Thursday, September 3, 2009

Blurb Preview - "Dead in the Family" by Charlaine Harris

Diana at Paranormal Romance discovered this book blurb for the 10th Sookie Stackhouse novel Dead in the Family posted on the Amazon UK site. Figured while I was there I would grab and show the UK covers for the series books. What do you think?
Sookie Stackhouse has finally settled into a relationship with the Viking vampire Eric, and her errant brother Jason seems to have his life in order, too. But all the other people in Sookie’s life – Eric himself, her former lover Bill, her friend and boss Sam – are having family problems. Eric’s maker shows up with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow, the ailing Bill can only be healed by a blood sibling, and Sam’s brother’s marriage is about to take place . . . or will it? The furor raised by the coming out of the two-natured has yet to settle; some people are just not ready to sit down to dinner with a man who turns into a dog. And Sookie herself is still recovering from her last ordeal. She’s definitely improving, physically and mentally, but she’s always going to have some dark moments now. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passers-by in the Stackhouse woods; now Sookie is about to come face-to-face with one of her more distant relatives . .

24 comments:

  1. I love the cartoon covers, and I like these ... but they are so similar. I know I'd end up buying the wrong book all the time.

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  2. Not a fan of these covers. Why the bowing down to True Blood? I know I know, tis the way of the world once a book does the TV/movie dance.

    That blurb has me shaking my head to but I'll reserve final judgment till I read it of course.

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  3. I like the look of these covers but I agree that they are too similar... There must have been some way to mix it up a bit!

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  4. I like the quirky cartoonish original covers best. These HBO wanna-bes don't impress me at all.

    I can't wait for the next release, sounds like a good one.

    :o)

    MsM

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  5. I love the original covers - they're so unique!

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  6. Oooh, thanks for posting this!

    I much prefer the original cartoon-y covers.

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  7. Deborah I suspect you won't have a lot of company:)

    Meljean an important point. I've done that. I like illustration myself which can be timeless if done well.

    Kmont I don't know what to think of the blurb. The story line seems a bit of a mish mash, but like you I'll wait til I've read it.

    Amy I find it hard to notice the titles.

    Elizabeth I quite liked the darker nature of the last book =and I hope she does it justice in this follow-up.

    Suzie I quite agree!

    You're welcome Pissenlit. The illustrated covers also reflect some humour and Sookie is by and large a cheerful sort. It's a good match.

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  8. Exciting!! I need to go back and reread because I am confusing some of the plot lines with True Blood. I don't remember some things happening. I guess I have plenty of time!

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  9. Now that I'm used to the original covers I like them, but I'll admit it took me a long time to try the books because of them...probably just me :)

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  10. Hi Doug

    I just finished Dead and Gone, I can't wait for this next installment especially now.

    I like the old covers, but the UK covers would definitely attract viewers of HBO's TrueBlood series. I was watching the San Diego ComicCon and HBO is introducing TrueBlood pop, it a blood orange soda. Cool.

    Dottie :)

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  11. Elnice when it comes to Sookie I always re-read the last book the month before the new one comes out. Don't do that with a lot of books but this one for sure.

    Deborah I could go for the UK covers if it wasn't for the fact that the only thing I notice is Charlaine's name. I find it hard to pick out the title.

    Dottie I wonder if they will sell it in Canada.

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  12. I'm really excited about the new Sookie, but when it comes to UK covers i have to say NO NO NO! I'm a fan of the US covers, they are very different and funny at the same time. Here you can't distinguish on cover from the other, they are all the same, it's pretty annoying and boring.
    Can't wait to see the new cover for Dead in the Family

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  13. Yes, I'm definitely in the "old covers" camp. I love Lisa Desimini's American folk-art style, and each cover actually says something about the story.

    I really enjoy scrutinizing those covers before reading the book to guess how it'll relate, and then going back after reading and finding the clues to the story. (I might be a bit of a book art geek. lol)

    I agree, that the "True Blood" type covers are far too easy to mix up.

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  14. pattepoilue my thoughts exactly...

    Renee I do that too!

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  15. They had these covers at Target. I actually kind of like them though they are a bit plain compared to the originals. Can't wait to read #10!

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  16. Lady_tink...if only I had a time machine :)

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  17. do we know of the exact release date of "dead in the family"? the 10th book? i keep seeing may 2010, just wanted to make sure.

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  18. Jessica it is my understanding that it is May 2010 the traditional annual date for when the new Sookie comes out.

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  19. I liked the new covers but I prefer the old ones... And I really want this 10th book!!! Sookie must end up with Eric otherwise I'll kill Harris!!!

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  20. Romance E Drama I am pretty sure Harris plans lots more Sookie books and I doubt she will have Sookie commit to one man too soon.

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  21. Charlaine Harris plans on 3 more books after this one, so chances are Sookie won't end up with someone too soon.

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  22. Michelle I agree, Sookie has a lot more romantic entanglements to come before she settles down.

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  23. I have all the uk covers, and love them. Its a shame the newest book 'dead in the family' doesn't seem to be have been released with a matching cover, as i hate book sets that dont match :(

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