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Dead Reckoning There are some minor spoilers below allusions to character s feelings thoughts actions that could give some plot points away Sookie s working her shift in Merlotte s when the bar is firebombed and it doesn t look like the bomber was human To make matters worse, an old enemy is out for her blood and the tension between her vampire lover husband Eric and his progeny Pam with their boss, Victor, is building The peaceful life Sookie is wishing for seems a distant dream.A new Sookie book is like visiting with old friends There are so many folks I love in Sookie s world, and it is real treat catching up with them but it s like a visit with the old gang in ways than one it is great catching up with them all, but there s so much going on in their lives, you feel like you didn t spend as much time with them as you would have liked.A few old favourites make significant appearances here Bubba, Mr Cataliades, Amelia, Bob, Hunter and Alcide show up Alcide in a funny and very compromising way, and it makes me think we might not see Alcide again in a hurry Bill plays a larger role in Dead Reckoning than he has in a while, and I found myself genuinely liking him not just feeling sorry for him for the first time in quite a few books.Eric is obviously in a starring role, and as much as I was rooting for a relationship between the two of them, you begin to see some problems here Sookie s starting to genuinely consider the real costs of a relationship with him both him as an individual, and him as a vampire What s going to happen when she gets older How can they have a relationship if Eric won t talk to her not just about his business and problems, but about serious issues that have huge consequences for her This couple has serious communication problems She s also really beginning to examine how much violence she can cope with and wants in her life While Sook struggles with the thought of killing someone, even if that someone is trying to kill her, Eric will snap their neck without a moment s thought or a pinch remorse While Sookie understands Eric s character, motivations and actions, she needs someone who will understand her remorse and horror, and comfort her, even if she knows she s not being rational Eric will never be that person Sookie also takes a very drastic measure to test her real feels for Eric in this book and the outcome could destroy a good friendship, as well as putting her in danger And Eric s been hiding a big secret.Sookie has experienced personal growth over the course of the series than any character in any other series I can think of She s a lot mature, and there s an Aha moment where she decides she s going to have to prioritise her crises in order to cope like she feels she s not so much living as rushing from one life threatening situation to another She s far cautious in many areas of her life, but largely in who she chooses to trust She s beginning to examine what she really wants from life, and I thought it seemed like she was starting to think of herself as leading two separate ones her normal, human, life in Bon Temp, as a barmaid, a sister, and a friend, throwing her best friend s baby shower and another, where she s the wife of a powerful vampire, a pawn in political power games, and in constant danger from vampires, weres, faeries, and God knows what else And than anything Sookie just craves peace A quiet, happy life with the people she loves At one point, she tells Eric she wishes he was a normal vampire boring, and without the political struggles.Dead Reckoning ends on an ambiguous note, and perhaps creates questions than answers for the series While we learn a lot about Sookie s gran, and her family history, some threads in the story I thought had been neatly tied up are unravelled again notably, an unexpected twist to do with Bill What is Sookie going to do with her Grandfather s gift How will this book effect her relationship with Pam What about Eric The Queen of Oklahoma What the HELL is Claude really up to It definitely seems as though everything is coming together for a big finale in 2 books time.The world of the Southern Vampire Mysteries is rich and vibrant and SO real and Charlaine Harris has created an intricate web with almost infinite possibilites I cannot wait to see how see where she takes it next. 3 1 2 StarsI should start off by saying that though the Sookie Stackhouse series isn t my all time favorite series, Eric Northman IS my all time favorite fictional character AND GODDAMN I LOVE ME SOME PAM Half of the reason I love these books is the Eric and Pam relationship I find them endlessly entertaining Though there weren t enough appearances of them there never are , there were some comedic bits between the two I enjoyed the funny jabs at Sookie on Pam s behalf One scene in particular, involving a gift to Sookieyeah, that was classic.The other half of the reason I love these books is Eric s relationship with Sookie However, I think Eric is too good for Sookie I ve honestly never been a big fan of her I think she s a brat, she yells too much, she s too judgmental, changes her mind to whatever suits her at the momentand the hits can keep coming, but I ll stop here That said, I was even annoyed with her in this book because her character has seemed to make ABSOLUTELY NO PROGRESSION she is not maturing in anyway, except maybe by obsessing over cleaning her house when she s stressed or so the stereotype goes which happened WAAAAAAY too much, but I digress I think it s obvious that there is no longer a love affair with our author and these characters Though I enjoyed reading this when I wasn t overly frustrated , it felt a bit hollow I don t know how else to describe it Though I m not happy with where some storylines SEEM to be going, there are others that are intriguing I ll leave it at that so as to not spoil anything. An Alternate Cover for this ASIN can be found hereWith her knack for being in trouble s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte s, the bar where she works Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti shifters in the area Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his child Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot which is much complicated than she knows Dear Sookie, You know you are one of my oldest friends, right I love our yearly visits at your old Stackhouse family home, sitting on the porch, soaking up the sun and drinking