Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.
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"The Sookie Stackhouse series seamlessly mixes sensuality, violence, and humor." (Boulder Weekly)
"Harris’s creation offers a magical and mysterious twist on traditional vampire stories." (Houston Chronicle)
"What sucked me in? Definitely the books’ oddly charming, often funny mix of the mundane and the absurd. And the chills and thrills in boudoirs and various locales around the South aren’t too bad either." (The Seattle Times)
"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.
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
I don't care what anyone else says I LOVED this series, all of it!
Two years of Sookie's life is not enough. This is a series that you need to LIO (listen in order). Charlaine Harris maybe tired of Sookie but not me. I would be happy to read about Sookie's life, her children, and grandchildren. Maybe it could be the Downton Abby of the south! I am sad it is over.
Is this book worth a credit? Without a doubt!!!
If you enjoyed this series try Charlaine's Harper Connelly series. Also, you will enjoy Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series.
Time well spent to know the ending of this amazing series! If only Sookie could have had some lasting happiness. I know she has been self-reliant throughout the series but I wasn't expecting her to be on her own hoping Sam turns to be her "ever after". Disappointed Eric only had very few lines at the end of the series.
I have and will again
If the ending is different. Stars the same as in the series "True Blood"
Thank you for a fabulous series and I absolutely love Johanna Parker's narration!!
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