationism through the vamps, weres, and other supes interaction with the rest of the world... that correlates with societal outcasts, downtrodden, and historical minorities. It challenges the reader to examine their own feelings on larger issues while enjoying the banter between the characters and general levity of Sookie's interpretation of the folks in Bon Temps.

    "Dead in the Family" is lacking. It feels like "filler"... like a place holder for other books to come. The characters were not true to their already established personas. Eric was weak and small. Scenes with Eric... typically he is omnipresent. I know that part of the plot was Eric's struggle with inadequacy and subserviance, but he never redeemed himself. The conflict between Eric's and Sookie's feelings for each other and whether it was a result of the bond or authentic feelings was contrived and never well-fleshed out. Bill's declaration of love and how this affected Sookie and her inner conflict between her love for the vampires that was left hanging at the end of book 8 wasn't addressed. She was not committed to her statement that bill was "just a friend" when talking to Lorena's other child. Dermot was let off the hook too easily. All in all... the plot was far to simplistic compared to the brilliance of previous books in the series. I am too committed to the series at this point to give up hope... but I am anxious to get back to the bad a*s, strong woman of a character we have come to love and admire in Sookie Stackhouse in the next installment.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Lacking cohesion and plot...

    As an avid reader of the Sookie Stackhouse series, I was very disappointed by this last installment. There are too many small subplots and within the last couple of pages Harris attempts to bring it all together. Characters did not live up to standards, ie. Bill especially. I would hope that Harris can revive this story with something more wound together and coherent. It's a paperback must.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    Not as thrilled as I wanted to be!

    I read the first nine books of this series back to back to back and loved them all! Every book was a new adventure I couldn't put down. I literally had nights in bed reading where I stayed up til two hours before my alarm was set because I had to know what happened next.

    I had to wait a while between #9 and this one, so I was super excited when it came in. I was let down. I still love the series and if #11 comes out I will buy it, but this seemed to be filler. There wasn't a huge event that seemed earth shattering. It was just so anti-climatic. It actually made me wonder if Charlaine Harris ran out of adventure ideas and just had to put out something to make a publishing contract deadline.

    I am still a fan. I just hope the next one is back to what I've come to love and expect from Sookie Stackhouse.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Yawn

    I don't pick up the Sookie books expecting to be intellectually stimulated. I like them because they are a fun and entertaining easy read. This book wasn't terrible, it just wasn't good. Nothing profound happened. The book just kind of went along, addressing some of the events in the prior book. Sookie is bitter from the last books events. This leaves her with a poor attitude and Eric seems almost whiny. All the characters become less likeable. The story was also choppy, it seemed like she was trying to cram lots of random, unexciting events in this book to keep her options open for the next book. Usually I have a hard time putting a book down; this one I did not. If you really like the Sookie books it's worth a read but I wouldn't get too excited about it. Hopefully the next one will be better.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Leaves readers wanting

    As a reader who has read all the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, this new book rates only a 3 star for me. The plot lines feel like a start of something new but author Charlaine Harris did not seem to close any of the new story lines at the end of the book, with one exception. Therefore, the book feels contrived and unfulfilled. Character development wise, the back story of Eric's maker could be fleshed out more. Eric appears out of his usual character of being a decisive boss and becomes clingy and uncertain as he keeps on asking Sookie if she loves him. It may be that Ms. Harris is doing this on purpose to lay the story line for her next book. I guess we will have to wait to find out.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    I don't know what to say

    I don't understand why Charlaine didn't create a proper plot for this book. and a few of the others in this series. Was it the amount of pages it would take? Couldn't she have cut out things that were less important?
    This book is only best read if you're reading all ten one right after the other, if you've been waiting for a year and expecting a great progress with the characters you'll be let down. Nothing is resolved, Bill is barely in this, there's very little about Sookie's and Eric's relationship.
    I was disappointed, and I don't think I'll be reading the next book as soon as it comes out. I think I'll take my own advice and only read them all once the series is over, so these small stories won't piss me off as much.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    Just could not get into it :/

