Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel Mass Market Paperback – Mar 29 2011
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"One of the reasons Charlaine Harris has been able to maintain the series so successfully is that she varies her pace between the novels, rather than bring on more massive enemies and events. Sookie has always been a very human sort of heroine and the fact that she needs a quieter time and is still recovering from what happened to her in Dead and Gone sets her apart from other heroines or urban fiction." SFX "Charlaine Harris's latest novel is as witty, quirky and sassy as ever, with strong characters and plenty of mystery and moral dilemmas to keep readers enthralled." PRESS ASSOCIATION "The normal world of barbecues and malls co-exists with the secret one of werewolves, witches and fairies in Harris's cocktail of domestic drama and supernatural adventure." THE DAILY MAIL "Sookie is the literary equivalent of TVs Buffy and is a far superior heroine to Twilight's pushover, Bella. This tenth outing tackles orgasmic Viking sexcapades, hair-curling violence and romance that doesn't make you heave. A gripping read." SCI FI NOW
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Charlaine Harris is the author of several internationally bestselling series. She is married, with children, and lives in Arkansas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Like other reviewers I had the impression the book was slapped together in a big hurry. Unfinished plots from previous books did not receive mention. The long awaited relationship between Sookie and Eric was told in a strange, retrospective fashion, as if the relationship were already well-established and a lot of time had elapsed. This cheated readers out of the opportunity to go along and experience the development of their connection (after waiting so long since DTTW.) The sex scenes were not up to snuff. The pacing and timelines seemed disjointed. There were inconsistencies all over the place, between the books and even between chapters. One example: In FDTW Sookie helps avoid a war between two factions in the werewolf community by acting as a human lie detector for Alcide and Patrick Furnan. Suddenly in DITF, Alcide is claiming that he can't rely on Sookie's abilities, although he had entrusted his fate and that of his followers to her hands before.
I love the series, and will surely read the next book. However, I would consider this book my least favourite so far, and would not recommend spending on the hard copy.
The Fae War is over and Sookie is recovering from her injuries. In spite of the door to the Fae World being closed, it seems not all the faeries have left. Her cousin, Claude, has decided to move in with her, she suspects her great-uncle Dermot may still be around and, perhaps, one other. Sookie's vampire lover, Eric, is also still recovering. Although he is pleased when his 'maker' appears, Sookie isn't happy particularly with vampire child of Russian nobility who is with him.
As if that's not enough, Sookie tries to help a human child who shares her telepathic abilities, is asked to act as Shaman for the Wares and everyone is concerned about a government bill which would require all Wares and Shifters to register as such.
It is interesting that, while many people didn't like this book, I felt it was one of the better books in the series.
The consistent thread was families, all types of families, and the relationships within them. For that reason, I felt there was more depth to this book than some. At the same time, it is not easy to take vampires, wares, faeries and humans and make the paranormal seem normal, realistic and logical. Harris does it with style, aplomb and humour.
The book deals more with characters and less with edge-of-the-seat action. Most of the gang is here but there is just enough detail provided about each character for new readers. Harris makes you believe in these characters. More than that, she makes you cheer for the 'good' characters and when Sookie says she wants one of the 'bad' characters to die; so, too, do you.Read more ›
Without even trying I count 13 separate sub-plots that are introduced and go unresolved. I was shocked to realize I'd made it to the final 20 pages with nothing really advancing - one long build up to no resolution. Less action, less sex, less humour than we've come to expect and enjoy. Too bad.
I love the sookie series as it is one of my favorites but after the first eight books it seems that Charlaine is running out of ideas. There is a great storyline here but it is slow and there is very little action. Harris should take a much needed break from this series, work on something else and return to it when she has something concrete.
I loved that Hunter was inserted in the story because there is something to be developed in the story. gives a chance to sookie to be somewhat of a caregiver. I loved that sookie explored the idea of becoming a vampire. She doesn't seem averted against it like in previous books. Bill should be taken out of the story since this storyline is stale. He is her past and he should go. Hopefully his reunion with someone from the past will end his relationship with Sookie. Eric and Sookie's relationship should have been sizzling hot but Harris doesn't explore the relationship the way it should have been explored but there are alot of tender moments and I love how her friendship with Pam deepened, as did her friendship with Claude, her fae cousin. So there are many great things in this new installement but this book would have been wayyyyyyy better.
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The series on TV, and the book series are completely different. If you're already hooked on the book series, you'll have to read all the books or you will be left very... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2013 by rachelleme
I can't believe this was published as a stand-alone book. So BORING! So unlike Ms. Harris' previous works. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2011 by Gen
Loved this book. Being an Eric fan it was great to read more about his background. Also loved how Sookie knew he was in trouble. Read morePublished on May 3 2011 by zodiac
Just as all the previous books in this series it was very hard to put down. An excellent read if you are into vampire fantasies.Published on Jan. 31 2011 by caperscm
I've waited a year for the next book in the series, and it delivers. Love this book...but I need more!!Published on Sept. 9 2010 by Toronto Mama
The story is as goog as the first 9th other books. I wanted the next book the second I finished this one. I never get tired of reading sookie's books. Read it in 3 days. Read morePublished on July 26 2010 by Rachel Binet
After the world-altering events of Dead and Gone (book #9), there's still a lot of unrest and upset in Sookie's life. Read morePublished on July 23 2010 by J. Scully