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Title: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on April 25, 2010, 04:47:20 AM
I noticed that you said you had read all the Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire novels. Which was your favorite novel? 

I really wanted the Fairy War to be along the lines of the Were-creatures battles. That was an epic scene in the Shreveport warehouse.  :D
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 25, 2010, 10:29:34 AM
Difficult to choose between them, especially as I've read them back to back. They lead naturally into each other, except for the missing extra bits , which are in the short stories. I suppose the second book comes to mind as it didn't have to explain the main characters. And the second series of True Blood is covering the main storyline.

I have just started the Harper Connolly series (Grave Sight), and it's gripped me already.  Charlaine Harris sure writes a good read.

The fairy war was a bit of an anticlimax, if you can describe the torture and near death of the heroine that way.  I agree about the Were battle.  I do hope that True Blood starts to include them in the storyline.   
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: The Peepmaster on April 25, 2010, 12:30:52 PM

The fairy war was a bit of an anticlimax


Was Mince involved?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on April 25, 2010, 03:03:52 PM
I read the books one right after another too. With exception of the "Hadley affair," the books flowed into each other very well. Hadley was a surprise. I've ordered the short stories so I can "catch-up" with the left-out details. Charlaine Harris has a wonderful imagination. I especially enjoy how she blends humor into scenes which are really horrific and gory moments.  For example:  Sookie dancing with Quinn (I think) and a bloody head flew past spraying blood and signaling the start of a fight in New Orleans.

Who should Sookie end up with? I am hoping for Eric, but not the nice version of him.

I don't have HBO so I have not watched "True Blood." I have seen bit of it on You Tube. I think I like the books better.  Dare we post some clips?  ;)
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on April 25, 2010, 03:32:19 PM
For those who have not seen True Blood:

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Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 25, 2010, 04:38:28 PM
Dare we post some clips?  ;)

Don't get too ambitious.  Some might get affected by them.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Diane CBPFC on April 25, 2010, 05:22:25 PM
One of my puppy customers is a big fan. I had to register her puppy's official name as Sookie.  :)
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Malc on April 25, 2010, 11:21:02 PM
Not peeing on anyone's parade deliberately, just putting this out there:

Is anyone else intrigued at this fascination women have with the prospect of having their necks bitten and blood sucked? Is it a sensual thing? I'm amazed at the constant flow of new Vampire/Werewolf stuff that's coming out, there doesn't seem to be a lip to this cup, it fills forever.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Jack on April 26, 2010, 01:14:22 AM
All of this teen-girl-vampire-boy-forbidden-romance-angsty-nonsense drives me up the wall.

You know what the best vampire show was?

(http://www.classickidstv.co.uk/wiki/images/8/8b/Count_Duckula_First_Season_R1.jpg)

Link to the excellent opening (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VthsQVsXwEg)
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Diane CBPFC on April 26, 2010, 01:44:49 AM
It is mostly young women and gay guys that like vampires because they are youthful looking and therefore unthreatening. imho
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on April 26, 2010, 02:26:57 AM
I have never read the Twilight series. It is geared toward teenagers. I did see the first film and thought it was incredibly boring. The first part could have been a teenage "coming-of-age" film and the end part could have come out of the "Angel" television series.

I enjoy the Southern Vampire series because it blends campiness, humor, horror, mystery, fantasy and romance.I also enjoyed the television series "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" and the series "Angel." I liked them for the same reasons I like Charlaine Harris's novels.   I loved the novel "The Historian" which dealt with the search for Dracula.  As a child, I remember watching the re-runs of "Dark Shadows," a 'scary' soap opera about the Collins family and it featured vampires, witches and werewolves. Oddly enough, I do not like horror films.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 26, 2010, 10:29:19 AM
I have never read the Twilight series. It is geared toward teenagers. I did see the first film and thought it was incredibly boring. The first part could have been a teenage "coming-of-age" film and the end part could have come out of the "Angel" television series.

I enjoy the Southern Vampire series because it blends campiness, humor, horror, mystery, fantasy and romance.I also enjoyed the television series "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" and the series "Angel." I liked them for the same reasons I like Charlaine Harris's novels.   I loved the novel "The Historian" which dealt with the search for Dracula.  As a child, I remember watching the re-runs of "Dark Shadows," a 'scary' soap opera about the Collins family and it featured vampires, witches and werewolves. Oddly enough, I do not like horror films.

Wot she said - ish.   Not read Twilight or seen the films, although I have had to suffer the after effects (music, posters, comments from my infatuated 23 year old daughter (only now getting over the 'crush' - maybe she's maturing?)

