Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #3)
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Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3)

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Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill's sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches u...more
Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
Published May 6th 2006 by Orbit (first published April 29th 2003)
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Beth F.
With Sookie as her mouthpiece, Charlaine Harris opened up the floor for the discussion of genre fiction in this latest installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series, because it turns out our sweet little friend Sookie proudly claims a self-education through none other than two of the least respected forms of the genre novel: romance novels and trashy mysteries.

The snob in me wants to snort in disdain and feel offended for liking Sookie. But the other half, the half that isn’t afraid to admit that...more
Tatiana
Good riddance, CHEATER! Was she worth it?



Too late for your vampire tears now

_inbetween_
Annoying, boring, charmless, dumb. Since I was already on a roll of unpleasant books, I finally forced myself to read my second (her third) novel (the magazine SFX had made me import two with their misleading review).

After a typical (cold, boring) interlude showing how irresistable he is (he wears flanel and has hair), vampire Bill disappears at the start of the book and readers are supposed to be stupid enough to fear for his life. Even if Sookie's feelings hadn't been so badly written, I still...more
Angela
Club Dead for me is where the Sookie Stackhouse series really starts getting its feet under it. Things are definitely not well between Sookie and her boyfriend vampire Bill, and as Sookie heads to Mississippi to track him down and rescue him from lethal peril, she is torn between the attentions of the werewolf Alcide--and way more attention than she'd like from the vampire Eric, who is growing more and more interested in her with every book. Unfortunately for Sookie's peace of mind, the interest...more
Heather
Once again, Harris has continued to improve from one book to the next, thought it still has its flaws. The story starts a little slow, and gets monotonous at times, but it picks up toward the end, making the overall book pretty enjoyable. These books truly are like candy for the brain.

I was very pleased to find that Bill was missing in action for most of this installment, but despite the reprieve, he still managed to inspire a whole new level of loathing on my part. I hope that Harris doesn't al...more
Caroline
The Sookie Stackhouse books are definitely not great literature by any means, but they're a bit like candy--hard to stop reading and very enjoyable. This third book was more of the same, and while there were times I wanted to slap Sookie (even though she gets beat up a number of times in here...again. What's with Charlaine Harris's obsession with beating the snot out of Sookie all the time, anyway?), I really enjoyed reading this.

The main thing I liked was actually the introduction of werewolves...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill's sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches up with the errant vampire, he is in big trouble and caught in an act of serious betr...more
Buggy
Opening Line: Bill was hunched over the computer when I let myself in his house.

CLUB DEAD is the third instalment from the Sookie Stackhouse series and I really enjoyed this one, having finally come to terms with the fact that this is urban fantasy and not paranormal romance. I was able to focus on the action, horror, humour and mystery aspects here and just let the romance take a back seat. Sookie is also starting to feel like a delightful, adventurous friend who I can’t wait to hear from to le...more
Jessica
Yes, I'm still reading this series. Great literature? Hell, no. An enjoyable, sort of mindless read, sure. There are parts that I find very funny, such as Sookie using her "word of the day" calendar to improve her vocabulary and the part where the Viking vampire Eric mentions that he took English as a second language in a community college course in the 70's. That sort of stuff is pretty humorous. The parts that annoy me are the writer's fashion sense. It kills me when I read her description of...more
Lara
Notes: This is, for now, my favourite book in the series and it's not a coincidence that Bill goes missing for the most of it.
I'm quite torn about this series since, while I like the stories a lot and I'm curious about what'll happen next, I can't stand very much 2 of the major characters: Sookie & Bill. I find both of them quite annoying & their relationship just doesn't trasmit me anything...however for 2 I don't like there are some I love! First of all Eric that I liked from the star...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
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Amanda
Finally, I'm able to give a Charlaine Harris novel a 4 star. Club Dead is the best in the series and you can tell that Harris is beginning to work through some of the weaknesses that I've noted in the first two books. One thing that Harris has done right is to realize that, once the star-crossed lovers finally get together, the audience's interest begins to wane. As an audience, we want the "will they, won't they" tension. In Dead Until Dark, we have that tension between Sookie and Bill. In Livi...more
The Library Lady
Save for the cheesy dramas made of Danielle Steele's crappy books,I have never preferred books transferred to the screen. (In the case of Steele's books, at least on screen the characters become 3 dimensional). But in the case of the Sookie Stackhouse books, I am going to make another exception to the rule.

The HBO series True Blood in raunchy, violent and vulgar, but it is also fabulously entertaining. And by introducing other 3 dimensional characters and other plot lines it doesn't force Sookie...more
Crystal Starr Light
Sookie and Bill's relationship has always been fraught with issues - she's a telepath and he's a vampire - but when Bill leaves out of town, things are about to get even stickier. Sookie learns that Bill has been working on something big in conjunction with the Queen of Louisiana but is missing. So Sookie does the only thing she can: she goes to Eric, Bill's sexy boss, to ask for his help in finding Bill.

I want to give out my utmost apologies in advance, because this is going to be a rather bori...more
Brad
For the first third of Club Dead, my same old complaint about Sookie Stackhouse was widening and deepening, and I thought it was finally going to take its toll on my enjoyment of Charlaine Harris’ books. Even now, even after Harris won me back and entertained the hell out of me, I am still not sure how I feel about Sookie’s behaviour, and I fear for my long term enjoyment of the series.

You see, Sookie is a hypocrite of gargantuan proportions.

From Dead Until Dark to Club Dead, Sookie has made o...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
My, what a difference one book can make! This is the book that changes the Sookie Stackhouse series from the Sookie and Bill Show into so much more.

