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Charlaine Harris – Dead to the World

October 17, 2009

122. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (2004)
Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 4

Read my review of book:
1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead

Length: 292 pages
Genre: Fantasy; Mystery; Romance

Started: 07 October 2009
Finished: 10 October 2009

Where did it come from? Amazon.
Why do I have it? I bought the box set after reading the first book.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 September 2009.
Verdict? Keeper.

Turns out it’s not just
Eric’s personality
that makes him so hot.

Summary: Dealing with (and dating) the supernatural community of northern Louisiana has brought Sookie Stackhouse nothing but problems, so she’s made a New Year’s resolution: this year, she’s going to stay out of trouble… and stay out of the business of vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. However, that resolution becomes somewhat harder to keep when she’s driving home and sees the viking vampire Eric Northman, mostly naked, along the side of the road, fleeing for his life. He has no memory of who he is, who Sookie is, or what happened to him, and Sookie agrees to hide him while his vampire compatriots work to figure it out, and stop those responsible. But having Eric in the house puts Sookie right back in danger, and when her brother Jason disappears without a trace, it becomes clear that her resolution isn’t working… but staying away from vampires is hard when you’ve got a sweet, gentle, and extremely hot (albeit amnesiac) one following you around like a devoted puppy.

Review: Oh, this one was really, really good. It’s the same fun mixture of romance and fantasy and mystery and chick-lit as the rest of the series, but it comes together much more smoothly here. I liked that Harris continues to expand the borders of her supernatural world; we get our first glimpse of witches and fairies, as well as more information on how weres and shifters work. I liked that Jason got more screen time, as well as some stuff to do, and promise of a more prominent role in future books. I liked that Bill, who in recent books had kind of started seriously sucking (and not in the fun sexy vampiric way), was absent for most of the book, and when he was around, I enjoyed watching him get some small measure of comeuppance. I liked that Alcide was back, although there are definitely some lingering emotional threads with him that could have been better developed. I liked all of that… but I loved amnesiac Eric. While the whole book was good, I found myself getting antsy during the daylight scenes, just because it meant that there was no chance of funny, sweet, and sexy-as-hell Eric turning up. But, really, the book ticked along at a fast pace, the plotting was much smoother than it has been previously, there were lots of individually great scenes, and plenty of interesting set up for future books… so I’m very excited to see what happens next. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Best one in the series so far.

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First Line: I found the note taped to my door when I got home from work.

Cover Thoughts: Cute, and actually depicting a scene from the book. I also like that It took me several times of looking at it to notice that there were wolves mixed in among the tombstones.

Vocab: (see the whole list)

  • p. 65: “They were supposed to look like silk, but I was sure they were some artificial blend. Too slithery for me; I liked percale.” – a closely woven, smooth-finished, plain or printed cotton cloth, used for bed sheets.
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  • p. 221: ““I abjure you,” __________ said.” – to renounce or give up under oath; forswear; avoid or shun.
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11 Comments leave one →
  1. liz (aka Conan) permalink
    October 17, 2009 4:25 pm

    I’ve loved all the books in the series, they don’t try to be deep, gothic or anything other than a fun southern vampire read. I’m a fan of Eric, as well, I did catch some of the series on HBO and was interested to see how the second series appeared to be moving away from the books story line. I’ve been reading a lot of YA vampie stuff for my job lately (odd job!) Twilight not so worth it, Peeps / Westerfeld vampirism as an STD, Blue Bloods / De La Cruz vampires as fallen angels, House of Night series / Cast vampires as an evalutionary misstep… the whole ‘Mean Girls’ meets ‘Harry Potter’ with vampires thing is interesting … The Vlad Todd series is cute, funny, .. Vampirates just did not grab me. Bloodline / Carey (I think) was most true to the Stoker idea of vampires well written and enjoyable, and lastly My swordhand is singing / Sedgwick very dark very eastern European very classic! I think I’m moving to evil fairies next… lots out there …

    • October 18, 2009 7:10 pm

      liz – The only ones of those I’ve read of those are the Twilight books, which… yeah. Plus Peeps, which I absolutely loved.

  2. October 17, 2009 11:20 pm

    This was the book that hooked me on the series (although I’ve only read one more after this). Until this book my feelings were a bit luke warm about Sookie and gang.

    • October 18, 2009 7:11 pm

      Trisha – I was already hooked on the series before I ever started reading the books, thanks to the TV show. I can see how this would be the book to do it, though. :)

      • October 18, 2009 10:47 pm

        I didn’t start the series until after book…er…5 I think. And now I’m like a fanatic; the show is just excellent.

  3. October 18, 2009 8:48 am

    Glad you’re still enjoying these! I need to get going on them myself. I just don’t want them to end! I have book 6or 7 up next.

    • October 18, 2009 7:11 pm

      Beth – I’m pacing myself… roughly one per week or two. Otherwise I’d have read them all right in a row and probably OD-ed.

  4. October 18, 2009 4:48 pm

    I’ve got to get started on this series or I’ll never complete the Sookie challenge! I’m so glad to see it’s fun.

    • October 18, 2009 7:12 pm

      bermudaonion – I don’t know how long the challenge goes, but these books are pretty much the definition of a fast read. Hope you enjoy them!

  5. October 20, 2009 1:16 am

    I’ve just finished reading Definitely Dead. Will probably start on All Together Dead sometime soon. I have the box set too and this series is definitely a keeper. Happy reading.

  6. October 20, 2009 6:09 am

    Wow 122 books already your year reading total is going great! I just finished Dead to the World as well and really enjoyed it. I think I like every other romantic interest better than Bill, so I agree it was great that he was hardly in it! :)

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