Category Archives: Sookie Stackhouse/So. Vampire

Freaky Friday ~ True Blood(y) Fondue?

Anyone up for some bloody fondue?

Check out the True Blood(y) fountain!

The beautiful Janina Gavankar, who plays Luna on HBO’s True Blood series, posted some wicked TB fountain pics on her website.  She references two sites, which I checked, but one is in Italian.  I ran the text through Google’s translator and it came up with this:

It was October of 2007, the Trevi Fountain was red around the web, some “time” talking about the fountains wrote bloody guerrilla marketing to promote the television series Dexter.

At a distance of 4 years back to talk of fountains that gush blood and specifically in the land of Dracula and Transylvania to promote True Blood ‘series focuses on the adventures of vampires in the fictional town of Bon Temps.

Gotta love it!  That’s some serious series love right there!

 

Ref: Janinagavankar.com & Bloguerrilla

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Review: ‘Dead Reckoning’ by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit – and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board . . .



Details:
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Gollancz
ISBN#: 9780575096523


My rating:

Read: 16 July 2011

**Warning: This review contains SPOILERS!**

It was all a dream! Sookie wakes up in a sweat freaking out only to realise it was all just a harmless nightmare. Her life isn’t a supernatural mess, she’s settled down with her man and is happily living in domestic bliss. The curtain comes down on the book.

That didn’t happen but I wouldn’t be surprised if it does, as a series closer that is. There was so much WTFery in Dead Reckoning it’s hard to know where to start. My feelings shifted through indifference, exasperation, WTH and the occasional chuckle.

Changing agendas and personalities of the characters over the last few books has left me lukewarm. Sookie is no longer someone I sympathise with. My exasperation came into play with what I perceive to be Sookie’s drawn out break up with Eric. It’s been on the cards for a while and many fans have predicted such a thing. Sookie thinking of her future and the impossibility of children with her current beau, his love of violence and her hatred of it plus his level of understanding of her feelings plummeting when the bond is severed has her reconsidering her options.

It seemed like Harris was throwing men at Sookie left, right and centre, offering them up as alternatives. Alcide’s weird Little Red Riding Hood move was both completely out of character and unexpected. Alcide has always been a gentleman and gentlemen simply do not take off their clothes and slip into a girl’s bed without her knowledge or permission when little more than polite words have passed between them in recent times -WTF? Creepy as hell.

Claude eyeing Sookie’s close friendship with Sam, her desperate run, whilst completely starkers, into dead-to-the-world Bill’s arms to hide from kidnappers -did she have to be naked? Did we have to be reminded of his love her and his willingness to get back together? Even her fae family were being offered up as possible love interests? Erm, incest anyone? I know Sookie’s Christian beliefs have had to stretch to accommodate her increasingly dangerous lifestyle but incest is probably pushing it.

The storyline was partly one that wouldn’t die. The death of Debbie Pelt which if I remember correctly was in book 4. This is #14. Debbie’s sister Sandra who’s one-track mind is hell bent on Sookie’s death -again, by any means necessary. The other part is how-to-get-rid-of-Victor. Digging up old storylines and rehashing them isn’t something I’m interested in, while the Victor-problem was much the same; someone seeks to control Sookie and friends and they must be eliminated, only the character to be disposed of has changed.

The introduction of a certain fae object is discomforting and leads me to believe what I’ve said in my opening paragraph is entirely possible. I really don’t want to know what Sookie will use it for, whether it be a selfish purpose or an altruistic one.

Claude, Dermot and the fae from Hooligans sparked my interest. I wished we could’ve seen more them and their plans. Dermot was sweet and I enjoyed his renewed vigor and sense of purpose.

I’m not so secretly hoping for a Hamlet ending -one in which everyone dies, including Sookie herself. I think that’s the only way to both shock readers who’ve predicted Sookie’s final situation and ensure the series isn’t somehow extended beyond an all ready long overdue point. I’m ready for Sookie stories to go the way of the dodo.

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True Blood ~ Rewind and Remember

Alright, Blood fans, the premiere of Season 4 is almost here!

And, to get us ready, HBO has released a “True Blood in Under 5 Minutes” vid recapping the first 3 seasons.



There are also mini recaps for each of the main character’s cliffhanger from the last episode of S03

(Each mini-vid is about 25-30 seconds in length; click the links below to watch them @ YouTube)


Sookie heads off to fairyland
Bill takes on the Queen
☞ Sookie boohoos as she boots Bill out of her house and Eric sees it as his chance to have her to himself
☞ Crystal and Jason say their teary goodbyes; he says he’ll “do anything to find Crystal”
Sam and baby bro are in the woods; Sam’s tracked him down and “takes control of his future”
Tara‘s “done being a victim” and drives off
Lafayette learns Jesus is a witch; he’s not sure now if “all this darkness in his family” is a curse or not
☞ Hoyt and Jessica are in their new house when he pops the question


Don’t forget! Sunday, 26 June @ 9p


Countdown to True Blood ~ TBWithdrawal: Makes waiting suck a lot less

Are you suffering from True Blood Withdrawal?
There’s help available.


HBO has released the first 8 minutes of episode one. If you’d like something a little more clippy and less spoilery, want to save those first 8 minutes for Sunday, then here‘s a clip you’ll enjoy.


Would you like to know what those first 8 minutes have in store without actually watching it? I’ll give ya a hint:

You'll feel a sense of deja vu


TBWithdrawal: Makes Waiting Suck A Lot Less

HBO has started their True Blood withdrawal campaign because “True Blood addiction is no laughing matter. It’s the leading cause of television-related withdrawal in America today.”

Just check out one of these spots and share the pain:

: Twitter #TBWithdrawal

: HBO Connect (AKA: tbwithdrawal.com)


Here are my two favorite clips from past seasons. ENJOY!


Who could forget, in Season 2, when Eric, all foiled up, loses his cool over a little blood splatter? 😉


Or the amazing booty shot in Season 3 where he questions Bill’s stamina? 😉



Season 4 of True Blood starts Sunday, 26 June

Join us here @ Random musings each week for a recap of the latest episode; share your favorite (or not so favorite … remember MaryAnn? BOMB!) moments with us! See ya then!

‘True Blood’ Season 4 ~ The Season of the Witch

True Blood Season 4 airs on HBO Sunday, 26 June. Are you ready?


Here are a few vids, pics and tidbits to whet your whistle until then.



If you’ve forgotten what happened in the Season 3 finale, you can read EW’s review here.
And check out HBO’s Season 3 “In Memoriam” video – paying tribute to those who died.



What we can look forward to in Season 4:
1. Alexander Skarsgård confirmed at PaleyFest that Eric has amnesia*.
2. Is Tommy, Sam’s brother, alive or dead? We do know that there’ll be a new relationship for Sam, with Luna, played by Janina Gavankar.
3. Witches have invaded Bon Temps.
4. Bill v. Queen Sophie-Anne in a fight “to the death”. Who won?
5. Jesus urges Lafayette to join a coven.
6. Jason’s plan to protect the werepanthers of Hotshot will surely backfire. Poor baby has the worst luck!
7. Terry tries to alleviate Arleneʼs fears about the baby.
8. Sookie journeys away from Bon Temps.
9. Eric and Bill try to win back the human public following Russell’s on-air slaughter of an anchor meltdown
10. Hoyt and Jessica play house

*”Amnesia Eric” in Dead to the World was my favorite book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I hope they stick close to the book on this one.


There are some preview clips on YouTube and HBO providing an early glimpse at the first episode. They are all ~ 3 minutes long. [First 3-Minutes | Fairyland | HBO’s Sneak Peek]




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