Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

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Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

by Charlaine Harris

Penguin Publishing Group | May 3, 2011 | Hardcover

Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel is rated 3.087 out of 5 by 23.
New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series-the basis for HBO®'s True Blood!

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. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.34 × 6.25 × 1.32 in

Published: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0441020313

ISBN - 13: 9780441020317

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I appreciate the day-to-day stuff 3.5 stars Summary for the 11th book in the series... Trying to do this without spoilers: Sookie has someone who wants her dead, some of her supernatural family is staying with her and she is learning more about her great-uncle, and Eric is in a political “battle”. Those are probably the main plotlines in this one. I'm still liking the series. It's funny because, though I like that the day-to-day stuff continues (for instance, Sookie has a baby shower planned for a friend, also Merlotte's is struggling) while Sookie is trying to avoid being murdered – in so many other books, any day-to-day stuff just gets set aside – I have to admit that it doesn't make for as exciting a book as if the entire story focused on Sookie's survival. I'm still liking it, though, and I do appreciate the day-to-day stuff still happening.
Date published: 2012-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay Sookie Stackhouse, small-town barmaid, is in the midst of trouble again. Sam's bar Merlotte's is fire-bombed and although the police think it is because of a back-lash against shifters, Sookie is not so sure. Eric, her vampire boyfriend, comes running to help because of their blood bond. Sookie is very uneasy about this blood bond and asks Amelia, a witch, to help her break the bond. In the meantime, Dermot and Claude, Sookie's fairy kin help her to clean out the attic. Sam suggests an antique dealer who can help her sell the unwanted furniture. While the dealer is inspecting the pieces he finds a secret drawer which reveals a velvet pouch with a cluviel dor, a fairy talisman. Lots of action and trouble in this book. I have not felt right about Eric for the last several books and this just keeps proving me right. Eric is not the man for Sookie. Also can Sookie not even pick friends right. What is it with Amelia and her actions? Does this mean if a girl always picks the 'bad' guy she also picks 'bad' friends?
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Fan I love all the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. This is book #11 and I cannot wait for the next one. I also watch True Blood on HBO which is the television series based on these books. I am what you would call a true fan. If you are not a true fan, that's fine. But don't hate.
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Colossal waste of time and money I am sooooo disappointed with this book!! If you have a hard time falling asleep...fret no more.. read two pages of this book and you will be sleeping like a baby. We wait 8 books for Eric and Sookie to get together because they have so much passion between the two of them and then when it finally happens it's an absolute bore! I don't think that I will waste my money when the next book comes out. I loved this series but now I am absolutely disapointed :(
Date published: 2011-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More of the Same but Still Fun to Read Sookie Stackhouse is back yet again! Now that the vamps and shifters are public knowledge, she's married to Eric and still working away at her favourite bar and grill – Merlotte's. Life should be pretty good right? Well it would be, except that people aren't reacting well to the shifters big reveal, so Sookie's loved one's are constantly getting threatened. And Eric hasn't been around to much, since him and Pam starting plotting the death of there new leader. So in order to get things back to “normal” Sookie sets out to help in anyway that she can and ends up tangled in a mess she may not be cut out for. I didn't want to give to much away in my synopsis above but I have to say, when you take out the more specific details, Dead Reckoning sounds strikingly like a lot of other Sookie Stackhouse novels. That's not to say it wasn't a fun read, just a little repetitive. It's filled with the usual – Sookie, a naive young barmaid, gets in over her head and gets tangled up in a complicated mess. I generally enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse novels. They're a nice light read, with some fun characters and some steamy scenes. This one was no different. As always I love the quirkiness of some of the characters – particularly Pam. I LOVE Pam. I did find, however, that the plot felt a little forced. Many of the same situations have already been encountered by Sookie in one way or another. Even Sookie and Eric are beginning to lose their luster. I used to love them as a couple but now it seems that he's not around more often than he's there. It's hard to write a review of the 11th book in a series. It was a still a fun read, so if you're already a fan, definitely pick it up, you'll enjoy it. It's worth continuing on. If you haven't read any of the Sookie books, however, this book shouldn't be your motivation to start. This review was originally posted at Christa's Hooked on Books -- http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-dead-reckoning-by-charlaine.html
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It As usual another amazing book in this series, I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I am new to the Sookie Stackhouse series. After reading the first book, I couldn't wait to start the next. I read all eleven books plus the book of short stories in one week. I found that as the series progressed, the books simply got better and better. For those who watch True Blood - the books (other than the first) are very different from the show. The books are a must-read in my opinion. As always, the books are so much better than a television series or movie could ever show. As for "Dead Reckoning" specifically, I really liked it. I was sad to see it end knowing that I'd have to wait for the next in the series to be written! This book was full of everything: strong, interesting characters; excitement and surprises; drama, intrigue and romance; and it pulled you through several emotional stages right along with the main character. What I found most surprising was Harris's imaginative scope; I was reading and wondering where she finds all of her ideas. She seems to continuously come up with new, fresh, interesting twists for her readers with each book. I easily rate this book at 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone interested in this genre. I am looking forward to Charlaine Harris' next installment in the Sookie Stackhouse saga! I'm looking forward to seeing how things play out for Sookie and Eric.
Date published: 2011-08-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not like it.!! I loved her previous books but her last two are well BORING!! It takes forever to get to the point and when it does it's like Really that's it? There's no WOW to it at all. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Where's the Wow? Dead Reckoning, the latest Sookie book, continues not long from where Dead in the Family left off, and while I found it an enjoyable read, I still can't say that I was wowed by it like I have been previous installments. The story opens with a bang, literally, when Merlottes is fire-bombed. Unfortunately, Harris isn't able to keep the momentum going. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty going on here: firebombs; psycho-killers that have it in for Sookie on the loose; Victor's (the recently appointed Regent of Louisiana) machinations; scheming fairy relatives - we seem to have the whole gambit of romantic, political and economic issues. It was all entertaining and a treat to re-enter Sookie's world. I just can't say that I had that overwhelming 'wow' feeling when I finally closed the last page of the book. With only two installments left (I read somewhere that she plans to end the series at book 13), Harris has her work cut out for her to really amp up the Wow factor for the series finale. 2011-029
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not as good as the previous books I did like the book and I like Charlaine Harris as an author but I think there is a reason her three other series' end between 4-8 books long. The Sookie Stackhouse plot is wearing thing, as the franchise has gained popularity I get the feeling that it's now more about making money then turning out quality books. The previous books in the series were longer, more exciting, and more unique.
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Sookie adventure! I have to say, I don't much care for True Blood, but I love the Sookie Stackhouse books! Much of the fun comes from the dialogue Charlaine Harris writes and the rest comes from the characters and great mythology. For followers of the story, this is a continuation of Sookie's adventures. A few mysteries are solved and a few new ones come up, setting us up for the next book. The one thing that bugged me was that Sookie didn't think of the obvious use for her cluviel dor, but I expect that will be addressed soon enough. Great series!
Date published: 2011-07-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from On, and on, and on, and on.... This book just won't end!! I am very saddened to say I am very dissapointed with this book and as a person who gives most books raving reviews, that is saying something. It seemed like the first quarter of the book went on and on about sookies hair!!! Really? Filler much? The sex scene was way under par, cheesy, tacky, and it just didn't fit in with what I'm used to reading from CH. I have been reading this book since the day it came out and I normally finish books in a couple if days. I am still not done! The not reason I am going to continue to torture my poor brain with this book is because I can not stand to leave a book unread and I want to continue to read a hopefully better book next year. I feel CH slacked with this book. No emotion, no excitement, just flat and boring. Hopefully she looks at some of these reviews and does a double take on how she wrote this book.
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Back to where we started? I guess I had a big enough break between the books coming out that I appreciated this one a little more than the last. However, Harris seems to really be pulling a PC Cast and every book seems to change Sookie's world as we know it. What started out as vampires has extended to weres, shapeshifters, witches, and fae. The fae to me seem the most out of place though they've become a very dominant part of the recent books. In this book there's a person out to kill sookie again, not even someone new, just recycling an old plot: Sandra Pelts sister. Been there, done that. Sookie has a wish. Wouldnt it be interesting if she wished for Jason to become human again? or for that matter Bill or Eric? I feel like this book really went full circle and just brought us all back to the same start we've been looping in for several books now. I think Harris jumped ship on the vamps too soon and a lot of these other plot arcs just aren't as good, interesting, or believable. it's not BAD. If you're a fan I would certainly continue to read it if not for only curiosity sake... but don't expect anything TOO amazing...w e're really beating a dead horse.
Date published: 2011-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So Dissapointed. So disappointed. Period. I was looking forward to this book for months. I am a big fan of the series and have sadly found that they are getting worse as they continue. I have loved Sookie’s character and spark and in this book I did not feel any of that, she felt like a shell of her former self. She doesn’t seem to fight for what she wants and her character has left me wanting for more. Her actions and the actions of those around her just don’t seem to be organic or justified. I don’t even want to go into the forced feeling of the deterioration of Eric and Sookie’s relationship. In the book it does not seem like they are even dating due to the complete lack of any real communication between the two characters. This would be fine if it felt true to their nature. For me her writing style has fallen flat. Her previous books have felt like a full season and this book felt like barely an episode. I will of course finish reading the series but I am hoping that CH will read what her fans have written and will take the message to heart. I want to love the final books and I am holding out in the hope that I will be surprised.
Date published: 2011-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Enough We've been waiting, and some say suffering through HBO to get at this new story, and I'm sorry to say, while I enjoyed the little tale, it just wasn't enough. Very little was accomplished in this book, except setting up what could be major plot lines in forthcoming books. Everything happened too quickly, and I feel as though nothing was resolved. Will I buy the next installment, of course I will, I'll take any dose of my favorite Vampires, but that's all this was, a dose. It could have been so much greater.
