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!Download ♠ All Together Dead ☼ Louisiana Cocktail Waitress Sookie Stackhouse Has Her Hands Full Dealing With Every Sort Of Undead And Paranormal Creature Imaginable And After Being Betrayed By Her Longtime Vampire Love, Sookie Must Not Only Deal With A New Man In Her Life The Shapeshifter Quinn But Also Contend With The Long Planned Vampire Summit The Summit Is A Tense Situation The Vampire Queen Of Louisiana Is In A Precarious Position, Her Power Base Weakened By Hurricane Damage To New Orleans And There Are Some Vamps Who Would Like To Finish What Nature Started Soon, Sookie Must Decide What Side She Ll Stand With And Her Choice May Mean The Difference Between Survival And All Out CatastropheAnd With HBO S Launching Of An All New Show, True Blood, Based On The Southern Vampire Novels, The Demand For Charlaine Harris And Sookie Stackhouse Is Bigger Than Ever I quite enjoyed this book, although it did remind me a bit of Living Dead in Dallas where Sookie is also asked to go with the vampires to use her telepathic abilities, and finds another telepath called Barry, who also shows up in this one.This book was a bit slow and heavy going in places, but I still enjoyed it, and I liked the unexpected twist at the end, as I really didn t see it coming view spoiler Who knew that the Fellowship would blow up the hotel, leaving loads of vampires burned or missing limbs Shocking hide spoiler OK, so I love the HBO series True Blood and wanted to learn , so, like a fool, I went to.com and bought a specially priced box set of the first 7 books What A Mistake.The first two books of the series, Dead Until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas were passable The author certainly has a great imagination, which is the foundation of great storytelling.But the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic waitress from Bon Temps, LA., is an unbearable, anti feminist, hypocritical and just downright bitchy female who turned me off so entirely I prayed for her death at the hands of any demon fairy vampire shifter plain old human.There are themes in some of these books that set my teeth on edge Sookie is raped yes although even the author calls it near rape later in the books by her ex boyfriend, Vampire Bill But, of course, he d been starved andwait for it he couldn t help himself Sound familiar But it gets better later that night, that very same night that she was viciously bitten, drained of nearly all her blood and raped by this man, she is comforted BY HIM and lies peacefully in his embrace I wish I were kidding He s REALLY sorry, ladies He wasn t himself Sookie s trauma is minimal Wow Maybe she can teach talent this to other women.Granted, vampires really aren t themselves when they re starved very few can show control, although some can But it seems to me that, given the history of rape not only in this country but worldwide, to set foot into this territory is dangerous and misogynist And it baffles the mind to believe, even if she did forgive him, that Sookie could stand to be in the same room, let alone be physically comforted, by her attacker only hours after the attack GAWD, did that one stick in my craw It was truly offensive.Later in the series, Sookie, working for money from vampires, who are clearly dangerous creatures and who have repeatedly put her life in terrible danger hey, but she needs the money, y all She s poor and she won t go beggin is able, with the help of fellow telepath Barry the Bellboy, to find live bodies in the rubble of a bombing which she has escaped These are the bodies of vampires and their human minions, mostly Charlaine Harris, the writer of the series, even goes so far as to mention 9 11 When Sookie is approached by the government in the form of an aging rescue worker, she and Barry run from him to hide their identities She doesn t want to use her powers for the government for search and rescue Yes, she would rather be a waitress who barely subsists, who has to work to make extra money for creatures who nearly kill her and regularly put her life in danger than work for the US government in search and rescue Cuz hey, ya ll, she loves her life in Bon Temps It s her life Well, yes, it sure is And what a great life it is, Sookie You re regularly beaten, raped, hospitalized, shot your life s in danger almost all the time, you ve been horribly betrayed and no one in your hometown likes you much as they think you are crazy Sookie for your curse what she calls the gift of telepathy Yeah, I can see why you d want to stay there and not help at bombing sites for good money doing good for actual regular humans Yup Sure.There are so many staggering leaps or lacks of logic in these books I can t even enumerate them The bombs set to kill them al in this book were left in UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE yes, in a post 9 11 America Like the bomb squad wouldn t have come in within hours of a hotel employee seeing unclaimed baggage with nebulous, almost unreadable tags Sure, Charlaine.Harris has a great imagination, but the sad fact is, the woman cannot write Her prose is boring, much of it is filler and she stuffs so many plots and sub plots into her books that it s tantamount to watching a Jerry Bruckheimer movie on steroids You want to scream, enough already after