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Mournful and Disjointed,
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This review is from: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 11) (Hardcover)
I am truly disappointed in this entry in the Sookie Stackhouse collection. One major plot point is answered, but in an unsatisfactory way. The tone of the book was morose. Sookie is practically comatose in her behavior and attitude, not the firecracker we've come to know and love. The author seems to be showing that she is resigned to being a doormat for other "supes"; but she walks through this book with little emotion, even when big things happen.
For some reason, the same person keeps on trying to **Spoiler Alert** kill her in a half dozen ways throughout the book. This does not forward the story at all. Gang of thugs here, gang of thugs there, even one of her multiple escapes which is supposed to be exciting is very disjointed and bizarre. Charlaine Harris's usual style is to have a one or possibly two major incidents when someone is out to get Sookie with minor incidents to back up and question motives. This one is very overt and feels like the author made no attempt to integrate these incidents into what was going on. We know the attacker, we know what and why they are doing it, where is the mystery?
I was astounded that a major, major thing between Sookie and Eric is treated as an afterthought. Something that would, in the other books, have created all kinds of feelings and expression fall flat at a pancake. We've been building it up about for 10 books, but oh well, let's talk about it lamely over a coke and a True Blood and be interrupted within a few lines. They could have been discussing whose turn it was to take out the garbage. **Spolier Alert End**
I couldn't find one happy moment in this book. Not one. Sad and dreary is the order of the day.
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Initial post: May 17, 2011 10:47:53 AM PDT
I felt the same way.
Posted on Oct 4, 2011 10:55:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011 10:56:09 AM PDT
After reading the reviews and the spoilers, I will not be buying any more Charlaine Harris/Sookie Stackhouse literature. Her four-book series on Shakespeare, AR is better written, but will probably degrade over time if she adds any more titles. I'm really glad I don't have HBO to muddy the Stackhouse waters -- whoever is guiding that mess ought to be shot and left for the maggots and other creepy crawlies. I guess Ms Harris believes that writing fantasy gives her license to mess with other peoples' minds. And this is yet another reason NOT to read vampire/magic/shape changer/fairie books. Righteously Indignant in MS
Posted on Mar 2, 2012 8:13:10 AM PST
Personally I think CH lost all respect for her audience and her "own" version of her story the day she let Allan Ball re-write and change major storyline events for his series "True Blood" and I have gotten so discusted with them both that I gave up watching TB in Season 3 when he turned Sweet Claudine into a pyscho crazy biat.... and turned Claude into the "nice" one when we all know from CH's books that he is the ulitmate vain, uncaring, selfish jerk, let alone how Alan Ball changed major parts of the story from very begining in season one. CH has given up on her fan base, and after reading all these reviews, I am more convinced than ever that she has confused his storyline with her own and abandoned us loyal fans of her books to the wastebasket, and therefore, I am totally giving up on CH as well. I will not buy this book, or any other she writes from this moment on. For me, her last book "Dead in the Family" will be considered her last book in the series, because that is when she still had some respect for her fanbase.
Posted on Oct 29, 2012 3:52:07 PM PDT
L. A. Johnston says:
So my question to all loyal readers of Sookie is, do I buy this or even bother checking it out at the library?? Because I felt like her writing has just...I'm not sure I even have a better word then sucked!!! What has happened to our Sookie?! I feel like after reading all these reviews of Charlaine Harris' recent works, it would be better if I ended Sookie's story after the fairy war and made my peace. It seems like there's no redeeming qualities to these books :(
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