Sometimes I feel like a slave to Goodreads. Even when I am not active on this site, I am always lurking. And when I g...moreUgh, one star dnf for right now.
Sometimes I feel like a slave to Goodreads. Even when I am not active on this site, I am always lurking. And when I go to a bookstore and discover a new book... my first move is to search for it here (Thank you Goodreads App!) and see what, if anything, my friends have said about it.
Lame, right? Yeah...
Except that stuff like this happens... I purchased The Other because the updated cover looked cool. (The inside is all purple & green, lurvely!) Also, the synopsis was intriguing. This was during a trip to an independent bookstore to hear one of my favorite authors talk. I thought, To hell with Goodreads! I'll throw caution to the winds and purchase a book which I know nothing about! Just like the olden days!
Unfortunately it was a big yawn fest. This might have been great in it's day. Maybe. But the third person point of view, in addition to the constant (not too subtle hints) that something eeeevil and devious is going to take place added up to make this a big DNF.
Maybe I'll finish it one day. Or maybe I'll sell it in a garage sale. *shrugs*(less)
First a few disclaimers are in order...it's been awhile since I've read anything and even longer since I've written a review.
That being said, as I be...moreFirst a few disclaimers are in order...it's been awhile since I've read anything and even longer since I've written a review.
That being said, as I began Dead Ever After it occurred to me just how much I loved this series in the beginning. Yes, the plot has gotten stupid and Sookie has gotten judgmental and perhaps Harris should have wrapped this whole thing up years ago. So many of the little details and characters are lost on me, and I considered doing a reread of the entire series before starting this one, but that was sure to leave lots of bad feelings. It seemed best to take this book for whatever she wrote it to be, leave the past in the past and make a clean break from Sookie, Bon Temps and the sup world.
Surprisingly, Dead Ever After isn't that bad. Maybe because my expectations were so low. Or because my memory of the past books is so foggy. Perhaps it really is a step up from the more recent books in this series. Regardless, Harris actually did a decent job of integrating Sookie into a life and a routine without drama. It was a good way to wrap up the series and it is easy to imagine how life will go on for Sookie and the rest. Whether we readers agree with the outcome, isn't solid closure the best thing we can ask for at the end of so many books? Even if it isn't closure I necessarily agree with...it's closure.
Remember way back in Dead Until Dark we met Sookie Stackhouse... and awkward girl with a bizarre gift, few friends and never had a boyfriend? Now, years and books later Sookie has come out of her isolation, made some great friends and has had some sexay adventures. Even if she has grown intolerant, judgmental and is sometimes more than a little stupid...it's fair to say that she has a much more well rounded life than the one she started out with. So, hey... character development and what not. Despite what each of us wanted from these books, Sookie has gotten some life (and lurve) experience, she has gained some friends and has made a place for herself in the world.
I think it's fair to say we all fell a little (lot) in lurve with Eric after Dead to the World. In recent novels a lot of us (myself included) were pretty angry with the turn of events. But...what does Harris owe us fans in regards to her works? While reading this last installment it occurred to me that she may have had other ideas in mind all along. A series this long, sure there is a lot of filler and bs thrown in. But I can't believe that she didn't have a general idea of where the series was headed and what kind of life, and man, she wanted Sookie to end up with in the end. Again, my memory is foggy...so perhaps it's just been so long since I've read about the good Eric or perhaps I've forgotten just how angry I was after the last books.
Am I happy with Sookie's choice?
Let me say that I am unhappy with the way it was presented. The inside cover has a picture of Sookie surrounded by Eric, Sam, Alcide, and Quinn (remember him?) As if all of these guys are vying for Sookie's affections. But they aren't. And they haven't been, not really. Furthermore, after a book filled with so many passionate love interests, we are treated to a pretty boring conversation about relationships and what Sookie and her mystery(?) guy are looking for. Stuff like I was wild in my past and am now ready to settle down. Awesome, settling. That's like, so romantic. There were no speeches about the lurve and the passion. Just statements about wanting a solid and practical relationship. *Yawn* (So not the reason I read these books!) Said relationship talk is followed up a few pages later with a lurve scene in which the guy, "...plunged in." Soon after the plunging (clogged toilet anyone?) "...we slid against each other like seals" When it was over, Sookie remarked, "I feel like I just plowed the back forty with a team of mules" So if your idea of sexay reading involves plunging, fat water animals and hard physical labor then you will be thrilled with the future of Sookie's love life. Hrmm....
But closure. Harris did give up closure, whether we like it or not. Actually the thing which upset me most was Bubba's absence. Despite his affinity for cats, I love me some Bubba and look forward to him in every novel. Sadly, he wasn't here. I guess Elvis has....wait for it....left the building!