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.
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.
Another delightful Southern vampire detective book with Sookie as the main (human) character. Sookie's brother is starting to turn into a werepanther and a sniper is killing the local changeling population. Sookie Stackhouse is the main character throughout this series. She's totally human and has the ability to read minds. She's a charming, well-developed character as are the minor and not so minor characters around her. This book is filled with plot twists and fascinating characters. There's even an erotic, sensual element when Sookie gets involved with one of the supernatural characters. It's a book with more than horror: black humor, charm, funny dialogue, and a well paced plot. I wanted to pick up another book with this series but have read them all. I finished the book wanting more.
Charlaine Harris does it again! The characters that she has created are wonderful and you have no trouble becoming addicted to her stories. This is one series that I can read again and again. She has a very unique way of writing because its like talking and listening to an old friend rather than reading a book. This book continues her ingenius story of Sookie Stackhouse and all the paranormal creatures that we have already seen and all the ones yet to come. I LOVE THIS SERIES, ITS CHARACTERS, AND THE PLOTS.
The ending of the book is not what you will expect. sookie gets talked into more misadventure, but it is great to follow her way of thinking to see how she will get out of it. Definately worth the time to read.
Another great book... with another great adventure with Sookie. Someone is shooting Shifters big worry for Sookie since her brother Jason has recently become a shifter. Sookie is also dealing with the attention of 4 men and then enters another Quinn.... Can't wait to read the next book to see where it goes with Quinn...
Wow, Miss Sookie had her hands full in this one. I just love Eric and as the books continue he just gets better and better. Alcide has diminshed in his hunk status in my opinion now. As usual Miss Harris is a master at weaving this tale. Can't wait to start the next one.
Another great installment in the series. I did somewhat predict the ending before it came, but I also didn't really care, with how much I enjoyed getting to that point. There are a whole host of new messes and complications introduced in this one, along with a few moments that come across as awkward or disappointing. Overall, however, it was just good and fast entertainment, and great fun to read. I know others already gave great and detailed reviews, so I'm not going to bother, and will just say that if you like the series you will enjoy this one as well.
In this fifth entry in the famed Sookie Stackhouse novel, the plot becomes a bit hairy and lacks some of the cohesiveness that we've become used to from Ms. Harris. Still, this series' strength lies in its characters and by now, they are old friends. It's always wonderful to visit with the inhabitants of Bon Temps.
Oh, this one was just great! I stayed up way too late finishing it. It was more action-packed than usual. And now I am just really wondering who she will end up with - even I don't know who I want her to end up with... I missed her being with Eric... and it is too bad about the continued developments with Alcide... and there's always Sam... I just don't know what will happen! Especially with this mysterious Quinn coming to rise...
Maybe I need to spread these books out a little bit more, because all of a sudden they are blurring one right into the other. After putting this one down for a couple of days, I truly couldnt remember what it was about, I had to grab it out of the donation pile just to remind myself what the focus was.
If you have not read this series from the beginning, do not continue with this review, because there might be some spoilers. We know that Sookie is a waitress with a disability; she can read the minds of those around here, those that just happen to not be vampires. Therefore, when Alcide Herveaux asks Sookie to help read the minds of his were pack in hopes of helping his father become the next leader, she really has no choice. Well, of course she can do that, even if it is a strange ritual and parts of it just are not something that Sookie would ever like to know exists.
Then add in someone who is out trying to kill shape shifters and Sookies house is partially burned and Jason is still dealing with his own monthly difficulties and Tara is keeping vampires in her house and you have yet another week in the life of Sookie.
As I said before, maybe I need to spread these books out a bit more. They are starting to be the same story over and over with slight character changes in each installment. Skookie is a very likeable simpleminded character that always seems to get herself into one hot mess after another and needs to depend on her otherworldly friends to get her out.
I do not know what direction Charlene Harris will take these books, but the one thing that I do know, that kindly looking grandma sure has some hot blood running through her veins.
JustLisaGirl reviewed Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 5) on
I really love reading the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels and have really gotten into them. I think the characters are so different and just come to life when I read about them and I can see them right in front of me. It is awesome to have supernatual in these books and many people that do many different things. It really is a different world. There was a lot going on in this book with many different people but I think by the end it really worked out well. This is one series I plan on buying to read again and again. I think by reading again you miss other tidbits that you are able to put with other books. I have just really enjoyed these books....I even dream of them LOL. I really needed a change and this has given me a great change and a fun read. And then nothing beats getting to see them on True Blood even if they are not like the books. I just ::::swooon::: over Eric!
