Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dead In The Family - Review


TITLE: Dead In The Family
AUTHOR/EDITOR: Charlaine Harris
INFO: Hardcover, Fiction, 311 pages
PUBLISHED: The Penguin Group, 2010
ISBN#: 978-0-441-01864-2
HOW'D I GET IT: Bought it

FROM THE COVER/PUBLISHER:  A Fae War has left the supernatural community of Bon Temps, Louisiana, in chaos - and waitress Sookie Stackhouse mentally and physically drained.  And still, the peace and quiet she so desperately craves is hard to come by...

MY TAKE:
  I really wasn't sure what to think when I was done with this book.  It was a quick read, took me an afternoon.  I haven't read all of the Sookie Stackhouse series yet, but I feel rather disappointed with this tenth installment. 

It was all over the place as far as storylines.  While they all intersected at various points, I still felt that it was jumping around quite a bit instead of delving into just a few of the characters revolving around Sookie.  Some of the lines & newer characters were wrapped up a little too quick and neat for my taste.  I am still glad that I read it and look forward to the next book in hopes that it will get a little "meatier" with some of the characters and their issues.

MY RATING: 3/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:   Amazon.com

Happy Reading!

7 comments:

  1. Sounds a bit disappointing :( Maybe she is loosing her touch on the story

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  2. Following you from the Book Blog group!
    http://tiffanysbookshelf.blogspot.com

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  3. Blodeuedd, I was a little disappointed. But I think this book just might be one of those "filler" or "bridge" books to get from one huge storyline to another. It keeps her story in front of the readers until she's done with the next big one.

    Hi Tiffany, welcome!

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  4. Following you from bookblogs! [fullmoonhorror.blogspot.com]

    This book is definitely a departure from her earlier books. They were much meatier, and more suspenseful, but the smaller threads have always been wrapped up rather neatly. I absolutely love this series of books, even though I know they've got a lot of flaws. They're strangely engrossing, and I can't make myself put them down. I'm going to throw in with you, Jules, and say that this book is supposed to function more as a transition, though I can't remember any of the other books doing that. I sure hope she's not running out of steam.

    I feel like there was also a lot more "in previous books" information, though this might have been done to prevent cross-pollination from True Blood, which is based on her books. I know I caught myself taking facts from True Blood and bringing them to the books, which doesn't work well at all. While the show is based on the books, they're separate from each other. One doesn't depend on the other to get the story told, and they often have key plot differences.

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  5. Welcome K.D.!

    Thanks so much for joining in. I'm really hoping that she isn't "running out of steam" either as this is a very enjoyable series. I hadn't really thought about the show being an issue (I don't have cable ;), but I can see where it might be for those who read the books and watch the series both. Good point.

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Hi Thank you Jules for stopping by my blog. I am now follwing your as well. I like the way you have set up your reviews, all of the pertinent information up front with your take on the book. I go back and forth on Charlaine as an author but my daugher loves everything she puts out. From your discription of your book, this is why I waffle on her.
    Thank you

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  7. Hi Ms Wright,

    I'm glad you stopped in! From what I'm hearing, a lot of the readers are feeling the same way. I think everyone is really having high hopes on the next one because of the issues with this book. Sounds like a lot of them are worried that the story may have run its course. I hope not, because I really enjoyed a couple of the early ones a lot.

    Have a great weekend!

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