The author was true to the nature of the characters, which had become somewhat muted during the middle books. I am surprised at the number of reviewers who believed that Sookie should end up with Eric when they are so fundamentally different in matters of morality. The story line was a little convoluted and not wholly believable, but overall I thought the book did a very nice job of putting everything where it belongs.
I was ver nervous for the last book ever. But I was surprised, in a good way. She reintroduced old characters. Some I couldn't remember at first. Things aren't in a tidy bow at the ending but they are wrapped up to the pont that we don't need another book. Do I want another book? Of course. But I am satisfied with the ending. Someone dies again, and the people responsible have framed Sookie and someone just wants her plain dead. Everyone comes back to help solve the mystery or to just lend their strengths. And of course it was beautifully read. Johanna Parker is one of my favorites. I wouldn't have listened to it if she wasn't the narrator.
"See ya later, y'all." Charlaine Harris felt it was time to say bye to Sookie and the supes of Bon Temps. And in fact, this outing does provide closure. This story is tepid at best, but it's been a lot of fun over the years, so I'll give her a pass. As always, Johanna Parker does an outstanding job of narrating and inhabiting all the characters.
Spoiler Alerts --- O.K. - First let say I started this book with some preconceived notions that it would be awful, based on the reviews I had read on Amazon.com - but being a Sookie Stackhouse fan I had to buy the download and I am glad I did. Perhaps listening instead of reading made the difference, but in any event I enjoyed the book.
I read the comments posted on Amazon about the characters not being true to form and I disagree only because it's fiction - the characters can be whatever Charlaine Harris wants them to be. Let me clarify that I am not an obsessed fan; just an avid reader of the books. Books by the way, about people who turn into panthers, wolves, lions and let us not forget the array of vampires, faeries and demon characters - in other words, fiction.
Some reviewers on Amazon said the plot was contrived, but really...which one of these books didn't have weird plots? Somewhere I read this is the last book of the series and I thought it ended well, wrapped up any loose ends and leaves us thinking that Sookie will have a Happy Ever After future - and that suits me just fine. Did I want it to end with her giving her heart to a dead person, growing old without children and being dumped when her body and face got too wrinkly for the ageless Eric? Heck no. It ended in a way that left Sookie "normal" and strong.
I would recommend this book and an enjoyable quick read.
The way it ended, wrapping up any loose ends.
Equal - she does a great job
Yes, but didn't have the time
Work at home mom, who loves to listen while she works!
I believe first, that it is no accident that this is book "13". In the Sookie universe there seem to be very few things that are inconsequential.
Without giving too much up. Know that this book does a nice job of tying up loose ends (and there are a lot of them) and letting us know who is OK, and who is Dead Ever After!
I adore these books and was very sad to see them go, but was very much happy with the way things ended up for Sookie and friends. I do hear that Charlaine Harris releasing a "where are they now" kind of book in the fall. As content as I am with the wrapping up of the series, I am still looking forward to that.
Love the story, & the Narrator.
Thanks for good times.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
I really felt like the author just wanted this series to be over. I guess she exited the best way she could. I don't mind the character she ends up being in love with, but this book could have been way more exciting than what it was.
That being said, I have loved the series, loved the narrator of the whole series. If your like me, your going to have to read it just because it's the last one. But don't expect fire works because those move to Oklahoma.
Au revoir to Sookie Stackhouse and the gang. I really wish she became a vampire and started an whole new series. But... that does not happen. :/
I am a minority and enjoyed some of the old characters that returned. I didn't mind who she ended up with but felt that it wasn't planned well. I thought Eric and Sookie's relationship should have ended with more drama (they loved each other, and I have been team Eric for years!!!!). The plot was too elaborate and I found myself wishing I had kept notes from the previous books. I still enjoyed this book and if it wasn't the last would keep reading/listening. If you are a true sookie fan you will still love this book :)
First off I can't say enough about how much I've enjoyed Johanna Parker's narration of this whole series! The writing continues to have a great sense of humor and great characters. After the growing complications of the series it was nice to see many of these wrapped up. In many ways I think the Sookieverse is in a better place for new books than it has been since the first few books, if Charlaine decides to ever write any. I know I'd buy them if she does.
Yes there were some issues with characters and with abilities. With this kind of story I don't think one can really expect too much realism.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
The book seems like more of a "one last story to tell" than a spectacular ending to the series. There is no great mystery, though there is some. There is no great suspense, though there is some. There is no great romance, though there is some. In general the story is nothing special compared to many of the others in the series but it's still a satisfying Sookie story with most of the characters you've come to love or hate. Much has been made about the ending. All I will say on that account is if you have a preconceived notion on how the series should end you should just skip the book and imagine your own ending. Johanna Parker gives one last amazing performance for the series and will always be for me the voice of Sookie Stackhouse.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
I totally enjoyed this series. This book series has entertained me for a few years. A lot of fun, sometimes sad, sometimes laugh out loud, always good entertainment. Thanks Charlaine Harris.