Frustrated in the Family…

I finished reading Dead in the Family for the second time and let me tell you I found more things that annoyed me than the first time I read it. There are still some parts that I liked but let’s be honest, the book was not Charlaine’s best. I wonder if her beta’s actually read it? There were misuse of words, inconsistencies in well known character attributes, as well as character attitudes, and character speech. But I digress, this isn’t supposed to be a review of grammar; this is a review of Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris.

I was a little disappointed, a little happy, a little confused, a little sad; these are the emotions I am feeling after reading DitF. I’m glad some long awaited questions have been answered but the relationship between Sookie and her friends seems to have taken a turn that I can’t quite understand. Sookie is growing up, that’s for sure, but it seems as if she’s reverting back to the “pitiful” Sookie of the first books. A Sookie I didn’t like at all. I liked the strong, independent Sookie that has been growing in the more recent books. In this one she was pathetic and more focused on sex with Eric than anything else. Even when she wasn’t finishing; Sookie was focused on sex. It just seemed odd that someone would be so focused on sex and sex alone. When she thought of Eric that was her first reaction. I guess that’s how we all should feel about our mates but where’s the underlying love? Sookie finally admitted to “loving” Eric but it made me wonder if she actually understands the meaning of love or if she correlates love with sex. And can I say “GO AMELIA”!!! for getting Sookie to finally stop blaming the bond for her feelings. Yup, Amelia went there and basically told Sookie to put up or shut up.

“That’s a big fat excuse,” she said tartly. “Come on, Sookie. You love him, or you don’t. Don’t keep putting off thinking about it by blaming everything on your bond. Wah, wah, wah. If you hate the bond so much, why haven’t you explored how you can get free of it?”

Okay so that’s obviously one of those things that annoyed me and I didn’t like. Another thing that annoyed me was bringing Alcide back. I mean what was the point? If he’s back as a potential suitor because I sure got that impression with how he was acting while he talked to Sookie. He even brought up about then dating once upon a time; most guys only do that when they’re trying to test the waters to see if there’s a chance they can come back.

“Sookie, I’d hoped we’d be a couple one day. Now that I’m packmaster and you’re in love with that cold ass Eric, I guess that’ll never happen. I thought we might have a chance because you couldn’t read my thoughts that clearly.”

So really, what was the point of bringing Alcide back? Although I guess without Alcide there would have been no plot to find the fairy walking in Sookie’s woods, but even that I think could have been written another way without bringing Alcide, of all people, back. Hell bring Quinn back, although he may be KOS to Eric for leading the Nevada vamps to Sookie’s house.

And what was up with everyone being so anti Eric & Sookie? About the only person who put on a face of caring was Jason, but then even he has never really liked his sister dating “deaders.” Everyone had something bad to say about Eric in this book; Bill, Sam, Alcide, Pam and even Eric’s maker told Sookie she wouldn’t keep Eric.

“You won’t keep Eric, either.”

After Appius’ final death I see the wheels turning for Eric and Sookie to be no more.

Speaking of Appius Livius Ocella, can I just say “EWWW.” I mean we knew he was gross because of Eric’s previous talk with Sookie but he was taken to a whole new level of ewww with Alexei. I can understand helping the boy born with a birth defect, but why bring him over? It’s worse than the morgue worker that brought over Bubba. Then there’s the whole pedophile aspect of their relationship and I just get totally grossed out. While on the subject of “Ocella,” as Eric is allowed to call him, why was Sookie so hell-bent on killing him? Was it for Eric’s honor? Well it sure didn’t seem like Eric wanted him dead; Eric even stopped her when she held the stake over Ocella’s chest.

“Don’t,” Eric said.
I might still have done it if there hadn’t been pleading in his voice.

Or was it for her own selfish reasons? Freedom from the extra emotions in her head; freedom from the intruder in her life; freedom from another potential person that would want her dead. Seems like good reasons to me, except the fact that if she would have been the one to kill him and Eric did not want it to happen Ocella’s death could cause a wedge between Eric and Sookie. Again, the end draws neigh.

