Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Review: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Published: May 6th, 2006
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge
Other: Third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. There are currently 10 books in the series, with two more being published in the future. The eleventh installment, Dead Reckoning, will be published May 3rd, 2011.
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Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill's sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches up with the errant vampire, he is in big trouble and caught in an act of serious betrayal. This raises serious doubts as to whether she should save him or start sharpening a few stakes of her own ...
In this third book in the series, Bill is going on a secret undercover mission. After two days, Sookie learns that he's been abducted, and Eric sends her on a trip to Jackson to stay with a Were that owes him, so he can take her to a club owned by the Vampire King, and listen to their thoughts.
What I particularly liked about this book, is that Bill has screwed things up with Sookie. I don't like Bill and I really dislike his behaviour - he's possessive and selfish and honestly, I can't see what's attractive about him. So to learn that Bill wouldn't really be present in this book wasn't something I'd mind. I would have liked to see some more of Eric, since there's never too much Eric in a Sookie Stackhouse book, but oh well.
Sookie seems to have a habit of getting herself into trouble - or rather be sent into trouble that other people made. She's always in the middle of what is going on in Bon Temps or whatever place is nearby or the source of the trouble. I really liked the Were that was introduced in this book, Alcide. I liked him as a character, even though he didn't seem to realize what an evil person his ex/not so ex was.
Overall, I really enjoyed myself while reading this book. A big part of that was because we didn't see a lot of Bill in this book, and I was glad about that. I'm actually really looking forward to the rest of the series now and I even read Dead to the World right after I finished reading this one.
Club Dead gets 3.5 stars - and I'm starting to like this series more and more. I'm looking forward to reading the next books!