Writer: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Urban Fantasy
The premise: book seven focuses on the ever-talked about vampire summit that Sookie's forced to attend. Paid, of course, but she'd rather not go, especially since her fairy godmother gives her dire warnings that something BAD will happen. When Sookie arrives, there's a platter of bad to focus on: the Fellowship of the Sun is protesting outside the vampire hotel, the Louisiana Queen is getting tried for the murder of her husband (and Sookie knows she didn't do it), and on a more personal level, Quinn and Eric keep competing for her affections. Too bad for Sookie that the REAL bad doesn't show itself until it's too late...
Worth the Cash: I was really pleased with this installment, especially since I found books five and six to be weak and lacking. I don't know what it is about Harris's vampires that doesn't push my annoyance button (vampires usually bore the snot out of me), but she's kept me entertained, and that's no small feat. The central mysteries in this book get a wee bit convoluted once everything gets pieced together, but on the whole, it was a pretty solid book, plot-wise. Character-wise, Sookie had a couple moments where I wanted to roll my eyes or I simply didn't get what her deal was, but it's a good read. When book eight, From Dead to Worse is released in paperback, I'll definitely pick it up. Harris isn't my FAVORITE urban fantasy out there (that honor goes to Carrie Vaughn and Jeaniene Frost), but her work is enjoyable, good popcorn reading. If you're an urban fantasy fan, especially a fan of vampires, you don't want to ignore Harris's work. But I would suggest you start at the beginning, Dead Until Dark. If you like it well enough, keep on reading, because Harris really doesn't stick to a formula when it comes to the mysteries or the romance, and you're never sure what you're going to get from book to book, and that's a good thing.
The full review, which does include spoilers, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: Charlaine Harris's ALL TOGETHER DEAD
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