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The Weres consider themselves superior to all others, but they all cooperate with each other. Most of the two-natured beings organize themselves into packs; each pack is led by a packmaster. Although vampires announced their existence to the world, the two-natured beings maintained their secrecy to observe the vampires' results. Demand for vampire blood has been growing on the black market , as the blood is very powerful and addictive. The strength of the blood depends on the age of the blood the time since it has been removed from its owner , the age of the vampire from whom the blood has been removed, and the individual chemistry of the drug user.

In this universe, the effects of vampire blood in humans are feelings of power, increased strength, acute vision and hearing, increased sexual desire, and enhanced physical appearance. Some people go mad—even homicidal—when the blood hits their systems. Vampires hate drainers and the users of the drained blood. In The Southern Vampire Mysteries , humans reactions to vampires are varied.

From us come elves and brownies and angels and demons. Water sprites, green men, all the natural spirits Fairies are portrayed in the series as beautiful, with pointed ears and glossy, thin skin. They are tough, ferocious, and incredibly long-lived, but not immortal. Vampires have a hard time resisting fairies because of their smell and taste; fairy blood is intoxicating to vampires.

A fairy, Claudine , is first introduced in Dead to the World. However some individuals, such as Sookie's great-grandfather Niall Brigant , are able to "suppress their essence", effectively masking their scent and making such contact safer. In the Southern Vampire Series, fairies can be killed with either lemons, limes, or iron.

When a fairy dies a corpse is not left, just a sparkling powder or fairy dust ; the body just fades away, and the fairy's spirit goes to the next oldest family member to tell them of their death. The fae call their afterlife " The Summerlands ". Fairies are secretive about their own race, customs, interactions, and world. They normally inhabit the fae world, named Faery , but there are portals and doorways between it and the human world.

In later books, Claudine admits that she is Sookie's fairy godmother.

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She was assigned this role in an effort to move on to the next level, which is angelhood. Sookie's great-grandfather is over years old, and her half-human great uncle is centuries old. Those who have fairy blood in them but are not full-blooded fairies are immune to the effects of iron, lemons, and limes, while maintaining some of the attractive qualities of fairies. Niall states that Sookie and Jason have both inherited the beauty of the fairies, but only certain creatures can tell they are part-fairy. As a genetic quirk possibly due to fairy blood , Jason greatly resembles his great uncle to the point where others are unable to differentiate between the two of them.

Sookie appears to have inherited more magical fairy powers such as immunity against mind spells from vampires and maenads , while Jason only has the power of attraction and seduction. However, most assume this is mainly due to his physical appearance. It is also stated in one of the books, by Mr. Cataliades, that Sookie's telepathy is not a trait she obtained from her fairy blood. Sookie's telepathy is demonic in origin, specifically, Mr. Cataliades granted it to anyone of Sookie's grandmother's bloodline born with an "essential spark" or openness to the supernatural world.

In this story, it is also implied that Fairies have the ability to cast spells, as Claudine was muttering something under her breath to hypnotise or calm down the people she and her brother, Claude, were interrogating. Claudine also magically appeared to aid Sookie when she was in mortal danger on a number of occasions, however, she hinted that there were limits to how and when she could perform that trick. Sookie was not always aware of her fairy godmother's timely interventions. It is also known that fairies can conjure objects, demonstrated by Claudine in "Fairy Dust", when she summoned a contract, and in Dead to the World , when she changed her outfit magically.

A fairy, Preston, also displays the abilities to shapeshift and to seduce even Sookie, who is usually telepathically resistant to such abilities. Telepaths are humans who can read the minds of other humans and feel the emotions of different creatures that are portrayed in a creature's "brain signature". Vampires have a "hole" as their signature, so telepaths cannot read their mind. However, Sookie occasionally picks up a few flashes of thought from vampires.

Were and shifter signatures portray emotions or colors. Demons' signatures are compared to a buzzing sound or like the "static in a radio station". Maenads' signatures are represented as an endless mystic chant. Fairies and a few powerful witches can block their minds from telepaths. Sookie refers to their minds as being "shielded".

Telepaths are rarely encountered in the supernatural community. It is revealed in Dead Reckoning that Sookie's power of telepathy was granted to her family by the half-demon Desmond Cataliades. He was great friends with Sookie's half-fairy grandfather Fintan, and so he became a sponsor to Fintan's descendants and was required to give them a gift.

