^ That is how I feel about book #10 in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
I curse myself for being a loser and wanting to “finish” the series. Damn me for being a loser and lasting _this_ long in the series.
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris is the latest book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I think they’re officially called the Southern Vampire Mysteries, but at this point, who the eff cares. They’re the “Sookie” books, in my book (no pun intended). At this point, it doesn’t matter anymore.
Anyway, in this book, Sookie has survived the fairy war. Look, friends, I don’t even remember book #9 because it’s been so long since I read that. But I’m pretty sure it sucked, too. (Not as much as this one!) I’m not sure if the following statement is a spoiler but I’ll add the [spoiler] tag anyway: [Spoiler] Her cousin Claude moves in; blah blah something about Sam; something about Eric and his maker; and Jason has grown a brain stem and is actually “responsible.” Well, at least he evolved a little bit. Guess he had to be bit to grow. /snark
Do you remember when I had this book back in the summer? This was book #14. (I’m on books #21 and 22 right now.) It was so hard to get through, I had to return it to the library. I couldn’t renew it after three weeks because it was a popular book on hold. So I put the book back on my Holds list… because there is no way I am going to read 3/4 of the book and not finish it to count it in my “50 in 2010″ Challenge. Note to self: Stop complaining. This is a review, not a whine.
I can’t even really summarize the story because THERE IS NO STORY. Sookie runs around and it sounds like she’s helping but really it’s just a lot of wheel spinning… sound familiar? In the end, I was annoyed and I just didn’t care anymore. Not even about Pam or Eric! And they’re my favorite characters! Nothing really happened. Sure, some people died. (Not a spoiler by now, right?) But nothing. There was no movement. I could have had a bowel movement and it would have been more epic.
This felt like it was a “I need to pay my cable bill so I’m just going to whip one out” book by Harris. Dare I say it? I think it might even rank lower than Breaking Dawn!
As my friend Eric (human, not vampire) would say, “This was ig’nant.”
Borrow or Buy: Neither