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Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  137,146 ratings  ·  3,969 reviews
Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps—and nothing about weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works—and she feels compelled to discover who, human or other
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Ace (first published January 1st 2009)
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It’s not the worst book ever written as some reviewers say, but it’s not that good either. Charlaine Harris failed to deliver what we all wanted to read about and over-delivered on what we didn’t really care for.

What I mean is most of us keep reading this series primarily to find out who Sookie finally settles with. No matter what team you were on – Eric, Bill, Quinn, Sam – you expected some kind of resolution, at least temporary, to her love life. We got none of it. There was so little develop
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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will start off by saying I love this series. I started it long before the TRUE BLOOD HBO series came out so I have been faithful from the beginning, and have always waited anxiously for the newest book in the series. I also reread the series each time a new book comes out to keep refreshing. Most were great book. A few of her more recent ones left me a little hungry for more as they didn?t really hit the spot but they were OK. I was excited for this book hoping Miss Harris would really expand u ...more
The best thing I can say about this book is that it has a lot of Eric in it. Otherwise I think it's possibly the worst of the series.

Charlaine Harris has a slow, rambling style of writing, which I happen to enjoy in a nice, fat 800-page novel. When you're publishing 300 pages of widely-spaced type in a large font, you need to be more focused in your storytelling.

This book seems like half a novel. There are several plot lines left hanging, and the ending is rushed, as if Harris saw her deadline a
OMG OMG OMG!!!! This book is the reason I came up with six stars.

I love Sookie, she is one of my favorite female protagonists. She has just the right amount of supernatural abilities combined with just the right amount of struggles with that power. Her life is hugely out of her control, yet she manages to fight for what little she can have.

I love Eric. He is one of my three favorite vampires (the others being Thomas Raith from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Quinn from Keri Arthur's Riley Jense
Allison (The Allure of Books)

Well, I am thrilled that Eric and Sookie's relationship is back, sorta. But nothing is really ever how it appears in this series, and none of their time together seemed 100% normal to me, like there was something important we still need to know. The more blood they exchanged the more I worried that Eric will end up dying at some point. I hope not :( Although he is controlling to a degree that would piss me off royally in the real fits his personality and job description
I just finished Dead and Gone and I must say that I loved it. I agree with previous reviews that it was much darker than previous Sookie's but I see that as a good thing. Life is changing Sookie and she is shedding some of her idealism, which is something all of us must face to some degree or another to find our own truths.

This books has many painful losses, but it also has a significant amount of growth on the parts of many of our main characters. I too am anxious for the next book if for no ot
This is probably my least favorite of the Sookie novels, but that is not to say that I didn't enjoy it. Harris is back with her witty dialogue and elaborate cast of characters, but as the story arcs away from the vampires, it loses something.

The last 50 or so pages move so quickly and there are too many references left open for the future. I like that the previous Sookie books could stand alone. This one gave me the sensation that Harris is just priming us for the next book, which was a bit dis
The scattered book 8 set up for this one nicely & much was resolved. This book was more on track, as usual & about the same caliber. It should be read in order. It's a soap opera, so you need the background to appreciate how our heroine works through her various difficulties. All in all, more fun reading candy.

28May11 - re-read the HB which I now own. Teresa loaned me the new book #11 & I've 're-read' the series up to this point in audiobook format, downloaded from the local library
Hope Corizzo
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Bob knows I love a good popcorn read and they don't get much more corny Charlaine Harris' Sookie books. Reading about Sookie's misadventures with the vampires that live out in the open is always a good way to spend an afternoon in the sun. So finding out that the newest addition to the Sookie series came out on Tuesday had me more excited than I am comfortable admitting.

