Still reeling from the horrible explosion at the Vampire Hotel in Rhodes, Sookie Stackhouse is trying to get her life back to normal. Well as n Review:
Still reeling from the horrible explosion at the Vampire Hotel in Rhodes, Sookie Stackhouse is trying to get her life back to normal. Well as normal as a telepathic waitress with romantic involvements with supernatural beings ever can. She and Barry the Bellman (fellow telepath) did their best to try and save as many humans and vampires possible from the aftermath of the Rhodes explosion. Their actions brought them into the radar. A place they did not really want to be.
From Dead to Worse picks up after the explosion with happier times in Bon Temps. Sookie and Sam are busy getting ready for a wedding reception for the big double Bellefleur wedding. Sookie tries not to worry why her were-tiger boyfriend, Quinn has not been in contact with her since the explosion.
Surrounded by friends and folks who are getting married and planning for babies do not sour her mood. Sookie once again shows her mettle no matter what pain she is in be it emotional or physical. She proves to be a survivor. She is learning to deal with the impact of being blood bound to a certain blonde vampire. As frustrating as having that bond in her life has been she is learning that just being in proximity to him can make her feel better. (which further adds to her frustration and makes for some humorous dialogue)
Sookie learns of a deep family secret and it is a doozy! It helps explain why Claudine has been in her life recently and fill in a few gaps in her past.
She finds herself in danger once again and survives an attack unscathed. The reason for the attack is the start of another mystery solving session for Sookie. She is once again facing danger due to her involvement with the world of the supernatural.
Her roomie is also facing worries of her own and faces the prospect of answering to her mentor for some unwise spell casting. (yes Sookie’s world is full of the supernatural even the humans in her life aren’t just human). Her roomie’s special abilities help Sookie try to solve the mystery of who or what is killing off the female weres.
The plot line of Sookie facing danger yet again to solve a murder (or in this case more than one) might start to wear thin for some readers if it were not penned by Ms. Harris. The additional layers to Sookie’s universe keeps growing in a way to keep my interest as a fan of the series and as a reader peaked.
Facing the prospect of another full out supernatural war meant another chance to see the Sookie’s strength. Not just physical strength but her emotional strength. The depth of her compassion for her friends and family make her even stronger and I loved seeing that part of her again. She faces the fact that her once boring tiny world is changing in many ways.
There is never a dull moment in the world created by Ms. Harris for Sookie Stackhouse. Just when you recover from reading some of the action and take a breath to soak it in Sookie faces the harsh reality of the political and very dangerous implications of the vampire world.
Although a certain revelation is not fully discussed at least it was finally addressed. Sookie proves her worth as a friend to the humans in her life and also to the shifters, weres and vampires in her world. This book did provide some answers I had as a fan of the series but yet I felt it was still missing some other answers that I hope will be addressed in the future books.
The varying parts and plot lines in From Dead to Worse were very varied and did jump around a bit. Some did tie together well but they were not cohesive as a whole unit. I am a die-hard fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series and yes I did enjoy the book. It was not one of my most favorite ones but it did contain some of my favorite moments and quotes.
This book is for the fans who were left waiting to hear of what happens next to Sookie after all the disasters in the prior book “All Together Dead”. It did fill in some gaps and answer some questions (but not all of them). Ms. Harris knows how to weave a tale that keeps fans coming back for more! ...more
The tenth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series brings fans once again into her life as Bon Temp’s telepathic barmaid. We find Sookie is still rThe tenth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series brings fans once again into her life as Bon Temp’s telepathic barmaid. We find Sookie is still recovering from the awful events of book 9 “Dead and Gone”. The passage of time may help heal the physical wounds but there are many emotional wounds still open. Even with the blood of two vampires in her system, Sookie is having trouble healing. Hurt and angry over those events don’t darken the one bright spot in her life. Her very hot yet very undead vampire heart throb Eric Northman is her solace.
The peace and quiet she may enjoy is short lived. Once again Sookie find herself facing danger. Her relationship with the Viking Vampire Sheriff also has her facing additional danger since he is under scrutiny by the new Vampire King. Sookie’s worries also continue to grow due to her connection to the world of the Weres. The political implications of the shifters’ coming-out are beginning to be felt. Sookie is drawn into the debate in true Stackhouse form.
This book had more than it’s share of great plot lines. That is not unusual for this series. However much I enjoyed the book (which I did) the fact that there were so many plots that just did not get fully addressed did detract from my enjoyment. The different plot lines were only touched upon and seemed to lack more substance. I know I can’t get all the questions answered but this time it seemed there were many more left at the end of the book than when I started.
Eric’s character also seemed to suffer from these plot lines. His character seemed very much out of “character” and acted quite the opposite from the strong male take action as in the past. Granted the “family” part of the title of this book did have quite an impact on Eric’s undead life. I did enjoy learning more about his pre-Sookie past. Exploring the topic of family in the human and undead forms was a highlight for me in this book.
The action did seem to build at a painfully slow pace. The blend of action, comedy and yes the requisite romance I’ve grown to love from this series was present. Just the pace and multiple plot lines made it a bit difficult at times to keep up with that action. (even if it was slow).
