Everything and everyone seem to suddenly be veering completely out of control and as usual the quirky Sookie Stackhouse is front and center of it all. It seems she just can’t keep her sweet southern self safe from the interactions of those pesky supernatural beings and who can blame her seeing that she is married to the powerful vampire Eric Northman(at least for the time being that is) and part other-worldly being herself.
Since that tiny bit of faery blood runs through her veins allowing her to read the minds of others telepathically, she seems to always be caught up in the machinations of those that surround her whether she joins willingly or not. In that respect within the somewhat poetic pages of Deadlocked not much has changed. Whether the world of Faery, the kingdoms of the vampires or the restless packs of were Sookie seems to be ever in demand. However suddenly her relationships to this out of this world collection of creatures have converged into one and it is a convergence of danger rather than safety.
The killing of the powerful vampire Victor in the former book Dead Reckoning has come back to haunt all who were involved both human and vampire alike. Unwelcome visitors have arrived including a vamp queen seductress intent upon luring Eric away from Sookie with promises and a pledge of power and wealth. As Eric is made vulnerable after an unfortunate feeding incident, the ever-loyal Sookie sets out to help in his exoneration with an array of characters against and at her side including her former lover Bill Compton.
But as the clues fall into place Sookie soon finds betrayal may surround her in the places she suspected it least and the very foundations of her life may be shaken to their very roots. As the otherworldly seem to come together in a plot designed to take everything Sookie holds dear, she must decide whether to fight or become resigned to the fate the supernaturals have decreed. A powerful object could answer all her prayers but only if she has the true sight to see what means the most and use it correctly. Will she lose Eric forever or find that the love she has long sought has been by her side all along?
In the latest suspenseful installment of the supernatural world of Bon Temps, Louisiana; worlds collide setting up the perfect stage for Charlaine Harris’ final words and her ultimate plans for the future of her dear Sookie. With only one book remaining it’s never been more important for Sookie Stackhouse to follow her heart and discover the path and being that she’s destined for. Unfortunately for the eager readers and die-hard fans alike they will have to wait a whole year to learn just who that being is.
Everyone needs a vacation, even the undead and especially the immortal wouldn’t you say? With Death’s Excellent Vacation,
editors Charlaine Harris
and Toni L. P. Kelner
have presented readers with thirteen out of this world stories from some of today’s best-known and beloved paranormal writers including the editors themselves. Authors such as Jeff Abbott, L.A. Banks, Sarah Smith and Daniel Stashower all contribute stories to the collection including many others of paranormal notoriety. Ranging from eerie to intellectual and down right hilarious the anthology has something for everyone and a little bit of everything included.
Vampires, ghouls, ghosts and demons all make appearances in this collection of stories about what the supernatural do when they’re off the clock. This newest compilation proves to be a wild ride on the supernatural side ranging from a brand new sexy Sookie Stackhouse story to the out of this world tale of one demon dog’s unique European tour. Each story while not involving what one may consider a typical vacation does ring true to the theme “because everyone-and-everything needs a break from the routine”, whatever said routine might be.
Lovers of the genre will enjoy the uniqueness of each story and the variations in writing style and characterization woven into one book. However those not familiar with paranormal literature and its peculiarities may find themselves confused by the changing personas created by each writer. Vampires for instance take on different characteristics and weaknesses depending on their creator in each story. Some writers allow their vampires the joy of the sun during their vacas while others keep them far away within the confines of darkness for fear of absolute death. While sometimes difficult to follow this varying outlook is one of the things that makes this work a interesting resource for seeking out new paranormal writers and helping reader’s find their own niche and personal favorites.
In the end die hard readers of the paranormal and newbies will all find a story to perfectly fit their vacation reading within its magical pages. And as with any short story collection one can sit down and read straight through or pick and choose when the moment is right. Some ups and some downs between stories may be felt due to personal writing tastes of the reader but still a spooky addition to any reader’s reading list just in time for summer.
And did I mention it includes a new Sookie Stackhouse story?
Death’s Excellent Vacation will be released tomorrow August 3, 2010.
Also coming February 2011 is The Sookie Stackhouse Companion Book.
Most Charlaine Harris fans will agree that the only thing better than a big ole’ glass of real Southern sweet tea is a new Sookie Stackhouse novel. Everyone has been patiently waiting and the wait is now over. Dead in the Family, the tenth in the saga has finally arrived and it does not disappoint its loyal fans or new readers. Action, eternal love, blood…it is Sookie to the core.
