This is going to be the last Sookie Stackhouse novel I bother to read. When I began the series, it was nothing for me to listen to the entire audiobook within one to three days max. It's taken me a week to finish Deadlocked because it's boring. Of course there is action because Sookie cannot stay out of trouble, but it's written in such a going through the motions way that I just didn't care. There is a pretty good "OMG" moment at the end of the novel, but you have to wade through 7.5 hours of blah blah blah to get to it.
A Clash of Kings
What in the spoiler heck is up with this question? There was no need to have random characters that we haven't heard from in a few books call to say "Happy Birthday" in the name of fan fodder.
(I would say this contains very minor spoilers, but there is really nothing to spoil)
It must be make things so much easier for Harris to give Sookie avoidance tendencies in this book. I can imagine it must be far more difficult and time consuming to think up and write characters actually doing something of substance, pertaining to the overall storyline. Adding the humor, intrigue and sexiness these books were full of in the past must be even more tricky, because this book had none of these things.
I can't figure out if Harris is just no longer interested in the story or if she simply did not know how to write this book without giving away the end. Either way, this was really terrible. Almost nothing happened in this book, and one or two things that did happen were so poorly told, it was like reading fan fiction written by a teenager.
I see some people are happy that she is wrapping up the stories of the more minor characters, but really she hasn't. The characters all suddenly have lost any dimension. Their endings are flowery and nice, and rather boring,
(here are those minor spoilers)
Speaking of boring, I can only wonder how many actual pages were full of nothing but Sookie going to Taco Bell or Dairy Queen, cooking meals, and shopping for food. Not to mention an investigator that asked the same useless questions over and over. And over and over. And over again.
I will read the last book because I loved the series, but I have lost any kind of hope that it will be any good. That is so disappointing. It is my opinion that the second to last book in a series should leave you anxious for the last book, while giving you enough to ponder and guess as to what it all might mean, how things will work out. This book leaves you with nothing but perhaps the knowledge of how to make sweet potato pie.
The whole storyline!
I always enjoy her reading.
The story left loose ends. kinda all over the place. Ending left me unsatisfied.
Big Question Mark!
At this point, I'm as happy to read about Sookie making a casserole for her friend with a new baby as anything else. It's a lot like visiting an old friend. Some long-running story lines get wrapped up in fairly satisfying ways and there's the usual humor, which is so well handled by Johanna Parker. The Sookie-Eric relationship never seemed that tenable to me, so I'm happy to see that Harris is handling their problems realistically. And I like that Sookie is becoming more than "just a waitress" because she could use some more financial and career security.
While I can understand why some long-time listeners are bothered that there isn't more drama or action, I actually think this book is far more fulfilling on that level than the one before. It's not very steamy, though, if that's an issue for you. To me, this is the ultimate comfort listen, and with the exception of the opening scene in a ladies-night strip club (tacky), I found it really pleasing no matter what was going on.
Yes, if you have read/listened to the other books in the series.
I loved Johanna Parker's narration of most of the books in this series. I was a little annoyed that she changed the voices for Bill and Eric "Deadlocked". I think she was trying to make them sound more masculine, but it didn't work.
The book inspired me to read a different series.
I'm not going to spoil the story, but I really thought this one fell flat. A huge disappointment after months of waiting for it to come out. I think Charlaine Harris must have been trying to wrap everything up so as to leave no cliff hangers (and thus end the series). I guess that's pretty tough to do when all of the other books have been made interesting by maintaining a certain level of anticipation for more.
A story line
All the rest of the sookie books
disappointment and complete let down, this book was BORING, repetitive and there was no point in listening to it
This book is over priced! It should be a $2.00 book!
Johanna Parker is a terrific narrator on this series. The series, however, has really become mundane. I am not normally a quitter. I read ALL the books in a series. But this was the last of this series I will suffer through.
Nothing interesting happened.
I would have passed on this book... too boring, for even the most die-hard fan!
This series needs to die a quick death!!!
If they were into the series they'd read it anyway. As a stand alone no.
Who knows? I hear Susan Elizabeth Phillips has anew book out she always makes me laugh. I will listen or read the next book in this series even though I was disappointed by this one.
a little cheesy
Yes, this one just kinda ended abruptly. It seemed like somethings were just cut off because the author didn't want to deal with them. The thing with Claude and other faeries just leaving kinda left me feeling like the author didn'tknow what to do with them anymore. Then there is the Eric and Sookie relationship issues which just felt cold. The whole book felt wrong and just needs to be made right. It felt as if the author didn't know what to do with the series and just wanted to put something out to keep it going.
It wasn't what I expected from the other books in the series, I was disappointed, especially after the long wait for it to come out. Now I have to wait again and hope the next is better.
Deadlocked reminded me a little of the 11th Sookie, Dead Reckoning. It was not as slow as the 10th Dead in the Family but nowhere near as action and drama oriented as the 9th Dead and Gone. There was action and there was drama but a lot of the book was spent tying up some loose ends (but not all of them). I found I liked Eric less in this book than any other book and I even found Sookie to have more of a “poor me” attitude which was a little annoying. Other than the few pity parties Sookie had and Eric being a jerk I really enjoyed this book. I’m a little sad that there is reportedly only one more Sookie book left and then it will be over but I am excited to find out how it all will end. If you have read all the Sookie’s up to this point Deadlocked is a must read of course, it is good but not one of the best in my opinion.
So disappointing. I’ve started listening to these books in about October last year, and have now listened to all of them several times. I was so looking forward to this one, but what a letdown! Nothing happened - it felt shallow and as though it was actually a teaser for the real story. Lots of things were alluded to, but none of them actually happened.
It was almost as though Charlaine made a few vague story plot ideas and then got someone else to write it; ‘Yeah, Tara’s babies need to come; include some stuff about Eric and Bill; hey maybe Quinn should pop up again; and don’t forget to remind them about Hunter, that lawyer, Jason, Dawn and the famous chocolate cake; the fae and anyone else we’ve forgotten. Just check the character list…’
As for narration; I love Johanna Parker, and cannot imagine Sookie any other way, but it really, really annoyed me when she started trying to have Bill say 'Sookie' in the way he does on True Blood. We get that it's becoming a bit of a catch-phrase, but I would guess that most fans of the books are like me - the TV series is very separate from the books. Once you get into it, they are hardly the same story, so it's just a cheap sell out to try and emulate the actor's voice (having said that, I suspect that it was under direction from someone else, not Johanna's idea). She didn’t maintain it anyway, so that in itself was distracting.
Right, what else can I listen to on Audible? Please give me some ideas!!