    After waiting a full year for this book i have read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The Rachel Morgan series, The Night Huntress series, and many more that werent as good but still worthy. Therefore, after waiting so long and reading many amazing novels i just could NOT get back into the -southern/true blood/eric is the hottest ever- feeling that i used to get back when i first started reading these books. Truth be told, the writing style is... mediocre compared to many i like and am used to, and there was a lack in plot. While i read i felt like i was reading to just get the book done and over with and to see if Sookie is with Bill or Eric, but at the same time i really didnt care. Basically, the first few pages told me everything i wanted to know so i just... closed the book. To many, this series is dragging on and on and needs to end already and the characters that led me to fall for this series have become a bit boring and have changed. Maybe one day ill pick the book back up again, but after reading the reviews for this book i probably will not do so.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

    Plug your nose...it's a stinker!!!

    I have devoured the books of the Stackhouse series and this book was such a disappointment. It seemed forced and contrived....a book forcibly created by the author under pressure from the publisher/fans. I would have waited another year for a better story.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2010

    Swing and a miss...

    I want to know who this woman has for an editor. (Not the name, but the person/people behind it.) There have been glaring editing mistakes in prior books- Debbie starts out as a lynx, Clancy is killed by witches, etc.- but in terms of an editor dropping the ball, this one takes the cake. This latest installment does a giant belly-flop into a sea of Mississippi mud. Eric immasculated, Bill living happily ever after with a completely random character who seems introduced merely for convenience, a formidable enemy returning as a babbling lunatic- the horror can't end soon enough. There is no DEPTH to any of this! It reads like a high school student's attempt to take Harris' characters and make a spin-off of their own. A book like this one would never get put into print if it wasn't for the author's reputation, which will hopefully survive this debaucle. If the next book continues in a similar style, I'm done reading this author for good. Hopefully she's getting enough royalties from HBO to make up for this disaster. Come on Ms. Harris, step up to the plate with the next one or forfeit the game.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    Probably the Worst in Series

    I've not written reviews before, but basically, this book was not my favorite in the series. I don't know - maybe this was just a closure for the last book, but many questions are not answered (e.g. Victor Madden, King Felippe) and this was pretty tame insofar as plots in this series. Sookie seems lonelier in this book than any other and nobody really comforts her, friends, boyfriend or family. I was disappointed in this book - the first book I have been in any of Ms. Harris's series ( I've read them all. ) Maybe she is too busy working on the Tru Blood series screenplays ?!? This was a poor cousin of the series. I hope Ms. Harris doesn't go the way of Laurel K. Hamilton... little substance trading for big profit.

    In my recommended books (below) I've included a few of my favorite authors, but this is by no means a complete list - these books are just the start of each of these series I've read, but not all of the series I've read. One of my favorite is the Bitten & Smitten series - funny and a new take on vamps! I laughed all the way thru this series.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Excellent Read

    I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed. The story fantastic.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2010

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    What happened?

    So I was completely and utterly obsessed with this series. I found it almost exactly a year ago (before the true blood fiasco) after trying to ween myself off of the twilight books. Yes, the obsession all started with twilight and I don't miss those books one bit. Eric had me hooked. He was stong, assertive, sexy, masculine, and dangerous. Bill had me ticked off but he was one of those annoying people that I couldn't live without... like I'd miss his attempts to show his love for Sookie. Alcide, Quinn, and the drama and exitement all had me... BUT... this book completely threw me. I wasn't sure if it was because I've read 12 of the Anita Blake novels so I expect romance and excitement, or because this book was really that bad. I called a friend who hasn't read anything but the Sookie series over and over again and to my suprise she agreed with me! Eric was a big softie, the plot was all over the place, and there was a complete lack of connection with ANY of the characters. I felt empty. We are in the same place that we started and we've gained nothing. I feel like I could have completely skipped reading this book, and gone on to the next and missed nothing for there is nothing to be gained by reading this. I read the entire book in a few hours and I just felt empty. I'm not sure if the whole True Blood movement diverted the authors attention from the original story or what but this book did nothing for me. If the next book is like this then I'm done with the series. Let's just hope Charlaine can find her way back to the passion and excitement.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Left wanting more

    This book was okay, but not what I expected. I was left wanting more on Bill, wanting to hear more about Victor (maybe a little more action). Sookie didn't use her ability that much, which was a little disappointing too. I'm waiting so see when the next book coming out to fill this yearning I am left with.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Different pace....but still great!