Date published: 2011-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Who wrote this? Dead Reckoning is the 11th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Sookie is married to area sheriff Eric Northman. Not married in the traditional sense but Blood Bonded vampire style. Eric has been acting differently and has been arguing with Pam. Pam is trying to tell Sookie something but Eric won't allow it. There is a big secret he is holding. He also wants to kill Victor, the Regent of Louisiana as he is making everyone miserable. Sookie is still living with her fae family Dermott and Claude and we get more information about the fae lifestyle and we get to know more about how Sookie came to be and why she's part fae. Well this book was good. It was better than the previous two. This book answered many unanswered question but also left us with a pretty big unanswered question when we finally find out what Eric's big secret is. I find myself less and less interested in these characters. The first 9 books I could not put down. I feel the characters are loosing their chemistry with each other. Especially Eric and Sookie. They were the reason I loved the series so much. I feel that this series needs to end soon because as a reader feel it's just dragging now. I find she is now writing these characters as she sees them from True Blood. I really love True Blood as it's own series, but I don't love what it's done to my Sookie books. I have often thought that the last 2 books seem to be written by another author. It just feels like Harris has lost the “Sookie” voice and “Sookie tone” to her books. Sookie was a lot more crass, swearing a lot and it felt so much like a screenplay. I didn’t feel like the same writer at all. I think Mrs. Harris is overextended and you can see it with the last few books and short stories. I will continue with this series to see it to it’s conclusion just because I’ve invested hours and hours into this series.
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sookie is always great... But this really feels like an "in-between" book. Though seemingly insignificant, many events in the book feel like a build up to future things in future books. My predictions? Eric will become king of some place or other. Sookie will be tempted by Bill, only to end up with Sam in the end. At some point, someone might kidnap Hunter, but all will end well. My gut tells me that there are plenty of books to come. Sure, this isn't the best Sookie book out of the lot, but only one can hold that title, right?
Date published: 2011-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sookie needs to be done! Don't get me wrong, I've loved these novels and the HBO show, True Blood. I just think it is time to put Sookie and friends to rest, in book form at least. I think Charlaine Harris is believing, as long as the show is a hit, her books will continue to be as well, and I am sure this has sold lots already. There is no story left though!!! I have to agree with another lady, Eric's character and his interactions with Sookie are beyond dead! Please Ms. Harris, wrap it all up in the next book, since you didn't with this one!!!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slighty disappointed I'm a big fan of these book and have been since number one but I'm starting to get the feeling that we are running out of plot and that maybe its time for Sookie to get some rest.
Date published: 2011-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok, I guess it was another filler book but I'll take what I can get. Where do I even begin? I guess my major complaint with the book would be what's happening between Eric and Sookie. I loved Eric's character in previous books and find that he has lost his spark and the relationship between the two of them (which I have been patiently awaiting) is mediocre at best. In fact, I have never been a fan of Bill but I find in this book Bill and Eric's characters are almost reversed.....Charlaine what have you done to Eric?!!! A lot was left open, so you know there is more to come, which as always I am excited about but I almost feel let down after patiently waiting through so many books for it to start, could Eric and Sookie's relationship be coming to an end so soon???? On another note, typically these things don't bother me but I swear Charlaine Harris is awaiting grand children! I would normally never pick up on such a thing but why on earth was everything pregnant in this book? The air was pregnant, the anticipation was pregnant, geez half the women were pregnant. Maybe that was sookie's word of the day (I really miss those)....did anyone else notice this trend?LOL
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from yawn Expected better. The last two books have been very disappointing... a lot of randomness and fillers without the juicy bits. But of course I will still read on and hope for the best.
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much Better than the last one... You've got to love Sookie. Over all this was a good book, would I recommend it? It was much better than Dead in the Family which I found to be slow, not something I expected form a Sookie novel. I would recommend for any one new to the series (1st, where have you been?) that you start from the beginning and see how Sookie became who she is now. You have to appreciate that she has grown and matured a lot over the course of the series. She has a little of her old self still in there but even she makes note of the changes in herself. She's stronger and quicker because of all that has happened. At the same time it wasn't nearly as fast paced as some of the earlier books which I am beginning to really miss when it comes to the series. Some of the story felt like a set up to make sure we get to where Harris wants us to be at the end of book 13, some of it feels as though ideas are running low, but it was nice to see a fair bit of Eric and Pam. I think it's about time that Sookie goes back on a road trip again, was getting tired just reading about all the house cleaning she did in this book. Although this book really makes you wonder one thing...where will Sookie end up at the end of book 13? And with Who? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Overall... better than the last one, but maybe not quite up to par. Lets hope for more next year.
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad Book 11 in the Sookie Stackhouse series was good and I have to say it was better than Dead In The Family even though I liked that book nothing really happened and I'm happy this book had a good interesting storyline. So I really liked this book but there were a few things I did not like and one of my problems is still Eric and Sookie's relationship, I'm not going to spoil but I just wish their relationship was better considering it took them soooo long to get together. Overall a good book there was a lot of Fairie stuff in this book and a good chunk of action so it made things ebjoyable. I will say that even though I love this series I think Charlaine Harris should think about ending this series soon cause even thoguh this book was good it was still a bit dry. Sorry if this review doesn't make much sense. :0)
Date published: 2011-05-06

