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Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  177,250 Ratings  ·  3,697 Reviews
Small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has had more than her share of experience with the supernatural—but now it’s really hitting close to home. When Sookie sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time—a transformation he embraces more readily than most shapeshifters she knows. But her concern b ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Gollanz (first published 2005)
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HDubbs It's fine to read this on its own. Harris repeats everything in the first few pages that you need to know for this novel. In fact each novel in this…moreIt's fine to read this on its own. Harris repeats everything in the first few pages that you need to know for this novel. In fact each novel in this series is self-contained.(less)
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Sigh. Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, your fashion sense is still stuck in the eighties. I blame this on the author, who no doubt thinks she's writing you up to date. I myself, did a face palm, when I read about your lipstick matching your red earrings and your red socks with your black work pants. Yeah, I did that in junior high, too. Questionable fashion aside, I still really enjoy this character. She had some tough times this book, what with having no sexual escapades (the first time ever, although i ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2 Enough-Already Stars

Sookie Stackhouse is a:

(If that’s not clear, it’s a soup magnet….. and, also, a VERY bad pun. You’re welcome!)

ALL (okay, okay, almost ALL) the soups supes in the area surrounding Sookie’s hometown of Bon Temps want to make an honest woman of her. She gets copious amounts of offers in Dead as a Doornail, it’s pretty exasperating. No matter what magical cookie perfume she’s wearing, I don’t buy it and moreover it seems like a very flimsy excuse to have all the hot guys i
Beth F.
Oh, Sookie Sookie.

Another fun read, but I’m not feeling as passionate about Sookie & Co. after this installment. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it. Thoroughly. And you can bet your buns I’ve already requested #6 from the library and will be checking my account furiously for notification that it’s ready and waiting for me. But some of the magic was missing from this one.

In the beginning of the book, Calvin Norris and Sam Merlotte were non-fatally shot and another female shifter, whose name I
Another good installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

I enjoyed the story, once again, but I was disappointed by one thing, which has sort of been bothering me since the 1st book in the series. It seems to me that at times Charlaine Harris isn't able to keep her details straight. Granted, she has written A LOT and I can certainly understand confusing the details in that situation, but surely any decent editor would have caught these types of discrepancies...

For example:
- (Book 1) Fang-bange
I did not like this story as much as book 4, which is by far my favorite so far (I am a sucker for memory-challenged Eric), but it was still an interesting tale. However, after having too many suitors, Sookie is fast running out of potential soul mates. Eric is back to being his old arrogant self, Bill is sulking around with a realtor, Alcide is freaked out Sookie killed his ex and blames her for his father's death and Sam is incapacitated from being shot (although they did share a heated moment ...more
Dec 02, 2008 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The maddness continues in the 5th installment of the Southern Vampire/Detective series. All the characters we know and love are here, & even more are added to the mix (!).

Though its soapy and corny at times, all the twists and turns are definitely unexpected. You have no clue what will happen, and even when the murderer/villain comes to the forefront, is killed off, etc. there is still much more to the story than just that. The payoff is not the identity of the whodidit or even the motive (w
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN


This book was on my TR shelf since forever. I loved the first one and kinda liked the other 3 books, but this is too boring. I really don't care what happens to Jason, I never liked him anyway. I'm not interested in his story-line.

Maybe it's the fact that I've watched "True blood", which I liked very much (all those hot guys :D), but I can't make myself continue this series. There are many much more interesting books out there.

I read this book quickly this morning, while waiting for visits from my condo board & a plumber. It was a good distraction from the water leaking from my bathroom ceiling AGAIN. I swear these Sookie novels are addictive, I immediately wanted to read the next one (I’d go shopping, except I’m still waiting to hear from the plumber).

I’ve never been one to watch soap operas, but that is the only thing that I can think to compare this series to. I read to find out who did what to whom, figure ou
Maria Clara
Pero que manera de terminar el libro es está, dejándonos con la miel en los labios? Jajaja... Na' habrá que ir a por el sexto...:)
Megan Baxter
So, Sookie doesn't actually have sex with anyone in this book. I think I'm a little disappointed.

