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Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
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Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (pp. 320)

Charlaine Harris’s ninth Sookie Stackhouse novel is more of what fans expect minus some face time from fan favorite Bill. Again the books tend to take on the feel of a prime time TV series. There first part of the book wraps up more loose ends and story lines from previous books. There’s more of Jason being a murder suspect, again. And the shape shifters follow the vampire example and come out into the mainstream. And we get more fantasy world building as Harris expands details of the Fay.

There’s even more character plot lines evolving and each is pleasant and fun, but nothing is super crazy, super fantastical, or erotic as in previous books. It may be the point in the series where the author and the reader have reached equilibrium, where the author stops providing backstory that introduces long known characters from previous novels and just tells her story, where the author focuses her writing solely to her existing fan base, and when producing a new book is really just about giving the reader more of what they want while juggling that each reader wants more of something different.

A solid effort worth reading for fans, but not going to answer some of the bigger questions posed in early books or the reader’s mind.
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