- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (20 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575117109
- ISBN-13: 978-0575117105
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,184,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse 09) Paperback – 20 Oct 2011
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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.
The new Sookie Stackhouse adventure: a NEW YORK TIMES smash hit!See all Product description
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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.Read more ›
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 story itself stars off with the shifters coming out and a murder of a Ware, that isnt the main story however as Sookie has to deal with her fae heritage. I dont feel the 2 story lines run together well and the ending and the reveal of who actually commited the murder dont sit well with me at all.
This book is a lot more central round Sookie and her plight. I would have liked to have seen a lot more of Eric, Bill, Pam and Sam. I felt nearly all had only bit parts in this book which is disappoining. I also agree with the other review that the charactors themselves felt wrong. I understand that the books are getting darker and Sookie cant be little Miss Happy all the time but some parts of all the charactors just felt way off. Would Eric really discuss his previous life of being human so openly in the middle of the bar and then for it to just be left in the middle of the story and not returned to ....
I am an avid follower of the series and I was expecting a lot more of this book, I am keeping my fingers crossed for book 10.
Dead and Gone moves at a fast pace, much much faster than any of the previous novels. Some reviewers have attributed this to the churning out of the book in time for the second series on HBO, but longtime fans will know that these books are released annually regardless, as well as other books Ms Harris has published.
I agree that the continuity leaves something to be desired, but it didn't detract from the story for me. (Perhaps publishers should utilise the huge fan base to check continuity in future?!?!)
The fast paced storyline covers Fae wars and assassination attempts, the loss of several characters and very little in the way of developing the storyline between Bill and Sookie. The novel however becomes much much darker than before, and with the departure of several characters are we going to see more new ones introduced? We've had weres, witches, fae, vampires and a maenad and I hope Ms Harris doesn't introduce another set of supernatural creatures. The Fae seemed a little too far fetched for me, but I guess suited the storyline. I'm hoping we can get back to the real issue of The Fellowship of The Sun, the Vamp politics and the emerging shifters.
Charlaine Harris is a gifted writer, her prose is almost instinctively read aloud in a southern drawl, and I'm hoping that this novel is one of those stepping stones to a new storyline and hopefully, resolution of Sookie's lovelife.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dead and Gone is the ninth full-length novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Read more
Was sorry that these books were coming to an end. They are addictive.Published 8 months ago by marilyn metcalfe
Getting REALLY good again now ........ the 9th instalment did not disappoint at all ! Go Sookie!!!Published 11 months ago by F. Smith
I loved this series although the storyline is much different than the TVs show, which was a good thing because it was totally differentPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sookie starts out pretty happy in this book because her relationship with Eric Northman finally gets back to the bedroom. Read morePublished 14 months ago by I taylor
Great series! I've read it once before and was as gripped as the first time.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer