From Dead to Worse

From Dead to Worse

Book - 2008
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Psychic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse finds herself in the middle of big trouble of the supernatural kind in this novel in the #1 New York Times  bestselling series.

After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the Weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death...and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered...

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780441017010
0441017010
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 24 cm.

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kirstd31 Oct 04, 2017

A fun read! Can't wait to see what happens next.

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stephz0r
Jul 03, 2013

A fast, fun read! Perfect for summer.

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chelliebel
Jun 12, 2012

I read an interview with CH saying she had started this book, got off an tangent, and realized she'd finished the book not just the tangent. This book has that feel... like it's really just 3 or 4 tangents and not a fully developed, interwoven novel. CH is an amazing author so I don't fault her. I chalk it up to this is the 8th book in a series of first person narrative that has gotten so complex with so many overlapping story-lines, it was bound to happen. This is, to me, a wrap-up book. Too many subplots have been left loose for too long. In order to move on to bigger and better things, these loose ends needed tying up.

Loose End #1 aka the Were War

My heart hurt every time a new Were died. It was HP7 all over again, but instead of Hedwig, Dobby, and Fred, it was Maria-Star, Christine Larrabee, and Amanda. Did CH realize she had far too many characters to for readers to keep up with, and some weeding needed to occur in order to introduce more characters? I?m keeping that theory because it works so well for happens later on. I was mildly disappointed Patrick Furnan was erased as a viable threat to Sookie so quickly and easily.

Loose End #2 aka the Vamp War

GAH! I loved Sophie-Anne. I wanted her to go down in a blaze of glory, not an afterthought or just a package delivered safely by lawyers to be poorly defended by Andre the giant. Where was Mr. Cataliades throughout all this? Did he go down with queen? Or save his own ass when the getting was good? Hmmm?

CH seems to want us to remember why Sookie should not be eloping with Quinn right this minute. All these sexual thoughts about the ever present Eric, and Bill being super sweet and available (good-bye Selah. No one will miss you or Portia).

Loose End #3 aka What happened to Quinn?

My heart completely jumped out of chest, ran down the road, and began kicking the shite out of this completely two-faced, blind main character who has lost all her good sense and ability to see the world clearly. She realizes she's being selfish by wanting to be someone's number #1, yet she tells Jason never to contact her again b/c of his selfishness? And who is this person who's been bemoaning her lack of family for 7 books now coming down on someone else, who also has very little family, needing to be there for them?...Sookie used to be great at self-evaluation and changing her mind when she was wrong. What happened?

The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that happy, settled characters tend to end the series. Sookie can't be happy in a relationship or there'd be nothing more to write about. She has to be conflicted and guy-hopping in order to maintain the sexual conflict of the books.

Loose End #4 aka Family business, to be continued

Hi Grandpa! How are you related to my sexually molesting uncle again? Oh how convenient Claudine and Claude are my cousins! Errrrr. Wonder if Niall knows about Hunter? That will be interesting. He might since Sookie pointed Remy out to him. I doubt Niall wouldn't investigate this person I'm looking up for g-granddaughter. Hmm, I predict a flash flood coming for Remy and Kristine. Enemies of Niall again, perhaps?

All in all, this book packed a punch. I'm uber disappointed in the resolution of Quinn's character. I don't think Eric or Bill or even Sam is good enough for Sookie. She likes the nookie, but she won't settle. Quinn was nigh on perfect and she turned it down. She's self-destructive. I'll give this to CH. MUST READ MORE! Write faster lady! [Edited for length by HCL]

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demonsrider2010
Feb 16, 2012

This book I have really enjoyed its compelling to keep reading but as it goes on... I find that Sookie has been changing in character. She has been getting at its about me... thats what I have been noticing within this character... over all GREAT book I'm not done the book yet so ill keep reading till the end and hope it gets better

missmoto Dec 15, 2011

Love Charlaine Harris!!!! Gret books. easy to read and get into!!

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WardenofMagick
Aug 26, 2010

As always, a compelling action-packed read!

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ryner
Aug 20, 2008

Sookie is back! Major change is afoot in leadership in the vampire community of Louisiana, and Sookie Stackhouse, your average, run-of-the-mill telepath, is once again in the middle of it whether she likes it or not. Sookie's romantic interests are also increasingly complicated since her boyfriend Quinn is MIA, her ex-boyfriend Bill seems to be trying to win her back, and she is having trouble denying an attraction to Eric.

I was unimpressed by the first 1/3 of this book, but thankfully the story picked up satisfactorily after that. I never cared much for Quinn, so I'm glad he's out of the picture!

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Aug 26, 2010

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