|I am the dark-haired one.|
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sookie Stackhouse, you listen to me: Eric is a jerk. Except when he was under a witch's spell, Eric has always been a jerk. You do not love Eric. In your 13th and final novel, you'd better decide to get back together with Bill, or you will break my heart.
This wasn't the most exciting volume of Sookie's adventures, and the ending was abrupt. The climactic scene almost felt tacked on, as if Charlaine Harris needed a last-minute excuse for Sookie to use the powerful faery-magic object she possessed. But reading a Sookie Stackhouse novel is like visiting a long-established friend. Whatever happens in the next book, I will tear through it in three days like I did this one, and I will sob when it ends, however it ends.
Bill says he'll refuse to make Sookie a vampire, but we'll see.
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My mom must have finished it last night. She e-mailed me her impressions, which were as follows:
"OMG! Why, why was Claude so bad! Why did Eric leave Sookie!
Why did Quinn suddenly call?
Why did all the faeries have to leave America?? What about Sookie, won't she need some fairy connection? This book was so good. I can't wait for the answers to all these questions.
I bet Sookie ends up with Sam or no one, just her nephew."
I love that my mom e-mails using the phrase "OMG." (I'm going to die laughing the day I get an OMFG.) I composed an in-kind reply, which went like this:
"Eric is a jerk. Eric's always been a jerk, except when he was cursed.
The Quinn part, I think, was just wrapping up a loose end.
Sookie will be fine without the fairies. Besides, Dermot stayed.
You think she'll end up with Sam? I don't know. I'll be sad if it's not Bill."
"Sad" won't begin to describe it, actually. I'll be bereft. But I was wrong about one point, which Mom corrected me on:
"Dermot didn't stay. At the last minute he went. His father finally acknowledged him."
Of course you're right, Mom.
Season 5 of True Blood, please hurry up and get here. Now, gratuitous werewolf flesh.