Charlaine is getting plenty of grief from her fans these days. The last book of the Sookie Stackhouse series is out and fans don’t seem to be happy with it. Well I say – grow up and get a life. I loved the final Sookie Stackhouse adventure Dead Ever After and did not feel at all disappointed in it. She went with choices I felt were identified several books ago and that were, to my mind, completely in keeping with who and what Sookie is all about. But heck, that is just my opinion and it seems to be in the minority these days, if you go by what I see online.
Sookie has always been a thoroughly southern gal to me. I’ve travelled that country, talked to its people and even had several friends who migrated north that grew up in small southern towns not that dissimilar to Bon Temps. Well, except for the vampires and werewolves that is. At least, as far as I know. They could just not be sharing that information with me.
But I digress. In this final book of the series Sookie has a lot of stuff to deal with, to put it mildly. She has some very scary situations happen that are the result of the many decisions she has been making throughout this series. She has friends literally come crawling out of the woodwork when word gets out that she needs them. And she has to make some tough decisions about love and life that would daunt anyone.
But through it all, she makes them with the kind of grit and kindness she has shown through the entire series. If you don’t believe me, you just might want to reread the whole series (I did) before embarking on this final voyage of the good ship Sookie. It has all been there folks. Charlaine is a brave lady to go ahead and make decisions about her characters that many are not happy with. She knew they may not be so. But they are all decisions that more than amply reflect the characters we have come to know and care about. And I am not just talking Sookie here.
The Viking and Ambition
We all know that Eric is ambitious. We all know he is ruthless. In the end, we all just need to face the fact that Eric is simply being truthful when he tells Sookie that he loves her as well as he can. Probably more than anyone he has known since he has turned, but the question is always – would it be enough?
Bill may still love her, but can he protect her from what she is? I actually loved the friendship between Bill and Sookie that shows in this book. That friendship may actually be something that will last her for her entire life. But Eric has some hard choices in front of him and as we saw in the last book, the cluviel dor proved to be the tool that revealed what kind of choices he would make. But what choices do they reveal for Sookie?
Friendship versus Love
We see in this book the end result of the love that Sookie has shared with so many throughout the series. She has been generous with her heart, maybe too generous some times. I hear it is a fault of many southern women, and if it is that is one more thing that makes me love Charlaine’s handling of this series.
For Sookie has many close friends, people she has known most of her life. True, her abilities have left her the outsider at times, but not completely. Time and again she has discovered who is there in her corner when she needed them. In Dead Ever After she finds out that those friendships are what keep her strong and will always be there for her. It is a good discovery to make when your life is as chaotic as hers has been lately. It will be good for her in the future as well.
Discovery and Betrayal
There are a few things that Sookie finds out about in this book as well. She not only finds out her true friends, she finds out just how much others can betray her. Even if it is someone she knew was not exactly a friend, though he is family, she never expected him to act his way. It is a disappointment to both Sookie and to us as readers. But it is also one that we both understand. Sookie has grown enough since the first book, when just the sight of Bill got her all excited, that she now understands her own feelings much better. And, of course, we do too since she shares them with us.
Final Endings and Last Farewells
I feel that this is not the true farewell for many of these characters. I am not just referring to Charlaine’s plans for the release of her “what happened after” stories in After Dead. That book, which is due to come out in October, will be fun to read. But I think that in my mind I can see some pathways for these characters on my own. We have come to know and love them over the years.
Yes, the alternate world of Sookie Stackhouse goes on in True Blood. But for those of us who came to know and love Sookie through the books, that is a parallel world with the same characters (mostly) but acting a bit out of character. The real Sookie lies here, in the books. I will miss our adventures, but I agree that it is time to let it all go. Charlaine has written a fitting end to the series, regardless of what you wanted to have happen. That discussion is for anther post at another time. After we have all had time to read this final chapter in the life of Bon Temps and to think about how we feel about it.
I hope that you will drop us a line here and let us know once you have read it what you think of Dead Ever After. I am glad that I took the time to re-read the series first. It made the decisions and flow of the book fit better for me. But you may have a different experience.
Of course there is only one way to find out. We have the Kindle version of the Dead Ever After available for you, along with both a wonderful hardcover (don’t you love handling the hardcover editions?) and a paperback version as well. Enjoy the final chapter in the life of everyone’s favorite telepathic barmaid! Sookie forever!
It is hard to believe we are down to the very final Sookie Stackhouse story. We talked about this before on this site, but at that time it seemed like such a long way off. Now, the much anticipated last chapter in the story of our beloved telepathic bar maid is finally available.