I loved 'Buffy, but then I'm male.  Saw some of the Angel series and have downloaded the whole lot onto DVD to watch sometime.
I don't enjoy horror films or read any other vampire books.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Malc on April 26, 2010, 12:44:37 PM
As someone who worked on Duckula (as an animator) I didn't even think of it as a vampire thing.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 26, 2010, 01:59:45 PM
I read the books one right after another too. With exception of the "Hadley affair," the books flowed into each other very well. Hadley was a surprise. I've ordered the short stories so I can "catch-up" with the left-out details. Charlaine Harris has a wonderful imagination. I especially enjoy how she blends humor into scenes which are really horrific and gory moments.  For example:  Sookie dancing with Quinn (I think) and a bloody head flew past spraying blood and signaling the start of a fight in New Orleans.
Correct
Who should Sookie end up with? I am hoping for Eric, but not the nice version of him.
So far, it's been Bill (Vampire), Alcide (Werewolf), Eric (good vampire), Quinn (Were-tiger), and Eric (bad vampire)
I don't have HBO so I have not watched "True Blood." I have seen bit of it on You Tube. I think I like the books better.  Dare we post some clips?  ;)
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on April 26, 2010, 04:29:47 PM
If you look below the surface of the stories, there is a lot of social commentary. For example, the vampires "coming out of the coffin" parallels that of the gay community coming out of the closet. Vampires cannot marry and they do not have the same rights as the rest of society.  And, of course, there is the church which wants nothing more than to help vampires "meet the sun." Didn't some of their members murder an entire nest without provocation?

I was not too sure about the Quinn-relationship. And how could Alcide truly forgive Sookie for shooting Debbie even though Debbie was a murderous &*(^% in her own right.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Roger Kettle on April 26, 2010, 08:45:12 PM
I must admit I've never stumbled across the "vampire/gay" theory before and I await a barrage of suitable puns.
Oh, all right, I'll start. Does Dracula wear a Nosfera-tutu?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 26, 2010, 11:05:46 PM
I'm not worried about reading too much into the issues. They are just good stories and characters. I do hope they try and include the weres in True Blood.  I am disappointed that they have the character that poison clawed Sookie taking up a lot of the second series, when the weres could be in it.   
Alcide had 'shunned' Debbie after realising her hold and manipulation of him. I think Charlaine did that part well. I can't wait for Eric to get hexed.
The episode of True Blood just aired here had the Dallas nest bombed by the Soldiers of the Sun. And Eric's maker just met the sun.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on April 27, 2010, 12:15:50 AM
I guess, Bill, that I see things happening in America that are reflected in the books.

From what I understand, the maened plays a bigger role in the series than she did in the book "Living Dead in Dallas." 

Alcide abjured Debbie. What I thought was great was how the Werewolves of Shreveport  chose their "Packmaster.  And I love "Fangtasia!"  Harris really has a great imagination. She has put a lot of thought into these books.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 27, 2010, 03:05:29 PM
I guess, Bill, that I see things happening in America that are reflected in the books. 

We have similar issues over here, but I don't try to over-analyse at 11pm when reading in bed (about the only chance I get to read a book)

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From what I understand, the maened plays a bigger role in the series than she did in the book "Living Dead in Dallas." 

You're not kidding!  The whole second season has the maened storyline, having introduced her toward the end of season 1.  I don't remember much of her/it in the book, other than when she/it attacked Sookie.

Alcide abjured Debbie. What I thought was great was how the Werewolves of Shreveport  chose their "Packmaster.  And I love "Fangtasia!"  Harris really has a great imagination. She has put a lot of thought into these books.

I knew it wasn't 'shunned', but late at night and using the iphone to read the posts, I could not remember the word.
It would be interesting to see how they would film the Packmaster challenge, especially the climax!


'Grave Sight' is getting quite interesting.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on April 27, 2010, 04:42:02 PM
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We have similar issues over here, but I don't try to over-analyse at 11pm when reading in bed (about the only chance I get to read a book)

Hey, I've got a degree in English lit, so I am used to analyzing what I read sometimes. ; )

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You're not kidding!  The whole second season has the maened storyline, having introduced her toward the end of season 1.  I don't remember much of her/it in the book, other than when she/it attacked Sookie.


About the maenad: Basically, she was the creature in the woods who wandered around the world and was aroused by debauchery. She wanted Eric to pay tribute to her presence in his area and sent the message by those poison claw marks on Sookie's back. (The healing was certainly interesting.) I really was not sure how the maenad killed the orgy-goers except that she seemed to drive them mad and that is why Eric and Bill pressed Sookie between them. Didn't the maenad also have a fling with Sam? That seemed pretty strange.

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It would be interesting to see how they would film the Packmaster challenge, especially the climax!

Ooooh, the Packmaster challenges would be great filmed.

Do you think the creative license that is pretty evident in True Blood makes the series better than the books? From what I have seen via the clips and from what I have read about the series, I think I would not enjoy the series so much.

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'Grave Sight' is getting quite interesting.

