True Blood Radio 132: Discussing Dead Reckoning

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This week Liz & Mel tackle the latest Sookie novel, Dead Reckoning. We discuss our reactions and opinions about what happens in the book, so if you haven’t read it yet, beware! major spoilers within!

We also share the latest news and spoilers for True Blood season 4, debuting June 26 on HBO.

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34 Comments

  1. Kathy

    May 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I get why you guys are pissed at Eric but to be fair, Sookie was always whinging about the marriage and when he says “I didn’t think it would be a problem for you.” I saw a lot of pain in that. I also saw a lot of pain in him when she broke that bond without even telling him, as you guys pointed out.

    • Mel

      May 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      My prediction for Sookie & Eric….Eric will come to some sort of life-threatening end and Sookie who loves him dearly will use her new fairy wishing stone on him to bring him back. However, the stone will bring him back to “life” as a human, not a vampire. Then the two of them can finally be together! Think of the innocent Eric from book 4. How could human Eric not be that guy?!

      • JANIE

        May 8, 2011 at 1:17 am

        Sound like a good prediction but even if Eric came back alive he most like want to be a vampire again. Now Bill would want to stay Human.

      • Viv

        May 8, 2011 at 5:27 am

        Mel, I would love them to be together somehow and it would be great if something similar to what you suggest could happen. The only thing is I can’t see Sookie ending up with a human. She is like a magnet to other supernatural beings and if she was with a regular human he would be too vulnerable. I hope she will end up with Eric but the vampire politics are a huge obstacle. Perhaps they could fake Eric’s death and run away together! Niall may have a solution.

        Mr Catalides also seems able to give some powerful gifts. Perhaps he can be Sookie’s demon godfather and grant a wish.

        I’m also wondering if the way Fintan deceived Sookie’s gran could be used by one of the Fae to deceive Sookie. She is part fae and they have so few females left! Or perhaps for another purpose. Anyway, can’t wait to read the next book already.

      • Emily

        May 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

        I would love for that to happen & it is definitely plausible but remember why sookie liked vampires in the first place? She couldn’t hear their thoughts. But maybe she wouldn’t be able to hear them since he was brought back to life with the stone? Maybe I’m overthinking this wayyyyyyy too much. hah

    • Dorothy

      May 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

      I’m wondering why Eric is so involved with the Fae. He is VERY connected to Niall, sort of in the same way Bill was to Sophie-Anne. One thousand years is a long time to be a vampire…perhaps he longs to be human again or maybe become part of the Fae. I loved the innocent Eric…who wouldn’t? Plus, Sookie always comments on how Eric really “gets” her…I think that Bill would bore her to tears.

    • Dorothy

      May 17, 2011 at 7:40 am

      I’m wondering why Eric is so involved with the Fae. He is VERY connected to Niall, sort of in the same way Bill was to Sophie-Anne. One thousand years is a long time to be a vampire…perhaps he longs to be human again or maybe become part of the Fae. I loved the innocent Eric…who wouldn’t? Plus, Sookie always comments on how Eric really “gets” her…I think that Bill would bore her to tears.

  2. Lin

    May 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    You did your Dead Reckoning review, I didn’t hear anything about the pages with Bill (can you tell that I am still hoping Sookie and Bill will once again be together, and after Dead Reckoning I do believe he is once again becoming a viable suiter). The section with Judith, and how she said to Sookie that she should stay because talking to Bill about love would have to include her. Also when Sookie was being chased and she ran to Bill’s found his hidey hole and crawled in with him without her clothes….funny, funny..I felt Bill played that scene to include going to help her with Dermot very smart, if he truly has the desire of being with Sookie once again. Loved it when he asked her if it was Christmas. And it was Bill that drove her home after the Victor killing when Eric went bonkers on her….If I recall, wasn’t her telepathy a gift from the ‘demon lawyer?’ Wasn’t it something about his blood being diluted with wine and Gran drank it…Not sure I’ll have to do a re-read on that one. I do agree that Bellanos has a thing for Sookie, but I loved it when he said if you get lonely out there give me a call, and she thought he probably wants to eat me, and not in the nice way….Great humor in this book..loved it.

