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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After Dead Cover Art Released

March 29, 2013 in After Dead - The Coda

Lisa Desimini’s cover art for the “coda” book has just been released. After Dead is due out October 29, 2013, and will wrap up loose ends of all the characters in Sookie’s world in order to give the series some proper finality. Therefore it is certainly vewy vewy interesting that it sports Sookie perched happily on a gravestone, eh?

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Someone’s got to do something about that poor girl’s frizz though.

Image via Eric and Sookie Lovers.

Don’t forget you can read the summary for this appendix to the series here.

Comments, thoughts, nail-biting over the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series? Sound off below!

Once Upon a Time

March 13, 2013 in Dead Ever After - Book 13

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And so it begins. With only 56 days (but who’s counting) to go until the release of Dead Ever After, Charlaine Harris has granted an exclusive book trailer and interview to Entertainment Weekly.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How does it feel to be done with the Sookie Stackhouse novels?
CHARLAINE HARRIS: Mostly I’m just excited about doing something different. This is the longest I’ve ever written a series and I’m really ready to do something else. I’ve sure enjoyed living in Bon Temps and seeing Sookie so much, but I just came to realize that I’d come to the end of what I’d wanted to say about her.

That’s not really a surprise, to those of us that follow her faithfully. Nor is this:

Are you satisfied with the ending?

CH: It’s the ending I had planned all along, maybe from like the second book on. There will be people who are super happy and there will be people who will not be happy, but you have to stay true to your own vision.

And lest you think there was no mention of Eric.

I feel like Eric is especially a source of controversy. I have a friend who told me to ask you, and I quote: “Why did you decide to create a character that everyone fell in love with and then rip him from are our nimble little page-turning fingers?”

CH: When I created Eric, I felt I’d created a complete person, with both a very attractive side and an unattractive one. Of course, no one’s perfect, human or vampire or Were! There’s no perfect “happily ever after.” But I get a lot of indignant feedback from a small but vocal group of readers whenever the narrative requires that one of Eric’s less lovely characteristics play into the story.

I’d recommend you take a look at EW.  They have an exclusive trailer with some great book artwork narrated by The Maker herself, and the rest of the interview appears on page 2.

Is it May yet?

 

UPDATE – the book trailer has become available to share.

But wait, there’s more…

February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

by krtmd

Almost immediately after Charlaine Harris wrapped up Sookie’s story in Dead Ever After, she began talking about writing a Coda. “What’s that?” you say.  In literature, a Coda is defined as a concluding part of a literary work, especially a summary at the end of a novel of further developments in the lives of the characters.

 

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Ms. Harris recently announced on her forum that the Coda would be published as a stand alone book on October 29, 2013, and that it would be titled After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse. She also said that SVM cover artist Lisa Desimini would be creating a Sookie alphabet specifically for the book. It’s available for pre-order already, and a synopsis recently turned up on amazon.com.

Dead Ever After marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned the hit HBO television show True Blood. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what happened next.

With characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.

This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

Although I fully expect Sookie’s HEA to be a done deal by the end of DEA, I suppose I’m not too surprised to see that Ms. Harris is leaving some goodies for After Dead. While intended as a stocking stuffer for Sookie lovers, something tells me that most die hard fans of the SVM will be making this purchase for themselves.

What about you? Will you be purchasing After Dead? What or who do you hope to see included? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

Baby, Don’t Hurt Me…No More

February 18, 2013 in Blood Ties and Blood Bonds

As we come to the end of the road (yes, I AM trying to get as many sad song references in here as possible, I don’t have much time left!) we’ve been reflecting on the best, worst, and saddest moments we’ve shared with Sookie since Dead Until Dark.

Sookie feels like an old friend to me, as I’m sure she does to most of you. So when she hurts, we all hurt. And you gotta admit, when it comes to hurting – like everything else in her life – Sookie Stackhouse doesn’t do this stuff by halves.

To avoid finishing on a bum note, let’s start with the sad times that have defined Sookie’s character over the series, and shown us what she’s made of.


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1. Sookie’s Torture (Dead and Gone)

In a bid to force Niall’s hand to close the portal between this world and Fae, Niall’s fae enemies abduct Sookie from her yard and drag her to the middle of nowhere. There, they proceed to ridicule her, bite chunks out of her, cut her with knives and razors, and have skeevy sicko sex in front of her while she screams herself hoarse and mentally prepares to die.

Yeah, it was pretty shit.

Waterworks Bit:

I  became sure I was going to die…
Two jabbed me with a sharp knife she’d just pulled from her boot, a knife that shone like her teeth. They both leaned close to me to drink in my reaction. I could only make a raspy noise. My face was crusted with tears and blood.
“Little froggy croaking,” One said.
“Listen to her. Croak, froggy. Croak for us.”

