Many reviewers have declared the Southern Vampire Mysteries pretty much DOA at this point. Worse, there's a general DNR consensus. The series really "should have" ended after the 9th book, because it was clear that both the author's passion for the story and the tale that drew readers in the first place were gone.
In the latest installment, Deadlocked (which I borrowed from our base library), readers say not only is the plot pointless - our heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, is now a bitch.
I don't think Sookie sounds bitchy, though she has clearly lost her tolerance for all things supernatural. I think she just sounds tired. Tired of life and all the complications, politics and dangers of the supernatural community, as well as of her relationship.
As it is, I was never fond of the long-term Sookie/Eric pairing. I hoped fervently that Harris would set things "right" by bringing Sookie back together with Bill, or just letting the girl stand on her own two feet once more.
In the end, I think that's what it will take to make book 13 a satisfying conclusion: Sookie stepping back, not just from the "supes", but boyfriends in general. I want to see her put her foot down and say "Enough is enough!"
I hope her snappish behavior in Deadlocked is a prelude to that very resolution.
Copyright (c) 2012 Wendy L. Callahan