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Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12 | [Charlaine Harris]

Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.
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Publisher's Summary

It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart….

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric's front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it's up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl's fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who's set out to make Sookie's world come crashing down.

©2012 Charlaine Harris, Inc. (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Amazon user United States 05-12-12
    Amazon user United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Curiouser&Curiouser

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    "boredlocked, or how many times Sookie goes to work"
    Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Johanna Parker?

    Yes, unfortunately, the series has gone down hill, the characters are stiff, but naturally I want to know how the story ends. I did not care for the narrator as Sookie, she was great for the supporting chsracters, but she would lose her southern accent at times and her voice a bit raspy for the character of Sookie.


    What was most disappointing about Charlaine Harris’s story?

    The flat characters that used to have so much life. Also it took 3/4s of the book to have any real action start. She even made fun of Pam and Bill rather than embracing them she made them into caricatures. Sookie whined and complained the whole story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her southern accent made her voice raspy, which made it sound like Sookie was a smoker, when she would do Tara's on the other hand it sounded great, as well as most of the supporting characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadlocked?

    The first 3/4of the book where most of it rehashes old stuff, and doesn't have much action.


    Any additional comments?

    Kill Sookie, or turn her. I know that lovers angst is what keeps readers interested but Eric is just an oaf, compared to the Viking God he was. Give them a happy few moments, let them go, and move on this stringing the relationship along for a couple of books with no emotion is flat and uncomfortable and boring.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Hawthorne, CA, USA 05-12-12
    Janice Hawthorne, CA, USA 05-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A series in decline."
    Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Johanna Parker?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Clash of Kings


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end.


    What character would you cut from Deadlocked?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 05-09-12
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Harris Forgot to Make Things Happen In This Book"

    (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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Belita Linden, NJ, United States 05-08-12
    Belita Linden, NJ, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing!"
    What was most disappointing about Charlaine Harris???s story?

    The whole storyline!


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I always enjoy her reading.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The story left loose ends. kinda all over the place. Ending left me unsatisfied.


    Any additional comments?

    Big Question Mark!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurene New York 05-03-12
    Laurene New York 05-03-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Reliably entertaining"

    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.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    R. Kinnick Vermont 05-04-12
    R. Kinnick Vermont 05-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you have read/listened to the other books in the series.


    What three words best describe Johanna Parker’s voice?

    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.


    Did Deadlocked inspire you to do anything?

    The book inspired me to read a different series.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    joe Mason City, IA, United States 06-12-12
    joe Mason City, IA, United States 06-12-12
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    "Deadlocked ... or Writers Block"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story line


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

    All the rest of the sookie books


    What three words best describe Johanna Parker’s performance?

    Decent job


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and complete let down, this book was BORING, repetitive and there was no point in listening to it


    Any additional comments?

    This book is over priced! It should be a $2.00 book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible..."
    Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Johanna Parker?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing interesting happened.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadlocked?

    I would have passed on this book... too boring, for even the most die-hard fan!


    Any additional comments?

    This series needs to die a quick death!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    christy whitehouse, TX, United States 05-11-12
    christy whitehouse, TX, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Big let down"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they were into the series they'd read it anyway. As a stand alone no.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    What three words best describe Johanna Parker’s voice?

    a little cheesy


    Do you think Deadlocked needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 05-11-12
    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 05-11-12
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    "Ok But Not Great"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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