First Review of Dead Reckoning

Genre Go Round Reviews has posted a review of Dead Reckoning. Overall it is quite positive and Ms. Harriet Klausner goes beyond the usual synopsis of the Merlotte’s fire bombing and the plan to kill Victor.

Here are some highlights:

Sookie becomes excited with finding a letter from her grandmother to her accompanied by a buried treasure.

We figured there were letters from Gran in the attic, but addressed to Sookie AND a buried treasure?

Most interesting.

On her community board, Charlaine Harris has eliminated the sword as anything important that was laying around in the attic, (duckpond101 2011-03-03 10:56 “It’s really not important, frankly. ” ), so it must be something else that has been stashed up there. But “buried?” That seems to suggest the letter and the treasure were stored in a trunk or similar, so is it smaller than a bread box? Gack! What could it be? What could Gran have written to Sookie?

As for the book as whole:

This a terrific transition thriller as several subplots are closed and new ones seem started.

No vibes of doom and gloom in this review with words like “terrific” and “thriller” being thrown around, it sounds like it is going to be pretty, pretty good.

Super Sookie the sleuth has come a long way trusting in her abilities, but still is unable to read what makes others tick especially her lover the vampire who her instincts screams is about to embark on a dangerous quest.

Okay, maybe a little doom and gloom with Eric’s “dangerous quest”, but I’m not getting “let’s start working on our wreaths of malcontent from torn pages of our beloved books” vibes, as according to Ms. Klausner for fans of the series, this is one to be “relished.”

Come on, May 3rd!

Thanks to KCScout for finding this review! And don’t forget to read it in full here.

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55 comments to First Review of Dead Reckoning

  • LovetheViking

    Oh my goodness thanks Serena. The excitement is going to kill me. So by saying that this book is one to relish that must mean we are going to have a really good plot. VM and fairies anyone?? This also confirms that there is a letter from Gran in the attic and no doubt this is going to be explosive and I have a strong feeling it will be related to fairies as well. Niall perhaps.

    This also hints to me that Eric and Sookie’s relationship will remain strong throughout this book, so no break up on this horizon.

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    MADA Reply:

    Sorry to disappoint, but, without giving anything away, don’t be excited about the relationship. Actually, I was pretty disappointed with the book from that perspective. Maybe it’s just me. Can’t wait for more reactions, maybe I got it all wrong.

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    Mony Reply:

    The relationship is actually pretty intense in this book IMO.
    I think they are in a solid and striong relationship but that doesn’t mean major issues won’t come, in fact they came in this book, a big one..but the resolution is up fot the big series finale i guess.
    There is no perfect relationship but only the real ones survive to all the dramas and at this point S/E are nothing less Cat & Bones from Jeaniene Frost that Charlaine Harris loves so much and used many times as references.
    Many questions found their answers and new questions are up there to be answered, but with 2 books to the end it’s pretty normal i think.

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  • legalease

    Thanks for posting the review Serena. I’m glad that it’s so positive. This review combined with last week’s posting of Chapter 3 is definitely whetting my appetite for May 3. I’m also curious to find out what subplots CH will be closing in this one.

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  • Krtmd

    This review went a long way toward relieving my worries after reading Chapter 3. Although the reviewer would probably be lambasted for giving away too many goodies, I didn’t get the sense that faithful fans would be devastated by what happens, but instead would ‘relish’ the book. I’m seriously looking forward to a little “super sleuth Sookie”.

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  • Millarca

    I am now cautiously optimistic.

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  • MASpencer

    This is awesome! Honestly, I REALLY liked Chapter 3– it really felt like a return to form for the SVM. I LOVE a good, fun, frothy mystery… and I’m relieved to hear that we (probably) reached for the panic button over nothing.

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    Lene Reply:

    I liked DITF, but it was heawy on the emotional drama what with the PTS and Appeius. While rewarding in the sense that we and Sookie learned what makes Eric tick and had our suspicions confirmed re. the compatibility of Eric and Sookie as a couple (as in very good) and the awesome that is Pam, it was a tough read. I’m ready for a plot driven instalment in my fave book series.

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  • KCScout

    I thought the review was relatively good news too! Just so you know, my fairy godmother Jaunine found the review and should have credit.

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  • Skarlove

    I really liked Ch. 3 as well…..this is exciting! I’m not getting a break-up vibe. It’s more of a “we need to learn how to be a couple and actually communicate” kind of vibe -which neither Sookie nor Eric are used to doing. I want them to unite and figure out this Victor crap together and stop getting snippy at one another – and I think this bodes really well for their future…. Yay! (keeping fingers crossed!)

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  • Terrific news about the review. I can’t wait to relish. My day is planned, pizza and red wine. Phone can ring and the machine will pick it up. Don’t want to interrupt a good read. Love a good, fun, frothy mystery too MAS. It’s good to be retired…heehee.