As the story begins, a chasm is growing between Bill and Sookie. She feels the distance, but is still surprised and hurt when he tells her he is taking an extended business trip and won't be honest about the details. After he is gone a short time, his vampire-boss Eric comes to Sookie to tell her Bill has disappeared. To make matters worse, Bill had...more
Alkyoni

Mississippi has a King, Louisiana has a Queen and Bill has gone missing. Sookie enters Club Dead in hopes to find out what has happened to Bill. Eric simply rocks.

In Club Dead the character of the werewolf Alcide is introduced as a possible romantic interest for Sookie. It’s quite funny how she lusts over the guy throughout the book, while at the same time she’s upset with Bill about his relationship with his ex.

Poor Bill. I’m a little sad about how easily he’s been dismissed by the author. Gran...more
Jim
Again, I was very impressed by the reader & enjoyed the book a lot, possibly more than when I read it. Unfortunately, book 4 is not available for download from the library, although I have books 5-8 to listen to.

I'm not entirely thrilled with Sookie. She's pretty tough on the men in her life. She gets mad at Bill for giving her charge accounts & outraged when he thinks about seeing to her financial future, saying that it would make her a 'kept woman', BUT she's furious because he doesn't...more
Alaine
This novel marks a turning point in the relationship between Sookie and her adored boyfriend Bill, the vampire. Bill is getting in deeper and going higher in the ranks of the vampire community and when he disappears, the vampires call Sookie to find him. Eric makes a much larger appearance in this third book, which I think really adds to the story. You can’t deny that there is some great chemistry between Eric and Sookie. This book has solidified my enjoyment of Eric and the possibility of a rel...more
Inara
Honeymoon seems to be over and everyday life has come to Sookie´s and Bill´s relationship. And that Bill has a secret mission he isn´t inclined to talk about and even leaves on a secret business trip doesn´t improve things either. One night Eric (Bill´s charismatic vampire boss) shows up and reveals Sookie that Bill wants to leave her and has gone back to his former vampire lover Lorena. Not only that this news are bad enough Eric tells her also that Bill has been kidnapped and he needs Sookie´s...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Sookie's vampire boyfriend, Bill, has become secretive and distant, and then disappears entirely. Eric's sure he's been kidnapped, and so Sookie goes to Mississippi to find him - even though it looks like he was going to leave her for his vampire ex. A gang of werewolves is causing problems but Sookie has the help of Alcide, a werewolf who owes Eric a favour, and the sexual tension simmers away. Actually, this third book has no sex scenes at all, what with Sookie's love life being so up-in-the-a...more
Hunger For Knowledge
In my previous reviews I was concerned that the romance part of this adorable book series would take a bigger space in the storytelling, and in a way I was right with my worries. In this third installment of the True Blood awesomeness we indeed go all the way into the love triangles and relationship twists.

But again, "Club Dead" was able to surprise me. The love drama seems quite realistic and is packed with action, dangerous situations and missions, blood and murders. Basically with everything...more
Jeffrey Michael
Wow, this series keeps getting better and better! Yes, my pre-read-aphobia has been put in check as I go from one to the next in the series and it doesn't disappoint. I prefer the book approach over the True Blood series method though I can see why the director/producer went in the direction(s) they did. You guessed it, more sex in the series. I'm watching the series all over again as I red through the books. The "Mary Ann" orgies on the series didn't happen in the book yet I can see the draw of...more
Jasmin
Who would have thought that after giving the first book a miserly two stars, that I would come to enjoy the third installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series four stars?

Sookie is again in some serious trouble. Bill is abducted by the King of Mississippi, and clearly Sookie needs tons of help. Eric, of course, comes to Sookie’s aid. (Well, maybe I should mention that Eric’s head is on the line since Bill has business with the Queen of Louisiana, but I still think he does it for Sookie) Sookie goe...more
Carolyn F.
This is a 3rd reading with audiobook this time for me.

Okay, I'm officially and forever off Bill. He's in thrall to his former lover, sees her on the side (he says because he was afraid for Sookie) and then plans on breaking up with Sookie through other people. He tries to justify this but both Eric and Pam talk as if he could resist. Then after his new lover turns on him, he tries to tell Sookie that he didn't want to. When he's attracted to someone, his fangs come out. They stopped coming out f...more
Lain
You know how you sometimes go to those action movies ("guy flicks") and from the moment you sit back in your seat until the closing credits 90 minutes later, you are assaulted by car chase after car chase, explosion after explosion, and you have no idea where to look first or what's really going on? That is how I felt reading "Club Dead."

I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, but I seriously had no clue where the plot line was -- or if there even was one. Yes, there was a ton of action,...more
BJ Rose
OK, I finally decided it was time I learned what all the Sookie-hype is all about, and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. It helps that there's no need to take anything seriously, even when a dead body suddenly appears in your closet and you're wishing that the smell was just a dead rat

I have decided that vampires are the perfect houseguests. They cannot enter your house unless you specifically invite them in, and when you decide to uninvite them, they must leave IMMEDIATELY! And,...more
Lauren
Ok so here is my thought on the Miss Sookie Stackhouse. Does any one NOT want her. Every one she meets wants to get into her pants. Club Deadis only the third in the series and I was pretty set in not continuing with it. However the possibility that she will not be with Bill(I don't care for him) has made me change my mind and I am now curious again. So I am a slave to my ever lasting curiousity and must find out what happens in the fourth book. Ugh so dissapointed in myself.
Jessica
Dear Sookie,

Something to think about:

Alcide is attractive, wealthy, ALIVE, respects your opinions and feelings, and treats you like a lady.

Eric is attractive, wealthy, dead (but dead sexy, too!), respects your opinions and feelings, and treats you like a lady.

Bill is attractive, wealthy, dead, and treats you like a pet.

Just a thought, as I ENJOY THE HELL OUT OF YOUR ADVENTURES! More, more, more!
Brooke
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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...more
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