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Not the best entry in the Southern Vampire Mysteries…

After Sookie coming into her own in the last book, Dead as a Doornail was quite a disappointment. She goes back to being the author’s punch bag, the villains aren’t at all interesting and the overcrowded list of Sookie’s suitors is starting to get on my nerves! At least, it has an okay ending.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

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A bit more Sookie Stackhouse

I like Sookie a lot in this book. What I don’t like so much is the battling plotlines making the story rather tangled, the waste of an antagonist and the amnesiac Eric. At least, we get introduced to some new ‘supes’ and a whole community of new shifters.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

…and back to Bon Temps again!

Club Dead is a rather disappointing entry and a rather disappointing book. I’m disappointed in the lack of world-building, that the romance that should have happened didn’t happen and that the book centred around yet another missing person plotline.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

Back to Morganville for a moment…

Thought I’d better intersperse my Southern Vampire Mysteries review with some other reviews before they take over.

Yep, this book is as interesting as I remember it but I don’t remember Morganville being as horrible in this one. Or, maybe, that’s because there are actually a few nice characters in this story, making the nasty ones look much worse by comparison. Or, the fact that the romantic-biting and hero-vampire-slayer tropes are so thoroughly deconstructed. Yes, the injustice makes you want to scream but the world building is still top-notch and the tension is heating up.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

More Sookie Stackhouse!

More from the True Blood omnibus from my library. I’ll just be going through the Southern Vampire Mysteries for the near future so I hope you like them.

I certainly liked this one. A change of scenery meant more world building, including the expansion of ‘supes’ to include the usual cast of supernatural beasts and a few obscure ones. Which is worth quite a few points in my book. We also encounter what will probably be one of the big bads of the whole series: the Fellowship of the Sun, a psycho-Christian vampire-hating group that leave a very disturbing impression on the reader.

That’s the short version. He’s the long version.

…and another one!

I picked up the True Blood Omnibus at my local library. It was a lucky find as I could now review the first three Southern Vampire Mysteries for free.

The novel series starts rather slow but the world building is still excellent. The parallel between fictional discrimination against vampires and real world discrimination against LGBT+ people is very well portrayed. Sookie and Bill have yet to grow on me at this point and the story can feel a bit slow but, for a first novel, it’s a good way to dip your toes into Bon Temps for the first time.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

A well-known classic…

So, here we are, at last. The source of all the decadent seductive vampire stereotypes.

Or, is it?

I happily found that some of those stereotypes were somewhat deconstructed in this book and it’s the only book I’ve reviewed so far to ask the important question: just why do vampires exist anyway?

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

…and a story that takes us all over Europe.

I wouldn’t say this is my favourite book as there are some very flat characters and very dull chapters but the history and culture of all the European countries is utterly fascinating. Especially all the differences in vampire mythology. Read this by all means but make sure you have plenty of time set aside. This is certainly the longest book I’ve reviewed so far.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

A Japanese story to add something new…

I now round off my transfer of reviews from The Corner of Laura with the first review I’ve done. From here on, I’ll be posting all new reviews so don’t forget to follow me.

The best thing about this book is easily the world-building. The post-apocalyptic setting, a rich history of previous vampire dominance and all the other creepy AF monsters besides. The story is at heart just another damsel-in-distress plot and the tough, no-nonsense heroine weakens over time in comparison to an all-powerful broody hero.

That’s the short version, here’s the long version.

Announcement: Improvements to the reviews

After months of saying I’d do it and letting other things get in the way, I’ve finally drawn some pictures for my reviews. I don’t think they’re good enough to warrant such a delay but I’m so fed up of seeing them bare so I decided to finally do some, regardless of quality, and open them up for constructive criticism. So, here they are:

The Drop:

Blood drop small

Appearing at the end of every review to denote a score out of ten. This is the one I’m happiest with. It was a lot bigger but I shrunk it down so it wouldn’t take up the whole page.

Character:

Crow character_001

Not sure if I should put a few more details on the person profile or not.

Research:

Crow character research_001

I was going to have a pile of books but, since I’m using books on another picture and I do nearly all my fact-checking online, a laptop is more fitting.

Originality:

Crow character originality_001

Yes, I am aware of the irony of using one of the most cliched images as my symbol of originality. Don’t bother pointing it out.

World Building:

Crow world building_001

Not sure if it’s clear but the symbol is supposed to be of a globe fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle. I might try and make the world bigger.

Story

Crow story_001

This was the last one I did and, yes, it does look a little rushed as a result. I might change the placement of the bookmark in future. It looks weird where it is.

So, there you have it. My new review graphics. Don’t be afraid to let me know what you think.

I’m going to finish transferring my reviews from this site to my review site today so don’t forget to follow this site to get all new reviews every fortnight.