Yet another problem for Sookie to try and get out of, at the heart of all the paranormal and supernatural is the love triangle between Sookie, Bill and Eric. How to choose? Dark and sexy Bill, who despite everything seems to really love Sookie- or the blonde god, Eric who goes out of his way to give Sookie what she needs, or do both of them have ulterior motives? hmmm. Love these books. They are what my friend and I call, snack books- not deep literature, but sure are good reads.
I've never watched the HBO series, and I don't plan on it anytime soon. I've loved the book series so much, the TV show is guaranteed to disappoint me.
The 1st book made me fall for Sookie and her men, and after I finished it, I immediately ordered every other book in the series. I just finished Dead in the Family (Book 9, I believe?) and I can't wait until Charlaine publishes her next one. I hope they go on for at least several more. I'm so involved in these books that when I finish one, I don't read anything else for days so I can just think about the one I've finished.
I loved all the books in the Southern Vampire Mysteries series: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World and the latest, Dead as a Doornail. I don't know how I'll ever wait 'til there's a new one.
This one is good. Not my favorite. I loved 1-4 but this one seems a little slower. Not much action with Bill or Eric or even
Alcide which I was hoping for. Still it is worth reading so you know what is happening with Jason.
I really enjoy this series and all the characters that we meet along the way. I also really like that everyone and their brother is trying to hook up with Sookie. Its hard for me to decide which character I think she would fit best with, sometimes I think its a shifter, other times I think its a vamp....I guess we shall see what happens in the next book now that shes, once again, pissed off a whole lot of people.....
Not the best in the series but good. Jason is not one of my favorite characters so to have a book that was basically based on him was not much fun for me but I love Calvin's character so it made it worth the read. Plus you can't resist Sookie's antics, she is hilarious and has great one liners.
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.
Another great story. This time someone is shooting the were-animals. And Sam is one of the victums. So off to Eric, Sookie must go to borrow a bartender . . . he's not only a vampire but a pirate with an eye patch.
Sookie seems she just can't get out of trouble. Someone is trying to kill all shifters and of course her too. This book I just did not like and could not get into. I finished it but I found myself skimming through some pages. I hope the next one is better than this one.
Ok, so I watched True Blood on tv and had never heard of Charlaine Harris. I started this series out of boredom and read the whole series straight through in less than a week. Can't wait for the next one. All of the books are a tad repetitive on the character description (how many times do I have to hear about Sam's halo of strawberry blonde hair or Eric's Nordic good looks?) but very entertaining, light hearted and thoroughly addictive. You won't be sorry.
2005 instalment in the "southern vampire" series starring Sookie Stackhouse. Her brother has just for the first time undergone a transformation to a werepanther, and a sniper is picking off local shape-shifters
With this book I am beginning to see the Walmart pattern that other reviewers have referred to. I am also overly annoyed with the grammatical errors and the continuing theme of disaster vs. luck scenario. Sookie herself is growing weary of her apparent knack for getting into these situations so how are we, as the readers, not supposed to as well? I also have to mention how frustrating it is that each book introduces at least one new love interest into her life without removing a single one of the previous... how many options does one person really need and what it is it about this strange girl that attracts so many possible lovers when we are repeatedly told that noone was interested her earlier in life? This book was very disappointing, even more so than the previous books because it strayed very far from the synopsis on the back of the book (which summarized a very small portion of the entire story) and ended up being a lot of brief episodes that were rather unconnected and seemingly pointless. I did not see how most of this even fit into the big picture. At this point I am only continuing to read the books for my own curiosity of what the "end" might be and not because I am actually enjoying them.
I've really been enjoying this series but this book was my least favorite so far. It felt like there was just a bit too much going on. Sookie has a little bit of involvement with all of these guys but none of it is going anywhere! There's a lot of stuff happening but it doesn't seem to push the story forward. I'm starting to feel frustrated with her like I do when I watched True Blood. I'd like to see her be more assertive! I'm definitely going to continue with the series but I hope the next book is more enjoyable.