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Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2005
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“It’s the kind of book you look forward to reading before you go to bed, thinking you’re only going to read one chapter, and then you end up reading seven.”—Alan Ball, executive producer of True Blood
“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Charlaine Harris has vividly imagined telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse and her small-town Louisiana milieu, where humans, vampires, shapeshifters, and other sentient critters live...Her mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“The series continues to be inventive and funny with an engaging, smart, and sexy heroine.”—The Denver Post
“Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures.”—The Toronto Star
About the Author
- Publisher : Ace Books (May 3, 2005)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 310 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441012183
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441012183
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.82 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #190,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sexual tension remains high with Alcide, a werewolf from Shreveport. Her ex, Vampire Bill has gone to Peru on an assignment from the vampire Queen of Louisiana, and her brother Jason is missing.
A little more lively, and even more characters appear in this book of the series, but it seemed to be lacking the spark of the previous instalments in the series. Still, Sookie remains a fiction favorite !
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After the wider storylines of the last two novels, set in Dallas and Mississippi, this one was a welcome return to Bon Temps and the familiar local characters. Bill and Sookie are staying well apart - in fact, he's in Peru working on his vampire directory. A coven of powerful witches, with unprecedented triple power thanks to their Were status and taste for vampire blood, have moved into Shreveport with their eye on the vampires' business assets - and their personal ones too. Eric's memory has been hexed into oblivion in response to his rejection of the formidable Hallow, head of the coven. Left uncharacteristically sweet, vulnerable and completely clueless (but still totally gorgeous), it's left to Sookie to take him in and hide him from the witches - with sizzling repercussions... Oh, and Jason's mysteriously gone missing in suspicious circumstances. Just another week in Bon Temps, then!
Vampire chick lit may not be everyone's cup of tea, but these are snappy little reads, full of drama, wit, romance and a deft splash of blood, and I for one am having a wonderful time devouring them on my days off! Bring on book five...
Like nearly everyone else who has been reading these books, I have been crossing my fingers for Eric and Sookie to get together. His sex appeal just oozes off the page, and here he's sweet, old-fashioned, and totally perplexed in addition to ridiculously sexy. How can this go wrong?
Well, after reading this book, I'm glad that the reviews for the next one promise no romance. Poor Sookie's heart has been totally put through a wringer. Between Bill and Eric, I feel sorry for her! There is also Alcide, who I wouldn't mind having a little more screen time. It doesn't help that her brother goes missing and she is once again stuck helping to save everyone, even though she's not actually anything paranormal herself. It just never ends. Although if it did end, there wouldn't be much of a series! I also was very intrigued by the nearby town that Sookie discovers and its residents. I didn't see that coming at all, but it's an interesting twist and I hope they stick around to wreak a little bit more havoc.
Anyway, this isn't much a review, it's more a random collection of various thoughts which have popped into my head. Regardless, I am really enjoying this series! My new library has all the rest of the series and I couldn't be happier. Expect more reviews soon! In the meantime, Dead to the World is another great addition to this series, which I am definitely thrilled I started.
There's a bit more supernatural stuff going on this time around. We meet some new beings, or Supes as they are called in the book, including some new Shifters, a fairy and a coven of witches. Sookie's brother Jason also gets more to do in this book, he becomes involved in the supernatural world and his character will certainly never be the same again after this book. Some of the characters who we met in the previous book, Club Dead: A True Blood Novel also reappear, most notably Alcide, Sookie's werewolf friend (although he, along with many other male characters is something of a love interest for her).
If you have read any of these books before then you know what to expect here; a fun, slightly tongue in cheek paranormal mystery. Our heroine, Sookie is fairly brazen and although she isn't the sharpest tool in the box, acts as a very entertaining narrator. Style wise, the book is very simple to read, and it won't take you long as it is quite addictive reading, as are the other books in this series. If you haven't read any of those, then I suggest you go back to Dead Until Dark: A True Blood Novel and start from there, as although this can be understood and read as a single mystery, there are things that do overlap from book to book, such as characters and mythology. Nothing too mind boggling, but it's always best to get the whole effect of this world.
So all in all, this is an addictive, fun and at times suspenseful read, which is the strongest addition to the series so far. Let's hope that book five keeps up with this trend.
