That's The End?
I was a bit disappointed in the author. Mrs. Harris once again included things that were contrary to what she has said in the past books...I think she is getting True Blood and the books confused. Considering I hate what they've done with the TV Series that doesn't please me at all! However; overall this book was just as entertaining as the rest of them. It was no better and no worse. It is obvious there will be branch offs from this series. Why not, it has proven to be a money maker!
I was really hoping Sookie was going to be pregnant from the rape/attack of the fairies...I kept waiting for it in the last two books. It only made since to me since everyone else was pregnant and she kept thinking about how her stomach wasn't as flat as it used to be. Alas, I guess it wasn't meant to be! I was pleased that she finally got with the right man (trying not to include any spoilers here...).
This series is most certainly worth the read. I've read and reread all the books. My biggest complaint is that there are so many contradictions. Mrs. Harris says one thing in one book then contradicts what she has said in another. Other than that, it is well written and fun to hear/read!
The same as all the books, although not the same.
I had to think back to who was who, after not listening to them in a long while. Sookie sounded the same so that was a great plus in my opinion.
I liked the whole series, not all the choices that the author made for the book, but that is why I am not the writer.
I didn't have a favorite part in the book but I did find it had all the right stuff in what I like to listen to. Everything in a good book, alough with all good books they have to come to an end, and I find myself not wanting the book to end.
It was by far the worst book of the series. The storyline was so full of cliches and unimaginative that was painful. It would had been better if the author had closed the series on book 12. The best thing about the Sookie Stahouse series was the marriage of the mundane and the fantastical and it was always a pleasure to delve into the lore Charlene Harris was creating. And that is exactly what is missing from the last book: no magic, no fantasy. It's a sloppy romantic knot to a very creative series, from an author that is maybe tired of the universe she created.
An end to a guilty-pleasure series: [no spoilers]
Our part-fairy heroine Sookie is again at a crossroads in her life; her friends are growing up, moving away, getting married, having babies. After hearing her vampire boyfriend might be lost to a marriage of convenience, what's a telepath addicted to hot vampire sex to do?
Thuds of foreshadowing, lack of canon (why doesn't she get out of her predicament by using her powers and being less passive and more alert is a frequent miff) and some mispronunciation prevent it from getting 4 stars, but I was pleased to see many old favourites were brought back for a curtain call in this, the last Sookie Stackhouse book.
If you enjoyed any of her books, it's worth your credits. Thanks for the wild ride, Ms Harris: 3.5 stars.
What can I say about this book if you like the others you will like this one as well it wasn't as in depth as the rest I always love how these books have a mystery within a mystery so that when one story is over you still have one more mystery to figure out. Although it seemed like she was in a rush to get done and have the book end quickly. The narrator is great as always she has always made Sookie a real person to me. Great series wish it could go on forever.
The series HAD to end... Therefore, we HAVE to listen to (or read) the final book. .. but no, I'm not happy about it. Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of who Sookie ended up with, a Harris failed to tie up all of the loose ends, and that annoys the crap out of me.
She could have tied everything up a bit better. The plot jumps around a lot, and with listening to it, sometimes it's tricky to figure out where we are. Plus, one of the characters appeared to be someone we KNEW, but then it wad never explained. We have to infer a lot of things, regarding character motives and actions, which could easily have been resolved at the end.
I've only ever listened to the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I thought she was wonderful.
It makes me want to punch something, if we're being honest.
Overall, I think the book was too short for the route Harris decided to take for the conclusion. I may not be happy about the way things ended, but I felt like the direction it ultimately took had been on it's way there for awhile. What completely turns me off are the lengthy descriptions of mundane Sookie activities (like cooking breakfast) when what really needed to be explained was what the main characters were doing (and why). The action scenes felt very rushed, and not fully developed.
After the first several book I was kinda done with it. The quality of the stories went down, choppy plots, inconsistent characters, boring fillers of Sookie shopping, cooking, making calls, and really the story doesn't move forward. I also found myself not liking Sookie very much after the last few books.
After following Sookie for outrageous ups & downs emotional & physical roller coasters for years I was certainly ready for the end to come. And while it worked out the way I assumed it would, it left me wanting more of a epilog type closer. Where we know exactly where everyone ended up. Just a short paragraph that would bring us up to speed with Sookie & the gangs life a year or two later. Aside from that it was an ok read.
Best way for a busy mama to still enjoy books!
I have a deep emotional appreciation for really good books and film, but my attachment has never run nearly this deep. I love the Sookie Stackhouse series. It has been a pleasure 'listening" to Sookie evolve over the years, even as she hardens a bit. I've probably listened to the entire series ten times...unheard of for me.
Charlaine Harris does a good job of touching on all of the key players in Sookie's life. It couldn't have been easy working everyone in, and she gives just enough information to leave the reader with a sense of where that character is going.
As far as where Sookie stands romantically...it makes sense, but I will say lacked the sexual tension and fireworks that some of her other love interests brought to the table. Still, I'd say the result will leave the reader feeling like Sookie found the best kind of love.
Johanna Parker is spectacular as usual. In her hands, book narration is true art.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this book, but have to admit that I was hoping for a bit more sentimentality in the writing. This is the final book in a series that is beloved by many, and personally I hope that the author loved the series right up until the very end. It lacks some of the emotional intimacy that made this series such a success in the first place.
Devoted fans will enjoy this book, feel a little wistful that it's all over, but maybe have hoped for a wee bit more.
Harris should have ended the series several books ago. The past few books have been progressively worse--increasing inconsistencies with character lines.