Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Find in our catalog)
Well, really! Why review this one? Hasn’t everyone read one of the Southern Vampire mysteries or, at least, seen an episode of TrueBlood???
I’ll start off by saying I LOVE this series! It really doesn’t matter how quirky it gets. Why? Because, I will never (hopefully) have to experience the crazy life Sookie leads. This series falls in the realm of escape fiction for me. I love the romance, the spontaneity, the humor, but, in particular, the sass and attitude of Sookie.
This last book, however, wasn’t a stellar contribution to the series. Like the last one, the writing seems to be getting formulaic. Most of the lines fell flat along with character development. The fae characters are just getting boring. Even the re-introduction of some of the were characters felt like “too little too late”. Alcide used to be someone I hoped Sookie would fall for. Now, it was just icky. Remember the 4th book when Eric loses his memory. Now that was hot. This one just wasn’t.
I wonder if this has to do with the HBO series, which just released the 3rd season on DVD. I am also finding it harder not to see the book characters as the actors from the show. Darn it to all. This is why I should never watch a show/movie from a book. It just ruins the whole thing for me!
Two thoughts jumped out at me, though, as I was reading it …
1st – Did anyone catch the reference to Lily Bard Leeds??? If you haven’t already read Charlaine Harris’ other series about Lily Bard, you are truly missing out. Lily has a tragic past that she is trying her best to just put behind her. She moves to Shakespeare, Arkansas and assumes a low profile as a cleaning lady. We meet her in the first book, Shakespeare’s Landlord (Find in our catalog). Living in a small town can make you a suspect fast if you are new. When Lily sees someone use her trash trolley to dispose of a body, she needs to find the killer before her world is turned upside down. Supernatural? Not a bit! But, it is a great story. I loved reading about Lily and her world, even if the trauma leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I am anxious to see if Lily makes any more appearances in future Southern Vampire books. It will be a fabulous meld of works.
2nd – What if you have read all of the Sookie books? What will you read now?
Recently published (Feb 2011) was the latest installment of the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. In Pale Demon (Find in our catalog), our witchy heroine Rachel Morgan takes a cross-country trip to save her life. After being accused of practicing demon magic, Rachel must stand before the council of witch and try to convince them of her innocence. Making this trip interesting are vampire, pixy, and egotistical elf. The interplay of the characters is great.
Posted by Kristina
(The new series of True Blood starts this Sunday on HBO - Ed)