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Dead Reckoning (Southern Vampire Mysteries (11)) Audio CD – Unabridged, May 3, 2011
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- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc.; Unabridged edition (May 3, 2011)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1461816890
- ISBN-13 : 978-1461816898
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.5 x 5.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #411,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There was nothing out there like the Sookie Stackhouse series; a hero with the name of Vampire Bill... and a strange little woman named Sookie who could read minds - except of course for vampires. Bill has come and gone, and in Dead Reckoning (book #11) it is easy to see that Eric is also fading into obscurity. Both were once characters with depth, mystery and were well-developed, and now they are both bland versions of the characters they started out to be. Bill was noble and wise, and now he has become a boring computer analyst (seriously??). Eric Northman, the unstoppable Viking Vampire, seems to always be bowing down to someone else and seems to be afraid of his own shadow. Sookie, the misunderstood clairvoyant suddenly became Sookie the fairy (again... seriously??). Because the series started out so good, I buy each new novel hoping for the magic of the first few novels. I feel like I'm stuck in a dysfunctional relationship. I keep hoping they'll get better, and they don't. Then a new book comes out and the cycle begins again.
I have decided to end this relationship, I won't be reading any other books in the series (I know the series is coming to and end and I also know how it ends... it sucks - no pun intended).
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I was worried that as we had started to go over the 10's in the series that it may start becoming a little bit stale but this is yet another brilliant and cleverly thought out instalment in the series from Charlaine Harris and in my opinion the series is still just as exciting as the first book. I don't want to go into the storyline and ruin it for anyone but for I personally loved it. I know that this has had mixed reviews so far but I think this book has been essential in filling in some bits. I personally loved the book but obviously we all have our own views and you made find that your opinion differs to mine (or not) once you have read it for yourself. I will still be sticking with the series and even if this maybe hasn't been the most exciting book I still think that the series still has places to go. Anyway all I can say is read it yourself and then you will be able to make your own mind up about it.
Any fans of the TV series who haven't read the books then I would definitely recommend them as they go into so much more depth than the TV series can (although I love the TV series too). I personally still loved this book:)
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I think despite the negative comment the reason i enjoyed this book so much was because I love living sookies life with her. Over the past 100000 books (it really does seem like there has been loads), you learn so much about sookie and her life and reading about her boring day to day life (maybe not so boring, its not really that conventional)does make this book enjoyable.
The only other issue i have with this book, which to be fair happens very little in this book compared to the rest, is the constant reference or 'reminderes' to little antidotes about sookies life which you have revisited e.g. highlighting that Claude is her cousin and that he is a stripper in a bar called holligans etc etc. It really grates on me, and i find it innappropiate as you wouldnt read this book without reading the previous.
I do agree with some of the other more harsh comments to a point (she would never deserve 1 or 2 stars though) as i do feel the last 2/3 books havnt got me as excited as the first few. I dont think it has anything to do with her writing per say but more to do with the fact that things cant go THAT wrong each book. I think if she did make each book as exciting people would start to complain about the opposite.
Overall i still feel CH is an excellent writer who manages to make sookie cleaning the house interesting. She has captured me thoughout the whole true blood series and this is why i do not feel this book is dull in anyway. I would love her books to be longer so that i wouldnt have to wait a while year for 300pages but i have by no means lost interest throughout the year. Solid 4 stars (but i would add a half if they let me cause i really love this series).
Without giving too much away, this entire book explores Sookies feelings for Eric as well as whether she likes being connected to the supernatural world. It was mentioned in one review that the sex scenes were dissapointing but to me it was perfect. Rather than the usual long descriptions the intensity of the moment didnt warrant pages of words. Sookie finally finds out some family secrets and to me it all felt that this was leading up to something very, very important. I was wondering if this book was now setting the scene, possibly, for the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series. (At the end of the day they can't go on forever even though we wish they would.)
So if you are planning on getting this book, don't worry it is as good as every other book. Some small details that have been mentioned in previous books, that you may have missed, now slots into place. I am going to re-read all of the series and wait for the next installment.
The book is written at its usual racy style, thoroughly enjoyable, it is a wondeful exercise in fantasy escapism from our mundane world. I must congratulate Mrs Harris for her initiating the current band of supernatural books and film series that are now sweeping the world. Her wit and sense of humour keep this particular series light, sexy and amusing. Her characterisation is so real and the pace of the book keeps the reader going to the end. Dead Reckoning: A True Blood Novel
Dead Reckoning is not the best book in the series, IMO, but it's still quite enjoyable. The previous book was pretty nasty, what with Sookie getting tortured and Claudine dying. (Spoiler alert ... this book doesn't do that sort of thing, thankfully. There's plenty of violence, but nothing to ruin your day.)
Johanna Parker does a fantastic job reading these books.
Packaging: the CDs are on a little spindle, no individual packaging. This saves room on the shelf. It also works well during shipping. I bought several of these books over the years, all packaged the same way, and they've all made it safely over the Atlantic, no scratched disks.