Thursday, 3 December 2009

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris is the fourth book in the "Southern Vampire Mysteries".
Sookie, on her way home after working at Merlotte’s New Year’s Eve party, finds Eric, half dress and not wearing shoes running for his life. Eric does not recognize her, he appears frightened and confused, two things that Sookie has never seen in the usually confident Viking. Eric knows he is a vampire, but he does not know who he is, or why he's running towards Sookie's house in the middle of the night. Though frightened, Eric seems to know he can trust Sookie and accepts a ride back to her house with her. Not knowing what to do, Sookie calls Fangtasia. Pam and Chow arrive shortly after and explain that several nights ago a group of witches arrived in Shreveport. This group seems to be more powerful than other witches and they either want to take over Eric's businesses or make Eric pay them money to leave him alone, Eric refuses their offer and Pam and Chow watched Eric vanish from his office in Shreveport. Pam and Chow then ask Sookie to keep Eric safe while they solve the problem with the witches. Though reluctant to keep Eric at her house for an indeterminate period of time, Sookie needs the money and soon finds her self very much enjoying having the "new" Eric around. Without his old personality, Eric has become attentive, kind, sweet, and completely devoted to Sookie. At first it seems like a great situation, but Sookie soon realizes that despite how wonderful this new Eric is, she misses the person he used to be...

Spoilers ahead:
For those of us who are big fans of Sookie and Eric this book is like a fantasy, or a big tease, probably a bit of both. It's great to have them finally together, though it isn't real and he's not the cocky, self involved, sarcastic vampire we've all come to love, which sort of takes the fun out of it. Don't get me wrong, I'll take what I can get, it's just not the same. And when he doesn't remember any of it when he gets his memory back is thoroughly annoying. All in all, the Eric/Sookie fans know that Eric would not have behaved that way had he not had real feelings for Sookie, it's just his pride and personality that stop him from showing it ordinarily.

Bottom Line: A great read, lots of fun, nothing that requires much thought. Not for young readers (or readers who don't want sexual situations).


rameau said...

The biggest accomplishment of this book is that Sookie realises that there is more to Eric than his rough, sardonic exterior and that she can't settle for the idealised version of him.

Other than that, I didn't really like this book. I can only imagine how difficult a wait it was for those who had begun reading with the first book and wanted Sookie to choose Eric from the start, but for me it was still too soon for them to get together. It only made me angry because for the longest time Sookie refused to see anything good in Eric and only way to make her see it was to hammer it through her thick brain. After Eric's real memories were restored and his time under the spell erased, Sookie went back to her judgemental self as a form of self-protection but when he got his memories back...

Why couldn't that have happened without this fantasy? If Harris really wanted to write this kind of book, why couldn't it be an outtake kind of a story. Something that takes place during the actual series without being part of the actual series? A true fantasy without any (book) real life consequences, a fantasy that no one remembers after it's happened? It would have appeased the Sookie and Eric fans for a while without taking too much from their story.

But I forget, this isn't the best planned book series I've read.

Modern Crush said...

Interesting... still have to get though two and three though! xo

Jennifer said...

If youve read the house of nights novels tell me what you think, cause i feel im the only person who thought they were horrid

Hey Lady! said...

Welcome Jennifer, thanks for commenting! I have read the first House of Night novel, and below is the link to my co-blogger Nolebucgrl's review of them, they weren't my cup of tea, but she loves them, if you check out the link below (or go to House of Night on the right hand side of the screen) you can see why.