  3. Buttercup

    May 8, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I was savoring DR slowly, but after Chapter 16, I wanted to end the misery already. I was honestly enjoying this one up until that chapter’s end. I was sucked into this book series back in 2005 and I’m even more convinced now that the cliche ending I have been predicting for the last few years will come to fruition.

    I need to dust off/renew my library card because I’m weary of making a certain author richer. Support your public libraries.

  4. charlene

    May 8, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I read Dead Reckoning in one day.I loved the book and wished the porch scene could have lasted a bit longer.
    I have 2 theory’s for the book ending;
    1 Sookie uses her Cluviel Dor to kill the vampire that Eric’s meant to marry. So then she is free to be with him, without being a vampire.
    2 Sookie becomes a vampire, then uses the Cluviel Dor to kill the Vampire, and is free to be Eric’s wife for eternity.

    • Liz

      May 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      I don’t believe Sookie would use the Cluviel Dor to kill unless it’s in self-defense. It’s not in her nature. She definitely would not kill just to make way for her and Eric to be together.

      Sookie will never become a vampire. Charlaine has stated that many, many times.

  5. Jester

    May 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I think Eric and Sookie are meant to be together, how though I don’t know. I don’t think that Charlaine would build up their relationship for so many books over such a period of time just for it to not work out, though that would be a huge twist if she wants that in her series. But I just think that after all the work she’s gone through to make the two realize they love each other, it wouldn’t make sense to the series itself if they didn’t work out somehow.

    I really like Mel’s idea that the Cluviel Dor will bring Eric back as a human. I think there’s the possibility he would want to be human because vampire politics has done nothing but screw him over and he really does love Sookie.

    No matter how it happens though, I think the Cluviel Dor will be used on Eric in some means, whether it’s killing someone to get him back or using it on him directly. I don’t think Sookie will use it until the time comes when she feels she’s in a situation that requires immediate action.

  6. marsha

    May 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I have a couple hypothosis on sookie. 1. someone kidnaps sookies’ nephew and sookie has to rescue him. i dont know if it will be vamps or the fae. 2. the fae being around sookie so much helping her become more fae. they are preping her for reproduction because women are scarce in fae. who knows the brillant charlaine harris definately has our attention.

  7. Scottishlass

    May 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Sookie will be end up with Sam as the books imply. Come on, the girl deserves a break and a happy ever after with a good guy she can love without getting hurt (in so many ways) including the possibility of children. Everything, in short, which Eric can never really give her in full.
    Bill will remain a ‘Good friend’. Alcide will be nothing to regret.
    I think the relationship with Eric has run its course and Charlaine is following a thread which, i think, will allow her to end the series with Eric still loving Sookie but having to do what we all know he will ( its in his nature ) enjoying his new wife / power whilst owing Sookie a life-long debt and perhaps a wistful preference for Sookie thrown in. (cue some great flirting again when he can ;)). I mean can you imagine how much protection Sookie will have for her future if Eric feels he owes her for the pain he will cause her by being with another? That alongside her Great Grandfathers influence from beyond means that Sookie might finally get some peace to live her life.
    With reference to Sookie & Sam finally finding true love with each other, whilst they remain in Bon Temps they would be open to ‘persuasion’ by those who knew they loved one and other and wanted the use of Sookie’s power. Perhaps the best use of the Cluvial Dor would be to hide Sookie from all those who would wish them both harm so they could live out their lives in peace. I kind of hope for that.
    I also kind of hope that Eric wants her back in some way and that it is left hanging in the air…

  8. Jacqueline

    May 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Ladies! Great Vodcast!

