The Cluviel Dor

May 19, 2011 in Character & Plot Analysis, Dead Reckoning - Book 11, Mythology, Sookie Stackhouse

The cluviel who-ie what-ie? The cluviel dor my friends, the cluviel dor.

Sookie’s inherited magical get-out-of-jail-free card containing one wish but with an exceptional amount of restrictions. Eh.. At least its not a Horcrux. Introduced in Dead Reckoning and found stashed in a secret compartment of an old desk, the cluviel dor is first mentioned in Gran’s letter as she recounts Mr. Cataliades’ visit while executing Fintan’s will:

Then he came by one more time, a few years ago. He gave me the green thing. He said fairys give it to each other when they’re in love, and Fintan had given it to him to bring here to me if Fintan died before I did. It’s got a magical spell in it, he said. You won’t ever need to use it, I hope, he said. But if you do he said to remember that it was a one time thing, not like a lamp, like in the story, with a lot of wishes. He called this thing a cluviel dor, and showed me how to spell it.

While curious it is that Gran can’t figure out the plural spelling of words that end in y, even more curious is the notion that Fintan loved Gran so much he waited until he was dead to give Adele the cluviel dor. Bizarre.

As is the fact that Fintan watched both Jason and Sookie, then ultimately decided that Sookie should be the one to have it. The same Fintan who would run around in a Mitchell suit. That guy’s judgement. *sniff.* Smells mahi-mahi to me, like Sookie was the one Fintan always meant to give it to. Why?

Sookie describes her new magical object thusly:

Before I could stop myself, I picked up my other relic, the worn velvet bag. I loosened the drawstring, which crumbled in my fingers. I opened the bag and let the hard thing inside -the cluviel dor, the gift from my fairy grandfather – fall into my palm.
I loved it instantly.
It was a creamy light green, trimmed in gold. It was like one of the snuffboxes at the antiques store, but nothing in Splendide had been this beautiful. I could see no catch, no hinge, nothing; it didn’t pop open when I gently pressed and twisted the lid – and there was definitely a lid, trimmed in gold. Hmmm. The round box wasn’t ready to yield its secret.

Sookie then reflects on the C.D’s magical charisma, rubs it against her cheek as she “felt like purring,” and then does a very cute Sméagol impression. She continues the physical description of the cluviel dor as the size of “two stacked oreo cookies” and that it looked “like a minature powder compact.” So comparatively it probably looks like this but smaller in circumference, a little fatter in thickness, and minus the latch:

Did anyone else imagine it was stuffed in a Crown Royale bag? Something tells me Gran was a boozer.


It is so exciting looking!!

Erm… I’m going to pretend it looks like this:

You say Sookie's magical compact, I say Sailor Moon's magical locket.

Glorious! Okay, it’s pink but it just screams mucho magical – see that awesome 1992 animated residue? Hmm? And it comes with a midi. Moon Prism Power!

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Dead Reckoning – Open Thread #2

May 6, 2011 in Dead Reckoning - Book 11

The other thread is getting unmanageable, so let’s start again.

We also have a spoilery discussion thread running in the forum – feel free to post wherever suits you best.


Dead Reckoning – Open Thread #1

May 3, 2011 in Dead Reckoning - Book 11

The longest 364 days of your life are finally over.

Throw some food at your kids, call your boss with a highly questionable excuse at the ready, and tell your hubby to expect no sense whatsoever from you for the next 24 hours.

That’s right folks, it’s Dead Reckoning day for the rabid masses.

Having had two weeks to absorb the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel, we are literally dying to hear what you think and get into some serious discussion.

This is an open thread – post your observations as you’re reading, or a diatribe after you’ve finished. Hell, it’s all so exciting you could even do both!

We also have a spoilery discussion thread running in the forum – feel free to post wherever suits you best.

Happy reading!


Sookie’s Dead Reckoning

April 29, 2011 in Dead Reckoning - Book 11, Reviews

Dead reckoning is the process of estimating one’s current position based upon a previously determined position, or fix, and advancing that position based upon known or estimated speeds over elapsed time, and course.

Or put simply, dead reckoning is the process of working out where you are and where you might end up – based on where you’ve already been.

I really couldn’t think of a more appropriate title for this book.

Dead Reckoning is Charlaine Harris’ eleventh novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and marks a definite return to the elements that make this series so popular. After a couple of necessarily “darker” instalments, this one literally rockets out of the gate – and it really doesn’t let up. This is a busy, action packed book with more than enough intrigue, angst, and surprising plot developments to keep us flipping the pages.

You all know my weakness for spoilers (and spoiling), but I’m going to do my best to review this thing in detail without giving too much away about actual events. Much of what you’ll read below is my perception of events and their possible repercussions, rather than a play by play account of what goes down in the book. Nonetheless, you may wish to stop reading if you don’t want your cherry popped even a little bit before Monday.

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April 23, 2011 in Dead Reckoning - Book 11, Reviews

Another day, more good stuff from

They have posted their advanced review of Dead Reckoning, and I must say it’s very, very spoilery.

So… you have been warned.

Not too late to turn back now.

Seriously, there are some major spoilery hints.

Okay, if you insist. You can read the review here.

Feel free to discuss it below.

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