So far I’ve been mixing the annoyed with the confused but here’s something that just has me confused. Claude? What was the deal there? He seemed to always have a distain for Sookie? He dealt with her because Claudine was her “fairy godmother” but he never liked her. Yet now he’s living with her and all protective of her. I can partially attribute it to all the other fairies leaving Earth but there’s still a niggling that bugs me about the whole thing. Claude moves in; Sookie finds out there are fairies in her woods; Claude won’t tell Sookie about the fairies in her woods. Seems kind of suspicious to me.

I laughed. Just a little. “Yeah, it sounds nuts. And I get your point. I don’t entirely trust Claude, even if he is a little bit family. I wish I hadn’t said yes to him moving in. On the other hand, I don’t believe he means to hurt me or you. And he’s not quite as much of an asshole as I thought he was.”

Even Sookie had her suspicions. Fairies cannot tell a lie, but obviously a lie of omission is okay. How many agree with that? Claude knew Colman was stalking Sookie; if he truly cared about Sookie he wouldn’t have left her alone. Colman had no restrictions about when he could attack Sookie and even Sookie was cautious a little late in the game. It took the death of Basim for Sookie to finally defend herself against the fae in her woods. Which brings to mind, is Ms. Harris planning on killing Sookie to end the series?

Speaking of Sookie’s death, she contemplated being turned something she’d previously always said she’d never want. So why now? Why is she contemplating spending the rest of eternity with Eric now? But then she backtracks and says that vampire couples do not stay together forever. So why even contemplate her turning? Is Sookie now open to becoming a vampire?

What if I told Eric I wanted to be with him forever? Assuming he didn’t scream and run as fast as he could in the other direction, assuming he actually changed me, I tried to imagine what being a vampire would be like.

Moving onto the things I liked with a little bit of things I didn’t like intertwined. Hunter’s back and he’s such a great kid. Okay, so he’s got the extra ability his cousin does, but he’s so endearing how could you hold it against him? Yet, Remy is afraid of Sookie because she shares the same ability or is it because he’s afraid of losing his son to her because they can connect in a way that he’ll never be able to? So I gotta give Sookie some credit on taking a chance with Hunter and trying to teach him the ropes.

“Remy, it’s okay,” I said. “I grew up, and it got easier. I know this is going to be tough, but at least Hunter is a bright boy with a sound body. His little problem is just . . . less straightforward than most other kids’.”

Since she’s still learning about her abilities and having issues with blocking out the unwanted noise. It can’t be easy when you’re still learning to teach someone else. We usually think of teachers as master’s in what they are teaching not still learning through the process. But Sookie explains some things that Hunter needs to know, but how do you explain to a 5-year-old the importance of keeping his ability a secret. You’d think it would be easy, but as we know, a 5-yo is not so great at keeping secrets. I didn’t like that Sookie exposed Hunter to all those supernaturals so early in his life. I guess he had to meet them sooner or later but why not expose him to only those she knew wouldn’t try to use him? If she really cared about him then she wouldn’t have brought a vampire that was believed to be a spy into her house while he was there. I think Hunter was safe with Claude; Claude has never appeared to care about Sookie’s extra ability so he was a non-issue for me. But even Eric saw the boy and I wonder if that will come back to haunt Sookie. Maybe not since Eric has a grown version but the what ifs are nagging me.

I truly loved the “new” Jason. I wish I had a big brother that would defend and be there for me like the “new” Jason is there for Sookie. He stayed when her house was full of vamps. He went with her to the Were meeting. He even donated blood to Pam when she was hurt, something I never thought we’d ever see Jason do. And he did it so casually it was like he’d never had a problem with it. I’m not sure how much I liked him already getting over his dead wife and baby. I know they were on rocky ground before she died but still; she was carrying his baby and there should be something to say for that. You can fall out of love with a person but a child is forever. I guess an unborn child does not hold the same weight for Jason as it does for some. I just wish he hadn’t moved on already, but at least it was to a steady relationship and not the bed-hopping he’s commonly known for.

