All Together Dead

All Together Dead

by Charlaine Harris

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I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation. The book is All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris. In the interest of keeping everything above board, I freely confess that talking with Ms. Harris was a big deal for me, since I’ve been a huge fan for years. My mom handed me a book to read on the airplane during one of my visits to Florida, she said, this one’s got vampires, you’ll love it. The book was Dead Until Dark, the first book about the telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse and her adventures in rural Louisiana. That was 7 books and as many years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. There is no shortage of books about women and vampires — it’s got its own section at the bookstore, and most of them have cute titles like one I got yesterday — Real Vampires Live Large, with a cute cartoon drawing of a young lady on the back of a motorcycle with darling fangs and kicky boots. If there were 72 hours a day, I might be able to get through all the chick-vamp lit that lands on my desk. Plus, my co-workers would probably want to have some sort of intervention. So I have to pick and choose. In this case, it’s simple — in Charlaine Harris’ books I get compelling characters that change and grow, comedy, tragedy, politics, romance, supernatural characters that can be menacing or charming, and a heroine I have come to adore.

To catch us up, Sookie is a small town girl from Louisiana — tough minded and a faithful friend — and who happens to be a mind reader. It’s an awful thing to contemplate, knowing what everyone is thinking — including your dates, and she tends not to get involved with your normal warm blooded guy for that reason.  She likes to hang with vampires because she can’t read their minds — she really appreciates the quiet. As the books have gone on, Sookie has learned to control her mind reading, and she’s gotten caught up in the very complicated world of vampire politics. All Together Dead gives Sookie a new assignment, as the telepathic watchdog of the Queen of New Orleans, keeping a mental ear on the queen’s friends and foes — the occasion? A big summit meeting, which turns out to be like the G-8 summit only a little less bloodthirsty.

Sookie still has time for man trouble, with her first love vampire Bill still hovering around, her new man Quinn the shapeshifter, and of course Eric, who’s relationship with Sookie is impossible to summarize except lets say when they all get together — awkward.

It’s a very exciting time for Ms. Harris, because Sookie and her undead companions are coming to HBO. Rumors were flying around for ages, but it looks like production on True Blood is underway.

The book is All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris.

This is the seventh book about mind reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse, and she’s come an awful long way from the lonely, confused girl we met in the first book. Sookie has learned how to control her psychic skills which is good, but it makes her a perfect spy for the dangerous vampire Queen of New Orleans, which is bad, and she’s pressed into service working undercover at the big vampire summit, which is even worse. All Together Dead‘s action takes place at the summit, and it just seems so bizarre putting all these exotic supernatural creatures in a downtown convention hotel, but one of my favorite things about Ms. Harris’ writing is Sookie’s common sense voice. Charlaine Harris will be my guest this weekend and we’ll hear where that voice comes from, and what’s next for the Louisiana vampires. That’s Saturday at 6pm east and Sunday at 10am east on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris.

I’ve been a fan of Ms. Harris and her mind reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse for a couple of years, and I’m always pretty happy when there’s a new release. This book — number 7 — is by far the most serious, taking  Sookie out of her normal small town Louisiana stomping ground and putting her in the big city, and in big trouble. The Vampire Queen of New Orleans has asked Sookie to use her psychic skills to do a little spying during the big supernatural G-8 meeting that’s going on, and you literally cannot say no to the Queen. Plus all of Sookie’s past and current boyfriends are on hand, and that’s awkward enough without them being a little demonic. Charlaine Harris is my guest this weekend, and we’ll talk about Sookie coming to HBO in an series called True Blood. That’s this Saturday at 6pm east and Sunday at 10am east on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris.

When we met Sookie Stackhouse 7 books ago, she was a rural Louisiana waitress who could read minds, and generally didn’t like what she heard. Sookie has learned to control her skills, and gotten in deep in vampire politics. Did you know there was such a thing? Her psychic ability makes her a perfect spy for the scary Vampire Queen of New Orleans, and in All Together Dead everyone heads to the big city for a vampire summit meeting. Things go as smoothly as you would imagine with everyone working their own angle, and Sookie trying to avoid her ex-boyfriends and generally stay out of trouble. Of course, if she stayed out of trouble this would be a short book! Read more about All Together Dead and over a hundred other books on my website, fictionnationonline.com. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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