Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Sookie has told Bill to take a hike, which is just as well because he’s in Peru, but problems arise that sure would be nice to have him around for. Sookie’s brother, Jason, has gone missing. He’s not at home, but his truck is. He’s not at work. He’s not with friends. He’s not with some girl, which would be the most likely explanation.
Before Jason goes missing, someone else turns up at Sookie’s house, it’s Eric and he’s running through the woods, wearing hardly anything, and he has no idea who he is. Sookie knows who he is though and takes him home. Soon a deal is struck between Jason and the vampires for Sookie to keep Eric safe until his memory can be restored. He was cursed by some witches.
Sookie thinks the witches might have Jason, but the only trace of Jason was some cat blood out on his dock, most likely belonging to a big cat. Things escalate and it’s evident that there is going to be a war between the vampires and the witches. Sookie is going to be there to help, but she almost loses her life, once again at the hand of Debbie Pelt. Things seem just fine, but Debbie shows up at Sookie’s house after the fight and tries to get her, but Sookie and Eric get her first.
Soon Sookie finds out where Jason has gone to and it’s something that changes Jason.
What I liked
I still love how Elvis is a vampire.
Why can’t the South be full of vampires and witches? We have voodoo after all. The South can be a mysterious place. It’s old and people have been tramping through the southern United States for a long time. Why not harbor some supernatural creatures?
Charlaine does take into account the mysteriousness of the south. She hasn’t included conjuring in the story, as far as I can tell, but she’s already made plenty of reference to some very strange things about the South. Really, what is the fascination with assuming that Elvis is not dead? Who cares? We don’t go around saying Michael Jackson isn’t dead or that Beethoven isn’t dead. Why Elvis?
What I didn’t like
How come Sookie gets all these men, and where can I sign up?
Sookie is smart and Sookie is pretty, but Sookie, thus far, does not have a lot of accomplishments under her belt. People see her as a ditsy little waitress who works at a bar. What’s the fascination? If Sookie were not telepathic, Sookie would end up being a high-school has been living in a single-wide trailer with four kids from three different fathers. This is the South we’re talking about and that’s what happens in the South. Sookie’s story is unlikely, but Sookie also isn’t normal. People see her for what she is on the outside rather than what she is on the inside. Sookie does have a lot to offer, but no one else knows that. They think she’s a ditsy blonde waitress who works at a bar and only that, nothing more.
If we’re talking about Alexander Skarsgard, I’d take Eric any day.
If you’re a southerner, do you think certain people’s lives are set for them depending on their background?
Would you think Sookie was anything else other than a ditsy waitress?