When we last left Sookie Stackhouse, she was wounded from the Fae War in which she had lost so many of her dear friends and even some relatives. She has survived the torture physically inflicted upon her by two sadistic fairies that opposed her grandfather, the Prince but will she ever get over the mental realities of what the war has done. The Fairy World has been shut off from the mortal one and Sookie has once been sealed off from a member of her family whom she had just begun to know and love. Another grandparent to mourn while struggling to get through each day where you wait tables at bar owned by a Shapeshifter and share your bed with one of the most powerful vampires ever made. All while knowing what every single human being around you thinks. It’s hard a life but it had its perks.
However of course new issues arise in other quarters as Sookie tries to recover. Not all the fairies have returned to their world and two in particular seem to be tracking her while the Weres continue to need her help in their struggle to survive coming out to society. Toss in a dead body in the back woods, new vampire political intrigue and the questions of Bill Compton’s recovery from silver poisoning and you have yourself quite a read. But let’s not forget Eric, beautiful, immortal, blood bound Eric. Plus the addition of another very well known historical figure that just happens to have been turned into an immortal much like our beloved Bubba.
Charlaine Harris is a puppeteer that has created characters that jump off the page despite their supernatural being. In Dead in the Family she continues to excite and collect readers through her imaginative orchestration of Sookie’s life. Her creativity and ability to surprise continue in this latest volume. Reader’s will simply suck it up until it’s dry and wait for more. Enjoy…it will be nothing but True Blood for quite awhile after this one.
1.) Dead Until Dark
2.) Living Dead in Dallas
3.) Club Dead
4.) Dead to the World
5.) Dead as a Doornail
6.) Definitely Dead
7.) All Together Dead
8.) From Dead to Worse
9.) Dead and Gone
10.) Dead in the Family
11.) A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse Short Story Collection)
And thus I believe this completes my Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge. Thanks Charlaine Harris for hours of enjoyable reading! I was Sucked in by Sookie long ago….now everyone seems to be. And don’t forget True Blood Season 3 begins on HBO on June 13th!
Okay, so I have already read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series…in fact I did so in two weeks. However I feel this challenge presents the perfect excuse to re-read the entire series which I have been meaning to do anyway. It’s such a guilty pleasure. For those of you who don’t know the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris is the origin of HBO’s beloved True Blood. Yes, it’s based off books…for those non-readers who are in denial that everything fantastic starts with a book for the most part. This challenge is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is pretty straightforward. Between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, catch up on Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series….really there is no excuse…this challenge lasts an entire year and although I am joining late…you will go through these like crazy…almost in a frenzy…..
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead and Gone
Now once you are done with that and nice and hooked. You can then check out Charlaine Harris’ other series that I love starring a character named Harper Connelly. And in May 2010 we will be “bitten” with the next Sookie Stackhouse book Dead in the Family. There are also numerous volumes of Sookie Stackhouse short stories and a new book with such will also come out in August 2010. So happy reading ya’ll!
R.I.P. IV Challenge 2009
I am excited to have finished my reading for Stainless Steel Droppings’ R.I.P IV Challenge. I am posting early just because I rarely have time lately to post and with my son’s first Halloween coming up I am busy with Mommy stuff and may not get in anymore spooky reading! I must say I was happy with what I accomplished this last month though reading wise. I really have gotten hooked on Charlaine Harris and her Sookie Stackhouse series and I found a very similar series I like by Molly Harper. The first two books are out now: Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs and Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men. Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever will be released January 2010. Now normally these books would not be “my cup of tea” but the main character is a Children’s Librarian, dedicated Janeite and frankly hilarious! So my final total was 10 although I did not get to every genre. I really wanted to re-read some Poe and The Monk but time ran away! Happy Halloween!!
Mystery: Helter Skelter
Suspense: The Ghost Writer by John Harwood, Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
Dark Fantasy: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan , Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Gothic: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Supernatural: A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris, Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs and Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper
Well….It’s happened! I have been sucked into the world of Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood. I have never been a big fan of Science Fiction but when Twilight first came out, I got into the series and eagerly awaited each book. Then a few weeks ago a friend turned me onto the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I fully did not think I would get into it. The cover art made me cringe…just not something I would normally go for. But boy am I into it now. I have been watching the first season of True Blood and am almost finished with the second of the novels Living Dead in Dallas. I think what is special about this series is similar to what is special about Twilight. Inventiveness, creativity and thinking about a subject in a new light. Bringing vampires “out of the coffin” and into society is a unique spin. Charlaine Harris has really surprised me and delighted as the pages have gone by. Plus being quite Southern doesn’t hurt with a girl like me! Plus in her Aurora Teagarden series, Harris has a murder solving southern librarian….you just can’t beat that! But perhaps I am biased on that account! In any case give it a try!