Monthly Archives: June 2012

One Word Answer

This is a review of the Sookie Stackhouse short story “One Word Answer” by Charlaine Harris. It can be found in the anthology “A Touch of Dead” by Charlaine Harris.

“One Word Answer” takes place before the events in “Definitely Dead“.

If you have read “Definitely Dead” before, you were probably sitting there scratching your head thinking:”Wait just a minute…have I missed a book?! What’s all this about Hadley??”. In fact in the “Sookie Stackhouse Companion” Charlaine Harris apologises for confusing her readers and says: “I promise I won’t put vital information in a short story again”.

Sookie is doing some night-time yard work with Bubba, when a mysterious limousine pulls into her driveway. From the strange car emerge two even stranger (and not exactly human) beings: Mr Cataliades and Waldo, an albino vampire.

They work with the vampire Queen of Louisiana, and have come to inform Sookie of her cousin Hadley’s (second) death, and that Hadley has left everything to Sookie. The circumstances surrounding Hadley’s death are a bit suspicious, and throughout the duration of their visit, Sookie pieces it all together.

A good read, and pretty vital to completely understand all the events in “Definitely Dead“.

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Dracula Night

This is a review of the Sookie Stackhouse short story “Dracula Night” by Charlaine Harris. It can be found in the anthology “A Touch of Dead” by Charlaine Harris.

“Dracula Night” takes place before the events in “Dead as a Doornail“.

Sookie gets a fancy invite in the mail from Eric Northman and the Fangtasia staff. It’s to a party that honours and celebrates the original Dracula’s Birthday.

The Lord of Darkness’ Birthday is a pretty big deal in the vamp world and it’s rumored that the man (erm vamp) himself chooses a party to grace with his presence each year.

Will he come to Fangtasia this year?

All in all this story is not a necessary read for Sookie readers.

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Fairy Dust

This is a little review of the Sookie Stackhouse short story “Fairy Dust” by Charlaine Harris. It can be found in the anthology “A Touch of Dead” by Charlaine Harris.

“Fairy Dust” takes place after the events in “Dead to the World“.

Claudine the fairy has come into Merlotte’s to ask a favour of Sookie. Her triplet sister Claudette has been murdered and she and remaining triplet sibling Claude wish to know what happened.

They need some human minds read, and Sookie is just the gal for the job.

An entertaining little read that gives some background on the fairies Claude and Claudine.

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Dead As A Doornail

This is a review of “Dead As A Doornail” by Charlaine Harris. It is the fifth book in The Sookie Stackhouse Series. Season 5 of Trueblood is loosely based on this novel. It follows on from “Dead to the World“.

Spoiler Alert: Don’t read this review if you are a fan of the HBO show Trueblood and do not want to find out anything you may yet not know about the characters etc. Trueblood (particularly in Seasons 3/4/5) differs greatly from the novels, but don’t say I didn’t warn you if you choose to read on.

Sookie’s brother Jason has discovered that due to being repeatedly bitten by a were-panther, who held him captive, he is now a shifter (or semi-shifter if you like).

People are being shot in the Bon Temps area. From an outsider’s perspective, the victims seem to have nothing at all in common. But Sookie knows that all of the victims are weres or shifters. Sookie is worried about her brother, not just because he could be shot, but because the local shifter/were population suspect him of being the shooter. He certainly has enough motive.

In other areas: Sookie’s love life is ├╝ber complicated. Alcide is interested and that’s messy (for a number of mostly Debbie Pelt-related reasons). Sam has always been there for her and they both find one another attractive. Bill wants her back. And Eric has had his memory restored, but remembers nothing of their time together. Sookie hopes to keep it that way. Eric knowing would complicate things even more and “regular-Eric” is just not what Sookie wants at the moment.

Sookie is also worried for her friend Tara who seems to have gotten herself into a (scary) pickle with her own overbearing vampire boyfriend.

Life just isn’t boring when you’re Sookie Stackhouse.

I liked this book. I hope Season 5 of Trueblood resembles it a little more in the episodes to come.

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Dead to the World

I thought that after reading so much GRRM I should get re-acquainted with The Sookieverse before reading the newest installment in The Sookie Stackhouse Series (aka Southern Vampire Mysteries aka The Trueblood Series): “Deadlocked”. So I am re-reading the books that I have not yet reviewed. This may prove to be as challenging as finishing “A Clash of Kings” while watching Season 2 of Game of Thrones, as I am also currently watching Season 5 of Trueblood. But here goes…

This is a review of “Dead to the World” by Charlaine Harris. It is the fourth book in The Sookie Stackhouse Series and Season 4 of Trueblood is (loosely) based on this novel. It follows on from “Club Dead“.

Sookie is still hurting over her break-up with Vampire Bill. He was the first love of her life, and she has never been broken hearted before. Being telepathic has given her a reputation for being strange so suitors have never exactly been lining up to date her.

Driving home from her job late at night, Sookie spots a running man on the side of the road. She can’t ascertain what he’s running from, nor why he is barefoot and clad only in a pair of blue jeans, but she just cannot keep on driving when someone may be in need of her help.

As she slows down, she realizes that she knows the running man. And he’s no ordinary man. He’s Eric Northman, an old and powerful vampire and an acquaintance. But Eric doesn’t remember who she is, and even more strange, he doesn’t even remember who he is.