I will have to get Grave Sight.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Diane CBPFC on April 27, 2010, 06:39:22 PM
Who else thinks it’s a bit rude of Feather and Bill to talk about a book when we are in the midst of a discussion about the homo-erotic nature of vampires?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Tarquin Thunderthighs lll on April 27, 2010, 07:58:07 PM
It's all way too highbrow for me, all these books and stuff. I remember when we sued to post funny things.  :(
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Diane CBPFC on April 27, 2010, 08:41:01 PM
It's pretty funny that I'm a soccer coach and have to pay a vet to breed my dogs. Gives me a laugh anyway.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Vulture on April 27, 2010, 08:42:45 PM
It's all way too highbrow for me, all these books and stuff. I remember when we sued to post funny things.  :(

Who did you sue?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 27, 2010, 10:16:07 PM
Hey, I've got a degree in English lit, so I am used to analyzing what I read sometimes. ; )
Is that English Literature or American Literature?  Is there a difference (other than in spelling)?  I is thick, cos I don't have a degree.
About the maenad: Basically, she was the creature in the woods who wandered around the world and was aroused by debauchery. She wanted Eric to pay tribute to her presence in his area and sent the message by those poison claw marks on Sookie's back. (The healing was certainly interesting.) I really was not sure how the maenad killed the orgy-goers except that she seemed to drive them mad and that is why Eric and Bill pressed Sookie between them. Didn't the maenad also have a fling with Sam? That seemed pretty strange.
The series has her taking Tara under her wing, getting everyone into lustful orgies, excessive drinking and eating, etc, etc.  She knew Sam when he was a kid, and is now trying to sacrifice him.  The last thing episode had Sam escape from the jail by becoming a fly, and the maenad going into Merlotte's and demanding everyone find him and bring him to her.  They were all under her spell, black eyes and all.
Read http://www.hbo.com/true-blood/index.html#/true-blood/episodes/2/21-i-will-rise-up/synopsis.html
Do you think the creative license that is pretty evident in True Blood makes the series better than the books? From what I have seen via the clips and from what I have read about the series, I think I would not enjoy the series so much.
I think they are dragging the storyline out and have added new bits (Tara is completely different than in the books).  However the imagery relates well to the books.
I will have to get Grave Sight.
Just finished it and starting on the second one tonight.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on April 27, 2010, 11:37:32 PM
I specialized in English literature, Bill.

Wow, the show's writers are really padding and re-inventing the stories. I noticed from some clips that Sookie's brother has a prominent role in the series. He was a minor character in the novels until he became a panther-man. Tara was also a minor character.   They are only in book 2 and the series has been on for two years?  I can't imagine the series lasting more than four years. There are 10 books, not counting the short stories.  At the rate the television series is moving they will never get through everything.  I'm guessing they are upping the sex and violence  for the audience.

Speaking of Sam, I loved the scene in the first book (I think) where Sookie discovered Sam was a shape-shifter. I mean go to bed with a collie on the floor next to you and wake up with a naked man  beside you was priceless.  After that, and knowing he can turn into a lion, I can't see him turning into a fly - that's just silly.

I could not get anything but a black page from the link you posted.

When I start reading Grave Sight we can discuss that series.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Jack on April 28, 2010, 12:55:06 AM
As someone who worked on Duckula (as an animator) I didn't even think of it as a vampire thing.

You worked on Duckula?

I am starstruck. Apologies to Mr. Kettle, but you may have just surpassed him as the #1 Awe-Inspiring Celebrity on the site, in my eyes.

Hell, I'm not even annoyed at constantly losing to you on the quiz anymore. You know why? Because you worked on bloody Duckula, that's why.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Jack on April 28, 2010, 01:01:59 AM
Just following up my last post, I have to say, this place is terribly bad for a person's self esteem. You've got:

- Roger, who writes the Internationally Renowned comic strip that brought us all here in the first place.

- Malc, who I'm pretty sure has at some point worked on a whole bunch of stuff I've always liked.

- Tarks has also done a whole bunch of stuff, some of which I've probably liked without even realising who was responsible for it.

- The Peepmaster's had work published, and I'm sure someone bought it.

- Bilthehut was in Indiana Jones. I think. Someone here was, and I think it was him.

- Diane, who seems to do upwards of a million different activities, and be brilliant at all of them.

I wouldn't be at all surprised at this point if Tom were to reveal he's actually Tom Selleck, star of Magnum P.I.

Well, one day I'll do something remarkable... maybe become Emperor of Earth, or something. That'll show ya.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 28, 2010, 08:25:47 AM
- The Peepmaster's had work published, and I'm sure someone bought it.