He had the power of telepathy and thought it a great gift to Fintan's family, as it would give them an edge over their fellow humans to know what other people were thinking and planning. Fintan and Adele drank Cataliades' blood although Adele was tricked into it, as Cataliades mixed it with her wine , and from then on Fintan and Adele passed on to most of their descendants the power of telepathy. However, Cataliades revealed, only the descendants who, like Sookie's grandmother Adele, had the essential spark would inherit the telepathy.

When asked what the essential spark was, Cataliades responded, "It isn't easy to pin down in terms of your DNA. It's an openness to the other world. Some humans literally can't believe there are creatures in another world besides ours, creatures who have feelings and rights and beliefs and deserve to live their own lives.

Humans who are born with the essential spark are born to experience or perform something wonderful, something amazing. When each Stackhouse child was born Cataliades came and inspected them to see if they had the gift. In The Southern Vampire Mysteries canon , a witch practices magic rituals, drawing from a power most people never tap into that can be focused for various effects through the use of rituals and spells.

Practitioners can be both Wiccan and a witch, or more one or the other. Witches and Wiccans first appear in the fourth book, Dead to the World. In later books, Sookie learns more about witchcraft and befriends Amelia Broadway , a true witch, in New Orleans. Sookie is portrayed by Academy Award —winning actress Anna Paquin. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. This article relies too much on references to primary sources.

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Harlequin Books. Jove Books. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding. Martin's Griffin. Elrod, P. Strange Brew. Must Love Hellhounds. Berkley Trade. Even though it wasn't with you. And now Miss Charlaine has snapped that branch. She's whacked me in the readerly kneecaps. She's stuck the shiv into my pageturnin' shoulder. And, after I get my copy of After Dead this coming October, the what's-next wrapup of everyone in the Sookieverse's life or undeath, it will be all True Blood all the time.

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That's not a bad thing, I hasten to add, since there exists the possibility in each episode that either Alexander Skarsgard or Ryan Kwanten will get naked, but the series is real, real, real different from the books. And I loved the books first. And I will miss the books. I'm past the point in life where re-reading stuff seems like a good use of my eyeblinks. I'm well and truly past middle age Lucky me, in a weird way, that I can't work anymore as that leaves time to read.

Not much money, but time! None of which I want to use re-reading even the most wonderful books. The events of this book are fast-paced. The people from Sookie's past are effectively deployed to move the plot along while also tying up the loose ends. The entire ending made me smile through tears. The last line? Well, sentimental old fustilugs that I am, that last line was a dam-breaker. I am FOR SURE gonna miss these books, all Sookie's Jesusiness aside, all the moments I've thought Harris had lost interest or lost the thread or just lost me, all the emotional rollercoaster-ride queasiness Unlike every other relationship of my life, this one ends well.

I'm smiling because it happened, if also sniveling a bit because it's over. It's been a terrific ride. But she is wrong. My Review : Entry 12 in the seemingly eternal Sookie Stackhouse novel series. Why bother reviewing entry 12, you ask, with perfect justice, when after 12 books you're either on the bus or not interested in going where the bus is going.

Recently I reviewed book 13 in the Meg Langslow mystery series, to say auf wiedersehen to that giggle-loaded fun fest of a series. That book left me feeling that Donna Andrews was decorating the narrative with little bits and bobs from the past entries, and had in fact lost interest in doing anything new with it. Charlaine Harris hasn't lost interest in Sookie, at least not visibly. Sookie and Eric and Bill and Pam and Sam Likewise Sookie's fairy family. Sookie's life changes, not to say that Langslow's doesn't, but Sookie's life-changes come out of a story being told that has its arc.

I didn't feel that in the other case. And this isn't to say that I've loved every Sookie book. No indeed! A few have been middle books, in that they gave the whole arc a push forward but in and of themselves weren't that satisfying. But it's crucial to note that, each and every time I've read a Sookie book, I've felt Harris's authorial presence making something happen.

And after 12 books, she's still in it, still working out the ideas and making them happen in prose that's got a voice, that's made an effort to please my aesthetic sense and still make me laugh. Harris is still out to seduce me. It worked. Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. It's a job which has its own challenges, but now the vampires and the shapeshifters are finally 'out', you'd think the supernaturals would get on with each other. But nothing is that simple in Bon Temps! Since Sam Merlotte is known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area.

Sookie suspects otherwise, but before she can investigate something else - something even more dangerous - comes up. Sookie's lover Eric Northman, and his 'child' Pam are plotting something in secret. Whatever it is, they seem determined to keep Sookie out of it; almost as determined as Sookie is to find out what's going on. She can't sit on the sidelines when both her work and her love life are under threat - but as their plans gradually become clear Sookie finds the situation is deadlier than she could ever have imagined.