After calling on his vampire subordinates, Sookie realizes that Eric is in a whole lot of trouble.

He’s got a witch problem.

As Sookie tries to hide Eric’s location from the witches (who are actively seeking his whereabouts) while also trying to puzzle out exactly what’s going on, she is drawn deeper into the world of the supernatural: vampires, weres and witches.

A great light-hearted read. Fans of Eric Northman will enjoy this one.

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A Dance With Dragons

This is a review of “A Dance With Dragons” by George R. R. Martin. It is the fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire.

This book runs chronologically beside “A Feast For Crows“. It shows the viewpoints of characters in different geographical locales to “A Feast For Crows

SPOILER ALERT:
If you watch the show “Game of Thrones” and do not want to know anything about what the future holds for characters, then I suggest you hold off reading this review. The same goes if you are reading the novels. I would suggest reading this review after reading books one, two, three-1, three-2 and four.

Tyrion Lannister has escaped Westeros and King’s Landing, we’re he stands guilty of the murder of his father Tywin Lannister and accused of murdering his nephew King Joffrey Baratheon. He has sailed across the Narrow Sea and landed in Pentos, where he is the guest of the immensely fat Master Illyrio, friend to Varys the Spider and Queen Daenerys. Tyrion is not sure that he wants to go on living, but Illyrio has other plans for him.

Daenerys remains in the city of Meereen in Slaver’s Bay. A faction of angry Meereenese, unhappy with her rule and abolishment of slavery have been styling themselves as The Sons of the Harpy and have been murdering her soldiers and associates. This is not her only problem. Her dragons are growing ever larger, and so too are their appetites.

Jon Snow is the newly elected 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He has found it to be a lonely and challenging position. He finds it to be extremely hard to accommodate King Stannis (without his help The Wall would have fallen to The Wildlings) without taking part in the matters of which The Night’s Watch should not. Melisandre, the red priestess has also been rather cryptic, warning Jon of unseen dangers to come.

Bran is still travelling with Hodor, Meera and Jojen following their mysterious guide. Bran wants to learn how to master his gift, but to do so he has to journey deep into the woods north of The Wall, and it’s not safe.

There are many more chapters from other characters, but I think I will leave those to be unfurled by you on your own.

My Thoughts:
I liked this book, it was great to find out the other side of the story of “A Feast for Crows”. I did find that it was not as fast-paced as some of the other novels in the series, and it took me a little longer to get through. My favourite book in the series would have to be Book 3 (both 3:1 and 3:2). I am looking forward to reading “The Winds of Winter” when it is released.

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A Feast For Crows

This is a review of “A Feast For Crows” by George R. R. Martin.
It is the fourth book in A Song of Ice and Fire.

This book chronologically follows the events of “A Storm of Swords: 2 Blood and Gold“. This book focuses on a specific set of characters and only certain locations in the Realm.

SPOILER ALERT:
I would highly recommend not reading this review if you watch Game of Thrones and you don’t want to know what’s coming. I would also recommend not reading this review if you are wanting to read the books chronologically with no surprises. This review should ideally be read after you have read books one, two and three-1/three-2.

On the Iron Isles, a King must be chosen after the death of Balon Greyjoy. Aeron Damphair, priest of the Drowned God and brother to Balon, has called for a kingsmoot. A meeting where the people of The Iron Isles will decide who will lead them.

Down in Dorne, the bastard daughters of Oberon Martell call for vengeance. They wish to hunt down their father’s murderer and declare war on the Iron Throne. Will their uncle Prince Doran Martell of Dorne aid them?

Cersei Lannister is Queen Regent. Her second son Tommen is the King of Westeros. Her father Tywin Lannister is Hand of the King.
Or rather he was.
Cersei is woken in the dark of the night to be told of her Father’s death. And not only has her father been murdered-and in an unsavory manner at that- but her brother Tyrion has escaped imprisonment…

Brienne of Tarth is looking for Sansa Stark. She is hoping to find the girl and keep her safe; for the sake of Sansa’s dead mother, Lady Catelyn Stark, and for the sake of Jaime, who wishes to keep his promise to Lady Stark.

Samwell Tarly is being sent away from The Wall. He is to travel to Oldtown to become a Maestar. He is scared and doesn’t want to go. Leaving with him will be Gilly, the wildling girl, her newborn babe and Maestar Aemon.

Arya Stark, having spoken the words bestowed upon her by Jaqen H’ghar, is on her way to Braavos. She doesn’t really have a plan, but she is hoping to find Jaqen there.

Ser Jaime Lannister is adjusting to life without a hand. He is always busy with the duties of being Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Although being short one hand has its difficulties, it has woken Jaime up in a sense. He sees his sister in a whole new light…and she doesn’t look all that good.

While reading this book (and I am sure nearly everyone did this, and GRRM does address this at the end of the novel with a note to readers) I was like erm … this is great and everything and I have liked seeing chapters from new characters, and I liked that some old characters have been given a voice, but WHERE IS EVERYONE ELSE?

I am also very glad that I didn’t have to wait years and years for “A Dance With Dragons” (the next book in the series) like other fans would have. As GRRM has told us, the two books (4 and 5) run in tandem with one another. This also makes me excited/anxious about Seasons 4 and 5 of Game of Thrones.

Well I’m off to boogie with some Dragons…

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