Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 5)
Dead as a Doornail - Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 5 Author:Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in a little bar in a small town deep in Louisiana. She's funny and pretty and well-mannered, but she doesn't have that many close friends -- mind you, that's not so surprising when you consider how few people can appreciate her abilities as a mind-reader. — It's not a quality that has the g... more »uys beating down her door - well, unless they're vampires or werewolves or the like... but they're not just supernatural freaks, some of them are friends, even family... And much as Sookie might want a quiet life, when she's around, things just seem to happen... like her brother, who appears to be changing into a were-panther.
He's not that bothered, but someone doesn't like it -- someone's trying to wipe him out, as well as the rest of the shape-changing population, and that mean's Sookie's got just a month, before the next full moon, to find out who wants her brother dead, and stop the fiend.« less
The story idea as a whole is good, however, the pieces that put it all together are definitely flawed.
On the whole, the book is a mediocre read. I'd say easy, but once again the author is horrible at keeping a story together. There tends to be a lot of gaps, like the story is being told by someone with ADD, and it leaves a reader flipping back pages to see if they might have missed a detail here or there. (don't worry, you probably didn't) In truth, I think the author figures out that we're supposed to be telepaths as well and know what Sookie is referring to at times.
And, until these books, I've never realized just how distracting a lot of misplaced and unnecessary commas can be... Does anyone proof read this stuff? Maybe someone should get the editor a calendar that shows them grammatical correctness every day.
I'm also really hoping that I'm not the only one to find the werewolf challenge an eye-roller. I'll never be able to watch another dog agility show on TV again without being reminded of that. It was just too ridiculous for words.
A person should be able to figure out quite early who the sniper is because the writer's technique throughout her books has a definite pattern. By the time the unveiling was done I found the confession to be pretty lame.
I've one more to go of the books that I have bought in this series, but I'm pretty sure I won't be wasting any money on buying them new again.
A sniper has been targeting the shape-shifting population of Bon Temps and the surrounding communities. As a new were-panther, Sookie's primary concern is for her brother Jason. But as it turns out, she's also a target, despite the fact that she's only a psychic, not a shifter.
This is the 5th book in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries, aka the Sookie Stackhouse books. I enjoyed coming back to this series after not having a chance to read them for the last year or so; it felt like revisiting an old friend. :D Fortunately, Ms. Harris is good at refreshing your memory about past characters and activities so the fact that I didn't have the earlier books here to review before picking this up was not a problem at all. She doesn't go overboard in describing past events, but it's enough to give you a feel for things if you haven't read them, or to bring everything back more clearly if you have.
Unlike Grave Sight, the first book in her newer Harper Connelly series, I was left uncertain all the way until the end of the book as to who the sniper was. And even then, she still managed to throw in an extra twist. I knew there's a good reason these books are part of my personal collection. :)
Evelina (amerigo) reviewed Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 5) on
Helpful Score: 6
This book barely kept my attention. At this point in the series I would like to see more depth in character development and in the creation of Sookie's world. In my opinion, Harris is giving the series too light and fickle a touch-- a bit like Sookie herself, who lacks the ability to really know which man she likes best and why, but all she can say is that she's sexually attracted to all. I see that as a metaphor for the author's own inability to make up her mind which character she wants to keep or discard, so she writes them out - or nearly - because she lacks the skill or interest to develop them, and their relationship to Sookie, further.
I like Harris' humor. I want to keep on liking the series. I want to continue to care about Sookie and friends, but I'm bored. I'm losing interest in cardboard characters that Harris doesn't adequately build up and is very quick to tear down.
So far I have really enjoyed all the books in this series. As for this one (the 5th in the series) I wasn't as enthralled by it as I have been with the others. This one took me longer to finish. Of course it has a lot of action with a sniper on the loose, a house fire, and much more that I don't want to give away. So why the three stars? The main reason I love to read this series is Sookie Stackhouse herself. She is the perfect character and totally make the books what they are. She has spunk, southern hospitality, manners and a great sense of humor. I find myself laughing out loud many of times at things she would say. In this book though, I didn't find that as much. Sookie just wasn't the same. She was more pessimistic, grumpy and I did not find her funny at all. I know in this book she is going through a lot but the thing that I liked about Sookie is she never let it get her down. Still, if you liked this series I would still recommend this one. It has enough action to keep you entertained.
I have to say that the plots are becoming predictable. That's not to say that they're not exciting because they are. It's just that you can almost predict who will be the perpetrator by the first few chapters. I had this one pegged. Of course, it didn't have me put down the book. I still find the Southern Vampire Mysteries very fun, very exciting, and very much worth my time to read. I still love them, yes. If you are looking for a shocking twist at the end, you're not going to find it here because the formula is predictable. I am also a bit disappointed in the turn that Sookie's friendship with Alcide took. I don't think it's too much that the two of them could remain friends and get over their little crush from book three. Instead, the two of them are getting to the point where they can scant stand each the company of each other. I mean, Sookie can have a friend she's not making out with... right?
You can bet as soon as I can, I am going to pick up book six.