With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.
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After listening to Kim Harrison's entire Rachel Morgan series between the release dates of books 10 and 11 of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, returning to Charlaine Harris' work was a disappointment. Book 11, like all of the Sookie books, was simply too short for my taste. I've found the Rachel Morgan series, with its richly woven tapestry of characters and numerous subplots, to be far more satisfying than this series, which seemed a bit shallow in both character development and plot in comparison. That said, this book was still enjoyable, although I was left wanting more. I agree with other reviewers that Sookie sounded quite sad throughout this book, but don't see that as a shortcoming per se.
Guess I'm the odd duck here, cause I really liked this book. I love all of the Sookie books and after having to wait awhile to hear this one, it was like reconnecting with an old friend. Sookie is not a superhero, she's a human being and has faults like all the rest of us. She can be stupid, self centered, funny, judgemental, thoughtful, kind, devious, loving and a good friend. Its what I lke about her. She's not perfect. I liked the direction the book took and like the set up for the next one... leaves me wanting more! Johanna Parker is the female version of Jim Dale - she is awesome!
In this episode of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Sookie appears a little off her game. I will agree with other reviewers that she seems a little depressed. There are not as many witty remarks and the banter between her and Sam is nearly gone. Sam is depressed too. It's still a good read and has gotten more than a few laughs out of me. You really can't help but love Sookie and all the stuff she says and does. However, this one is lacking the page turning excitement, laughter, suspense that previous episodes have had. I'm a huge fan of the series. This story flows well and is entertaining. I will continue to follow Sookie if there is another book after this one.
When starting this series, Sookie was rather innocent, except for ability to read minds. When she found out about the supernatural world, things started changing in her life. Now in book 11, things are getting more difficult for Sookie, and the reality and horror of the supernatural world, sometimes becomes too much for her to bare. However our heroine, I believe does a fine job. We all know this is not the end, and I am looking forward to the next few books to tie loose ends together. I don't understand why people are complaining about the character development, and story line. As people grow and gain knowledge, they change and become hopefully stronger and better. I really look forward for more of Charlaine Harris "Sookie Stackhous Series"
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I love the Sookie Stackhouse books! This one was great! It is not a series to start in the middle, so start at the first book and enjoy! Johanna Parker is a wonderful narrator, she does Sookie justice!
Love the book & the characters. Johanna Parker is fantastic & makes Sookie come to life! I did miss Jason as he only had a small part in this book - that was disappointing. This book leaves more questions than answers. Someone mentioned only two more books but on Charlaine's website she says she doesn't know how many more there will be. Could it be that Sookie will use the "charm" to make Eric human so they can live happily ever after & have children?? If Sookie lost her telepathy there wouldn't be much more to write about - so that is another angle. My mind is in a whirl with possibilities!!! Thank you Charlaine for another entertaining installment. Here's looking forward to the next!!!
Loved the new book...Hope there is more to come :)
If you have watched the series, the books are much different after the first few, it's like two different stories...I love it!
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
The books have been getting darker and much more serious as the series has progressed. Sookie isn't the flippant not-too-bright waitress she used to be. She'a got some mileage on her and they've been hard miles. The writing is getting better and better too. The early books were light, no particular depth ... but that has changed very much for the better. This is a good one, the best yet and I am most curious to see where she is going to take the story in future volumes. Fine narration except for the exaggerated southern accents.
Yes, Harris does tend to get bogged down in the mundane details of Sookie's life. As many reviews have noted-- she spends a lot of this book cleaning, for some inexplicable reason.
However, this was a VAST improvement on the last book. The characters are evolving, and we have to let them do so. Eric and Sookie are NOT going to have the same chemistry and lust for eachother that they had in the earlier books. Their situation has changed, the world has moved on. It can be disappointing for people looking for the exact same thing, but I think its a fair decision on the author's part.
This installment seemed more of a wrap-up and correction of the last novel. There were some new developments that I'm looking forward to, but mostly, I think the author was regaining her footing. In my opnion, she did.
Johanna Parker, the narrator, is AMAZING, as usual. Seriously, that woman is "Sookie," in my opinion. I'd love to see her have a bit part on the show. I'm even tempted to buy more of the books that she narrates, even if they're not my style/ genre.
I'm a fan of series books, and I thought this one was actually just right for where it is in the 'story arc' of Sookie coming to terms with this life she's leading now. Yes, it's darker, but Johanna Parker made me laugh out loud many times (in fact I went searching for other books she's performed because I had never heard a reader who made a book come alive quite this much.) I do agree that maybe there were more plot threads than necessary - I could see you you could really make two books out of this one with a little more development of the family connections. Still, I think Sookie developed in ways that are consistent with her character and upbringing - the trouble she's having with all the violence surrounding Eric, for example - and the additional backstory was solid and helped flesh out the Bon Temps world. All in all I enjoyed this one and decided to go back and re-read a couple of others for plot points about the vampire politics that I think I missed.
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