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I'm a devoted fan of the series and my expectations may be unreasonably high. I love Ms. Harris' characters and the Louisiana she offers readers. I was certainly entertained, but disappointed on several counts. Strengths: The dialogue quality is excellent in this installment. The tone of the book is darker but appropriately so given FDTW foreshadowing. Some foreshadowing in previous books realized quite nicely(e.g., fairy dangers, were reveal). Bill does more than pine. You get more Eric than in past books and I loved it that he talks a lot. And while there is a major relationship development early in the book, there wasn't anything new revealed about their depth of feeling for one another. If FDTW gave you hope for a big, squishy "talk," you'll be disappointed. There's plenty of satisfying dialogue between E and S, but well, I think after waiting out 4 books, we deserved more. I suppose my beef is with the loads of ink spent in clearing old subplots, removing secondary characters and inserting placeholders. I agree it was time to pare down the cast, I was just jealous that every page spent on that stuff was one less page devoted to Sookie's men. Still, I thank Ms. Harris and don't know what I'll do with myself waiting for the next book.
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I reluctantly started listening to these books after Audible had some of them on sale. I had debated listening to them as I had watched Season one of True Blood and wasn't at all enthralled with it. I thought there was too much gratuitous sex and also was underwhelmed by Bill Compton. I had fallen in love with the show on CBS, Moonlight, and was extremely disappointed when it got canceled and probably felt some sour grapes about the advent of True Blood.
I've never considered myself a huge vampire fan. I read halfway through one of Anne Rice's books and couldn't finish it. But I've become totally addicted to Sookie Stackhouse's story and I'm a sucker for a good love story. I've listened to the whole series twice and to this last one three or four times.
Sookie has a unique voice and is quite charming and brave and funny. Eric is also funny and totally hot. It's been interesting to see the progression of their relationship with each other. One of the reviewers said this one ends in a cliffhanger and I don't see it that way at all. Sookie's great grandfather doesn't specify which vampire he thinks is a good man and truly loves Sookie, but after all, Sookie is going to have to make up her own mine, isn't she?
I find myself hoping that she and Eric realize that they are in love, and even that somehow Sookie could have his baby -- after all, there is magic involved in the whole series, and clearly Sookie has something special that we are yet to learn.
The narrator is fabulous and really brings the characters to life. Thanks to Charlaine Harris for a truly inventive series and to Audible for bringing the books to me. Listening is the only way I read any more, and I have probably become one of Audible's best customers.
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