What I lovingly call the Southern Vampire Series seems to be more commonly referred to as the Sookie Stackhouse books or even the True Blood series. But however you choose to think of the series, if you’re a fan we have one thing in common – we never want it to end.
What started with Dead Until Dark is now approaching it’s eleventh full book, Dead Reckoning. And with only a few more books planned in the series, I, for one, am getting nervous about what might happen to my favorite waitress and my favorite vampire – and no, it is NOT Bill Compton.
I will try not to give away too many spoiler-y things, but I can’t have a book blog and not talk about Charlaine Harris and her amazing series.
I only discovered this series about a year-and-a-half ago. It was highly suggested reading by a friend of mine – yes, the same one who insisted I read the sparkly vamp series that shall not be named – but I didn’t immediately take her up on her recommendation.
I thought the only southern vampires I would ever want to know and love belonged to Anne Rice. Why would I want to know anything about another vamp when I had Lestat in my life?
But as the list of young adult vampire stories dwindled, I thought I would give this recommended adult series a try. I was assured that it was not a southern romance novel bodice-ripper in disguise where vampires replaced the traditional male leads.
And I knew, just a few pages in, that I would really enjoy this book so instead of buying them one by one, I bought the eight book set for the Kindle and read all eight books, plus book nine, in one very long, sleepless reading marathon.
And when I finished, can you guess what I did next? You can, can’t you? Of course. I re-read the entire series. But this time I bookmarked all my favorite parts so I could analyze and refer to them again and again. Obsessed much? Oh yes.
If you’ve read the series, book nine, Dead and Gone, contained a line at the end from Pam that had me checking the discussion groups for hidden meaning. And there was a big question mark about Eric’s actions, too.
See, Dead in the Family had not yet come out, and of course I started reading the series when the last remaining available book had a questionable end. All other books were wrapped up quite nicely and tied up with a pretty bow. Not so with Dead and Gone.
That was October 2009 and it was a long wait until May 2010 for that next book. So you can only imagine just how tortured I felt during those long, cold winter months.
I knew I liked Eric from the start, but I think I started falling in love with Eric in book three, Club Dead. He was always, and still is, all sorts of bad and good, contained in one tall, Scandinavian package. I had a very different image in mind, but now that I’ve watched the series I only see Alex Skarsgård, which is not a bad thing.
But from Dead to the World on, there was no one else I wanted Sookie to end up with. Not the shifter. Not there Were. Not the tiger. Not the were-panther. And definitely not Bill Compton.
Why not Bill?
If you’ve only watched the HBO series, you may think I’m crazy for not thinking Bill is the perfect beau for our dear Sookie. He’s kind and considerate, and even though he’s lied to her there is no question that he loves her.
But if you’ve read the books, Mr. Bill Compton is not such a sweet, attentive and gentile southern gentleman. Aside from all the lies and how he’s behaved with his ex, Bill is so wrapped up in creating his computerized vampire database that he neglects Sookie much of the time. What girl wants to play second fiddle to a computer?
And although he has made attempts to get back into Sookie’s good graces, he is actually kind of pathetic and a little bit of a stalker.
I’ve had a few choice names for Bill during the course of my many reads through the series – many of which I can’t print here and get my PG rating on the blog – but creeper has a nice ring to it.
Perhaps, however, you feel that Bill’s wrongs are redeemable. And I am definitely open to hearing arguments in his favor – but from the book ONLY, as TV Bill is a much different Bill and TV Eric is much less lovable.
The other men in Sookie’s life…
Sookie has not had much luck with men. The poor dear.
Her boss Sam, seems like a nice, safe choice. He’s kind, he likes her and they could potentially work as a couple, barkeep and barmaid happily-ever-after. But he’s had some pretty bad luck with, and piss-poor taste in, the women he’s chosen to be with. And even though he may like Sookie, I just don’t see them working in the long run.
Many fans love Quinn, but Sookie said it best when she said that she needed to be put first. And that’s something that Quinn would never be able to do. Not with his loopy mother and sister. A big tough guy still tied up with those apron strings.
Don’t even get me started on Alcide and his psychotic ex.
So who does that leave for poor Sookie? Calvin. Ick. NO. I will not have her end up with Calvin. Nice-ish guy. Creepy situation, though. She cannot move to the crossroads and live in a fancy trailer and become nothing more than a housekeeper and a breeder. After all she’s been through she deserves more. She may want children but Calvin is not the way to go.
I can’t imagine her with anyone fae after Dead and Gone. And I think after All Together Dead, there is no hope for a Sookie-Barry love connection – not that I hoped for one in the first place. Will Sookie hook-up with her cousin’s ex-hubby? I hope not. So…
Eric is the logical choice but…
I’ve read Charlaine Harris’ blog and from what she implied it doesn’t look like there will be a permanent Sookie-Eric match-up. She said that Sookie would not be going vamp and I can’t imagine Eric loving Sookie quite so unconditionally if she was elderly. But a girl can still hope.
Because…Eric loves her. She loves him, even if she won’t admit it. They are perfect for each other – both strong-willed, stubborn and determined, both independent and Eric has always been there for her. From far and wide he has come to her rescue, except that one time. He has never tried to change her. He really is the perfect vampire.
As the series has progressed, our once sweet, bright and sunny Sookie has grown dark. I’m concerned just what this means for our girl, but the sweet and caring person she was in the first book is long gone. I was actually a little scared of the Sookie I met in Dead in the Family.
Surrounded by death, causing the death of others and hanging out with violent beings has definitely taken its toll. I am afraid to read the first chapter of Dead Reckoning and have yet to read the Goodreads description, which I will include below, as I don’t think I’m quite ready to be teased or potentially horrified as to how much darker things will get.
I am still hopeful that things will turn out well in the end for Sookie and can’t wait until May 3rd which is just around the corner. And I hope, hope, hope I will have time to read this series again before then.
A quick note about DITF
During the trial phase (a.k.a. false start) of my blog last spring, I had “reviewed” DITF and I may have mentioned it was my least favorite of the books. I still loved the book, but had a couple issues with it.
One, I wanted more. More everything and especially more Eric. And I felt like further detail about Eric’s maker could have been added as I was expecting to see and learn so much about him, but everything on that front came and went so quickly. Sorry, but I can say no more without spoiling.
Two, the major questions I had from the previous book seemed to be glossed over. I thought they were rather huge issues and yet nothing came of them in this book. I felt needlessly tortured for all those months for nothing. Of course if the author has other plans to resolve those issues in Dead Reckoning or a later book, then all will be forgiven and I will be ecstatic – or sobbing uncontrollably – when all is revealed.
What’s up next
I think we’re all on the edge of our seats to find out what’s going to happen in Dead Reckoning. Although I refuse to peek at the Goodreads description or the first chapter, I have included it here, but have been squinting while pasting in the details and grabbing all the links so I would remain in the dark.
I read the sneak peek of the chapter of DITF when it was first available and it only made me more anxious so I refuse to do that to myself this time around. But for you lovely blog readers, here are the extras.
Dead Reckoning, the eleventh full book in the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011. It is available for pre-order online in hardcover and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Published by Ace, the print version is 336 pages.
A look at the first chapter of Dead Reckoning, the eleventh book in the Sookie Stackhouse series is available HERE.
“With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit – and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . “
And for those fans of the HBO series, a “Waiting Sucks” teaser for season 4 with my favorite vamp: