16 September 2009

Book Review: Dead as a Doornail

Title: Dead as a Doornail
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 2006 Pages: 295
Genre: Vampire
Rating: 3.5/5

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Okay, this isn't going to be a full review, for one, I think, solid reason: Reviewing a series of books, especially when you are reading them so close to one another, is a bit redundant. My thoughts on Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series are pretty well summed up in my reviews of the first four books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, and Book 4).

The fifth in the series, Dead as a Doornail progresses the thread I like the most: the political and cultural morays of the various supernatural groupings, including vampires, werewolves, shifters, werepanthers, witches, and fairies. In this installment, the focus is more on the world of weres and shifters as a sniper seems to be targeting their population, and with the death of the were leader, they are looking for a new packmaster. This process is rather interesting, and I was both impressed and appalled by the pseudo-political, but primarily primal, way the new leader is chosen.

As always Sookie's love life is complicated and rather unbelievable. I've never met a woman so wanted by so many distinct men. Then again, good for her. I wonder if book 6 is going to introduce new male characters because it seems like we are running out of men to fall in love/lust with her.

I think I'm going to take a short Sookie break. Afterall, I have a year to read them, and I've plowed my way through the first five books in less than 2 months.

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  1. I think it's funny (but not in a laugh-out-loud kind of way) how Sookie went 26 years without having someone really be interested in her (JD doesn't count), and then as soon as she has a boyfriend, every supernatural creature in a thirty mile radius wants her body. Poor Sookie. ;)

  2. Cass - EXACTLY! It's the most frustrating part of the book to me because it is SO unbelievable. You can't have it both ways in my opinion.

  3. Don't worry, it gets even more ridiculous in the later books, lol.

    I like Charlaine Harris and all, but all of her series use the "virginal girl suddenly begins to drive men crazy with desire" device to some degree. Beware of Aurora Teagarden, that's all I'm saying.

  4. I read book 1 to book 5 one after the other and am taking a break from Sookie as well.

    But this book is not my favourite in the series. :)

  5. Ms Ulat Buku - I ended up not taking a break and read Definitely Dead, but I just can't bring myself to write a review...


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