Although I have yet to pick up any of the other books yet in the series, I found myself completely enthrawled in this world created by George R.R. Mar...moreAlthough I have yet to pick up any of the other books yet in the series, I found myself completely enthrawled in this world created by George R.R. Martin. There are several characters so I did have a hard time keeping them all straight. But I was greatful for the guide of characters to reference frequently. Even with as many characters as there are, they were written so well, that I didn't mind. The author did such a great job at making characters that I was totally taken with, like Danny and a few others, to making characters that I totally despised, like the dear old queen.
My few qualms with the book were that the story was pretty weighty and I had to take a break. It was one of those books that once I finished, I could not stop thinking about it for days. And I stayed up into the night just to see what was going to happen next. So now that it's been a few months and I have been able to absorb the book a lot more, I still think it will be at least a few more before I pick it up again. I will for sure have to read the next one before season 2 starts on HBO though next year!(less)
PLOT SPOILER! I do talk about key points in the story, so please be warned. Also OPINION ALERT! I know Team Eric vs. Team any other supe out there for...morePLOT SPOILER! I do talk about key points in the story, so please be warned. Also OPINION ALERT! I know Team Eric vs. Team any other supe out there for Sookie is a touchy touchy subject. But please just keep in mind, I am and will always be Team Eric! So if you aren't, I love you anyway :). But keep in mind, I am totally biased!
How do I begin! Like many of the other books in this series, it seemed it may be a slow start. Charlaine has a way of writing minute to minute then skipping ahead to hours at a time and then, Wham! In your face! But I have mostly enjoyed it - with one exception, Book 8, and that i still actually liked.
So I wasn't quite sure what would really happen with this book, except that I was hoping Victor would get what he deserved. The closer I got to the end, the more I thought it wasn't going to happen in this book. But I was glad to see there was deffinitely progress made with him. Yes, I am being vague there. :) Along the way though, Sookie finds out a lot about her family and her grandmother's past and just exactly how she became how she is. Plus some stuff that was going on with her and Eric for a while finally comes to the surface and it isn't so pretty to look at in the light of day! Just like a vamp out in the sun! Har har har! :).
It's funny to think in terms of reality when you are dealing with a story of fictional vampires. But the way Charlaine writes a relationship between her characters isn't a huge epic love story feel. It's a down to earth, mostly relateable version of love. And although craziness happens everywhere around Sookie, (ie. Elvis concerts for vamps! I HEART me some Bubba!) the way she acts is always very human. In my opinion, I don't ever see Sookie saying goodbye to the sun that she so loves and becoming a vampire. It's not in her version of reality. The issues that she and Eric fought over and talked about dealt with have always been her way of avoiding the future and trying to figure out what she wants tomorrow, and not just today.
With all that being said, I find a lot of Sookies "issues" with the vamp way of life, somewhat like what Eric called her at the end - hypocritical. Although I get her points every time (most every time anyway) she doesn't live her life the way she views herself and what kind of person she is. Don't get me wrong! I am all for seeing people like Sandra and Victor getting what they deserve. But she takes issues with all of the same things she sees in Eric as she is trying to figure out who she is in the mean time. Although I knew that Sookie's view of life (har har har!) was going to come between her and Eric (Shit or get off the pot, as they say) I always thought that she could stop seeing things as moral issues and learn to deal with things as they come. She is deffinitely a strong and proud woman - who is probably my favorite female character in fiction today - I just think she is rather lost right now. I struggle while I read the books of whether I want her to become more like Eric or whether I want her to stick up for what she believes is right. I will say, I hope that she can figure out who she is and be that person with Eric.
I will attempt to make this short and sweet. But sorry, I am a rambler!
We know that Sookie struggles with the fact that most of Eric's humanity is gone. As it would be with a Viking vampire as old as he is. But to me it seems that really isn't what her problems with their relationship are. That's just what's easy for her to deal with head on. She's upset and throws a morality issue in his face. But too me it seems like she is more upset with the fact that he is also very secretive and "old fashioned" and has idealistic ideas of what their relationship should be. He wants her to move in and she is hesitant for sure. But I think she is really just scared. Scared of being hurt by him and scared of maybe realizing she is more like Eric than she can admit right now. I am still trying to get my thoughts together on this, so I may update this part on some future date. But at last, I do home that Eric and Sookie work it all out. How they would though, doesn't seem to be in the cards for either of them.
With all of this conflict raging inside, I still give the book 5 stars because after 11 books, if it can make me care enough to keep reading, and to anticipate it coming out each time and still be able to surpise me and keep me up until the wee hours of the morning when I have to get up for work bright and early, (runon scentence anyone!) well I still love this series! I still love that I care so much about Sookie and Eric and all the rest. (less)