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Dead to the World

(Sookie Stackhouse #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  255,817 ratings  ·  5,805 reviews
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait – unless they’re undead; vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she com ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2004 by Ace Books
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Morgan Frost No. There is humor used throughout the series, but the book is not a joke.
Sarah This is an ongoing series, so while the ending is wrapped up nicely it leaves room for the following series to pick up where this leaves off. It's a r…moreThis is an ongoing series, so while the ending is wrapped up nicely it leaves room for the following series to pick up where this leaves off. It's a really fast fun read. Nothing profound, but a good exciting story.


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(B) 72% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: Familiar and likable characters make it decent, but there's not much plot. Very static, it didn't add much to the series.
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loving eric and sookie's chemistry! I personally think that bill is a b*tch lol he didnt even know that sookie was trying so hard to pay her bill.
And oh yeah remember when
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This book starts off with a bang. Boring Bill announces he is leaving for Peru and Eric, the 6’4” Viking, makes an appearance in Bon Temps under a set of highly unusual circumstances: he is running down the side of the road half naked and he has amnesia. Now honestly, don’t you think more books should start with a half naked vampire who has amnesia? If that doesn’t appeal to you, well, to be perfectly honest, you and I might have a hard time finding something to laugh about together because that ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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NOTE: The Eric gifs are coming, but y’all are gonna have to work for them ; )

By the time I reached Book #9 the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series, my reaction was something kinda like this . . .

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I (along with many other superfans of the Southern Vampire Series) was extremely disappointed. Not with the “who will Sookie end up with????” part. I mean seriously - DUH when it came to that question. I was bummed that it felt like Harris
Dear Charlaine,

This may come off a little mean, but I need to start by saying that you are a bit of a hack. But I don't mean that to be mean because the truth is I wouldn't want you to be anything other than the ass-kicking, pseudo-horror, pseudo-romance, pseudo-thriller hack that you are. You are my go-to guilty pleasure girl. I love hanging out with Sookie and her crew, and that's all down to you.

I just wanted you to know that Dead to the World is my favourite of the bunch. This had everythin
Dec 02, 2008 rated it liked it
So after Bill there's Eric, the superhot amnesiac vampire. Whereas anybody else would run with the Mulholland Drivesque plotline and linger on the noir aspects that go hand-in-hand with vamp myth, Book IV radically changes the series from the "Twilight" part of the spectrum to more "Buffy" territory. Proud to say that "Dead to the World" has less Sookie injuries and more beastly bloodshed than any of the books that came before it!

There is still that erotic prose that owes lots to Anne Rice, the
Em Lost In Books
Best of the series so far especially when i put faces to these characters from the TV show. this has become a guilty pleasure of mine.
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead to the World is the fourth installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I actually read this a year or more back but re-read it last night again and realized I like it more than 4 stars.

Eric is my favorite character to start with, but during this book I love the new Eric also. He seemed so venerable and lost. It was Eric from a simpler time, without all the death and pain. He was reborn and cute as hell. lol! And I think Eric truly felt something for Sookie. What could have been! But, then
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
I really loved this one. I enjoyed the new Eric as much as Sookie did, and the plot leading up to the battle was exciting and mysterious. I do hope that Eric learns the truth about his time during the amnesia though.
I'm not going to lie- I'm feeling disappointed. I have continuously heard that this is the "Eric book." From everyone who has EVER read these books. "Wait until you get to book 4!!" Who's Eric? you ask.

Let me show you:

He's a beautiful Viking vampire. He is sex on a stick. He will turn any woman's legs to jello...and well... other parts of her will be doing other things. Reactions beyond your own control...

What I really expected from this book was a ton of this:

Starring this ridiculous piece of
I still haven't watched the show True Blood but from what others have told me, the show is much more serious than the books. The books are silly, sexy, and gory but in a light hearted way. Sookie is a bit of a simpleton but she's also tough even if she doesn't know it most of the time.

Dead To The World is the 4th book in the series and despite the length of time it took me to read it( I just wasn't in the mood for it) I enjoyed it just as much as the previous 3 books. I was happy that this book
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2.5 Stars

First off, I would like to thank both Kelly and Stepheny for allowing me to intrude upon their buddy-read.

I do not believe it necessary to reiterate how much distaste I feel for Sookie Stackhouse. If you care to know my explicit feelings in this matter, I go into rather intense detail in my review here.

I will merely say I find her moronic and tedious, for purposes of this review.

After reading this, the fourth book in the series, I think I have figured out what it is exactly that I c
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I finally was able to get it back from the library and finish this one! I think this is the only book in the series so far that I didn't power through in a couple of sittings (or just one), but I still loved it a lot — it just lost me a tiny bit towards the end with too much action and not enough characters being witty and dumb. 😂 4.5 stars, full review to come! ...more
The Flooze
Ahhh, Eric...


One of the best of the series, especially in terms of character development. Sookie makes a very telling New Year's Resolution: to avoid getting beat up. And not half an hour later she's picking up a stray amnesiac vampire.

The chemistry between Eric and Sookie is wonderful. Pam in her take-charge mode is hilarious. The Were community is more complicated than ever. And Sookie's knowledge of Supes is growing every day. Charlaine Harris knows how to craft witty and interestin
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.
It's probably a bad indicator of your lifestyle when you miss your ex-boyfriend because he's absolutely lethal.

