Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Review - Charlaine Harris' Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse Book 11) by Charlaine Harris
Published by: Ace
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
Challenge: Vampire Challenge, Horror and Urban Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★
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Something has to be done about Victor. He is no longer acting as emissary to the King of Nevada, he is acting like the King of Louisiana. He is doing everything he can to undermine Eric and Sookie. He's even created rival bars aimed at Eric and Sookie's respective clientele, for Fangtasia he's created Vampire's Kiss, for Merlotte's he's created Vic's Redneck Roadhouse. All because of a petty little vampire with a Napoleon complex life has become very hard for Sookie. Of course the drop in patrons at Merlotte's could be because of any number of things besides "Vic's" wet t-shirt competitions and beer pong tournaments. Merlotte's troubles could be because of the continuing hostilities to shifters, the firebombing, the brawls, any number of horrors. Sookie is no longer going to take this lying down. They want war, they'll get war. There will be a mighty reckoning for the once perky blond waitress. By the time Sookie is done she will have put Victor Madden behind her, as well as all her baggage left over from Debbie Pelt's murder and the vengeance her step-sister Sandra has wrought her. If there's a trail of bodies, so be it. At the end will Sookie be left with anything? Could she even loose Eric? Also, those fairies are massing at the strip club and it can't be just because they're lonely.

The newest installment of the ever expanding and unwieldy world of Sookie Stackhouse was a fun romp in vengeance and tying up loose ends. And what better way to get ride of the pesky problems then by making corpses of them. As seen in the previous book, Sookie has now seen too much and been hurt once too often to be as naive, sweet and forgiving as she used to be. She will not politely ask the unwanted naked werewolf in her bed to leave, she will forcibly eject him from her house. She will no longer let a "blood bond" with Eric control her emotions, she will be the master of them. Victor is a problem, bye bye Victor. I liked that this book was very much a cleaning of Sookie's house.

Not only did she clean the cobwebs out of her attic and get a nice new room and some cash from selling her antiques, she cleaned up her life. She got ride of all those problems that kept piling up. Sure, what she did will have repercussions and new consequences. But they'll be new and shiny horrors, not Sandra Pelt seven books later still causing her problems. Really, I know Debbi was her sister, but Debbi was scum, how many books is Sandra going to be dragged out for? Well not anymore (hehe). But notice, to spoiler freaks, she been dealt with, and that can have a wide variety of implications, her cousin was bespelled to leave Sookie alone after all. Overall I think we're reaching the end of this series' feasibility. There is no plot anymore, there are, thankfully, less loose ends, and if Charlaine does end at book thirteen, which hopefully she will, I will still have fun, happy memories of a series that I really liked, despite it being uneven. Carry this on much longer... it could get ugly. It still might get ugly, but in a good way if you know what I mean.


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