Because it surely seems like Ms Harris took a vacation. While one of the main reasons I love this series so much is the frank, pointedly simple but poignant writing style of Charlaine Harris, it was jut not there in this book. The writing style is completely different, our sweet but strong Southern Christian Belle suddenly became a wine swilling, trucker mouthed, fluff ball more concerned about her hair and her clothes then she is her moral values. She used to care about killing people. She used to mourn killing people. At one point she puts Kill Victor on her To do list. She now looks forward to it with little regret. Eric, where was Eric?? He actually stoops so low as to fist fight with his beloved and most devoted child, Pam, and destroys Sookies kitchen. THEN shows up with a toaster as repayment? UGH, the real Eric would never have hit Pam, ever, or vice versa. And Bill, southern gentleman Bill actually tells Sookie her breasts should have won the Miss America Tit Competition. Seriously? Where is this coming from? Alcide just popping up in Sookies bed thinking she was going to sleep with him? He just laughs, "yeah that was stupid of me" and leaves. This is just True Blood Raunch, and not in a good way. I felt like I was reading a screenplay version of a True Blood script. Especially with all the first name talk. Everything was Sookie this, Sam that, Eric this, Pam that. You'd think when only 2 people are conversing, that there would be no need to mention the name of the person they are addressing. Right?
I think this book and the last book were a total screw you to Alan Ball and True Blood. I think the plot twists on the TV show are just too much, too convoluted and stray too far from the world we Sookie readers love. The Appius, the maker, story line of Dead in the Family and the origins of Sookies Telepathy among other things in this book are a BIG FU to the True Blood establishment. During the TV show Pam made a comment in one of the seasons...."are you getting what I am putting down." I totally remember that line form the show because I could not believe it had been written for Pam, prim, proper <and British> kick butt and ask questions later Pam. Well, much to my chagrin, there is was in this book, Pam actually saying those very words. I knew something was amiss. I had to put the book down and walk away for a while so that I could view it with the eyes of someone who just might be pissed off at what other writers are doing to her beloved characters.
There are so many errors in this book, some major storyline errors carried on from past books but even within the book itself. We learn in the beginning of this book that saying Thank you to a fairy is a HUGE no-no. Thank you Mercy Thompson. Then at the end of this book when Bellanos, clearly one of the fae, re-wards her home, she thanks him, not one but twice. WTH? Then the obvious overlook of Eric's knowledge of Sookies fae heritage. The trite letter from Gran neatly wrapping up many of Sookies questions about how or why her grandmother strayed. Erics obvious carless attitude about the sex between Appius and his "brother" in this book when last book he was VERY concerned about sex with the maker, so much that it was stressing his bond with Sookie, his worry that Appius would request it from him as well. But this book his attitude is yeah it's maker sex, it's bound to happen. It's insulting, truly insulting.
I have read each of these books at least 10 times and Sookie has been one of my favorite series characters but this book was just plain terrible. I struggled to finish it. At times I was screaming at my husband about the discrepencies, the foul language, the lack of love, the terrible writing. It's like she just did not care about this book, at all. I felt like it was a season of True Blood Lite. Please, Ms Harris, don't do this to the last 2 books. We who read your work know that the show stinks, it's a parody of the original. It's OK. We want the REAL Sookie to stand up and take her bow, not go out like this.