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Forget about the ‘Dead Ever After’ spoiler May 5, 2013

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That’s right. Forget it. Who cares if someone in Germany got a hold of DEAD EVER AFTER and spoiled the ending on Amazon.com. (I won’t post it because you can easily google it. And yes — I read the spoiler.)

One scientist even says that spoilers don’t spoil a story. (In full disclosure this report on the scientist was written by my husband — a science writer!)

But I’m mostly ticked off at the number of fans who have been trashing Charlaine Harris — the creator of the  Southern Vampire series and who has given us these wonderful characters. (Just go check out her FB page and see some of the nasty comments. Be warned — you’ll see the spoiler.) They don’t like the ending. Cry me a river. You try writing a series and ending it so that everyone is happy. It’s her story. Let her tell it.

Here’s what Charlaine posted on her Facebook page:

“By now some of you know that a reader in Germany obtained a copy of DEAD EVER AFTER and decided to post the ending online. While this is unfortunate, I wanted to say this to all of you: Even if you *personally* are unhappy with the ending, please don’t spoil it for other readers. DEAD EVER AFTER goes on sale on May 7th; after that date, you are more that welcome to come here and tell me how much you like – or don’t like – the choices I’ve made for Sookie. But from one Sookie fan to another, I’m asking you all to please not spoil the book for other readers. Thank you so much for your continued support.”

We can all cite books and series of books in which we didn’t like how the story unfolded or we were disappointed at the ending.  We talk about it a lot. I blog about books I like and don’t like. But this is different. Folks have been downright rude and threatening.  Maybe you should read the book first to see how the story unfolds before declaring you aren’t going to buy it. Of course, that’s your choice as a reader. But have some respect for this wonderful author.

I find it sad that Charlaine Harris isn’t going to tour with this last book because she’s concerned about her fans’ reaction to the ending. Personally, I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to talk to a bunch of ungrateful, whiny readers, either. I certainly wouldn’t mind hearing why she ended the book the way she did, but I don’t think we’ll be getting that interview right away. I think Charlaine Harris will just want to keep out of the spotlight and work on her next creation. In the meantime, I am very excited about the May 7 release and will be reading it as soon as it hits my iPad!

‘Dead Ever After’ description revealed November 20, 2012

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The description of the final Sookie Stackhouse novel, DEAD EVER AFTER, has been posted at Amazon:

THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie — and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse  finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

True Blood season No. 5 finale — love it or hate it? August 26, 2012

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Loved parts of it and totally hated other scenes. The worst? That birthing scene. Totally annoying. The best? Bill. What the heck is he now? And who looks like the hero? Eric. The storyline on the HBO show is so different from the books that I can’t even begin to think where they are going to take this in Season No. 6, especially because before that season begins, we’ll already have Charlaine Harris’ ending to her series.

Some links to good recaps/commentary of the finale:

EOnline.com:  Bill’s Religious Fanaticism Explodes

WSJ’s recap from SpeakEasy blog

TVLine.com: Tales from the Dark Side

And here is the bonus scene from the finale that was on HBO GO on the iPad app. Note what is said at the end!

Is there a little more of Sookie after final Charlaine Harris vamp book? July 24, 2012

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Yes. There might be a tiny bit more!

Charlaine Harris says on her Facebook page that she’s done writing the final installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series:

DEAD EVER AFTER is complete. I know I’ll have to do rewrites on a few sections after I read my editor’s notes, but the story is all there. Now to think about Australia and New Zealand!

And in response to the hundreds of comments on her FB page after announcing this she says:

The last book in the Sookie series will be published next May, and there may be some form of coda for avid readers, letting everyone know what the future of key characters will be.

Soooooo — pretty interesting. Let’s see if she gives us that addendum. Or not. I don’t know if I want it. If she doesn’t wrap it up in the book, is it worth knowing? What do you think? Do you want the coda? Or are you willing to let Sookie and the other characters RIP?

You’re never really dead on HBO’s ‘True Blood’ June 10, 2012

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You’re never really dead on HBO’s TRUE BLOOD.

And as Season No. 5 of the Sookie Stackhouse saga kicked off, we also find out that vampire love can be oddly fickle.

Here’s a quick recap of the premiere (Spoiler Alert – if you haven’t watched the episode and don’t want to know — stop reading!):

Is Tara dead?
Technically yes. When we last saw her, she was lying on the floor of Sookie’s kitchen with her head blown off. Tara took a bullet fired by Debbie Pelt, who was after Sookie. And yes — Sookie offs Debbie. But in her grief, Sookie strikes a deal with vampire Pam to turn Tara. So what kind of vamp will Tara be? Is there any doubt she won’t be nasty? (Some great scenes with Pam. Ironic that she is Tara’s maker because the two hated each other.) And did anyone catch why Pam was at Sookie’s place and what she said? Did she turn Eric into the Authority?

Best line from the episode?
“I finally have the strength to say, I’m a gay vampire American,”  says The Rev. Steve Newlin, who professes his love to a naked Jason. Ummmm — is Newlin telling the truth? Dunno. But he gets nasty when Jason does not return his affections, and it’s the lovely Jessica who saves Jason by telling Newlin he’s hers and to back off. (By the by — Jessica has become quite the littler party girl. And Hoyt is still mad at Jason for stealing his girl. I was surprised that Jason didn’t tell Hoyt to take a flying leap because Hoyt had dumped Jessica.)

How is the bromance going?
It’s a little odd to see Eric and Bill working together — but what a team. And while Sookie/Eric and Sookie/Bill fans might be sad that it seems like the guys have given up on her so fast, I wouldn’t worry. We know they are all fated to reunite again. We just don’t know how HBO will handle that! What’s really weird? Watching Eric reunite with his sister Nora — a high-ranking member of the Authority. Eric and Nora share the same maker in Godric, so I guess they aren’t siblings in the true since. Otherwise, their relationship is wayyy incestuous.

What happened to Jesus’ body?
We don’t know! Lafayette — who had been possessed by Marnie — killed Jesus and the body was left in Lafayette’s living room. But when a grieving Lafayette returns with Sookie to take care of the body — it’s gone! Poor Lafayette. He killed his lover. His cousin has been turned into a vampire. And he has to help Sookie clean up the body parts from Debbie Pelt’s murder. All in one night. Blech.

Are things heating up between Alcide and Sookie?
Not right now. Alcide offers Sookie his protection (see below) and she has to refuse because she offed his girlfriend Debbie Pelt. She almost blurts it out but Lafayette stops her just in time. Sookie tells Lafayette that she didn’t kill Debbie in self defense. She wanted to kill her — and that makes it all the yuckier for her. 

Why is the wolfpack after Sam?
Because they think he killed Marcus. But Sam wants to protect Alcide — who really did kill the evil werewolf — and Luna and her daughter so he confesses to the murder. But Luna finds Alcide, who shows up just as Sam is showing the pack where the body is. And then it gets gross. The pack — including Marcus’ mom — decides to eat Marcus’ body. Ick. Technically, Alcide is now the pack leader. But does he want to lead? And will the group let him?

What’s up with the humans in Bon Temps?
Plenty. Andy and Holly hook up but her sons walk in on them as they sleep naked in bed. And Terry’s old Marine friend — Patrick — is in town. He wants to find out why a series of fires have killed members from the platoon he and Terry served in. But Terry doesn’t want to hear anything about the fires or deaths.

Who dug up Russell Edgington?
Dunno. But someone is taking care of the vamp and Alcide — who helped Bill and Eric bury the sucker — knows he’s back. He warns Sookie and later Eric. We do learn that there are two factions within the Authority: One that wants to exist peacefully with humans and one that does not. So maybe the faction that wants all humans to die is helping Russell get back in the hunt?

What was your favorite scene?

True Blood video: Russell is backkkkk! May 28, 2012

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HBO aired this new TRUE BLOOD series 5 trailer just before GAME OF THRONES last night (May 27) and it’s clear that Russell Edgington is back!

The video shows a lot, including  one scene where Sookie quips, “A 3,000-year old vampire wants to suck my blood. Must be Thursday!” We hear Pam asking “How could you think I would dig up Russell Edgington.” Eric saying “I trust no one.” And in another, Bill says “There’s a leak somewhere.”

Other tidbits: Eric gets a visit from the Vampire Authority, the werewolf pack comes after Sam and we meet Roman, played by Christopher Meloni.

This will be Alan Ball’s last season on True Blood, and Sookie watchers wonder how Anna Paquin’s true life pregnancy will play into — or not — in this season. What do you think, will we have a pregnant Sookie at the end of this season?

Season No. 5 of TRUE BLOOD airs on June 10.

