In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.
But there's an even greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings - older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves - is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.
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Anne in Happy Valley
I'm a devoted fan of the series and my expectations may be unreasonably high. I love Ms. Harris' characters and the Louisiana she offers readers. I was certainly entertained, but disappointed on several counts. Strengths: The dialogue quality is excellent in this installment. The tone of the book is darker but appropriately so given FDTW foreshadowing. Some foreshadowing in previous books realized quite nicely(e.g., fairy dangers, were reveal). Bill does more than pine. You get more Eric than in past books and I loved it that he talks a lot. And while there is a major relationship development early in the book, there wasn't anything new revealed about their depth of feeling for one another. If FDTW gave you hope for a big, squishy "talk," you'll be disappointed. There's plenty of satisfying dialogue between E and S, but well, I think after waiting out 4 books, we deserved more. I suppose my beef is with the loads of ink spent in clearing old subplots, removing secondary characters and inserting placeholders. I agree it was time to pare down the cast, I was just jealous that every page spent on that stuff was one less page devoted to Sookie's men. Still, I thank Ms. Harris and don't know what I'll do with myself waiting for the next book.
I reluctantly started listening to these books after Audible had some of them on sale. I had debated listening to them as I had watched Season one of True Blood and wasn't at all enthralled with it. I thought there was too much gratuitous sex and also was underwhelmed by Bill Compton. I had fallen in love with the show on CBS, Moonlight, and was extremely disappointed when it got canceled and probably felt some sour grapes about the advent of True Blood.
I've never considered myself a huge vampire fan. I read halfway through one of Anne Rice's books and couldn't finish it. But I've become totally addicted to Sookie Stackhouse's story and I'm a sucker for a good love story. I've listened to the whole series twice and to this last one three or four times.
Sookie has a unique voice and is quite charming and brave and funny. Eric is also funny and totally hot. It's been interesting to see the progression of their relationship with each other. One of the reviewers said this one ends in a cliffhanger and I don't see it that way at all. Sookie's great grandfather doesn't specify which vampire he thinks is a good man and truly loves Sookie, but after all, Sookie is going to have to make up her own mine, isn't she?
I find myself hoping that she and Eric realize that they are in love, and even that somehow Sookie could have his baby -- after all, there is magic involved in the whole series, and clearly Sookie has something special that we are yet to learn.
The narrator is fabulous and really brings the characters to life. Thanks to Charlaine Harris for a truly inventive series and to Audible for bringing the books to me. Listening is the only way I read any more, and I have probably become one of Audible's best customers.
Texas Book and Movie Lover
I was reluctant to get started with this series at all. Vampires? I had just finished listening to the Twilight series and wasn't quite ready for another one. My husband kept nagging me "did you start it yet"? So I finally did and I managed to listen to the entire series (all 9 books) in less than 5 weeks. I found listening to all 9 books close together and without other interloping books to be a great way to enjoy the series and unlike most series I could hardly put this one down. Can hardly wait for the next one!
As another die hard SVM fan, I've been waiting for this book to come out, hoping for the promised pivotal conversation between Eric and Sookie. It doesn't happen. We were told it would be a darker book, and it is. But the essence of Eric and Sookie is that they share the same joie de vivre, that they are two sides of the same coin. This is missing in the novel.
It seems like True Blood, the TV series, has had some influence on the characterization. Plus, it does the characters a disservice to keep avoiding personal growth. Sookie's immaturity continues though events that would change the world view of any sentient being.
There was not as many humorous or loving scenes as before and I also agree that it needed to be further proofread.
So now we begin the grim wait for #10. Hoping against hope that our questions will finally be answered, and that the characters regain their joie de vivie.
Wow. I am so disapointed I don't even know where to begin. I honestly wish I could have my money back. I have loved every other installment in the Sookie series, inconsistencies and all... until now.
This time, the errors are absolutely ridiculous. The author doesn't know her own characters and I am just amazed these books are not proofed prior to publication. The humor that I always enjoyed was no where to be found - not a single chuckle in this one. The book is a completely disjointed, brutally violent, hack job and I just feel like it was just thrown to the fans of the series to get money. Half of the book was spent retelling old storylines and the other half, oh well, no spoilers from me,....
So, don't waste your money like I did. Try to get it from your local library, or start looking for used copies. One thing about it - I don't have that 'just can't wait' for the next book feeling. I may be cured of my Sookie addiction.
This book barely answered any of my questions.. I really wanted Sookie and Eric to solidify their relationship but in the end if was the same Eric vs. Bill debate. I feel like this book was rushed.. when I finished it I just wanted more!
Charlaine Harris is back!!!
Dead and Gone has the same magic that the first 4 books did. It was simply delightful, and I can't wait until book #10.
The past 4 books had left me disappointed, but I kept holding out hope that Harris would get back on track, and she certainly did with Dead and Gone. I'm even more in love with Eric now, and am starting to muster some old forgotten feelings about Bill! Yup, Harris did a heck of a job to get us thinking about Bill again.
She did a wonderful job with tieing up some loose ends from the previous lack-luster books. She didn't bring in a brigade of new characters, like previously, and she did a superb job with cutting down on the cast. Refreshingly, the story is set in Sookie's town, instead of strung out all over the Mid-South like in other books.
In books 5-8, I found myself wanting to fast forward through huge chunks of page filling jabber. In Dead and Gone, I can't recall being bored one time with the dialogue! The book kept me on my toes pretty much the whole time.
Of course, Dead and Gone isn't as good as book #4......there's no topping that! But it's close. The reason that book #4 is so good, is because Eric is throughout the entire book. Eric appears quite a bit in this book, and I think that's why so many people will love it. If Harris wants to keep the public in her favor, and continue with the success of book #4, she will keep highlighting Eric, like she did with this book.
Angie in Jamestown, TN USA
I have read all of the books and "read" the audiobooks. As a narrator, Parker has settled comfortably into the character of Sookie as she has progressed through the series. When I hear Sookie, I hear Parker, not Paquin (although I enjoy Paquin's acting in the series.) I have listened to the entire audiiobook series multiple times. It is fantastic for keeping me going during day to day chores or helping me relax before bed. Harris has signed for 2 or 3 more Sookie books, so hang on to Parker to record them!
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