Sookie Stackhouse #11
by Charlaine Harris
Published on May 3, 2011 by Ace
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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There's a reckoning on the way ...
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. It's a job which has its own challenges, but now the vampires and the shapeshifters are finally 'out', you'd think the supernaturals would get on with each other. But nothing is that simple in Bon Temps!
... and Sookie has a knack for being in trouble's way; not least when she witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but before she can investigate something else - something even more dangerous - comes up.
Sookie's lover Eric Northman, and his 'child' Pam are plotting something in secret. Whatever it is, they seem determined to keep Sookie out of it; almost as determined as Sookie is to find out what's going on. She can't sit on the sidelines when both her work and her love life are under threat - but as their plans gradually become clear Sookie finds the situation is deadlier than she could ever have imagined.
The higher the expectations… I love this series and couldn’t wait for Dead Reckoning. This might have affected my view of the book because I was really disappointed. After having read books 1-10, my expectations of book 11 were pretty high. However, I found myself putting it down to do something–anything–else. It just didn’t hold my attention and seemed like Harris was writing it as sort of a filler book to cover the details between the end of Dead in the Family (book 10) and the next book (#12). Dead Reckoning just didn’t deliver.
Bill + Humor = What?!: Okay, when did Bill ever have a sense of humor. I mean, yeah, there have been moments in the previous books, but I always found the other male love interests to be the funny ones. Then suddenly, in this book, he’s joking around with Sookie and Eric’s all serious. Talk about a personality switch. Don’t get me wrong, I liked to have that little bit of comic relief since the rest of the book was somewhat dry, but it didn’t fit his character.
Wait… I thought they were married: Alright, so Sookie and Eric are married according to vampire law. Yet every time they were together, they talked for a bit, then Sookie threw him out–in almost every scene. There was more of Sookie’s background in this novel and it seemed to take the place of her interacting with Eric or any other character for that matter. It gave a serious tone to the novel that not even a naked Alcide (yes, this was an attempt for more comic relief) could lighten.
I was disappointed with this novel, but I DO recommend reading the first 10 books. They’re awesome and will keep you reading from start to finish.