I think Charlaine was making amends from killing two pregnant women in Dead and Gone by having two women pregnant in Dead in the Family. So she replaced two lives with three lives. Tara is pregnant with twins, thank you Claude for your medical diagnosis, and Halleigh is pregnant. All I can say is “YAY!” A part of me was sorry to say goodbye to Ms. Caroline Holliday Bellefleur, but I was glad the family learned of Bill’s relationship to them.

Speaking of Bill, was it just me or did it seem as though after his “sister” came to heal him that he may be willing to finally move on from Sookie? Okay maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part but oh my, when I read Judith’s story about Lorena turning her because she resembled Bill’s wife, I was elated at the idea that Bill would finally have a mate that wasn’t Sookie. Even Judith seemed to be happy at the prospect of forming a relationship with Bill.

“Bill and I can be together now,” she said. “Finally! I’ll see you another night to tell you how grateful I am, but now I have to go to him.” And she was out of the house and zipping through the woods to the south before I could say Jack Robinson.

So overall the book didn’t suck, but it left me with more questions than things I liked about it. I’m hoping the next books are better and I seriously hope Ms. Harris’ betas do a better job at reading through the book and looking for inconsistencies. I think that is my biggest pet peeve when reading a series and this series has been chalked full of them.

So what did you think? What did you like? What didn’t you like? What questions did this book make you ask?

~ Scoobs


16 Responses to “Frustrated in the Family…”

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  2. I liked the book considerably more than you did, though I concede it is not Ms. Harris’s best by any means (in terms of writing or clear central plotting).

    While some of your criticisms are quite valid, I would disagree with many of them. I found DITF!Sookie to be much more in keeping with her stronger self of the earlier books. I thought Sookie’s self-reliance, confidence and outlook on life took a huge nose dive in both the 8th and 9th books. It was nice to see Sookie standing on her own two feet and having some of her humorous internal conversations in this one. Further, she seemed willing to stand up to (and for) those she loves. She gave her strength to Eric on more than one occasion, she helped Pam take on Victor’s thugs, she orchestrated finding the very thing that would help Bill save himself, and she begins tackling many of the life issues that she should have been considering long ago (whether or not to have children, how her aging affects her relationship with a vampire, whether she would consider being a vampire). I liked this Sookie far more than the version who appeared in the previous two novels. I also disagree that she was mostly focused on sex in this book. She seemed callous and coolly detached in her attitude toward Eric and sex in the 9th book (“bring it on”). But, in this one, I think we saw her confront her demons from the fae torture session (albeit a bit quickly) and move toward recognition that her bond with Eric is not based purely on physical attraction. I think Sookie knows she loves Eric, and she’s lots closer to understanding what that really means by the end of this one.

    I too found it very annoying that everyone was anti-Eric! I couldn’t decide if this was meant to point up Eric’s flaws so that Sookie (and the readers) could see that he is not perfect, or if it was meant to be a sinister signal that Eric/Sookie is doomed. I choose not to believe the latter. I don’t, however, believe that Appius was telling Sookie that she won’t keep Eric. I think he was saying, “IF you kill me, it will destroy what you and Eric have.” And there is possibly some truth in that. The Shakespearian ending was the saving grace: Appius died, and Sookie was neither directly or indirectly responsible. Yes, Eric knows she WANTED Appius dead and considered doing it. But, she didn’t actually do it.

    My take on Claude was he feels guilty about Claudine’s death and seeks to honor her memory by doing the thing she would have most wanted done: protecting Sookie.

    I liked the Hunter scenes — mostly because I think it allows us to see that Sookie could now believably choose not to have children. It also allows us to see that Eric is not frightening to children and perhaps even has a soft spot for them.

    Sookie’s internal musings about vampires and vampire couples was a clear signal that she has started to think about the bigger issues that face her and Eric. It’s obvious they have to figure out how to cope with her aging and her mortality, if she doesn’t become a vampire. It never made any sense to me that she hasn’t ever thought of these things before now. Maybe because in her heart Bill was short-term, and now she realizes that Eric is a longer-term possibility and she has to make hard choices?

    I loved the resolution of Bill’s storyline, and I very much view it as a solid resolution. It seems obvious that Harris intended to give Bill a good ending, his own happiness, and I thought it was quite cleverly done. It all ties together nicely, is entirely consistent with previous books, and it gives Bill a chance to do something besides pine for Sookie and wish bad tidings on Eric. I always saw Bill as a fundamentally good but tragic figure, and I’m really happy to see him get a fair resolution. He deserves that.

