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Dead and Gone – Wrap Up

I know I am totally late with this. With less than 24 hours to go until Dead in the Family, we need to get this re read wrapped up! And God knows we could probably do with a temporary distraction.

What are some of the questions you feel were answered, or that you might have gained a fresh insight into?

What questions did this book raise that you would like to see addressed in Dead in the Family?

How do you think the events at the end of this book will impact on Sookie in future? Will she become stronger? Harder? Smarter than she has been until now?

Dead and Gone has always been a very difficult book to read. It’s not one of Charlaine’s best efforts in that it’s very clear she struggled to find her groove while writing it. Sookie’s voice, even from the beginning is off and alot of readers and reviewers felt that some of the characters were a little out of sorts.

And of course, it’s harrowing to read about Sookie being tortured in such a brutal and cruel way at the end.

This book IS definitely the darkest of the series so far, but it can also be argued that it was necessary for Sookie’s character growth to experience the dark side of the life she has chosen. Readers have long complained that Sookie didn’t seem to learn from her experiences, that all the misfortune and physical injuries meant nothing because Sookie wasn’t growing. And I think that’s a fair criticism, one that Harris seems to have decided to address in this book.

If Sookie is to remain in this world, she has to harden up. After the events of Dead and Gone, I’m predicting that we are going to see a harder, more ruthless Sookie in Dead in the Family. That doesn’t mean that the witty, sassy Sookie we love is gone forever – but I do hope we see her remove the rose coloured glasses and start seeing her world and her part in it for what it is…not what she wishes it could be.



Dead and Gone – Reread

With all the excitement of the last 24 hours I haven’t had a chance to get the post up for our Dead and Gone reread!

We only have about a week left until the release of Dead in the Family. So if you’ve been promising yourself that you’ll read DAG again before then, this is your last chance. Get on it!

Our From Dead to Worse discussion convinced most of us that a rat in the house is all but a sure thing – and we came up with a few suspects who we will continue to scrutinise throughout this book.

Some other plot points and characters I’m watching closely:

*Niall – benign, though slightly troublesome GGF or a man with a plan?

*Sam – the hints and red flags dropped relating to Sam in the last book just can’t be dismissed. Is he a shapeshifting fae (like Preston in Gift Wrap)? Is he the rat? Is he yet another Sookie protector with more power than she knows about? What’s his place in the supe word? Why the hell did Sandy Sechrest ask to speak to him specifically when she was meeting Copley Carmicheal, and then give him a personal briefing on who she was in the new regime as if he was actually a somebody? Since when does he warrant that sort of special treatment? Seriously, WTF is going on with Sam? THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY.

*Bill – in particular, his movements just before and during the time Sookie was taken by the fae.

*From Chapter one of DITF, we learn that Eric believes that Felipe did not tell Victor Madden about the protection order for Sookie, and that Victor did not tell Felipe about Sookie and Eric’s marriage. Is Eric’s assumption that the left and the right hand of the new regime are acting independently correct? And if it is, what are the implications for Sookie – and for Eric politically?

*Some of us have theorised that Sophie Anne may in fact still be among the undead – is there any evidence for this?

The aim is to have this reread complete by 2 May – giving us a couple of days to wrap up before we sink our fangs into the new book.


FDTW – Reread Wrap Up

We have just two days left until we complete our reread of From Dead to Worse.

As the original post is now quite choked with comments and getting quite difficult to follow, I thought we could do with a fresh place to wrap up.

Did the reread raise even more questions than it answered?

What are some of the questions you feel were answered, or that you might have gained a fresh insight into?

What’s your latest half baked conspiracy theory?

For me, I think this is one of my favourite books of the series. The focus is very much on the political machinations of the vampires, and the takeover and the subplot of Quinn’s involvement had me riveted. Sookie finally seems show a vague inkling that her fortunes are tied to those of the vampires with whom she chooses to associate – and for the first time she seems to really take an interest in what is going on above her head. Keep it up Sook…some political nouse will serve you well in the coming books, I think.

Before moving on to our Dead and Gone reread in the next few days, we’d love to hear your final thoughts about Book 8.


From Dead to Worse – Reread

I was planning to start a re read of Dead and Gone in the next week or so, for those of us who wanted to brush up before the release of Dead in the Family (in 22 DAYS!!).

Since reading the full first chapter of the new book, and in particular the intrigue concerning Victor and Felipe I’ve decided to go back further – back to when these two first came on the scene.

The first chapter of DITF has thrown some unexplained events in FDTW into a whole new light.

Just a few of the questions I’m pondering:

* Is Victor planning a coup to oust Felipe, as Eric seems to believe? Or is Victor merely a puppet – playing the bad guy while Felipe keeps his hands clean?

* Was Victor behind the parking lot assault of Felipe, Eric and Sam by Sigebert?

* What is Victor’s previous relationship to Bill? (“Aaah…Compton!”)

* Why does Sam know so much about Felipe’s affairs, and is this connected to his presence in the parking lot the night Eric and Felipe were attacked?

* Why is Copely “just call me Cope” Carmichael interested enough in Sookie to be running a full scale background check on her life? And what are the terms of his business dealings with the Nevada vamps, who Sookie gives him an “in” with?

* WHO had the motive and the knowledge about the fae war and Sookie’s involvement in it, to tip off Victor in Dead and Gone? I’m sure there’s going to be a clue in FDTW somewhere that we missed, because we thought Victor and Felipe were on the same team.

* And the really BIG question – Why the FUCK is Bill on the cover of this book when he is hardly in it? (OK that’s not really relevant, but it irks me and I need to vent).

My plan is to finish FDTW by April 26, and then finish DAG by May 4 (a few days before the DITF release date).

If you’re interested in joining me in a re read and discussion of book 8 over the next two weeks or so, jump right on in.

I know I’m a total slack arse at keeping the comments on topic because…well generally I’m a slack moderator…but I’m going to be a bit stricter with this post and ask that we do try to keep discussion to this book and it’s plotlines, rather than meandering across the whole series. It’s just more conducive to discussion to keep things fairly focussed.

I’m up to chapter 3 already so get on it people!

PS. Speaking of rereads…a little fairy told me that it might be pertinent to give “Gift Wrap” another once over before the release of DITF. Just sayin’.


My ramblings on the Sookie Stackhouse books, and the HBO series True Blood. Everyone I know is already half crazed with my plot and character assassinations, conspiracy theories, theme explorations and general obsessing, so now I'm going to share it all with you. Spoilers and Viking worship are have been warned!

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