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Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse Vampire 9) Hardcover – 11 Jun 2009
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"A magical and mysterious twist on traditional vampire stories." -- Houston Chronicle
Praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels
-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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As ever, Charlaine Harris is highly inventive, this powerful opening in fact NOT the main theme of the ninth novel. The current Great Threat comes from a different source altogether. Rebellious fairies consider their race tarnished by human links - they plan to destroy all those involved. With her inherited fairy blood, Sookie needs all the help she can get from vampires, weres, fairies (the nice ones), a garden trowel and water pistols filled with lemon juice. Everything will become very nasty indeed, the writer never holding back when describing pain inflicted.
Another riveting read. Fans of Eric will have cause to rejoice. It is also good to see Sookie's brother Jason maturing a bit. Scattered throughout are promising storylines no doubt to be explored in future novels. There are also surprises. One thing is for sure: however long the series, however great the dangers and the carnage, Sookie will soon be back in Sam's bar -serving with a smile. Would we want it otherwise!
Now that vampires have come out and been acknowledged by society, members of the ware species have decided it's time to do the same. However, not everyone is accepting of discovering someone they know can turn into an animal.
Telepathic bartender, Sookie Stackhouse, is called back to the bar at which she works to find a police scene. Her warepanther sister-in-law has been murdered and left in the bar's parking lot. Was it a hate crime? Sookie is determined to help the police, her brother and the ware community find the killer.
Sookie also finds herself in personal danger as war as broken out among unhuman beings. Her great-grandfather, Naill, warns her that one of his sons is leading those who want to destroy all humans with fairy blood, which includes Sookie. It is going to take all her friends, including "Bubba," once the King of rock-and-roll, to keep her alive.
When Laurell K. Hamilton went astray with her books, I was delighted to find Charlaine Harris, who gets better with each book. Harris has created an almost plausible world of humans, vampires, wares, fairies and all other paranormal beings, while referencing back to actual events in reality.
I couldn't help but draw parallels between the ware communities coming out to the gay community. In both fiction and fact, prejudice and violence are evident. The resolution of the murder is both sad and horrible to contemplate. The fairie war speaks to ethnic cleansing. Believe me, these are no Disney-like fairies. There is violence and brutality with a resolution I found rather sad but interesting as it left no hint as to where Harris is taking the series.
The characters are critical to me when I read, and Harris has created wonderful characters. Sookie is very real and we learn more about her parents' death in this book. I particularly like that often, during the situations in which Sookie finds herself, in spite of not being one to go to church, she worries about how God will perceive her thoughts and actions. We also learn more about the background of Eric, the head vampire for the region. We lose a lot of characters, with this book, but I was delighted to see "Bubba" back and laughed at Sookie's fairie godmother's comment about Irish names.
This would seem to be a transitional book for the series as it was darker and more serious than previous entries. I also found it a bit sad. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from her. I am anxious for Ms. Harris' next Sookie Stackhouse book.
DEAD AND GONE (Para/Mys-Sookie Stackhouse-Louisiana-Cont) - VG
Harris, Charlaine - 9th in series
ACE Books, 2009, US Hardcover - ISBN: 9780441017157
The plot is relatively simple - the weres have come out to the general public and on the night of the announcement a were is murdered in the parking lot outside Merlottes bar. Sookie must use all her abilities and connections to uncover the killer or killers and protect herself from a new and deadly enemy connected to her fairy great great grandfather. The plot is much stronger than that of the last book in the series which felt to me a bit like a filler book tying off old loose threads, but I'm not entirely happy with what happened to certain characters, Claudine in partciular.
Sookie has always been quite a positive, sunny and upbeat character in the books up to this, but time and the events of the past seem to be knocking this out of her. Sookie seems a pale shadow of her Pollyanna like former self but in light of what has happend to her in previous books and in this book it does make sense.
Overall this is a good enough read. Charlaine Harris is a competent writer and this book is not bad, but theres a sense of darkness (or despair or something I can't really quite put my finger on) about this book that left me slightly saddened in the end with its not so happily ever after.
The fairies take a prominent role in this book and not in a good way. Sookie has to sharpen her tools, literally, and is dragged into the war between her fairy grandfather and his enemies. This instalment of the Stackhouse novels is a highly emotional one and full of action, violence, and loss. Keep the tissues handy.
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Dead and Gone is the ninth full-length novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris.Read more