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


Last chapter today…. and then, just one more book until I’ve finished all the (currently published) Sookie Stackhouse books! Whoa, that’s just… whoa. Six months of blogging. And then onto the next project. The poll is still open, if you wanna go pick which other series to punish me with. I’m planning to do a single book inbetween, as a sort of buffer between long treks into fantasy. Onwards and upwards, eh?

All the women in my living room were happy. Some of them were happier than others, true, but none of them were miserable.

Ah, yes, Tara’s baby shower. Baby showers are unleashed from one of the seven pits of hell in my opinion, along with hen parties and the woman who wrote Fifty Shades of Grey. Nothing strikes fear into me more than large groups of women grouped together. Bad memories from my girls’ school I guess. I don’t really need to describe what happens; women eat food, gossip and give the expectant mother presents.

When Sookie and Dermot are washing up some dishes, Mr Cataliades turns up at the door. She gives him a meal, and he sits and waits until all the women have left. When they have, the demon lawyer and Sookie have a chat. As befitting the last chapter of a Charlaine Harris novel, it’s a summary of things we already know for the purposes of explaining the plot in the simplest of terms.

Anyway, the demon gave Sookie his gift as she had some essential spark. Demons can read minds you see.

Huh.

How will a deeply religious woman react to being told that she has a demonic power?

Not at all, because that would take consistent characterisation. Also, this doesn’t explain how Hunter, Sookie’s cousin, can read minds. He’s never been visited by a demon, and no one beside Sookie and Remy know what he can do. You’d think it’d be a plot hole, but apparently magical gifts are dependant on your genetics. Some humans have a ‘spark’, Sookie’s grandmother being one of them. By giving them demonic blood, you can magnify the spark and pass on a magical gift to their descendants, if they have the spark too.

Wow. What BS. It was much more interesting when it was just a random quirk beholden to nothing. This… this is dull and pointless. I didn’t want to know this stuff. I didn’t want to know how exactly Sookie got her telepathy. I don’t care how – I’m more interested in the workings of it, how she deals with it on an everyday basis. Not this demonic nonsense.

Also Sookie can’t use the cluviel dor to wish the telepathy away. Because that would actually be too contrived and easy.

The demon warns her not to tell anyone about it (hurr hurr watch out for Amelia!) and then runs off.

Sam then phones her up, saying someone has left a big present with a bow on it for her at the bar! Oh goody gumdrops! It hasn’t got a note! Sam will bring it up to the house with an unspecified companion! Sookie, do you remember that Sandra Pelt is out to kill you? No! Because that would be sensible!

Yeah, Sandra drives up with a gun on Sam and Jannalyn. Who could probably take her, if he turned into a small animal, and Jannalyn pounced on Sandra. Also, how does she get through the wards? By being with people invited in? Those are terrible wards!

Sookie shoots Sandra with the shotgun she killed Debbie with. Irony? Jannalyn and Sandra then fight, and Jannalyn breaks her neck and kills her.

That’s two Pelt gals for two Sookie. Do you get a prize for completing the collection?

They decide to throw her body into the fairy portal. I mean, it’s been a nightmare just keeping the police away from Debbie Pelt’s slowly rotting corpse!

And that’s the end of the book.

My thoughts on Dead Reckoning? Well, in a lot of ways, it’s quite similar to From Dead to Worse. The books feels like it’s building up to something bigger, setting up for a big final showdown of some sorts involving fairies and the cluviel dor. Yes, the plotline that was set up in From Dead to Worse was finished in this book, but it has no oopmh. This book was just a bit bland and dull. I don’t hate it, and I don’t love it. To be honest, the books feel a bit lifeless. Like they’re continuing when the author has no real ideas. It feels a bit dead. There isn’t any real plot, and it seemed to rely on revealing nonsense in Sookie’s family. Not a particularly enjoyable read.

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