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Another Big Bad For Dead Reckoning

Uh-oh, this isn’t a good holiday season for Charlaine Harris and her novel, Dead Reckoning. You may remember that EW.com picked Dead Reckoning as one of the worst books of 2011…?

Now someone else has something negative to say about the novel…

Alter Net has picked their 10 Pop Monstrosities That Almost Destroyed Our Culture in 2011 and Dead Reckoning was picked as one of their Top 10.

This is what they said about it;

5. Novel: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

It’s unfortunate that an author with the imagination of Charlaine Harris can apparently only make her work more interesting by adding an endless stream of fantastical characters, rather than making said characters do more interesting things. The creator of Sookie Stackhouse, upon which HBO’s popular “True Blood” is based, Harris is up to book 11 in the series, and it might be time to pack it in (or at least create a spin-off). Add this to tossed-off and confusing plot elements that mess around with continunity and logic (many longtime fans have accused Harris of not actually reading the books in her own series), and you have a beach read that’s more frustrating and convoluted than light and fun.

Some of the things they said are true…the continuity and logic are – at times, lacking. But I get the overall impression this writer doesn’t realize that Charlaine has already made the decision to pack it in and is only in the process of completing her contractual obligations.

Charlaine wanted to quit after Book 10, if you remember, but her publisher convinced her not to, thanks to the popularity of True Blood.

As for the comments about “adding an endless stream of fantastical characters”…this is nothing new to the series, why is this an issue now? Besides, who asked them to read the book in the first place? We’ll just repeat what we’ve heard a million times before by those who listen to our complaints about the show, True Blood…if you don’t like it – don’t read it!

What are your thoughts? Share them below!

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19 comments on “Another Big Bad For Dead Reckoning

  1. adding an endless stream of fantastical character fits more to True Blood lol, sometimes I think those reviewers haven´t even read the books they just judge True blood and because it sucked so much in season 4, they also complain about charlaines latest books;

    but its true that charlains last books (the last 2 I would say) were lacking something, I think she should have ended the series earlier, because now it kind of looks like she just kept it alive because of True blood and her writing seems to be influenced by the crappy writing of True blood

  2. I STILL WILL READ THE BOOKS . AND WATCH THE SHOW THAT IS ALL I WILL SAY RIGHT NOW …….. TB HAS WENT A DIFFERENT ROUTE WITH THE SHOW NOT BORING BUT NOT REALLY LIKE THE BOOKS …. I LOVE THE ERIC AND SOOKIE STORIES . I STILL FEEL ALEXANDER SKARSGARD ./ ERIC NORTHMAN IS NOT BEING TREATED FAIRLY ON THE SHOW . THE BOOKS HOWEVER I CAN`T REALLY SAY I DON`T HAVE BOOK 11 SO I CAN`T SAY BUT FROM WHAT I HEAR I FEEL I WILL BE DISAPPOINTED I REALLY HOPE NOT . BUT I ALREADY HAVE BY THE SHOW SO NOTHING WILL SURPRISE ME

  3. can not take it seriously, it’s a lot of exaggeration … the title of this list applies perfectly to TB, I mean that other magical creatures CH brought in this book?, one, but she had no major influence in the history, nor a whole story based upon him, I mean, I agree this is basically influenced by TB. I have no problem that books are judged by himself, but that they are suffering because the mess that is TB, they are. “sigh”

  4. I’ve always thought she hadn’t read her own books because she says she wasn’t writing romance but mystery. She has very clearly written an epic romance.

    • I think this is a matter of perception for her. She prefers to think of herself as a mystery writer, and chooses to focus on the mysteries in her novels. A person sometimes has a different perception of themselves and no matter if they’ve read the books or not, will always prefer to think of themselves as they see fit.

  5. It seems to me that the books started a downward spiral after the TB series started. I believe AB might have more influence on Ms. Harris (or her publisher) then her books have on TB. To bad she didn’t just tell them all where to get off, put Sookie and Eric together, and end the series at 10.

  6. DR wasn’t the WORST book I read in 2011, BUT I think CH tried too hard to make ALL people happy. Her nod to TB Bill fans with that awful scene between nude Sookie and Bill was STUPID. I hope she keeps her own path and her publisher and/or her STOP being seduced/influenced by TB/Alan Ball. I feel bad for her. But as a person who has been bullied in her site by her mods (behavior that she permits), I can’t say I feel 100% bad for her for the bad reviews. CH is making big money and she is an adult. Own it baby! I admire her work but not her personally. I have read her comments and she can be very rude to her fans. Maybe her hurt feelings for these reviews can teach her to be more nice with the fans and put a stop to her mods bullying. I remember when CH said in her FB page that if fans don’t like that the show is different from the books, they need to stop watching TB. Very “in your face” to the bookies. Well, I can say to her: If you don’t like the reviews, ignore them and continue writing!

