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- ASIN : B0024CEY22
- Publisher : Ace; 1st edition (April 2, 2009)
- Publication date : April 2, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1582 KB
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- Print length : 230 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #49,705 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately for the fans of Ms. Harris' usually-compelling series, the result of all her labor last year is just a crazy quilt of frenetic events, as heroine Sookie races from trying to put out one metaphorical fire here to saving someone else's skin (or, heaven help her, her own skin, AGAIN) from another harrowing situation there. The poor girl never gets a chance to stop and catch her breath or regain her equilibrium, and as a result, the entire story shows her behaving in very un-Sookie-like ways (almost as if she's taken way too much cold medicine and is trying desperately--but failing-- to act "normal"). Her interactions with her current boyfriend (Eric the vampire) are notably odd. Her responses to the many deaths that occur are strangely remote. She is disconnected. She isn't amused, nor (sadly) is she amusing. Actually, Sookie isn't even particularly likable here (for the first time in the series!). In short, Sookie is off-kilter in this book, and the reader is left that way, as well.
As difficult as it is to keep up with the hyper pace, Ms. Harris does manage to keep the reader engaged, albeit unsettled. Definitely the most grim and gruesome entry in the series to date, DAG offers up numerous, gratuitously-graphic deaths and horrific surprises (shocks), while also attempting to address long-standing relationship issues. Many fans will be gratified that Ms. Harris continues to show parallels between her fictionalized world and the real one, by spotlighting the harmful effects of prejudice toward persons of different races and sexual orientations. (The fact that she makes her points with a sword rather than a paring knife, figuratively speaking, is rather disturbing, however. Like so many other aspects of this book, such scenes are just uncomfortably over-the-top.)
Yet another problem is Ms. Harris' decision to go out of her way to include several auxiliary characters, no doubt to appease readers who have expressed sadness over certain characters' absence in recent books. Most of these characters are relegated to mere cameo appearances, though, so fans will likely be left rather unsatisfied in that regard; the book, meanwhile, is left with quite a lot of clutter.
Despite Ms. Harris' attempts, there is just WAY too much going on in DAG for one normal-length book, and the reader is left feeling nearly as spent and exhausted upon completing it as poor Sookie is. Hopefully after this aberration (at least, what I can only HOPE is an aberration, and not a harbinger of her future books), Ms. Harris will sit herself down in a nice comfy easy chair, with a big glass of sweet tea by her side, to peacefully contemplate an easier, more pleasant adventure for her heroine's next appearance on the bookshelves. Sookie and company--as well as the readers--deserve it.
***Spoilers warning*** - Dropping a bomb on Sam (Sookie and Eric little pledge thing) as a light ending to a conversation was cruel at best and just plain stupid. While Sam may understand that Sookie doesn't love him, he is still protective of her just as any close friend would be. So gosh darn how was she was surprised by his reaction. Why? There was no empathy or consideration and once again, she felt that he should understand how she felt. It never seemed to dawn on her to understand how he felt.
Grandfather and the Fairies - It appeared to me the author introduced the concept of Sookie's Fey connection in the last book but then realized she didn't have a plan to proceed with the idea so now she had to come up with a way to close the door to the Fey world. Was it good idea? No, not really.
Quinn? - Sookie's declaration, `I want to be first?' I don't remember Sookie declaring her love for him, they went out a few times and when he visited her in her home they went to bed. So why did she expect him to drop everything when trying to find his Mom and sister, though Sis is not one of the nicest person in the world. She never gave him a chance to explain and in her mind,there was no reason why he couldn't stop and take the time to call her and tell her what was happening. She seemed to forget that she can read minds not him. Besides, if she had his cell number, she could have called him or left a message for him with his office.
Jason and Crystal - a dead woman and baby and again it was her feelings that were important - she wasn't talking to her brother because of what he did in the last book and yes it was wrong, big time time wrong and yes Jason is a jerk, a first class triple AAA jerk but his wife and child were murdered and she wasn't there to support him. Even in the end when she had a few words for him you never do get the feeling that deep down she really care.
Oh, word to the wise - if you read about a character and she's pregnant don't get attached because she'll be dead in the next few chapters of the book.
And some of Sookie's choice of actions was down right stupid. Had she never heard of Super Soakers????? And pack more then two of her special weapons?
One other little point, if lemon juice is really bad for Fairies and she was part Fairy wouldn't lemon juice have some kind effect on Sookie. Upset stomach or a rash? Something?
Finally, Sookie constantly tells the reader how she's drawn to Eric, over, over and over again. Bella took lessons from her. How perfect he is, how he slips into her thoughts, her feeling, if she is so taken with the vampire then why at the end of the book did she ask herself which Vampire her Great Grandfather was referring to.
Top reviews from other countries
As ever, Charlaine Harris is highly inventive, this powerful opening in fact NOT the main theme of the ninth novel. The current Great Threat comes from a different source altogether. Rebellious fairies consider their race tarnished by human links - they plan to destroy all those involved. With her inherited fairy blood, Sookie needs all the help she can get from vampires, weres, fairies (the nice ones), a garden trowel and water pistols filled with lemon juice. Everything will become very nasty indeed, the writer never holding back when describing pain inflicted.
Another riveting read. Fans of Eric will have cause to rejoice. It is also good to see Sookie's brother Jason maturing a bit. Scattered throughout are promising storylines no doubt to be explored in future novels. There are also surprises. One thing is for sure: however long the series, however great the dangers and the carnage, Sookie will soon be back in Sam's bar -serving with a smile. Would we want it otherwise!
I feel that the book follows a most natural course in terms of dealing with the supernatural elements; after gradually introducing all kinds of supernatural beings, the Sookie story progresses in parallel to the revelation of each group of creatures, i.e. vampires, weres, shifters, witches, fairies. And while the loss of well-liked characters ends the story on a sad note, it mostly adds to the suspense of what is to follow in Sookie's world now that the Weres are out, the fairies dealt with and her bizarre love triangle is at a turning point.
Hopefully book 10 will continue to deliver in terms of story, character development and the abundance of sense of humour with which the series is written.
Not my most favourite of the 9 so far, but still another enjoyable installment of this series.
Wouldn't have minded a bit more enlightenment on the Sookie-Eric emotional relationship though. It either needs to develop or that piece of bed candy needs to be replaced with something more substantial.
Like getting back with Bill. Or putting Sam out of his misery? I can't decide which of those too I would prefer Sookie to end up with, (but being that there are several other contenders (Eric and Quinn in particular) maybe she will end up with neither!
I don't know if C Harris is working towards something with the baby theme (we'll have to wait and see), but I think Sookie would make a great mother to a child, and none of her vampire suitors can give her one.
Well, I'm obviously still hooked on this series, and if you're up to book 9 so are you probably, so here's to continued enjoyment of the series! ;0