All Together Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel Mass Market Paperback – Mar 25 2008
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Bestseller Harris mixes humorous Southern-fried fantasy with biting satirical commentary in her seventh novel to feature Sookie Stackhouse, the bubbly telepathic barmaid from Bon Temps, La. (after 2006's Definitely Dead). Sookie attends an all-important central U.S. vamp summit on the shores of Lake Michigan as a "human geiger counter" for Sophie-Anne Leclerq, vampire queen of a Louisiana weakened by Katrina and who will be tried during the event for murdering her king. Sookie knows the queen is innocent, but she's hardly prepared for other shocking murders, not to mention protests by the Fellowship of the Sun, a right-wing antivampire movement. Her sleuthing skills, along with those of her new telepath friend, Barry the Bellboy, are put to the extreme test. Harris juggles a large cast, including several romantic contenders for Sookie's heart, with effortless exuberance. HBO's True Blood, based on this addictive series, is scheduled to begin its TV run this fall. 11-city author tour. (May)
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Sookie was betrayed in her not too recent past by her long time vampire love, Bill. Sookie's other vampire lover, Eric, is no longer the man she cared for. Yet Sookie has managed to find herself in another relationship; this time with a shifter (weretiger). The only thing left for Sookie to deal with now is the long-planned vampire summit in Rhodes.
Sophie-Anne Leclerq, the Queen of Louisiana, has been a refugee in Baton Rouge since Katrina hit her home base in New Orleans. At the summit, Sophie-Anne will be on trial for the murder of her husband, Peter (King of Arkansas). Sookie is to attend the trial with the queen, not only because she is the only witness to Peter's death and needs to help clear Sophie of the charges, but also to stand by the queen during negotiations of supplies and read the minds of any surrounding humans for possible treacheries.
Secret alliances and back room deals are happening everywhere. Many are testing Sookie's abilities and intelligence or are planning on ways to own her. The Fellowship of the Sun may have spies within the summit as well. Yet through it all, Sookie is well aware that even more betrayal is going on deep within the shadows. This is one summit that many people (human, vampire, and were) may not walk out of.Read more ›
Although I watched most of the TV series, this is the first Sookie Stackhouse novel I’ve read. It was interesting to see how some of the personalities, like Pam for instance, are portrayed a little differently, as are some storylines. Also, I don’t recall the complexity of politics and social protocols among vampire queens and kings being covered that much in the show.
I’m happy that the TV series stayed true to Sookie’s character, though. The brave, self-sufficient, and somewhat isolated Sookie is well portrayed in both mediums. All in all, the book was an enjoyable read. It was nice to read a story set outside of Bon Temps to see how Sookie copes with big northern cities. Author Charlaine Harris incorporates a welcome realistic edge to the book by dealing with the ramifications of Hurricane Katrina.
My only quibble is that the ending was a little too quick. There is a huge, cataclysmic event near the end, yet Sookie doesn’t really reconnect with the major players, although she has her reasons. She makes it back home on her own and the story ends. I would have liked to have seen more from other characters, but I suspect this probably happens in the next installment. I’m not surprised that Harris has so many fans. There is something endearing about the characters as they try to cope with all the weirdness and perpetual danger in co-existing with vampires and other nonhumans.
Ms. Harris did a good job of recognizing the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and working her story around it, but that doesn't change the fact that parts of the book didn't quite flow. The stories that were took place back in Bon Temps felt truncated, and the overall mystery was full of big, glaring clues that left me frustrated with the characters for missing them.
All that aside, there were still some great things about All Together Dead. Sookie has grown quite a bit in these last 2 novels, and I think that's important for the future of the series - things need to advance in order to keep the stories interesting and believable. I love that she has a new roommate, and that she's becoming more of a prominent figure in the supernatural world. I enjoyed getting to know Barry the other telepath, and liked that he and Sookie figured out how to work together to achieve better results. And I'm actually a big fan of Quinn, so I also enjoyed the growth of their relationship as well.
Overall, the character development was great, and I'm eager to see where Harris will take Sookie and her supernatural crew in the future, but All Together Dead was not the best installment of the series.
Most recent customer reviews
Sookie outdoes herself in this epic instalment. She works tirelessly for the vampire world, trying to fit her shifter tiger boyfriend into her busy schedule. Read morePublished 4 months ago by I taylor
I enjoyed the easy style of the author. It was a fun and addictive read. Fans of the show, the story is somewhat different and wouldnt spoil many surprises.Published on Oct. 1 2013 by Julie
Started the Sookie Stackhouse series and didn't stop until all 13 were read.
Only to start back at the beginning again.
If you like the other Sookie Stackhouse books then you will like this one. The price is good and the shipping is fast. Thumbs up!Published on Jan. 16 2013 by Michelle Berkhout