Dead After Dark (Sookie Stackhouse 2013) discussion thread
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Mark your SPOILERS please!
Since this book is coming out in 7 days I figured we needed a place to talk this to death. :)
ETA: spoiler warning
So you and I are guessing Sam - it would be interesting if it turned out to be Eric, but I don't see how that could happen. I do have a soft spot for Eric.
I reiterate that I do not watch "Trueblood" so nothing from the show is influencing me.
I don't watch the show either Dejah. I still think it is Sam because of her wanting kids. Sam technically did come back from the dead in the last book. So hey I think he qualifies!
Shoot, I'm still second guessing the reread thing. I could fit a few in - but wouldn't it be better to go back through the lot of them after?
But, yeah, I kind of wish it could be Eric.
As long as she doesn't end up with Bill, I'm okay.
And they have exchanged blood so they are always going to have a connection.
And she is part Fairy and Eric knows this and how important she is.
and there was something in the last book about Sam that made me think nope he's not the one.... did he walk away from her or something?
oooo for photographic memory - I wish I had it!
edited to correct an appalling mistake - one should not post a message while at work multitasking!
You make some good points, Lisa - that connection will always be there. I just don't know that Eric can let go of ambition enough to be want Sookie wants. Or if vampire politics would ever be far enough removed from them to allow for a 'normal' life.
Grrr...I want that book now!
Sometimes my amazon pre-orders arrive on Monday instead of the Tuesday publication date. Maybe I'll get lucky this time. I'm making no plans for either night. You guys have gotten me all excited about this! I was so calm and disinterested!
I feel pretty certain it's going to be Sam for Sookie, too. At the end of last book she used the Cluviel D'or to bring Sam back - and it could only be used to make a wish for someone she loved. When she realizes what she's done, as Eric disappears, she tells herself she'll think about what that means later.
But,yeah, Eric is almost too good to let go!
You are right about Sam and Sookie but I can't remember what it was. I just remember that at the very end I thought since she used the magic fairy object to save him instead of release Eric I figured she was leading to Sam. CH is very sneaky though.
I'm off next Wednesday!!!! I'll be glued to this book.
I am so excited too!
You're right - Sookie has to acknowledge that she loves Sam. But I suspect that it could be some wiggle room in how she loves Sam. Don't get me wrong - I do think it's Sam. But I hate the thought of her giving up Eric!
I think a series reread is definitely in order. After. I warn you all now that I will stay up all night the night I get Dead Ever After and finish it. I won't post any spoilers, though.
ETA: I totally forgot to say that I think Sookie's reluctance to become a vampire is the other big stumbling block to happiness with Eric. *sniff*
We should decide on a date when spoilers will be given free reign. As I said up top just note the spoilers and it should be fine.
What I'm trying to say is that I want a place where we can discuss this freely because I'm so excited!
I have sincerely enjoyed this series for years now. I'm sorry to see it end, although I want Sookie to be happy. Yes, I know, I'm writing as if she were a real person....
If it's not Eric I hope it's a tidy end and he dies in some way.. harsh but he can't be there... he's too curious and would never stay away forever. Or would decide he needed her help/talent in some way etc.
Thank you for reminding me about the end of the last one.
I have a wide range of reading interests and am so happy to find a site where others interests are as varied as my own.
Thanks for the welcome. I'll get a thread set up soon!
If you haven't done it already, I'll go move us both.
My reason being that one of my favorite Scandi crime authors, Jussi Adler-Olsen is coming to Houston for a book signing on May 30th. I am going to pay full price for latest (in the US) Department Q series book. I am so excited about it. It makes up for not reading Sookie on Tuesday!
I am #44 on the queue for Sookie 13 but the library has 30 copies. I am hoping I don't have to wait too long. In the meantime I anxiously await your thoughts on the book.
Per amazon my copy has shipped via FedEx Smartpost. Based on prior experience that lessens my chance of getting it tomorrow (Monday) but I should have it Tuesday. We'll see.
ETA: I think the one copy listed is an error. Surely they ordered a few more than that!
That On Order nonsense is no good. Only thing worse is In Transit when it is like that for five weeks! I kid you not.
Sometimes there are major shenanigans at my library.
I have faith, Morphy, that all 57 copies will magically show up tomorrow and you'll get a call about your book hold first thing in the morning! Do you care to chime in on the Eric / Sam discussion?
BTW, has anyone else noticed the tiger tail on the cover? Or the wolf? Will Quinn and Alcide be making appearances? I'm wondering if we'll be treated to reprise of all Sookie's former beaux.....
I can't blame her for milking it. Her other series have never been very successful and odds are she'll never write anything this popular again. At least she was brave enough to bring it to a close and (presumably) let Sookie be happy!
I'd like Sookie to be with Sam. I've never liked Eric. But I have a sneaking suspicion she's not going to end up with any of them.
Has anyone read her other books? I read and liked the Shakespeare series and have recently started the Aurora series but don't like it quite as much.
I am in the Sam club too. I absolutely LOVE Eric. He is not forever material but he is definitely the "fantasy" guy. Bill was always boring to me.