Don't forget, he sells Beau Peep stuff, especially mugs

Was that the right thing to say, Peeps?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 28, 2010, 08:59:51 AM
Wow, the show's writers are really padding and re-inventing the stories.
They are missing out some minor bits, but keeping to the main storyline.
I noticed from some clips that Sookie's brother has a prominent role in the series. He was a minor character in the novels until he became a panther-man. Tara was also a minor character.   They are only in book 2 and the series has been on for two years?  I can't imagine the series lasting more than four years.
There's enough material for at lease 5 series, even if they double up the books, but it would be difficult to stretch it to one book a series (year).  The books have only spanned a few years (2-3) so far.
There are 10 books, not counting the short stories.  At the rate the television series is moving they will never get through everything. 
I presume you mean the 10th one being released in June.
Series 1 concentrated on Book 1.
Series 2 is, so far, based on Living Dead in Dallas.  Lafayette is still alive (someone else was dead in Andy's car - killed as sacrifice (heart extracted) by the Maenad).  Just scanning through the book, series 2 seems to span its timeline.
It will be interesting if Bill does get dumped by Sookie in the series (but will Stephen Moyer have married Anna Paquin by then?)
I'm guessing they are upping the sex and violence  for the audience.
OHH YEAHH! (in a deep Barry White/Earl Jones type voice)
Speaking of Sam, I loved the scene in the first book (I think) where Sookie discovered Sam was a shape-shifter. I mean go to bed with a collie on the floor next to you and wake up with a naked man  beside you was priceless.  After that, and knowing he can turn into a lion, I can't see him turning into a fly - that's just silly.
The scene was in the series, and well done too (true to the book).  I can't remember (senility kicking in again) what else he's been, but he was a collie for the whole of series 1.  He does have to see a creature to get the idea for changing, but I presume, once tried, he can do it anytime.  I do agree that the fly was an issue for me - where has the mass gone - probably to fairyland (this might get an interesting response - or not!).
I could not get anything but a black page from the link you posted.
It works for me but try www.hbo.com/true-blood .  It might take a while to build the page as it is predominantly black.
When I start reading Grave Sight we can discuss that series.
Waiting out ...
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Diane CBPFC on April 28, 2010, 03:36:00 PM
Just following up my last post, I have to say, this place is terribly bad for a person's self esteem. You've got:

- Roger, who writes the Internationally Renowned comic strip that brought us all here in the first place.

- Malc, who I'm pretty sure has at some point worked on a whole bunch of stuff I've always liked.

- Tarks has also done a whole bunch of stuff, some of which I've probably liked without even realising who was responsible for it.

- The Peepmaster's had work published, and I'm sure someone bought it.

- Bilthehut was in Indiana Jones. I think. Someone here was, and I think it was him.

- Diane, who seems to do upwards of a million different activities, and be brilliant at all of them.

I wouldn't be at all surprised at this point if Tom were to reveal he's actually Tom Selleck, star of Magnum P.I.

Well, one day I'll do something remarkable... maybe become Emperor of Earth, or something. That'll show ya.

Jack, you have to remember your great Beau Peep online game - that was brilliant. You just need me to do your P.R. for you.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on April 28, 2010, 06:10:38 PM
Just following up my last post, I have to say, this place is terribly bad for a person's self esteem. You've got:

- Roger, who writes the Internationally Renowned comic strip that brought us all here in the first place.

- Malc, who I'm pretty sure has at some point worked on a whole bunch of stuff I've always liked.

- Tarks has also done a whole bunch of stuff, some of which I've probably liked without even realising who was responsible for it.

- The Peepmaster's had work published, and I'm sure someone bought it.

- Bilthehut was in Indiana Jones. I think. Someone here was, and I think it was him.

- Diane, who seems to do upwards of a million different activities, and be brilliant at all of them.

I wouldn't be at all surprised at this point if Tom were to reveal he's actually Tom Selleck, star of Magnum P.I.

Well, one day I'll do something remarkable... maybe become Emperor of Earth, or something. That'll show ya.

Jack, you have to remember your great Beau Peep online game - that was brilliant. You just need me to do your P.R. for you.
I concur wholeheartedly with Diane.  That was an excellent game in the true spirit of this forum.  Well done again, Jack.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Tom on April 29, 2010, 07:47:51 PM
... I wouldn't be at all surprised at this point if Tom were to reveal he's actually Tom Selleck, star of Magnum P.I...

Yes, I am, in fact, Magnum P.I.'s Tom Selleck.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on May 12, 2010, 02:25:25 PM
Bill, I ordered "Dead in the Family" and "A Touch of Dead." The books should be here in the next day or two. I'm looking forward to reading them this weekend. Currently, I'm reading "Two for the Dough" by Janet Evanovich. It's the second in her bounty hunter Stephanie Plum series. The series is okay, but I don't think I'll be reading every book.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on May 12, 2010, 03:25:03 PM
You're alive!  I'm on the last Harper book (of 4).  S'good ones.
The finale for True Blood series 2 is this week, so that leaves me with the option of re-reading the books - except that I've persuaded the other half to read them (the first 3 books being an omnibus edition).

