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Dead in the Family- Charlaine Harris


Synopsis (from amazon)

If you think your family relationships are complicated, think again: you haven’t seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric’s vampire sire, an ancient being, who arrives with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie’s tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton. In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.

Review

I can’t say this has been my favourite in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I enjoyed it well enough but it didn’t seem to reach up to what I expected from the last book. It didn’t really follow on from where the last book had left off very well, and there had been some promising storylines there. Eric’s maker turning up just seemed to detract from the overall storyline, a bit like the a filler in an anime- entertaining in itself but not very important in the grand scheme of things. There was a good chunk of Eric-ness at the beginning (which I always enjoy) but he was disappointingly lacking- despite how things had stood in the previous book. I also found there was little real action in this book, stuff happened but the expected action was rushed into the last few pages- it was almost like Harris realised she had built up too much to deal with and had to get rid of some of it.

Again I was surprised about the err…intimate…details in this book. Really why does it still shock me? I think this one was a little more graphic, but if you wanted you could probably miss those parts without ruining the story.

Still worth a read but Dead in the Family is certainly not the best in the series.

I find it amusing that an advert for True Blood just came on the TV.

3/5

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Dead and Gone- Charlaine Harris


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Now it’s the turn of the weres and shifters to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course – her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she’s friend to the local Were pack and Sam, her boss at Merlotte’s bar, is a shifter. At first the great Were revelation seems to go well – then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found outside Merlotte’s. Though Sookie never cared that much for the victim, no one deserves such a horrible death, so she agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But what Sookie doesn’t realise is that there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves is preparing for war . . .

Review

Lots of Eric in this one, and proper Eric too. I am happy. Must say I expected more from the Weres n this book though and we barely saw Alcide. Again I thought there were a lot of threads all over the place, not a bad thing, it kept the action going. I really don’t have much to say. I just hope Sookie’s great grandfather was talking about Eric not Bill at the end.

3.5/5

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From Dead to Worse- Charlaine Harris


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The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana is reeling from two hard blows: the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit in the up-north city of Rhodes. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, and she’s yearning for things to get back to normal. But that’s just not happening. Too many vampires – some friends, some not – were killed or injured, and her were-tiger boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. It’s clear that things are changing, whether the weres and vamps like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack, blood-bonded to the leader of the local vampire community, is caught up in those changes. She’s about to find herself facing danger and death and, not for the first time, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood has stopped flowing, Sookie’s world will be forever altered . . .

Review

Much more Eric in this one (although still not as much as I would want)! So I am quite happy. I thought a lot was going on too which I liked, in the past I’ve found that they take a while to get going. A few loose ends were tied up too, I’m not sure what this means, but I still think there’s plenty of story there (having said that certain sudden changes made me think that maybe Charlaine Harris was trying to find a way to keep the series going a bit longer. There were lots of different storylines meeting in this one too, I guess that’s why there was a lot happening

3/5

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All Together Dead- Charlaine Harris


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Sookie’s beginning to get used to being surrounded by all varieties of undead, changeling, shapeshifting and other supernatural beings – but even she has her limits. She’d really like to take a while to get over being betrayed by Bill, her long-time vampire lover, and get used to her new relationship with the sexy shapeshifter Quinn – but instead, she finds herself attending the long-planned vampire summit, the destination of choice for every undead power player around, as a sort-of human ‘Geiger counter’ for Sophie-Anne Leclerq, vampire queen of Louisiana. But the job is fraught with difficulties. Sophie-Anne’s power base has been severely weakened by Hurricane Katrina, and she’s about to be put on trial during the event for murdering her king. Sookie knows the queen is innocent, but she’s hardly prepared for other shocking murders: it looks like there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. With secret alliances and backroom deals the order of the day – and night – Sookie must decide which side she’ll stand with, and quickly, for her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

Review

Hmm I think this has been my least favourite book so far. There was a fair bit going on, but all the events seemed to be over and done with quite quickly in a way they hadn’t been in previous books, it was only in the last hundred pages or so that I actually felt it has got going.  On the plus side we seem to have got back to plenty of Eric, which makes me smile, but he’s not himself, I wish his relationship with Sookie hadn’t changed, but maybe it will go ack, already it’s better than the last book. I do wonder about this book and how much of it was planned before Katrina, I think it would have worked without it, maybe it happening just gave Harris a good plot device, but she could hav used something else for the same purpose.

3/5

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Definitely Dead- Charlaine Harris


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Sookie doesn’t have that many relations, so she hated to lose one – but of all the people to go, she didn’t expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans’ vampire queen – after all, Hadley was technically already dead. But she is gone, beyond recall, and she’s left Sookie an inheritance – one that comes with a bit of a risk – not least because someone doesn’t want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley’s past – or her possessions. Sookie’s life is once again on the line, and this time the suspects range from the rogue werewolves who have rejected Sookie as a friend of the pack to her first love, the vampire Bill. Sookie’s got a lot to do if she’s going to keep herself alive . . . The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.

Review

One thing that struck me about this book in comparison to the others was the number of  shall we say intimate moments, I’m not sure if they were all strictly needed, but they did probably show something about Sookie’s relationship with her new boy. I did find this one particularly slow to get started to, and there was a disappointing lack of Eric or Alcide- although imagining Quinn goes some way to remedying this he doesn’t have the personality factor that I enjoy in Eric and Alcide. [highlight for spoiler]As for Bill. Well I never really liked him, now I just feel I have a reason! To fool Sookie in such a way is cruel, and any respect I have for him has gone. However I never believed that he didn’t come to truly love her, even before he said it. I did enjoy the book despite some of the things I’ve said, although it’s probably my least favourite of the series so far.