Wherein we learn that Sookie can certainly handle a shotgun or a baseball bat should the need arise. But she still wishes for a bit more back-up. Despite her misgivings, she proves repeatedly that she’s in
Dead to the World
4.5 Stars

When small town waitress and closet telepath, Sookie Stackhouse stumbles across an amnesiac vampire wandering around in the woods, she immediately recognizes him as Eric Northman, the arrogant and domineering Sheriff of Area 5. After taking him home and cleaning him up, Sookie discovers that an Eric with no memory is sweet, vulnerable and oh so sexy. Unfortunately, the witches who cursed him are hot on his trail, and Sookie will have to pull out all the stops to keep hi
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book in this series so far! Why? you ask....

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Sookie, you lucky dog, you!

Yes! Finally Sookie realizes that Eric is much better than Bill the Bore!

And, even better - there is no Bill in this book except a few mentions towards the end. I was feeling like my True Blood dreams were coming true.

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okay, I realize that I need to dream bigger

But... Eric is not our normal Eric - he's amnesia Eric because a witch cursed him. So he's sweet, vulnerable, and open. Now, that makes Sookie like
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of: adult paranormal stories, crime mysteries, vampires and the HBO show True Blood
Shelves: 2017-read, fantasy
"You can't use blackmail on someone who doesn't know anything about the hold you have on them."

I've heard a lot about Dead to the World (the fourth installment of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse mysteries) being the "Eric book", so I was definitely looking forward to reading it. While I didn't completely love it, I wasn't too disappointed either, lol.

This book takes place three weeks after Club Dead, New years eve at Merlottes. (view spoiler)
Karin Slaughter
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic lady, fantastic writer.
Pam Nelson
❤ 5 Dead to the World Stars ❤

This book gets me right in the feels.

Sookie has a hard enough time keeping everyone else’s thoughts out of her head, but then her brother goes missing.
Erik the freaking hot hunky vampire loses his memory.

And the Were community is looking to add a new breeder in to the mix and they have their eye on Sookie.

I llllove the interaction between Sookie and Erik, even if he doesn’t remember he is soo sweet to her. He gets under her skin as only Erik can do.
I loved how th
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With Bill off to Peru, one night Sookie finds cocky, authoritative, smug Eric running almost naked down her road, his memory gone and his personality changed along with it. She takes him in despite many misgivings, and learns from Pam that he's been cursed by a witch. Then her brother Jason disappears and Sookie's worried the witches have taken him - though how could they know about him? Weres from Alcide's pack are being murdered and although she had promised herself not to get involved, she's ...more
Opening Line: "I found the note taped to my door when I got home from work."

More like a 3.5 actually…
Dead to the World is the 4th instalment from the addictive and entertaining Sookie Stackhouse series, which for the most part I’m really enjoying. This addition had a lot going for it with Harris setting up some intriguing scenarios for our returning cast of characters. And once I got past the pages of repetitive back story I was quite excited about the prospects. Unfortunately though as much as
I swear, if I’d of read this when it first came out I know full well I’d of loved it.

The whole love square/pentagon I legit kind of like them all (other than Bill) for different reasons. There’s SO much angst.

I am fully aware that this isn’t a “great” book however it is kind of enjoyable and I’m gunna keep going with the series.


Dead Until Dark - 2 Stars
Living Dead In Dallas - 2 Stars
Club Dead - 3 Stars
Dead To The World - 3 Stars
Dead as a Doornail - 3 Stars
Definitely Dead - 2 Stars
All Tog
Jan, 2009: Somewhat to my surprise, this book was every bit as good or a bit better than the previous ones. Very enjoyable, quick read which for me to say about a 4th novel in a series is somewhat unusual. I generally tire of series as repetition takes its toll. Not in this case.

Some new oddities are introduced in a good, logical manner, opening the world up & adding a bit more depth. Sookie's character develops more & our time line of events is confirmed. This book takes place about a year aft
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5stars
So far i find this to be the best of the three books i read.i liked Eric,the story was entertaining,the mystery of Where Is Jason was interesting and there was no Bill.i came to the conclusion that Bill is the problem and that he drags the story and that's the tea
April Kennedy
Well, that happened.

This series is just so enterianting, that I really can't stop. I find myself laughing out loud, rolling my eyes, snorting in disbelief and shaking my head.

I would fully recommend them if your looking for some light reading that will occasionally just blow your mind with the level of ridiculousness.

Fun, fast paced books, I am happy I splurged and bought the whole series at once.
Geraldine O'Hagan
Oct 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire fans, fantasy fans, romance, paranormal lovers
Shelves: fantasy
This book series got way better ever since Bill got out of the picture (or at least Sookie lost interest in him). More magical creatures, more power struggles and more romance. Again, Sookie is a sweetheart and I loved the fun, fast paced writing.
Richard Derus
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.9* of five

The Publisher Says: In Sookie Stackhouse—a Southern cocktail waitress with a supernatural gift—Harris has a created a heroine like few others, and a series that puts the bite back in vampire fiction. Now the hit series launches into hardcover for Sookie's biggest twist-filled adventure yet.

When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric
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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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