The Starving Bibliophile

Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).

Dead as a Doornail: Book Review

Summary: When small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population, and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks—unless the killer decides to find her first…

This series just keeps getting better and better. After reading the very first book, I said to myself, “This book is terrible! There’s absolutely no way this series can get anything close to good.” So as an apology to Charlaine Harris, I am sorry I ever doubted you. Now hopefully they fire Allan Ball on the TV show so someone can clean up the extremely weird plot mess he created during the fifth season. Ms. Harris, I apologize for him, too. By the way, for those who read the books but don’t watch the show, or vise versa, this is the point where the two go completely off-rail from one another. The first, second, and even the third season of True Blood followed the general plot pretty well, but the fourth season doesn’t coincide with the book at all. This is why I read the book after the season is over. At this point, I think I may like the books better than the show. I was very iffy on the first book, like I said, but the second one was better and it’s just been really good from there on out. If you have the patience to read a series that starts out a little wobbly, I’d say go for it. A thing to keep in mind, though, is that the Sookie Stackhouse novels weren’t written to be great literature. They won’t move and shake you or make you want to change the world. I think that’s where people stop understanding books sometimes—they they that a book has to have a greater purpose when in reality it was only meant to entertain. And, boy, do these books entertain!

Dead as a Doornail


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