The aspect of Sookie’s special heritage also came to light in this book. The doorway to that special world was sealed away in the last book but that does not mean that all is still safe for Sookie. Facing a life filled with trouble at every corner in her life might make another character run away. Yet it is the strength that Sookie continues to show after all that she has endured and lived through (barely) that keeps me coming back for more. Yes I did enjoy the book. It was not my all time favorite one but I will definitely keep enjoying this series!
Dead and Gone begins with a quirky take on a what not to wear version for vampires on the tv set. It was great to see Sookie have a chance to laugh foDead and Gone begins with a quirky take on a what not to wear version for vampires on the tv set. It was great to see Sookie have a chance to laugh for once. But the laughter is short lived for my favorite telepathic waitress. The Weres and Shifters are poised to have their version of the vampire "Great Revelation" and reveal their other nature to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse finds herself at Merlotte's ready for trouble once again. This time the tv set is not showing a fun reality show but with a newsman faced with a pretty face who just declared that she is a werewolf and proceeds to shift in front of the camera. Fortunately the big Were Reveal goes well and the residents of Bon Temps shake it off and accept their friends and neighbors who are other natured.
However not all were happy with this new set of beings coming out into the real world. Once again tragedy strikes in Bon Temps and Sookie finds herself using her special "gift" to help solve another crime. Sookie's world continues to grow deeper into the world of the supernatural and yes faces even more dangers in this book. Ms. Harris has continued to build on the twists and turns that have come to be well known to her fans of the Sookie series. Since this book is the ninth installment to the series I would not recommend a reader to be able to jump right into this book without having more than a few questions. Yes there are quite a few of the plot items and questions from the prior books that do come up in this one.
I highly recommend the series. I found myself devouring the books once I discovered them. I could not wait for the next book to finally come out. Sookie's world continues to grow as penned by Ms. Harris. There are more than a few diverting plots in this book. Some may find more questions raised rather than answered in this installment. That is part of the charm for me in the series. This book was quite a bit darker and I did find myself in tears more than once. The emotions that the book is able to bring out when I read it just gives proof in the power of reading. Fans can see the TV Show "True Blood" which is based on the book series. However the show is the creation of Alan Ball and the books bring out a deeper many layered world that the show can not do in the one hour it has to air. Yes as the season do go on (and hopefully it will) we may get to see more of the book Sookie we grew to love. I do get frustrated when some of the bigger questions don't get fully answered. Guess that is why I keep going back for more!
Dead and Gone did not fill all the plot gaps that I would have loved to see completed but I did enjoy it very much. I do hope that in the next book more of the burning questions are answered. ...more
“Dead Reckoning” will draw fans back into the life of telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse. The first and third chapter of the eleventh book in the“Dead Reckoning” will draw fans back into the life of telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse. The first and third chapter of the eleventh book in the series has been available online for fans to enjoy for some time now. However the second chapter is quite the eye opener and I found it very wise that the publishers kept that chapter off line! Yes it very important to read the whole book in entirety and not just guess at what will happen based on just excerpts.
This book is fast paced and full of the drama and action that has come to be associated with the series. Many of the lingering questions from previous books were FINALLY answered and I did find great satisfaction in having those answers. However, by the end of the book I found myself with even more questions again. Knowing that there are only 2 more books in the series does give me hope that the light at the end of the tunnel (ie all the answers for Sookie’s world) is finally coming into view.
The Sookie Stackhouse I have grown to enjoy is back finally! Having survived so many attacks on her life has left a mark on her both in body and spirit. Sassy, snarky strong and yes sexy Sookie is in full form in this book. She is appalled by the depth of cruelty and nonchalant behavior of the supes in her world. Vamps, shifters, fae and witches are a part of her life and she finally comes to the realization that she needs to understand just what they mean to her. She must reconcile her dilemma in how she was raised as a “good” Christian and how that path has taken quite a detour for her in spirit and body.
The action picks up “Dead in the Family” and Sookie finds herself once again in harms way. I thought at first oh here we go again, another mystery solving storyline. Quite happily I found this not to be true. Yes Sookie has a split second to warn Sam and others when she senses something very wrong. They survive the fire bombing of Merlotte’s but I did not see Sookie jumping into telepathic superwoman mode to try and solve the case. She has been through so much by this stage in the series and survived many attacks at this point in her life. She doesn’t accept it as part of her life but has come to realize that danger comes with the territory when you make the choice to be friends with supes, humans and every kind of creature she encounters.
While trying to clear out parts of the attic Sookie discovers a letter written to her by Gran. The letter was not the only thing she discovers and still has more to learn about her family and also about herself.
What I did like is how her character is finally maturing. She readily admits the love and feelings she does actually feel and later learns she should have listened to her own heart. The words did not come easily for her in the past and are still not gratuitous. Sookie does find herself once again acting very impulsively. She may be telepathic but when it comes to listening to her OWN mind and OWN heart she fails miserably. Yet she does finally realize that the consequences of those actions will be long lasting. However the brash act did open up her eyes and here is where I believe Charlaine is allowing Sookie to continue to grow and follow her path. It is a choice she must make of her own mind and will.
