Posts Tagged ‘Southern Vampire Mysteries

17
Jun
10

All Together…and totally…DEAD!

Just like any other day, the mail man came at lunch time.

I wandered outside, expecting to find nothing more than the usual retail visual pollution and bills.

Instead, my mailbox contained nothing short of FANGIRL CRACK!

My wonderful Twitter friend @navicita went to a book signing a few weeks back, and had the divine Ms Harris sign this copy of All Together Dead for me.

I haven’t fangirled like this since I was a sweaty, hormonal thirteen year old and Duran Duran announced a world tour.

Simon LeBon still makes me want to hump the closest stationery object, and he will UNTIL I DIE.

WHAT?

If anyone is looking for me, I will be in a darkened corner licking Debra’s feet for all of eternity.

That is all.

08
Jun
10

What is wrong with this picture?

The Sookie Stackhouse series has just been released in the UK and Australia with new covers to coincide with the release of Dead in the Family.

These covers are the most vulgar, blatant display of money grubbing cross-promotion on the part of a publisher I have ever seen.

Seriously, can you people even make a half-assed attempt to at least APPEAR to give a shit about artistic integrity? We all know that you don’t, but hell, you can at least TRY. “Mary-Anne” has absolutely nothing, zero, nudder and ZILCH to do with the book on which you have chosen to plaster her image. In fact, “Mary-Anne” is actually a mere bit player in a completely different book, and she is never even mentioned in From Dead to Worse. And if artistic integrity isn’t something you’re interested in, spare a thought for paying customers. Some of them would like to have the full series with matching covers, and switching them halfway through is just fucking RUDE.

I understand that covers are changed when a series is re-released and the original artwork only ever appears on the original release. Really, I get that. And for those of you who haven’t seen Lisa Desimini’s original cover artwork without the titling and HBO marketing all over it, I would encourage you to check it out. It is creative and beautiful, and contains lots of little nods to the storyline as cover art should.

Publisher – please take note.

I would classify myself as someone who is a fan of True Blood, but who loves Charlaine Harris’ books. Seeing them DEFILED (and I hesitate to use that word here, but I will), with ill-chosen True Blood promotional images is enough to send me fair off the rails.

In the two years I have spent immersed in this fandom, I’ve seen the books bitched about, slagged off, criticised, scoffed at and ridiculed more times that I care to count. Those who view them as nothing more than an inconvenient thorn in their backside have chanted ad-nauseum that these books have NOTHING TO DO WITH True Blood, and the two will never be comparable since Alan Ball is doing HIS OWN THING. Yet when I’m looking at the characters I’ve grown to love through these books on screen, and I’m wondering if the person responsible for putting them there has even half a clue what they’re about – that’s a tough pill to swallow.

For anyone who can’t understand that, I would ask them to reflect on their expectations for The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter films. It’s really not that complicated.

So a note to the publisher, if I may.

Those who prefer the show and wish to ignore the books on which it is based seem to be fully catered for.

I happen to prefer the books, and I would very much like for you to keep Alan Ball and his fan fiction the FUCK OUT OF THEM.

27
May
10

OH Charlaine!

It’s video overload this week I know, but I just had to share this. It’s time for a book post anyway.

Charlaine Harris interviewed by a True Blood fan – who has a slightly warped sense of the lines between reality and fiction, and books and show.

I swear Harris has the patience of a saint to deal with this on a daily basis.

Interviewer: It’s a love story between them [Sookie and Bill] and they’re engaged in real life…I’ll be sad when they break up…
CH: Eeeww?!

Can’t wait for part 2 to be posted….

Source via True Blood Dallas

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.

Keep Reading…

05
May
10

Dead in the Family #2

A new post for discussion, the original post is now locked for comments as it’s getting too long.

Same rules apply as the previous post, and please read House Rules before commenting.

***COMMENTS IN THIS POST CONTAIN SPOILERS***

04
May
10

Dead in the Family Released!

***COMMENTS IN THIS POST CONTAIN SPOILERS***

It’s been one very long year, my fellow Sookiephiles and Viking lovers. And today is the day! We finally get Dead in the Family in our hot, sweaty little hands.

Though some very kind souls have spoiled me to within an inch of my life in the last few weeks, I haven’t read the full book yet so it will be a day or two before I have anything coherent to say about it.

Actually, it could be a few days before I’m capable of saying anything coherent at all.

In the meantime, this post is for those of us who need somewhere to play while we’re reading. It’s open season in here, feel free to discuss any aspect of the book you like.

Posting rules and big, chunky spoilers after the jump.

COMMENTS ARE CLOSED ON THIS POST. NEW POST HERE

Keep Reading…

03
May
10

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.

**NO DITF SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS, PLEASE!**




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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 rampant...you have been warned!

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