My Review : Sookie Stackhouse's latest print outing. I'm sure I missed something along the way. Too many givens aren't what my memory offers It certainly feels that way when one is internetless for long stretches! Facts I gave not a second's thought to, because I could pop online and look 'em up, are all wetware storage reliant. I suspect the little elf who does my mental filing has grown very lazy in these internetty years. Our various dramatis personae are all a-whirl in this outing Victor's got his knickers in a knot because he felt he should be King of Louisiana, not just Regent.

Felipe chose to keep Eric, Sookie's vampire-rite husband, as Sheriff, the only individual so favored, and thus Victor's gunning literally and figuratively for him. Eric, Sookie, and some oddly assorted allies decide that gunnin' for someone is a two-way street after Victor is revealed as the force behind the new vamp club ruining Eric's business, and the roadhouse ruining Sam's beloved Merlotte's, in an unsubtle effort to make Eric come for Victor so Eric can be killed without explanation or expiation. Yeah, good luck with that. And good luck to Eric in his new, unexpected, and possibly Sookie-less life, as arranged by his now-dead maker, very different from the one he has in True Blood.

Cataliades the demon literally not pejoratively lawyer, Amelia the renegade witch and her former pussycat Bob, and a return visit from nutball Sandra Pelt, and the corpses stack up to agreeable heights in the accustomed way of Harris's books. As is expected in this series, the ending is another sea-change in the life of the Sookster, not yet brought quite to fruition.

If this technique has palled on you, avoid this book. Well, what can one say? I mentioned in the last review that I wasn't at all ready to give up on bookish Bon Temps. This book does nothing to push me in one direction or the other. I liked it, and I was very pleased as always to immerse myself in the supe-filled universe that Sookie inhabits. I suspect that, barring a return to the terrible flatness of the un-fun All Together Dead , I'll read along in the series.

I won't be out trolling for converts, though, like I do with Louise Penny's addictive-as-chocolate-coated-nicotine-infused-heroin-enrobed-crack Three Pines mysteries. I don't imagine my non-proselytic stance will harm Mother Harris's rep or bottom line.


I'll have to loop back and fill in some details from the book I missed. I suspect I've got the gist from Harris's carefully crafted fill-ins, but some of the fill-ins have left me curious about the full version. Good job, Mother Harris! I'm tough to inveigle! A concordance? How Biblical. I might not like Sookie's Jesusy thoughts, but isn't this a bit much? Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's "brother" in tow at a most inopportune moment.

And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbor and ex , Vampire Bill Compton. In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favor, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favor for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.

My Review : This is book ten in the thirteen-book series, and somehow I never got around to reviewing it before. I've unearthed it for a re-read preparatory to reading the series finale soon. Sookie's world, that is the one created for her by Miss Charlaine, is a very rich and varied one. It's amazing to me the depth of the population's weirdness and otherness, and the reason I've kept reading is at least partly that depth. There are so many rules when world-building, and each of them must make sense in the context of the story being told, and form a part of the overall trend of the story or series if it is to be believable.

Well, that's a specialty of these tales! Another big part of my pleasure in the books is the realness of the fantasy.

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Harris has created slang for her supes, "deader" being the rude term "twoeys" the two-natured, or weres use for "vamps" human slang for vampires ; "oneys" then are civilian humans to the weres, though the vamps call us "breathers. Of course any group comes up with names for the other, different, competing groups! And so Miss Charlaine provides. This entry in the series does several things that needed doing, snips off some very unprofitable lines of story and blooms open others, and makes a few of the unpalatable fae characters come more alive.

Eric, played on TV by the gorgeous Alexander Skarsgard, and Sookie are deeply enmeshed in a relationship that makes Sookie do some very, very against-the-grain things in this book. They're totally understandable, and they add to the sense of the books as lived-life stories as improbable as that sounds. I liked the ending of this book about the best of them all that I've read.

Very satisfying.

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Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works-and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it. But there's a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps.

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  • A race of unhuman beings-older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves-is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle. That's all the address you'll ever need to mail off a big box of Pandora's leftover troubles. I suspect that, even though it's a fictional place, the parcel will arrive and be oh-so-generously distributed. THIS time, the Sookster is beset by the murder of a family member in a grisly, quasi-religious way; the end of a long-time friendship; the loss and near-loss of some of her nearest and dearest supernatural beloveds; and horribly confusingly, a radical, radical change in her relationship to Eric Northman, Viking vampire and sheriff of Sookie's home turf, that she's either thrilled about or horrified by, depending on the day.