a certain number of ridiculous and unnecessary plot points Well, you just want to scream Also, the writing is somewhat hard to follow due to just plain bad writing and editing I had to re read simple sentences several times because I had no idea to what Harris was referring And the previously on Sookie plot synopses that pepper every novel after Dead Until Dark are clumsy and omnipresent In a numbered series, why is this even necessary Harris should ve given her ideas to Alan Ball, or a writer who could do them justice without the seemingly requisite dose of Harris misogyny, plot overload, skimpy character development and crap writing It could ve been a great fantasy world and Sookie could ve been a great character heroine But she is awful and the books are awful I take extreme exception to Sookie s character and its casual hypocrisy, false moralizing, general poor mouthing and above all, her willingness or compulsion to be a victim time after time after time, having learned nothing.But hey, she s so beautiful and all the supernatural men adore her, so isn t that enough These are romance novels with a lot of violence and some fantasy thrown in And they re not written as well as most romance novels, so that ought to scare you Hell, I ve seen better writing in fanfiction and that is downright scary.According to HBO threads, there s already Sookie hate and the True Blood Sookie is miles and miles better than the book Sookie , so there you have it.Perhaps the most maddening thing was that I really couldn t stop reading this series of awful I wanted simply to see what happened next Harris imagination is really great, but her characters, her tone, her abysmal writing and everything else, made me really dislike this entire series It was the strangest disconnect between great imagination and writing I ve ever encountered.Oh yeah and if Quinn said Babe one time, I was going to light the book on fire. Snooze fest The avalanche of characters and the painful descriptions of the wedding just came so ridiculous, and I had to skip many pages I am not the biggest fan of Quinn so that could be my reluctance to this book I just wish Sookie would go to Eric and stop fighting her feelings. One of the consequences of reading these in rapid succession is that it s easier to catch continuity errors I m on Chapter 2 and have spotted two Harris has Sookie think about how she s 26, but Sookie was 26 in the very first book and than a year has elapsed since the events in that book She also thinks about how Selah Pomphrey has been dating Bill for weeks, but Selah has been dating bill since Book 5, and that book was set in late winter early spring This book is set in late September, which would mean Selah and Bill have been dating for roughly six months These kinds of things annoy me.Quinn continues to strike me as smarmy I m not into the Sookie Quinn relationship at all, and the descriptions of his white teeth are starting to grate on me I may be nearing the end of my tolerance for this series after reading the most gawdawful sex scene last night I imagine it was supposed to be steamy, but it was just stupid, with stupid descriptions and inane dialogue At one point, Sookie has a thought about how Quinn is looking at her body like a buffet and he doesn t know where to start So she points at her boobs and says, First course My eyes rolled so hard I got a headache Some interesting world building and vampire politics here, but nothing spectacular until the climactic explosion There are a few good Sookie Eric moments I m hoping are the precursor for things to come, but I m taking a break from this series for now. POSSIBLE SPOILERS Again, I have to mention that this series is in desperate need of a decent editor I mentioned this in my review of Book 5 Dead as a Doornail Jason s boss is Shirley Catfish Hennessey in Book 4, but in Book 5, all of a sudden he s Shirley Catfish Hunter What In Book 7, we re now back to a version of Hennessey, although it s misspelled as Hennessy This series as a whole, is interesting, mysterious and sexy I feel the need to find out where this is all going, but this book certainly felt like it was missing something that contributed to the earlier books unputdownability Maybe it was Sookie and Bill s relationship, which I loved, that kept me wanting Even though I knew it couldn t last through the entire 8 book series so far, anyway , I have held out hope for their relationship There are hints that a reconciliation may be in the works, but it seems unlikely that will happen at this point The I think about the later books in the series, the Sookie frustrates me She burns bridges before she s even crossed them fully, and cuts people entirely out of her life, for the silliest reasons I have ever seen She holds grudges and makes off the cuff life changing decisions that make no sense to me Maybe it is her sense of pride that causes her to do this, or maybe she is jaded by being able to know peoples intimate thoughts, I just don t know I still don t understand why she was so upset with Alcide Please, someone explain it to me Really So he knew about Debbie So He had abjured her, and its not like he was going to turn Sookie in, or kill her I think that Sookie was pissed at him for having the audacity to know what happened and still like her Or, how about this mystery Why was