iced tea It s great to live vicariously through you and hear about the most powerful and sexy supernatural beasts falling over themselves to flirt with and please you And Eric Mmmm Anytime you want to tell me all of his dirty little secrets and every sexy thing about him that is okay with me But here s the thing, Sookie You tend to ramble A lot Don t get offended I love hearing you talk and visiting Bon Temps with you But our time is limited And as much as I love hearing all those mundane details of your life, I really wish our time together could be used wisely Your life is so exciting, and so many fascinating things happen to and around you I d much rather hear about your supernatural activities than the particulars that went into preparing for Tara s baby showers The next time we meet, it would be awesome if you stuck to the important facts Don t get me wrong, I love hearing you talk about brushing your hair and cleaning the kitchen But if you can t bring yourself to edit those little fine points in favor of the bigger ones, perhaps you could convince Charlaine Harris to allow us pages to visit Even so, I did enjoy our time together and am looking forward to seeing you again next spring Hopefully you and Eric will get alone time and you can tell me everything Your friend, Megan P.S I loved Bubba s concert Anytime you can get that guy to make an appearance and especially sing be sure to tell me allll about it Formula for Sookie books nostalgia for her grandmother and a way of life that s been over for about ten years now disappointment when nostalgia does not match up with real life nail polish a sexy dress that shows off her cleavage attraction to than one man self recrimination about attraction to than one man instant orgasmic sex judging others for not being Christian being violent being sexually deviant self recrimination about being too judgemental failing to be a good hostess in a situation that doesn t require hostessing self recrimination about lack of hostess skills hanging out with fairies, who are generally acknowledged to be amoral self recrimination for judging fairies and having her illusions shattered hanging out with weres and vampires, who are generally acknowledged to have societal structures built on maintenance of power by violent means self recrimination about hanging out with weres and vampires and seeing violent things screaming when surprised by violent things, followed by crying when violent things are over impulsive, poorly executed attempts to stand up for herself self recrimination about said attemptsHarris, unfortunately, doesn t vary the formula in Dead Reckoning, reminding me why I burned out on Sookie she has almost completely failed to develop, continuing to act like a naif, surprised and unaware of the supernatural world she has been immersed in for years.Take, for instance, when Amelia and Bob visit, and Amelia says she has view spoiler found out how to break the blood bond between her and the vampire Eric Nevermind that Sookie spent the first part of the book reflecting on how the bond has offered her protection, and had it reinforced when Eric had to visit his Regent, Victor Nevermind that Eric came to the bar both times she was in danger, ready to save her Nevermind that she hasn t said word one of her desire to be free to Eric, or even to herself Poof, like that, she does it Completely thoughtless, selfish and heartless hide spoiler It seems to me that Ms Harris is being and influenced by the show, which in case of the novel is a bad thing Does anybody else have a feeling that the author is setting a scene for a convenient fading out Eric, and a not so miraculous reintroduction of Bill The dialogue between S and E is stale and lacks in energy.Whereas, Bill s character all of the sudden shows signs of sense of humour In short, I wouldn t be surprised if in the end of the series Eric ended up dead, and Bill emerged as a Sookie s true love.Well, if I were Stephen Moyer, I would be thrilled. I don t know why I have this feeling we will be disappointed with this installment I just feel the series needs a closure and it doesn t seem like it I want Eric but I don t think I ll get all the Eric I need to get to love this series again It feels like this book is just gonna be another chapter in the series and not as whole book I m not sure if I made myself clear,lol. WelllThis is a solid, liked it but 3.5 stars If it wasn t for the fact that there MIGHT be a HUGE plot inconsistency in this book the convo between Sook, Claude Dermot about Niall Eric being in cahoots , I would give it 4 stars but I m trying to figure out if something might actually be a well placed lie by CH or not but I m not so sure yet Edited on May 14th After doing some digging, I think the bit I thought was a plot inconsistency is intentional See bottom of review However, overall I really enjoyed this installment once the ball got rolling the 1st 50% was a bit boring for me I do believe this was indeed a huge turning point for not just Sookie Eric but Sookie herself The end scene with Eric was like..BAM She has some very big thinking to do about what she wants for herself what she is willing to accept about her life the people she surrounds herself with.I don t have many doubts that Eric Sookie are going wind up together OK maaayaybe a little doubt b c CH likes to play her audiencebut really It wouldn t make sense to have it be anyone else 11 books in a few shorts as well I found this installment to signify their next big bump in the road, the next trial tribulation for their relationship watch how they get through it In this book, for the 1st time Sookie was upfront Discussing the future, aging, babies etc she has grown continues to It does look like there is a setup for a breakup in the next book but with a possible reconciliation in the last book thanks to the magical cluviel dor Who knows for sure though Semi spoilers There were a lot of typical SVM hi jinks humor in this book Sookie s naked jaunt into Bill s house her rambling inner monologue Irrelevant was hilarious.I even liked Bill A lot Although, that s not surprising b c CH was turning him into Eric to a degree Not kidding CH is definitely recycling her Eric material into the new Bill His quote as to why he loves Sookie complete with a comment about her chest so un Bill like is practically verbatim Eric to Sookie in DTTW That s rightgo check it out And his move Is it Christmas Are you my early present was also classic