    Agree that the consistency editors really dropped the ball. Lots of issues, but they were not nearly as distracting or annoying as those in the prior 2 books. Overall, I gave this one high ratings, more on substance than on form though.

    • Penny- I agree with most of your assessment. I liked Sookie again in this one. To me, DAG was the worst book in the series and not because of the violence but because of the poor plotting and an unlikable heroine.

      Sookie is more mature in this one. I liked that she’s examining her life. I like that she is a “busybody” to help Bill. I like that she doesn’t just rush in to things and actually thinks them through (although I was wondering why she was exposing Hunter to other supes.) I like that she wants to protect Eric, and that’s partly how I took her desire to kill Victor and Ocella. I think Sookie is an improvement over how she was in DAG.

      I took the “sex focus” in this book to be one of two things. My cynical self says it could be a mild dig at the fans who are obsessed with E/S sex since CH made comment on it last year; my more positive side says it’s part of Sookie’s ongoing healing process.

      I don’t think Sookie is over the torture/deaths from DAG. She seems determined to make others and herself think she’s better like when she’s with Amelia at the beginning. For example, she changes the topic when she and Sam are at dinner, and he asks how’s she’s doing. In another section she says she has practice turning away from dark thoughts, and in another, there was something about smiling into a mirror, and I can’t find that passage now but at the time I thought it illustrated her struggle. I thought part of her sex focus with Eric was because this makes her feel better, distracts her for a time.

      I liked that she thought about being a vampire too. Maybe CH knows that she won’t become one, but Sookie doesn’t, and it’s a reasonable consideration for her to explore. Of course, Sookie can only see herself as an undead Merlotte’s waitress for eternity, which was rather strange, and she doesn’t consider the total maker control issue as a problem but it was some progress.

      I didn’t care for Bill’s resolution to much (if it is resolution.) CH using another doppelganger in her storyline put me off. It just doesn’t jive that Bill would be wandering around with this alleged unrequited love for Sookie for 10 books, (and he does hit on her in #10) only to be content when his sister shows up. Something doesn’t seem right there especially since Bill didn’t want to send for the sister to start with. Plus Bill sends a note and doesn’t show up himself when he says everything is wonderful now.

      Finally Eric – I’m not sure what CH is trying to illustrate here. There was much that was good. I liked their relationship together. I liked that Eric made time to see Sookie when she wanted to see him even though he’s dancing to Victor and Ocella’s tune. Beyond the other characters putting Eric down (which is odd since in prior books, everyone including Bill would say what a great guy/good boss, etc, Eric is), even Sookie thinks that Eric would do something bad to Heidi’s son if he was affecting Heidi or would use him as leverage against her. I remember last year CH made a remark about people not understanding who Eric is so I don’t know if this was added to show he’s ruthless, which we already knew, but it didn’t really phase me, and it didn’t phase Sookie either so I didn’t get the point.

      I am kind of worn thin on the fairies. I was rather hopeful that they were going to be gone after DAG. I liked Claude living with her although I thought them all sharing a bed at the end was a bit creepy.

      I especially liked that there was humor again. On the whole I liked the book.

      • My take on the Bill resolution was that Bill felt tremendously guilty about Lorena turning Judith because of her resemblance to his human wife. Therefore, because of this guilt, he hadn’t allowed himself to consider Judith, hadn’t had any contact with her to know that she wasn’t upset with HIM for the fact that she was turned or that she might reciprocate his interest. He was in the dark about her feelings, and he didn’t want Sookie to contact her because of all the guilt and lack of knowledge on his end. Once she showed up and they actually talked to each other, it became clear to them both that they have a real connection and Bill could lay aside his guilt. This then allowed Bill to move past his lingering obsession with Sookie and find his own happiness outside of her.