Four hours later the book is finished and I'm relaxing in the heady afterglow of a fun tale well spun. Yet, was this a Southern
It was kind of weird reading this book. Perhaps my memory is a little skewed but in most Sookie books there's always a lot going on and Sookie is hardly home. However in this book it was interesting in that Sookie was in Bon Temps the whole book. She went to work and tended the garden all while the supernatural stuff came to her. It felt a bit slow to me but Eric was in it a lot and that's more than enough to keep me happy. I'm certainly curious as to hearing his explanation for him being MIA in ...more
Emily May

It wasn't a bad story, I'll say that much, but the series does seem to be weakening. The problem for me is the change in focus from vampires onto every other kind of supernatural being you can think of. In the first couple of books of the series, I loved the stories and characters, couldn't get enough of them... and then came werewolves and shifters, I didn't like them as much but I was just about willing to accept them. Then it just got worse and worse. I found that I didn't care about werepant
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oh Sookie! I just can't get enough of this girl's life! Charlaine Harris' latest Sookie Stackhouse book is "Dead and Gone". Fans of this series won't want to miss the madcap happenings in a Louisiana where vamps, weres, fae, and other creatures roam. Harris infuses this series with humor, drama, sex, mystery, and enough memorable characters to keep it going ad least I hope so.

Sookie's life used to be so, well...normal. Now she's blood-tied to a master vamp who wants to sleep with
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Beth F.
Holy heck on wheels, Vampire Bill managed to redeem himself! Who knew?!?

I felt like this was very much an "in-between" book that could send the series in any number of directions in the future, but it was still very entertaining and well worth the read for anyone who loves the series.

Since the book is so newly published, I'm reluctant to say anything more that might be too spoilerish so I'll leave it at this and strongly urge anyone who hasn't read it yet to do so as soon as possible!!! :)
Sorry to say this one was really disappointing. I think Charlaine Harris' writing has come a long way since the start of this series, but I think Dead and Gone is a considerable step backwards, and really has me thinking this series should be given an honourable end...meaning sooner than later.

Obviously there's at least one more book coming in the series. Sadly, I'll be hoping for one last reasonable attempt, rather than waiting with great anticipation as I have for some of the previous books.
The Library Lady
More brain candy from Harris. The TV series is a lot (sorry) meatier, but this will help to pass the time until the new season in June.

Full review:

Let it be known...I loved all the prior 8 Sookie books!
They are a fun, easy and quick read books. Sookie is a magnet for danger and mishaps. I would not rate her as the most intelligent chick out there but she is not stupid. She does a fairly decent job protecting herself although she does need assistance out of tight spots that she gets into. The thing I like about her is that she does not shriek back from dangerous situations. She is not a wi
The 9th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series seems to have been written in a rush or with a Part 2 in mind. Characters appear out of nowhere and then disappear completely without an explanation as to why they showed up in the first place. No significant story arcs are explored nor is new information about the alternate races/worlds explained. Even the major event of the Weres making their existence public isn't fully developed. Sookie is exactly where we left her at the end of the last book; Tor ...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps-and nothing about weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works-and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it.

But there's a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhum
Geraldine O'Hagan
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
They've been talking about it for a while, but now the weres of the world are revealing themselves. And they're getting mixed reaction. Most of the folks at Merlottes are accepting (except Arlene and her friends from the Fellowship of the Sun.) But Sam's step-father freaked out when his mom revealed herself and he shot her, which means Sam has to leave town to deal with family business.

Sookie is taking care of the bar, when (view spoiler) turns up dead. That sparks the bi
Dead and Gone, by Charlaine Harris
Part of the excitement and charm of Charlaine Harris’s series is that each novel contains several subplots, many of which have been developing through the previous novels in the series, so that you are really reading several stories at once. This is the one in which all the were-creatures, after talking about it for several books, decide to “come out,” just as the vampires did. Through the past ongoing history, we have become used to the fact that Sookie’s boss
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Lauren Fidler
ok, i was reading "people of the book" but then the new sookie came out...and well...i'm weak.

i actually enjoyed this one (it gets 4 stars because it was eric-centric, sort of, and because i read it in about 3 hours).

let's see...comments and criticisms:

1. yay, eric. although, i hate to say this, but there were some ominous undertones about eric here. comments like "you're killing me" that maybe i'm reading too much into. i'd be REALLY bummed if eric bit it.

2. fairy war and werepanther crucifixi
(Sookie Stackhouse,#9) Awesome book! This time around Sookie finds herself in the middle of a fairy war, shifters make their mark on society, and good & bad characters die. I loved the uncomplicated setting, the familiar characters, and all the action. I feel like Sookie’s bond with Eric needs some backbone, some more clarification or something… And don’t get me started on Bill! Time to MOVE ON Sookie! Also, I sensed something between Sam & Sookie, maybe?
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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