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It s not the worst book ever written as some reviewers say, but it s not that good either Charlaine Harris failed to deliver what we all wanted to read about and over delivered on what we didn t really care for What I mean is most of us keep reading this series primarily to find out who Sookie finally settles with No matter what team you were on Eric, Bill, Quinn, Sam you expected some kind of resolution, at least temporary, to her love life We got none of it There was so little develop It s not the worst book ever written as some reviewers say, but it s not that good either Charlaine Harris failed to deliver what we all wanted to read about and over delivered on what we didn t really care for What I mean is most of us keep reading this series primarily to find out who Sookie finally settles with No matter what team you were on Eric, Bill, Quinn, Sam you expected some kind of resolution, at least temporary, to her love life We got none of it There was so little development in Eric Sookie or for that matter Bill Sookie and Quinn Sookie relationship, it was pitiful Seriously, how many books will it take Eric to confess his love for Sookie I simply don t have this kind of patience.What we got overloaded with was the entire fairy story line The fairy conflict felt so forced and pointless I thought it was manufactured just to create a dramatic violent stand off which within the frame of Harris s mythology could have been resolved with literary the help of a glass of lemonade I am not sure why Charlaine chose this route instead of concentrating on muchinteresting aspect of her mythology coming out of were animals There were some other things I didn t really care for such as deaths of pregnant women or Sookie s Christian musings.After finishing the book, I felt like I was way too tired to follow this series anybecause it was obvious that Charlaine was in it for the money only I believe she will continue writing these books for years to come dangling Eric and Bill in front us to keep us interested It is a little disheartening This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Spoiler Alert I was okay with the book until about 20 pages to go and then all hell broke loose What is the point of telling us Claudine is pregnant if you are going to kill her two pages later Just let Sookie, and us, think she is knitting a sweater for an elf, or gnome or whatever We don t need two pregnant women killed in one book I am not okay with how eh the deaths were taken in this book either I hate the way Dawson s death was treated, and then the drug dealer rumor Tray w Spoiler Alert I was okay with the book until about 20 pages to go and then all hell broke loose What is the point of telling us Claudine is pregnant if you are going to kill her two pages later Just let Sookie, and us, think she is knitting a sweater for an elf, or gnome or whatever We don t need two pregnant women killed in one book I am not okay with how eh the deaths were taken in this book either I hate the way Dawson s death was treated, and then the drug dealer rumor Tray was a good man and should not have gone that way Pin it on FotS freaks because he was a Were And speaking of FotS, get rid of Arlene, I have been tired of that woman since book one and eight books later I hate her evenMel didn t technically kill Crystal, they admitted she died on the cross and that had nothing to do with the Weres but the damn Fairies, which is far fetched even for this series OH If she breaks Eric s heart and gets back with Bill I am done with this series The ONLY reason I gave it two stars, ERIC This was an okay Sookie story, although it was a bit dull in places.Sookie was once again in trouble in this story, although I have to say that putting lemon juice in water pistols to kill fairies was quite clever The storyline in this was about Crystal being killed, and someone trying to kill Sookie, as well as some romance with an old favourite The first half of the book dragged a bit, but the second half was better, and I really liked the romance The ending to this left Sookie still in dang This was an okay Sookie story, although it was a bit dull in places.Sookie was once again in trouble in this story, although I have to say that putting lemon juice in water pistols to kill fairies was quite clever The storyline in this was about Crystal being killed, and someone trying to kill Sookie, as well as some romance with an old favourite The first half of the book dragged a bit, but the second half was better, and I really liked the romance The ending to this left Sookie still in danger a bit, and I m interested to find out what happens in the next book.7 out of 10 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In the 9th Sookie book we are basically facing the fall out from 2 revelations That Sookie s Great Grandfather is Fairy Royalty, and that the Were s have finally revealed themselves Each has results ending in not very good things for Sookie, mainly kidnapping from psycho fairies who are responsible