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Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11)
Dead Reckoning - Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11
Author: Charlaine Harris
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780441020317
ISBN-10: 0441020313
Publication Date: 5/3/2011
Pages: 325
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 393 ratings
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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griz1girl avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 78 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
This book was better than her last 2 dismal failures, but it still fell short. Very, very short.

Why do I keep reading these, I ask myself? This book, like the last 2 was sad, depressing & without any kind of ending--let alone a happy one!

Sookie leads a sad life. Perhaps I am remembering the first few books with nostalgia instead of accuracy--but wasn't Sookie fun & kooky & lovable in the beginning? Didn't she have some great love scenes & hot males to play with?

What happened to all that? This book had NO ROMANCE. NO LOVE. None whatsoever. Her paranormal characters are totally flat & emotionless. JR Ward's vampires are hot, steamy, passionate, emotion-filled. Harris's vampires are cold, calculating & angry. And that's AFTER Eric tells Sookie he loves her. Like I believed him!

I keep thinking Sookie will be given the love & life & happy ending she deserves. But instead I'm given flat, boring books, with dangling endings--leading me to foolishly buy the next book. She just doesn't embody most females that I know--most give everything to the loves of their lives & enjoy the ride. I know I did!

But Sookie goes for days without seeing her supposed 'Husband'--and even longer without the love, passion, sex that goes hand in hand with a normal healthy relationship.

I felt so sad & depressed by the end it was ridiculous. Can I recommend this book--nope. Once again, it fell so short of "good" I am sorry I wasted my time reading it.
astucity avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
The 11th installment in the Southern Vampire mysteries didnt exactly live up to its predecessors in delivery of storyline or charm the way the previous offerings have. A tad bit disappointing and dull, you dont know whether to roll your eyes from expected plot twists or just put the book down and hope for the 12th one to come out soon .. and be a whole lot better.

Our heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, is married (read as dating) to area 5 Sheriff, Eric Northman, and their marriage is far from happy or ideal. The book starts off almost immediately with a Molotov Cocktail crashing through the window of Merlottes Bar and Grill where Sookie still works as a waitress. At first it was thought to be a retaliation against Sam, the owner, coming out as a were, or two natured, or a myriad of other nicknames, we later find out it isnt, in an overly predictable manner yet again.

The story progresses further into a former enemy chasing after Sookie and generally being an annoying pain to her, and to the reader.

There is a lot of just chatty character to character interaction, but it does heat up later on when the new regent, appointed by the King of Nevada to oversee Louisiana, becomes intolerable again, so a plot is formed to, of course, take him out. Inbetween that and the actual execution of that plan, we do see a lot of dealings with Sookies fae nature in the form of her cousin and great uncle still living there with her. Ive read mixed reviews on this, but I dont mind this part at all. I thought it was interesting so in this part I will let the reader decide on this.

This book also offers us up plenty of boring and frustrating Oh I still have feelings for Bill, but I LOVE Eric crap we have been getting too much of in the last 2 or 3 books. Of course, the end leaves us off with Eric supposedly being promised to another vampire by his creator, and of course he is considering it so that leaves Ms. Harris an open doorway to do what she was probably planning to in the beginning; make Eric out to be the jerk and she gets back with Bill anyway.

In my reviews I usually go over the plot almost step by step with no spoilers, but honestly, this book was ok, but not really plot oriented. It was, I think, the most awkward book of the entire series. Either Ms. Harris has become disenchanted with the world she created, or this was forced on her by the publisher. I really do believe in her abilities as a writer, I truly do. In fact, I believe her to be much more talented than most other writers of her genre. This book was just not it for me. Up until now I have staunchly supported the books over the tv series in which I liked better, but, if this series doesnt pick up a little where the books are concerned, I might have to change my opinion.