I haven't read any of her other books but I have them wish listed at the library.
This is just a flying visit and I can't start reading Dead Ever After quite yet, but I thought there might be some folks interested in the endpapers - it's interesting to me that Bill doesn't appear to be represented.....
Sorry the image isn't better but I don't have time to mess with it right now!
And in reference to the cover: is Sookie walking alone into a sunrise or waiting for a sunset? And what's with the tomatoes?
Lisa I just got lucky when my amazon pre-order arrived on Monday instead of Tuesday. I'm still finishing some things up because I know when I start reading I probably won't stop.
I also promise not to reveal who she ends up with - nor will I taunt people with my knowledge!!!!. I never knew you had a mean streak, Morphy!
Does anybody have any ideas about the tomatoes?
I don't even have the book. I looked it up online. I couldn't stand not knowing.
Ok - I'm better now.
I liked it very much.
Thanks, Roberta, for alerting me to this thread! I just checked and I'm 34 in the queue (started out at 46 two months ago) so the first 12 people have a copy. I'm one of those who can never peek at the end of the book.
Chiming in on the Bill/Eric question; I always found Eric more sexy and dangerous. My favorite episode was when he lost his memory and Sookie had a gorgeous Viking boy toy for a while.
Is everyone a series watcher as well? I've been seeing the trailers for the new season (only have to wait until June 16).
I saw the first season of True Blood on Netflix but that is it.
I posted this over on my thread, but I thought I'd put it over here, too, in case anyone had any thoughts or comments:
I'm rereading Charlaine Harris' first Sookie novel Dead Until Dark (which I have read many, many times although not for a few years now) and I am struck anew by how perfectly she hit Sookie's voice from the very beginning of the series. Harris nails young, Southern, naive, smart, relatively uneducated, kind and hopeful from the first page. I particularly appreciate her portrayals of Southerners. She brings forth all the quirks and oddities and contradictory behavior of denizens of the region without falling into caricature or being patronizing, mocking or cruel. I suppose it helps that she herself lives in Arkansas!
I completely agree with you about Harris, though. All her characters seem to ring true, and in an effortless kind of way. She reads so easily and naturally it's possible to miss how good a writer she really is!
Your take on how Harris portrays Southerners, especially of the small town variety, is spot on Dejah.
As for Quinn, well, he seemed ok early on, but was a disappointment. I thought it was pretty clear that he was never going to be the one for her.
>66 luvamystery65: Great line, Roberta! As I reread Dead Until Dark I keep noticing all these great little snippets - Harris is so funny! And yet her Lily Bard mysteries are so dark - not that Sookie doesn't have dark, but the humor lifts it up.
>67 Morphidae: Woohoo Morphy! And kudos to the quick readers in front of you! Enjoy!
I watched the first two seasons of True Blood. I loved how they got the southern gothic element so right and the small town characters. However I didn't like Tara's character especially in the season about Eggs and the Maenad - so different from the book!!
I wanted to wait til I finished it before I came to read the posts.
Welcome to Natalie!!
I'm so happy to know there are other 75ers that love Sookie. I thought I was all alone in my guilty pleasure!!
Sookie is my first of Harris' books, but after I fell in love with Bon Temps, I read some of her other series. I really enjoyed the Aurora Teagarden series (still ongoing, never finished). I also liked the Harper Connelly series until it got a bit creepy / incestuous feeling. I've only read two of her Shakespeare series.
Hmm, I am now wanting to reread all the Sookies & pick back up with her other series. Massively bad influences, the lot of you! :P
I love/hated this book. I love that I was back in Sookie's world. Like Dejah has said Sookie's character has been spot on since the beginning. I liked that the book showed how Sookie had started off feeling like an outsider at the beginning of the series and was now widely supported with friends by the town of Bon Temps.
I just felt no excitement or interest in the story and I don't like Sam and this book did nothing to change this. The whole storyline felt like it had only one purpose - to wind things up. It felt tame and dull; it lacked spark. Yet I can't say it was improbable or that any of the characters acted falsely. Some of the best books in the series was when there were vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, and fae with lots of mayhem, in house politics, bizzare ceremony and tradition, feuds and funny moments. Some how Charlaine Harris created this other world that was so unreal yet made it all make sense. I didn't get that with this last book :(
I am a librarian with Fort Bend County Libraries. That is an error. Some books, when we have them on order, show up in our catalog as one copy, even when we order many copies. I'm not sure why this happens. It might have something to do with one of the vendors we order from.
Yes I edited to add on the comment that it seemed like there was more than one copy ordered. It used to always say how many copies were ordered and it seems with the last update that now it will say only one sometimes until the copies are there.
Which branch are you at?
I do love our library system! The Sienna Branch is right by my house. :)
Go Pam! I liked her happy ending. LOL!
I've worked at a few branches, working my way up. I started at the main branch, George Memorial, in Richmond. Then, I helped open the newest branch, University Branch. I managed the Albert George Branch, in Needville for a while. And now I'm back at George Memorial again. The Sienna Branch is very nice, and the staff is excellent!
Thanks for loving FBCL!