03 Mar 2017
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Tags: 2005, charlaine harris, harris, Murder Mystery, mysteries, mystery, shape shifter, shape shifters, Sookie, Sookie Stackhouse, Sookie Stackhouse novel, Sookie Stackhouse novels, Southern vampire mystery, the southern vampire, vampire, vampire mystery, vampireisim, vampires, weres, werewolf, werewolves
Title: Dead as a Doornail
Author: Christine Harris
When I pick up a Sookie Stackhouse novel, many time I feel like I’m putting on warm fuzzy bunny slippers. There is a familiar comfort to the cadence and the flow of these books that I simply enjoy. When I read Charlaine’s books I simply just sit back, enjoy the ride and maybe live a little vicariously through Sookie seeing as she gets to be around the types of beings I only get to dream of, vampires and werewolves and the like.
While I enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books and they all have that familiar comfort this book felt a little outside of the norm. I enjoyed the read and it was just as cozy as I described above but it was lacking at the same time. In picking up one of these novels I’ve come to expect a good bit of mystery and intrigue, Sookie’s life to be in danger on more than one occasion and for there to be some rather sexy moments between Sookie and a supernatural male of choice. Sadly this was not the case with the book. It had promise it had intrigue – Sookie’s life was in danger but not in such thrilling ways where I was on the edge of my seat.
Sookie also spent most of her time swinging from one even to the next trying to keep her head afloat and not really digging into any mysterious events or deaths even though there was a serial killer roaming around trying to kill shifters. It was kind of clear at least to me who did the shooting long before Sookie even pieced any of it together and honestly the discovery of who did it was merely by chance. Additionally the only sexy moment was when Sookie was getting her leg licked by a newly introduced shifter. It sounds kinky and weird I admit but given the situation it was less kinky and more logical and a bit sexual.
Honestly this book in the series was akin to the second movie in a trilogy, lot of important information and filler but a bit lacking in the action. I will admit it made a lot of sense for Sookie as a character to not get too romantically involved with anyone given everything that had happened in her life. She had recently been through a lot of drama in the previous books and most people like Sookie would need a break and would sort of swing from event to event as it played in the book – so I can credit Charlene Harris for her use of character development in this book but it was still highly disappointing when you are expecting something a little more both romantically and mystery wise. I am hoping the next book will pick back up with the romantic interludes and mysterious intrigue. With that said I’ll have to give this book a 3 out of 5 pages – it is not worth skipping but you don’t want to expect to get much out of this book.
27 Nov 2015
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Tags: charlaine harris, Club Dead, harris, Murder, Murder Mystery, shape shifter, shape shifters, shifters, Sookie, Sookie Stackhouse, Sookie Stackhouse novel, Sookie Stackhouse novels, Southern vampire mystery, the southern vampire, vampire, vampire mystery, vampireisim, vampires, weres, werewolf, werewolves
Title: Club Dead
Author: Charlaine Harris
It’s been a while since I’ve read another Sookie Stackhouse Novel, or at least reviewed it. After one horrific novel that plays at Vampires I decided to chase that off with something a bit better. Now I’ll be the first to say that I don’t find the Stackhouse novels to be the end all of Vampires, but they do a better job than the book that shall not be named or as I like to call it ‘the book of dimples’.
Club Dead is the third book in at least a nine book series (I haven’t looked to see if there are even more or not). This book take a different turn than the first two and wasn’t a classic murder mystery romance story of Sookie with her Vampire boyfriend Bill. In this book (sorry I will spoil you some) not everything is perfect in paradise for Sookie and Bill.
In the story we learn more about the Vampire world and the world of Werewolves an shifters as Sookie travels with a Werewolf named Alcide to Mississippi to save Bill’s life as his vampiric life is in danger and she is the only one who can possibly save him by using her mind reading abilities to find him. Of course, she is having to enter dangerous waters as it is most likely the Vampire King of Missippi that has Bill. Louisana vampires cannot help as they are tied with the Vampire Queen of Lousiana and a war would break out if things get too involved. Thus Alcide is hired to help Sookie.
Over all, the tension of the book was decent from the worry and conflict over Bill, as he was ready to just up and leave Sookie high and dry without even properly breaking up with her to be with an old lover. To a lot of the sexual tension felt as Sookie found herself highly attracted to Alcide and his animal magnetism as a werewolf. I admit while very little occurred between Sookie and Alcide, it was very appealing to me to read as I have always been quite fond of Werewolves.
