I have enjoyed all of the Sookie novels. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, however I seem to agree that it didn't have the excitement and danger of the other 10. It is definitely setting the scene for the next book which will be.....? I'm excited to see what happens next.
I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan and have enjoyed all her characters....but Sookie is my favorite. This book moves along quickly and is a fun read (listen?). You will enjoy this one....
Unlike many of the other reviewers I really enjoyed this book. It was dark but so were many of the others. I'm glad so many of the characters we know and care about made an appearance although Alcide's was short and seemed out of character, not too much about Jason either. The narrator is wonderful and I enjoyed once again being a part of Sookie's magical, strange Louisiana world.
I too felt the sad and somber mood of the book. This distrustful, sad Sookie makes sense, but she is not as much fun to root for. I think this Sookie may use the gift charm to reset her life to before Bill walked into the bar, marry Sam and,( what else), live happily ever after. How about that for an ending? It will be fun to see what Ms. Harris has in store for Sookie.
I gave 4 stars just because it's a sookie stackhouse book and I agree that this was a bit of a let down. There are a lot of loose ends and it is a bit dark. A great way to keep people hooked and wondering what in the name of jeebus is going to happen next. You're really left hanging with this one. I agree that she beats herself up a bit much. I'm not a fan of people who wallow but I think as a human, Christian or not, if you were faced with dead people literally exploding, live people going ape nuts over killing you and gore on a regular basis, you would either end up in an institution or suffer from some sort of ptsd... just saying.
Unlike many other listeners, I thought this book actually freshened up the series quite a bit. I thought the plot had dropped off about four books ago, but I really liked how this book starts to tie things together. In other words, this books has improved my opinion of the handful of books that set the stage. I am excited for the next book.
I don't mind the darkness dial being turned up a bit. Too much has happened to Sookie for her to stay the same person as she was in Book 1. I am fine with the character development.
5 stars for writing
5 stars for narration
I have been a huge fan of Charlaine Harris and narrator Johanna Parker since "Dead Until Dark" and HBO's "True Blood". This new book "Dead Reckoning" is just as good and just as exciting as all of her other "Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery Novels". Johanna Parker is amazing as Sookie Stackouse and as Sookie matures within the books, so does Johanna's narrations.
I think any Charlaine Harris fan will love this book just as much as any other Sookie Stackhous novel. Life is a learning processes for all of us. Each day we find out new things about the ones we love and even ourselves. This is true with Sookie as well. Only her life is a bit more exciting then most of ours. I think she finds out a lot more about her family, her families history, and about her own strengths and weakness within this novel.
The excitement level and action is more intense in this book then some of the previous books. Sookie is the target of several assassination attempts and Eric and Pam's relationship is being extremely strained to the point of violence between the two of them.
I strongly recommend that you read or listen to this novel. It is truly amazing! Just as a side note I got to meet both Charlaine Harris and Johanna Parker at a readers seminar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I got both their autographs and photos with both of them. They are such good, kind people who do amazing work and it is worth buying this I promise you.
I love the book not so sure about the ending. I love Eric and Sookie together and I hope this is not going to end it. LOVE THESE BOOKS
I loved that you got more of Sookie's family history and how a certain lawyer had a play in that. Loved that Sookie has undergone a lot of changes and I think her reaction to things are certainly going to affect her personal relationships, seems like she's on the verge of making some difficult decisions about some people in her life. I know some people though that she was too down in this book but come-on, she's not the same person as when Bill first walked into the bar - she's killed people, been tortured, not too mention someone tries to kill her 3-4 times in every book. Shoot - you'd start to be a bit of a pessimist too. Just my opinion:)
I love the character, love that she is so relatable. She's not interested in becoming a vampire like so many other female leads in these types of novels. Love the sense of humor that Ms. Harris brings into these books, and I find myself giggling out loud sometimes. I can't wait for May to come for the next book!
Excellent, best narrator ever.
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
When I bought this book, I noticed all the negative reviews and decided "what the heck". It was fun, I enjoy hanging out with CH's characters for a few hours, the story wasn't fabulous but it's just fine. I never thought I would make it this far in the series and I will buy book #12. If you want positive/negative details, please check out the other reviews. If you want some encouragement to hang out for a good story with some old friends, I say "Go for it!".