for her parents deaths I always knew there had to beto the flash flood and Arlene plotting with the Fellowship to kill Sookie and string her up on a cross There is also requisite murder tha In the 9th Sookie book we are basically facing the fall out from 2 revelations That Sookie s Great Grandfather is Fairy Royalty, and that the Were s have finally revealed themselves Each has results ending in not very good things for Sookie, mainly kidnapping from psycho fairies who are responsible for her parents deaths I always knew there had to beto the flash flood and Arlene plotting with the Fellowship to kill Sookie and string her up on a cross There is also requisite murder that shines a light on Jason this time it s his pregnant ex , and of course really has nothing to do with him other than his lineage and a gay were panther falling in love with him Very enjoyable, though I felt the ending needed a littleexplanationhow will Amelia handle Tray s death Why does Sookie think that Bill waswilling to risk his life for her than Eric Why was Eric detained I don t like that these will hold over and therefore not be answered for at least a year.Also 2 things I found odd Being a pregnant woman in this book was not a good thing to be, both Crystal and Claudine died Tara should watch out Also to indicate that Sookie was always on edge she was always jumping an inch or 2 or 6 to indicate how freaked she was and this was very repetitive, there are other ways to indicate the wariness and paranoia of people other than this hackneyed phrase.Plus I loved the Vampire reality show which you can read on her website already if you can t wait will start off by saying I love this series I started it long before the TRUE BLOOD HBO series came out so I have been faithful from the beginning, and have always waited anxiously for the newest book in the series I also reread the series each time a new book comes out to keep refreshing Most were great book A few of herrecent ones left me a little hungry foras they didn t really hit the spot but they were OK I was excited for this book hoping Miss Harris would really expand u will start off by saying I love this series I started it long before the TRUE BLOOD HBO series came out so I have been faithful from the beginning, and have always waited anxiously for the newest book in the series I also reread the series each time a new book comes out to keep refreshing Most were great book A few of herrecent ones left me a little hungry foras they didn t really hit the spot but they were OK I was excited for this book hoping Miss Harris would really expand upon the work she had done in her previous books and tie up some of the loose plot lines Sadly, I feel this book left me feeling both disspaointed and extremely hungry because it wasn t even an appetizer.Without giving spoilers and ruining it for others, like some of the reviewers I felt there was simply too much going on all at once I love exciting plotlines and twists and lots of action as much as the next reader However, I felt in this novel it was overkill There was not one OK BREATHE moment in the book Miss Harris opened 20 different cans of worms at once exciting yes, but also exhausting and confusing My mind was still literally trying to process one OH CRAP moment, when I was tossed into twoDouble Crap and Holy Hell moments There wasn t just one climatic moment there were about 25 so each time made you wonder if this was it except you still have 100 pages left The end I felt was almost anticlimactic and a little disjointed CRAZY ending, big show down, throw down and then it just sorta stops Not quite a fade but you finished the book thinking huh Should it really have ended there The characters were just put through some horrific and really tragic events yes you will need tissues and a lot of moments of enlightenment and none of that was really touched upon.Several characters appeared and disappeared like Houdini and some of thepermanent disappearances, one in particular, really left me with a bad taste in my mouth because it was really horrific and tragic and just was not addressed one way or the other It was sort of thrown at us and then we were left to process it Which would have been fine had you actually HAD time to process it But soon after you are thrown into yetaction All I will say not to give it away is it is in regards to Jason and the Werepanthers.I also feel Harris didn t adequately give Sookie time to make emotional sense of everything going on around her This novel like the others is written in first person narrative and when anything happens in our lives, our minds process things at a 100 miles an hour in our minds Yet Sookie barely touches upon any of these events with much introspection SPOILER Sookie is captured by renegade fairies and tortured grotesquely so much so that her mind and body even with the infusions of vamp blood should be in such a fragile state, we should have really FELT it through her thoughts, her words and we don t It s sorta just blah She mentions she would never see the world again but its