    There are a lot of negative reviews for DITF. I thought the book was pretty good and progressed at a natural rate. I mean....where are you going to go after 'Dead and Gone'? Is Sookie just going to get up the next morning refreshed to fight more supernatural beings??? I think the series has pushed "fiction" to its limit already (but it's such great fiction isn't it?) Anyway, I thought Dead & Gone was slightly darker since the heroine was tortured and had to suffer. The 10th installment was a great follow-up to her healing process and growth. It seemed as though Charlaine Harris wanted to bring the series to a close. However we still have the were/shifter congressional bill out, Victor the mean lieutinent looming, Bill's vampire sister/possible lover relationship to explain, Amelia possibly witchcrafting Sookie's blood bond away, Maybe little Hunter's on the rise??? - all of these are unanswered. I think the fae world plot has concluded somewhat. Bill's relationship with his vamp sister was......quite a quick summation. It didn't leave me worrying about him though....so it was satisfying enough. Even though I was secretly hoping Bill & Sookie would reunite. But what would then happen to Eric??? Lastly, there was the fact that Sookie began to think about being a vampire....and if she could actually do it. So, I can retire the series with DITF....but I think there may be more to come. All in all, I can appreciate Charlaine Harris' creative thought and plots (regardless of it being a filler or not). I think she recovered nicely from Dead & Gone and gave a different dimension to Sookie, Eric, Claude, Jason & Pam. After nine books of nothing but impossible superhuman fiction....her non super human side was appreciated. Bravo!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    I was expecting more...

    The book had several really great plotlines, however Charlaine Harris only briefly touched on each one before moving on. As a result of the lack of "meat" for each plotline, the resolution at the end of the novel seemed very anticlimactic. I found myself feeling cheated by the time I reached the end of the book.

    While readers of the series are more than aware that Sookie is a huge sunbather, I fail to see why it is so important to mention the fact in practically every book. I do not feel that the sunbathing scenes are necessary. I believe that Harris' time could have been better spent on the plotlines she did not fully develop.

    I was also very disappointed in Eric's character. I felt that it while it was expected for him to act a little out of character given the circumstances, Harris took Eric's character to the extreme opposite of his usual personality. Eric came off as weak. It is a complete disappointment to have to say that I thought BILL showed greater character in this book.

    That being said, it is not to say that the entire book was a disaster. One thing that I particularly liked in this book was getting to see Sookie interact with several characters that she's not normally seen with. I liked getting a greater perspective of those characters. I liked seeing Claude, Pam, Hunter, Jason, and Tara in this book. I also liked Kennedy and Danny in this book but would have rather the plots have been "beefed up" and the scenes with Kennedy and Danny had been fewer.

    Read the book, but don't expect a lot of it.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    So disappointed

    This book was hardly worth buying. I am a huge fan of this whole series and was looking forward to finally getting a book with more of Sookie and Eric. I wish I could return my ebook. The story was very slow and nothing even happened until the last 30 pages. Plus, in this book Eric was so whiny and needy! Yikes, not a keeper for me!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    I waited for a year for this.....

    I am in LOVE with the sookie books and i've been dying for book 10 to come out. I was soo excited when it finally arrived that i read it in 7 hours! Let me just say this was not the best book in the series. I found it almost boring! It seemed like a whole bunch of stuff was going on but none of it really got resolved. Eric has been after sookie since book one and now that there actually together they don't really act like a couple =( Where is the romance? I was just bummed to wait for so long and be so disappointed. I REALLY hope the next books are better and come out SOONER!! because Ms. Charlaine Harris is a hell of a writer normally. = )

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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