Don't know anything about Janet Evanovich - I'm rather staid in my reading range.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on May 14, 2010, 07:50:44 PM
The two new Sookie books arrived today. I can't wait to read them!
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: The Peepmaster on May 14, 2010, 08:33:33 PM
When Mince gets a new book, he also buys new crayons to do the colouring-in.  ..0
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Vulture on May 14, 2010, 08:40:41 PM
When Mince gets a new book, he also buys new crayons to do the colouring-in.  ..0

AND he probably goes outside the lines....!
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Mince on May 14, 2010, 08:53:07 PM
When Mince gets a new book, he also buys new crayons to do the colouring-in.  ..0

Yes, because the last time I sent you a colouring book for your birthday, you moaned about not getting the crayons as well.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Roger Kettle on May 14, 2010, 09:00:24 PM
Good comeback.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on May 14, 2010, 10:59:52 PM
The two new Sookie books arrived today. I can't wait to read them!

Enjoy!  I've just finished the last one.  It's back to sci-fi for a while until t'other 'alf has read the omnibus edition.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on May 15, 2010, 08:55:00 PM
I forgot to tell you that a couple of my friends who live not so far from Harris attended a "Sookie" reading given by the author.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on May 15, 2010, 10:47:24 PM
That must have been fun.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on May 17, 2010, 06:39:25 PM
They enjoyed it.

I am reading Touch of Dead. It really does fill in the gaps, especially when it comes to Hadley. I was a little disappointed in "Dracula Night" because the ending was a let-down. I loved the idea of comparing everything  to "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," but the rest of it was so predictable. It seemed hastily-written, too. I think this story would have made a great addition, if filled-out more,  to one of her books instead of being used in a collection of short-stories. There was so much she could have done with it.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: The Peepmaster on May 17, 2010, 07:08:18 PM
That must have been fun.

Maybe all the pubs were closed.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on May 19, 2010, 01:31:59 PM
Hadley was introduced as a 'friend' of the Queen in the last two episodes of Season 2.  Just have to wait now for Season 3 - and book 10 (in June).

impatient.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on May 19, 2010, 01:32:59 PM
Knowing these two, they probably went to a bar afterwards!

Bill, I finished "Touch of Dead." I really liked it. I've started "Dead in the Family." I had forgotten how violent "Dead and Gone" was:  Crystal's manner of death, those sadistic fairy twins torturing Sookie for hours, Crystal's murderer being torn apart by were-panthers.  It seemed a bit more graphic than most of the books.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on May 19, 2010, 01:34:15 PM
Hadley was introduced as a 'friend' of the Queen in the last two episodes of Season 2.  Just have to wait now for Season 3 - and book 10 (in June).

impatient.

I'm sure the television series will have a lot of Queen Sophie and Hadley scenes. Ratings, you know.  ;)
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on May 19, 2010, 01:36:54 PM
At least the Maenad got her comeuppance - or at least the bull's horn (aka Sam's arm, once he became human again).

I just hope they introduce the weres into the next series.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on May 19, 2010, 01:41:07 PM
I just realized that Book 10 must not be out yet in the UK.

Surely they will put the Weres in the series. They are an integral part of the story. 

Sam did not turn into a bull in the book. The maenad was not killed in the book. She just left after the massacre.

Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on May 19, 2010, 01:43:51 PM
Knowing these two, they probably went to a bar afterwards!

No, they were playing Yahtzee with Bill, then Eric.  I think Eric has taken Bill away from Sookie, just after he proposed to her.  Might have something to do with 'taking care of the problem' he promised to the Queen, after she found out that Eric was selling V (but did not know that the Queen was supplying it to Eric).  I must re-read the books to reacquaint myself.

Bill, I finished "Touch of Dead." I really liked it. I've started "Dead in the Family." 

My copy has not arrived yet from amazon.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on May 19, 2010, 01:49:18 PM
Oh, she died alright - quite graphically.  She was waiting for her god to appear and Sam was the sacrifice.  Bill delivered him to the Maenad in return for Sookie, but had arranged to save Sam before he died.

As a matter of interest, Eggs was another character misused from the book.  He came with the Maenad and was hooked up with Tara.  But in the end he was shot and killed by Jason, who saved Detective 'Belflour' from being killed by Eggs.  The Detective took responsibility for the shooting as Eggs had (while under the Maenad's influence) killed other people.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on May 19, 2010, 01:49:55 PM
Knowing these two, they probably went to a bar afterwards!

No, they were playing Yahtzee with Bill, then Eric.  I think Eric has taken Bill away from Sookie, just after he proposed to her.  Might have something to do with 'taking care of the problem' he promised to the Queen, after she found out that Eric was selling V (but did not know that the Queen was supplying it to Eric).  I must re-read the books to reacquaint myself.

Bill, I finished "Touch of Dead." I really liked it. I've started "Dead in the Family." 

My copy has not arrived yet from amazon.

