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Sookie's off with the fairies
Dead and Gone: A True Blood Novel - Charlaine Harris
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Dead and Gone: A True Blood Novel - Charlaine Harris
Advantages: Excellent lead characters
Disadvantages: Fairies lacked personalities
==Synopsis of the book:==
Sookie Stackhouse, the telepathic Waitress from Bon Temps just attracts trouble or so it seems. But even she couldn't be blamed when her estranged brother Jason's Girlfriend is found crucified in the Bar's Car park. Times are changing in America and following the Vampires coming into mainstream life the Ware have now gone public with mixed reaction and the dead girl was one of these Wares.
Sookie is asked to use her skills by her brother and the Ware Pack leader to find out the truth. However, no sooner has this happened but the underground Fairy community are also at War with each other and this brings Sookie in as she not only has Fairy Blood (Plus Vampire blood) but her Great Grandfather is in the midst of this. Having recently surfaced into her life. If life could get any messier or confusing Sookie gets misled into marrying the Head of the local vampires Eric in an unusual ritual. Whatever next?
==My opinion of this book:==
This is book nine in the very popular series written by Charlaine Harris. There are now ten in this series and it has also successfully been transferred to television under the name 'True Blood'. I suspect there will be many more as Sookie Stackhouse fans demand more instalments of this unusual but very popular lead character within this unique series.
Dead and Gone was written in 2009, and I found it an enjoyable and entertaining piece of supernatural horror. I have read all the previous books in the series and this one brought in a number of different ideas. Charlaine Harris the author is very good bringing in new sometimes bizarre concepts into her stories and this book is no different for this from the others in the series. And while I am quite often critical of the author's writing style and the way some of her ideas are just left while new ones take over I cannot criticise all the excitement she creates in her stories.
I found my copy of this paperback on Amazon for just £3.49 new, which I think is a very attractive and competitive price. The only problem was I had to wait for it to be delivered!! I bought this just because I had to know what the latest instalment was in Sookie's life. What I find particularly appealing about this series is they focus on life in a small town in America where despite all the Supernatural beings around normal life continues and the majority of the people go about their daily lives. For example I really liked the way the author has used Hurricane Katrina a real life disaster and brought its effects onto her stories.
Before I started the book I checked out the summary of it on the inside cover. This I found to be excellent it was five paragraphs long and I felt it has something for everyone. For the new reader to this series it explained a little bit about the stories lead character and her life. For the more experienced reader it brought a few of the novels concepts in but did not give much away about them. Leaving for me many interpretations about what was going to happen, which I'm glad to say where mainly wildly inaccurate. The only thing that slightly annoys me is the compliments about the series of books by various magazines; I find this annoying because it is not directly about the book you are about to read.
The story begins quite slowly advising the reader exactly what is happening in Sookie's life. And I found initially it lacked a real focus as several different but good ideas where brought in but no real overriding concept. I found myself waiting for the action to start, but you never have to wait long before death strikes. For a big fan of mysteries it is an element I like as Jason's Girlfriend is murdered early on in the story so Sookie tries to use her unique talent to find out who did it and why. However, being a Supernatural adventure several other unusual and unexpected will happen before the truth can possibly be sort.
I always criticise the author for her array of Supernatural communities. I think this is possibly because I find there being several confusing and unlikely. But I can except there are Vampires and they are the first and still my favourite of the Supernatural beings. So the author needs to incorporate as many of these in each story as she has spent time explaining their characteristics and individual personalities. And obviously some you like more than others.
For me in this book she went a stage or community too far as the main thrust of the story focused on the problems with the Fairies. I did not think there were the personalities that the other communities had and I struggled to relate to them. Luckily a lot of my favourites characters in the shape of the vampires where also involved in the War and their involvement is always both fascinating and exciting because they are characters I have taken to my heart and I love their lack of understanding of Sookie's wit.
I enjoyed the story overall because it was all action and you can never predict what will happen next. I found the humour the author incorporates as subtle and even in serious situations a clever misunderstood meaning will make me chuckle. I found the concluding paragraphs well thought out and full of suspense. Leaving a little cliffhanger in one aspect of Sookie's confused life to be resolved next time.
The books length of 320 pages this was spot on as it was only in the final few pages the story was resolved and I felt the story had built well and explained everything well so there was no misunderstandings and I was totally involved in what was happening.
Sookie Stackhouse is the lead character in all of these stories and I find her an amazing heroine. Basically because she is so easy to relate to, yes she is in an amazing and unreal situation, but because she is such a down to earth character, she brings a sense of reality to every situation that involves her. I think without her fabulous character these stories would not work half as well as she adds the real magic to the stories.
But she does not do this alone. She is supported by a strong cast of Supernatural characters. My favourite being the Vampires Eric and Bill, I really enjoy their very different viewpoint, characteristics and the real thought the author has put in developing them and their mannerisms. There appear in all the stories and I really enjoy every scene they are in as I always feel they add something unique to it. This I cannot say about all the Superhuman creatures but to give the author credit she does seem to keep the best and most interesting ones and kills the others off somehow.
I think this story had practically everything and I always enjoy the interplay between Eric and Sookie, there love/hate relationship is always intriguing. As you always want Sookie to be happy but is Eric the man for her? I think only time will tell but I'm sure this story is going to go on and on and while it does people will be wanting to read about their latest exploits, as at the route of the story is this unusual and complex love story.
For me this was a very interesting and absorbing story. I always enjoy the clever and well thought out developments in Sookie's life. And while some of the concept and ideas don't always appeal to me the lead characters within them always do and make it enjoyable.
Thanks for reading my review.
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© CPTDANIELS August 2011.
Summary: Fairy problems