Friday, July 17, 2009

Review: Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5) by Charlaine Harris

Book #5 was an unfortunate turning point for me. For the first time so far, not only did I not want to run out and get the next book in the series (instead of reading one of the books on my oh-so-very-high To-Read stack) but I also wasn't excited about writing the review. I didn't hate it, don't get me wrong. Sookie is still as sassy and witty as ever. The men in her life -- both the living and the undead -- are still pining for her. There is still violence and mystery, supplied in the form of a serial shooter, who is targeting the two-natured. Of course, since shifters are still in hiding, Sookie can't tip off the police, so it's up to her and her band of boy-toys to solve the mystery, before she herself gets killed.

I think my one problem with Dead as a Doornail, is Ms. Harris has introduced even more potential love interests. No woman can be that attractive to so many men. I feel that when you overpopulate the possibilities, that romantic tension is lost. Eric and Bill are still around, but on the periphery. We're still left unsure of what is going on with Sam, Calvin, Alcide, and Quinn (the new bald were-tiger dude). Six love interests for one girl? Hopefully, Sookie will focus one one or two in the next one.

I still feel Club Dead was my favorite of the bunch so far, and the series has great potential in where it can go next. The Sookie Stackhouse series are fun, light reads (yes, even with the guns, guts, and gore) and I'm sure I will be back sooner than even I expect. It's kind of like television. If you watch enough Lost, CSI, and Law and Order, sometimes you need a little Chuck thrown in to balance out your mood. Sookie is my Chuck.


Ashley @ Ashley's Library said...

I agree with you about the romantic partners. I understand why it happens in the book but I still thought it was sort of annoying.

I found the following books to be a lot better than this one. To me, this is the weakest of the series so far.

Alipet813 said...

So, it true blood the show loosely based on this series? I get confused about this. Do you watch the show? Mark, my boyfriend, is addicted to it.

Alison said...

Yes, Alipet13, True Blood (the show on HBO) is based on this book series. I don't watch the show, so I don't know how closely the storylines are to one another. I was a big Buffy fan, though, and when my husband saw a commercial for True Blood, he said, "Uh oh, I know what you're next favorite show is going to be!" Unfortunately, I haven't watched it yet. One of these days...

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