A review of Charlaine Harris’s ‘Definitely Dead’ chapter seventeen



This is probably going to be a short and snippy one today. I have had a lousy day; it was our lectures on choosing specialist subjects today, where I learnt that there are only three topics that cover the entirety of British history before the nineteenth century (it’s so disgustingly modernist) and only one of which I want to do. So it’s likely I’m going to be studying something I really intensely dislike for my next academic year, and I probably won’t be able to study the topic I want for my dissertation.  I’m so cross and upset I want to curl up into a ball and cry until my graduation.

But on with the review.

Sookie turns up at the queen’s palace, and talks about how the queen is soooo rich and owns sooooo much property.  Guess what? I don’t give a shit right now.  Not in the mood for this.  There’s a Fellowship spy taking pictures, but LOL the vampires are probably going to rough him up later.  There’s a bunch of security vampires and they all seem to be very lovely.  Bubba is also there, which is not so lovely, but then he vanishes again before I can get very cross.

As we walked, I noticed that some vampires seemed more at ease than others. I observed that the wary vamps were all wearing the same pins attached to their collars, pins in the shape of the state of Arkansas.  When one of the Louisiana vampires bumped into an Arkansas vampire, the Arkansan snarled and for a second I thought there would be a fight in the corridor over a slight accident.

Not a pleasant atmosphere.

Sookie is dropped off outside the queen’s office and meets some Anglo-Saxons.  I’m very interested in reading what Ms Harris thinks about the Anglo-Saxons.

The Saxons eventually became the Anglo-Saxons and later were overwhelmed by the Normans.

I read this sentence to my housemate who does medieval history (as I am an early-modernist myself) and she had a minor freak out about that for about twenty minutes.  To summarise: that’s bullshit, I’m afraid.

The two, Sigebert and Wybert, have a very interesting history but I’m too cross to go into it right now.  They were made by Sophie-Anne herself.  Sookie goes into the office to meet Sophie-Anne, and this is the first time we meet Sophie-Anne too.  She’s described as being a very elegant teenager.  She’s flanked by her new king, Threadgill, and a boyish blonde man, and a Asian girl dressed entirely in red, carrying a large sword.

They chat a little, and talk about how Sookie is a telepath, and Stan back from Living Dead in Dallas has one, and that the queen will pay for the ectoplasmic reconstruction.  I feel a little harsh for talking about it so succinctly, as I find Sophie-Anne to be the most fascinating vampire we have met so far.  I like her styling, her character, and the fact she’s a powerful ruling female. Me likey.

They drive off to Hadley’s apartment, with Threadgill sending Asian gal (Jade Flower) after Sophie.  Not much trust there. In the car we get an interesting moment when the queen talks about grieving for Hadley – an unusal display of emotion for a vampire.

The witches have all set up in the courtyard, Amelia, Patsy, Terencia and Bob.  They throw some stuff around and begin chanting.

Then my cousin Hadley walked into the living room.

I was so shocked, I almost spoke to her. It had the shape of her, and it moved like her, but this simulacrum [so we get a whole load on how Sookie is proud of knowing words like ‘obtuse’ but nothing on this word? Huh.] was only washed with color.  Her hair was not a true dark, but a glistening impression of dark.  She looked like tinted water, walking.

That’s a fantastic description.  It really captures the imagination.  I love it.

If I had been shocked, [the queen] was electrified.

We see the arrival of Waldo, and Hadley sends him away.  Then she dresses up in a horrible dress and cries about the whole situation of the queen marrying someone else.  Poor Hadley.  The imitation Jake Purifoy arrives, and Hadley is miserable about everything.  Then Jake gets murdered by someone they are unable to see and Hadley makes him into a vampire to save him.  She then phones up Waldo, to go see that ghost voodoo priestess thing – presumably to ask her how the hell a were will make it as a vamp.

I wish we’d met Hadley as a character.  She sounds really interesting, and lovely, in a sort of tragic way.

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2 thoughts on “A review of Charlaine Harris’s ‘Definitely Dead’ chapter seventeen

  1. I, again, thought of this blog with regards to the whole ‘word of the day’ bullshit. At one point in a chapter Sookie throws out the word ‘outré’ like it is no big deal. I am a freaking English teacher, and while I know the word, I don’t think I have ever just tossed it out casually as she does in relating her story. Simulacrum stood out to me in the same way, ‘Valid’ is cause for discussion of Sookie’s language aquisition, but these words are not? What is this powerful magic that makes everything commonplace seem somehow remarkable, while fifty-cent words are dropped as casually as one says ‘the’?

    • I hadn’t even heard of the word simulacrum before reading this book. It’s very strange. I wouldn’t mind if she hadn’t gone to all the effort of deliberately saying how Sookie was sooooooo smart – yet needed a word of the day calendar to learn words like ‘valid’ or ‘obtuse’. I that hadn’t been mentioned, I wouldn’t be bothered by it at all.

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