    I was is the midst of writing this before, but accidently hit a wrong button, and it was gone! Ggggrrr… Anyhow…

    I loved the book! It answered a lot of questions, and left with good cliffhangers. Here’s some of my thoughts…

    I don’t think Sookie will use her ‘magic compact’ until the second to the last chapter in the last book. I think the final chapter will be set many years in the future, and the ramifications of her having used the compact, and where her life ended up, and with who. Wasn’t one of the qualifications for using it was for love? Maybe Sookie will ultimately decides she really loves herself, not the insanity of life with vamps and supes, and go back in time a week before she met Bill?

    I think y’all are right in speculating that Hunter will play a larger role in Sookies life, and there was some possible foreshadowing going on, i.e., the demon Lawyer said that the ones who were open to the gift would do extrodinary things, and I have a hunch Sookie will end up raising Hunter.

    Something else he said might be foreshadowing, as well. In Gran’s letter, she said that she could ‘smell’ Fintan, and we know they can disguise themselves to be others. I wonder though, Can the fey actually do this with vampires? If so, Could, or would, Claude or Dermont do this with a vampire in Sookie’s life? Or anyone in Sookie’s life for that matter? Another thing that Sam said about the fey being borderline insestious is interesting. (Though I doubt Charlaine would go there, personally.) Regardless, Claude is obviously up to no good, and I wonder if this will factor into book 12? I also think that Dermont has serious feelings for Sookie, and will either wind up killing Claude, or die trying to save her from him.

    As for the teasers about season 4? I can’t wait! I think I was right about gargoyles after all, lol! So here’s another interesting thing- Sam needs to see an animal to imprint on, right? So if Tommy were either in the graveyard, or even see a gargoyle on a bldg., (and this is Louisiana, after all, I’m sure he could find one!) I think he could imprint. That might be the opening, so to speak, for that to happen!

    Lay. & Jesus… I think they’ll dine on a snake brunch, and ‘take another trip and not leave the farm’, like they did with the V, to open them up to whatever odd situation they find themselves in. BTW, Did anyone notice the bruise on Jesus cheek in the picture?

    As for Alcide not liking his own kind, Wasn’t Debbie bitter because he didn’t want to have children with her and have them be wares? I seem to recall that from S3. Can anyone refresh my memory?

    Again, since Jason, even from the 1st ep in S4, seems to have bitten off more than he can chew, (from the spoiler,) I have a hunch the song Family Man will be about him, in a rather snarky, sarcastic way, as only Allan Bll can do it! IMHO, lol!

    We all know Sheriff Andy’s gonna Go There with the V. I think Jason will pull him through. I love their relationship! Talk about the blind leading the blind, bahaha! I remember another teaser saying that the actor that plays Andy had really bulked up, so that’s a good teaser!

    One last speculation. I wonder if the chickey monkey, (I call her that because I forgot her name, the one who’s tried to help Arlene,) is actually a double agent? I smell a Rosemary’s Baby situation going on!

    So that’s all I have. Y’all wanted a long discussion, right?! Bahaha! Thank you again for all of the time and hard work y’all put into the site and Vodcast! It’s a real treat for us, and very appriciated! I can’t wait for the season to premiere, and discussion of the episodes as they air! About me? I’m a (happily!) divorced mom of five year old twin boys, Jake and Hunter! Thanks again! Jacqueline

  9. susan

    May 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I am enjoying the book. Don’t like that Bill and Sookie are not an item any longer. Eric seems like a decent guy, but miss the Bill/Sookie story line. It’s a disappointment that Bill is not mentioned in the first three chapters – at all – either. I am crossing my fingers that the pair will return to each other’s arms again.

    • Samantha

      May 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      I agree with you Susan! I’ve read all the books and nothing against Eric, but for some reason I want Sookie to be with Bill. Even Sam maybe. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only “Team Bill” member out there :p

      • Jacqueline

        May 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

        There is one thing- When Sookie quieried Bill about the blood bond and had he ever done it, he said yes he had, but clammed up. So that might be foreshadowing as well- As much as he loves her, he’d never go there again.