This was a reread, and I've read this series all out of order, and enjoy them, while forgetting them entirely in between reads. But when I came into this one, and realized at the end that Sookie isn't actually with anyone in this book, I was a little...confounded.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this
Aug 14, 2008 Miina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cottoned onto the Southern Vampire Series because I saw the "True Blood" ad campaign by HBO. It markets a synthetic blood beverage, so natch, I was intrigued. Basically, I was led to this series which features a telepathic heroine by the name of Sookie Stackhouse. For whatever reason, I thought this was a young adult series (it is SO not, btw) and on shallow reflection, I think it's because of her name: Sookie. I mean c'mon. It sounds like a sound you make to call pigs to you. However, other t ...more
Like Sookie’s fashion sense, this series is stuck in the 80’s. I have come to expect Sookie to mention her hair, nails, and boobs, but this time she threw in lipstick for good measure and the result is comically cringe worthy. Any author who pens a heroine who matches her socks to her lippy and earrings, is bound to also write obscenely ridiculous “man” fantasies, a la the Sookie Stackhouse Series.

I’m circa 1985, so I have never fantasized over a man who wears bikini briefs, or is attractive o
Jeffrey Michael
Oct 08, 2012 Jeffrey Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well in case you can't tell, I'm hooked on this series. It's so much more than the HBO True Blood series. I prefer the original story line versus the hatchet job they did to he books in favor of their own brand of sensationalism. This series keeps taking the Sookie character in new directions but all of them seem to be logical extensions of where she's come from. Yes, it's a wonderfully written series that keeps me looking forward to the next book in the series. I actually finished this book nea ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
Αυτο το βιβλιο δεν μπηκε στα αγαπημενα μου οπως τα υπολοιπα της ιδιας σειρας, παραηταν τραβηγμενο, κ δεν μιλαω για τα φανταστικα στοιχεια. Για παραδειγμα εφτα;;;; Παροτι ταυτιζομαι με την ηρωιδα και μου αρεσει, εφτα;;; Εφτα αντρες μαζι σε ενα βιβλιαρακι να κυνηγουν τη Σουκι Στακχαουζ;;;; Τι στο καλο;;; Παρ'ολα αυτα την αγαπω πολυ τη σειρα για να πω οτι δεν μου αρεσε κ οτι δεν το διασκεδασα!
So, I finally watched some episodes of "True Blood" last night. Wow, did they ever sex it up!! And, although the main storyline is the same as the first book, it was weird to see all of the "creative liberties" that were taken. The Jason storyline? Weird. But, I guess having Jason in the show helped them to put tons more sex in it. I was glad to have the fast forward button, because, ya know, I'm just not interested in looking at this guy's ass so darn much. I haven't even seen my own ass as muc ...more

Fangtasia's new bartender is a Pirate; The Shreveport wolves are about to have a new Packmaster; A sniper is targeting shifters and most importantly....

Not one...
Not two...
Not three...
Not even four...
You wish it was five but no...
SIX, yes, SIX males are after Sookie's affections.

What's a waitress to do?

Fun and fast read as always.The mystery was well executed, even though a bit predictable. There was more world building through the ceremony that would decide the new Packmaster, and a new charact
Jun 27, 2015 Gypsy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

حقیقتاً باید اعتراف کنم من جلدای قبلشـو اصن نخوندم؛ ینی همیشهی خدا خون واقعی، یکی از چیزایی بود که میخواستم بخونم- یهسه- چار سالی هس. :| - ولی نشده. نشده دیگه.. یکی از دلایلش، زیادی خوندن ِ فانتزی خونآشامی بوده که واقعاً اینقده که زیاد شده، دیگه چی بشه و چقده خفن باشه که من برم سراغ اینسبک. خون واقعی چیز بدی نیس؛ قالبش- نه داستانش- خیلی شبیه خاطرات خونآشامه؛ چهبسا با روایت بهتر. چون الینا گیلبرت لحنی یخ و بعضاً مغرور و بهقول خودش، با وقار( :ادا:) داشت. ولی سوکی خیلی صمیمی و خودمونیه. اینقد که صد
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Someone's taking lethal shots at weres, including the leader of the Hotshot community, Calvin Norris and Sam, Sookie's boss. Calvin's people think it's Sookie's newly-turned brother Jason, but Sookie's determined to prove otherwise. In the meantime, she has to make a deal with Eric to get a temporary bartender to cover for Sam, and Alcide wants her help with the choosing of a new packmaster for the Shreveport werewolves. There's no rest for Sookie as her life is targeted several times, but thank ...more
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
This is a book I've read a couple times in the past and realized I never actually wrote a review for it. From what I remember, this one focused on the shifters more and less on the vampires, so right there, that gets a lower rating from me. :P

When I read these books, esp. if I'm re-reading, I just skim for the Eric Northman parts. There is always what I think of as lots of filler and I rarely get into the side plots. I don't remember too many specifics from this honestly, so this will be a basic
Hannah (bookwormstalk)
This one had the most plot lines of any of the books, which I'm not sure I liked as much, but it was still quite enjoyable!

