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~Free Book ♡ Dead as a Doornail ☹ Small Town Cocktail Waitress Sookie Stackhouse Has Had Than Her Share Of Experience With The Supernatural But Now It S Really Hitting Close To Home When Sookie Sees Her Brother Jason S Eyes Start To Change, She Knows He S About To Turn Into A Were Panther For The First Time A Transformation He Embraces Readily Than Most Shapeshifters She Knows But Her Concern Becomes Cold Fear When A Sniper Sets His Deadly Sights On The Local Changeling Population, And Jason S New Panther Brethren Suspect He May Be The Shooter Now, Sookie Has Until The Next Full Moon To Find Out Who S Behind The Attacks Unless The Killer Decides To Find Her First
2 Enough Already Stars Sookie Stackhouse is aIf that s not clear, it s a soup magnet and, also, a VERY bad pun You re welcomeALL okay, okay, almost ALL the soups supes in the area surrounding Sookie s hometown of Bon Temps want to make an honest woman of her She gets copious amounts of offers in Dead as a Doornail, it s pretty exasperating No matter what magical cookie perfume she s wearing, I don t buy it and over it seems like a very flimsy excuse to have all the hot guys in these books pant after her like dogs at least one of them LITERALLY In this instalment there s a Big Bad in the area shooting up the local shifters The cops can t see any sort of link between the attacks because they are blissfully unaware of the Shape Shifters existence Some crazy werewolf stuff is going down with the Shrevport pack that Sookie gets, unwillingly, dragged into The murder mystery element of this story is pretty transparent possibly even so than the previous books, which is saying something and I called who the killer was the moment s he was introduced The romantic aspect isn t as clear here either, what with all the offers coming in from all over the goddamn place.I have bitched to the moon and back about how judgmental I think Sookie is as a character and that hasn t changed at all here I know that she is a telepath and therefore hears any number of thoughts that one would not necessarily want to hear but that does NOT give her licence to judge every fucking person who crosses her path Seriously Cut this shit out, Sook We d all like to kill what we don t understand, what scares us, and I powerfully scared Andy Bellefleur. Ex muthafucking cuse me Speak for yourself I don t want to kill things I don t understand, even if they scare me I want to understand them In the world I lived in, the world of human people, there were ties and debts and consequences and good deeds That was what bound people to society maybe that was what constituted society And I tried to live in my little niche the best way I could. Well now, don t get all maudlin on us now, Sookie I refuse to believe that all of society swarms around feeling indebted to people, sure that aspect exists but that s not all that humanity is Bleh Shhhhhhh, Eric, just stand there and look sexy And I will NEVER, and I do mean NEVER, picture you in the clothes that Harris describes you as wearing I know these books are dated but a brown suit with a gold belt REALLY Ew. A decent read But Ms Stackhouse s attraction to every available guy and vice versa made me eye roll and I kept saying to myself, not again and wait what about Bill, Eric, Alcide and Sam and on and on. 3.55Fiction just makes it all interesting Truth is so boringThis one was entertaining and much less angsty than the previous couple, which of course is a good thing Sookie is still single and several different guys have been showing some romantic interest in her, but it seems that all of them come with a ton of complications attached On top of her money problems, the bar where she works being riddled with incidents of violence, and her brother becoming a panther shifter after being mauled, someone is shooting the shifters in the vicinity and Sookie is pressured into figuring out who it might beShould I just bite you, and end it all , he whispered I would never have to think about you again Thinking about you is an annoying habit and one I want to be rid ofWe do get to see Bill, Eric and all the various shifters who have made themselves a permanent part of Sookie s life, going so far as to be invited to the choosing of a new Alpha for the local Pack That was very interesting and somewhat disturbing Somehow, not very clear neither to Sookie nor to the reader, she has become a person of some influence in the paranormal community and that position comes with all the usual strings perks and dangerous pitfalls In this book she gets a taste of eachDid we have sex he asked directly.For about two minutes, this might actually be fun Eric, I said, we had sex in every position I could imagine, and some I couldn t We had sex in every room in my house, and we had sex outdoors You told me it was the best you d ever had At the time he couldn t recall all the sex he d ever had But he d paid me a compliment Too bad you can t remember it, I concluded with a modest smile.Eric looked like I d hit him in the forehead with a mallet For all of thirty seconds his reaction was completely gratifyingThis series is a whole a lot of fluff and absurdity, but it sure is entertaining in a Southern colloquial kind of way It makes me roll my eyes as well as laugh, so yes, I am definitely going to continue with the series and see where Sookie will end up.Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many wonderful books to come Another good installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series I enjoyed the story, once again, but I was disappointed by one thing, which has sort of been bothering me since the 1st book in the series It seems to me that at times Charlaine Harris isn t able to keep her details straight Granted, she has written A LOT and I can certainly understand confusing the details in that situation, but surely any decent editor would have caught these types of discrepanciesFor example Book 1 Fang bangers became fangbangers This isn t a huge issue, but the hyphen was used originally, and therefore should be afterwards Books 1 5 Kevin Prior turned into Kevin Pryor, and then back to Prior, and then back again to Pryor Jason s boss is Shirley Catfish Hennessey in Book 4, but in Book 5, all of a sudden he s Shirley Catfish Hunter What This is kind of a pet peeve of mine It s a petty thing, I know, but it is annoying In my opinion, Harris has created a world of detail in these books, and it seriously detracts from the enjoyment of the story when those details change from book to book in the series.I wish that Sookie would stop being so friggin unreasonable when it comes to disagreements If she would just hear someone out one day rather than storming off in a huff, she might be better off Oh, Sookie Sookie Another fun read, but I m not feeling as passionate about Sookie Co after this installment Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed it Thoroughly And you can bet your buns I ve already requested 6 from the library and will be checking my account furiously for notification that it s ready and waiting for me But some of the magic was missing from this one In the beginning of the book, Calvin Norris and Sam Merlotte were non fatally shot and another female shifter, whose name I ve already forgotten, was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Sonic And a news report indicates that many other people in nearby areas have also been shot by a sniper in mysterious circumstances Although the world at large may not realize the significance of the snipers victims, Sookie and several others in the community realize that all the targets have been shifters There were two bad guys in this whodunit One of them I was able to guess right away, one of them was a surprise to me After having read the first five in this series in a relatively short succession, this pleases me Because if I was able to consistently guess them over and over, I might get bored and not want to read these books and that would be a bummer And like the previous four books, Sookie s love life is generally a big factor in the plot Even though she s decidedly unattached and doesn t sleep with anybody this time around, she is being actively pursued by several men This includes Bill and Eric And Sam, of course And Calvin Norris and Alcide Herveaux Sookie also learns quite a bit about werewolf politics, learns how to file an insurance claim and what a gunshot wound feels like Lastly, I can t end a Sookie Stackhouse review without pointing out the inconsistency du jour of this book on an early page, Claudine the fairy is referred to as Claudine several times But then whammoIn one paragraph she is called Claudette once before going back to being Claudine If something this simple isn t being caught, this probably gives you an idea about some of the other things that are sliding by the editors. Jar of Death Pick 15Dead As A Doornail is book 5 in the Southern Vampire series aka True Blood As always the further into a series I get the difficult I find it to review If you ve made to book 5 then you probably enjoy this series so I don t know what to add to that In Dead As A Doornail Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a lot of serious shit but somehow she seems to handle it really well The title of the book is a dead giveaway to what Sookie s dealing with Someone really wants her dead As per usual in these books every man who Sookie meets wants to sleep with her Sure and she continues to juggle 3 men what a terrible problem to have If you liked book 4 Dead to the World then you will like Dead as a Doornail also Its a cute little series. I did not like this story as much as book 4, which is by far my favorite so far I am a sucker for memory challenged Eric , but it was still an interesting tale However, after having too many suitors, Sookie is fast running out of potential soul mates Eric is back to being his old arrogant self, Bill is sulking around with a realtor, Alcide is freaked out Sookie killed his ex and blames her for his father s death and Sam is incapacitated from being shot although they did share a heated moment in his office that Bill interrupted While Sookie did meet the alluring Quinn who I am sure will show up in future books no major love interests have popped in Which for me meant the storyline needed to be a bit tighter to fill in the lack of romantic gaps However, the drama in this book was increidbly less after the previous stories filled with much death and destruction Sookie having part of her house burned was sad, Tara s story a bit throw away, but the climax, the packmaster duel at the end, was just disappointing in its fercoity rather than exhilarating in action And the whole