Tuesday, September 01, 2009

From Dead To Worse, by Charlaine Harris

(hb; 2008: eighth entry in The Sookie Stackhouse Novels)

From the inside flap:

"The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana, is reeling from two hard blows -- the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the man-made horror of the explosion at the vampire summit the month before in the up-north city of Rhodes. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But that's just not happening. Too many vampires -- some friends, some not -- were killed or injured, and her weretiger boyfriend, Quinn, is among the missing.

"It's clear things are changing, whether the Weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie -- friend of the pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, the leader of the local vampire community -- is caught upin the changes.

"In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death. . . and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood flowing, her world will be forever altered. . ."

Review:

Caveat: (possible) spoilers in this review.

This isn't a mystery novel in any sense, simply -- intentionally -- a fiction novel.

Sookie has her hands full, dealing with: emotional fall-out resulting from the high-body count explosion at the Pyramid of Gizeh hotel (at the end of All Together Dead); another bloody Were-group coup; a rash of political assassinations within vampire territories; the disappearance of her Were-tiger sweetie Quinn; the swell of Fellowship of the Sun numbers in Bon Temps; and the discovery of previously-hidden relatives, some supernatural, some human.

Between all of the above hub-bub, Harris keeps the plot boiling along at a fast, amusing clip.

From Dead To Worse is better than the last Sookie outing (the too-predictable All Together Dead, where some characters became Unaccountably Stupid).

Guilt-free, fun Sunday-afternoon read, this. Check it out.

Followed by Dead And Gone.

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