Charlaine Harris, you magnificent author!
From Dead to Worse is the latest in the marvelous Sookie Stackhouse series of books. I’m going to resist the temptation to rhapsodize once again about this series – if you’re interested in said rhapsodizing, check out earlier Charlaine Harris related posts.
Harris really pulled this one off. I was pretty concerned after the last book (All Together Dead) – it wasn’t the same tone as the rest of the series and it was headed in a direction I wasn’t crazy about. Instead of continuing on that track, Harris turned it around and made Sookie the character she had been again. Thank goodness.
I’m not going to say anything else about the book, actually. I’d hate to ruin anything. Besides, if you’ve gotten this far in the series, you’re most likely going to read this one whether I liked it or not. But I did. A lot. 🙂
Harris goes on a book tour with each new Sookie book, and I was fortunate enough to attend a book-signing and Q&A session she gave last week. It was great. Charlaine is a wonderful speaker and very personable. She just seemed pleased as punch to be there talking with us, it made everybody smile.
Harris should be tickled, too. Her Sookie Stackhouse series has been picked up by HBO to be made into a new show called True Blood. Anna Paquin is playing Sookie and the early reviews are very promising! Charlaine let us in on the premiere date for True Blood – Sunday, September 7th, 2008 at 9pm… HBO is giving the show the Sopranos’ old spot! WOW.
She told a great story about going to the set to see a scene being filmed. As it happened, she was there on the day one of the actors was shooting a scene in which he was running naked through the woods and she wasn’t allowed in because the actor was shy. (Not blaming him at all – if I were an actor that had to do a nude scene, I’d like to minimize the number of people there to see my naughty bits in person, too.) Instead of being put out that she was barred from the set, Harris said something to the effect of “All right! I came on the right day!” implying that she was psyched about the possibility of seeing the actor naked. Turns out the actor was standing right behind her, lol. She said that if she had known he was right there, she would have said something more tactful like “I hope you let him wear shoes!” (They did let him wear shoes. And you can’t see anything really naughty in the scene – she got to see it on screen later.)
I was impressed by Harris. She sure seems like a neat lady – very fun to be around! She also let slip that she’s buddies with Jim Butcher, the author of the kick-ass Harry Dresden series. I was pleased to hear it – it seems that Harry & Sookie have a lot in common sometimes. I mentioned this to Charlaine while she was signing my book and she said that she and Jim had talked about that before. They ARE a lot alike she said…but Jim needs to let Harry get laid more often. LOL
In a nutshell – great book, great author, and I enjoyed every minute of the reading and the signing.