|Plot Summary of Club Dead|
Ace, May 2003, 6.50, 242 pp.
On an alternate Earth, vampires came out of the closet when synthetic was made readily available and at least in the United States they receive the same rights as humans. Sookie Stackhouse, a very powerful telepath, has been dating Bill for over a year and is very happy with him, but also has noticed her vampire lover has distanced himself from her. He disappears one day, telling her he is going to Seattle for business. Later she learns from Bill's boss Eric that he was planning to dump her and go back to his vampire lover.
She finds out that the vampire king of Mississippi kidnapped Bill to gain top secret knowledge from him. Sookie goes to Jackson to infiltrate the vampire community there. A werewolf who owes the vampires a favor takes her to the CLUB DEAD where she is badly injured trying to save a vampire about to be staked. She is taken to the King's compound where Bill is held. She attempts a daring rescue knowing if she fails she will be tortured and killed.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"Sookie Stackhouse had noticed a change in her boyfriend, Bill, a vampire. Instead of spending his evenings with her, he has been spending them alone in his home working on something that he refuses to share with Sookie. More than a little hurt that Bill doesn't completely trust her after all she has done for him, Sookie is less than pleased to find out that Bill has disappeared while on his "business trip" to Jackson, MI and that he has supposedly reunited with his ex, the lovely vampire Lorena. Eric, Bill's sexy and oh-so-interested-in-taking-Bill's-place-in-Sookie's-life vampire boss, arranges for Sookie to go to Jackson and to find out what has happened to Bill. Knowing that he cannot go along to protect her himself, Eric sends the very attractive werewolf, Alcide, to act as her bodyguard.
When Sookie gets to Jackson, Alcide helps her get into Josephine's, affectionately nicknamed "Club Dead" by regulars. The club attracts a unique mixture of vampires, were-creatures and other supernaturals who don't always get along together. Of course, Sookie attracts some unwanted attention and makes some new friends and enemies right off the bat. She also finds out that Bill is in Jackson and that he is with Lorena. Sookie is unsure if she even wants to keep looking for him after that piece of news, but she knows that she has to get Bill back so that Eric can get whatever information out of him that he needs. So Sookie plunges into the fray and uses all of her considerable wiles to locate Bill, free him and then decide what she is going to do from there...
Club Dead is the third book in the Southern Vampire series and it is a great continuation of the hilarious and sexy world of Sookie Stackhouse. The more books I read about Sookie, the more I like her. She is a wonderful character and Harris portrays her very well. She is much more complex than she seems and she always makes me laugh. The plot was a little more convoluted than it needed to be, but it was all in good fun and it was such a fast, fun read that the book was over long before I was ready for it to end anyway. Harris does leave the reader with a bit of a cliffhanger ending and so she leaves us panting for more and wondering what Sookie is going to do next! "
Debbie, Resident Scholar
|"This is the third book of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.
Sookie, as a waitress in a small town in Louisiana, wants nothing to do with vampires, shapeshifters, or her own telepathic abilities. Well, with the exception of her boyfriend, Bill Compton, who happens to have sharp pointy teeth and a need for warm blood. Bill however, is getting in deeper and going higher in the ranks of the vampire community and when he disappears, the vampires call Sookie to find him.
Of couse having to stay with a werewolf, Alcide, makes things a little awkward, not to mention the fact that Sookie finds him very attractive. Learning that Bill may have betrayed her with another woman, getting staked, discovering a dead body, and having to live through encounters with vampires and werewolves alike makes Sookie more than your average barmaid."
Manda, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Club Dead|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
- two lovers coping with tough mission
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- vampires taking a quick bite
- blue collar worker
Has magical/special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- mind reading
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- long-lived adults
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- super strength
- is very quick
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- 20th century
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- descript of kissing
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog