I’ve always loved the Southern Vampire Mysteries (or as they’ve been relabeled as of late the Sookie Stackhouse books), particularly the first eight novels. And even when Eric was being a creepy, manipulative jerk in the early books, I kept thinking “I wish they would get together.” Because I love the complicated bad boys in novels. Eleven books later, Eric is still manipulative and arrogant and I still, mostly, enjoy him.
My favorite book in this series has always been Dead to the World, the fourth book where we get to see behind the cold exterior of Eric thanks to a little witchy magic. We get Sookie becoming stronger, and others finally start to say Bill isn’t that amazing.
We don’t typically do later books in series as the group read, but we’re making an exception. After the latest trailer for season 4 of True Blood popped up online (embedded below) — covering the break up and giving us Eric saying, “Sookie. You. Are. Mine.” — we thought it was a great time to re-read the fourth Sookie Stackhouse book before the June 26 premiere of the television show it spawned. (Please note: If HBO does not do justice to Eric’s storyline in this one, I may lose it.)
Will you join us in reliving the game-changing Dead to the World this month?
When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn’t just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn’t a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It’s Eric the vampire—but now he’s a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.
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