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Club Dead (The Sookie Stackhouse Novels) Audio CD – September 5, 2008
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Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling mystery author and editor. She has written a number of successful mystery and urban fantasy series, including the Aurora Teagarden series, the Harper Connelly series, and the Shakespeare series, among others. The first book in Harris Southern Vampire series, Dead until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001; the series is also the basis for the hit HBO series True Blood. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, and the International Crime Writers Association. Currently, Harris lives in Magnolia, Arkansas.
- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (September 5, 2008)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664488421
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664488427
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I fell in love with it. I read 1-2 books a week and finished it as fast as I started.
I'm heartbroken that I've read them all.
And a little disappointed that this is it. I have so many questions. I feel like Sookie wasn't actually through with her adventures, or done with the supernatural world.
Club Dead marks a big change for the Sookie Stackhouse series, one that I didn't really notice in my first reading. In the first two novels, there's a big focus on Sookie's romantic life; vampires are still there, but they hang around more like ghastly Christmas ornaments in the background instead of playing a big role. Club Dead changes all of that.
Sookie's relationship with Bill is on the rocks from the first page...well, the first line. "Bill was hunched over his computer when I let myself in his house." In the other books, Sookie and Bill have this vibrant connection; one could cut the sexual tension with a fang. Harris immediately sets a different tone with these thirteen words: the honeymoon is over.
Sookie's world changes so much when Bill enters the picture that it's hard to remember that she is so inexperienced when it comes to love. Bill's aloofness (and subsequent problems throughout Club Dead) change Sookie's perception of not only him, but herself and men in general quite a bit. In short, Sookie's growing pains make the story. It's her transformation and development as a character that makes Club Dead stand from the others.
New supernatural creatures are starting to rear their heads in Bon Temps, and I personally loved the different vibe of the werewolves. Vampires retain a different set of human characteristics than the weres do. Seeing the animalistic nature set against the cold and conniving vampires opens up not only a new debate for Sookie, but for me as a reader.
I loved this installment of the Sookie series. Harris is opening so many doors for all of the characters, not only Sookie. My only complaint is Harris's writing tended to drop off a little more in Club Dead; instead of the wry humor and sarcasm I fell in love with in the first book, there's more of a straight, flat narrator. I miss the quirkiness of Sookie's first person POV.
- awesome character development
- Sookie's personal life transitions connected well with the plot
- only downside: writing fell off from the previous books
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This time Sookie travels to Mississippi, which unfortunately like the previous book Living Dead In Dallas: A True Blood Novel takes most of the action away from Bon Temps again. This is slightly disappointing because Bon Temps is such a good setting, but it does make room for the introductions of a few new characters, most notably Alcide, a Werewolf who aids Sookie in her investigation into Bill's disappearance. Of course, the character quickly becomes more than just an aid, he becomes a love interest for Sookie, who at this point has found herself with a boyfriend who has betrayed her, Eric who lusts after her and Alcide who she finds herself attracted to from the off.
The writing, as usual is good. There is a sense that these books are written by an older person since they have a very cosy feel to them, despite featuring murder, violence, rape and gore amongst other things. But you will find yourself addicted to the story and you probably won't take long reading this book as you will want to know what happens next.
There are however a couple of weak points or underdeveloped story lines, which I'm not sure will carry over into the next book(s) or not, so I won't say too much about them, but the one that really bugs me is the reasoning surrounding Bill's kidnapping. It seems very weak towards the end of the book, almost as if the author couldn't come up with something better and stronger.
Still, this is an enjoyably addictive book, which for fans of the vampire/mystery/supernatural genres will enjoy if looking for a quick but fun and entertaining read. For fans of the show, I've said this in my other reviews of the previous books, the books are very different to the show and vice versa, so if you have come to the books looking for something like the show then you might be disappointed. Of course, you can like both, but the books and series are two very different things.
Club Dead, book thee, is no exception. Having watched series 3 on TV, I was interested to see how different this third book would be. While it roughly includes the story following the King of Mississippi and introduces Alcide the werewolf to protect Sookie, it was quite a lot different to the season on TV - making it entertaining and surprising even after seeing the HBO show. However enjoyable it was, I found this book lacked a little in excitement, especially compared to the corresponding season on TV. In season 3 of True Blood on TV, the King of Mississippi has a much larger role with his attempt at overthrowing the Vampire Magister and taking power himself, not to mention Eric's desire for revenge against the King, the torture of Pam, blackmail of the Louisiana Queen and the King's interest in Sookie. With all these things introduced for TV, the novel story seems a little flat in comparison. However, it is still a very enjoyable read and I do love the character of Bubba which was obviously dropped for the TV show.
It is an excellent book and I love whole series of Sookie Stackhouse novels. The TV show follows it loosely enough so if you see the show first like I have, it's still almost a new story when reading the novels. However, the TV show has magnified the excitment and brought a lot of new twists and conspiracies to it's season three, which makes this particular novel feel a little inadequate in comparison.
It being the third book in the series, there isn't too much I can say without giving things away that I shouldn't... Bill leaves on a secret 'mission' for the vampire queen of Louisiana and then goes missing, only for Eric and Pam to land a hefty blow on Sookie when they tell her what he's really been up to. Despite this she heads straight off to Jackson, Mississippi, with the dashing werewolf Alcide on hand to help her infiltrate the local Supe scene, to find out what's happened. Throw in a sprinkling of all the usual drama: damsels in distress, handsome heroes, supernatural intrigue and violent clashes with the bad guys, along with a dose of Sookie's wry humour and the irrepressible Eric's determination to seduce her one way or another, and you've got another cracking little read.
Looking forward to the next one - and to buying up the rest of the series for my future reading pleasure!