Dead Ever After Spoilers – Prologue Now Online

April 24, 2013 in Book Spoilers, Dead Ever After - Book 13, Sookie Stackhouse

With less than two weeks to go, I’d pretty much given up hope that the publisher might see sense and release something….ANYTHING…to generate some buzz for this damn book.

It seems the marketing department have finally realised that keeping it in a dusty box under the bed probably won’t cut it. Penguin have released Dead Ever After’s prologue on their official site, and it’s kind of juicy.

WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD.  OBVIOUSLY.

So it seems we have the set up for a good versus evil showdown of epic proportions in the pipeline.

  • Cope Carmichael (Amelia’s father) and Tyrese have sold their souls to a devil for a questionable price.
  • Mr Cataliades is all over “Just call me Cope” like white on rice.
  • It’s highly likely that Cope’s rage at not obtaining the cluveil dor before Sookie used it will result in her having the crap bashed out of her…again.
  • The Devil saw fit to inhabit the body of someone “standing behind” Sookie either just before, or at the time she was using the CD on Sam. At that time, both Alcide and Eric were in her immediate proximity. Now I’m wondering who else has “sold their soul”…Alcide….cough.
  • Steve Newlin is off sunning himself on the beach somewhere, lamenting opportunities lost when he’s approached by a man who fits the physical description of Johan Glassport – Sophie-Anne’s lawyer from All Together Dead. Glassport specialised in vampire law. Cast your mind back, and you’ll recall that Mr Glassport was seriously injured in Steve Newlin’s bombing of the hotel in Rhodes – and swore to exact revenge. Now he’s accosting an unsuspecting Newlin on a beach. Chew that over for a bit.
  • Amelia has once again proven that she has a yap-hole the size of the Grand Canyon, and is not to be trusted for any reason whatsoever. She MUST be the Crappiest Friend, Ever.
  • This Devil is all up on Sookie – he knows who she is, and finds her “interesting”. Just add the devil to an endless list of supes who can’t seem to resist the charms of everyone’s favourite telepathic waitress
  • Crossroads are mentioned as preferred meeting places for the devil. This adds some clarity to the frequent references in earlier books to a crossroads existing outside Hot Shot.

There’s quite a bit to digest here, for a prologue. It certainly seems like the set up for something rather awesome – what do you think?

Stop the Presses!

April 7, 2013 in Book Spoilers, Dead Ever After - Book 13

An audio sample of Dead Ever After has surfaced at Amazon.com through their audio book partner Audible. If you’re heading over to listen, I’d warn you to be prepared.

SPOILERS FOR DEA AHEAD!  PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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It seems like we’ve got a third person omniscient narrator describing a scene where Copley “Just Call Me Cope” Carmichael and his chauffeur Tyrese Marley sell their souls to the devil in what I assume are the streets of New Orleans. Yep, you read THAT right – the freakin’ devil. Sorta explains where those hellhounds came from, now doesn’t it?

It seems Amelia’s father is not as prosperous in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as he had hoped, and he’s maneuvering for more influence, prosperity, and  a promise of “something” he’d like in the future. A one-of-a-kind magic fairy object his daughter told him about just might fit the bill.  Or perhaps it’s something more?  The sample fades out before we find out what Tyrese would like in exchange for his soul – something he doesn’t believe he possesses.

I have to admit, I’m a little surprised by the appearance of the devil, although I suppose I shouldn’t be.  Perhaps it’s time I reread Must Love Hellhounds?  I was also surprised by the POV aspect of the sample, and, of course I’m even more anxious to read this book.

If you’re not spoiler averse, I’d suggest you head over to Amazon.com to listen to the sample.  Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dead Ever After Review and Interview with Romantic Times

March 29, 2013 in Book Spoilers, Dead Ever After - Book 13, Reviews

We interrupt all this After Dead cover talk to bring you some Dead Ever After news. Romantic Times Book Reviews has a mini-review up for DEA, and it has some spoilery goodness we haven’t seen before. In order to view it, you must be a subscriber. Luckily for you all, I am.  Unfortunately, it means we won’t be posting it here, but we’ll try to cover the highlights.

