Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #11)

A fun break from my more serious reading.

DEAD RECKONING is the most recent of the Sookie Stackhouse series of books by Charlaine Harris - the book series on which the show TRUE BLOOD is based. 

I started reading this series before the show aired, and really enjoyed it.  As with any book-turned-movie/TV show, I hesitated watching it.  I don't watch TRUE BLOOD regularly, but I have seen a handful of episodes. As I feared, the show somewhat ruined the book series for me.  I can no longer read about these characters without picturing the actors in my head - none of which I find attractive.  Since attractiveness is a matter of personal taste, I hope I'm not offending Anna Paquin, and the rest of the True Blood cast. But, where there used to be passion and tension among the characters, I'm left flat.

Reviewing this book on its own, it was OK.  It was not my favorite of the series, but it was a nice break from other reading.  I've been in a reading slump - I have a bit of ADD lately and had a hard time finishing any of the books I started.  Charlaine Harris usually writes fast-paced, sexy books, and this one was much of the same, with a few disappointments. 

I found the one sex scene a bit...disturbing.  Let's just say Sookie needed, and alluded to the fact that she frequently needs, an icepack for her hoo hoo afterwards.  Ew.

There were parts that seemed to drag.  Unfortunately, either Sookie is slow, or Harris thinks little of her audience.  Any time Sookie has a serious conversation with someone with the hopes of finding out more information about her, her family, or the vampire/faerie/shifter world, she feels the need to sum things up.  I guess this is to save the readers whose minds may have wandered or couldn't follow along with the Q and A feel of the conversation.  In her earlier books, Harris's dialogue was more punchy and witty.  This dialogue in DEAD RECKONING felt forced.

Even though this was not my favorite in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I will keep reading the series! I promise to stop watching TRUE BLOOD, get the actors' faces out of my head, and give you a better review of the next one.  It's my reading candy!

Book Extras:
Charlaine Harris website
Chapter One: Dead Reckoning

About the Book:

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 Mti edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020317

  • About the Author:
    Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years.

    *Disclosure:  I was not given a review copy of this book by the publisher.  I borrowed it from my library.


    Zibilee said...

    I bought the first in this series a long time ago, and then put it aside and never read it. Then I told my mom about the books, and she started to listen to them on audio. She loves them! I got lots of brownie points for giving her a new series to fall in love with. I also have never seen True Blood, but probably wouldn't watch the show until I had finished the books. I am sorry to hear this one was a little disappointing though. It's always frustrating when a series starts to go downhill. Thanks for being so honest in your assessment of this one!

    bermudaonion said...

    I read the first book in the series and didn't love it the way everyone else has. I keep saying I'm going to give the series another try, but I haven't yet.

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