This past weekend, I read Dead and Gone, the 9th installment in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. I am all caught up with my Sookie Stackhouse Challenge at Beth Fish Reads!
It hurts to say it, but Dead and Gone was a big mess for me. I have no problem when an author refers back to previous books in the series, for the sake of those who might pick up the book without reading the earlier ones, but I think it only served as confusion this time around. Did Harris bring in Alcide and Quinn for 2 or 3 pages each just so we wouldn't forget about them and "Sookie Stackhouse's All-Male Review"?
This book was all over the place. (Hell, this review is all over the place!) Once again, there's a war going on -- this time between two factions of the faeries. Of course, Sookie has found herself smack dab in the middle. She also has the vampires to deal with, the shifters' revelation, and a murderer on the lose. What would Bon Temps do without Sookie Stackhouse?
Since I read a lot, and sometimes read more than one book at a time, I take notes on little index cards that I use as bookmarks. Then when I sit down to write a review, I refer back to my index card (this also saves me from making notes IN my books -- the horror!). If I'm reading a series, I don't throw away the card when I'm finished writing the review. I hold onto it, and use it in the next book in the series. Yes, I'm anal that way. I may have made a mistake in my note-taking, but I think I found some errors in this book. Usually I let small things slide, but I think it just added to the messiness of the book. There were some consistencies: gratuitous violence, R-rated love scenes, and Bubba (I love Bubba...even though it took me 4 books to figure out who he was).
Even though I may have come down hard on Dead and Gone, I'm sure I will read the 10th Sookie Stackhouse book, entitled Dead in the Family, due out May 2010.
A Touch of Dead, a compilation of previously published Sookie Stackhouse stories, will be on shelves October 2009.
About this Book:
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ace Hardcover (May 5, 2009)