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Dead Reckoning: A True Blood Novel (Sookie Stackhouse 11) Paperback – 13 Sep 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 318 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575131403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575131408
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seamlessly mixes sensuality, violence, and humor as readers experience the people of small-town Louisiana through Sookie's eyes."--"Boulder Weekly"
"Doesn't disappoint fans of the southern, mind-reading belle who gets mixed up in the world of vampires and magical creatures...It's the perfect poolside read."--"The Kansas City Star"
"This was a fast-paced and entertaining read that had me glued to my seat and turning those pages to see just who would show up and what was going to happen next."--"Fresh Fiction"

Seamlessly mixes sensuality, violence, and humor as readers experience the people of small-town Louisiana through Sookie s eyes. "Boulder Weekly"
Doesn t disappoint fans of the southern, mind-reading belle who gets mixed up in the world of vampires and magical creatures It s the perfect poolside read. "The Kansas City Star"
This was a fast-paced and entertaining read that had me glued to my seat and turning those pages to see just who would show up and what was going to happen next. "Fresh Fiction"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The brand-new eleventh TRUE BLOOD novel, starring the irrepressible Sookie Stackhouse!

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I am a huge fan of this series but the last two books have seriously let me down. It feels as if CH has run out of ideas and is producing something, anything, just to fulfil her contractual obligations.
I found the book lacking in plot and if this is another filler as suggested by another reviewer then CH needs to up her game significantly in the next book but unfortunately I won't be waiting with bated breath for it!

There seemed to be a lot of descriptions that were not necessary to the story and no real substance. It's getting quite formulaic in that sookie is disappointed with Eric but loves him so much, Bill is hovering in the background and someone else is trying to kill her. There is a half hearted 'bedroom' scene which actaully made me wonder what CH was on when she wrote it (ice pack and yahoo palace and monkey grooming???) with a rushed fight scene at the end.

I guess she is lining up future books as there were some outstanding threads but overall the book left me with a big sense of "was that it?" and for £8.99 for the Kindle version that's not a great feeling!!
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Format: Hardcover
i loved all the first true blood books. they were fast paced, romantic and kept you guessing! the plots were 100 miles per hour as were the characters.

The last two books however are a big no no for me.

This one is like a wet log fire! The book is very short. It seems almost begrudgingly written with no imagination, new ideas or anything else. It just limps along from the last (weak) book. The first half might as well have been written on a postage stamp as there is no story line at all.

I forced myself to finish this in the hope that something would happen. Nothing different. No plot twists.. Very disappointing. Even the end. Clearly meant to make you think that there would be another book, was limp and rushed. Very poor . CH really needs to up the game here!!!
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I finished this book in one day, couldn't put it down. I was a bit dubious when I first ordered it after reading some of the other reviews, but thouroughly enjoyed the book. I disagree with some others opinions that this was a "filler" book (I thought that about previous book) but really felt that this one stood out on its own. I felt that it was stronger than some of the past books as this one seemed to have a bit more substance and a full plot line and didnt leave a whole list of questions that you wish had been answered. I'm a big fan of the true blood novel series and will of course buy the new books as they are released, but as a general opinion I feel that Charlaine Harris is drawing the books out a little too much, im always left wishing that the book was double the size! I realise this is the mark of a good writer but the True Blood books do tend to be only around 300-odd pages and large text so they aren't very substantial. This is a just an overall opinion of the series and shouldn't detract anyone from buying this newest book as it was very enjoyable and one of the best she's had out recently.
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I can't believe I'm saying this ... BUT ... I was bored out of my mind reading this book --- not to mention really disappointed! "Dead Reckoning" just didn't feel like a Sookie Stackhouse novel at all. Somehow I couldn't shake the feeling that Charlaine Harris has run out of ideas. It felt like she just stringed together some random thoughts and then embellished them by writing long descriptons of everything to fill up the pages. Ask me a week from now about what actually happened in this book and I probably will have a hard time remembering --- there just wasn't anything memorable in the book!!!

The story basically consists of irrelevant happenings and absurd situations, none of which do anything to enrich the overall storyline of this series. There were more continuity errors than I could count. Secondary characters made short appearances for no apparent reason (those cameos certainly didn't help the story along or anything). Seriously --- what was that with Alcide suddenly popping up in Sookie's bedroom??? Was there any purpose to Lily and Jack Bard's visit? A real purpose I mean? What about Sandra Pelt? If Ms. Harris had made any of them an integral part of the storyline of this book --- fine. But the way she did it just felt completely random, and really didn't make a lot of sense.

As for the other characters --- everyone behaved completely out of character. Sookie and Eric had me rolling my eyes or wanting to smack them fairly frequently --- and that's never a good thing!!! Calling their relationship cold and dysfunctional would be an understatement, and personally after this novel I don't really see a happy ending coming for them.
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Welll...This is a solid, liked it to really liked it. If it wasn't for the fact that there MIGHT be a HUGE plot inconsistency in this book, I might have even given it 5 stars but I'm trying to figure out if something might actually be a well placed lie by CH or not but I'm not so sure yet.

(**EDITED on May 14th. After doing some digging, I think the bit I thought was a plot inconsistency is intentional. See bottom of review)

However, overall I really enjoyed this installment once the ball got rolling (the 1st 50% was a bit boring for me) & I do believe this was indeed a huge turning point for not just Sookie & Eric but Sookie herself. The end scene with Eric was like..BAM! She has some very big thinking to do about what she wants for herself, what she is willing to accept about her life & the people she surrounds herself with.

I don't have many doubts that Eric/Sookie are going wind up together. OK maaaybe a little doubt b'c CH likes to play her audience...but... really? It wouldn't make sense to have it be anyone else 11 books in & a few shorts as well. I found this installment to signify their next big bump in the road, the next trial & tribulation for their relationship & watch how they get through it. In this book, for the 1st time Sookie was more upfront. Discussing the future, aging, babies etc.. she has grown & continues to. It does look like there is a setup for a breakup in the next book but with a possible reconciliation in the last book thanks to the magical cluviel dor. Who knows for sure though!

**Semi-spoilers**

There were a lot of typical SVM hi-jinks & humor in this book. Sookie's naked jaunt into Bill's house & her rambling inner monologue... "Irrelevant!" was hilarious.

I even liked Bill. A lot.
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