I meant my two friends who went to the reading.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on May 19, 2010, 01:59:53 PM
That's the trouble of intermediate posts - I get confused easily.

btw, I've just peeked at the True Blood website (see previous post for link)  and Season 3 has at least one wolf in it, so they must be introducing the weres.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on June 08, 2010, 04:28:29 PM
I read that Season 3 is going to be even more graphic than the other two seasons.

I just finished Dead in the Family and really enjoyed it. I already need my next fix of this series! Hopefully, Ms. Harris will continue the "Sookie" series for a while. I'd  like to see a quirky fluke in their hook-up to cause Sookie and Eric to have a child together -the world's first half-telepathic human/half-vamp child would be interesting.

My pacifiers while waiting for the next "Sookie" installment are Gucci Gucci Coo by Sue Margolis and Medusa by Clive Cussler.  I don't know if anyone here reads Cussler's works, but I really like his spin on historical events, technology and current issues. His later novels that he writes "with" another author are not as good and tend to be more formulaic. However, the Isaac Bell series about a detective at the turn of the 20th century America seem pretty good. The one I just read was about a bank robber/ serial killer being chased by a Pinkerton-like agent.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on June 08, 2010, 07:26:00 PM
My copy of Dead in the Family has yet to arrive from Amazon.
In the meantime, I'm reading 'Going Postal' by Terry Pratchett, a great series of books.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on June 09, 2010, 01:00:20 AM
My copy of Dead in the Family has yet to arrive from Amazon.

Hasn't the book been released in the UK yet? 

It took me a while to finish Dead In the Family but that was only because I read it during my lunch hour if I did not have anything else to do during that time. I liked taking my time with it. I could savor the story more.  :)
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on June 09, 2010, 03:34:12 PM
I placed the advance order on 23 April and it is due despatch on 14th, just in time for my work trip to the South of France (well, someone has to do it).  Looking forward to reading it.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on June 11, 2010, 11:20:08 PM
It's arrived!  I like the dust sheet.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on June 12, 2010, 03:01:29 AM
It's arrived!  I like the dust sheet.

Yippee!  Pop the cork on the champagne!
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on June 16, 2010, 10:20:14 AM
is it me or has this latest book become a little slower in plot.  I'm half way through and not much has happened.  Except for: another attempt on Sookie's life, two dead vampires, A were party, an unknown dead body, not much rumpy pumpy...
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on June 16, 2010, 03:05:51 PM
It is a bit quieter at first, but I like the blending of history and vampires that she used in this one.  The use of "Bubba" was funny in the other books,  but Alexei is intriguing.  Keep reading.

The only thing that was a little tiresome was that there was another were party, attempt on Sookie's life and two dead vampires. Nothing new there. Some loose ends are tied up in this book, but there is something I'm confused about.  I'll ask you about it when you finish the book.

"Rumpy pumpy?" I had to look that up. No, I guess there wasn't as much as usual, but then Eric was with his master
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on June 28, 2010, 11:59:31 PM
Feather.  Just finished the book.  Not bad, but a bit bitty.  What were you confused about?  There are a number of things I'm confused about.  I think I need to re-read it.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on June 29, 2010, 03:54:11 AM
I am confused about the fairy storyline for one thing.  Dermot was crazy and under a spell when he helped the sadistic, perverted brother and sister fairies kill Sookie's parents? 
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on June 29, 2010, 06:52:10 AM
Yes, you're right, there.  I can't explain it.  It did say he had been under the influence for some time, but who put him under.  I thought it was Niall. 
Didn't Dermot finish Sookie's parents off by holding them under the water?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on June 29, 2010, 01:10:04 PM
No, I think Dermot opened the car door so the two fairies could drown Sookie's parents. 

There were other things I was a little confused about in this book, but it's been a while now since I read it.  I've read one book and am reading another since I read Dead in the Family. I think adding Hadley's ex-husband and child into the mix is basically filler and somewhat unnecessary though.

I hope the Sookie series does not go the way of Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who..." series - by that I mean that the later books just become quiet, little nothings, or. worse, resemble the author's first draft. Sometimes a series should wrap things up and go out on top.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on June 29, 2010, 01:27:45 PM
No, I think Dermot opened the car door so the two fairies could drown Sookie's parents. 
  Yup, you are right.

I think adding Hadley's ex-husband and child into the mix is basically filler and somewhat unnecessary though.
  Concur.  CH would have to skip a few years to really make them useful.

I hope the Sookie series does not go the way of Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who..." series - by that I mean that the later books just become quiet, little nothings, or. worse, resemble the author's first draft. Sometimes a series should wrap things up and go out on top.
  Don't know the series.  I'm reading Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld missive, 'Unseen Academicals' .
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on July 15, 2010, 01:02:41 PM
Finished 'Unseen Academicals' - quite good - old Terry does have an imagination.
Now I can re-read the Sookie books.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on July 15, 2010, 02:49:53 PM

I'm still reading Medusa. It's taking me longer than I expected because my lunch breaks are usually with others right now. It might be rude to whip out my book and start reading while we are in the middle of commiserating  with each other. "Hold that thought, Cynthia!  I just have to find out if Joe Zavala gets out of the bathysphere that's stuck in mud at the bottom of the ocean."

