Tuesday, June 12, 2012
'Deadlocked' by Charlaine Harris
It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…
Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.
I think it's an almost universally recognized truth that the longer a series runs, the more ammunition it offers to critics and disgruntled readers. It's a simple matter of fact that even the most gifted author runs out of story lines or twists for the characters, no matter how many-faceted or complex those characters might be.
Toss a television component into the mix, and there's a recipe for reader discontent.
Such is the case with Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, which is often referred to by the name of its television counterpart, True Blood. Deadlocked is the 12th book in the series, and there has been an overwhelming backlash against the book. Longterm fans have expressed their disappointment in the direction of the story.
Like many fans, I was underwhelmed by the eleventh book of the series, and so I was prepared to be disappointed by Deadlocked as well. And the beginning of the book bore out that fear. The story starts off very slowly, with the typical blow-by-blow telling of Sookie's day to day activities. There is a sense of fond familiarity, as we have all come to know most of these characters well, and it was gratifying to catch up with them, much as it would be to visit with an old friend.
As the book began to draw to close, it did improve. The action picked up slightly, and there was some resolution to certain story lines and relationships, which was gratifying.