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Is Eric Dead to the World?
Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris
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Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris
Advantages: Lots of Eric humour.
Disadvantages: None for me.
Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Aside from her regular job as a waitress she also has the more unusual talent of mind reading. Due to this unusual gift the regular humans don't really like to get too close to Sookie, however as her telepathy doesn't extend to the Vampires minds she often finds herself spending time with the vampires, she previously dated the vampire Bill and sometimes she ends up working for them too. In particular she has been doing a lot of work for Eric, the head vampire of Louisiana, who also happens to be one of the oldest and most handsome vampires Sookie has ever met and regardless of his brutal Viking ways and strange sense of humour he is still a very likeable vampire in a way that he really shouldn't be, but Eric has a kind of charm about him, a charm which makes everyone he meets take a certain liking to him.
So, when Sookie is driving home from work one evening and finds Eric running along the road towards her house, totally naked, what on earth should she do? Well, take him home of course! The only problem is, Eric appears to have completely lost his memory, he doesn't even know his own name! Once Sookie has convinced the naked Eric to get in her car and go home with her she sets about finding him some clothes and a safe place for him to hide during the daylight hours. She then contacts Eric's co-worker Pam to find out what has happened for Eric to end up naked and running down the road in the dead of the night.
Relived to find that Eric is kind of safe Pam makes her way over to Sookie's house the following night to explain about the witches who have recently come to the area and have been wanting to do a business deal with Eric. When Eric refused their offer one of the witches appeared to cast a spell and Eric was gone. So now the hunt is on to find the witches involved and get the spell reversed and Eric back to his normal self.
Sounds easy? Well, no. The witches involved in Eric's memory loss are some of the strongest witches around and they wont be backing down easily. They don't know where Eric is being hidden but they want to find him and drain his vampire blood. This puts Sookie in a very important position, she needs to be Eric's protector and hide him safely in her home, a place where the witches are pretty unlikely to look. This of course no only puts Sookie in yet another dangerous position but also makes Sookie highly involved in the whole situation, so as her bother Jason points out, she should be paid for her services.
So, a few days later when Jason goes missing Sookie has a feeling that maybe the vamps are behind his disappearance due to his cheek of requesting payment, however when a witness comes forward and says she was with Jason when he disappeared and she thought she heard an animal outside the mystery of Jason's disappearance deepens.
In the meantime, Sookie is finding the new Eric to be even more appealing with his memory loss. He cannot remember a thing about who he really is, he is scared and relying on Sookie to be there for him. With his memory loss Eric has rediscovered his manners and gentlemanly ways which Sookie finds irresistible, but she knows that it would be morally wrong to take advantage of Eric's state of mind. But with everything which is going on at the moment, the worry of her brothers disappearance, the witches search for Eric and keeping up with her regular day to day duties, will she be able to keep up her resistance?
This is the fourth book in the True Blood series and I am still steadily working my way through them. After enjoying Club Dead so much I wasn't sure if the fourth instalment would continue so addictively as I wasn't convinced it was possible to write so many good books in a series without having at least one which was a let down. Dead to the World is certainly not the let down title, in fact it is even better than Club Dead!
My favouritism for this particular book may be because Eric is my favourite character in the True Blood series, he is funny, charming and at very to the point about things. He makes many mistakes in the modern world which are amusing in themselves but combined with his sense of humour and the general way he is portrayed it all makes him seem like a very likeable character even though he is one of the oldest and most violent vampires around! In Dead to the World Eric seems to take the place of Bill as more of the main character alongside Sookie, so as you can imagine this is a bonus point for me right from the start and the book is filled with typical 'Eric' humour.
Another part I enjoyed about Dead to the World was the test which was put on the strength of Sookie's morals. This was because throughout the series we are quite often reminded of Sookie's good upbringing and Christian background, sometimes to the point of it being rather annoying! So, to see Sookie placed in a position where she could potentially take advantage to an extremely vulnerable and in her eyes, rather hot, vampire who is staying in her house with no memory and a transformed sweet personality makes for rather interesting reading. There are many scenarios where Sookie tries to justify her actions to herself by comparing her actions to both what a good Christian would do and what her late grandmother would say if she was still here and this is interesting as it gives even more of an insight to the character Charlaine Harris is trying to portray.
As with the previous books I found that this was a very addictive read, possibly even more so than the previous ones and as a result of it being so hard to put down I managed to finish it within a record of only 2 nights! Which is very fast for me as I usually have a habit of falling asleep when I read, but with this I somehow stayed wide awake as I was gripped from start to finish!
In the first three books I found Charlaine Harris's writing style a little different as she uses American English, nothing wrong with this, it just isn't the style I usually read. However, in this book the difference between American English and English-English didn't stand out so much for me. I honestly cannot say whether it was because I was so into the story that I didn't notice or because I'm simply becoming used to the American English writing style, but either way it seemed much more of a smooth read than the previous titles.
I can definitely recommend Dead to the World, so far, in my opinion the True Blood series just keeps getting better and more exciting and Dead to the World is the best so far. I do recommend that you read the books in the correct order as you will almost definitely become lost with what is happening and struggle to keep up if you jump straight in halfway through.
As I have mentioned in all of my True Blood reviews so far, the books don't have any kind of age rating as far as I am aware and I think with the recent Twilight craze the idea of more vampire books may appeal to the younger generation, however I would say to be aware as there are quite a lot of sex scenes and sexual scenarios within the book which are described in a lot of detail so I wouldn't go buying these for the younger end of the teens!
Price & Availability
I was lucky when I bought my copy of Dead to the World because I found an almost complete set of the True Blood books, I say almost complete because it was all the titles which had been released up to that point, in my local charity shop on a trip home in August last year priced at 50p each! A bargain, as each book has an RRP of £6.99! Dead to the World and all of the other True Blood titles are widely available on eBay from 99p plus postage and packaging. My copy of Dead to the World contains 321 pages.
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Summary: Is Eric Dead to the World?