Last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series will be called …. April 15, 2012

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DEAD EVER AFTER.

That’s what Charlaine Harris said at the ROMANTIC TIMES CONVENTION held recently in Chicago.

With just a few weeks left until we get Sookie book No. 12 – DEADLOCKED – it’s kind of weird to already know the name of the 13th and final book in the series. But there’s no stopping Charlaine Harris.  We all want to know if Sookie will get her HEA (Happily Ever After) ending in the final book and now we’ve got this nifty little title to riddle our brains with until it comes out next year.

To read more about what Charlaine and other authors said at the RT convention CLICK HERE.

(And what do you think of the title of book No. 13?!)

Back from the holidays! January 2, 2012

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Hope everyone had a good holiday break. I didn’t blog during Christmas or New Year’s but am coming back this week with some books I’m looking forward to reading in 2012. I’ll also look at a few movies and shows — based on our fave books — coming out in 2012.

Meanwhile — my friends over at http://www.sookiestackhouse.com added my 2011 list to their site. You can read their 2011 book picks — and stinker — HERE.

See you online in a few days!

Diana

Charlaine Harris posts excerpt from ‘Deadlocked’ December 17, 2011

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Charlaine Harris has posted Chapter 2 from DEADLOCKED — No. 12 in the Sookie series and due out in May. Some of my Sookie friends over at www.sookiestackhouse.com have wondered why she posted Chapter 2 and not Chapter 1. (Did we miss something?) To read the excerpt (think fae, fae, fae), go to Charlaine’s website HERE. Interesting chapter, especially toward the end. Let me know what you think.

In book No. 12 — ‘Deadlocked’ — Sookie gets kidnapped … August 11, 2011

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Eric & Sookie in Season 4 of HBO's True Blood. Photo: HBO

I’m a little behind on Sookie news but Charlaine Harris says book 12 is done, and we have a working title!!! From her blog:

As of last night, Sookie 12, now known as DEADLOCKED, is DONE!
Of course, that’s a relative term. I’ll have to do more work on it as it’s read by various editors and my agent.
But 90% of the work on it is over, thank goodness.

And here’s what she said on her Facebook page:

What a relief to send DEADLOCKED into my editor(s). Now I can rest easy for a little while, until I get the revisions back. A writer’s dream — to have your editor tell you there’s not a single change necessary . . .

 And just before finishing she posted this on her blog:

I didn’t have a chance to read a lot this past week, because I was working hard to finish DEADLOCKED, Sookie 12. I’m always experimenting with different ways to organize my work so I can keep track of what’s going on during the course of the action in the book. This time, I think I made real progress.

The day I send a book to my editor (and my agent, and my continuity maven, and to Dana and Toni) is just about better than Christmas. Of course, the minute it’s gone, I think of five things I should have done differently, but I’ll have chances to make changes. All of those people will have suggestions, and I’ll have days of slogging through the manuscript again trying to decide which changes to adopt and which ones to let fall by the wayside. I’ll have plot holes to fill, factual errors to correct, and clumsy sentences to rewrite. And I know all this when I hit “send.” But there’s always the delightful feeling of accomplishment, the happiness of having done my best.

For a couple of weeks I can maintain the illusion that this time I haven’t made any mistakes: that I haven’t miscounted and had the action take place on Sunday (when Merlotte’s is closed) or put Sookie’s birthday on the wrong day, or made any of the million errors possible when a series has gone on for so many years with such a large cast. (I have no idea how George R.R. Martin is doing it.)

I’ll probably get five or six sets of comments simultaneously, and I’ll want to tear my hair out. But that’s part of the job, too. You’re never really through with a book until you hold the printed copy in your hand. (Even then, sometimes, you have to make corrections for the next edition, if you’re lucky enough to have another edition.)

And in an even earlier post, she gives us some direction on what is going to happen in book no. 12:

While I know where I want to be at the end of each book, I don’t always know how I’m getting there. Sometimes I surprise myself. Last night, Sookie got kidnapped, and I’m going to see how that shakes out. A character I thought was dead is probably alive, and I’m real happy for him. Then again, if the work doesn’t go so well today, he may be dead again. This is the fun (and the panic) of being a writer. Every day brings decisions, and I have the power of life and death and procreation over all these people I’ve invented.

OK — so who is the character who was dead and who is now alive? It’s a him …. Any guesses?

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