Sunday, March 7, 2010

Dead and Gone

A Little Forward: When the Twilight books were at its peak, someone in the office suggested Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series. While at the Friends of the Library book sale, I happened to find book six in the series, Definitely Dead. I found it to be a creative, interesting and a fun read.

Book Description: Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Here’s the story of a lovely lady who had a panther for a brother, a collie for a boss and a vampire for a boyfriend (sung to the Brady Bunch theme). Ok, so this review is not about Marcia, Marcia, Marcia but rather an unusual tale of a girl with the uncanny ability to read people’s minds. She can’t help it, people just tune in to her frequency and broadcast like crazy.

Sookie Stackhouse lives in the Louisiana township of Bon Temps and works at Merlotte’s, a local bar. This sleepy little backwater, along with the rest of the world, is about to get its socks knocked off. Like the vampires before them, Were people (those with the ability to change to animal form) are about to come out of the proverbial closet. In conjunction with a TV broadcast, Sookie’s boss Sam plans his own startling transformation into a collie in front of his patrons at Merlotte’s.

Initially it seemed that the startling revelation went well enough until Sookie arrives at work the next day to find a mutilated body of a young female Werepanther nailed to a cross in the parking lot. Not only does Sookie have to deal with this gruesome crime, she is pursued by FBI agents who want to use her special telepathic talents. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, there are dueling vampire boyfriends and an all out fae war on the horizon. Oh, yes, did I forget to mention that Sookie has just found out she is part fairy?

Sookie will have to pull it together if she is to survive long enough to figure out who killed the young Werepanther and who is responsible for the attempts on her own life as well.

My Take: With the focus on Were creatures so prominent in this book, I couldn’t help but be reminded of an old 1942 movie Cat People. There wasn’t much in the way of special effects back in the day so you had to envision everything in your mind and we all know what a fertile place that is!

I’m not sure if I’ve grown tired of this genre or if it is just this book. I found it a little disjointed, darker than usual, and the whole Bill/Eric/Quinn boyfriend situation a little frustrating. Who is it going to be Sookie? Well despite having voiced some doubt, I know I will more than likely be following up with Sookie in her latest installment, Dead in the Family, to be published in May. I happen to like the girl.

Meet the Author:

Born in Mississippi, Charlaine Harris now lives in Magnolia, Arkansas and is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series featuring Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard. Then came the Sookie Stackhouse fantasy series which also brought HBO knocking at her front door.

Read a great article about Charlaine
here. You can Twitter and also Facebook the author. Ms Harris is also a member of The Femmes Fatales.

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