While not my favorite of my series so far, this one still kept me hooked. The dissolution of the relationship between Bill and Sookie is heartbreaking. One note about this book - it mentions events that will have you wondering if you missed a book in the series. Take it from me, you didn't. The events mentioned take place in the short story, "One Word Answers" by Charlaine Harris. This story appeared in the Bite anthology (I believe) but can be found in other places (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). Read it first so you don't think you're losing your mind! :)
Definitely the best so far in the entire series. Quinn is hot and sexy (although annoying in his constant use of "Babe" -- doesn't he know that word is now reserved for Ranger?), Bill is in the background, and there are new faces to compliment the old gang.
Best of all, this is laugh-out-loud funny. This is the first book in the series I've been able to say this about, and I'm darn glad to be able to.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, including this book, but felt it was the weakest so far. While not graphic in the way of LKH (something for which I am grateful), Sookie's lovelife has taken some confusing twists and turns, not all for the better. I also found this book to be overly concerned with "getting everyone in" to the point that some characters felt like they were simply doing cameos to make sure they weren't forgotten. Still, nicely done, a well structured mythos, light and funny - a must for series fans, for new readers, start at the beginning - there are revelations in this book that will undermine your enjoyment of earlier books.
This book was less than mediocre. Now that I've read all of the first six books that I wasted good money on in this series, I'll just be using credits or a local library to get the rest since I'm not on the edge of my seat needing to be mentally punished. I've learned my lesson and will no longer be buying more than half a series of books without having only bought at least the first one to read as a sample.
I just don't know how these can be considered a detective series when there's really not a lot of detecting, but mostly a lot of stumbling upon oddball problems and getting out of sticky situations at the last moment. Sookie is sometimes just such a moron that it's unrealistic that anyone like her could figure out the things she does on her own when it's been done without her telepathy.
A lot of times, I find it weird that people who know Sookie still consider her a freak when there's shows on TV like "Psychic Detective" and "Ghost Hunters" and other paranormal shows that are pretty popular. The series likes to use so many other modern aspects of our time that it's really strange that people wouldn't be proud of having a telepath in their community. They certainly know when to use her to their advantage.
The Wal-Mart plugs have gotten to be annoying throughout these books. I'm still trying to figure out if they're there more than other plugs because the A) author owns stock, B) want's a life-time discount, C) loves greedy corporate companies with poor health-care coverage for their employees, D) is stereo-typing some social class or another, E) is hoping they'll promote her book more or F) all of the above. Yes, I understand we all shop there, but they really don't need any more advertising. I really prefer authors who mention little mom and pop stores who can use the business.
We now also find out that Sookie has fairy blood in her. Even though, until this book, all these other supernatural beings hadn't smelled it on her before... plot holes drive me nuts.
So do grammatical errors. If I had a dollar for every one in this book alone, I'd buy a better series to read. Has the author ever taken any kind of writing class? Good grief, I'm this far through the series and she (or her editors) still hasn't figured out when you don't need a comma in a sentence. You have to unnecessarily pause so often while reading it's like driving down a long, busy street through town that has decided to put a stop sign at EVERY intersection when you're just trying to pass through.
I started reading this series because I'd had it around for more than a year collecting dust and then really enjoyed the "True Blood" series and was antsy and wanted to know what was going to happen next. Well, even though most of those questions were answered, the show is better. I really have tried to like this book series but it's just been one disappointment after another.
This book answers a lot of questions that the first few books open up and leave hanging, and ties up many loose ends. It is definitely a book to read before "giving up" on the series as it seems many PaperBackSwappers are doing. In this book, Sookie travels to New Orleans to clean out her Cousin Hadley's apartment; to not give too much up with this, we meet New Orleans witches, find out what Sookie really is, and revisit Debbie Pelt's family. It was a very enjoyable read!