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Dead in the Family: A True Blood Novel (Sookie Stackhouse Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

Charlaine Harris
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If you think your family relationships are complicated, think again: you haven't seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being, who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton.

In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.

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    One of the reasons Charlaine Harris has been able to maintain the series so successfully is that she varies her pace between the novels, rather than bring on more massive enemies and events. Sookie has always been a very human sort of heroine and the fact that she needs a quieter time and is still recovering from what happened to her in Dead and Gone sets her apart from other heroines or urban fiction. (SFX)

    Charlaine Harris's latest novel is as witty, quirky and sassy as ever, with strong characters and plenty of mystery and moral dilemmas to keep readers enthralled. (PRESS ASSOCIATION)

    The normal world of barbecues and malls co-exists with the secret one of werewolves, witches and fairies in Harris's cocktail of domestic drama and supernatural adventure. (THE DAILY MAIL)

    Sookie is the literary equivalent of TVs Buffy and is a far superior heroine to Twilight's pushover, Bella. This tenth outing tackles orgasmic Viking sexcapades, hair-curling violence and romance that doesn't make you heave. A gripping read. (SCI FI NOW)

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 779 KB
    • Print Length: 322 pages
    • Publisher: Gollancz (10 Jun. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0575089350
    • ISBN-13: 978-0575089358
    • ASIN: B003NE5TWY
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi, and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area in the middle of a cotton field. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and started writing novels a few years later.

    After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a light-hearted mystery series 'starring' Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden. The first of the eight books, Real Murders, was shortlisted for Best Novel in the 1990 Agatha Awards. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses.

    Charlaine Harris then wrote the first of her Southern vampire mysteries starring Sookie Stackhouse, the quirky, telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Dead Until Dark won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery. It also won Harris a whole new fan club of devoted readers and pushed her into the bestseller lists. The Sookie Stackhouse series, in which Sookie has to deal with vampires, werecreatures and other supernatural folk - not to mention her own complicated love life - was also instrumental in creating the urban fantasy genre.

    Sookie Stackhouse also enchanted Alan Ball, creator of the smash TV show Six Feet Under, who took an option and wrote and directed the pilot episode for True Blood himself. It was an instant hit when it premiered in the US, and that success was repeated when it was first aired in Britain last year. The second season of TRUE BLOOD will start this spring.

    Harris's newest series features Harper Connelly, a young woman who, after being struck by lightning, finds herself able to locate the bodies of the dead and to determine the cause of their death. There are four Harper titles (Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave and Grave Secret).

    Charlaine Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She is married, the mother of three, and lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas. When she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

    Here are the Sookie Stackhouse True Blood novels in series order:

    Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse 1
    Living Dead In Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse 2
    Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 3
    Dead To The World: Sookie Stackhouse 4
    Dead As A Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse 5
    Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 6
    All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 7
    From Dead To Worse: Sookie Stackhouse 8
    Dead And Gone: Sookie Stackhouse 9
    Dead In The Family: Sookie Stackhouse 10
    A Touch Of Dead (a Sookie Stackhouse short story collection_

    Here are the Harper Connelly novels in series order:

    Grave Sight: Harper Connelly 1
    Grave Surprise: Harper Connelly 2
    An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly 3
    Grave Secret: Harper Connelly 4

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    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A series growing up 31 May 2010
    By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    First Sentence: "I feel bad that I'm leaving you like this," Amelia said.

    The Fae War is over and Sookie is recovering from her injuries. In spite of the door to the Fae World being closed, it seems not all the faeries have left. Her cousin, Claude, has decided to move in with her, she suspects her great-uncle Dermot may still be around and, perhaps, one other. Sookie's vampire lover, Eric, is also still recovering. Although he is pleased when his "maker" appears, Sookie isn't happy particularly with vampire child of Russian nobility who is with him.

    As if that's not enough, Sookie tries to help a human child who shares her telepathic abilities, is asked to act as Shaman for the Wares and everyone is concerned about a government bill which would require all Wares and Shifters to register as such.

    It is interesting that, while many people didn't like this book, I felt it was one of the better books in the series.

    The consistent thread was families, all types of families, and the relationships within them. For that reason, I felt there was more depth to this book than some. At the same time, it is not easy to take vampires, wares, faeries and humans and make the paranormal seem normal, realistic and logical. Harris does it with style, aplomb and humour.

    The book deals more with characters and less with edge-of-the-seat action. Most of the gang is here but there is just enough detail provided about each character for new readers. Harris makes you believe in these characters. More than that, she makes you cheer for the "good" characters and when Sookie says she wants one of the "bad" characters to die; so, too, do you.
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    57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dead in the Family 18 Jun. 2010
    By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
    Dead in the Family is the highly anticipated tenth novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Sookie is once again having to help out the local werewolf pack and deal with unruly vampires. At the same time she is reconnecting with those that she stopped having proper relationships with when she delved deeper into the supernatural world.

    In this book we meet Eric's maker, Appius, and his new brother, Alexei. We are introduced to another child of Lorena's, who may or may not be able to help Bill's ongoing silver poisoning. Claude moves in with Sookie and we get to see a different side to him. Hunter returns and the moments with him are very warm and cute.

    Alcide once again gets Sookie involved in pack matters and when she is meant to just be on the sidelines. She gets hauled in and is butt deep in weres before she can say `bite me'. The ever growing pack are on edge constantly in this book until it comes to a climax, but the threat is still there. Now they need to decide how to get rid of it.

    Bill is in some serious pain and needs help. He has started giving up on everything, life and even his work. Sookie feels real bad for him and wants to help, but she doesn't know how. Eventually Sookie gets an idea and tries her hand at helping him.

    Appius is a force to be reckoned with and Sookie doesn't like him one bit. Being around him as well as Eric's new sibling, it sets Sookie at unease. She can feel what Eric is feeling and it doesn't help matters. Eric's brother needs help, but the question is will he take the help provided or bite the hand that feeds him?

    Trouble is brewing in Shreveport and soon it's going to become a storm.
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    117 of 124 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sookie gets a well earned break 18 May 2010
    I have just finished Dead in the Family and felt I wanted to write a review as I disagree quite a lot with the other reviews so far. Firstly, what I will agree on is that this novel really isn't for a brand new Sookie fan and probably doesn't have enough action for those new to her stories. What I will say though is that having been a devoted fan since the beginning of the series I finished the last book feeling quite low and dejected (I am aware she is only a character but 9 books in and you get a feel for the girl). All the goodness, charm and easy going qualities that made her the character we all love were being knocked out of her (sometimes literally), one disaster after another and it was taking it's toll. By the end of book 9 I wasn't sure what kind of Sookie we were going to encounter in 'Dead in the Family'.
    In this book Sookie finally gets a well deserved break, as do a few other popular characters who have had a tough time throughout the series and although we are seeing an emotionally tougher Sookie, her inner qualities are starting to recover throughout and by the end the scene has been set for a pretty amazing book 11. It's just horrid we shall have to wait another year for it. There is also a nice feeling in the fact that after having had her trust betrayed so many times previously she spends a lot of time here building bridges with the people she loves the most which again makes for quite a refreshing change. There are a lot of little sub-plots but I feel this is a device to keep all our favourite characters involved and I like that some get solved and some will spill over to the next books. All in all, I would definitely recommend to any Sookie fans and I think Charlaine Harris has done another great job. Like I said, Not as adventurous as some of her other efforts but a nice little stop gap between major story lines.
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