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by Charlaine Harris

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ISBN: 1597225355
Author: Charlaine Harris
Language: English
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc (August 1, 2007)
Pages: 475
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 868
Size Fb2: 1123 kb
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Jozrone
Sookie's life has gradually been getting more complicated, and in Bk #7 the tense triangle between Eric, Sookie and Bill produces some unexpected and unwelcome results. Harris gives us a full panoply of vampire politics, with enemies both internal and external. The relationship between Sookie and Eric foreshadows what's to come in the series ending. The after-effects of the vampires' Summit will shake up everything, even Sookie's small hometown.

Not sure if any other reviewers have mentioned this already, but I was intrigued by the introduction of the two alien bodyguards from the Britlingen Collective hired by the King of Kentucky, the tough professional mercenaries Clovache and Batanya. Ms. Harris wrote a short story about them (not a Sookie story). It's called "The Britlingens Go to Hell" and is included in the 2009 "Must Love Hellhounds" anthology, and is a fun read that is quite different from anything else Ms. Harris has written.

**Additional edit** While in the process of re-reading some of my older anthologies, I realized that Ms. Harris did a SECOND short story about side characters in "All Together Dead" - the vampire dancers, Layla and Sean. It's in the 2004 anthology called "Night's Edge" - Ms. Harris' short is called "Dancing In The Dark".

Like the above-mentioned "Britlingens Go To Hell", this short story focuses strictly on Layla and Sean, so Sookie et.al. do not appear at all. It's the story of how Sean and Layla met, fell in love, and became permanent dancing partners. Straightforward and nicely done, and a charming vampire romance (if that isn't an oxymoron, LOL)!
Puchock
This is the best Sookie book I've read so far. It's big and complex, filled with returning characters (Pam's backstory is revealed, and we learn she reads Dear Abby columns) and new ones, like the mysterious armored Britlingens. The beginning of the book is almost a different story entirely. The first few chapters move along events in Bon Temps a bit before Sookie jets off to the vampire summit in Rhodes. There's a lot of humor early on, especially during Halleigh's wedding show. Sookie's funny attitude continues to bubble up through the rest of the book until things get more serious.

The setting is quite different from the last book, which primarily took place in pre-Katrina New Orleans. This time Sookie finds herself in a pyramid-shaped hotel for vampires north of the Mason-Dixon line. It's a neat place humming with activity and deceit. There are three separate mystery threads getting tangled up in all the hotel action. With everything going on, there's barely enough time to think about the smaller details. The larger plot is easy enough to figure out, though.

Sookie is more introspective this time around. This lends weight to the book, making it a little more thought-provoking than other books in the series, not that it's approaching literature or anything. Sookie finds herself in an interesting conundrum: she hates most of the vampires. They are vile creatures. Unfortunately, she also realizes that most of her confidence and self-worth over the last couple of years has come from the fact that she has been so crucial and helpful to them. She's not quite sure what to make of herself. The vampires do some really devious things this time around; however, it's humans that perpetuate the horrific disaster at the climax of the book. Even Sookie herself does a few things that she isn't quite proud of.

This one wraps up a lot of persisting storylines. I've heard future books in the series aren't as good. Although I'm still looking forward to reading them, I'm not surprised the quality dips a bit, because this one was so well done.
Syleazahad
This is the seventh novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Although some of the plotting defied credibility in this volume, this series is seductive in its appeal. We see some of the main characters involved here: Eric and Bill and Pam and the Queen of Louisiana (Sophie-Anne) and Quinn and. . . . The repertory theater sees many of the familiar characters here.

However, this is also one of the more sanguinary on the series, so--at the close of this work--many figures die. The Fellowship is involved here. Vampire politics is most heated. Without giving anything away, it is clear that the Queen of Louisiana engaged in very deep and subtle political maneuvering. After several books without his involvement, Barry the Bellboy (now named Barry Bellboy) is back in the picture, another human telepath. He and Sookie partner to try to ensure a successful vampire summit.

And that conference is at the center of this work, held in the Chicago area. The Queen of Louisiana faces charges over her involvement in the death of her husband (the King of Arkansas). The Fellowship is attempting a spectacular assault on the vampire horde at the conference. There is the normal internecine vampire politics, which often leads to other vampires being killed.

Sookie and her boyfriend Quinn (a weretiger) try to develop a halfway normal relationship (what are the odds of that?). But Sookie's past relationships with the vampires Eric and Bill complicate matters. The seventh entry in the series shows the increasing complexity of the network of relationships and builds well on top of the other previous works.

Treachery is a key aspect of this novel. The vampire hotel becomes the center for a bloodbath, with numerous actors jockeying for position and for achieving their very distinct goals. One of the more interesting works in this series, because of the complexity of actors involved and the uncertain politics at issue.

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