This book takes the Sookie character in new directions and really develops her as a person and I admit I’m intrigued to see how much of that will carry into the next books. Over all the book was a decent read. The mystery wasn’t too heavy this time around like it was in past books but there were a few driving questions that helped pull the book together. In the end I will say that while the writing may not be to perfection for some people Charlaine Harris has a way of drawing you in as a reader and making you not want to stop reading till the end. With such a writing style and ‘romance’ found in the book I honestly enjoyed myself with the book. As such I will have to give it a 4 out of 5 pages. If I was rating the story on mystery though I would have to knock things down a peg as again the mystery aspect of the story wasn’t as strong.
11 Sep 2015
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Tags: 2002, charlaine harris, Dallas, harris, Living Dead, Living Dead in Dallas, mystery, Sookie, Sookie Stackhouse, Southern vampire mystery, the southern vampire, True Blood, Trueblood, vampire, vampires
Title: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
After reading the first Sookie Stackhouse book (as most people call it) I knew I wanted to read the second and shortly after reading and reviewing the first book I found myself rushing to the library to get the next book. Unfortunately like took some unexpected turns and I was forced to stop reading it for a time and the conditions that caused me to stop reading caused me to not want to read the book. Yet the completest in me very much wanted to finish the book so after a few failed attempts to borrow the book I picked it back up thinking I was hardly half way through the story to discover I was more than half way and finished in in a couple of hours.
The general story starts with Sookie discovering the death of a friend that was being pinned on Bill Compton who wasn’t to blame even if he isn’t her favorite person. Of course while this is the setting for a good mystery there is more to the story than just that, in addition to this, Sookie and her abilities are are being sold and rendered to a Coven in Dallas where things take a turn for the ugly as she is forced to meet and face the anti-vampire community as they are involved with the disappearance of a Dallas Vampire. Of course that disappearance is another mystery to be figured out by Sookie as she is a human and can investigate in day light hours. Toss into this the fact that Sookie is having trouble with certain vampire characteristics of Bill’s creating some tension and there is also a maenad names Callisto causing some trouble as well.
In short, there is a lot going on in this book, though majority of it is set in Dallas where Sookie faces the Dallas coven followed by dealing with the anti-vampire community known as the Fellowship of Light. In the end everything kind of ties itself up once Sookie is returned home and honestly I felt the conclusion of the death we see at the start of the book and some of the other issues was a bit rushed and trite – not to say that the general story wasn’t good. I stayed at work extra just to finish the last chapter so it couldn’t be all that bad. Also, if I hadn’t stopped and picked the book back up I may not have noticed this issue as much, so I will kindly give this book a 4 out of 5 pages and state that I do look forward to finding the time to read the next book in the series despite the fact that I have other books currently in my bag that need to be read first.
27 Mar 2015
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Tags: 2001, charlaine harris, fantasy, Murder Mystery, mystery, Sookie, Sookie Stackhouse, vampire, vampires
Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
For the longest time I have been curious about the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I knew there was a TV show that was based on the novels and that the novels had to deal with some of my favorite mythological creatures Vampires and Werewolves, though truth be told I am more a Werewolf girl than a Vampire girl but seeing as Werewolves are not in the media lime light I’ll take what I can get.
Picking up the book, I was surprised and raptured away very quickly by the story it did not take very long for me to be sucked in and lost in the world of the story and intrigued by everything about Sookie and her relationship with the new local Vampire Bill, the characters were real and dimensional in my opinion and I simply had a lot of fun reading, it.
As there are lulls in my line of work, I tend to read at work. As I was reading I found myself getting frustrated when I was expected to do my job. I did it of course because it was my job but I wanted nothing more but to continue reading the book. If it says anything I rarely read a book like this in one day and I pretty much read it in one day and I am clamoring for more. I am quite literally sad that I don’t have the next book in the series, I have lots of books but not the next one.
To give an over view of the book Sookie is a girl with the ‘disability’ of being able to read minds who has always wanted to meet a Vampire ever since they had become known and acknowledged in society. She met one and found that he was the one being that she couldn’t read the mind of. From there they got to know each other and drew close as Sookie took it upon herself to look into the murders of some girls who are similar to her as a way to protect Bill the Vampire as Vampires were being looked to as the potential killers.
It is hard to describe the plot of the story in some respects but it is quite a good read and I enjoyed it very much. Despite how much I enjoyed the book, I have to still give it a 4 out of 5 pages. It is fantastic but I don’t think it quite hit the levels of a must read for all. Good but not that good.