  7. Honestly, I’ve lost all respect for CH. I don’t think she has any integrity. Otherwise, she would have never allowed her books to be sold with True Blood covers on them. She’s a sellout and she has no regard for her readers.

    IMO, Dead Reckoning was an insult to my intelligence. It was just as bad as the 4th season of True Blood. I love Eric, but I don’t really like either fandom now and I refuse to give any money to either. I’m done.

  8. LMAO! They were talking about True Blood right?
    They get confused with the names.

    I always lol when i see people getting angry at CH because she loves the money. If you had something that you can used to make money without changing the integrity of your beloved chsracters you wouldn’t? REALLY? Pluuuueeeze.

    Yeah i don’t like her for writing 3 more books just because AB didn’t want to spoil his shitty show but as long as CH keeps Sookie (and Eric) like they always have been without changing their integrity but actually growing up, well i’m more than happy with this. And you know what? She did exactly this and if a little (thank you jesus) part of the fandom felt the characters are not the same anymore than they read bad ff or watched to many times TB.

  9. I so wish CH had stuck to her original plan of ending it after 10 (or was it 9) with what I believe was her original intention of Bill being dead and Sookie being with Eric. I do, in my darkest moments, worry about the influence TB has had on the books, and the people around CH who are trying to make as much money out of this as possible. CH could now be relaxing, counting her cash and moving on to something that interested her more. On saying that I actually enjoyed DR a lot. I enjoy anything she writes about Eric though so I’m just easily pleased. I also think there is an element of Sookie is just not cool anymore. I don’t think the SSN or TB will be seen as cool next year. Their popularity has peaked and will most lightly remain constant, or even dip slightly for the final 2 years.

    • Yeah i wish she had done exactly this w/out AB & HBO & Her Editor asking her to write 3 more books but she always said that she never changed her mind about “her end” so i think we should give her a break sometimes. I don’t even know what she has to do to make people believe her words when she says TB never had and won’t change how she planned to end her series.

      • The end will be with Eric – she has been setting it up throughout the series and I when I’m thinking logically no other suitor makes any sense any more. It must have been difficult for CH when she had an original story-line to last so many books to have to extend it and keep it interesting. She had to come up with ways to keep supporting characters relevant. I actually like that Eric is going through a lot of stuff in the last couple of books, with his maker in DITF, with Victor in DR, and looks like he’s in for a bad time in DL, all this suffering won’t be for nothing (i.e. after all they’ve been through Sookie won’t suddenly say that she’s running off to marry Sam). Mony I think CH did let TB influence her in one slight way but not
        because she is weak, I think she wanted to give them a nod out of recognition for developing her story for TV and for introducing her books to a whole new audience, I think she was kind enough to give some page time to characters that were apparently popular in the show. I’m sure she expected the same kind of respect from the TB writers and believed early on that they would treat her work with respect. Unfortunately they are just not as worthy as CH is, and I found the end of season 4 completely disrespectful to CH work. I’m pretty are right now she would just love to put Sookie behind her. I just hope she
        can keep going through the last book and give us a great ending.

    • @ Evie & Mony – agreed. And for what its worth, I really liked DR. I think she set the last two books nicely and I can’t wait to read them.

      I would have been content with the story ending at book 10, particularly if she’d stuck to her guns and killed Bill in DAG. That would have been a great end for Book Bill and leaving Sookie and Eric story being wrapped up in book 10. But for whatever reasons (pressure from the publishers etc…) she didn’t and we now have two final installments in the SVM to look forward to. She said she knew from book 2 (LDiD) who Sookie would end up with and I believe she is still on course despite TB. Unlike TB, I am optimistic she will maintain the integrity of her characterisation (particularly regarding Eric and Sookie) and give Sookie the HEA she deserves.

  10. I do agree that ch has driven her books into the deep end. I think she was doing fine before TB started. If she is able to say “no” to her writters, than maybe her books might get rescued. DR was confusing and all over the place. I hope this can make her think twice as to whether following their advice is worth it.

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