    • Jacqueline

      May 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      I agree a little. Eric is like a hot fling, Bill has substance, and I do think his love for Sookie is real. Not that Eric’s isn’t, but he’s a little superficial and will always put himself first, and drop anyone in the grease if his er, life depended on it.

  10. Wing

    May 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    It could be that all the elf folk are trying to reproduce the species. They mentioned that there was one woman that they could not used. The faey could have an interest in Sookie to possibly reproduce the species. Its a stretch but its something to think about.

  11. Dory

    May 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I loved the book and I hope Sookie and Eric stay together. I love Mel’s idea about Fintin’s gift to Sookie. I’m sure her or Eric’s life or both will be in some kind of danger again. I also agree that their relationship has been built up for too many years for them not to end up together (maybe that is wishful thinking). I know that it has been said that Sookie will never be made vampire but what other way is there? They are the only beings who’s thoughts she can’t hear – so is she just supposed to keep dating them forever? What happens when she ages? I guess I’m just nervous about the way the series will end! And yes, the pource scene should have been longer!

  12. Natalie

    May 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

    The idea that Eric would be turned into human doesn’t seem to be far-fetched. Because Sookie used to have this weird dream of human Eric (D&G). They walked under the sun and he sold real estate. However, as we all know, Eric loves being vampire, and Charlaine Harris once said that none of the vampires will turn into human.

  13. Emma

    May 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I’m reading the book right now and I’m on chapter 7 and I’m getting so annoyed with the whole sookie and Eric thing. Ive always rooted for Eric and sookie but sookie is getting on my nerves! Look how far there realtionship has come and she still is iffy about him…

    • Liz

      May 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Emily, when you finish reading the book, I’d be interested to know what you think then.

  14. Jes

    May 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Ca- TAL- ee- ah – dees, imho! <3

  15. Jes

    May 10, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Oh- Also- No one has been talking about the whole “oh, turns out Eric and Niall were spying on Sookie basically from the beginning”- Sookie doesn’t seem to care. I’m wondering if this will be covered in the next book or if Sookie is just done caring about people spying on her.

  16. Jeff Smoot

    May 10, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Its been a while since Ive read the first book with Mr. Cataliedes, but I believe it had the pronunciation in the book, I think it was Cata-lea-dees. Dont hold me to it though. I am also wondering if you arent right about the end of the series. I wonder if Sookie doesent take Hunter back to be with their relatives……. Would be interesting. I am guessing that Sookie’s telepathic ability is sort of unique to their family of fairy, as her grandfather had it as well. I wonder if thats the case?

  17. RonnieQ

    May 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I love this series, and here are my thoughts:
    – Sookie, if she’s around fae becomes more and more fae. So if she’s around Darmot enough, can’t she live a long time as well? She did say she felt younger in the book. so maybe it also slows her growth in terms of age.
    – I do believe that Sookie and Eric ends up together….or so I do hope so. I can’t imagine Eric being happy with her being with someone else, and she does love him as well. So if she’s around Darmot enough, she can live with Eric forever.
    – I think Sookie may use the magic fae thing to have a child with Eric? Vampires can’t bear child but what if Eric and her wanted a kid? that would be for love and sookie would get to have a child and not miss the whole motherhood thing.
    – Last but not least, all the vampire politics may be too much. However, I think it’ll be great if Sookie somehow becomes the moderator/enforcer for all the supernatural world. With her relationship to Naill (king of the fae), her relationship with Eric as her husband, her best friend being a shifter, and being shamen to the weres, and friends with the witches, etc…. she seems to have good relationship with the entire supernatural world. It seems like the fae/elf are preparing for war or something, and vampires are fighting each other for state/territorires, etc… it seems like Sookie is destined to keep the supernatural world in order. That would be her “destine to do something great”. And maybe she will help train Hunter to follow in her steps = meaning future telepath (like Barry even) would help maintain the supernatural world.

