Dead Reckoning: A True Blood Novel Hardcover – 3 May 2011
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The brand-new TRUE BLOOD novel, starring the irrepressible Sookie Stackhouse!
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Charlaine Harris is the author of several NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series. She is married, with children, and lives in Arkansas.
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I think despite the negative comment the reason i enjoyed this book so much was because I love living sookies life with her. Over the past 100000 books (it really does seem like there has been loads), you learn so much about sookie and her life and reading about her boring day to day life (maybe not so boring, its not really that conventional)does make this book enjoyable.
The only other issue i have with this book, which to be fair happens very little in this book compared to the rest, is the constant reference or 'reminderes' to little antidotes about sookies life which you have revisited e.g. highlighting that Claude is her cousin and that he is a stripper in a bar called holligans etc etc. It really grates on me, and i find it innappropiate as you wouldnt read this book without reading the previous.
I do agree with some of the other more harsh comments to a point (she would never deserve 1 or 2 stars though) as i do feel the last 2/3 books havnt got me as excited as the first few. I dont think it has anything to do with her writing per say but more to do with the fact that things cant go THAT wrong each book. I think if she did make each book as exciting people would start to complain about the opposite.
Overall i still feel CH is an excellent writer who manages to make sookie cleaning the house interesting. She has captured me thoughout the whole true blood series and this is why i do not feel this book is dull in anyway. I would love her books to be longer so that i wouldnt have to wait a while year for 300pages but i have by no means lost interest throughout the year. Solid 4 stars (but i would add a half if they let me cause i really love this series).
Without giving too much away, this entire book explores Sookies feelings for Eric as well as whether she likes being connected to the supernatural world. It was mentioned in one review that the sex scenes were dissapointing but to me it was perfect. Rather than the usual long descriptions the intensity of the moment didnt warrant pages of words. Sookie finally finds out some family secrets and to me it all felt that this was leading up to something very, very important. I was wondering if this book was now setting the scene, possibly, for the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series. (At the end of the day they can't go on forever even though we wish they would.)
So if you are planning on getting this book, don't worry it is as good as every other book. Some small details that have been mentioned in previous books, that you may have missed, now slots into place. I am going to re-read all of the series and wait for the next installment.
There are very few new revelations and those that do exist hardly move the over-arching narrative on. It feels like Harris just ran out of imagination in this book and so sticks to what she knows, moving old characters around just for the sake of having something to do - particularly obvious with the walk-on appearance of Alcide.
Even Sookie who I usually adore is a tad irritating here as her sassy comments tip over sometimes into the too-smart-for-her own-good mode. And the number of ex-lovers all professing their love while trying to get her naked is too much.
Harris has written some brilliant books in this series - dramatic, poignant, moving and funny - but this is definitely a poor cousin. Come on Charlaine - you can do so much better than this!
The book is written at its usual racy style, thoroughly enjoyable, it is a wondeful exercise in fantasy escapism from our mundane world. I must congratulate Mrs Harris for her initiating the current band of supernatural books and film series that are now sweeping the world. Her wit and sense of humour keep this particular series light, sexy and amusing. Her characterisation is so real and the pace of the book keeps the reader going to the end. Dead Reckoning: A True Blood Novel