I'd like to re-read the Sookie novels, too.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on July 15, 2010, 05:56:09 PM
The others obviously are not considerate enough to let you read your book.

You can borrow mine after I've read them, if you like.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on August 04, 2010, 12:24:05 PM
Started the first Sookie book again and reached the part where Bill (not me - I'm not a Vampire) went all the way with Sookie.

I now realise that Sookie's cousin Hadley is mentioned in this book as well as her bad uncle.

Anyone else read the series, other than Feather or myself?  Or do you have another series of books you might recommend to the BP community?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: The Peepmaster on August 04, 2010, 07:48:32 PM
Am I imagining it or did Noddy's little car once have to go to a garage where Tessie Bear worked?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Diamond Lil on August 04, 2010, 09:11:13 PM
No,you're right,  that did happen but I'm wondering if that's the same time when his little car wouldn't go "parp, parp" and it was in for ages waiting for a spare parp
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: The Peepmaster on August 04, 2010, 09:22:52 PM
My mind's confused. It may have been the naughty monkeys in the garage...
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on August 04, 2010, 10:45:25 PM
"flobadob, little weed!"
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: The Peepmaster on August 04, 2010, 11:49:53 PM
 ..0 There's always someone who has to debase the conversation...
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on August 10, 2010, 01:37:04 AM
Started the first Sookie book again and reached the part where Bill (not me - I'm not a Vampire) went all the way with Sookie.

I now realise that Sookie's cousin Hadley is mentioned in this book as well as her bad uncle.

Anyone else read the series, other than Feather or myself?  Or do you have another series of books you might recommend to the BP community?

I remember the "funny uncle" was mentioned in the first book, but not Hadley.

I read the Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler. I also read the Archy McNally series by Lawrence Sanders. I have been told by someone here who shall remain nameless that the Americanisms and references in the latter series don't translate well to a British reader.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on August 11, 2010, 01:48:34 AM
Bill, do you think the Sookie Stackhouse novels consist of very descriptive violence?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on August 11, 2010, 07:30:55 AM
Oh yeah, and not just descriptive of violence.

Still on the first book again and Sookie has just identified the thief at Fangtasia, and got covered in vampire goo.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Fyodor on August 11, 2010, 10:07:19 AM
I'm confused. Which one's the shirtlifter again. Is it Sam?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on August 11, 2010, 06:28:07 PM
Sam's the Shapeshifter.  Lafayette is the effeminate one - who is a significant character in the TV series, but is only a minor character in the book.

Nice to see someone ask a pertinent question - on topic  ;)
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on August 12, 2010, 02:17:34 PM
Oh yeah, and not just descriptive of violence.

Still on the first book again and Sookie has just identified the thief at Fangtasia, and got covered in vampire goo.

I thought the first, second and ninth book were the most descriptive of violence, with Book number 9 being the most violent - Crystal's death and Sookie's torture. That stuff almost turned my stomach.

The other series of books I enjoy and can read over and over again are Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" novels. I also like her other books.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on August 12, 2010, 04:32:59 PM
The other series of books I enjoy and can read over and over again are Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" novels.
I'm not sure they would be my kind of books.  I'm really into SF, especially Heinlein, Asimov.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on August 15, 2010, 11:57:55 PM
Has anyone read the Aurora Teagarden books by Charlaine Harris?  If so, what are they like?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: The Peepmaster on August 16, 2010, 06:39:03 PM
Has anyone read the Aurora Teagarden books by Charlaine Harris?  If so, what are they like?

I'm sure someone must have or it would have been a hell of a waste of time printing the tomes.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on August 17, 2010, 02:27:38 AM
Has anyone read the Aurora Teagarden books by Charlaine Harris?  If so, what are they like?

Did you read all the Harper (I forget the last name) novels?  There's the Shakespeare series by Charlaine Harris. Lily Bard made an appearance in one of the Sookie novels. I thought that was clever.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on August 17, 2010, 07:00:00 AM
Yup! Read all four Connelly books. What's the Shakespeare series like, and about?  Don't recall Lily Bard. 
Am now getting toward the end of Book 1 for Sookie.  Bubba has made his first appearance, but I doubt the 'True Blood' producers will have the courage to use his character in the series.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on August 17, 2010, 02:47:33 PM
I haven't read the Shakespeare series, but I read about it. It was pre-Sookie.   Lily Bard from the Shakespeare series appeared as one of the private investigators the Pelts hired to investigate Debbie's death. Lily Bard and her husband talked to Sookie at her house.

