The ninth entry in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, Dead and Gone, opens with Sookie Stackhouse back at work at Merlotte's in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and the world being rocked with the revelation of were-creatures. Sookie, telepath extraordinaire, has known of the existence of not only the weres but all sorts of other supernaturals for a while now (even having dated the weretiger Quinn), but those who haven't aren't necessarily thrilled with the news. Even her boss Sam's stepfather doesn't react well to the announcement, so Sam must leave the bar temporarily in Sookie's care while he travels home. Unfortunately, Sookie's erstwhile sister-in-law Crystal turns up mysteriously crucified in the parking lot, and that is just the beginning of her troubles. Her great-grandfather Niall, a fairy, turns up long enough to tell her she's in danger because of his politics, and Eric, her sometimes lover/vampire friend, tricks Sookie into becoming "his"...and Sookie's not sure if that means they are married, bonded, or simply stuck with each other.
There are a lot of characters in this book, from Sookie's roommate Amelia to sadistic fairies to vengeful ex-friends intent on harm. Sookie's more serious than in the past, but there is a lot to deal with with her own life in danger and the death of Crystal. Sookie's confused: is Bill really such a bad guy? Is a relationship with Eric what she truly wants? Should she trust her brother Jason? All of these events combine to a good deal of action that is often bloody and violent, even with Sookie doing her best to stay on top of things.
I am not disappointed with this installment of Ms. Harris's series, though of course I would have liked more story to flesh out some of the action. There are a couple of convenient explanations that seem to come out of nowhere--seriously, Mel?--but there is an air of plausibility to Sookie's actions that certainly follow what she has done in the past. The push/pull between Bill and Eric is intriguing and believable, and while I desperately want her to end up with Eric, I can see how hard it is to banish an old flame. I did at times feel that the canvas was too crowded, and had to stop and think about who a character was and what his/her place was in Bon Temps, but I don't have a good solution as to paring things down. It would be easy to pick apart the book if I sat and pondered it too much, but honestly, you can't please everyone by adding in everything they want in one novel. Ms. Harris did a fine job of weaving action and emotion into Dead and Gone, and I am looking forward to more in this series.
Pros: Well researched and written; intriguing and interesting Cons: Sookie is almost too weak in this installment. The Bottom Line: Dead And Gone continues to explore, and bring to life in a new way, one of the oldest myths in human existence, one that refuses to die an honored death. Book Details: Author: Charlaine Harris Book Type: Soft-cover; 289 pages Publisher: Ace Books/The Berkley Publishing … more
Sookie is back! In Dead and Gone the shifters have come out of the closet - they are taking the vampire's lead and have decided to also go public with their "special talents". The town seems to be taking it quite nicely until someone gets killed. I have to say that this might be the most violent book in the series - with a cruxification, a shooting, poisoning, torture, and on the brink of a Faery war. But I also believe it is one of my favorites. For one, Sookie seems to have … more
After having waited with bated breath for the newest Sookie novel, one is left somewhat bewildered. What is happening here? I have noticed that since their inception, the books seem to be getting progressively darker...with this one being the darkest yet. Knowing that the HBO series started infinitely more darker and sexual than the series, I can't help but wonder if the shows are influencing the author..... In any event, the series lost some of its momentum for me with this book...and … more
OMG I couldn't put this down! I can't even review this very well without major spoilers but it is soooo good! Finally the werewolves are out, which opens doors for more conflict, and an all out war is just beginning. There are a few character deaths that really broke my heart but really, Sookie/Eric finally!!!! I've been waiting for what happened for 9 books already! I can't wait until the next one and I hope the show connects them and follows the books on their romance as well. The best!