Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel Paperback – Mar 2 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
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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On the plus side the "new" Eric was delicious on every level though it does make me wonder what Harris has against Bill. Its not that I `m a team Eric, team Bill type girl but why bother to introduce him as Sookie's love just to keep sending him away every book, its just weird to me and doesn't even allow for a good love triangle to develop.
The thing is this series is almost awesome, the writing is amazing, the world building, the action and horror aspects, the relatable, fascinating and sexy characters but I just don't always understand Harris's choices. A few more love scenes wouldn't go astray either, although the 1 that we do get here is extra steamy. In the end I can't seem to stop myself from continuing on with this series, Sookie feels like an old friend now and I need to know where this is all going.
Its New Years eve when we first join Sookie again, she's driving home from a busy night at Merlottes. Bill has up and left for Peru and the last thing she needs or expects to see right now is a half naked vampire running down the road.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 on Jan. 17 2014 by jessica
Started the Sookie Stackhouse series and didn't stop until all 13 were read.
Only to start back at the beginning again.
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 morePublished on June 26 2012 by Khristine
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 16 2010 by Crystal
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 morePublished on Oct. 27 2010 by Chris
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 morePublished on June 26 2005 by Mandy Rosko
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 morePublished on July 2 2004 by Tierney