All Together Dead

Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full dealing with every kin of undead and paranormal creature imaginable. And after being etrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must not only deal with new man in her life—the shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit.

The summit is a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she 'll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

And with HBO 's launching of an all-new show, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse is bigger than ever.

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All Together Dead
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Published May 1st 2007 by Ace

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Yet. No one should confuse these books for great literature, but they are sure as hell entertaining.

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Sookie continues to bitch about every other woman ’ s sex life and fashion sense, despite the fact that in both cases her own are questionable at best.

None of the important characters are killed, but as a by-product of the events Sookie gets to hail a cab for the third time, which is pretty thrilling for her.

Until the following morning, when it belatedly occurs to her that it as a bit of a weird thing to do.Most Laughable Statement “ Sookie is good at thinking outside the box. ” This being the same Sookie who is sickened by the sight of th woman without a tan, and considers having satin sheets or more than one piercing per ear a sign of depravity and social dysfunction.Worst Named New CharactersElmer Claire Vaudry – A female, apparently.Johan GlassportOlive TroutCindy Lou SuskinNone of which rate a mention from Sookie.

Granted not the greatest spelling, but since Sookie is able to regularly serve drinks to someone called Jeff LeBeff without giggling I wouldn ’ t have thought it would cause her too much trouble to keep a straight face.Least Appealing Opening to a Sex Scene “ But in the ext moment, his eyes got that focused look men get when they ’ re thinking about sex very specifically. ” Phrases that Should Necessaril be Used During a Sex Scene “ He tugged my top out of my pants and began exploring territory he ’ d only visited briefly before ” “ Mmmmm ” “ little bitty panties ” “ Oh, boy ” “ This is like standing in front of a buffet, ” he aid.

And hat was Crystal, sure enough. ” “ Carla was getting dressed ( thank God) in what I thought of as “ classy whore. ” ” Least Interesting Question to Ask a VampireSookie finally gets around to asking Pam how she became a vampire and Pam reveals that she was pu in the Victorian era.

Sookie, given this unprecedented opportunity to ask any question about human or vampire life and experiences in the first century and a half, goes with the following: “ Did you wear your hair up every day? ” pparently, yes, Pam did wear her hair up every day.

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But I may only find the way out by finishing up this series as a re-read.I ’ ve lways felt that this is a ook where Sookie proves that she has good judgment—she seems to realize the plots and conspiracies of the vamp world better than they do, perhaps because she ’ s an outsider to that world and able to observe it dispassionately.

On to book 8, From Dead to Worse this evening.***** Original review: Yay, Sookie finally has a woman friend!

We are getting into Bechdel test territory, as they are close to having conversations about something besides men and Bob the cat ( an unfortunate man turned into a cat by Sookie ’ s friend Amelia, when trying some magic that she shouldn ’ t have been messing with) .And if Sookie doesn ’ t find the vampire-employee-of-the-year award for her performance in this memoi, I wish to feel the reason why.

The undead had better acknowledge her courage and value in the next installment.I know that a lot of people see casual racism in the Sookie series, but Harris does tackle the prejudice issue in this novelett, albeit the bias of the living against the undead and the demon and werewolves against each other.

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I eel need to hid out where this is all going, but book truly felt like it was missing something that contributed to the earlier books' " unputdownability. " Maybe it was Sookie and Bill 's relationship, which I like, that kept me wanting more.

ven though I new it could n't last through the entire 8 book series ( so far, anyway), I have held out hope for their relationship.

he more I think about the later books in series, the more Sookie frustrates me.

He had abjured her, and its not like he was looking to turn Sookie in, or destro her.

I know that Sookie was pissed at him for aving the audacity to know what happened and still like her.

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A lot of stuff happens in essay, but towards the end the action is great and goes somewhere you were n't eally sure Ms. Harris would take you.

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OK, so I love the HBO series " True Blood " and wanted to learn more, o, like a ool, I proceeded to and bought a specially priced box set of the first 7 books.

Anothe author never has a great imagination, which is the foundation of great storytelling.But the main protagonis, Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic waitress from Bon Temps, LA., is an unbearable, anti-feminist, hypocritical and just downright bitchy female who turned me off so entirely I prayed for her death at the hands of any demon/fairy/vampire/shifter/plain old human.There are themes in al of these books that set my teeth on edge: Sookie is raped ( yes!

although even the author calls it " near-rape " later in the books) by her ex-boyfriend, Vampire Bill.

It was truly offensive.Later in the series, Sookie, working for money from vampires, who are clearly dangerous creatures and who have repeatedly put her life in terrible danger ( hey, but she needs the money, y'all!

Yes, she would rather e a waitress who barely subsists, who has to work to make extra money for creatures who nearly kill her and regularly put her life in danger than work for the US government in search and rescue.

You 're regularly beaten, raped, hospitalized, shot -- your life 's in danger almost all the time, you 've been horribly betrayed and no one in your hometown likes you much as they think you are " crazy Sookie " for your " curse " ( what she calls the gift of telepathy).

Yeah, I an see why you 'd ant to stay there and not help at bombing sites for good money doing good for actual regular humans.

The bombs set to kill them al in this ook were left in UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE -- yes, in a post-9/11 America.

Harris' imagination is really great, but her characters, her tone, her abysmal writing and everything else, made me eally dislike this entire series.

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