Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Review: Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) by Charlaine Harris

Yes, I'm still reading the Sookie Stackhouse series. Those of you who know me, aren't surprised that I can't back down from a Challenge. Then again, those of you who really know me, aren't surprised that I'm finding it hard to leave a vampire book unread on my shelf.

I am happy to say, Sookie Stackhouse narrows down her suitor list in Definitely Dead. If my math is correct, I believe the count is down to a manageable 3. Of the previous six, Sookie lets one down easy, another takes himself out of the running with a hearbreaking confession, and she realizes that she never had a chance with another. Of the potential love interests remaining, she still has quite a few yummy honeys to choose from -- one already comfortably calling her "Babe".

Sookie finds a new girl friend, Amelia, who I wasn't sure about when we were first introduced to her character. Turns out, she's funny, she's a straight shooter, and she's one powerful witch. Amelia is heading back to Bon Temps to stay with Sookie for a while, so we'll be seeing her in the next book. I'm so glad that Sookie has a gal pal!

We learn a big secret about Sookie in Definitely Dead (no, I'm not going to spoil it). It's a cool little Sookie-fact, that opens up a lot of doors for the next books, and answers some questions about who she is and why she is.

There's some sexual tension between Sookie and her remaining men, but none of it is as explicit as in the first book, which I appreciate from Ms. Harris once again.

There is one thing that is starting to bug me, and I have to get it off my chest. I think Ms. Harris needs to open up an issue of InStyle from sometime this past decade. I can't get past the "slack sets in pastel colors" and "knit pants" that the women are wearing. Slack Sets? I'm at a loss. I'm not sure what knit pants are, but I can't help but think of one's grandmother -- and not my own, she had great style. It's the little things, you know?

I have to share my very favorite line of the book. I loved it so much I had to underline it:

"Did anyone ever tell you that you smell enchantingly like a fairy?" Rasul said.
"Oh, I've been with my fairy godmother, " I explained, "She took me shopping."

love it.

One thing was brought to my attention that I had to share with you all -- an anthology of short stories, called Bite
, written by Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson (Undead's Betsy Taylor), Laurel Hamilton (Anita Blake series), Angela Knight, and Vickie Taylor. I learned from Elizabeth at Moonlight to Twilight, that it is most helpful to read the short story by Charline Harris entitled "One Word Answer" before reading Definitely Dead. It sounds like there is more of a background story on the Vampire Queen of Louisiana and cousin Hadley. Thanks to Elizabeth, our expert on all things Vampire.


MsMoonlight (Elizabeth Jules Mason) said...

Great review Alison, and I love that quote from the book.

DCMetroreader said...

Your comment about the author's outdated fashion styles and terms made me think about the Sex in the City episode where Carrie chastises Berger for putting a scrunchie on his fashionable NYer. Have you seen that episode?

I'll have to look for this book.

Alison said...

I love that Sex in the City episode!

Sookie Stackhouse is supposed to be in some small town in Louisiana, not jet-setting around NYC, I get that. STILL. It bugs me. I hope that doesn't make me shallow.

Ashley @ Ashley's Library said...

I totally get what you are saying about the clothes in the Sookie Stackhouse books. I remember reading about a sweater that made me wonder why Sookie would even own it. The clothes described sometimes don't fit the character.

Maybe I'm a little biased after watching True Blood though?

Either way the books are great!

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