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Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4)

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When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric the vampire--but now he's a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published 2004)
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Beth F.
This book starts off with a bang. Boring Bill announces he is leaving for Peru and Eric, the 6’4” Viking, makes an appearance in Bon Temps under a set of highly unusual circumstances: he is running down the side of the road half naked and he has amnesia. Now honestly, don’t you think more books should start with a half naked vampire who has amnesia? If that doesn’t appeal to you, well, to be perfectly honest, you and I might have a hard time finding something to laugh about together because that ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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NOTE: The Eric gifs are coming, but y’all are gonna have to work for them ; )

By the time I reached Book #9 the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series, my reaction was something kinda like this . . .

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I (along with many other superfans of the Southern Vampire Series) was extremely disappointed. Not with the “who will Sookie end up with????” part. I mean seriously - DUH when it came to that question. I was bummed that it felt like Harris ha
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Brad
Dear Charlaine,

This may come off a little mean, but I need to start by saying that you are a bit of a hack. But I don't mean that to be mean because the truth is I wouldn't want you to be anything other than the ass-kicking, pseudo-horror, pseudo-romance, pseudo-thriller hack that you are. You are my go-to guilty pleasure girl. I love hanging out with Sookie and her crew, and that's all down to you.

I just wanted you to know that Dead to the World is my favourite of the bunch. This had everythin
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Amelia
Nov 25, 2012 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loving eric and sookie's chemistry! I personally think that bill is a b*tch lol he didnt even know that sookie was trying so hard to pay her bill.
And oh yeah remember when
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Natasha
Sep 25, 2010 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead to the World is the fourth installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I actually read this a year or more back but re-read it last night again and realized I like it more than 4 stars.

Eric is my favorite character to start with, but during this book I love the new Eric also. He seemed so venerable and lost. It was Eric from a simpler time, without all the death and pain. He was reborn and cute as hell. lol! And I think Eric truly felt something for Sookie. What could have been! But, then
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
2.5 Stars

First off, I would like to thank both Kelly and Stepheny for allowing me to intrude upon their buddy-read.



I do not believe it necessary to reiterate how much distaste I feel for Sookie Stackhouse. If you care to know my explicit feelings in this matter, I go into rather intense detail in my review here.

I will merely say I find her moronic and tedious, for purposes of this review.

After reading this, the fourth book in the series, I think I have figured out what it is exactly that I ca
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Stepheny(Annie Wilkes)


I'm not going to lie- I'm feeling disappointed. I have continuously heard that this is the "Eric book." From everyone who has EVER read these books. "Wait until you get to book 4!!" Who's Eric? you ask.

Let me show you:



He's a beautiful Viking vampire. He is sex on a stick. He will turn any woman's legs to jello...and well... other parts of her will be doing other things. Reactions beyond your own control...



What I really expected from this book was a ton of this:



Starring this ridiculous piece of
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Sh3lly


It's Bloodsucker's Month with my lovely MacHalo beasties, so I'm going for a re-read of my favorite Sookie book. It's The ERIC Book.

First read ratings: 5 stars
New re-read rating: 4 stars


Well, I lowered my rating because the side stories in this just didn't interest me like they used to. Jason is missing, the shifters from Hotspot are introduced, and there is a crazy were-Witch-vamp-blood-drinking brother and sister team roaming around causing problems. Plus, my eyes glaze over every time she i
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The Flooze
Ahhh, Eric...

::swoon::

One of the best of the series, especially in terms of character development. Sookie makes a very telling New Year's Resolution: to avoid getting beat up. And not half an hour later she's picking up a stray amnesiac vampire.

The chemistry between Eric and Sookie is wonderful. Pam in her take-charge mode is hilarious. The Were community is more complicated than ever. And Sookie's knowledge of Supes is growing every day. Charlaine Harris knows how to craft witty and interestin
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
With Bill off to Peru, one night Sookie finds cocky, authoritative, smug Eric running almost naked down her road, his memory gone and his personality changed along with it. She takes him in despite many misgivings, and learns from Pam that he's been cursed by a witch. Then her brother Jason disappears and Sookie's worried the witches have taken him - though how could they know about him? Weres from Alcide's pack are being murdered and although she had promised herself not to get involved, she's ...more
Amelia
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Buggy
Opening Line: "I found the note taped to my door when I got home from work."

More like a 3.5 actually…
Dead to the World is the 4th instalment from the addictive and entertaining Sookie Stackhouse series, which for the most part I’m really enjoying. This addition had a lot going for it with Harris setting up some intriguing scenarios for our returning cast of characters. And once I got past the pages of repetitive back story I was quite excited about the prospects. Unfortunately though as much as
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Jim
Jan, 2009: Somewhat to my surprise, this book was every bit as good or a bit better than the previous ones. Very enjoyable, quick read which for me to say about a 4th novel in a series is somewhat unusual. I generally tire of series as repetition takes its toll. Not in this case.

