Posts Tagged ‘Book 11

11
May
10

Dead in the Family – A Tome

DISCLAIMER: I’ve only read DITF through once, and I’m in the middle of a slower paced reread at the moment. The following started out as a review, and ended up being infiltrated with random bits of analysis and god knows what else. I conclude from this that I am too opinionated to write wanky book reviews, and also completely incapable of shutting myself up. So for better or worse, here’s what I’m thinking after my first read.

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The very first thing I need to say about Dead in the Family is that I liked it – alot. It was certainly a change of pace from the last few books, as we were told it would be. It was also a “transitional” book, but in saying that I don’t mean to call it series filler. Harris has finally decided to start addressing some long lingering issues that have become distracting. And she has also started to lay – very subtly – some groundwork for the ending of Sookie’s story. I cannot tell you how relieved I am about that.

Dead in the Family is very much a character driven book. Not since Dead to the World has this series seen an instalment focused so heavily on character development, and at this point in the story a closer examination of the characters was certainly due. By her own admission, Harris is much better at drawing characters than she is at keeping track of her numerous plot lines and after the upheaval of the last two books, I really didn’t mind that this one meandered plot wise a little more than usual.

SPOILERS AHEAD AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO PEE FIRST.

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24
Mar
10

Beyond Book 10 – Make of this what you will!

Last night I happened to be trawling around on Charlaine Harris’ site and wandered into an area I haven’t looked at before. And what a worthy excursion it was.

As most of us are already aware from the influx of interviews recently, Charlaine has been on the publicity trail in the UK and Europe promoting Dead in the Family. She’s been a busy lady, making appearances at numerous bookstores and Q and A sessions for her UK fans.

A thread has been set up on her forum for readers who have attended book signings and other promotional activities to discuss them and share possible spoilers.

While these spoilers are not verified, Charlaine has made a few posts on the thread correcting any major errors that were posted. I’m inferring from this that the information below is a reasonably accurate representation of her answers.

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~ The current working title for Book 11 is “Dead Letters”, though Harris mentioned it’s common for titles to change during the writing/editing process. [First impressions: Sookie…Gran…ATTIC! FFS, is she ever going to go up there?!]

~ Faeries will be in Book 10 and 11, and possibly 12. [OH HAI Niall!]

~ Manfred is going to be developed as a character and will appear again possibly in a crossover. [Manfred is a popular character from the Harper Connelly series. Lily Bard and Jack – from Harris’ Shakespeare series – made a cameo in the Sookie books, it would be cool if she did this again.]

~ Barry will be back! The dark horse in the HEA stakes rises from the ashes of Rhodes…hopefully wearing more than his underwear as he was when we saw him last.

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Spoilers gleaned from a different event further into the thread:

~ The Sookie Companion book is due out around February 2011, and will contain a novella focussing on Quinn [yay! I’m doing my happy dance and you all can’t stop me!!] This novella will impact the storyline of the series in the same way as the short story, One Word Answer. For those who haven’t read it, OWA explained the circumstances surrounding Hadley’s death and details from this short were referenced in Definitely Dead. None of the other short stories contained plot relevant information for the main series.

[CH mentioned on her forum a while back that the novella will deal with Quinn’s whereabouts between FDC’s takeover and his reappearance at Sookie’s house in DAG; and she also mentioned something about him being punished…for the tip off I suspect. I smell an effort at character redemption here, especially in view of the comment at the source about “explaining” himself to Sookie.]

~ There will be a half-elf in Book 11. Elves and Fae have history, so this will be interesting no doubt. Elves also move between the fae and human worlds. The plot thickens….

~ The blood bond will not be broken in Dead in the Family. She hasn’t decided if she will break it in Book 11 yet, but it will be broken eventually. She also added that it has caused her much grief. [Understatement of the year! I’ve heard her say previously that she wishes she hadn’t introduced the BB – my take is that she feels some readers are giving it far more weight than she’d ever intended it to have.]

~ Sookie will get plenty of sex when she finds her HEA, and she’ll be very enthusiastic about it.

And in other news, I’m freaking out that I got to make a tag for BOOK 11 for this post.

Sources: here and here

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