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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Book 5)

Dead as a Doornail is the 5th book in the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire book series by Charlaine Harris.  This review will deal with events from the other four books so, if you wish to enjoy the adventure  of the story fresh and have thoughts of starting this book series at some point, turn back now or be spoiled for ever!

So, quite a bit happened in Book 4, Dead to the WorldFirst and foremost, we found out there are witches in Bon Temps!  We also found out what it would be like if Eric wasn't Eric anymore.  These two occurrences  are not mutually exclusive.  Sookie found Eric after the witches took away his memory away.  Sookie was then convinced to take care of Eric while Pam found a way to get rid of the witches.  Of course the plan relied on Sookie and some werewolves (why not).  This is where Alcide's psycho-ex, Debbie comes in.  Proclaiming herself there to help, she found an opportunity to try and take Sookie out.  Long story short, Debbie was unsuccessful and nobody knows where she is.  That's mainly because Sookie blew her away with Jason's shotgun and Eric buried her somewhere while his memory was messed up.  Once he was back to himself, he didn't remember anything that happened when he didn't remember his real self.  Too bad since he and Sookie really hit off then! Then, there's Jason and the were-panthers (sounds like a U/F doo-wop group)

The thing that I liked about Dead to the World, I love about this book.  Charlaine Harris not only gives us a primary story to deal with but, she layers a few subplots to spice up this book.  The stories are woven in a way that aids the pacing so that, we're never bored though still not left exhausted by an abundance of action.

Sookie is as ever on her road to self discovery.  This is the one spot that the book way outpaces the HBO show.  In the books, she does not just deal with situations, she learns from them.  We see some of the same from the other characters but, it's more obvious with Sookie.  I do have to give Jason his due.  In the first book, that character was rather less than we saw on TV but, he has starting really evolving lately.

Dead as a Doornail was probably just what I needed from the series to keep my interest.  There is plenty of action and exposition to keep a reader entertained.  It still gets an R rating from me for its violence, language and frank use of mature situations.


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  1. Ah I remember this book. Was great! Love the series :)

  2. I haven't gotten into this series, but I know a lot of people who enjoy them. Glad you're enjoying them. :)
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  3. I'm about to read the short stories collection that was released last year. I just love the whole world that Mrs. Harris created. Great review!