Some new oddities are introduced in a good, logical manner, opening the world up & adding a bit more depth. Sookie's character develops more & our time line of events is confirmed. This book takes place about a
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Marianne
Dec 15, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead To The World is the fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. After the painful events in Jackson, Mississippi, a few weeks earlier, telepathic cocktail waitress, Sookie Stackhouse has vowed off all involvement with vampires. Her ex-boyfriend, vampire Bill, has gone to Peru when, driving home just after New Year, Sookie finds his boss, Eric, (vampire) Sheriff of Area 5, wandering, half naked, on the road near her home, with a convincing case o ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
So, this installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series happens to be my favorite in the series. In this book, Sookie is recovering from her broken relationship with Bill, and overall feeling a bit down. One night, Sookie finds the Vampire Sheriff of area 5 wondering half-naked down a street by her house. Sookie takes the vampire in and gets caught up in another supernatural dilemma. Eric, the vampire sheriff, has been cursed by witches and has no memory of who he is, or who anyone is for that mat ...more
Amanda
Sep 22, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog, bloodsuckers
After thoroughly enjoying Club Dead, this one fell short of my expectations. When Sookie finds Eric Northman (the Viking vampire who owns the vampire bar Fangtasia in modern day Shreveport, Louisiana) on the side of the road, he seems dazed and disoriented. And with good reason--he's lost his memory. Gone is the smug, sarcastic, and arrogant Eric that Sookie's always known and, in his place, is a scared and dependent vampire. And that's part of why I didn't like this as much--Eric's just not as ...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.9* of five

The Publisher Says: In Sookie Stackhouse—a Southern cocktail waitress with a supernatural gift—Harris has a created a heroine like few others, and a series that puts the bite back in vampire fiction. Now the hit series launches into hardcover for Sookie's biggest twist-filled adventure yet.

When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric
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Geraldine O'Hagan
Oct 17, 2011 Geraldine O'Hagan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda
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Stef Rozitis
Despite all the things I DON'T like about the vampire/romance genre I have a sneaking liking for Sookie Stackhouse. She's a working class sex-positive (too much so but I love her anyway), funny, feisty, too humble without being a whinger, capable and ridiculously brave bar waitress with a bit of a gift/disability of the paranormal variety and the tendency to bed vampires (and flirt with anything else hot, male and supernatural). She's a small town girl, a Christian, so heterosexual you would thi ...more
Jodi
Dec 28, 2008 Jodi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jilly
Jun 30, 2015 Jilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book in this series so far! Why? you ask....

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Sookie, you lucky dog, you!

Yes! Finally Sookie realizes that Eric is much better than Bill the Bore!

And, even better - there is no Bill in this book except a few mentions towards the end. I was feeling like my True Blood dreams were coming true.

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okay, I realize that I need to dream bigger

But... Eric is not our normal Eric - he's amnesia Eric because a witch cursed him. So he's sweet, vulnerable, and open. Now, that makes Sookie like him mo
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Crystal Starr Light
“My gran had always told me that a woman--any woman worth her salt--could do whatever she had to.”

Sookie and Bill have called it quits on their on-again, off-again relationship, but that doesn't mean Sookie's life has gotten any easier. Bill still lives nearby; plus, Sookie finds a memory-wiped Eric on the road one day as she's driving home from work. Apparently, a coven of witches led by Hallow tried to extort money from Eric and took his memory. Also, Jason, Sookie's brother, is missing. Can
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Ask any Sookie Stackhouse fan which book is the best in the series, and you'll be hard pressed to find one that doesn't pick Dead to the World. This is the very best that the series has to offer. And the crowning jewel of this masterpiece: a Viking Vampire with amnesia.

Thanks to the events in Club Dead , Sookie's relationship with that asshat Bill is over. And as this book begins, Bill is heading off to Peru to work on his vampire-directory project. Shortly after he leaves, Sookie finds Eric, r
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Jenn
I think this might have been my favorite of the series so far. Why, do you ask? Two words.

No. Bill.

Well, more like hardly any Bill.

I'm sorry for all the Bill fans out there, but I just find him extremely boring and whiny. So the break was very welcome. Another reason why this book was better than the others:

More Eric.

And I mean, a lot of Eric. And he was kind of adorable with his little amnesia-riddled brain.

I still just can't find it in myself to give these books higher than a 3 star rating.
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Heather
Sep 28, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap, I LOVE this series!!! Talk about the ultimate brain candy...I don't think it gets much better than this. I'm so glad I went ahead and bought the books because I know that I'll be re-reading these babies. This is seriously some good stuff :)

This is definitely one of my favorites in the series so far. My man, Eric, plays a starring role, and let me just say, that's it's one heck of a role too! There is one scene in particular that's getting flagged with a post it note for quick referenc
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Alkyoni

This New Year’s Eve, Bill is in Peru, Eric is running around in tiny red underwear and Jason has gone missing. What’s a waitress to do?

Best book in the series so far, if not for any other reason, then for the Glory that is Eric Northman. Granted, Eric is not exactly Eric in this book since he is suffering from amnesia, but even adorable Eric is ten times more interesting than any other man after Sookie’s affections.
Joanie
Apr 06, 2009 Joanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, vampire-fiction
Book #4 in the Sookie Stackhouse series is just as good as the first one-maybe better. In this one Eric the vampire has been cursed by a witch and lost his memory making him much more vulnerable and endearing. Sookie's brother Jason goes missing and she has to try to save him as well as Eric. Sookie gets stronger and fiestier with each book-this series is really addictive.
Stacey Stec
Feb 25, 2009 Stacey Stec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, lighthearted, fun. A mindless enjoyable read.
Jasmin
Imagine a smaller version of me, roaming some busy streets, not quite lost, but I was looking for something. I really didn’t know what I was looking for, until, Charlaine Harris came along. We walked hand in hand, and stopped at a candy store. Then Charlaine buys me this really delectable lollipop that has this delicious filling inside, that I wanted to eat it on the spot. However, my buddy stops me, and takes me further for a walk. We see designer shoes and so on and so forth, but what I want i ...more
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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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Sookie Stackhouse (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
  • Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #3)
  • Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse, #5)
  • Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6)
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