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  • Freyja

    Wow I love this review :) I don’t get a brake up vibe either. It’s like Skarlove said, it’s more that S/E need to learn how to communicate. And since they both don’t have lot of experience with love relationship, it takes time and few bumps in the road to get there.
    This: “Eric and Pam plan to kill their master while Sookie joins them to keep them safe.” I wonder how Sookie will keep Eric and Pam safe??

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  • allabouteric

    I too LOVED Ch3! It was an absolute page-turner and superb fun! If the rest of the book is nearly as good as Ch3, I have a feeling that this book might well be my favorite. I still think that we may have an E/S breakup in this book, but it might still end on an optimistic note…so I am not too worried…overall this book (based on what I have read so far) has everything I love!

    ” I LOVE a good, fun, frothy mystery” – me too MAS…me too!!!!

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  • Thanks Serena!! Glad this person liked it and can’t wait for it to come out!! :D

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  • Ashley

    Thanks Serena! Awesome! Count me as one who loved chapter 3…yes some conflict was coming but I’ve always been optimistic, and it seems like a really exciting ride is coming our way. Can’t wait!

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  • JustVampy

    IDK.. Since Gran kept that attic tightly locked until the day she died whatever that trinket is must be important. Maybe her Fairy lover gave her something.

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    Serena Reply:

    Yeah I was thinking that, whatever it is was a gift from Fintan, what would a fairy hold onto that would be considered “treasure?” Other than a wand of course! LOL.

    Could be a tiara or a necklace? or gold coins? LOL.

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    HelenaHandbasket Reply:

    Buried treasure and the fae…makes it hard not to picture a leprechaun under the rainbow dancing by his little pot o’ gold.

    “They’re magically delicious!” :D

    Don’t mind me I’m giddy. LOLOL

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    Serena Reply:

    LOL.

    Or … cookies!! Oh wait, that’s “elves.” :(

    *shameface.*

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  • VikingDame

    This sounds great! I also loved chapter 3 and got no Sookie & Eric are doomed vibe from it. Gah! Can’t wait until May 3rd!!

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  • rainqueen13

    Thank you so much for posting this! On the one hand, it is definitely looking like there is going to be more action than we saw in the last book, which I’m looking forward to. And I’m glad there is no mention of angst and doom and gloom, so count me cautiously optimistic as well.

    On the other hand, after such an exciting chapter and a good review, I have absolutely NO IDEA how I will get through the next month.

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  • jayetea

    Thanks for posting this, Serena!! I was already excited and this just adds to it. I think this book is going to remind me alot of All Together Dead, which is one of my favorites!! Hidden letters and buried treasure, FTW!!

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  • HelenaHandbasket

    *SQUEEEEEEEEEEE*

    Thanks Serena!!
    I feel hella better!! :D

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  • Margaux

    I totally needed this, thanks for posting Serena! After our chapter 3 preview I about shit a brick. Now, I’m back to being just as excited as I was before. And now we need to start a new discussion on what “buried treasure” is up there!

    My guess on the letter from Gran: Explaining where Sookie’s fairy blood came from. Even though we already know, Gran left a letter behind explaining it. The buried treasure could be something (insert Fairy’s name who slept with Gran, my brain can’t think of it right now and I don’t have my books) left behind with Gran!

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    MADA Reply:

    Fintan, that is….:)

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  • HelenaHandbasket

    I was hoping the letter had some info about Sookie’s parents, not sure if Gran would know anything about that…the fairy she fathered the children with was Fintan.
    I wasnt sure if the treasure would be monetary, only b/c Sookie already rec’d an inheritance from Claudine, so I was thinking the letter could be a treasure of memories/information, or something of the like.

    Anyway, I was freaking out. Still am, but not in as bad of a way. LOL! :D

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  • skargasmic

    Thanks Serena!! I am not quite as’nervous’ about reading it as I was before! I wonder how long she stays excited about what he finds from her Gran. A treasure, hmmmmmmmmm, maybe it is a keepsake from her lover, like a picture of him. I cannot wait until May!

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  • Kathy

    OMG! I can’t wait!

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    Kathy Reply:

    PS: Thanks guys for finding the review and posting it!!!

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  • EricObsessed

    Yay! I am really regretting not getting the express shipping from my pre-order on amazon and I’ll have to wait till (hopefully) the 6th to receive my copy (I might find myself at the bookstore reading standing at the shelves). April is gonna suck waiting for this book to come out! I have a really good feeling that this is going to be a great book.

    I’ve been listening to the audio book of From Dead to Worse and I really feel that Dead Reckoning is going to go back to that book and take some of those “bombs in the garden” and use them. Especially Sookie’s first visit with Niall and his descriptions about her grandmother and her absolute faith that he is telling the truth (which he obviously isn’t but I didn’t realize that for sure until today).

