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Friday, September 16, 2011

From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris

Read for the RIP VI Reading Challenge.

In most of the Sookie Stackhouse books (this being number eight), there’s a pretty big event that is the focus of the book. This book is different – a series of small events – housekeeping even, in prep for a larger event that’s coming in the next book (totally true – I read the first chapter of the next book in the back of this one).

Sookie has to figure out her relationship with the weretiger Quinn (probably because she’s due to hook back up with Eric), the local werewolves have to work out pack dynamics after a near civil war, and the local vampires have to work out politics now that their queen is gravely injured after events in the last book.

All of this takes place against the back drop of Hurricane Katrina, and I really have to give the author props for weaving that event into the lives of the people of Bon Temps. It was certainly something she could have chosen to ignore, but having it there makes the world that much richer.

As usual, I had a number of flashes of “How the heck are they going to work this into the tv show” while reading this story. To which I can only say, every season, they get further from the world of the book, and yet, every season, I’m impressed how much of that year’s story they manage to work in.

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