  3. I don’t know if you are a mother or not, but I am- and I can tell you that father’s don’t get the bond with a child until it arrives. For women they become a mother when they see the pink lines on a pregnancy test, but men become a father when that child is born. They don’t feel it is completely real until they see that baby. Not to say they don’t care, but the connection is not the same for them. I can understand Jason being able to move on more easily. He has too- he has had his fair share of deaths in his family, and his relationship with his “wife” and “mother of his child” was not strong, so for him to make little connection with the child is understandable. I mean, was she even living with him while she was knocked up?

    • Actually I am a mother of two and my husband had the connection with the kid as soon as he saw them on the monitor, much like me. Once we heard the heartbeat and saw them on the monitor that was it. He talked to both of them from the beginning and has a very unique connection with both of them.

      But I can see how some men wouldn’t feel the connection, but Jason was excited about Crystal being pregnant and him going to be a daddy. Although his relationship wasn’t working he still was looking forward to being a dad and felt the loss of his child and baby mama. Now a few short months maybe weeks later he’s moved on and seems to have forgotten what could have been. That is what didn’t sit right with me.

      • I think Jason being over the loss of his wife and child so quickly is rooted more in the way he’s been his whole life up until getting involved with Crystal in the first place. Jason, like his sister, has always lived on the surface of things. Sookie says herself that she “doesn’t think past her fingertips” and Jason’s always been the same way. Then he meets Crystal, and actually starts looking toward the future and settling down, unfortunately realizing too late that it’s with the wrong person. Then before he even has a chance to work through his marriage issues, both wife and child are taken away. I think rather than continually dwell on the loss (and it’s entirely likely he suspected the child wasn’t even his) he chose to look at the experience as a lesson that things he values can disappear quickly, which is why he did a complete turnaround to become such a good brother to Sookie. He’s finally starting to pay attention and show care to the people that matter in his life, realizing something may happen to them at any time. To take a shallower view of it, it’s possible he’s just buried all the painful feelings and they’ll rise to the surface at a later date.

  4. Overall I liked the book, I thought Sookie would spend the entire book crying and whining of torture, but finally she recovered a little too quickly, but I will not complain about that. I enjoyed her relationship with Eric (finally! That’s no small thing) but I would have seen more of the interaction between them, not just sex, but overall I liked it. I thought it was quite obvious in the first chapter that Bill is out of the race for Sookie’s heart, no is it necessary to wait until the appearance of Judith. When he asks if she loves Eric, and she says yes and that Eric loves her. And when Bill kisses Sookie, and it no gets excited, it was even a bit too didactic, as CH was explaining to the kids, we the readers) was a new Sookie and I was a little surprised (although by the end of the book she step back to your old ways of acting).
    I really liked Pam and Jason in this book. While part of Apius was a little disappointing, I expected much of his last appearance in this book, but I think he even had to die and then the problems would be serious between Eric and Sookie, Alexei scared me more than him, very young vampires are scary or horror movies with children – vampire or ghosts – always scare me (ok, it’s embarrassing but true). Eric was also very different in this book, more emotional, crying with Sookie, and saying that he loves her, its fragility in the presence of Apius, etc..
    I think the biggest flaw was the final rush, suddenly it’s over! found that CH could very well have written a few chapters, it was very short, I know she has to deliver a book a year, but come on! could well be greater

    • I tend to wonder if that rush to produce is the reason why there are so many inconsistancies with the stories. It’s hard to say exactly why things are being missed by the editors and let to be published. I hate reading a story with typos, that’s just ridiculous.

  5. I understood the vulnerable Sookie she was tortured and almost died. I believe Ms. Harris gave us what we were looking for with Sookie and Eric but I felt the book was too short. The previous book was longer and I had hoped that the long awaited, for me anyway, would be just as long. I am not sure if I understood the relationship with Bill & Judith, I saw it as sister-brother but if he can have a romantic one with her good. I loved the book just wanted more.

