Sunday, June 5, 2011

CBR III Review #63: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

CBR III Review #63: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

I use truly enjoy the Southern Vampire Mystery series by Harris but the last three books have felt a bit more like a chore than the earlier ones.  I honestly think she has grown tired of writing the series but because of the HBO series they have turned into a serious money maker.

Dead Reckoning starts with Merlotte's being fire bombed and Sookie, Eric, and Pam plotting to kill the vampire that is in charge of Eric's area.  Dead Reckoning also focuses a lot on the fairy plot points of the series, and I've found those to be the weakest story lines.   

Dead Reckoning jumps from story to story line a lot which also makes this book in the series feel more disjointed then normal.  In one book we have the fairy family moving in and plotting something, there is a fire bombing, a baby shower, crazy hired assassins, a handful of new characters, attic cleaning, visiting kindergartens, and about 8 other small plots through out the novel. There also appears to be a few continuity problems with the story lines which makes the book slightly confusing.  I'd have to go back and compare the novels but the fairy plot line doesn't seem like it adds up correctly.

I'm not sure if I am going to purchase the next book in the series or not.  I really want to see how the whole series ends, but until she declares a definite ending I may decide to take a break from Charlaine Harris for a bit.

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