    It’s not right that I spend all spring waiting for the new book and all summer waiting for Sunday at 9pm. BUT I CAN’T HELP IT! Cant’ wait!

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    EricObsessed Reply:

    btw I can’t open the link to the full review, anyone have the direct link?

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    Mony Reply:

    Click on “Genre Go Round Reviews” at the beginning of the post, it should work ;)

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    Serena Reply:

    Sorry, all better now. :)

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    Margaux Reply:

    If you ordered if from Amazon, it should arrive on the 3rd. You can go back and request that they send it to you that day. that’s what I did! I’ll be posted by the window waiting for the UPS man!

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    *C.K. Reply:

    Don’t you have to pay a lot extra for one day shipping though?

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    EricObsessed Reply:

    Yeah when I checked it was about $11 to get it release day, as opposed to $3 standard delivery, so I cheaped out based on the fact that last year I got DItF in 2 days standard and then ran to the mailbox when I got home that day and Literally danced in the street when I saw the Amazon box in there. :) I waited a year… I can wait an extra couple of days… right!? Eeek

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    *C.K. Reply:

    I’m debating on ordering it online and having to wait a few extra days or going out and buying it the day it comes out. IDK.

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  • Katee

    Stupid April! Be over already!

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  • Eric is hot

    I can’t wait for the new book. I am more excited now than ever. I still think a break could happen. But I get a good vibe about the book.

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  • KCScout

    If you are in the US, you could start checking your local grocery store about a week before the release date if you absolutely can’t wait;) I got one the Saturday before at the third grocery store I visited. When my presale finally came, I gave it to a friend.

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    LKC Reply:

    Yep me too KCScout! I had it 3 days early. I gave my presale to my mother so I didn’t feel bad about hurting CH’s numbers!

    So excited to read this book. I loved the 3rd chapter. I think it’s going to be a roller coaster ride!

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  • jayetea

    BTW, I am assuming the above pic is supposed to be Eric and Sookie, but that face totally screams Pam to me…It’s emo Eric and Pam!!!

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  • is DitF out in paperback yet? last year, there was an extended chapter 1 at the end of the Dead and Gone paperback.

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    LKC Reply:

    Yes I just saw it today. Just chapter 1 as we already read. No extended chapter. At least I don’t think so as I only went to the back of the book. Sigh, maybe I’ll have to go back to Borders tomorrow and read the whole thing to make sure!

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    *C.K. Reply:

    I like Borders and I’m a little upset that most of them are closing. Only a month left to wait. We wait a year for the books to come out and then finish them in no time. I reaf Dead in the Family in two or three days.

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    *C.K. Reply:

    typo “read” not reaf
    I feel a lot more optimistic about the book after reading this review.

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    thekat Reply:

    I’m very upset about it myself. There is only one Borders in my area and I shopped at it for so many years. I hated to see it go. I just got a Kindle last week. Does anyone know if the kindle edition is available the same day the hardback is released?

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  • DH87

    It would be interesting to see how this reviewer described last year’s book, as compared to DEAD RECKONING, to see if she is normally effusive or cautious, but, then…what difference does it make? She doesn’t hint at a “major change in Sook’s love life” or anything else ominous, and I’m still thinking that Bill and Judith are going to get hitched as a resolved subplot….
    I sense from Chapter 3 that CH is the like the trail horse who finally sees the barn coming into sight after a long journey and picks up the pace, with new-found spring in his step….Sometimes Old Paint even charges home at a run, Not that our dear CH is in anyway “Old” or “Painted,” but CH can finally put into motion the resolution she’s had in her mind from the beginning. That must be inspiring for her.

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    Amy Reply:

    Not to burst the bubble or anything, but the reviewer klausner is usually effusive of almost all the books she critiques. People have been critical of her before, because she hardly ever gives a bad review even when the book turns out to be crap. So I would not put a lot of stock in this review.

    But I am still excited for this book :)

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  • sheldon

    Thanks KSCout and Serena – it sounds quite positive. With all the TB spoilers and all the DR tidbits, I am in heaven…

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  • Shau'ri

    Good review, now I’m even more impatient to read this book!! Like jayetea said, hidden letters and tresures…my kind of mystery!!

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  • VikingLover

    {…on our wreaths of malcontent from torn pages of our beloved books” vibes}

    BWAHAHAHA!!! You know me so well! lolol

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  • Mrs. Northman

    I cant open the review, when i click on the link it says that it doesn’t exist. It gives a redirection link but then takes you to the home page, and I’ve searched all key words and it doesn’t come up. Please help!

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    Serena Reply:

    Hmm, odd.

    I think Mrs. Northman that they might have taken the review down? :/

    The links were fine just the other day. (after I fixed it, lol).

    Maybe it was too spoilery? I dunno.

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