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Charlaine Harris – Dead and Gone

December 26, 2009

149. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (2009)
Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 9

Read my review of book:
1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
Short Stories. A Touch of Dead

Length: 312 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Started: 14 December 2009
Finished: 16 December 2009

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Because I’ve really enjoyed the rest of the series; I’m sure I’ll be buying this when it comes out in mass-market paperback.

If fairies are the
new vampires, what are they both
doing in this book?

Summary: After seeing the (relative) success with which the vampires have come out into the open, the shifters and weres have decided that the time is right to reveal themselves to the public. Initially, all seems to go fairly well… until a were is killed in a brutal hate crime, right in the Merlotte’s parking lot. While Sookie is dealing with the ramifications of that grizzly event, she also has to figure out where she stands with the new power structure of the Louisiana vampires – and with one particular tall, blond Viking vampire to whom she is irrevocably bonded. And, on top of everything else, the fairies have started a dangerous and bloody civil war – one that puts Sookie squarely in the crossfire.

Review: There’s always a lot going on in any Sookie Stackhouse novel; that’s part of what makes them so fun, so attention-grabbing, and so quick-moving. But I think in this case there was a little too much going on to properly develop all of the pieces. The fairy war dominates the last section of the book, which, while it was certainly interesting, means we don’t get to see quite as much of the fallout from the shifters’ revelation as I would have liked. Too, I think the fairy war was more complex than it needed to be for the space it had to fill – too many new characters with varying motivations and allegiances in too short of a time. On the other hand, it did answer a few questions and confirm a few suspicions I’d had since early in the books, and the action scenes were very exciting and well-done.

One thing I had absolutely no problem with was the vampires. If this were a straight-up romance, I’d complain about the glacial pace of things, but Sookie’s relationships move at about the same speed as they have throughout the books, and there are some interesting new developments that have yet to fully play out. Eric, as always, is magnificent, and Harris is even trying to rehabilitate Vampire Bill. Although I don’t think he’s ever going to fully win back my affections, there were a few scenes in this book where I did not entirely loathe him, so I guess that’s progress. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book, and went into a bit of Sookie withdrawal as soon as I finished it. How many months do I have to wait for the next one? 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: New readers don’t start here, and readers who have gotten this far, you don’t need my recommendation…

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First Line: “Caucasian vampires should never wear white,” the television announcer intoned.

Cover Thoughts: I like it, although I think it gives a sense of things being more evenly matched between Eric and Bill – or of them directly facing off – than I think is actually the case. Sookie holding the wrapped mystery package is a nice touch… plus her dress sparkles. :)

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2009 11:46 am

    I’ve read the first book and just thought it was okay. I want to read at least one more before I give up on the series, but I’m not sure I’ll make it this far. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

    • December 26, 2009 4:50 pm

      bermudaonion – Hopefully things will pick up for you in book 2! (If you can make it to book 4, that one’s my favorite!)

  2. December 26, 2009 3:31 pm

    I still have yet to read any Sookie; I’ll probably read the first (I feel like I’m missing out on something, reading everyone’s posts!).

    • December 26, 2009 4:53 pm

      Dawn – They’re thoroughly un-serious, quick brain candy, but there’s something oh-so-addictive about them.

  3. December 26, 2009 8:41 pm

    Totally with you on the Sookie withdrawal!!!

    • December 31, 2009 9:36 am

      rhapsody – What am I going to do? There’s only so many times I can watch the DVDs… :)

  4. December 27, 2009 2:27 pm

    It did seem like she had too many ideas going on but I still liked this one a lot. You ought to pick up some of the short stories to help with that withdrawl :)

    • December 31, 2009 9:37 am

      Ladytink – Sadly, I read the short stories before book 9. :(

  5. December 31, 2009 12:27 am

    I haven’t read any of the books though I’ve watched the tv series. (I know – they are different!) If you haven’t seen it already, you may want to read Wolfsbane and Mistletoe. It has a Sookie story in there.

    • December 31, 2009 9:38 am

      Amber – I love the TV show – that’s what got me hooked on the books in the first place! I think the short story that’s in Wolfsband & Mistletoe is also in A Touch of Dead, which I’ve read.

  6. January 2, 2010 6:00 am

    While I enjoyed Dead and Gone it has made me worry that Bill will have a bigger role in the next book. This would be a mistake. I have yet to met one fan who actually likes Bill. Even people who just watch True Blood seem to hate him. I really hope his rehabilitation goes no further in the next installment. I felt Dead and Gone was much darker than the other books, the murders seem more violent than usual and Sookie’s usual injuries are inflicted in a much more disturbing way. This didn’t really bother me too much, but I think I do prefer the books when they are a bit more fun. I’m having withdrawals too!

    • January 3, 2010 9:24 pm

      Dominique – I didn’t hate him in True Blood – I just thought he was kind of an overly condescending dork. Then again, the reasons I hate him so much in the books haven’t appeared in the TV show yet, so we’ll see. :)


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