Come on Sookie, lets not turn into a boring and older Bella Swan whom I loathe.
ATraveler avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 193 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
To date this is my favorite Sookie Stackhouse book. This one starts with Sam's bar getting bombed and the continuing problem with Victor. Pam gets more of a personal/back story and Sookie finally starts standing up for herself instead of just lamenting that bad things happen around and to her and the men in her life are 'odd'--and she makes more good decisions in this book.
paisleywings avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 232 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I love this series about Sookie Stackhouse, but I have to admit I'm beginning to like them less, since TruBlood has taken up my interest. The HBO series is so much more riveting than this latest book in the series. I sure wish she would get rid of Eric. He is so irritating in the book. I will continue to read any more books she adds, but they are losing their charm.
whatstacy avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 235 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I was hoping for something "more" from this book. The last book was boring and forgettable. So I was looking for a more captivating plot, sadly that wasn't the case. The book is better than the last, but really, how much trouble can one girl live with? Does it ever end? It didn't capture my attention until the second half of the book, and it was easy to put down until the last quarter. It seems Sookie just can't catch a break, in life, in love, or family. Nothing seems to go her way except survival. Even though I love Sookie and Eric, maybe Sookie should try dating a human for a change. Throw a few new characters in, and this book is much the same as the last few and leaves me questioning how much longer this series has life. Harris has lost some of her "spark" with this one, maybe the TV series is taking her attention. I just don't know, but I don't think I will waste the effort pre-ording this series anymore, I'll just wait for it to be swapped from my wish list.
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ra7 avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 998 more book reviews
I was satisfied with this one. A bit frustrated that the Sandra Pelt storyline came back when I hoped it was over and done with. It is now. I liked Bill more and Eric less. Sookie learns more about her fae background. Looking forward to the next!
tiffanyak avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 215 more book reviews
I don't have it in me to lower the rating, though I know the last few books simply were not as deserving of five stars as the earlier books were, and that especially applies to this installment. There are lots of sudden personality changes in this book, which even when explained don't make complete sense when compared to previous behaviors. But, hey, it is Sookie Stackhouse, and the series overall does need to be read. Though, if I were Charlaine Harris, I'd be starting to think of bringing the series to an end before too much longer. It's been dragging on just a bit too long, and a graceful close in a few books or so might be wise.
geckflac avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 53 more book reviews
I agree with the few reviews that stated they were looking for something more from this latest installment to series. it was alright, kinda "bland", just doesnt have the draw that the earlier ones had. It does leave an opening to pick up on Eric's position with felippe, repercussions over sandra Pelt & were pack, the entanglement with Dermot, possibly Bill back in the picture, among a few other things left open at end of book. Hopefully the next one has more in it....still gave it a 4 star.
froot avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 178 more book reviews
Sookie always finds herself in a hell of a lot of bloodly situtaions and this book is no different. With a final resolution of the Vamipire Victor and his pathetic regeme, we are led into a whole other-worldly set of issues. Ths book seems to try and tie up the Sookie fae connection. It's failing miserable with her relationship with Eric, but I think it's supposed to. Though I really beleive that she loves Eric, Sook really seems to be coming to terms with being fed up with dead bodies falling at her feet.

I wish this book had taken a different direction with my beloved characters. There is no way to tell what will happen, and no wishful thinking into the next book. She left Eric floundering after his confessed eternal love for her. I think I'm pissed that this was a weakness written in by Harris to carry us to the next book. It's unlike Sookie not to speak her mind. And this one flubbed.
robinmy avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 2028 more book reviews
Surprise, Surprise! Someone is trying to kill Sookie Stackhouse. Sookie witnesses a firebombing at Merlottes that many people believe was a hate crime against Sam. A few days later, a group of thugs come into the bar wanting to "grab the blonde" and kill anyone who tries to stop them. No one knows who is behind the crimes, but everyone has theories. Sookie's lover, Eric, is at odds with Pam, but neither of them are talking. Their regent, Victor, is still causing trouble, and it looks like he will have to be dealt with. Throw in a few more of the re-occurring characters in the series and you have a murky plot that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

This is the 11th book in the series and I'm questioning where the author is going with this series. Where the first books in the series had a clear mystery story and some interesting revelations, this one just left me actually wondering what I learned. Yes, we find out who is trying to kill Sookie (this time) and that story comes to a conclusion. We also get the gangs plan to get rid of Victor. The story isn't bad and I was happy to see Bubba back into the mix. Some of the characters are my problem. On of my favorite characters in this series has always been Eric. He is a big bad vamp who always had a soft spot for Sookie and handled her gently. In this book he isn't the same Eric. It's almost like Harris wants to break up Sookie and Eric by turning him into a jerk. As usual, Sookie is upset and depressed about her life. I just want to see her happy. I know there are only two more books in this series and I'm hoping for a happy ending to finish the series. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
momof2furkids avatar reviewed Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 11) on + 57 more book reviews
I love this series so much but I just wish someone in the various story lines could find some happiness that continued for maybe a book or two. The different threads that run thru the Sookie series are just too depressing.

Will Sookie ever have any sort of happy ending? Things are so miserable in her life most of the time it's a wonder she doesn't "end it all". Love, love the series but I hope Charlaine Harris would lighten it up just a bit....

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