Eric It s a little tedious CH s manipulation of the audience but whatever It is what it is I suppose if you are going to finish this ride be prepared for the tactics that come with it.Sookie was back to herself but in better form than ever in many ways Aside from her own homicidal tendencies, she is growing, mature in control Or trying to be at least She is taking a much larger stand for herself in what she will tolerate from the people in her life whereas in the past, she almost assumed their feelings was able to be manipulated I like her relationship with Eric a lot Warts all I found her insecurities misgivings well founded as well as his own anger, resentment fear I really enjoy seeing them having to go through a ton of crap to work it out Like a real relationship.I also loved the scene with Eric Sookie after the bond broke Not the sex scene mind you b c that was whatever it was one page of throwing it in but it did, to me show their huge relief that Sookie does in fact love Eric tremendously as he does her More than that, I love their bit of dialog afterward.However, the scene that blew me away was at the end when she freaked out amongst the assassination ruin in which she had the majority hand in rallying plotting When Eric took her blood after rightly calling her a hypocrite didn t take the pain out of it HOLY COW I know this will be a much debated scene very controversial but I thought it was just SPOT ON So good So dark So very deep.It was awesome Well for me anyway I mean here Sooks has been complaining the last 2 books how she wants Victor to die by her own hands even She s the one that rallies Eric co It s her plan they go with then at the end.b c she hates what she sees in herself not only that but, was a part of had the largest hand in plotting, she projects onto Eric co b c it s easiest to do that.Him letting her feel the pain was his way to me anyway of saying deal with it Face it This is life with me a vamp Sookie I m not going to sugarcoat it for you Accept it accept me You partake in this life, these are the realities that come with it We re alive Isn t that what you wanted most I don t know what CH is going to have her do but I find this turning point really compelling She scares herself The lengths she s willing to go to for those she loves to survive the macabre situations she finds herself in as a result.I thought it was a very clever, deep scene.The CD fairy love token is a bit of a cop out but I will wait to see how CH wields it Oh wait we have a potion which will amazingly come in SO handy Erwe ll see.The potential Fairy plot is quite devious It seems as if CH is foreshadowing someone playing dress up in Eric or someone else s skin to potentially get Sook s up the duff IDK but all the material is there manthose Fairies are sneaky.Funnily enough, I felt the worst for Sookie in regard to Amelia Not that Amelia s meddlesome betrayal was a surprise to me, I figured it was only a matter of time but she really went all out Sookie is a character with a rare handful of people she can trust not even that She is quite often, alone And that theme featured a lot in this installment With Eric s new day man being a lone wolf , Eric asking her to move in with him b c the thought of her being alone feeling her fear made him crazy Her really feeling the isolation in this installment esp when she kicks everyone out of her home Poor Sookie Sookie.Overall, this place which Sookie is in, yet another crossroads deciding who she can trust, turn to, what will happen to her relationship what will that mean for her future This is all great meaty stuff.And now for my biggest issue..the potential plot inconsistency it s the convo between S,C D about how Niall Eric were in cahoots It soo doesn t stack I am investigating that one won t bog down the review with it but in fairness I will change my rating if it turns out that it s not a sloppy, hole filling, plot inconsistency b c CH didn t have enough material to plan 13 books Edited May 14th I thought when reading that b c CH has stated she writes by the seat of her pants, that she was going back to try fit in plots in places she thought were vague enough, in order to make things work now that she had to stretch the series out After all, she has made a lot of obvious errors in the past that her readers have caught called her on In this book CD tell Sookie that Eric had approached Niall to send protection for Sookie, hence Niall calling in Claudine b c she was withering The implication being Eric knew who Niall was in connection to Sookie.CH recently stated in April that DR doesn t have a word about the history between Niall and Eric, because it s not important to Sookie s story I think those crafty fairies are definitely up to something. B 69% Satisfactory Notes Cozy and familiar, while at the same time sloppy, amateurish and blah No direction, just seemingly random events. I am willing to bet that this book was as much of a torture for Charlaine Harris to write as it was for me to read There is no juice left in this series And certainly, there is no author s love Not only is Sookie s voice no longer recognizable I just reread books 1 3, so I can in fact tell the difference , but this whole book is simply one huge FAIL The characters were altered Where was cool Pam Where was sarcastic Eric Where was chemistry between Sookie and Eric Where were the human characters Where was Jason Why was this story so convoluted Why was the blood bond so easy to sever Why did Alcide show up Why was Amelia such a ditz Why were Lily Bard and Jack in the book Why did Bill come over to ramble about his love life Why did so many threads from the past suddenly surface Why was that package hidden in the attic What was the deal with the fairies What was Hunter doing in this book Ice pack Why What Where How WTF There is no fluidity in Dead Reckoning It is a bunch of events and occurrences smacked together into an uninspired, convoluted, dumb mess.I am not reading any of this With the appearance of a huge deus ex machina code name c.d in this book, I won t be surprised if someone will find a magic wand in the next installment In any case, I already know how this all will end If you don t, here view spoiler image error

About the Author: Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty five years A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college Rhodes, in Memphis Charlaine was writing poetry an

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