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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris is the 8th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. This is one of the best paranormal series out there right now, in my opinion. It manages to be funny without being ridiculous and intense without being graphic. It really makes me think of a cozy mystery in the vampire world, which makes sense as that is Harris's background.

So what's this one about? Does it matter? If you love the series you're going to want to read this one, regardless of the actual plot, but I'll try to sum it up anyway. The werewolves in Shreveport are still fighting, the Queen of Louisiana has never recovered from the bombing in the last book so her position is in jeopardy, Sookie's brother and his wife are on the outs, and Quinn, who was missing, is back. Sookie, of course, is in the middle of it all. Amelia (the witch) is still living with Sookie and Bob is still a cat.

What did I think, the short version: It was fun. Very fast paced and true to the characters. Barely a twinge of romance in this one, which was disappointing.

The long version: I thought the plot was a bit disjointed, but it did come together nicely in the end. It would have been a bit smoother if the werewolf portion hadn't ended exactly as the vampire portion began. It seemed a bit like this one was just set up for the next, but I can live with that. I still haven't seen any contradictions in her world, everyone seems to abide by the laws she has created and I haven't been completely disbelieving of any of it.

Sookie doesn't find romance in this one but Bill does try to redeem himself a bit. Eric is still hott and he seems to have found his memory. The vampires are still not above faking a relationship in order to further their causes but it doesn't have the same emotional impact as the last time they did it. I still love Sam and I can't wait to see what Niall brings to the table. All in all, a strong entry and leaves me wanting to read Dead and Gone which is the 9th and most recent entry in the series.

Have you read these? What do you think? Should I splurge and buy Dead and Gone or wait and get it when my turn comes up at the library? I'm #212 on paperbackswap, so it'll be a while there.

Charlaine Harris has a website and a blog, where she posts a weekly book review.

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

Ace Hardcover


368 pages


  1. I haven't read any of these, but I'm doing the Sookie challenge, so I need to get started on the series soon.

  2. I haven't started this series yet, but I love the show. I think you should splurge and get the new one.

  3. Wahhhhhh. Everyone is reading these but me. :( of course, I probably won't get to jump on the bandwagon until years from now when they aren't hot anymore. Wahhhhhh!


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