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Dead to the World (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 4) Hardcover – May 4, 2004
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From Emma Bull's War for the Oaks to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, from The X-Files to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, creators are mixing old European myths and legends with modern American pop culture. Incorporating influences ranging from blaxploitation movies and erotic novels to tabloid staples like UFOs and Elvis, authors and directors are creating a new mythology for the strip-mall, tract-house, cell-phone America of the new millennium.
One of the best-known and best writers of the new American mythology is Charlaine Harris. Dead to the World is the fourth novel in her Anthony Award-winning Southern Vampire series. It continues the story of psychic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who has fallen out with her undead lover, Bill. Bill has no sooner departed for Peru, than Sookie finds the head vampire, Eric, running naked and terrified through the rural night. She helps Eric, and discovers his memory has been destroyed by a coven of unscrupulous, astonishingly powerful witches, newly arrived in her small Louisiana town, and offering a huge reward for Eric. Sookie tries to hide Eric, but her brother sees him--and immediately disappears. And Sookie finds herself caught in a war among witches, vampires, and werewolves. --Cynthia Ward
From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake looking for a lighter version of the vampire huntress should cotton to Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic Louisiana gal who really wants to be normal, but suffers from a huge self-confidence problem, a case of permanent bad luck, difficult relatives and a penchant for attracting unsavory characters of the not-quite-human kind. In this fourth quirky installment in this hitherto mass-market series (after 2003's Club Dead), Sookie finds that her bad luck has taken a new turn for the worse. Sookie's love interest, Bill the vampire, runs off to Peru to do research. In his place, Sookie is stuck with Eric, Bill's boss (and head vamp for the district), who appears out of thin air buck naked with no memory of who he is or what he does. Coincidentally, Sookie's brother Jason goes missing. Less coincidentally, but more ominously, a coven of witches (who also happen to be shape-shifters and vampire blood addicts) comes rolling into the nearest big city, looking for trouble. Consistent, well-built characters and a strong, action-packed plot that will keep readers guessing to the end distinguish this frothy fusion of romance, mystery and fantasy.
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After that, interlocking stories develop. How did Eric come to this sad state? What can be done about that? What has happened to Sookie's brother Jason, who has disappeared? Many supernatural characters are key players in this book. Vampires (Eric for one, with Bill--Sookie's former love--coming back from a poorly explained trip to Peru, as a bystander), witches (both good and bad), Wiccas, shapeshifters, and Were(add your animal, such as wolf, panther, etc.).
Sookie tries to balance her concern for her brother, her employment as a server at a bar, her ability to hear people's thoughts (most unpleasant to her--although a valuable tool at other times), her trying to carry out her job as "protector" of Eric, her poor financial standing. . . . Altogether, she has much to juggle. But, as characterized here by the author Charlaine Harris, her spunkiness and willingness to adapt make her a sympathetic character. Plots are normally not too credible; things fairly farfetched seem to happen. But, in the end, this is another fine addition to the Sookie Stackhouse series. Not to be missed is a final battle over Eric, when an alliance of Wiccas, shapeshifters, were--, and vampires takes on the evil witch's alliance. And Sookie takes the point! An intriguing battle. . . .
If you are interested in paranormal fantasies and romances, this isn't a bad work to read. And reading of Sookie's embraces with the hapless vampire Eric is rather touchingly done. . . . This is not a genre that I have invested much energy in, but I find it oddly irresistible.
Everyone knows how I feel about badass Eric but I loved how we got to see a softer side and it just made me want this couple together even more and made my heart melt a few times. And the shower scene well I can see what everyone has been talking about. Wow that was smoking hot. I am almost tempted to do a reread of this book just for that scene alone.
And finally I loved how the Vamps and Were's came together even if it was briefly to take care of the threat that involved both supernatural worlds. All and all this book was amazing, the action rocked, and though Charlotte doesn't do too steamy she certainly pulled off in this book though a couple times the phrases caused me to giggle.
Apparently, Sookie's newest discovery is witches...not just normal humans that practice Wiccan, but some very strong and evil witches. This turns into a war that Sookie is inevitably sucked into.
Add some amnesiacs, a crazy shifter who's out to kill her, and Jason's disappearance and Sookie is at her wit's end. Each novel has gotten progressively better. Definitely starting the next one right now!!