According to the review, DEA closes out the series in a “spine-tingling manner” and brings back many familiar characters.  Ms. Harris has confirmed on her forum that we’d be seeing Quinn, Amelia and Bob, Mr. Cataliades, Diantha, and even Barry the bellboy in the final book.  We’ve also known for quite some time that Arlene would be back in Bon Temps, so none of this comes as a surprise.  Can you think of any other old characters who might stop by and why?

There were few specific details in the review, but it was mentioned that Sam is dealing with what it means to come back to life, and that Eric is still upset with Sookie for using the cluviel dor.  I have to wonder if this isn’t how the book opens, shortly or even immediately after DL closed, with all the confusion and emotion from the last book still fresh and raw.  Perhaps Eric has interpreted Sookie’s use of the CD like so many readers did – inferring that it means she loves Sam romantically.  I would bet the farm that this misunderstanding is cleared up quickly as we get into the meat of the book.

The one specific spoiler revealed in the RT review is that Sookie’s scarf is the murder weapon of choice, and that this circumstantial evidence is what prompts her arrest for the crime.  Who would have access to her scarf?  Perhaps those lockers at Merlotte’s aren’t as secure as Sookie thought.  Obviously someone is out to frame Sookie.  Who do you think it could be?  And why?

Finally, the review said that the end of the series will spark “some controversy”, but that it “felt true to the evolution of Sookie”.  Well, color me surprised.  Controversy?  In this fandom?  Well, I never.  Sarcasm aside, this is not a surprising comment to me.  We’ve been told repeatedly that Sookie will have an unconventional HEA, no white-picket fence and 2.5 kids, etc.  We know lots of readers hope that Sookie will settle down with someone warm and sperm-producing.  Something tells me that choosing to spend your normal human life with a 1,000 year old Viking vampire might just appear a bit controversial.  Just sayin’.

Additionally, RT Book Reviews May 2013 issue has a nice feature interview with Charlaine Harris.  On the evolution of Sookie as a character:

…it only made sense that the reactions of the people and creatures around her would cause Sookie to reevaluate her “disability”.  And it only made sense (in telling the story) that Sookie would be challenged morally by the choices she’s had to make.  She discovers that she values her own life and her own survival more than she’d ever realized.  She learns that you pay a price every time you step out of the box, but that the reward can be amazing, too.

And lest you think there was no suitor talk at all, there was this little nugget about Bill:

Discovering that Bill had been sent to seduce Sookie, if necessary – that he’d been on a mission – was a real revelation, and I was horrified.  I thought it was too bad to do to Sookie.  I was agitated for a whole morning trying to decide if I could even write the revelation of such a betrayal.  Of course, I could!

I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed reading THAT.  I might even need a cigarette, it was so satisfying.  You can subscribe to the RT Book Reviews magazine online or purchase a copy at most bookstores.Enjoy the cap to read the rest of the interview. And let us know what you think in the comments.

 

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It’s All in the Timing

January 30, 2013 in Book Spoilers, Dead Ever After - Book 13, Sookie Short Stories

So, you might think that since Charlaine Harris had elected not to post a spoiler chapter for the final Sookie Stackhouse Novel Dead Ever After, that it would be a long dry wait for any book news. Well, in what might read as a minor spoiler, Ms. Harris piped into a conversation on her forum to answer a timeline question that just might have major repercussions.

But first, let me back up a bit. In the past two years, Ms. Harris has published two Sookie short stories in book anthologies she edits with author Toni L. P. Kelner– If I Had a Hammer, from Home Improvement, and Playing Possum from An Apple for the Creature. Ms. Harris has said that the Sookie shorts do not have a direct impact on the main story arc of the novels, particularly after the confusion surrounding the story One Word Answer and it’s impact on the events of Definitely Dead. So on the surface, this little tidbit might not attract much notice.

 

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But I think that it would be a mistake to overlook the significance of her confirmation of how these stories fit into the Sookieverse timeline. (Spoiler alert, if you have not yet read IIHAH or PP.)

In IIHAH, Sookie and Sam help Tara and JB renovate their house to make more room for their young twins, and in doing so uncover an old murder mystery. It’s not really the story here that’s significant, but rather how she refers to Bill and Sam in particular. Besides labeling Sam as her “boss”, Sookie also refers to him as her “friend”.