    The show is more inspired by the milieu of the books than a faithful rendering of them. Coming back to literary Bon Temps after two rapid-fire season viewings, I can't say I think one is better than the other, but rather that each has its merits. This outing is a solid novel, more than I could say about the previous one [All Together Dead] , wherein events transpire that make this book's painful lessons for Sookie seem like overkill.

    The series is mature, which is often a cue to stop reading it for a while so as to judge if can or will recover some of the energy and momentum of the first books. Not so much a problem here, truthfully; energy and momentum the books have got. The question is, is the written series going places you as a reader want to go?

    I begin to suspect it is not headed my way. Her presence in Bon Temps brings back Sam's memories of his childhood, wildly different from the one given him in the books. We see Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte, naked a good bit, which is nice. We don't see Jason Stackhouse, played by the smokin'-hot Ryan Kwanten, naked this season, though shirtless fairly often. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, the leads Sookie and Bill Compton, do some serious sexin' this season too, which is nice for all y'all straight people, I suppose.

    But the big surprise here is Bill's newly made vampire, Jessica. She's completely new. Nothin' like this in the books! But what a great character she is. All the way around, the series is surprising me, and the books are not, so I am trending away from print in this case. And that makes me sad.

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    It's clear that things are changing whether the weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, leader of the local vampire community is caught up in the changes. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death, and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood finished flowing, her world will be forever altered. My Review : After being sorely, sorely disappointed in book 7 of the series, All Together Dead , this was a refreshing, unsaggy unbaggy pointed read.

    It feels so good to be in Bon Temps again, and to have Sookie acting in her accustomed tartly self-possessed way. She's facing huge changes to the supernatural universe, of course, after the events of the last book, but she's doing so with a sense of purpose Among my most favoritest moments of all time in the series is the un-catting of Bob.

    Felipe de Castro, the new King of Louisiana, is memorably vile, and leaves you eager to see how Eric and Sookie will cope with his bland, banal evilness. His catspaw Victor Madden But the shocker of this book, the big baddie, is so horrible that I was compelled to put the book down and breathe deeply for a minute or two. Just, well, it's as bad as anything in the series. For sure and certain. Better than I'd ever thought to hope, after last outing. And after being betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must not only deal with a new man in her life—the shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit.

    The summit is a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she'll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

    My Review : Too many threads with too much happening and the end result is I don't have any idea what it is this entry in the series is about: Sookie and Quinn, after his early trauma is revealed? Sookie and the vamp queen, after Sookie's defense of her succeeds and is repaid with treachery? Sookie and Eric, now that she owes him another round of gratitude? Sookie detecting another of her telepathic kind, and the major events of the nightmare religious cult the Fellowship of the Sun unfold? I suppose every series has a problem with the transitional tales that need telling.

    Too many transitions in this one, at least for my little two-volt nervous system. But she never guessed that it would be her cousin Hadley—a consort of the Vampire Queen of New Orleans. After all, technically speaking, Hadley was already dead. But who? Also love the ectoplasmic reconstruction of Hadley's murder. So cool. Hadley, Sookie's cousin, dies the True Death and Sookie now needs to what a surprise clean up the loose ends of her worldly estate. You just know bad stuff will happen here Sookie's never gonna catch a break.

    Well, there wouldn't be a series if she did, now would there? And adding to the revels is the Big Reveal of Sookie's fascination for the supernatural community, which it damn near kills me not to spoiler. But I won't. Not that there are any Americans left who can read who haven't read these books already. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but these are very much as popular as Twilight thank the gods! It's just an older crowd. And, I suspect though I cannot prove this, a gayer crowd. There's a degree of identification with Sookie and her relationship problems that most gay guys and lesbians can expect to experience, because there are vocal and crazy-passionate groups hatin' on Sookie and her friends and lovers simply for existing and being themselves.

    All in the name of what's Good and Right, of course. Not like I've ever heard that line of shit aimed at me before. So here we have a series that's made phenomenal success out of showing up hatred and intolerance, demonstrating the futility of trying to reason with the insanely hate-filled, and triumphing by refusing to accept anyone else's definition of your essential self. No wonder I, and so many others, keep reading them. A narcissistic little creep with sex appeal to spare, he's always been the popular Stackhouse. With humans, anyway.