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A Fickle Heart,
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This review is from: Dead And Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) (Hardcover)
All I can say about Sookie Stackhouse is that she is one fickle woman. I don't recall in ANY book where Sookie was just HAPPY with the guy she was with at the time. She's always lusting, whining, pining, or all three on someone other than the man she's dating.
I realize Ms. Harris needs to keep the series going, but she's about to see from these reviews that it may be time to end this series or delve into the other characters more deeply. Sookie needs to decide the course of her life and commit. Every book is the same Sookie gets hurt, rescued by others, almost dies, and can't decide who to love.
Ms. Harris needs to become more creative and create a world which isn't so fickle. Some things in life are constant, or at least have the appearance that they are. Stop brining in side characters, and just poof make them disappear. A reader needs to be invested in the story, if nothing is permanent, than the reader will lose interest.
Maybe, she is trying to alter her novel to fit the changes in the True Blood series. It seems that her relationship with Eric may not be the same in this series. In real life the actors that play Bill and Sookie have been dating since their screen test for the series.
I'm not sold on the series, but I watch because with the hope that Eric's character will finally be expanded. Most of the series is Jason having sex, and Sookie only caring about herself. The last few books have made Sookie into a person weak in character, self absorbed, and made her even more indecisive.
I sincerely hope that Ms. Harris takes more time to plot out the next book. Break out of her formulaic writing, and creates characters with whom we can truly care about. Sookie needs to be a "real" woman and take charge of her life. Let's see some committed relationships and plots that last more than one or two books just dragging us along.
I like Bill, and yes he does love Sookie, but that ship has sailed and it's unrealistic for Ms. Harris to expect her readers to want to see this relationship to play out. Sam needs to find is own true love, it's not Sookie or they would have already come together.
Eric may not be perfect, and yes he's a business man and has responsibilities other than Sookie, but what husband/wife doesn't. His affection for Sookie is real as this book describes. The witches curse was that he live near the love of his life, without ever knowing it. Except even memory loss couldn't keep these two apart.
At what was that whole deal of having Quinn come see Sookie? It's like she needed a few pages to fill the book. What because we all liked Quinn, she needed to make him do something for us to dislike him? Not creative writing in my opinion.
It may sound like I didn't like the book. It was an OK read, but if the next book doesn't make me sink my teeth into it (ha ha), than it will probably be my last.
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Initial post: May 13, 2009 2:07:49 PM PDT
A thoughtful review. I concur with you on all points.
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