Dead Reckoning

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
by Charlaine Harris
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Gollancz
Reviewed by Autum
Adult

From Goodreads

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is d...moreWith her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board .




My Thoughts

We are given the 11th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Of course with any "Sookie" book you just know there is going to be someone trying to kill, dismember, and or mame her. This book does not disappoint, well at least not in that aspect.


I like the lore into Sookie's heritage that is brought up in this book. You get some ideas into who she is and why she is like she is. It's great that we learn more about her. On the other hand the main things that stuck out in this book were things that did not impress me.
The progression of the story is pretty much the same as any "Sookie" book. Sookie gets hurt, hurt some more, and for the sake of consistency, gets hurt some more. I found myself being able to predict everything in the book. Harris has gotten lazy with story progression. I felt like it was hours of waiting for something to happen, and then when something kind of happened, the book was over. It felt half done and I got nothing from reading it. This could have been more of an afterthought than an actual full novel release. The characters don't progress. The story slugs along, and I felt no true connection to the story, or characters. If fans of the Eric/Sookie hot moments are anticipating hot moments... well. I am sorry but only 1 hot moment makes it in the book. Overall I felt like Harris shoved out a half finished book with characters that don't act like themselves. This is almost a series breaker for me. So my score? 2 out of 5.

5 comments:

  1. I haven't had a chance to read this yet but I know that nobody is happy with the way that this book went.

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  2. Yeah, the series is sort of going downhill for me too. I miss the mystery that we used to have. The earlier books were dubbed "The Southern Vampire Mystery novels". There was a mystery. Usually a murder mystery of something like that. For me I think things went slightly downhill since From Dead to Worse or maybe Dead and Gone. The mystery was lost around then and it might have been when the series name switched to Sookie Stackhouse series.

    There's only 2 books left I believe and I most likely will read them since the series is almost finished. Hoping it picks up towards the end.

    But yeah, totally agreed with everything you said. The books are getting slightly predictable now. No more mystery. I don't even think they shelve it there anymore...

    Old Follower
    Jessica@a GREAT read

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  3. Like you and so many others, I was disappointed in how it all played out. But I can't imagine that I won't read the last two books to see how it all ends.

    Jen at Red Hot Books

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  4. Thanks for your great review!

    I haven't had a chance to read this one yet but really want too!

    Curious to find out why people are disappointed in this book!

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  5. Totally agree with Jessica about the mystery element. I too feel like harris has gotten lazy with the storylines. trouble is, we'll all buy the books now so we can find out what happens, so she's got no incentive to improve things =[

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