First Chapter of Deadlocked Released

April 4, 2012 in Book Spoilers, Deadlocked - Book 12, Southern Vampire Mysteries

Gollancz UK has yet another Sookie related gem, the first chapter of Deadlocked! Read it here.

Some quick thoughts: it looks like Sookie finally ends up in Hooligans and we get the beginning of her conversation with Niall. What stuck out to me the as the most important part of this whole chapter were Sookie’s thoughts on the situation with Tara and JB du Rone as well as with Kennedy and Dany.

“What’s up with you, girl? You and Danny have a fight over another woman?” Tara asked bluntly.

Kennedy turned a bright, hard look on Tara, and for a minute I thought she’d say something cutting. Then we’d have an open quar­ rel. But Kennedy said, “He’s doing something secret, and he won’t tell me what. He says he’s gonna be gone on Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings and evenings. He won’t say where he’s going or why.”

Since the fact that Danny was totally smitten with Kennedy was obvious to the dimmest bulb, we were all struck silent with astonish­ ment at her blindness.

This passage almost screams it is a foil to Sookie and her situation with Eric regarding Freyda as last we knew, I think Sookie’s thoughts on those around her always say a lot about her own relationships.

Also interesting was Niall questioning Sookie with “a hard edge” if she had sex with Claude. Oh these fairies and their awkward moments!

Comments, thoughts, mild panic with less than month until the release of Deadlocked? Sound off below!

Gollancz Sneak Peek Inside Deadlocked

March 21, 2012 in Book Spoilers, Deadlocked - Book 12, Southern Vampire Mysteries

Gollancz UK have a teasy little post on Deadlocked up today.

While it doesn’t reveal anything earth-shattering, there are a few interesting tidbits worth sharing.

…If you think you know where this series is going, you’ve not seen anything yet! Hold on to your hats, because this ending totally blew me away . . .

I was thrilled that the focus in Deadlocked is, fair and square, on Sookie. I love this character but we’ve been with her through so many huge trials and tribulations that it was a real treat to come back to the things that matter to Sookie….her family, her love life and most importantly, her choices.

Sookie’s future is in her own hands, and her heart is, sometimes painfully, on her sleeve. Whatever decision she chooses to make someone will be hurt (to be honest, I think Sookie will be hurt), but I was with her every step of the way.

Dead Reckoning was very much about Sookie dealing with changes – both good and bad – to her personality and morality after more than two years of a steady diet of death and drama. It seems to come with the territory when you’re dating a vampire…but Sookie is mostly human, and so the process of reconciling some of her choices has been a very difficult and confronting one for her. I’d hoped we see her delve into this even further in Deadlocked, and it sounds as though we will. I expect this will be a major theme for Sookie through to the end of the series.

The comment about the ending is intriguing. I take a long view of this series, and the endings of individual books are usually nothing more than a hook to get us back for the next one – with very little impact on where the next book starts. Nonetheless, the last two novels haven’t really had a cliffhanger type ending, so we’re probably due for one!

There’s only 42 days to go until May 1st – and we’re stupidly excited! Don’t forget to check in regularly as we continue to post the dirt up to the release date.

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Official Deadlocked Summary from Penguin

March 6, 2012 in Deadlocked - Book 12, Sookie Stackhouse, Southern Vampire Mysteries

Penguin has released their official summary for Deadlocked, which is not so different from the previous synopsis which showed up this past November although it does seem to have a few new sentences tacked on at the beginning. It reads:

It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Let’s start with my non-reaction to the news that Sookie knows about Eric feeding on other women, it’s not like she thinks he lives on milk and cookies, and let’s continue on to probably the most interesting nugget which is that the age of the soon-to-be-dead girl was brought up. Clearly Sookie’s aging has been something she is internally sensitive about and mentions from time to time in her narration. Was this put in this summary in order to highlight the possibility of Sookie and Eric ever having that conversation about their relationship as she grows older? Hmm?

Did anyone come away with anything different? Thoughts?

Deadlocked – Amazon UK synopsis

February 27, 2012 in Deadlocked - Book 12, Sookie & Eric, Southern Vampire Mysteries

Make of this what you will.

The following Deadlocked synopsis has appeared on Amazon UK.

Sookie has a murder investigation on her hands. A young girl has died at a vampire party – and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn’t do it, the police don’t believe him, and even Sookie isn’t so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for it, not having caught him enjoying the victim’s blood minutes before she was killed. But something strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early – just to catch Eric in the act? And why had the victim spiked her blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply because she wanted to be irresistible, or was it something more sinister? Sookie will have to find out . . . but it’s the worst moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant her one wish, which could fulfil Sookie’s heart’s desire. The only problem is, she still doesn’t know what – or who – her heart truly desires . . .

We’ve seen “first draft” synopses like this appear on Amazon UK before, and they usually prove reasonably accurate – so we’re keeping an open mind on this one.


Deadlocked Preview – I Love Eric.

December 16, 2011 in Book Spoilers, Deadlocked - Book 12, Southern Vampire Mysteries

The chapter preview for Deadlocked has gone up like a ninja – but this year we’re skipping the first chapter entirely, and moving on to chapter two. Thankfully, there are no earth shattering revelations, break ups, or bombs in the garden to contend with this year. In fact, I think we can all take a big deep breath and relax for a bit.

Check it out at Charlaine Harris’ site here.

For those who just want to cut to the good bits, here’s the cliff notes (spoilers ahead):

Niall is making his appearance early, and it turns out he’s not responsible for Dermot’s curse after all (thanks Claude). Seems someone in fae is spreading nasty rumours and Great Granddaddy is…well, pissed.

Sookie draws some long overdue lines with Dermot about their sleeping arrangements – and finally addresses head on the fairy squick that’s been the elephant in the room since he and Claude moved into her house two books back.

Eric’s day man Mustapha shows up with a warning for Sookie (and we all know what happens when someone shows up to Sookie’s house to warn her about something – I bet her bash-free streak is about to come to an abrupt end). Pam wants to see what Sookie’s made of, and it appears Jannalynn is about to become a VERY big problem.

I’m moving Jannalynn to the top of my list of suspects for Sookie’s new enemy and the party responsible for the body in Eric’s front yard:

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard — especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank….Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Oh, did I mention that Sookie and Eric are still together? Like most relationships, it needs some work – but Sookie openly acknowledges this, along with the fact that she loves him.

We could well be missing something big in Chapter 1 (this reminds me of the DITF chapter, which was heavily edited to make it look as though Sookie and Eric were Splitsville when in fact the chapter continued with Sookie planting herself firmly on Eric’s side). Or it could simply be that not much happens in the first chapter, and the second was deemed more interesting – Niall’s reappearance, and the mention of Felipe (neither of whom have been seen for three and four books respectively), certainly make this an intriguing chapter for long time followers of the series. After all, the point of releasing these preview chapters is to keep us hooked for another six months.

Bring on May.

Happy reading!

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