Why We Cried

The first time I read this, I cried because Sookie was subjected to such unimaginable horror. When it read it now, I cry for the Sookie who died in that Arkansas shack – the Sookie who knew there was evil in the world but until that point, had been mostly spared. The Sookie who, though naive and a little too trusting, believed that the good in the world outweighed the bad. Part of that Sookie is gone for good, and subsequent books have been pretty clear on this point.

Her torture at the hands of the fairies was Sookie’s watershed moment, and the event that hardened her views on justice and revenge forever.

2. Breaking of the Blood Bond (Dead Reckoning)

After at least a zillion pages of agonising angst over whether or not the blood bond is distorting her real feelings for Eric, Sookie takes that shit into her own hands. An impromptu magical ceremony involving red string and a bossy witch breaks the bond for good.

Waterworks Bit:

Feeling a little ridiculous and a lot scared, but sure that I needed to do this, I snipped the red yarn.
And I lost Eric. He wasn‘t there.
Amelia rolled up the cut yarn and handed it to me. To my surprise, she was smiling; she looked fierce and triumphant. I took the length of yarn automatically from her hand, all my senses stretching out to seek Eric.
Nothing.
I felt a rush of panic. It wasn‘t entirely pure: There was some relief mixed in, which I had expected. And there was grief.

Why We Cried

I liked the bond. I didn’t disagree with Sookie for not liking it – but the bond itself? I just liked it. I never saw it as the evil shackle that some fans, to this day, still believe it to be. I believe it was made abundantly clear in the text over many books that it wasn’t a remote control for Sookie’s feelings or actions. Of course this didn’t stop some readers from giving it far more power and importance than it deserved.

The bond was conduit for feelings that both parties would have denied and stubbornly hidden – Sookie because of past hurts and a gnawing fear that she wasn’t “enough”, and Eric because…well, because he’s just Eric. The bond was necessary to help them both over the bridge, and it served that purpose perfectly well. When Sookie broke the bond, she expects to feel relieved – but the emptiness and “grief” she also feels blindside both her, and the reader.

None of this is to say that I don’t agree with her decision to break the bond; I do. It was absolutely necessary for her to clarify her true feelings, and just as importantly, it affords both her and Eric the opportunity to freely choose to continue building on the intimacy they shared while it existed. After all, there wasn’t much free choosing going on for either of them when the bond was forged.

Thanks Andre.

3. Sookie finds out about Bill’s Mission (Definitely Dead)

Eric reveals to Sookie that her charming ex was originally sent to Bon Temps to check out her talents for the Queen. He might have revealed this important little factoid while she wasn’t half dead in a hospital bed with Bill standing right there…but you’ve gotta admit, it was rather epic as far as bomb-dropping goes.

Waterworks Bit:

I’d been blindsided with the most painful knowledge: the first man to ever say he loved me had never loved me at all. His passion had been artificial. His pursuit of me had been choreographed. I must have seemed so easy to him, so gullible, so ready for the first man who devoted a little time and effort to winning me. Winning me! The very phrase made me hurt worse. He’d never thought of me as a prize.

Why We Cried

This entire scene is absolutely gut wrenching, and it was hard to choose a short selection from it to post. Anyone who can recall the first time they were ever dumped and betrayed by a lover knows the humiliation, the hollow rage and the deep, gnawing grief that such news brings. And they know how long it takes for that to stop. Straightforward cheating is one kind of betrayal – but an entire relationship built on lies piled on top of lies? A betrayal that exposed her to dangers she had no clue about, and no hope of protecting herself against? Well, that’s douchbaggery on an entirely different level.

The entire world was pulled out from under our girl that day, and her raw and entirely human reaction is one I think most of us would recognise…and hope we never feel again. What a way to end your very first relationship.

4. Sam’s Death (Deadlocked)

During yet another revolting and barbaric ceremony designed to mete out were justice (you’d think we’d be used to these by now), innocent bystander Sam is fatally wounded by Jannalynn. Hear this, people: swords belong in the hands of huge, sexy Vikings – not batshit crazy, un-coordinated ex-girlfriends.

Waterworks Bit:

I heard someone screaming and knew it was me…Sam’s eyes were wide and desperate. He knew the severity of his wound. I started to call for Eric, so he could give Sam his blood, but as I put my hand to Sam’s neck, Sam’s pulse stopped. His eyes closed.
And everything else in the world did, too.

Why We Cried

I know, I know.  It’s Sam, for fuck’s sakes!  AND I CRIED, OKAY? I’m not really sure if I cried for Sam or Sookie, perhaps a little for both. Though Sam has been an ever-present bore character in the series, I have no emotional attachment to him, not really. Certainly not the way Sookie does. And not really caring if he lives or dies made it hard to mourn him authentically, I guess. So why does his death and resurrection make the list? Well, it’s not about me and my complete lack of interest in Sam really, is it? Sookie is rather attached to Sam, and it’s her shock and horror at losing him so brutally and unexpectedly in this scene that is utterly palpable. THAT is what I found upsetting.

Sookie Stackhouse has had more than her fair share of Kleenex moments, and these are just a few of ours. What are yours? Sound off below.

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