sniper against shifters and hit man after Sookie felt weak Still better than book two s very weak story, but not as thrilling as the other novels.It will be interesting to see were things go with this NOw that Eric knows the secret he and Sookie share will he act on it And will Bill ever come around and wise up Or Sam And Alcide, who needs to stop blaming everyone else for his problems, he needs to grow up Plus Jason is still an ass, caring about his butt not being a suspect than his sister getting shot All in all the men in Sookie s life leave much to be desired She is still as spunky and great as ever, but needs better guys to work with. Sigh Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, your fashion sense is still stuck in the eighties I blame this on the author, who no doubt thinks she s writing you up to date I myself, did a face palm, when I read about your lipstick matching your red earrings and your red socks with your black work pants Yeah, I did that in junior high, too Questionable fashion aside, I still really enjoy this character She had some tough times this book, what with having no sexual escapades the first time ever, although it seems like every male in the town is interested in her must be the red socks , getting shot, and having part of her house burn down Unfortunately, it was just her back porch and kitchen that burned, so her collection of hair scrunchies were saved I ve also decided that I m pretty well over the werewolves in this book Alcide, a character I liked in past books, is kind of a jerk here and the whole head of the pack competition grossed me out That said, I m happy to read the next in the series. 2019 Re ReadJust as telepath Sookie enjoys resting her mind around Vampire Bill, whose thoughts she can t hear, I enjoy resting myself in this series that I ve read and enjoyed before.I ve been consuming this series at a furious rate, seeing details that I just didn t see on my first pass through I believe that this is the volume where the private investigators show up to question Sookie, and we get an intersection between this series and Harris Lily Bard series When I first read this book, I hadn t been introduced to Lily yet, so this was a fun little detail It may have been the previous volume I m sucking back 2 books per evening right now and they are getting a bit blended in my memory.However, on my first reading I certainly did see the assumptions of the men in Sookie s life they assume that she s going to be open interested in them, that they can easily manipulate her, and that when they speak she has to listen And, as women, when we resist these assumptions, we are labelled as bitches Now I m going to recommend a non fiction book to you, The Gift of Fear Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence I think every woman should read it and every man who has a woman in his life who he cares about should too just to know what it s like to be female in our world They say when one door shuts, another one opens But they haven t been living at my house Most of the doors I open seem to have something scary crouched behind them, anyway Original reviewI read this book quickly this morning, while waiting for visits from my condo board a plumber It was a good distraction from the water leaking from my bathroom ceiling AGAIN I swear these Sookie novels are addictive, I immediately wanted to read the next one I d go shopping, except I m still waiting to hear from the plumber I ve never been one to watch soap operas, but that is the only thing that I can think to compare this series to I read to find out who did what to whom, figure out why they did it, and to see who Sookie ends up with eventually There s a lot of men in the running Eric, Bill, Sam, Alcide, Calvin, maybe even Quinn That s a lot of guys to juggle, especially when they all seem to be using some kind of tit for tat scoring system that seems to make Sookie beholden to each of them But you know, all women in our society have to deal with entitled men all the time the neighbour who wants to carry your groceries so he can see the inside of your house, the guy who helps you with your suitcase so you feel obligated to go for coffee with him, the guy who is paid to paint your bathroom and you suspect that he wants to be alone to go through your underwear drawer , the friend s husband who thinks it s okay to make a suggestive comment Hey, I m an old, fat lady and I still have to deal with all these guys This is life as a woman worse for single women, but a fact of life for all of us It s tiresome and omnipresent So I feel for Sookie She attracts the supernatural sorts, I attract the creepy guys We re both just a little too friendly, a little too nice I m working on my force field and Miss Sookie needs to as well My parents raised me to be polite and pleasant to other people I just can t believe how many of those people seem to think that makes me an easy mark And how many men think that lifting something for you somehow entitles them to much of your attention.I guess there are plenty of people in the world who are dying for attention of any kind, and if you treat them like a human being, they read far too much into that What a sad comment on the state of our world.But back to Sookie, I can hardly wait to get my hands on the next volume and see which of this bunch of guys manages to win her attention.