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Dead as a Doornail

(Sookie Stackhouse #5)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  215,266 ratings  ·  4,120 reviews
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 b ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 295 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Ace Books (first published May 1st 2005)
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(B+) 78% | Good
Notes: A pleasant break from its romance focused precursors, it successfully plants the seeds for a satisfying mystery reveal.
Mar 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Em Lost In Books
A decent read. But Ms Stackhouse's attraction to every available guy (and vice-versa) made me eye roll and I kept saying to myself,"not again and wait what about Bill, Eric, Alcide and Sam and on and on." :/ ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** 3.55 ***

"...“Fiction just makes it all more interesting. Truth is so boring.”..."

This one was entertaining and much less angsty than the previous couple, which of course is a good thing 😋. Sookie is still single and several different guys have been showing some romantic interest in her, but it seems that all of them come with a ton of complications attached. On top of her money problems, the bar where she works being riddled with incidents of violence, and her brother becoming a panther
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2 Enough-Already Stars

Sookie Stackhouse is a:

(If that’s not clear, it’s a soup magnet….. and, also, a VERY bad pun. You’re welcome!)

ALL (okay, okay, almost ALL) the soups supes in the area surrounding Sookie’s hometown of Bon Temps want to make an honest woman of her. She gets copious amounts of offers in Dead as a Doornail, it’s pretty exasperating. No matter what magical cookie perfume she’s wearing, I don’t buy it and moreover it seems like a very flimsy excuse to have all the hot guys
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
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’ve
April Kennedy
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really solid pacing throughout the series. I like how the story picks right up at the start of each book, where the last left off, and goes on to the next major catosphy.

Rinse and repeat.

I know exactly what's in store for me each time I pick up a Sookie Stackhouse book, and I am never disappointed.

Funny, sexy, over the top= my favorite guilty pleasure
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
3.5 stars. A good, twisty plot, but not as exciting, shocking, or nailbiting as some of the other books.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Jar of Death Pick #15

Dead As A Doornail is book 5 in the Southern Vampire series aka True Blood. As always the further into a series I get the more difficult I find it to review. If you've made to book 5 then you probably enjoy this series so I don't know what to add to that.

In Dead As A Doornail Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a lot of serious shit but somehow she seems to handle it really well. The title of the book is a "dead" giveaway to what Sookie's dealing with. Someone really wants he
2019 Re-Read

Just as telepath Sookie enjoys resting her mind around Vampire Bill, whose thoughts she can’t hear, I enjoy resting myself in this series that I’ve read and enjoyed before.

I’ve been consuming this series at a furious rate, seeing details that I just didn’t see on my first pass through. I believe that this is the volume where the private investigators show up to question Sookie, and we get an intersection between this series and Harris’ Lily Bard series. When I first read this book, I
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
Dec 02, 2008 rated it liked it
The madness continues in the 5th installment of the Southern Vampire/Detective series. All the characters we know and love are here, & even more are added to the mix (!).

Though its soapy and corny at times, all the twists and turns are definitely unexpected. You have no clue what will happen, and even when the murderer/villain comes to the forefront, is killed off, etc. there is still much more to the story than just that. The payoff is not the identity of the whodidit or even the motive (we can
Pam Nelson
❤ 4 Dead as a Doornail Stars ❤

This book is action PACKED!!

We still get a quiet a bit of Erik but just in a different way, sigh this makes me sad because I want Erik all day every day. Ha

Buuuttttt we did get to meet Quinn, and OMG.. I am realllly looking forward to book 6.

Ok so Jason isn’t all together just human anymore and I have to say he takes it pretty well.

Sookie goes through some really tough shit. No way around it, bullets, fire, fights. Yeah she is right smack dab in the middle of it
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I really just don't want this series to ever end. RTC ...more
This one wasn’t AS exciting as the other books for the majority of it, but the last 80 pages had me hooked.

I have to say I’m enjoying the series the mire we progress, why?

1. I’m going in knowing that this is a book of its time and the majority of things that well and truly irked me in book one have subsided A LOT.
2. I’m not going to lie I absolutely loved Eric, Alcide and Sam. This book is a hot mess for love squares it might as well be an Octagon because it appears that every male loves Sookie
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Considering the fact that I’m a 90s baby that is completely OBSESSED with all things 80s I dig Sookies fashion sense 👍

Again as a huge true blood fan I’m going to love this book anyhow, to which I do.
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dominique "Eerie" Sobieska
Sookie. You somewhat did a bit better here, but not really.

First off, I enjoyed the book. The plot surrounding the attacks on shape shifters was a great mystery, although it was quite easy to pin point the culprit. I like how the vampires are on the sidelines in the story. Sure Bill, Charles and Eric are present but it's not about them. Charles has the most lines in this book and even there, I don't feel like he's that much present.

With the story revolving around Sookie and who shot the shape s
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5stars
I remembered my New Year's Eve resolution: I wanted not to get beaten up
I mean,is it a Sookie Stackhouse book if Sookie doesn't get hurt?how the fuck is this bitch still alive?
Anyways,i loved it.i know much shit happened.once again we didn't have to deal with Bill's boring ass 👌,Jason is living his werepanther life,the werewolf ceremony was fucking weird 10/10 and Tara is still a honey nooo.she is useless.can't even have a sugar daddy.we also have a psycho trying to
Jeffrey Michael
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2016 marked it as dnf


This book was on my TR shelf since forever. I loved the first one and kinda liked the other 3 books, but this is too boring. I really don't care what happens to Jason, I never liked him anyway. I'm not interested in his story-line.

Maybe it's the fact that I've watched "True blood", which I liked very much (all those hot guys :D), but I can't make myself continue this series. There are many much more interesting books out there.

Dead as a Doornail
4 Stars

In the aftermath of the witch war, Sookie Stackhouse only wants to live a quiet life. Unfortunately, this is not to be as someone is using the local shifter population in Bon Temps for target practice and Sookie's brother, Jason, the newest member of the Were-Panther community is the prime suspect. Added to this is the arrival of a menacing vampire from out of town and a struggle for pack leadership amongst the Werewolves. Poor Sookie has her hands full!

Dead to the Worl

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
Megan Baxter
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
So, Sookie doesn't actually have sex with anyone in this book. I think I'm a little disappointed.

This was a reread, and I've read this series all out of order, and enjoy them, while forgetting them entirely in between reads. But when I came into this one, and realized at the end that Sookie isn't actually with anyone in this book, I was a little...confounded.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
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
Geraldine O'Hagan
Oct 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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My adventures with the Sookie Stackhouse Series began with the show. The books, I am finding, are much different. Jason is a were-panther. Sookie is actually tolerable. And Pam wears fucking pants suits. Crazy, I know!

As if dealing with her new half-breed brother wasn’t enough, there’s a shooter on the loose. The target of these shootings? Shifters. What the shift into doesn’t seem to matter much. Just the fact that they can shift seems to be enough of a reason for this shooter to try to take t
So much happening in this book. A sniper, a pack master election, an abusive vampire, a fairy godmother, and you know Jason being a shapeshifter...nbd.

I like the pace of this book and that it’s not all about romance, but it’s also hilarious how many beings are obsessed with Sookie at this point. Also, I forgot about Quinn and I’m excited to see more of him in the next book.
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry an

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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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