Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sookie Stackhouse returns

from News Star in Monroe, La

Hoorah for Sookie Stackhouse fans. The good news is the ninth book of the paranormal mystery series set in the town of Bon Temps in northern Louisiana hits bookstore shelves on Tuesday.

The bad news is "Dead and Gone" leaves us hungry for more.The series follows a young telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse whose life changes when vampires come out of the coffin, so to speak, after synthetic blood is produced by the Japanese. Since vampires don't have brain waves, Sookie finds being with them, one in particular, a welcome relief.The best-selling books have also spawned the popular HBO series, "True Blood," filmed in Shreveport, Mansfield and surrounding areas.

For those of you just starting the series, you might want to skip this part. For those of you anxiously awaiting this book, things heat up considerably among the supernaturals, especially after the werewolves decide to come out on their own. Sookie's happy for the "Weres" and their ability to talk freely in society for the first time, but then Sookie's pregnant estranged sister-in-law, a were-panther, is found mutilated behind the bar where she works.

If that's not chilling enough, there's a war brewing between two factions of fairies, and because Sookie's great grandfather is an ancient fairy prince, Sookie is suddenly in danger of supernatural beings she can't possibly comprehend.

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