  6. I agree with Scooby’s opinion some on the ‘dislikes’ about the book. For me I felt there was something kinda off about the book, I no doubt loved it, but it left me so utterly confused. I felt like

    I had no settled solution in my heart, almost like something was missing, like something else big needed to happen. I felt so confused about a lot of things in the book. I was mostly confused with how I should feel about Sookie’s new attitude towards life, I liked that she could stick up for herself, but at times I felt she was leaning toward the bitchy side; like when Claude had come out and asked to have a cup of coffee with her on the porch and wanted to ask her about personal life all she could tell him was that she fed up with his so called new ‘personality’. There were other way she could have turned him down, even more polite ways. I understand that Claude has been equally rude and shrewd in other books but it just mystified me that Sookie was willing to be so outright mean for no obvious reason; I felt that maybe if CH had rekindled the rudeness fire in Claude I wouldn’t be so bothered by the fact that Sookie felt very negative toward him. She had agreed that she had sympathy for him being that he had lot Claudine, but I didn’t really see it, beside the fact that she had let him stay with her. But maybe that’s just me looking for the Sookie who usually has an overwhelmingly kind heart. Part of it may be that CH is trying to show a more mature Sookie who stays alert with caution. I just may not be ready for that side yet.

    I was also confused on the Eric and Sookie’s relationship. I do love Eric’s character but mostly because of his crude attitude. I liked the confidence he usually gave off, in books 1 to 9, his willingness to not take no for an answer. Yet in book 10 he hasn’t just changed his personality, he’s nearly changed every thing about himself. He very rarely is the Macho vampire that I’ve come to know and love, he’s this torn down weak image of what he used to be. I understand he has a lot of stuff he is struggling with but this shows a weak side in him that almost scares me for his future with other vampires. I really hope Eric and Sookie stay together and I hope that the decision on whats going to happen with the long term relationship comes up again.

    Another confusing thing for me was the beginning of the book. Being that DAG ended with Niall saying something like enjoy your vampire, I was puzzled being that that was not mentioned. Sookie being extremely hurt and having sex with Eric, for what reason I will never be sure why someone would want to have sex after being hurt that badly, kinda messed up my first impression of the book. Sookies still hurting, now she ‘full time’ with Eric, Ameila is leaving, and Jason and Sookie relationship has mended, whats going on! I felt more like I missed a whole book in between I wish there would have been a slower leeway into all this. It was kinda just too much at once, I felt, but I overcame it later(after finishing the book).

    I too am not sure how feel about Alcide last minute confession, I mean I really loved Quinn so if anyone throw him back in the mix, I just felt that there whole ‘ Alcide episode’ was finished. But i was mistaken.

    But either way I still loved the book and will still continue to read them. If anyone has a follow up please feel free. I am very open to discussing some of the things I find confusing.

    • I wouldn’t have said that Eric has a “crude attitude” at all, but maybe I’m taking a different meaning than you intend. Sookie herself notes that Eric had never cursed in her presence until he came to her after the fae attack and saw the damage that had been done to her, so he’s not profane. He’s been up-front about his sexual desires and maybe that’s what you were getting at — but I don’t see that this is different in DITF either. “I knew it couldn’t be my love-making, wife of mine,” is not someone who’s lost his touch. 🙂

      I liked that we saw a complex version of Eric, and I honestly believe that’s Harris’s way of signaling to those who had not been fully in Eric’s camp before that he’s the guy. It also seemed a bit of a nod to TrueBlood!Eric to include a more vulnerable side. Suffice to say — I loved this Eric even more than ever before.

      As to the sex thing — it seemed to me that we see Sookie struggling to regain her interest in the physical side of sex, even as she desires the emotional bond it brings. It didn’t just happen over-night. It seemed like a plausible recovery to me. It definitely wouldn’t make sense for Sookie to just never want sex again, ever.

  7. Was not my favorite of the series. Ended abruptly. Don’t trust Claude. Alexei was way creepy. Sookie needs to realize she is not gonna have the picket fence life (she’s ruined for human men, ie. the telepathy and her attraction to supes). Still ready for the next book though. Am reading the series for a fourth time now. It is addicting.

  8. While I agreed with some of what she said and thought that the review was well written I had a problem with her assement of Sookie and her opioion on her development as a character. When she said that Sookie had reverted to the “old Sookie” From previous books that she had become weak and pathetic, I think Sookie has never been as Strong as she was in DITF, not only strong for herself but also for those she loves and ruthless not pathetic IMO.