Without herself realizing it, Sookie finds herself in the middle of turmoil of the supernatural world. A group of powerful werewolves and vampire blood drinking witches, led by Hallow and her brother Mark, have invaded Shreveport, put a spell to Eric and taken over his business. For Eric's safety, Sookie, with the help of Jason, comes to a deal with Pam. She will keep Eric in her place while Pam and Chow look for a way to defeat the witches and get their territory back. Not too long after that, Jason has gone missing.
With all these troubles in her hands, Alcide comes to give his assistance and he introduces her to the packmaster of were in Shreveport, Colonel Flood. Sookie forms a friendship with the were pack in Shreveport. Back in Bon Temps, Sookie continues into the investigation of Jason's disappearance. This takes her to the small shape shifter community of Hotshot headed by Calvin Norris, as Jason was last seen with Crystal Norris, a girl from the area. Troubled by all the problems round her, Eric's presence is like a breath of fresh air. Eric under the curse is so different to his normal self. He is not arrogant or proud anymore but becomes a very sensitive and lovable creature. With Bill out of the picture (he is out in Peru doing his research for the vampire database), Sookie begins a relationship with Eric-that's probably what you would expect after all their encounters from the previous books.
Finally, the local peace loving Wiccan witches, werewolves and vampires form an alliance. With Sookie and Bubba as the forerunner, they launch an attack to Hallow's nest. They win the fight in the end with a few injuries and death such as Chow and Colonel is badly hurt. Hallow is captured by Pam for further interrogation.
Eric and Sookie get back home but to their surprise, the night is not over yet. Debbie is waiting for Sookie with a gun! Debbie's assassination attempt fails as Eric takes the bullet for Sookie and Sookie shots her in return. The next day, when Eric wakes up, he turns back to his own self with no memory of the time he was under the curse. Even though it's hard to resist her feelings for him, Sookie decides not to reveal the truth about their time together.
Losing the lovely Eric is not the end of the world. Sookie gets her brother who turns out to have been kidnapped by a shape shifter from the Hotshot community who fancies Crystal, the girl he is going out with. He has been bitten and will turn into a were-panther in the next full moon.
Well, let me explain what I like about this book. Charlaine has certainly expanded the supernatural world that Sookie is in. In Club Dead, we get a glimpse of werewolves and shape shifters. And also, you may remember that Club Dead is spell-bound-a hint that witches exist in Sookie's world. And in this book, we get to know more about these two new introductions of supe creatures. Many new secondary characters appear in this series such as the Norris from Hotshot, Colonel Flood, Clancy the vampire etc.
Charlaine has certainly laid down a few lose ends and clues in this book which will be developed further in book 5. Will Jason have any problems adjusting to his new life as a shape shifter? Are Bill and Sookie completely over-well Bill was in the witch battle as well? Who is Claudine the fairy-she just kind of appeared from nowhere? Will anyone, especially Alcide, find out what happened to Debbie?
And finally, let me move on to discuss parts of the book that I do not like. On one hand, I am glad to see Eric and Sookie get to somewhere about their relationship. The connection has been developing in previous books and it's no surprise how this leads to. The chemistry between the two of them is so different in this book. Sookie has the chance to see a different side of Eric which is very hard to resist!!. Eric without all the ego and proud can be so sweet like a puppy dog-which I find quite funny. A few very steamy moments of the two should satisfy many Sookie/Eric fans. However, the way they get together is kind of a bit weird and very physically-probably guided by the blood bond-Sookie has had Eric's blood. The "nice" Eric even, not proposes, but says that he is willing to give up everything and come and live with her. And then the next day, he wakes up and forgets everything as Pam managed to get Hallow to lift the spell. Nothing is worse than that I think. It's like having a very good time and all of a sudden you realize all is a dream!!!
Another criticism I have is the fighting scene. There is a long build up to the battle with the powerful witches but it only lasts like a chapter. I would love to see a bit more action. The same for Debbie's attempt to kill Sookie. Similar to the death of Lorena, it's short and simple. I would love to see a bit more struggle and conversation to justify Sookie's reputation of being lethal to exes!!!