"Bubba" fans might get upset to see him on "True Blood" but I loved the concept in the stories.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on August 17, 2010, 03:30:41 PM
Bill, I thought of another series you might like: Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who..." series.  It's a light, fun mystery series. The last several novels in this series of something like 20 + are not so great, but that is most likely because the author is now in her 90's, if she is even still living, and the last three or four novels were either her rough drafts or were written by a very poor ghostwriter.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Vulture on August 17, 2010, 03:42:15 PM
Bill, I thought of another series you might like: Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who..." series.  It's a light, fun mystery series. The last several novels in this series of something like 20 + are not so great, but that is most likely because the author is now in her 90's, if she is even still living, and the last three or four novels were either her rough drafts or were written by a very poor ghostwriter.

I have to agree with you, Feather. As a little light reading, these books aren't bad.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on August 17, 2010, 03:58:57 PM
I have to agree with you, Feather. As a little light reading, these books aren't bad.

Just like with the Sookie stories, you get caught up in Braun's quirky characters.  If I ever get another cat and it's a male Siamese, I'm naming him Qwilleran.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on August 17, 2010, 11:23:42 PM
I have been living with Siamese and Burmese for the past 30+years so am fully aware of their nature.  That is why we have them.  The current crop are: Tizzy (brown Burmese of 13 going on 30, if her grandmother is anything to go by), Sushi and Smorg (sister and brother both Siamese tabby points (seal and chocolate)with lovely stripes and ringed tails of 3 years old.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on August 17, 2010, 11:26:46 PM
Then you will definitely have to read "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards." Braun's books feature a Siamese cat that helps solve mysteries.

We had Siamese cats (one blue-point and one seal-point) when I was growing up. I currently have a seal-point Himalayan named Sophie.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: The Peepmaster on August 18, 2010, 11:54:23 PM
I always found Big Ears to be boring. It detracted from my enjoyment of the Noddy books.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on October 19, 2010, 04:53:07 PM
Bill, look!

http://www.amazon.com/Sookie-Stackhouse-Companion-Novel-Blood/dp/0441019714/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287503250&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Sookie-Stackhouse-Companion-Novel-Blood/dp/0441019714/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287503250&sr=8-1)
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on October 19, 2010, 11:33:50 PM
Bill, look!

http://www.amazon.com/Sookie-Stackhouse-Companion-Novel-Blood/dp/0441019714/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287503250&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Sookie-Stackhouse-Companion-Novel-Blood/dp/0441019714/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287503250&sr=8-1)

Thanks, Feather.  I have now placed an advance order for it on the UK site (£13.50 - or less).  Keep up the spy work for me , please.

I am on book 4 again and Sookie has just agreed to babysit Eric but nothing has happened between them - yet!  There was yet another mention of her cousin (on drugs) but no mention of her name.  Also, I think Sookie's Fairy Godmother has been spotted by Sookie, but no mention that she's a fairy (just wait for the comments to come).
I'm enjoying reading the books again as I am picking up little snippits I missed the first time around.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Feather on October 21, 2010, 07:14:58 PM
I would like to re-read them, but my friend still has the first one and I'd like to start from the beginning to pick up on what I missed on the first readings. I read that HBO is going to have Eric lose his memory like in the book and run around in pink spandex (which I don't remember happening).  However, I also read that Bill and Sam are going to have a little graphic fling. You see, this is where I think HBO is going for more "shock and awe" for ratings rather  than sticking with the books. This type of encounter did not happen at all in the book. It was not even alluded to, if I'm remembering the plots correctly.  Eric and his maker, yes, but Bill or Sam?  Nope.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Roger Kettle on October 21, 2010, 08:04:51 PM
This is probably one of the longest threads ever on this site and I haven't a clue what you're talking about. I like the sound of a "graphic fling" though.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Vulture on October 21, 2010, 08:29:22 PM
This is probably one of the longest threads ever on this site and I haven't a clue what you're talking about. I like the sound of a "graphic fling" though.

Is a 'graphic fling' where you throw a pencil across the room?
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Roger Kettle on October 21, 2010, 10:00:10 PM
No, it's when Scotsmen do the Highland Fling and their kilts fly up.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on October 21, 2010, 11:00:34 PM
No, it's when Scotsmen do the Highland Fling and their kilts fly up.

Too graphic - unless one of you cartoonists out there decide to draw it.
Title: Re: Sookie Stackhouse for Bilthehut
Post by: Bilthehut on October 21, 2010, 11:09:08 PM
I would like to re-read them, but my friend still has the first one and I'd like to start from the beginning to pick up on what I missed on the first readings. I read that HBO is going to have Eric lose his memory like in the book and run around in pink spandex (which I don't remember happening).  However, I also read that Bill and Sam are going to have a little graphic fling. You see, this is where I think HBO is going for more "shock and awe" for ratings rather  than sticking with the books. This type of encounter did not happen at all in the book. It was not even alluded to, if I'm remembering the plots correctly.  Eric and his maker, yes, but Bill or Sam?  Nope.

p.s. for anyone confused by this 'subject', may I humbly suggest you read the books.