Friday, June 24, 2011

Book review: 'Dead Reckoning'

Vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters and relatives — Sookie Stackhouse has faced them all. Now, she's pondering her own morals and values in a series that seems to have lost some of its zest.
God knows it's not easy being Sookie Stackhouse. The telepathic barmaid at the center of so many supernatural occurrences in the sleepy burg of Bon Temps, La., seems to spend most of her time fending off murderous attackers or the romantic advances of vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters and the like.

These days, things might even be more complicated for Sookie, who stars not only in bestselling author Charlaine Harris' successful series but also in HBO's hit show "True Blood," which returns for its fourth season Sunday.

The premiere episode of the new season finds Sookie (Anna Paquin) struggling to sort out the complicated powers she possesses thanks to her fairy bloodline and juggling the affections of at least two powerful blood drinking beaus. In "Dead Reckoning," Harris' 11th and latest novel, readers find the spunky cocktail waitress in not such a dissimilar place.

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