Friday, September 02, 2011

Dead Reckoning, by Charlaine Harris


(hb; 2011: twelfth entry in The Sookie Stackhouse Novels)

From the inside flap:

"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise, and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack.

"But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover, Eric Northam, and his 'child' Pam well - and she realizes that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

"Caught up once again in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will lean that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new [vampire] queen on board."

Review:

Another fun, blast-through pop-culture take on vampires, fae, weres, shifters (and elves!), with Harris's usual blend of character- and plot-complicating revelations (particularly for Sookie), supernatural action, quirkiness and flirtiness.

It will be interesting to see how Harris handles the game-changing fall-out from Dead Reckoning in her next Sookie novel.

Good read, worth checking out from the library.

Followed by Deadlocked.

2 comments:

Mad Kane said...

I've never read any of these, though I've been watching the shows, season by season, on DVD.
Madeleine Begun Kane

Steve Isaak said...

The books are quirkier, less about sex than the cable series, which is hypersexualized (of course, it's cable!).

Also, the cable series, after season one, has its own independent plotlines, which occasionally touch on ideas and events from the books. Not only that, at least one of the key characters that's dead in the books (early on in the series) is still alive and well in the series.

Thanks for visiting and commenting, Madeleine. =)