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From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2009
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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
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- Publisher : Ace Books; 1st edition (March 31, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 321 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441017010
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441017010
- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.87 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Rachael Graham on March 16, 2021
The problem I had with this book is that it felt like nothing happened, although quite a bit did. Everything felt so sporadic and disjointed that by the end of the book, it felt like what happened at the beginning had to have been part of a different book. There were plenty of interesting things that happened, but they were introduced so sloppily and then ended so abruptly that I just ended up feeling frustrated. The vampire war especially I felt was not given enough time. Some of the characters who died in that war deserved much more than a short mention in conversation. A lot of things that happened seemed like things the characters would never do or agree to, but they happened so that there would be a quick resolution to the situation. I found the last chapter a bit more intriguing than the others, but it was so far removed from the other storylines, like everything else in this book, that it was harder to enjoy. It really should have been the closing chapter of a previous book, since Hadley had nothing to do with anything else here.
This felt like a bunch of short stories all lumped together that had nothing to do with each other except that, naturally, they all had Sookie in them. On top of that, there was no mystery whatsoever. Usually, I'm trying to figure something out while I'm reading, but there was simply nothing to try to figure out here. It almost felt like a first hand narrative of some historical event rather than the present story telling that I've grown accustomed to in these novels. To me, this didn't even feel like a bridge novel to tie up loose ends. It felt like lazy writing, and as a fan, I expect much more than that. Will I continue reading the series? Absolutely. But I pray that the other books are significantly better than this one.
From Dead to Worse is described by the publisher as the "pivotal eighth book" in the series. Having read the novel, I understand why. There isn't so much as a unified plot or mystery in this book as there is a series of short stories, all arranging pawns and changing plotlines for future payoff. That's what's rough about this book: there is no payoff. This makes the entire novel extremely boring as we move on from one character to the next.
The writing style is great, as usual. Charlainne captures Sookie's voice and hometown with the same thrilling vocabulary we've come to expect. This book also has a "prologue" of sorts that acts as a previously-on-True-Blood type of device which was very helpful for me (I read these books at a rate of like once per year with a million other books in between).
I don't really have much else to say about this novel, if you can even call it that. Another reviewer referred to it as a series of vignettes, which is much more accurate. If you are already a fan of the series, this won't turn you off of it one bit. In fact, I am more excited to read the next one because it at least seems like its possible to have an actual mystery.
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I must say I was disappointed with this book. I am a massive Sookie fan and have loved the other volumes in this series, however I feel I must make a point that writers should not rely on loyal fans to buy a book even though not much effort has been put in.
Now if you are a fan of the series you will want this book anyway; you can hardly miss this out, can you? Just don't get too excited. This book doesn't really have any particular storyline, it is more a case of several sub-plots to take the story along to the next book. This may sound cynical, but I felt like Harris had knocked out a quick edition to keep up with her publishing contract, and had possibly used several stories she'd tried to make a book out of previously which hadn't had enough milage in them. I think the fact she seems to have so many series and anthologies on the go at the moment is detremental to what goes on in the Southern Vampire books (my favourite!). The preview chapter at the end for the next book deepened my annoyance as there is clearly going to be something big happening in that one; it seems like she saved that story to stretch thigs out a bit.
And one more gripe - is it me or has Sookie gone from fun 26 year old to middle-aged milkmaid as the series progresses? Her internal dialogue is getting so moralistic and old fashioned that I practically groan every time she feels judges herself for every bit of trouble she's ever encountered.
So go ahead and read this book if you are a fan, but please don't get your hopes up and you might then find it more enjoyable. I was expecting fantastic but was deeply disappointed.