3/5

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Dead as a Doornail- Charlaine Harris


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Sookie’s got just a month, before the next full moon, to find out who wants her brother dead – and to stop the fiend! Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She’s a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life – but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason’s eyes are starting to change: he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population. She afraid not just because Jason’s at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect Jason may be the shooter. Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks – unless the killer decides to find her first. The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.

Review

This one surprised me a bit because it barely had vampires in it compared to the others (highlight for spoiler)even if the killer did turn out to be a vampire…or at least the one who was trying to kill Sookie! At least it had a fair bit of Alcide in, who is still my favourite, and quite a lot of Sam who I grow to like more and more with each book. A little Eric too who I like to see, and not too much Bill who I’m not so fond of.  It strikes me more and more that although Sookie is technically the heroine, she’s barely ever works things out by herself, and i’s only ever towards the end that she really seems to be the heroine. The romance in this book I find a little confusing, I mean she seem to like these guys but doesn’t get her act together, and I don’t understand how she can have spent years and years with no dates then after she’s dated a vampire she’s suddenly so popular.

3.5/5

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Dead to the World- Charlaine Harris


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Sookie comes to the rescue of a naked, amnesiac vampire – and ends up in the middle of a war between witches, werewolves and vampires! Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s pretty. She does her job well. She keeps to herself – she has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait – unless they’re undead – vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she comes across a naked vampire on the way home from work, she doesn’t just drive on by. He hasn’t got a clue who he is, but Sookie has: Eric looks just as scary and sexy – and dead – as the day she met him. But now he has amnesia, he’s sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie’s help – because whoever took his memory now wants his life. Sookie’s investigation into what’s going on leads her straight into a dangerous battle between witches, vampires and werewolves. But there could be even greater danger – to Sookie’s heart, because the kinder, gentler Eric is very hard to resist. The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.

Review.

I liked this one, not quite as much as Club Dead, but still I liked it. Sookie retained some of her independence (although not all of it) which I liked in Club Dead. There was less of Bill, which was probably connected to Sookie’s independence, and which made me realise that I actually don’t like Bill, at least as a character, the books are better without him. Then there is lots of Eric, who I always enjoy reading. Him loosing his mind makes it not to good, although he still retains something of his Ericness that I can’t quite put my finger on. There is Alcide too, who is my favourite character still (highlight for spoiler)(even though he got back together with Debbie, what was he thinking?), but not enough of him by far. I guess the one thing that is better in this book is that the story seems to get going quicker, I felt with the others I was waiting for the action to happen.

I still get surprised at the adult scenes in these books. You’d think I’d have learnt to expect them by now right?

3.25/5

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Club Dead- Charlaine Harris


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There’s only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with – at least voluntarily – and that’s Bill. But recently he’s been a little distant – in another state distant. His sinister and sexy boss Eric has an idea where to find him, and next thing Sookie knows she’s off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead. It’s a dangerous little haunt where the elusive vampire society can go to chill out and suck down some Type O – but when Sookie finally finds Bill caught in an act of serious betrayal she’s not sure whether to save him, or to sharpen some stakes. The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.

Review.

This has probably been my favourite Sookie Shackhouse so far, although they are still not a favourite series, enjoyable enough but nothing special. I think maybe I don’t care that much about Sookie (or Bill as it comes to it), I don’t hate her or anything, it’s just that I’m not particularly interested in her. I prefer Eric, he might not have been the greatest guy, but I found him interesting, and more entertaining. I think what really makes this book better for me is Alcide. I like this guy, he’s better than Eric, and I certainly prefer him to Bill. I hope we’ll see more of him in the next books. I never seem to like the leading male in these types of books, maybe it’s me, maybe they’re written that way.

I kind of liked how Sookie was more independent in this book too, maybe I don’t really like how Bill looks after her.

3.5/5

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Living Dead in Dallas- Charlaine Harris


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Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it). The point is: they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges – and soon Sookie’s in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that’s easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly . . . The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.

Review.

I don’t really have much extra to say about this book than I had to say about the previous book in the series (my previous review). Again I didn’t find I really got into the mystery, although as there was less background information I did find this book better for that.  One thing I did find annoying about this book is that I was most interested with the death of Sookie’s workmate, which was set up to be the main plotline but which ended up being rushed to be closed up at the end. It seemed like Harris had put it it to get a plot started quickly but then let it fall to the wayside only to ralise towards the end that the reader might want to know what had happened. This has made me put the score down a little.

3/4

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Dead Until Dark- Charlaine Harris


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Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much – not because she’s not pretty – she’s a very cute bubbly blonde – or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie’s got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill: he’s tall, he’s dark and he’s handsome – and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting all her life for. But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s fussy about his food, he doesn’t like suntans and he’s never around during the day . . . Yep, Bill’s a vampire. Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble – of the murderous kind. And then one of Sookie’s colleagues at the bar is killed, and it’s beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim . . .

Review

First off this book was much more…adult than I expected it to be. A bit of a Twilight for adults I suppose, and not that much better either. It was enjoyable enough but not really worth the hype I don’t think. I found the more investigative bits kinda of thin on the ground, brief and they didn’t really get you thinking. I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next one (but wouldn’t have paid for it), and it was an easy read, which is good when you’re ill.

3/5

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