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Author: Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0575085517
Subcategory: Fantasy
Publisher Gollancz; Export Ed edition (2009)
Language English
Category: Fantasy
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by Charlaine Harris

Now it's the turn of the weres and shifters to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course - her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she's friend to the local Were pack and Sam, her boss at Merlotte's bar, is a shifter. At first the great Were revelation seems to go well - then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found outside Merlotte's. Though Sookie never cared that much for the victim, no one deserves such a horrible death, so she agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But what Sookie doesn't realise is that there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves is preparing for war ...
Set approximately three months after the tumultuous events of the previous entry in her Sookie Stackhouse series (2008's From Dead to Worse), author Charlaine Harris' latest release, Dead and Gone, takes off full-speed ahead and never once slows down. Therein lies a very big problem with this book, though...

Unfortunately for the fans of Ms. Harris' usually-compelling series, the result of all her labor last year is just a crazy quilt of frenetic events, as heroine Sookie races from trying to put out one metaphorical fire here to saving someone else's skin (or, heaven help her, her own skin, AGAIN) from another harrowing situation there. The poor girl never gets a chance to stop and catch her breath or regain her equilibrium, and as a result, the entire story shows her behaving in very un-Sookie-like ways (almost as if she's taken way too much cold medicine and is trying desperately--but failing-- to act "normal"). Her interactions with her current boyfriend (Eric the vampire) are notably odd. Her responses to the many deaths that occur are strangely remote. She is disconnected. She isn't amused, nor (sadly) is she amusing. Actually, Sookie isn't even particularly likable here (for the first time in the series!). In short, Sookie is off-kilter in this book, and the reader is left that way, as well.

As difficult as it is to keep up with the hyper pace, Ms. Harris does manage to keep the reader engaged, albeit unsettled. Definitely the most grim and gruesome entry in the series to date, DAG offers up numerous, gratuitously-graphic deaths and horrific surprises (shocks), while also attempting to address long-standing relationship issues. Many fans will be gratified that Ms. Harris continues to show parallels between her fictionalized world and the real one, by spotlighting the harmful effects of prejudice toward persons of different races and sexual orientations. (The fact that she makes her points with a sword rather than a paring knife, figuratively speaking, is rather disturbing, however. Like so many other aspects of this book, such scenes are just uncomfortably over-the-top.)

Yet another problem is Ms. Harris' decision to go out of her way to include several auxiliary characters, no doubt to appease readers who have expressed sadness over certain characters' absence in recent books. Most of these characters are relegated to mere cameo appearances, though, so fans will likely be left rather unsatisfied in that regard; the book, meanwhile, is left with quite a lot of clutter.

Despite Ms. Harris' attempts, there is just WAY too much going on in DAG for one normal-length book, and the reader is left feeling nearly as spent and exhausted upon completing it as poor Sookie is. Hopefully after this aberration (at least, what I can only HOPE is an aberration, and not a harbinger of her future books), Ms. Harris will sit herself down in a nice comfy easy chair, with a big glass of sweet tea by her side, to peacefully contemplate an easier, more pleasant adventure for her heroine's next appearance on the bookshelves. Sookie and company--as well as the readers--deserve it.
I first heard of this series because of True Blood. Yeah, I'm one of those that got late in the game LOL. At the time I hadn't started my obsession with UF and PNR so it was quite understandable that a couch potato like me learned of the TV show before finding out there was a book series behind it.

After I got addicted to reading everything paranormal, this series kept popping into my radar. I had already seen the show and loved it, because of that I was reluctant to read it. That doesn't make any sense? I'll explain. I HATE reading a book that has become as series/movie after I have already watched the series/movie.

An example was the Dresden File series by Jim Butcher. I had seen some of the TV show's episodes and therefore felt tainted when I started reading book one. It took me forever to finish it, but by the end I got really into it. I feel that I need a blank slate when reading a book series and not being influenced by the TV or the movies.

I finally gave in and bought a box with books 1-8 and even after that it took me a while to start it. I did and I have to say I was done for after that. Book one was a bit shaky, because of the damn comparison with the TV show that kept going through my mind, but after that? Damn, I was in love! I read the 9 Books out so far in a week and I want more and more...

The Sookie Stackhouse series is not deep and does not try to be something that it isn't. It's a fun series, with interesting characters that live in a world like our own, but where Vampires are not only real, but have just "come out of the coffin".

The Sookie in the book is so much better than the TV one. She is strong, loyal, fun, interesting and you can't help but love her and feel for her. She is just great. I loved her sense of humor and her loyalty to her friends. I loved that she sticks up for herself even to powerful vamps that would leave anyone else trembling.

A lot goes on from Book 1 until the latest installment and I don't want to spoil anything, but I have to say that all the books so far are fast paced, fun and full of adventure. There are tons of secondary characters that make the world Sookie lives in very interesting and rich.

In the romance department we have to deal with Bill, Sam, Eric and more... Personally I LOVE Eric and am definitely part of TEAM ERIC hehe. The sex scenes aren't up to erotic standards, but they are there and I have to say that at times, they were very steamy, specially where Eric was concerned ::fans self::

Best Book so far: I have to say it was "Dead to the World" (Book 4) - A lot of a Eric and a lot of fun =)

Most Difficult Book to read: "Dead and Gone" (Book 8) - A lot happens in this book and it has a lot of pain. Some people have told me they were very disappointed with it, I actually enjoyed this book a lot. But it was definitely a hard book, specially having to see Sookie suffer so much.

Worst Book so far: "Touch of Dead" (Book 9 - Short Stories collection) - after finishing book 8 I went on the hunt for anything Sookie and was quite disappointed with this one. A couple stories were fun, but it was montly Blah! for me...

All in all, I LOVED this series. Sookie is no Kate Daniels of Allie Beckstrom. She is not the kick-ass heroine we are used to seeing in Urban Fantasy books. However she does kick-ass in her own way, by being brave, fun and flawed. She is far from perfect and that makes her more real and even more lovable. She makes the wrong choices a lot of the time and can be so irritating, but you can't help but love her anyways.

I recommend this series to any Paranormal fan out there. You won't be disappointed!

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