Sookie Stackhouse is a smart, savvy waitress in a small Southern town. Her ability to read minds gives humans the creeps. So her old boyfriend, Bill, seems perfect for her: since vampires are dead, Sookie can’t read their minds. At last, she’s with a man who might surprise her. But when the pair breaks up, Sookie hopes she can go back to her uneventful, pre-vamp existence. As if.
In Dead to the World, Sookie starts the New Year off with a bang by finding Bill’s “boss,” vampire Eric, running half-naked through the woods. Seems someone stole mighty Eric’s memory—and dropped the gorgeous and now vulnerable vampire right into Sookie’s lap. Eric might end up the only friend Sookie’s got, especially after her brother, Jason, goes missing—and a bloody footprint is found behind his house. Before she can say “Boo!”, Sookie finds herself in the middle of the most violent, bloody turf war that vampires, witches and werewolves have ever known….
In Dead As A Doornail, somebody is gunning for the two-natured, and if Sookie gets in the way, so much the better. Shifters are going down, and her brother, Jason, is a suspect. A wicked new vampire named Mickey has his lethal sights set on Sookie, and her old boyfriend Bill—and newer vampire love, Eric—will fight to the death to save her.
Sookie hopes they don’t kill her in the process….
Warning: Explicit sex. Jacket art by Julie Bell. (419 pp.) 2004-2005.
Hardcover Book : 432 pages
Publisher: Ace Books Inc. ( May 01, 2005 )
Item #: 11-899749
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.11inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I can honestly say that the urban vampire genre is not being written for the male audience. Fortunately, I didn't feel the need to look for sparklies in this book, though the small town willingly ignoring anyone who isn't normal definitely grated on my nerves. It's not realistic, especially south of the Mason Dixon line.
Dead to the World
Vampires get a positive spin. Werewolves get a positive spin. Magic users continue to get a bad rap. I must say it was nice to finally have a "Fight" scene, though this author did it little justice. A plot started within another book gets fully resolved within these pages, though it creates another, more annoying plot in the next book. At least, with this novel, it felt like one complete and continuous plot, rather than a string of little ones that someone attempted to tie together.
Dead as a Doornail
Um, yeah. This book took the feel of "How many plots can I mash into the pages of a novel without screwing up the novel?" experiment. I'll admit the author has grown with her writing through the five novels. If she'd impressed me in the prior four, I MIGHT have given this novel a pass. Honestly, I can say that the final two plot resolutions felt anticlimatic after the primary mystery plot resolved. It took too many plots in one hand that weren't all related and tried to tie them together. It didn't work well.
Although I always read reviews to give me a heads up on what Im getting, I rarely write one myself. But I just had to with this series. Like most of you I started out with "True Blood" on HBO and wasnt even aware there was a book until reading the end credits one night. THESE BOOKS ARE PHEMONONAL! The writer is so inventive it makes one believe this can actually happen in real life. There is never a dull moment with this young woman. Yes she's a little niave but nobody's dummy. I love how she lives up to her grandmother's teachings on manners, cleanliness and such. Being of southern blood,(my mother's Creole)I identify so much with her way of life. But I dont know how I would cope with all the drama! Im in the middle of this book and I havent had this much fun with vampires since 'The Lost Boys'. And if you thought her and Bill were steamy, wait til you get a load of Eric!(no pun intended)LOL My boyfriend loves it after I've read a few chapters because he knows 'it's on' after that. Im only online now to order the next three books in the series so I dont have to wait when Im done. If youre checking out this reveiw, hopefully you've already read "Dead in Dixie" and you should already know you want to buy this one. If not, start at the beginning and just enjoy. A comfy chair, hot tea and a wubby blanket is all I need to 'get my Sookie on'.
Reviewer: Yvette T
I started reading after watching the show. I thought the first couple books lacked in writing style, a little school-like but book 3 started going uphill. Book 4 is GREAT!!!! I love Eric on the show so of course I'm loving him in the books, and spent every minute living vicariously thru Sookie in this one.
Reviewer: Tara D
I've read them all and Book 4, Dead to the World, is by far my most favorite book in the entire series. I love Eric's character and if I ever had the chance to be with a vampire, he'd be my first choice. I love the dynamic relationship that he and Sookie share, and it truly flourishes in this story. Fans get to see a whole new side of Eric, and the role change making him the one who is vulnerable and dependent on Sookie will make readers laugh out loud at times, and the sex scenes are steamy!!
This is a must read for all Sookie Stackhouse fans, and for any reader who desperately needs a good reason to justify why they like Eric. Enjoy!!!
The supernatural world is further opened up to include witches and others when Sookie Stackhouse drives upon a half naked man running on the side of the road, on New Years night. Turns out that the nearly irresistible man is not a man, but the vampire Eric Northman, and he has no memory of anything. After the New Years party at Merlotte?s, Jason Stackhouse goes home with Crystal, a shifter, and disappears. Things are suspicious because his flashy truck is parked with the door left open and there?s blood stained on his property. The people of Bon Temps think the worst. Sookie is the one who will end up doing all the police?s footwork, again. What choice does she have? Jason is the only family she has.
Sookie has broken up with the vampire Bill Compton, after he answered the call of his maker Lorena. She has rescinded both Bill?s and Eric?s invitation. Her introduction into the world of Weres and Shifters is blown wide open when she learns of the nearby community Hotshot. Her previous relationship with the hot and muscley Alcide does not hurt any either! Their leader Calvin Norris is very interested in Sookie, but she has feelings for Alcide. Her feelings for Calvin are familiar and homey. Now she is torn between Bill, Eric, Alcide, and the persistent advances of Calvin.
Sookie and Bill?s relationship is scarred deeper by the events that happened in Mississippi. In Bill?s rescue, they were trapped in the trunk of a car, were Sookie was fed upon and raped until Bill came to his senses. Considering Sookie?s childhood molestation from her uncle, this is irreparably detrimental. It was Debbie Pelt who locked her in with Bill. What will Alcide do if he ever finds out? Will he see Debbie?s true dark nature? How much of a threat to Sookie is Debbie?
Cursed, Eric is a completely different vampire. Eric is forced to hide out at Sookie's house, because the witches are looking for him. The coven's leader, Hallow gets too close when...
Reviewer: Jimmy W