24 June 2010

DEAD IN THE FAMILY: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire series #10 - Charlaine Harris, narr Johanna Parker

From the back of the BOCD: The #1 New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse phenomenon--which inspired the smash hit HBO True Blood--continues with this 10th delicious tale, as Sookie attempts to carve a slice of normalcy from her paranormal world.
The devastating Faery War has ended. Still reeling from the deaths of her cousin Claudine and many others, Sookie attempts to settle in with her beloved vampire Eric. But the new Vampire King is keeping a close eye on the relationship. Meanwhile, the government is pushing the idea of mandatory registration for two-natured beings. Then Claudine's triplet, Claude, appears on Sookie's doorstep--and is rather reluctantly shown the welcome mat.
Peacefulness remains elusive, and chaos touches everything as the stakes are raised in this breathtaking chapter from a series that becomes more popular by the minute.
This is the 10th in the series and some would argue (on some of the reviews and blogs I follow) that this is the weakest of the series. I would argue against that line of thought. It wasn't my favorite, but it was definitely a good read/listen. I think a lot of the reviewers took issue with Eric showing weakness, whereas I thought it was a wonderful touch having Eric showing weakness. At some point he needed to show that he could become overwhelmed, at least a little bit, by events. And if your 'father' coming to town after a gazillion years (especially bringing his newest progeny in tow) doesn't make one overwhelmed by events, I don't know what would.
Poor Sookie needs some relaxation time after all the crap she's been through and it doesn't look like she's going to get that any time soon. She's got the Fae after her tail, Eric isn't there for her like she wishes, her two-natured friends are under attack and the Feds are still huntin' for a reason to bring her in to work with them.
Would that I could bring more to the review party, but the spoilers would likely start flyin' I will leave it at...
Five non-spoiler give Sookie and Eric a break beans.....

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