Friday, 29 October 2010

Book Review: Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10)Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I hadn't "heard" great reviews about this book, but I still thought it was up there with the others.  Okay maybe not one of her best (Dead To The World will always be my favourite!) but I was glad to be back inside Sookie's head.

Maybe this is more a three and half stars than four - still an enjoyable read.

There's sort of sub-plots intertwined with one another, in Harris' usual way.

In this book we are told how Bill was made.  I'm currently watching the first season of Trueblood (as I hadn't seen it) and it covered a flash back of how Bill was made by Lorena in one of the episodes.  At the time I couldn't remember if Harris had 'told' us this, but obviously not.  I liked the maker/writer of Trueblood's idea, (it showed Bill in a very good light and a tragedy of how his life was taken from him) and that it is different to the 'author's' way (which also shows how tragic it is for Bill really and Lorena being rather twisted).  So although the writer's of Trueblood got it wrong from the books, they were also right about it too. 

I'm seeing some differences with the series, yet I can see why they've done it (to fill it out - basically the first season is book 1, episode ten giving a hint of some of book two me thinks! - but I'm loving the series just as much as the books.  I can see why some differences may occur also, if some of her books weren't published before Trueblood was launched.

And I'm still a fan of Bill, though he doesn't feature much really in this book.  Maybe seeing him as his true gentleman self in season 1 keeps me in his corner.  And though I LOVE Eric, I didn't find him so mesmerising in this book.  Maybe because Sookie and Eric are an item (which kinda feels weird - she's Bill's girl!) there's less 'chase' and so the romance has dulled a little.

There maybe wasn't enough of Sam either in this book - if I'm to pick holes.

But I still want to know when book 11 will be on the shelves?  

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  1. You and me both, I love that series of books and am a huge fan of True Blood too.

  2. And I read somewhere (while googling) that Charlaine Harris actually likes that there are 'new' characters in Trueblood (Jessica Hambly - the Vamp that Bill makes) that aren't in her books, though she gets asked if they'll be included. (Her answer is no obviously!). But cool that she approves of the 'differences'.

    Interesting that this book also reveals Eric's maker... and I think Trueblood has already done this (I've only seen season 1 but 2 is on my xmas list!) and that fans feel they need to correct Charlaine Harris. They're HER characters!


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