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Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

by Charlaine Harris

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.34 × 6.25 × 1.32 in

Published: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0441020313

ISBN - 13: 9780441020317

About the Book

New in the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series-the basis for HBO(r)'s "True Blood"!
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. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

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Table of ContentsTitle PageCopyright PageDedicationAcknowledgements Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17 Ace Books by Charlaine HarrisThe Sookie Stackhouse NovelsDEAD UNTIL DARK LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS CLUB DEAD DEAD TO THE WORLD DEAD AS A DOORNAIL DEFINITELY DEADALL TOGETHER DEAD FROM DEAD TO WORSE DEAD AND GONE DEAD IN THE FAMILY DEAD RECKONING A TOUCH OF DEAD: SOOKIE STACKHOUSE, THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES Ace Anthologies Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. KelnerMANY BLOODY RETURNS WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION Berkley Prime Crime Books by Charlaine HarrisSWEET AND DEADLY A SECRET RAGE The Harper Connelly Mysteries GRAVE SIGHT GRAVE SURPRISE AN ICE COLD GRAVE GRAVE SECRET The Lily Bard Mysteries SHAKESPEARE’S LANDLORD SHAKESPEARE’S CHAMPION SHAKESPEARE’S CHRISTMAS SHAKESPEARE’S TROLLOP SHAKESPEARE’S COUNSELOR The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries REAL MURDERS A BONE TO PICKTHREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE THE JULIUS HOUSE DEAD OVER HEELS A FOOL AND HIS HONEY LAST SCENE ALIVE POPPY DONE TO DEATH Berkley Prime Crime Anthologies Edited by Charlaine Harris CRIMES BY MOONLIGHTTHE BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUPPublished by the Penguin GroupPenguin Group (USA) Inc. 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, USAPenguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2Y3, Canada (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.)Pengu
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From the Publisher

New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series-the basis for HBO®'s True Blood!

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. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

About the Author

Charlaine Harris writes both fantasies and mysteries. She lives in southern Arkansas with her family.

Editorial Reviews

“Doesn’t disappoint fans of the southern mind-reading belle who gets mixed up in the world of vampires and magical creatures…It’s the perfect poolside read.”—The Kansas City Star


“This was a fast paced and entertaining read that had me glued to my seat and turning those pages to see just who would show up and what was going to happen next.”—Fresh Fiction