I mentioned that there are quite a few questions answered that have been lingering (almost to the point of causing some story lines to stagnate and seem pointless) are finally answered. Not all of the answers are predictable and that was a huge relief. The relationships in her life are complicated. Her actions and those of all in her circle affect others. She is learning more and more about the vampire she does love but still finds herself with even more questions unanswered.
One of the surprises for me reading the book is how I reacted to several of the characters. For some reason I am seeing them in a different light. Again I feel Ms. Harris is revealing more layers to the what appears to be the “good guy persona” on the oustide to what is perhaps a darker core. No not talking about a vampire here. (had ya worried there for a second didn’t I). Many characters make a “visit” in this book. Eric and Pam figure strongly in this book. Eric is dealing with the aftermath of the actions from Dead in the Family along with the new vampire leaders so his plate is quite full. My heart did tug a bit for Pam who seemed very much unlike her character for me in this book. Yes we do see Alcide for a brief moment or two (and what a “view” it is for Sookie). Bill does appear in the book and yes once again does prove himself to be a good neighbor for Sookie. There were a few enjoyable giggles that had been missing and I was happy to enjoy them once again. It was also interesting to visit with some of these familiar characters as well as some of the ones in Sookie’s extended family.
Just a quick example of a few of my favorite lines from the book (not saying who said them or anything to spoil):
Loved the use of a word as an expletive. Simply this one word: ZOMBIES! (references to Dead in the Family)
A bit of relationship karma: “You keep breaking my heart, ______(name of character omitted)” “I will not have sex with a man who pities me”.
“I gave a little shriek and swung my legs until they latched around him……______(name of character omitted) loved monkey sex” Ok now this scene while very very hot also made me laugh out loud at the mention of monkey sex. Never thought I’d read that in a book. (well any book I’d be reading)
There were many many more lines in this book than in some of the prior ones in the series that I did truly enjoy. Again in Sookie Stackhouse fashion it was great to see her be able to come to terms with parts of her life and manage to live and survive yet again. She is able to help with serious plans/plots that could end not only her life but also those of many she loves. Knowing that she may die the night before an important party she was hosting the next day Sookie makes sure others know where to find all the supplies, cake and all the items that are ready. She doesn’t whine or say woe is me I might die. It seemed to show how she has developed in her maturity. I’m not saying she is all the way there when it comes to being completely mature. Again yes she does make a major brash mistake so yes we do see a little bit of “what were you thinking Stackhouse?”.
The book did keep me entertained and I could feel a definite progression towards the big climax (no not one of those climaxes..I mean about the story.(some call it a dramatic arc) The action did move along and was fast paced enough to keep me from wandering off mentally. Some loose ends did seem to be tied up just to answer specific questions which I did appreciate. The part that was frustrating for me as the reader was how some of the bigger badder issues were brought up towards the end of the book. The issues had been only hinted at earlier and pushed aside. So once again I’m left wishing the book were longer in order answer that big bad issue. Seems that Ms. Harris has once again planted a big ole bad bomb and we will have to wait another year to find out when it will finally explode.
That would be my only criticism is how the action seems to fly quickly and when it comes to something really really important I’m left hanging. (and asking myself oh great now WHAT). Another worry I also have is my sneaking suspicion of some of those Sookie considers as friends may really be her enemies. As mentioned earlier never judge anyone by the outward appearance. Sookie is coming to terms with that and I hope that she learns that lesson in time.
Again I highly recommend this book to any fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series since it does reveal a few new wrinkles in the Sookie universe and yes more details on Sookie’s gift. Yes what was set up in this book will definitely be addressed in the next book (or so we hope).
So after waiting a year to read this book I am glad the wait is over. Looking forward to discussing the book in length as more fans have had the chance to read their copy. Not everyone may agree with me and my review but yes I did thouroughly enjoy “Dead Reckoning”. Waiting sucks and I guess now I have another year to wait for book 12. I have photos from the NYC book signing on the site: http://skarsgardfans.com/...more
I am learning to sew and this book has been very helpful. There are clear photos of the projects that really help me see what the instructions are sayI am learning to sew and this book has been very helpful. There are clear photos of the projects that really help me see what the instructions are saying. I can read over and over but the photos are what help me see what I need to do. Nice projects in the book. ...more
This book was recommended to me by an amazing sewer. It is a good reference book for anyone interested in sewing. The publisher lists it as an ultimatThis book was recommended to me by an amazing sewer. It is a good reference book for anyone interested in sewing. The publisher lists it as an ultimate stitch and seam reference book. The photos give a clear understanding of what the stitch/seam is supposed to look like and the steps to get there. In addition there are 20 projects that can be made from this book. The projects include-trousers, traditional curtains, a light summer dress, kid's clothes, a beach towel, patchwork bag.
What I liked also in this book were the number of photographs and diagrams showing the stages for the sewing process. I am still learning how to sew so I need as much help as I can when it comes to setting up the pattern and also how to choose the right fabric, how to choose the right pattern size, pattern details that will also help with the fit. ...more