literally one or two sentences and all tell no show about how she suffered The book ended shortly after.There was some expansion to the history of Eric which was interesting, but the blood tie between Sookie and Eric from the last book was never really discussed can it be broken, is it permanent, etc I am also a LEETLE BIT concerned with the introduction of the blood bond with Eric that makes Sookie feel always peaceful, almost complacent around him Miss Harris added a new dynamic to that in this book that I wont ruin for you, and it just made me go..OYEI am REALLY hoping she doesn t go the route that LKH went with the Anita Blake and the ardeur compulsions to make her do things LKH uses it a cope out and a crutch and Harris is simply too good a writer to go that route so I hope she steers back SPOILER I also felt the new relationship between Sookie and Eric was sorta baloney we didn t feel the tension that had been there in previous books because now Sookieis unsure whether her feelings are real or a result of the blood bond So when she sleeps with him again we get the lust factor but not much else She seems very detached almost clinical she seems to WANT him but not need him any And now he needs and wants her, but she is almost acting as if they are buddies with benefits and not muchSpoiler And though she was hoping Eric would come and save her when she is tortured, one of her few coherent thoughts is of Sam, wishing he were there so she could be in the presence of someone who loved her very odd But there wasn t much interaction with Sam in the rest of the book as per usual so it seemed disjointed I did find Eric s quote of You re killing me after he spoke to Sookie following her rescue, interesting He seemed obviously upset about not being able to rescue her himselfvery interesting Another layer of mystery but it was abruptly abandoned as well am going to give this 3 stars because it has promise If Harris can get it together for the next book and write something LENGTHIER than this this was a short book and really tie up some loose ends and give us better character development and relationship building and expansion, it will be amazing I am just HOPING that the next books bring back the storytelling and plot structure we ve come to expect from Charlaine Harris 5 Dead and Gone Stars This book is action PACKED, Sookie needs protection from the fairies.Strange deaths, horrible deaths And confusion of Love.It s weird read this series because somethings happened in the TV True Blood and somethings didn t And once in a while they sync up The whole fairies part still kind of baffles me And why is Sookie still hung up on Bill only when he doesn t something nice for her Saving her life and all of a sudden he is a hero, Erik did that same thing and yet 5 Dead and Gone Stars This book is action PACKED, Sookie needs protection from the fairies.Strange deaths, horrible deaths And confusion of Love.It s weird read this series because somethings happened in the TV True Blood and somethings didn t And once in a while they sync up The whole fairies part still kind of baffles me And why is Sookie still hung up on Bill only when he doesn t something nice for her Saving her life and all of a sudden he is a hero, Erik did that same thing and yet she still don t know how she feels Erik has been nothing but honest and Bill has lied She might not like that Erik is so forthright but then again she does Sookie confuses me and she is confusing them.I am sad about a few characters we have lost in this book I really was a fabulous addition to the series I can t wait to see what the next few books will be like You don t have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it |Download Book ♩ Dead and Gone ⚆ The vamps have been out for years, and now the weres and shifters have decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she s friend to the local were pack, and Sam, her boss at Merlotte s bar, is a shapeshifterThe great revelation goes well at first then the horribly mutilated body of a were panther is found in the parking lot of Merlotte s, and Sookie agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer But there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps a race of unhuman beings, older, powerful, and far secretive than the vampires or the werewolves, is preparing for war And Sookie is an all too human pawn in their ages old battle The best thing I can say about this book is that it has a lot of Eric in it Otherwise I think it s possibly the worst of the series.Charlaine Harris has a slow, rambling style of writing, which I happen to enjoy in a nice, fat 800 page novel When you re publishing 300 pages of widely spaced type in a large font, you need to befocused in your storytelling.This book seems like half a novel There are several plot lines left hanging, and the ending is rushed, as if Harris saw her deadline a The best thing I can say about this book is that it has a lot of Eric in it Otherwise I think it s possibly the worst of the series.Charlaine Harris has a slow, rambling style