It was released on May 7th and you can bet I have already downloaded Dead Ever After to my Kindle. I rescheduled many of the books I wanted to review and I am reading it as fast as I can (and with a great deal of delight, I will add), so watch this site for all the insights, outrageous commentary and final farewells as we approach the final catwalk for Sookie.
There has been chatter across the net about what Charlaine is going to include and leave out. Like you, I am curious to see what actually is there. I cannot wait to finish it, though it will be sad to know it is the very last Sookie Stackhouse story I will enjoy!
Further Sookie Stackhouse is Coming
Of course, it is not the last we are going to be hearing of Sookie. No siree – there is more forthcoming even if it is not exactly a story of our gal. It won’t be the first time that Charlaine’s decided to do a book about the series characters, she did the two companion books back in 2011 and I don’t know about you but I really enjoyed them. She plans to do another one of these information books after the final chapter is completed. It will be called After Dead and will feature what happened to the characters at the end of the series. You can even pre-order it in either the Kindle After Dead or After Dead in Hardcover right here at our links.
So stay tuned folks. While it may be the last adventure of our gal Sookie, there is always the hope that Charlaine will miss her and bring her back. Until then, we have two more books to enjoy and of course the television show True Blood to keep the adventures of Sookie and friends alive. I will be reviewing both books here just as soon as I can complete them. See you with the latest in Sookie Stackhouse fun and adventures in vampire love and more soon.
I know there is some controversy about Laurell K. Hamilton’s sexy vampire hunter Anita Blake. For even the most generous of fantasy writers, the book can sometimes veer from vampire fantasy to something a bit hotter and hmmmm – well almost kinky. Personally, I think it fits the character just fine. Anita is a lot of anger and passion in a very hot little package. Maybe wound a little tight, but still more or less under control. She may be one hard-ass gal, but she does seem to attract the most swoon-worthy of the paranormal set. That’s when they aren’t trying to kill her, that is.
But Hamilton doesn’t seem too worried by the buzz about the sexual appetites of her main character. I agree that although the sex seems to have overtaken the series by about the mid-point of where we are now, I still enjoy them all. Hamilton is still in my books one of the most passionate writers within the vampire sub-genre of fantasy. There is a reason the series is coming up on book 23. When it comes to vamps, weres and fast-paced adventure, it is hard to beat Hamilton at her game.
If you are a fan already, you may enjoy her current musings on her latest project Affliction. If you have heard of Anita Blake and her vampire hunter adventures, and were curious, here is your chance to check it out.
This is the first book that introduces us to Anita and company. The world is much like our own, only with a few twists. One is that vampires and werewolves exist and are out in the open about it. Another is that there are some humans who can literally “raise the dead” and Anita is one of them. Imagine the possibilities for solving a murder if you can have the murdered come back and finger who killed them. Most days, that is exactly what Anita is up to in her work as a necromancer.
Anita is talked into going to a vampire nightclub for a friend’s bachelorette party – and that is when the action truly begins. She meets the very sensual Master Vampire Jean Claude, who is everything a sexy vampire should be. He is tall, dark, French and dripping in lace and leather with a sardonic wit to match his piercing eyes.
Things get ugly when Anita is kidnapped by the Master of the City Nikolaos. She is a sadistic killer who will stop at nothing, and wants Anita’s ability for solving paranormal murders to help her find out who is killing vamps. Jean Claude does come to her rescue, but we also see that Anita is a gal who can take care of herself, thank you very much. We see plenty of action, smoldering sensuality but no sex yet. Just wait- there is more to come.
This time around it is Voodoo Queens that Anita must contend with. While following clues to solve a murder, Anita meets up with Dominga, who has learned to harness her voodoo abilities by replacing the souls of the dead. She plans on creating an army of sexual slaves she can easily sell and from it amass great wealth and power. She even offers to show Anita, who already can raise the dead, how to move beyond simple voodoo to even greater powers, as her partner.
It is Anita’s refusal to be a part of this horrific plan that puts her in the center of a battle, and for more than just power. For the dominion of souls is at stake, and Anita fights not just for her life, but for the balance of good and evil in her world.
Of course, in the midst of all of this there is the question of Jean Claude and what he means to her. Anita continues to be drawn to him, and he to her. But she will not succumb without a fight and Jean Claude cares too much to compel her. Their bonds pull them closer all the time, but Anita is frightened by what it could do to her soul if she should give in to her growing desires. You are gonna grip the pages and sweat through this one!
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