    Also her mention that there was too much an emphasis on Sex by Sookie herself, there was hardly any sex in it at all, it was implied that they had sex frequently ITB but as far as I can recall there was only two sex scenes (actually only one that went into any detail) She says:

    Sookie that has been growing in the more recent books. In this one she was pathetic and more focused on sex with Eric than anything else. Even when she wasn’t finishing; Sookie was focused on sex. It just seemed odd that someone would be so focused on sex and sex alone. When she thought of Eric that was her first reaction. I guess that’s how we all should feel about our mates but where’s the underlying love? Sookie finally admitted to “loving” Eric but it made me wonder if she actually understands the meaning of love or if she correlates love with sex.

    To me Sookie was only focused on having sex with Eric as a way to feel normal, healthy and alive again, to fix herself after she had been so badly bronken in DAG. She mentions that she enjoys sex with him, but she also mentions that she enjoys his company and many things about him that go beyond the bedroom, so I disagree that Sookie is correlating her love of Eric with her love of what goes on between the sheets. But I do agree that due to Sookie’s past of screwed up love that might not fully understand what love is, I think however that she is getting there with Eric and its not because of the sex.

  9. I totally agree with Scooby and Kaylin. There was definitely something “off” about the book and I’d go even further by saying it felt like a different series/writer. Eric was completely out of character and I continue to mourn the death of his joie de vive in book 9. *moment of silence* When he walked in and found Hunter in bed, he gave a warm smile?? Idk. The sex thing was ree-dick-you-luss. It made Eric seem like a Lord Douche to subject Sookie to bad sex after her scarring and traumatic experience. I wish it could have gone more the way Mercy & Adam did after her rape. Unselfish, tender, loving, healing. It made me dislike Eric to hear Sookie tell it because it felt like one of those girls who is having sex with her boyfriend too soon to keep him, not because she’s ready.

    Yes, she said she loved him and after nine books, the revelation was as thoughtful as contemplating a grande or a venti for a morning latte. Penny mentioned that book Eric is now more like TV Eric, and I think she is right. My issue is I am not crazy about TV Eric. He lost me when he broke down on the roof top with Godric. What I loved about Book Eric was the ONLY time we saw anything close to emotion was regarding Sookie. I thought his bahaviour regarding Crappius in DITF was modeled almost exactly after TV Eric and Godric. I’m glad Sookie didn’t stake Appius because it would have been the same as when Bill killed her Uncle, but it a way it would have been a neat way of showing her evolution, coming full circle.

    Bill’s reunion with his sister was cool, except when it was suddenly revealed that they would now be a happy HEA couple. Huh? It was way too convenient and I really believe that CH had planned on killing Bill in book 9 but instead decided to let him live and haphazardly whipped up an HEA for him. Although I love the original Bill, I think she should have followed her first instinct and, um, killed Bill.

    I will probably continue to read the series but it says something that I didn’t get around to buying DITF until a month later even though I am in the book store 3-4 times a week and a plaatinum E-reader customer.

    I am pretty sure she is going to end with Sam, anyways. At one point, Sookie said in her inner monologue that “Sam didn’t need to be with someone like that…he deserved to be with someone who thought he was great.” Then towards the end of the book she says, “Sam, I think you’re great.” To me, Ch is sowing the seeds for this. Eric is now the top guy, but he is stuck in some sort of plateau. Sookie and Eric have become, well, boring. This happens to most couples, even the most commited ones, but I think Eric can’t live like this. And if this new Eric is here to stay, that’s too bad because he is barely recognizable. I feel like playing house will end amicably and Sam will end up the HEA, which I suppose is why I’m not in love with the series that much anymore.

  10. As I disagree strongly with all of Villa’s comments in a purely subjective way, I’ll only step in to clarify that I didn’t actually say that Book Eric was more like TV Eric. What I said was that both Harris and HBO, it seems to me, have gone to pains to show a more fully-rounded and complex Eric. They’ve done this by showing that he does have a vulnerable side, that there are things can trigger strong emotions in Eric. To me, this is fully necessary to paint Eric as the appropriate Hero. Emotions most certainly does not equal “boring” in my mind.

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