of writing, which I happen to enjoy in a nice, fat 800 page novel When you re publishing 300 pages of widely spaced type in a large font, you need to befocused in your storytelling.This book seems like half a novel There are several plot lines left hanging, and the ending is rushed, as if Harris saw her deadline approaching and decided to have somebody beat the living crap out of Sookie yet again, with feeling this time so that she can be rescued and the book can end.I used to really appreciate the small town Southern flavor of this series, but the author is laying it on too thick now And while Sookie has never been the brightest bulb in the box, she comes across as positively stupid in this book Her internal dialogue is really annoying.It doesn t help that the plot revolves around Sookie s fae relations, and the fae are my least favorite paranormal characters In fact, I m beginning to despise them They detract from every series where I ve seen them included they re too powerful and too other worldly for urban fantasy.One last petty complaint the author s name and the title of the book are printed at the bottom of every page, and that got on my nerves after a while This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Book Nine Sookie s still going, even though nothing new has happened for at least five volumes now being generous This particular edition of her repetitive adventures recycles two oft used Harris plot a spate of random attacks and a war involving Supes Both of these proceed as usual, although the latter does involve the hasty introduction of a horde of new characters, and a rushed explanation of their lineage Given Harris has had eight previous books in which to launch some of these Book Nine Sookie s still going, even though nothing new has happened for at least five volumes now being generous This particular edition of her repetitive adventures recycles two oft used Harris plot a spate of random attacks and a war involving Supes Both of these proceed as usual, although the latter does involve the hasty introduction of a horde of new characters, and a rushed explanation of their lineage Given Harris has had eight previous books in which to launch some of these charactersorganically, this desperate scrabbling to establish them is pretty poor It also means that a good portion of events involves barely differentiated characters in whom the reader can have little interest Meanwhile Sookie is tricked into becoming Eric s vampire bride, or summat of the sort She s mildly irritated by this, and shows her displeasure by sleeping with Eric repeatedly, drinking his blood and allowing him to drink hers thereby strengthening the bond between them which she has been complaining about every ten pages for some while now In all fairness, even fans would surely have to admit that Sookie s motivations are a little on the contradictory side This novel also includes a description of a trowel of surely record breaking length and staggering dullness For aficionados of garden buildings the shed in which the trowel is stored is also described to a mind numbing extent, as is the exact details of how Sookie weeds a garden Why and how Harris imagines that anyone could possibly be interested in the fact that Sookie wields a trowel with her right hand and pulls up the weeds with her left is a mystery left unexplained Following this, Sookie kills yet another being by fortunate accident, thereby saving her life Then two of her ex boyfriends turn up at her home and beat each other up, due to them being idiotic obsessive Neanderthals So greatly do they love Sookie that they manage to knock her out, meaning that we the readers miss the actual fight, but are treated to yet another sex scene immediately afterward, featuring Sookie and yet another ex, Eric Charmingly, he waits until she is recovering from being knocked unconscious and stupefied by yetof his mind controlling blood before sleeping with her, making it strictlyof a drug rape scene than a love scene Fortunately Sookie is fine with rape, due to being an idiot whose author is a misogynistic bitch, so there are no consequences to these actions Then Sookie is nearly killed a fewtimes A string of different supernatural beings are co opted as bodyguards for her, in order that she can collect her dry cleaning without fear of death I myself would probably have abandoned the dry cleaning in favour of my physical safety, but not Sookie Eventually she discovers who the murderer is, which is in no way interesting because the fact that they were introduced and described in exactly the same way as all Harris previous murderers means it was less than a challenge to guess their secret identity Sookie is then captured and horribly tortured for a chapter, before her boyfriend and great grandfather save her Then the usual battle concludes the novel several characters die basically for the sake of Sookie, but all the main character are as usual fine Then Sookie s grandfather briefly pops up to tell her that the battle was a waste of time, as he s decided that the now