When I was around half way through this book, I decided that I was going to give it 3 stars. All 3 stars for effort. As most of you know, a ghost write wrote this book. It is NOT written by Z.A.Recht! (Recht passed away suddenly in 2009 at the terribly young age of 26.) That's why after 3 years, the final installment of the series is finally being released, under another author.
After listening to Survivors, I firmly believe that Recht left absolutely no notes for the ghost writer to go by. Either that, or Brannon decided to disregard those notes and make this his own book.
It took me several days to get through this book, when the first 2 books took me only a day each. This first part was super boring. It's mostly just rehashing of scenes from the first 2 books. That's where my idea of a 2.5 rating comes in. Since there's no 2.5 stars, I settled on 3. But when the author starts killing off the characters, I became upset.
Recht is known to the world as the author of the Morningstrain Strain books. That's what he'll always be known for, except to family and friends. And I had/have so much respect for him because of his age. What a young age to die. The young man had so much talent and was only beginning his career. This series is his legacy. These characters were his life's work. You can tell by the first 2 books that he loves these characters and had plans for them. He spent years building them and writing about them. And then for another writer to come in and kill them like is was nothing, is down right disrespectful. There's scenes where a bad guy comes up, holds a gun to someone's head, kills them and that's that.......beloved characters from the first books, killed with only 5 to 10 seconds spent on their death scene. Characters are brought up, just to be killed suddenly. Why not just leave them alone and let us think that they lived happily ever after? D list new characters were given more time than the old characters.....and they actually got to live. And the "turning" at the end.....where did that come from? Just out of the blue, an important character turns. Weird and completely from left field. The only thing that allowed me to get through this book, was I wanted to see how many of our beloved cast got killed. But at the end, my only question was "Who LIVED?"
I had waited years for this book. I'd revisited the first 2 several times, the most recent being right before Survivors was released. I'd like to think that I had a good feel for the direction of the story and characters. If this is the best that could be done to the ending, they should have just left the series alone. Let Recht's work be remembered for what it was.
Basset Hound Zombie!!!!
I like everything about Andrew McFerrin. He does a great job throughout the series. He's good with male and female voices. You can tell one character from the next, without getting lost. I give him 2 thumbs up!
Oh yes, the Basset Hound zombie! It's a shame that the poor little guy had to turn into a zombie, but the book had me from that point on.
I've always given Parker 5 star ratings. Even she seemed a little off in this book! VERY familiar characters' names from the past were mispronounced. The good ole' southern Sookie sparkle was gone from her voice.
My title says it.......Where the heck was Bubba? Every character ever mentioned in the entire series, from dead, to alive, undead, in jail, in hiding, etc. were mentioned. I'm not kidding! I wish someone would do a head count and see how many names were mentioned. But where was Bubba? He's the only one, out of the hundreds of characters, that wasn't mentioned. I don't follow the forums, so I'm not sure what the other reviewers are talking about when they mention the author's ugly comments to the public. The feeling that this book gave me, was that the author has a very bad taste in her mouth after being forced to carry the series for so long. It's like she despises the characters and her fans. But I saw this coming a few books ago. I knew the author was going to do the opposite of what fans wanted. It was so obvious. It's like she got tired of the fans requesting more Eric time, so this book was a big slap in the face to all her fans, because the author was NOT going to give them the satisfaction of having it their way. Eric had maybe a full 5 minutes of this book, and I think I'm being generous about that. It's the Southern Vampire Mysteries......where's the vampires? A few showed their faces, and even 1 new one, but in total, it all lasted about 10 to 15 minutes. Like I mentioned before, several were mentioned in passing, but I think that was just to get the author's word count in. To sum it up, this book is NOT worth your money! Even if you've followed the whole series, I still wouldn't get it. It won't end the way you're hoping and it's nothing but major filler. Unfortunately, I preordered it, before the reviews were out. So, I was stuck with it. But at least now I know to avoid the author's future books. I loved this series in the beginning, but I feel so disrespected, as a paying fan, by this book. I didn't care who Sookie ended up with, and assumed before starting this book that Eric wasn't it. "Don't bit the hand that feeds you" is what pops into my mind. Harris really disrespected us with this book. :-(
Angie of Jamestown, Tennessee
*First, let me apologize for any misspelled names. I'm a listener, not a reader. So I'm not sure on the correct spellings. I'll keep everything simple, and not give any spoilers.*
It took me probably close to 2 weeks to finish this book. The first books in the series, I could finish in 1 sitting! I LOVE the BDB, but this book just didn't do it for me. There was no romance, no bonding scent, nothing. I just wanted to tell No'one to grow a set! Thor & her relationship was boring, predictable, and weak.
Then there's John and Zex. Too much about them! Is the main couple's story so weak that the author has to write 1/2 of the book about a past couple? It's the same thing that Ward did in book 9, which I also didn't like. I like hearing about past couples, but not to the degree where they take over the book. But on the other side, anything was better than having to listen to the Thor & No'one parts.
The only reason that I'm not giving this book a 1 star, is because of Xcor. I loved the parts about him! I didn't want it to end. The only reason that I actually got through the book was to hear more about him. My favorite part in the whole book is when he's hurt and he locks eyes with the female. Then when they lock eyes again, months later. LOVED IT! More more more!!!!
The whole Quinn story is pretty good. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out. The only downside to that storyline, is that no conclusion came out of anything. Like when Quinn does the big thing that he says will get him in trouble, nothing else is said about it. It's a HUGE part of his story, along with the female's, but it didn't go any further. 3 days later, that's the last thing we heard. I know we need a cliffhanger, but it's more like Ward just forgot to mention anything about during the last few hours of the book.
Loved Jim Frangione! The editing of the audio could have been better, but I'm use to it. With all of the BDB books, the editing is lacking. Before the last word of the sentence is completely out of his mouth, you here "CHAPTER 10." Not Frangione's fault......it's the editing.
Like all of you, I'll listen to the next book. Although, if they continue on this road, like book 9 & 10, I'll finally loose interest. The only thing keeping me coming back now, is Quinn & Xcor. If they get killed off or written out of the story, I'm done.
The first 4 books of this series were amazing! But unfortunately, #5 is where it starts going downhill, and there's no looking up through out book 8. My opinion, stop at book 4 and cherrish the Sookie & Eric that we all grew to love, because Charlaine Harris has done nothing but ruin them. Our sweet virginal Sookie now lusts over every man in sight, acting on those ideas at times, and constantly complains and snaps at our hero Eric. She's like a disrespectful wild teenage girl. Harris adds so many new characters that it's very confusing, and of course, all of these new people have odd names that we can't keep up with.
From 3 roommates, to dozens of supernatural men lusting over Sookie.......And page filling small talk and weddings, I found myself skipping chunks at a time, just to get through the first 4 hours of every audio after #5.
An hour into book #5, I actually looked to make sure that Harris was the author, with no co-authors. The book is so different from the first 4! It's like a different person is writing the books now.
Looking back, I wish that I had stopped and kept my memories of how the characters use to be, instead of having them tanted in books 5-8. I kept buying the audios, holding out hope that Sookie would act more mature and revert back to the character that I love so much.
Now, I'll buy audiobook #9, still holding out hope that Harris will hold her standards a little higher, especially since HBO has picked up the series and has started changing the plots.
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