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Definitely Dead Paperback – January 1, 2007
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- ASIN : B006VABPYS
- Publisher : Ace; Reprint edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 342 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441014917
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441014910
- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #914,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sookie has a new suitor vying for her favor. Quinn is a weretiger who first met Sookie at the packmaster choosing ceremony and it seems that she made such an impression on him that he wants to date her.
So much happens in Louisiana when Sookie goes to collect her cousin's belongings. The queen of Louisiana has made an alliance/marriage with the king of another state. This ceremony happens to be going on during Sookie's visit.
If you think Sookie has led a danger filled life before, then you'll be shocked at all the danger that constantly surrounds her in this book. Not only that, but Sookie faces a horrible betrayal; one that she doesn't believe she'll ever be able to forgive.
I truly loved all the thrilling action in this book. Amazing how far people are willing to go to deceive others and acquire what they truly want most.
Charlaine develops the world of Sookie Stackhouse quite nicely with this book, especially the idea of good witches with powers more akin to Samantha, and the idea of backstabbing political intrigue with the mystery regarding the death of Sookie's cousin Hadley. The whole of the story revolves around the Queen of Louisiana and her marriage to the King of Mississippi, and the former were turned vamp who shows up in typical Sookie fashion in a closet!
Another developmental idea is the idea of Sookie using her powers for good. Not only as an excuse to get her into all sorts of vampire functions, like all the books before, but for actual benefit to the community. The idea of this is so obvious, but for some reason has never occured to me before reading about that in this book. Now some caveats are learned about this activity in the next book, so please relish this little vignette and enjoy it, because it might not happen much in the future.
On the romance side, Eric forces some serious disallusionment with Bill by revealing his secret life as the Queen's spy, and Quinn really finds himself helpless to take the edge off that shocker. Other than that, the romance in this book is slow, and a bit tedious in her pursuit of a guy which we know she wont wind up with in the end. But, if you exercise your patience, you'll stop and notice that Quinn seems nice, and is a refreshing change of pace from Sookie's past beaus.
The action and the mystery combine at the end, as key plot elements come together, and mysteries are solved in the aftermath. People who crave vampire/were blood soaked action will find this story right up their alley, as swords chop chop chop up unwilling victims left and right. I feel like beheading certainly qualifies as the title inspiration of definitely dead.
Emotionally, this book is great. You really feel great depths of despair at Bill's shocking revelation, and a parade of others as this story takes you on unexpcted twists and turns. If there was anything missing it was that true love mushy mushy type stuff which really has been absent since book 1 now that I think about it.
This is a very good book, regardless what others have said. I believe someone said that Sookie wouldn't like 'The Prouducers' which could be realistic since she was going on a date and didn't really get to pick what show she would watch. Charlaine has never been shy about using real world business establishments like Ralph and Kacoo's, and Walmart and apparently is not worried about using real world shows which will date the books. I've always enjoyed the fact that the events in these books supposedly occur just before they are published which leaves them hopelessly dated. I mean, Sookie doesn't have a cell phone for several books...and isn't really keeping up with the information age anyway.
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I suppose watch True Blood on HBO and the big thing with Waldo, he is not a bit part in this book at all, well actually he is no part at all. It brushes quite quickly over Hadleys relationship with Waldo and that's it. She's Dead!!!
Sookie goes to clean up her place. This again then does bring into the scheme of things different charactures that bring new substance to the storey. A new best friend for Sookie, getting introduced to Vampire politics. Loved the witchcraft where they replay what has happened to Hadley. Definately somthing new that i hadn't read or seen before.
Again can't wait to see what happens next.
The book moves us away from her previous main supernaturals, Eric and Bill, to concentrate further up the vampire hierarchy. As ever, murder, mayhem, Sookie's rather feminine yet gutsy attitude all lead us to riot and carnagefest as a grand finale.
For light yet fascinating reading, this is a series I hope will live as long as the vampires!