deceased leader of the opposition was right all along Left alone, Sookie returns to her usual pastime pondering her love life The End.Worst New Character NamesDevon DawnWhit SpradlinD EriqDuffAntoine LebrunGinjer HartWorst Musical ChoiceMariah Carey Although I grant it is exactly the kind of crap you would expect Sookie to listen to.Cruellest Post Mortem Character Analysis I wasn t amazed that someone would want to kill Crystal, but I was really horrified about the baby Fair enough Crystal was known to have cheated on her husband, so presumably the whole town was up for her ritual slaughter Bon Temps is that sort of place.Most Impressive Police WorkFBI Agent Weiss is able to identify from half changed paws alone that a crucified body is specifically half were panther Given that the world only learnt about weres the previous night, she s a quick learner.Most Disgusting Faux Childish Summary of a Serious Issue of Morality Involving a Recently Crucified Woman Yeah, it is Cheating with your husband s baby in your stomach between youthat s just specially icky Most Redundant Pronunciation ExplanationSookie likes to thoroughly explain what pronunciation of each character s name she personally approves of, often repeatedly It s one of her things, along with an obsession with the minutiae of her day to day life, a compulsion to detail every single item of clothing she and every other character wears, etc It s clearly symptomatic of a psychological disorder, evidenced by her inability to stop herself even when a pronunciation explanation is completely unnecessary as for example Our father, Dillon son of Niall, and his first wife, Branna Our mother is Binne If Niall goes to the Summerlands, Dillon will replace him as prince But of course he must wait The names were unfamiliar The first one sounded almost like Dylan So Dilllon and Dylan sound almost the same Fair enough How the hell else does Harris imagine I might think to pronounce Dillon Clearest Example of Cultural Ignorance Claude and I used to have Irish names It seemed stupid to me Why shouldn t we please ourselves No one can spell those names or pronounce them correctly My former name sounds like a cat coughing up a fur ball No one The Irish don t count then Many of them can both spell and pronounce Irish or rather Gaelic names Particularly when they re partly anglicised, as many of the names in this book are There are plenty of places outside Ireland also where such names are common Brendan, Niall, Dillon and Neave are pretty standard around my way Plus, it seems pretty rich of Harris to start criticising unusual names, given the ridiculous appellations constantly appearing in her work.It seems pointless to sum up this book, since I ve already commented on an identical plot at least twice during this series All I can say is that I still hate Sookie violently, and I can t see any likelihood of that changing at this point OMG OMG OMG This book is the reason I came up with six stars I love Sookie, she is one of my favorite female protagonists She has just the right amount of supernatural abilities combined with just the right amount of struggles with that power Her life is hugely out of her control, yet she manages to fight for what little she can have.I love Eric He is one of my three favorite vampires the others being Thomas Raith from Jim Butcher s Dresden Files and Quinn from Keri Arthur s Riley Jense OMG OMG OMG This book is the reason I came up with six stars I love Sookie, she is one of my favorite female protagonists She has just the right amount of supernatural abilities combined with just the right amount of struggles with that power Her life is hugely out of her control, yet she manages to fight for what little she can have.I love Eric He is one of my three favorite vampires the others being Thomas Raith from Jim Butcher s Dresden Files and Quinn from Keri Arthur s Riley Jensen series The reason I started watching True Blood was Eric is cast perfectly I LOVE Eric evenin this book He has grownthan Sookie, which is pretty amazing for a vampire.One of the nice things about this book is since all Sookie books were back on the NYTimes Bestseller list, the book wasn t bogged down by retelling what happened in other books Harris brought up lots of stuff that happened in other books to grow the seeds planted earlier, not to give us backstory.And boy do those seeds grow We all know that Bill loves her despite how they met and is willing to lay down his life for her We also know through what happened with Quinn that she needs to be the most important person in her man s life She also believes Eric will always be number one in his life, which puts him out of the running.or does it This book plants the seeds of doubt about Eric s self centeredness and how he feels about Sookie If I didn t love Eric already, I would now.The question I was left with was what about Sookie attracts Eric Whatever it is happens pre Dead to the World when Sookie finds Eric running naked with no memory I can t wait for him to tell Sookie what he feels and why in later books