 After a summit meeting the week before, attended by me; my boss, Sam Merlotte; and Tara’s babysitter, Quiana Wong, Tara and JB had made a plan.

—–

“Good job, Sook,” Sam said behind me.
I jumped, and he laughed. “You were thinking too hard to hear me come through the new closet door,” he said. “I tried to walk heavy.”
“You are evil,” I said, climbing down. “I don’t think I’ll work for you anymore.”
“Don’t tell me that,” he said. “What would I do without you?”
I grinned at him. “I expect you’d find a way to carry on. This economy, there are plenty of women who need a job, even working for a slave driver like you.”
He snorted. “You mean a pushover like me. Besides, you have your own financial interest in the bar now…”

—–

“All right,” Sam said grudgingly. “But not tonight. It’s nowhere near the full moon, so it won’t be as easy to change. I need a full night’s sleep first.” I wouldn’t do this for anyone but her, Sam thought, feeling ashamed that he was dragging his feet.
I could only be grateful I had such a friend.

Bill merits only one mention, as her former boyfriend.

 “You won’t believe who the policeman was, Sam,” Tara said. “It was a man named Fuller Compton, one of Bill’s descendants.”
I didn’t want to start talking about Bill, who was an ex of mine.

In, Playing Possum, there’s no mention of any of the men in Sookie’s life, besides Hunter, whom Sookie is visiting at school in Red Ditch for a Labor Day party. She refers to her partnership in Merlotte’s and even talks to Hunter about being the boss, but otherwise is silent about the details of her life. Of course, this is by design. Ms. Harris certainly doesn’t want to give away too many hints about the big mystery of the novels. Both IIHAH and PP take place exclusively in the daytime, and for the record, neither story has any mention of Sookie’s current squeeze, Eric.

So, while the action of these stories gives away nothing big to take back to our analysis and predictions about the end of the novel series, I can’t help but think that it’s significant that Sookie refers to Sam as her boss and her friend, and Bill as her ex in a story that take place after Dead Ever After in the timeline. Call me crazy, but that’s not how I’d expect Sookie to refer to the man she’d chosen to spend her life with, do you? And what self-respecting woman refers to her significant other as her “boss”, even if they do work together?

For those of you keeping score at home, Deadlocked ended the day after Sookie’s birthday – which would be July 2, 2006. Playing Possum takes place on Labor Day, which fell on September 4 of that year. If the endpapers actually do reveal that a full moon occurs during DEA, there were two in that time period, July 10th and August 9th, 2006.

Of course, I would argue that the text of the novels has already revealed the HEA, if the reader has been paying attention to what Sookie says she wants and who she loves.  But who doesn’t love a little confirmation?  What do you think of the ramifications of how Sookie refers to Bill and Sam in these stories now that Charlaine Harris has confirmed they fall after DEA in the timeline, and what, if anything, does it say to you about Sookie’s HEA? Sound off in the comments!

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First Chapter of Deadlocked Released

April 4, 2012 in Book Spoilers, Deadlocked - Book 12

Gollancz UK has yet another Sookie related gem, the first chapter of Deadlocked! Read it here.

Some quick thoughts: it looks like Sookie finally ends up in Hooligans and we get the beginning of her conversation with Niall. What stuck out to me the as the most important part of this whole chapter were Sookie’s thoughts on the situation with Tara and JB du Rone as well as with Kennedy and Dany.

“What’s up with you, girl? You and Danny have a fight over another woman?” Tara asked bluntly.

Kennedy turned a bright, hard look on Tara, and for a minute I thought she’d say something cutting. Then we’d have an open quar­ rel. But Kennedy said, “He’s doing something secret, and he won’t tell me what. He says he’s gonna be gone on Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings and evenings. He won’t say where he’s going or why.”

Since the fact that Danny was totally smitten with Kennedy was obvious to the dimmest bulb, we were all struck silent with astonish­ ment at her blindness.

This passage almost screams it is a foil to Sookie and her situation with Eric regarding Freyda as last we knew, I think Sookie’s thoughts on those around her always say a lot about her own relationships.

Also interesting was Niall questioning Sookie with “a hard edge” if she had sex with Claude. Oh these fairies and their awkward moments!

Comments, thoughts, mild panic with less than month until the release of Deadlocked? Sound off below!

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