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Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel [Paperback]

Charlaine Harris
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Oct. 6 2009 Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood (Book 4)

"With the sure touch of a master" (Crescent Blues), Charlaine Harris delivers "the sort of vampire thrills that make Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake novels so popular" (Locus). In Sookie Stackhouse—a Southern cocktail waitress with a supernatural gift—Harris has a created a heroine like few others, and a series that puts the bite back in vampire fiction. Now the hit series launches into hardcover for Sookie's biggest twist-filled adventure yet.

When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric the vampire—but now he's a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

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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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Sookie Stackhouse has broken up with Bill, her vampire lover, after he cheated with the vampire who initiated him, but being telepathic, she can't seem to get away from the supernatural. Driving home from work one day, she comes across Bill's sexy boss, Eric, half naked and on the run. When she approaches him, he doesn't remember her or even who he is. She gets him to come back to her house, and a call to his second-in-command, Pam, reveals that Hallow, a witch whose advances Eric spurned, robbed him of his memory. Still hoping to get her hands on him, Hallow is posting signs with his picture on them all over town, so Pam is determined that Eric stay put at Sookie's. Sookie is apprehensive about that, especially after her brother disappears, and she comes to suspect that the coven Hallow runs is responsible. But as her attraction to Eric deepens, Sookie finds she is drawn into the vampires' plot to attack Hallow's coven. The first hardcover in Harris' series is gripping and spicy. Kristine Huntley
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... July 9 2004
By anprdp
I am one of the world's largest vampire fans. There isn't a whole lot of vampire films (even bad ones) or books I haven't read. As being from the south, I really enjoyed this series. The first two books were beyond excellent. I found myself as a mother of two staying up to all hours of the night to finish them, but with these last two books I have been slightly disappointed in how the book has been led to almost make Bill non-existant. I found him the strongest lead man in the first two books and now I am finding myself missing him. Although Eric is very appealing, I want Bill back!! I like the monogomy in the first two books and I find Sookie being kinda handed around in the last two. All in all, the book has some high points to its appeal. I just miss my vamp man!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best Sookie yet July 5 2004
With her vampire ex-boyfriend heading out of town, Sookie Stackhouse looks forward to more peaceful (and lonely) times in small-town Louisianna. But when her brother starts dating a shape-shifter and hunky vampire Sheriff, Eric loses his memory and Sookie finds him running naked near her house, she realizes that the times will be anything but peaceful. With his memory intact, Eric was a jerk but he's sort of sweet without it--and Sookie has a hard time fighting the attraction. Still, she's made a new year's resolution--no more getting beat up. And if she hangs with Eric and the other vampires, she knows she's going to get hurt.
When her brother turns up missing, though, Sookie realizes that she can't just lay low. And with witches trying to take over nearby Shreveport (where Eric is from), it doesn't take long before she's in the middle of the fight of her life. There is one bit of good news. Despite a great figure and good looks, Sookie's mind-reading always scared away the normal males. But as she meets shifters, witches, vampires, and even a fairy, there are plenty of non-human and half-human males who find Sookie just what they are looking for--assuming she can survive long enough to create a relationship.
Author Charlaine Harris mixes up humor, suspense, magic, and a really nice character in Sookie Stackhouse for an especially strong entry into her Southern Vampire series. In a world where amoral vampires and amoral humans wage war for control, Sookie provides an ethical perspective and a bit of balance. Her concern for her missing brother and her ambivalent feelings toward Eric increase reader empathy with Sookie and our stakes in the outcome.
I've enjoyed each of the Southern Vampire novels but DEAD TO THE WORLD may just be the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give the poor girl a break! July 4 2004
By A Customer
I was going to hold out till this book out came in paperback, so all four in the series would match. My resolution lasted about a month, and I devoured the book yesterday. I've really enjoyed this series, but it's just getting depressing. So my main impression I had as I closed the book was "give poor Sookie a break!"
The first two books were a lot of fun. But the third one made me cry at the end, with the heartbreak that Sookie endures. When I started reading this one, I had hopes, but by the end of the book I was sad again. I don't want to feel sad when I spend $20 on a book and it compells me enough to read it in the space of one day. I enjoy spending time with Sookie in Bon Temps, and the characters that I feel I have grown to know very well in the past four volumes.
But I just want something *good* to happen to Sookie. I want her to find love that will last. (And I had to laugh at the reviewer who called her a "bed-hopping nympho." I didn't realize that sleeping with two guys in 26 years made you a nympho!!) Her self-worth has taken a beating her whole life, I would for once like to see her find someone who respects her and wants her.
Which means, of course, I'll be lining up to get book five, whenever that may be. I just hope it doesn't make me cry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'd prefer the road less traveled. June 29 2004
By N. Nutt
Having devoured the first three books in this series in as many weeks, I was delighted to get my copy of 'Dead to the World' and while the story took you through mysteries and adventures as per Charlaine Harris' usual excellant story-telling, the plot was thin. And Sookie, the main character, after having been initiated into the ranks of womanhood by her vampire boyfriend, Bill, seems to be taking the same path as another literary vampire-befriending female. I've stopped reading that series of books and I'm afraid I'll stop reading this series of books for the same reason if they continue in this vein. (yes, I did it on purpose.) I read books to entertain myself and bed-hopping nymphos aren't anything that trip my trigger, I much prefer a well thought out and written plot line.
There's not much character development in this book, Sookie, maybe due to her brother being missing, seems even more passive in this book. Some new characters are introduced but only peripherally. Eric's character was turned upside down due to the requirements of the plot and that didn't even ring true, there wasn't a coherence to it, it was uneven in the portrayal. The other familiar characters are there and go through the motions through to the big fight scene near the end of the book but it all lacked 'flavor'. It was an OK read but not delightful as the previous ones had been.
I'm still looking forward to the next book in the series but not as much as I had been previously.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not that interesting
Well I normally love True Blood and of course I mean both TV show and books I found this Ebook more like a bad cut and paste. Not what I wanted or expected.
Published 9 months ago by jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars What a world
Started the Sookie Stackhouse series and didn't stop until all 13 were read.
Only to start back at the beginning again.
Published 15 months ago by Heather A. Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This was my favorite Sookie Stackhouse book yet. I loved Eric loosing his memory and the relationship him and Sookie had, but I am happy it was done at the end of the book. Read more
Published on June 26 2012 by Khristine
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
I was satisfied with my purchase. The book I ordered came quickly and without any problems. thanks. I have no complaints.
Published on Feb. 14 2012 by JennaK
Dead to the World is the 4th instalment from the addictive and entertaining Sookie Stackhouse series, which for the most part I'm really enjoying. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2011 by Buggy
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This series of books provides a nice, easy read while still delivering a great story. Every time I pick one up I find I can't put it back down; they just sneak back into my hands! Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2010 by Crystal
4.0 out of 5 stars True Blood, Season 4 or Eclipse?
The story for Sookie and Eric was a soap opera plot, but I was pleased with how Harris ended it. The mystery involving Jason Stackhouse was effective and it will be interesting to... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2010 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Eric
When I bought this book at the local Zellers, I didn't even know there were other books before it until I made it to chapter three or four, but I read on anyway and loved it... Read more
Published on June 26 2005 by Mandy Rosko
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric...sigh...I pine for you
I loved this book! It was worth the wait. My only gripe is that I was done reading it in a single 24 hour period-- so that means I have to wait another year for the next one. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Tierney
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