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Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  159,641 ratings  ·  3,357 reviews
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorCocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has only a few close friends, which isn't surprising - not many people can appreciate Sookie's abilities as a mind reader. When she sees her brother Jason's eyes start to change, Sookie knows he's about to turn into a werepanther for the first time. But her concern for her brother becomes cold fear when ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jessica
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
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
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Becky
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
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Amanda
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
Hunger For Knowledge
With the Dead as a Doornail I am now half way through with my 10-book set, and so far it has paid itself off more than well. This fifth book in the series came very close to my personal favorite Dead to the World.

I think in every review of mine, I have mentioned how much I adore Harris's way of building the world around these stories, and it still keeps being the main reason for me to continue with this series (and the fact "I" have paid and bought all of them, so it is my duty to do so). It fa
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Heather
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
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Miina
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
Jeffrey Michael
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
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
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
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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
Gypsy

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
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Alkyoni

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
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Anna
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
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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
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Angela
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
Jennifer
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
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Lori
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
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Jilly
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
Geraldine O'Hagan
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Kana
This book is all about the boys. Poor Sookie.

The Boys:
-Alcide
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.

-Eric
Sookie's refusal to give him details on Book 4, is priceless. Her reasons behind withholding the even
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Nikoleta
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!
Vivi Vocat
I found the series up until this installment pleasantly entertaining, but Dead as a Doornail is not distracting enough, for it is about lots of people (or more specifically creatures of the night) doing stupid things, without making a progress in the main storyline. This book consists of let’s kiss Sookie or let’s get shot.

And all the characters just got inexplicably worse for the wear.
Sookie, was shallow to begin with, but had some fight in her, now she’s mostly pessimistic and grumpy, and put
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
I'd never want to stand in a bathing suit next to Heidi Klum. Or sing after Aretha Franklin. Who would? We'd all suck by comparison. Much like any book with the misfortune of coming after the best installment of a series. The first time I read Dead as a Doornail, I thought it was lame. It's about Jason and Sam and problems with the shifters. I want Eric and vampires and sex. But with a little time and distance and a patience born out of knowing what will happen next... I can look at the book a b ...more
Kay
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
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Crystal
So far, I have liked this series but this book has slightly changed my opinion. I am hoping it is just because it dealt more with outside characters than the previous books. It wasn't bad, it just didn't hold my attention like the previous installments.
This book centers around Jason somewhat, actually now that I think about it he should have been way more involved since Sookie was trying to save his behind by proving he wasn't the person shooting Shifters. This was the main storyline with severa
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Cherie
A sniper has been targeting the shape-shifting population of Bon Temps and the surrounding communities. As a new were-panther, Sookie's primary concern is for her brother Jason. But as it turns out, she's also a target, despite the fact that she's only a psychic, not a shifter.

This is the 5th book in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries, aka the Sookie Stackhouse books. I enjoyed coming back to this series after not having a chance to read them for the last year or so; it felt like revi
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Antoinette
Jan 15, 2009 Antoinette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, urban fantasy fans, sookie fans, vampire lovers, fairy lovers
Recommended to Antoinette by: my mother
Shelves: fiction, silly-series
Vampires, and werewolves, and fairies! Oh My! This was incredibly enjoyable to read. I was almost in disbelief at how very magical Bon Temps has become. This book, thankfully, has much less shameless sex, and much more content. I am really starting to enjoy Harris' voice.

The intense conversations between members of the "outed" paranormal community, and "secret" societies is brilliant. I loved the references to huge events such as the fairy war of Iowa, and encountering a pirate ship with a vamp
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Laura de Leon
This is very clearly my least favorite Sookie book so far. The number of men drooling over Sookie has gotten ridiculous, particularly since she returns the interest of most of them. Pick any two of them, and it would be fine. I might even be able to stomach a third. But

Bill (Vampire #1)
Eric (Vampire #2)
Sam (shape changer)
Alcide (werewolf)
Calvin (werepanther)
Quinn (weretiger)

and I feel like I'm forgetting one!

I'll read the next one because (other than her extensive taste in men) I still like Sook
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Sherrie
Jul 17, 2007 Sherrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire mystery lovers!
Book #4 of 2006 - Finished reading it on 1-26-06. Stay with me here…don’t run away! This book was GOOD! Fifth in the series of a Bon Temps, Louisiana waitress who lives in a town where vampires and werewolves are commonplace…and oh yeah, she can read minds. Sounds stupid, right? Just another one of those vampire-genre books? Not at all! The main character, Sookie, is witty, strong and smart. The writing is quick-witted and fun. I soon found I have to go back and read the entire series. Charlaine ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Sookie Stackhouse is the most unlucky person in the world. I wouldn't want to be her. I wouldn't want to be her friend. I wouldn't even want to live in the same town. She's like the Jessica Fletcher of the vampire community. If she shows up, the bodies and trouble are soon to follow.

As these books become more improbable, they become more indulgent and less exciting. I'm still liking them, but some of the shine has certainly come off the apple.
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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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Sookie Stackhouse (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)
  • Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6)
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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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