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Another Supernatural "Tail"!

  • Jul 8, 2007
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Book Five in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris finds our favorite waitress and telepath, Sookie Stackhouse, concerned as her brother Jason begins his first cycle of shifting into a werepanther. Though she has no advice for him, she is unsettled until she learns that he seems to be enjoying his new role, but not everyone believes he is. In fact, his name comes up as the possible suspect behind the shooting of several "weres" in the community, and only Sookie's friendly relationship with one of them, Calvin Norris, keeps the pack from going after Jason. So once again, Sookie finds herself up to her ears in supernatural goings-on, including the ways of werepanthers, werewolves, fairies, shapeshifters, and of course, vampires.

Charlaine Harris continues to add new characters into her series who are entertaining and mysterious, and this installment is no different. Besides our usual vampire friends Bill, Eric, and Pam, we have Charles, a bartender sent by Eric to help out in Sookie's bar, and the seemingly evil Mickey, who has some sort of hold over Sookie's friend Tara. Alcide makes another appearance, but this time he needs Sookie's help in supporting his father's bid for packmaster, and this leads to the introduction of Quinn, who is apparently yet another type of were. Also around are Claudine and Claude, twin fairies who seem to come to Sookie's aid at the oddest moments.

This is a good next installment in the series, with Sookie finding herself unwittingly in danger yet again. Though weary of the drama that seems to follow her, Sookie plunges valiantly on whenever friendship and loyalty are called upon. My biggest personal disappointment in this one was the lack of development of a stronger relationship between Sookie and the delectable Eric, but a sweet moment with Bill helped make up for it. As usual, I'm enthralled and ready for the next one! Recommended once again.

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Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
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review by . March 29, 2010
Sookie is back and this time there's kissing and shooting and politics and tigers, oh my! This is such a silly little series, but it is oh so addictive. A lot happened in this book, from the various kisses to the fight to be packleader of the Weres. I liked how this book was written and laid out there. There was no lagging parts or holes in the story. I would say it's a must read for those that have read this series, but you're probably already addicted.
review by . August 18, 2007
Sookie has embraced every aspect of the paranormal; from her own ability to read the minds of humans, to vampire love interests and friends and a boss who is a shapeshifter. But when her own brother Jason begins to change into a were-panther for the first time, she is most concerned with his ability to accept what amounts to a complete life change. Her concern for Jason is heightened when it becomes clear that there is a sniper loose in the area that is targeting the shapeshifting community. And …
review by . May 25, 2007
Sookie Stackhouse is pleasantly surprised when her brother's first change at the full moon into a panther goes so well. He seems to have really enjoyed it and she is relieved to know for sure that he is not suicidal; a worry she has had since they had learned he had been bitten and 'contaminated'. But just as she starts to relax, a few of her shape shifting friends get hit by a sniper, leaving one dead. Her brother's new panther family seems to suspect him, Sookie vows to find the …
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Starred Review. Harris's rousing fifth Sookie Stackhouse fantasy-mystery (after 2004'sDead to the World) pits vampires, were-creatures, shifters and one fairy godmother against a sniper with an apparent aversion to nonhumans. If trying to discover who's behind the shootings isn't enough, the telepathic cocktail waitress from Bon Temps, La., has to cope with a few other distractions: her sexy "Were" friend, Alcide Herveaux, needs her help in his father's bid to become the next leader of the local werewolf pack; her boss, Sam Merlotte (a collie in his spare time), gets shot; her house partly burns down; and what's she to do about the handsome vampire bartender who dresses as a pirate at Sam's place? Between one mishap and another, Sookie is one busy gal. Harris does an admirable job of creating a heroine who's not only interesting but completely believable in a world of the strange and the different. Natural and humorous dialogue and a nicely paced plot that doesn't dwell so much on Sookie's old boyfriends help make this entry the best yet in the series.
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ISBN-10: 0441013333
ISBN-13: 978-0441013333
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Ace Books
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