Sookie angry with Quinn after finding out he was a fighter Hmm These things are lost on me I don t get what the big deal is But anyway, I m ranting Nothing was resolved for me in this book like I had hoped at the end of the 6th book I ll renew that hope for the 8th book, and also up the ante and hope that Sookie learns to relax a little and stop acting so damn high mighty She is not perfect herself, so I wish she would stop expecting others to be nod Yet another of the thrilling adventures of prize bitch Sookie Stackhouse She is certainly on form There are half a dozen pointless descriptions of the characters outfits and a horrendously awful sex scene in the first 30 pages alone Sookie continues to bitch about every other woman s sex life and fashion sense, despite the fact that in both cases her own are questionable at best Meanwhile what plot there is slowly stutters into life Sookie travels to Rhodes with various supes , giving her the opportunity to use an aeroplane toilet for the first time and tell us for what seems like the twelfth time exactly how to pronounce Mr Cataliades I have no idea why Harris has such a bee in her bonnet about this Some characters we don t know die off screen Nothing happens for a long time There s a brief incident with a bomb, which comes to nothing Then Sookie gets to try on a pretty dress, a situation which fills her with excitement and is described, along with all her accessories and underwear, at great length After some talking, the dress is briefly endangered by the bleeding of her boyfriend when he is seriously injured, but luckily it survives without stains We are then treated to another example of how incredibly sexually provocative vampires find Sookie s dancing, followed by a bit of sulking from Sookie s jealous boyfriend due to someone else touching his woman Finally the plot creeps to a peak with the bombs that have been hanging around for most of the book finally exploding None of the important characters are killed, but as a by product of the events Sookie gets to hail a cab for the first time, which is pretty thrilling for her She also strips a sleeping man naked without his permission and gets into bed with him whilst similarly unclad, but this passes without comment Until the following morning, when it belatedly occurs to her that it was a bit of a weird thing to do.Most Laughable Statement Sookie is good at thinking outside the box This being the same Sookie who is sickened by the sight of a woman without a tan, and considers having satin sheets or than one piercing per ear a sign of depravity and social dysfunction.Worst Named New CharactersElmer Claire Vaudry A female, apparently.Johan GlassportOlive TroutCindy Lou SuskinNone of which rate a mention from Sookie She does however find it impossible even during a serious trial not to laugh at a female vampire being called Jodi Granted not the greatest spelling, but since Sookie is able to regularly serve drinks to someone called Jeff LeBeff without giggling I wouldn t have thought it would cause her too much trouble to keep a straight face.Least Appealing Opening to a Sex Scene But in the next moment, his eyes got that focused look men get when they re thinking about sex very specifically Phrases that Should Not be Used During a Sex Scene He tugged my top out of my pants and began exploring territory he d only visited briefly before Mmmmm little bitty panties Oh, boy This is like standing in front of a buffet, he said I don t know where to begin I touched my breasts First course, I suggested I dreamed of this, he said, and shoved inside me up to the hilt A usual, Harris indulges in yet unrealistic and embarrassing sex scenes featuring yet another massively well endowed man who can barely control himself at the sight of a woman in bra.Phrases that Should Not be Used After a Sex Scene I was pleasantly aware of the tenderness I felt south of my belly button His lips were so warm and firm, they reminded me of something else that had been warm and firm Even through the condom, I d been able to feel the heat More of Sookie s Judgemental Bitchery Towards Other Women I d always figured Jason wouldn t marry a woman I truly adored he d always shown a partiality to tough sluts And that was Crystal, sure enough Carla was getting dressed thank God in what I thought of as classy whore Least Interesting Question to Ask a VampireSookie finally gets around to asking Pam how she became a vampire and Pam reveals that she was turned in the Victorian era Sookie, given this unprecedented opportunity to ask any question about human or vampire life and experiences in the last century and a half, goes with the following Did you wear your hair up every day Apparently, yes, Pam did wear her hair up every day Sookie s curiosity about Pam and the entirety of history from the Victorian era onward thus satisfied, the conversation ends.Most Random Self Assessment I wasn t too pleased with myself for being so judgmental Really Sookie It s certainly not been summat that bothered you before Nor, apparently, will you have any further qualms about judging everyone you meet So, a reformed character for roughly 12 seconds Stupidest New Supernatural BeingsBritlingen Super bodyguards from another dimension, apparently Despite these credentials, Sookie s description of one of them runs to her havingfeathery ash