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Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse Book 9) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B002S0KBTA
- Publisher : Gollancz (18 June 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 861 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 236 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 41,841 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dead and Gone is the ninth full-length novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. The weres have decided to come out to the world, and the supe community holds its breath, waiting for the reaction, which is mixed, but a lot less negative than might have been anticipated. There are incidents, of course: Sam’s mother is shot and Jason’s wife is brutally murdered, although whether this is a reaction to weres, or something more personal, is not clear.
The FBI turns up in Bon Temps to question Sookie, and she fears her life may change for the worse. But soon, Sookie is in danger from another quarter entirely, and has to call in promises of protection from the vamps and weres. She becomes a pawn in a brutal war, arming herself, to surprising effect, with just a garden trowel and a water pistol.
This instalment sees news of two pregnancies, Sookie wed through a trick, and a once good friend setting a nasty trap. Sookie learns more about her family’s history, gets up close and personal with Eric (again) and is kidnapped and tortured. The fairies prove to be much nastier than Sookie had realised, and their departure will unlikely be mourned by many. After this revealing dose of Sookie, what’s next for our telepathic cocktail waitress?
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As ever, Charlaine Harris is highly inventive, this powerful opening in fact NOT the main theme of the ninth novel. The current Great Threat comes from a different source altogether. Rebellious fairies consider their race tarnished by human links - they plan to destroy all those involved. With her inherited fairy blood, Sookie needs all the help she can get from vampires, weres, fairies (the nice ones), a garden trowel and water pistols filled with lemon juice. Everything will become very nasty indeed, the writer never holding back when describing pain inflicted.
Another riveting read. Fans of Eric will have cause to rejoice. It is also good to see Sookie's brother Jason maturing a bit. Scattered throughout are promising storylines no doubt to be explored in future novels. There are also surprises. One thing is for sure: however long the series, however great the dangers and the carnage, Sookie will soon be back in Sam's bar -serving with a smile. Would we want it otherwise!
I feel that the book follows a most natural course in terms of dealing with the supernatural elements; after gradually introducing all kinds of supernatural beings, the Sookie story progresses in parallel to the revelation of each group of creatures, i.e. vampires, weres, shifters, witches, fairies. And while the loss of well-liked characters ends the story on a sad note, it mostly adds to the suspense of what is to follow in Sookie's world now that the Weres are out, the fairies dealt with and her bizarre love triangle is at a turning point.
Hopefully book 10 will continue to deliver in terms of story, character development and the abundance of sense of humour with which the series is written.
Not my most favourite of the 9 so far, but still another enjoyable installment of this series.
Wouldn't have minded a bit more enlightenment on the Sookie-Eric emotional relationship though. It either needs to develop or that piece of bed candy needs to be replaced with something more substantial.
Like getting back with Bill. Or putting Sam out of his misery? I can't decide which of those too I would prefer Sookie to end up with, (but being that there are several other contenders (Eric and Quinn in particular) maybe she will end up with neither!
I don't know if C Harris is working towards something with the baby theme (we'll have to wait and see), but I think Sookie would make a great mother to a child, and none of her vampire suitors can give her one.
Well, I'm obviously still hooked on this series, and if you're up to book 9 so are you probably, so here's to continued enjoyment of the series! ;0