Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Dead to the World, by Charlaine Harris

(hb; 2004: fourth entry in The Sookie Stackhouse Novels)

From the inside flap:

"Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's pretty. She does her job well. She keeps to herself and has only a few close friends because not everyone appreciates Sookie's gift. She can read minds. Not exactly every man's idea of date bait. Unless they're undead. Vampires and the like can be tough to read -- just the kind of guy Sookie's been looking for.

"Maybe that's why, when she comes across a naked vampire on the road home from work, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out he hasn't a clue as to who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric, still as scary and sexy -- and dead -- as the day she first met him. But now he has amnesia. Eric is sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie's help -- because whoever took his memory now wants his life. Sookie's investigation into why leads straight into a dangerous battle among witches, vampires, and werewolves. But there could be a greater danger to Sookie's heart -- because the kinder, gentler Eric is very difficult to resist."

Review:

A few weeks have passed since the events of Club Dead.

Sookie, once again, faces simultaneous crises: she's housing Eric Northman, vampire Sheriff of Area 5, who's not only had his memory wiped by malefic witches, but is still being targeted by them; her brother, Jason, has disappeared, without a trace, foul play a factor; and a territorial war is brewing between the aforementioned witches (led by Marnie Stonebrook, aka Hallow), Weres, shapeshifters (from the nearby Were-town of Hotshot) and, of course, vampires.

Like the previous Sookie Stackhouse novels, this isn't so much a mystery as a highly entertaining novel with dead bodies prompting eclectic, survival-related questions. All the while, with every new novel, the reader's knowledge of things lurking in the Sookie-verse grows proportionally with Sookie's experiences.

Exemplary series, why aren't you reading it yet?

Followed by Dead As A Doornail.

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