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Book Review – Club Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

July 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Book Description:

The third Sookie Stackhouse novel from the New York Times bestselling author – and the basis for the HBO series True Blood.

Sookie’s boyfriend has been very distant – in another state, distant. Now she’s off to Mississippi to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead – a little haunt where the vampire elite go to chill out. But when she finally finds Bill – caught in an act of betrayal – she’s not sure whether to save him… or sharpen some stakes.


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working through the Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) by Charlaine Harris right now, and I’m now done with the third book (which is what the True Blood: The Complete Third Season (HBO Series) is based on). I have to say that of the three books so far, Club Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel is the one I liked best, and I strongly suspect that’s mainly because vampire Bill is pretty much absent for almost the entire novel. I guess I really, really don’t like him or the Sookie-Bill romance since I didn’t miss him or their interactions at all 😉

In Club Dead, a disillusioned Sookie Stackhouse sets off for Jackson, Mississippi to help rescue her kidnapped (and unfaithful!) boyfriend/ex-boyfriend Bill Compton. Not that Sookie is the paragon of faithfulness herself, mind you, what with her body craving her very hot guide/bodyguard (the werewolf Alcide Herveaux) while half-heartedly fending off the attentions of her vampire boss Eric Northman…

The plot itself is very flimsy (no wonder the HBO series added all those subplots in order to add more flesh to the story), but like I said, I much preferred having Bill out of sight and mind. Plus I really liked the two male characters who got a lot of face-time in Book 3. The vampire Eric is still just as irreverently funny and inappropriate as always, but this time, he shows a softer side and he ends up being a better friend to Sookie than Bill ever was. And honestly, the werewolf Alcide seems to actually be the perfect partner for Sookie, except that they were both caught up over stupidly mooning over other less deserving partners.

As always, Club Dead is a quick read, very escapist fare; it’s not very taxing and there were many parts that were pretty funny (i.e. how Sookie foils the crucifixion of Elvis is one!).

Well, now I’m all caught up and I plan to read Book 4 without the ghost of Season 4 of True Blood hanging over me – so we’ll see how much I’ll like it then!

Club Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition ($7.99), Paperback edition ($7.99), Mass Market Paperback edition ($7.99), and Audible Audio Edition ($17.95).

The eBook is also available at B&N, iBooks and Sony eBookstore for $7.99.

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