  18. AdamG

    May 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I really enjoyed Dead Reckoning as well as your review. Kudos ladies.

    The big question here seems to be who Sookie will end up with. Sookie seems too family oriented to end up with either Bill or Eric. Making one of them human also seems to be a stretch, as a theme throughout the books has been to be careful what you wish for. The cluviel dor can equally have a negative impact on Sookie as a positive one.

    That all being said, my bet is on Sam. Eric, Bill and Alcide have a lot more baggage and all need Sookie for one reason or another. Sookie and Sam have a mutual respect and mutual need for one another, it is the only relationship in which they’d be equals.

    DR was much better than Dead in the Family. I wanted it to be longer, but I do with all of the books. I think in the next book, we’ll see the use or giving away/theft of the cluviel dor and the last book will deal with the consequences.

  19. RonnieQ

    May 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I love the series and can’t wait to the last two books…although sad that it’ll be ending too. Here are my thoughts:
    – Sookie is too involve in the supernatural world that I can’t imagine her being a part of it. Her grandfather is head of the fairies, her “husband” is a vampire (she broke the blood bond but not the marriage), her best friend is a shifter, and as far as we know, she’s still the shaman for the were pack. I think having all these connections with all type of supernatural will help her in the end somehow, plus her ability to read minds. It’ll be great if Sookie ends up being a mediator/moderator for the entire supernatural community. Since she’ll be of value to help all, no one will try to bother her anymore and she can live her life as is…with some help to the supes once in a while.
    – I also think Sookie has to end up with Eric. We know they still love each other even after the blood bond broke. Plus we know that Eric is thinking about how to get of the marriage with the queen of OKlahoma, so it shoes he truly cares for her. If his intention truly was power and only for himself, why would he try to get out of the marriage? He even said he wanted out but felt that he had to obey his maker. Plus, I can’t see Eric being happy without Sookie. I know some want Sookie and Sam to be together bc it’s the closet thing to a normal life, but I still that’s not going to happy. Even though Sookie said Sam was her best friend, there’s been little romantic attraction between them. And even if she’s with Sam, won’t the vampires who ever want to attack Eric still attach Sookie, knowing he cares for her? Eric has more power to protect her.

    Last but not least, I think Sookie may used the c.d. to possibly have a child with Eric. It would obviously be used for love and of course, in a good way, affect their lives. This may be the last thing we see used in book 13?

  20. Natalie

    May 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I don’t see Sookie and Sam as equals. Sookie has through a lot and evolved while Sam was kind of stagnant. If Sookie choosed to settle down and came back being her old self, it would be an anticlimax. Moreover, Sookie didn’t love him as passionately as she loved Eric. And I’d rather see her end up with Bill than Sam. Because, the major theme of the series was how vampires and humans adapted to each other. If Sookie couldn’t be together with the man she loved because of his nature, I’d tell that she’s never learned.

    • Mel

      May 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

      I disagree with your last statement. If Sookie doesn’t end up with a vampire, I think it will be to prove Charlaine’s point all along that not all humans are good and not all vampires are bad, and vice versa. Another theme in the series has been looking past stereotypes to the real person and his/her motives.

  21. wendyepooh

    May 11, 2011 at 12:08 am

    What does it mean that Sookie is feeling more fae because she is hanging around Claude and Dermont?

    • Liz

      May 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Wendyepooh, I compare that with how I felt when I visited Sicily, my father’s home. I never felt more Sicilian than when I was there with cousins I’d never met before. And with Claude and Dermot, there is magic involved. I think they draw on one another. Does that help?

      Great conversations going on here, guys, keep it up!

  22. Viv

    May 12, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Maybe Sookie could become more fae and then live much longer and stay young like they do. That would solve the ageing and dying problem if she stays with Eric.