leedock’s CBR-III Review #21-“Dead Reckoning”, – Charlaine Harris

By the time you get to the 11th book in a series, you have to figure things are going to get a little stale. I adore the heroine of these books (Go Sookie!) but I think that I’m past ready for her to pack her bags, move in with Sam and stop inviting vampires (and every marginal paranormal entity) into her house. Get it together, girl.

This will be but one offering in a long series of reviews for this book. I’m not the first and won’t be the last, so I’m not going to delve too much into the plot of the book. I am pretty much in agreement with the three previous reviews. “Dead Reckoning”, like the 10th book in the series, spends way too much time on the least interesting of characters, the fae, and on a slow build to a fairly anti-climatic showdown.

Sookie is still recovering from the last book’s mayhem when she gets caught up in more drama: some old vendettas and some new. Vampire and fae politics muddy the water and nearly every character from the previous books is inserted into the story except for her brother Jason, which is a shame. He is generally good at adding some much-needed levity when Sookie gets too mopey.

The one interesting point to make here is that Sookie is, finally, beginning to realize that the vampire boyfriends and fairy relations are more trouble than they are worth.  Being a plain old hillbilly telepath might just be enough excitement for one girl. Let’s hope she carries that lesson into book #12.

I do keep reading these books, though, and will mostly likely keep at it to the end. The author has created an engaging and quirky character who is better than the sum total of her repetitive mistakes. I guess I’ll just have to wait until Harris runs out of titles with the word “dead” in them.

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