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When you have a life like Sookie Stackhouse's, you make a lot of enemies. And in Charlaine Harris' eleventh Southern Vampire novel, "Dead Reckoning," a bunch of people with grudges against Sookie make her life a little more interesting. It's a much smoother and more satisfying ride than the previous novel, but the developments involving Eric are rather disappointing.

Sookie is busy at work when someone firebombs Merlotte's -- and though no one is injured, she worries that it might have been a hate crime against Sam. And at home, she uncovers a shocking fact in an old letter from her grandmother, as well as a mysterious faerie artifact called the cluviel dor. Additionally, Eric is acting kind of strange, but he won't tell Sookie why that is.

But it becomes clear that someone is out for Sookie's life -- thugs attack at Merlotte's, assassins show up at her house, and an old enemy pops up wanting nothing but her death. And that may not be the only threat to Sookie, since the vicious regent Victor is trying to provoke Eric into ruining his position as sheriff... meaning Sookie has to get him first.

"Dead Reckoning" is a much smoother, less disjoined novel than the last Sookie Stackhouse novel, and in many ways it's a welcome return to form. We've got some gruesome killings, a few mysteries, some charmingly embarrassing situations (Sookie hiding naked in Bill's coffin), and the looming spector of vampire politics making everything more complicated.

Harris' prose is still a pretty even mix of the dark'n'creepy and the down-to-earth unpretentiousness of Sookie's everyday life, and she inserts some genuinely funny moments into the story ("We fol­lowed the bondage Bobb sey Twins across the crowd ed dance floor"). And she seems to be simplifying matters in Sookie's life, since some of the supernatural forces she's involved with get untangled from her.

The problem? It feels like Harris has gotten tired of Eric, because he appears only sporadically in this novel, and most of the time he seems oversensitive and overbearing. Sookie seems to barely tolerate him. Then of course, a plot twist that is rather... disappointing, particularly to anyone shipping Eric/Sookie.

Sookie herself seems to be back on an even keel after the traumatic events of the last few books -- she seems steadier on her own feet, even to the point of blowing up when people meddle in her love life. She also seems to be lighting a little torch for Sam, who is a small but potent presence in this particular book, and "stranger in a strange land" Dermot is fleshed out more.

"Dead Reckoning" stumbles on therelationship front, but the onslaught of Sookie's enemies keep the darker slant of the story intriguing. However, Eric/Sookie fans should brace themselves.
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on May 5, 2011
If you like the previous books this one may be a bit of a disappointment.

I was one of the many that was eagerly awaiting this book and bought it on the first day it came out. I have loved most of the previous books, the one before this one was not my favourite but still not bad. All the other ones have been very easy to read and I have had a hard time putting them down. This one was hard to get into and most of the main characters seemed to just be thrown in here and there. Bill didn't make an appearance till the middle of the book, Eric is just here and there and it seemed as if he is always mad and that the author is trying to find a way to get rid of him.

I am a HUGE fan of the Eric/Sookie romance and I have been hoping from the beginning for a happy ever ending but that seems as if it will never happen. It seems that Sookie will never actually have an happy ever ending which is too bad. I was hoping that this book would answer some questions and have some conclusions in site for the story line but that didn't happen.

This book seemed to lack the usual writing style and didn't quite seem to fit the pattern of the series. It is a filler book that really doesn't go anywhere or give you any new insight to the future of the series or the characters.

Hopefully the next one if there is one will be better and not seem so rushed to be put together.
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on May 10, 2011
When i started reading this series i was a little wiery about wether or not i would like it, but after the first book i just couldn't put them down, but since the last book came out i have lost so much interest. Dead Reckoning was boring and seems to be thrown together. There doesn't seem to be much of a peek in the last two books and i am soooo glad i didn't pay full price for it! When i got it in the mail i was shocked to see how SMALL it is, definetly not worth $32, i hope the next one is bigger and the events are more eventfull, not just, boom boom boom done!
Don't get your hopes up about the book, but you have to read it if you want to continue the series.
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on October 28, 2011
I have been an avid fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books since the beginning, however I am terribly disappointed with this book. I can normally read these books in a day, but it took me almost a week to finish it and that is because I FORCED myself to read it all. There were aspects of the book that had me thinking, "what the hell?" and "Really?"

Niall and Eric apparently had dealings about Sookie before Eric knew she was part fae. Could Sookie be anymore of a suck and a hyprocrite? She plans Victor's murder and then gets all preachy when it's done and over with! Not to mention, Bill talking like Eric; makes references about Sookie's breasts. Anyone who has read the books knows Eric LOVES Sookie's breasts and has told her so in many colourful ways! Even Eric's speech was different when speaking to Sookie, Pam, etc. WTF!

On a positive note, Sookie has finally realised that she truly does love Eric after the blood bond is broken. AMEN!!

I'm wondering where the engery, sex and entertaining drama has gone! I crave the witty dialog, the juicy, HOT sex and the dynamic characters we were introduced to in the beginning. I miss the intense chemistry between Eric and Sookie. I miss not loving this series, like I did in the beginning.

I don't think Ms. Harris' heart is in it anymore and I for one, will NOT be running out to purchase the next installment on its release date.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon December 9, 2013
I love Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. Harris is a terrific writer: entertaining, witty, observant, creative. And she tells good stories. Here comes the "but"....It's difficult to maintain a long series that builds on past books. There's the inevitable recaps and introductions, just in case the reader hasn't read the first books. Yes, this is a series I recommend you start from Book One. If the books weren't "entertainment" and were "serious" novels such as the seven that comprise Proust's "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu," then, heck, the reader would be expected to remember, or take notes. But Harris or her editors have decided that readers can't keep details straight from one book release to the next, or else that readers new to the series need to be caught up. I don't have a solution for this. But I do think the recaps and explanations slow down and distort the fast pace of the narrative.
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on February 23, 2013
Yes. It was good news for me to hear that the serie would end soon after finishing this book.
I think like Sookie I am tired of going from one lover to another and to go through so many deaths. People drop dead like flies in this serie. Moreover, we sense that Sookie is running around while remaining alone all the time like an headless chick. That's regrettable since at first it had a clever political commentary seeping between the lines.

Tough to compete with the TV serie I'll admit. Anyway, I appreciated the beginning. Sookie's slow recovery was real and sweet with Eric being all ateentionate and such. Really touching,
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on May 22, 2012
This book was just a filler book. Hopefully something happens in the next book. If it doesn't I might give up the series since it seems to be becoming just a money grab for the author & publisher.
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