It's probably my least favorite of the series so far.
Jan 13, 2009 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire-fiction
At this point, the novelty of little Southen Sookie is starting to wear thin. Harris has clearly established that "any woman worth her salt" does sensible things, is tough, doesn't put up with anyone's crap, and can clean a mean house. Thank you, 1952!

But I think if one looks deeper into the story (assuming this is even possible), the entire series can be viewed as an allegory for women's liberation. In book 1 Sookie starts out as a piece of eye candy. The Bon Temps natives either want to bed he
The fifth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead as a Doornail, was one I didn't care as much for the first time through. On re-reading it, I found I liked it quite a bit better. Someone is taking shots at the local shifters, and Sookie's brother Jason--newly made a werepanther--is under suspicion. The werepanther leader Calvin and the werewolf Alcide have not yet abandoned their interest in her, while her ex-lover Bill seems bent on making her jealous. Meanwhile, someone actively has ...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
Oct 06, 2011 Geraldine O'Hagan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I got through this one too quickly. I'm reading this series with a co-worker of mine, and she is chiding me for going so fast. Oh, well.

Sookie, oh, Sookie. It must be a tough life having all of these supernatural men throwing themselves at you. Bill, Sam, Alcide, Eric, Calvin, and now, Quinn. I'm foreseeing lots of shananigans in the future. However, this book felt like a bit of a placeholder. Sure, there was the mystery of the sniper. Unlike good mysteries, there were no good clues to the snipe
Nov 18, 2008 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Thank goodness Ms. Harris laid off the hot-n-heavy sex stuff this round! But my oh my, does Sookie get all the men....

In this 5th installment of the Sookie series, we are reaquainted with Sookies past flames, Bill and Eric, my current favorite wanna be-squeeze Alcide, and introduced to Quinn, who I think Harris is setting up for a bit of Sookie-lovin' in future novels. Sam is still trying some smooth moves on our favorite mind-reading waitress as well...

This series is like readers Crack! I cant
Richard Derus
May 07, 2013 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.9* of five

The Publisher Says: Small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has had more than her share of experience with the supernatural—but now it’s really hitting close to home. When Sookie sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time—a transformation he embraces more readily than most shapeshifters she knows. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling populat
Jan 17, 2010 Kay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dead as a Doornail is criminally boring. I keep telling myself that I’m going to quit reading this series if another one of the books is terrible, but I doubt that will happen. I’m especially disappointed in this installment considering that #4 was so fun! Dead to the World was endearing start to finish! #5 just failed to be even remotely interesting.

Sookie is at her most irritating as she becomes entwined in two major plot lines: a traditional werewolf power ritual, and some sniper running aro
This book is all about the boys. Poor Sookie.

The Boys:
Manipulative. I didn't care for him hooking up with Debbie after showing interest in Sookie. Even if he did drop Debbie....eventually, it was still insulting to Sookie how far he let Debbie go with her abuse on Sookie. And his attempted blackmail with Sookie? Not cool man. Not at all cool. I don't care how good looking he may be.

Sookie's refusal to give him details on Book 4, is priceless. Her reasons behind withholding the even
Jun 10, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books just keep getting better and better! I know I'm going to be sad when I finally catch up, and there are no more books left for me to read. How will I ever survive?!
There were so many great storylines in Dead as a Doornail that I almost can't remember them all. Jason as the were-panther, the Shreveport werewolf pack getting a new pack leader (I didn't see that ending coming!), Sookie having to tell Eric what happened when he had amnesia (Eric. Yum...), and of course the serial killer
Loads going on in this book! Someone is targeting the shifters in Bon Temps and Jason is being accused. Sookie's house gets burnt down & she gets shot at. There is also some difficulty with Tara's new vampire boyfriend. There is a fight for a new packmaster. Bad stuff just follows Sook around!

I really liked this instalment of the series. Not enough Eric for my liking though! Still not really enough Tara, I mean we've seen more of her than in other books but she still hardly got any page t
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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.

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“Did we have sex?" he asked directly.
For about two minutes, this might actually be fun. "Eric," I said, "we had sex in every position I could imagine, and some I couldn’t. We had sex in every room in my house, and we had sex outdoors. You told me it was the best you’d ever had." (At the time he couldn’t recall all the sex he’d ever had. But he’d paid me a compliment.) "Too bad you can’t remember it," I concluded with a modest smile.
Eric looked like I’d hit him in the forehead with a mallet. For all of thirty seconds his reaction was completely gratifying.”
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