brown hair that needed a good stylistWhat makes her think they have stylists in this unnamed alternative dimension I m not sure, but obviously having a good hair do would be of paramount importance to an enslaved warrior from another world.Most Blindly Patriotic Outlook In a moment, I understood that I hadn t even thought about worrying because I d grown up a free United States human citizen I wasn t used to worrying about my fate being in question Because of course in the Good Ol USA there is no social injustice and the legal system is swift and flawless.Least Likely Choice of Artist for a Vampire Band to CoverJennifer LopezWorst Synonym for Dancing pretty soon we were shaking our bonbons all over the place Most Inappropriate Response to Your Friend Having Been in a Massive Anti Vampire Terrorist Explosion Oh, my God Your new clothes What plot there is being over, and all the usual lines and events trotted out yet again, the book finally concludes with the most hokey ending possible, short of they lived happily ever after We went inside with the sun bright on our backs and our shadows preceding us into the old house. 2019 Re ReadAnother evening, another Sookie Stackhouse book At least I managed to cook some dinner last night, although my kitchen is still a mess I have to find a way out of this groove I have found myself in there are other things I need to be reading and other tasks that need my attention But I may only find the way out by finishing up this series as a re read.I ve always felt that this is the book where Sookie proves that she has good judgment she seems to understand the plots and conspiracies of the vamp world better than they do, perhaps because she s an outsider to that world and able to observe it dispassionately This talent of hers, which Eric calls thinking outside the box, attracts unwanted attention from the Queen and her sidekick, Andre Staying unbound to them is proving difficult Instead, she ends up bound to Eric the Uncertain Eric runs hot and cold towards Sookie, unwilling to admit that he s unusually attracted to a human woman It seems kind of like the men who d like to sleep with a woman but don t want to be seen with her in public Good for Sookie, standing up for herself and her right to be acknowledged.I think just about everyone has been unappreciated at a job at some point in their life Sookie gets her moment of this as she holds a bomb that she s scared to set down, waiting for the bomb squad to show up, talking to a bystander about her status in the vamp scene Ha, I said Oh, ha ha Yeah, cause they love me You see how many vampires are up here Zero, right One, said Eric, stepping out of the stairwell.Lots of foreshadowing for upcoming installments On to book 8, From Dead to Worse this evening Original review Yay, Sookie finally has a woman friend We are getting into Bechdel test territory, as they are close to having conversations about something besides men and Bob the cat an unfortunate man turned into a cat by Sookie s friend Amelia, when trying some magic that she shouldn t have been messing with.And if Sookie doesn t get the vampire employee of the year award for her performance in this book, I want to know the reason why The undead had better acknowledge her courage and value in the next installment.I know that a lot of people see casual racism in the Sookie series, but Harris does tackle the prejudice issue in this novel, albeit the bias of the living against the undead and the vampires and werewolves against each other Easier to tackle in fictional creatures than in actual populations, perhaps like the memorable Star Trek episode with the half black half white aliens who discriminate based on which side of the face is black or white Having finished the previous novel, I picked this one up immediately and plunged forward When I looked up, it was 2 a.m and I had just set myself up for a draggy Saturday Despite that, I have no regrets, but I will try to resist the next installment until I m caught up a bit on my library books. You know the worst thing about these books They re like cotton candy On face they look incredibly filling and satisfying but then you bite into them and the fluffy candy mass turns into so much sugar and you re just as hungry when you re finished as you were when you started Except now you re out of money and your mom wants you to ride the Ferris wheel with your little sister.I ve devoured all seven of the Sookie books and now I want , except there aren t any Yet No one should confuse these books for great literature, but they are sure as hell entertaining. My absolute favorite Sookie stackhouse to date A lot of stuff happens in this book, but towards the end the action is great and goes somewhere you weren t really sure Ms Harris would take you Sookie travels to a Vampire Summit with Queen Sophie Ann s entourage, which lends to some hilarious moments with different vamps and the fangbangers at their side Like I said before, there is a lot action then in previous books which is just exciting Plus Quinn and Eric play for sookie s interest When I started reading this series I was afraid it would follow the same old formula every time, but thats not really the case here and i m glad Charlaine Harris is building great stories one on top of the other and they are surely going to lead to something great.