09 February 2012

Thursday Tea: Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

The Book: Dead and Gone is the ninth book in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series, starring Sookie Stackhouse.

Louisiana is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which had a devastating effect not only on humans but on the supernatural beings as well. The vampire kingdoms have undergone new leadership and new borders, which means quite a few changes for Sookie's undead friends. But more significant for Sookie are a few other events.

First, the weres and shape-shifters decide to announce their presence to the world at large. As you can imagine, the reactions to this revelation are strong and varied. Some citizens of Bon Temps seem to have gone off the deep end, and a vigilante group is out to kill all known supernaturals. Sookie, of course, is caught up in the investigation of who's been doing the murders. Second, the fairy world is involved in a civil war, and the enemies of Sookie's grandfather are out to kill or kidnap her as way to make him surrender. So on top of everything else she's dealing with, Sookie has to stay alert to stay alive. And then there's the matter of Eric (sorry, I can't say more than that without spoiling the story--Ha!).

Dead and Gone is another fun entry in Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books. Despite the murders, blood, and vampires, the novels are light reading and a great way to escape into another world. As always, I listened to the unabridged audiobook (Recorded Books, 9 hr, 1 min) read by Johanna Parker, who is perfect as Sookie.

The Tea: I don't normally drink herbal teas, but there's one exception: I love Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea. It is so warming and has such a wonderful aroma that it's one of my go-to teas when I'm feeling sick or have a chill. This week's snowfall had me brewing a pot. Here's the company's description: "Brimming with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, a cup of our aromatic Bengal Spice tea is like a trip to an exotic spice market in a faraway land. This adventurous blend is our caffeine-free interpretation of Chai." As always, I drink it black with no sweetener.

The Assessment: We've been through this before. It's highly unlikely Sookie would be drinking any kind of fancy tea. In fact, in Dead and Gone, I think she drank lemonade more than anything else, and I really don't see her drinking chai--herbal or traditional. Oh well, she doesn't know what she's missing.

What About You? Here's where I ask you what you're drinking this week (tea, coffee, wine?). And don't forget to tell me what you're reading.

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Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.

Published by Penguin USA / Ace, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780441017157
Source: Review (see review policy)
Rating: B

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FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


Heather 2/9/12, 7:20 AM  

Have to get back to this series. It's been a tea kind of week. Two favs at the moment: Tazo Wild Sweet Orange aNd the other Tetley Lemon Balm and Honey. my fall back choice is Twinnings Earl Grey.

Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) 2/9/12, 8:32 AM  

You had me at cinnamon and ginger! I will definitely try this tea very soon. I'm a big tea drinker and mostly, I drink a variety of green teas for the health benefits (the high antioxidant levels help my eyes). I agree, I don't see Sookie drinking herbal tea. I'm currently reading From Dead to Worse, book 8 in the series and as always, I'm looking forward to the next one as well!

Debbie 2/9/12, 9:31 AM  

I have to get back to the series also. I think I'm up to book 5. There are just so many books to read and never enough time!! I am having coffee this morning--Dunkin' Donuts coffee-black.
Have a good day.

Barbara 2/9/12, 10:39 AM  

I'm reading a Perri O'Shaunessy, Invasion of Privacy, a real page-turner but I've been drinking International Coffee, Swiss Mocha, lately.

bermudaonion 2/9/12, 11:26 AM  

I need to try Sookie again, and that tea sounds delicious!

Kailana 2/9/12, 12:24 PM  

I have only read the one book in this series and wasn't really wowed by it. I might try again one day, but I think I am just tired of the genre at this point...

Diann 2/9/12, 1:03 PM  

I love this series and have read all the books. I agree, Sookie is not a big fancy tea drinker. Right now I am drinking coffee but, at night I have been hooked on a new tea I got for Christmas, Yumberry/blackberry tea. I am catching up on some old Heather Graham books. I found a bunch at a library book sale.

Audra 2/9/12, 2:09 PM  

I have to pass on the series but I totally want that tea!

Zibilee 2/9/12, 4:27 PM  

I haven't been drinking much tea lately, but your post has made me want to get out my little teapot and make some right now! I also really need to start this series. My mom loves it and keeps telling me to get started with it.

Julie P. 2/9/12, 6:38 PM  

I should revisit these books since the show is on break!

Robin M 2/9/12, 9:47 PM  

I'll have to try this series in audiobook. Right now I'm listening to J.D. Robb's In Death series in the car. As for tea, stuck on iced tea lately - Arizona green tea with ginseng and honey.

Daryl 2/10/12, 8:04 AM  

I read but one of this series, I'll stick with the HBO series since its less same old/same old .. as for tea .. lucky me got a gift from a friend who'd been in Paris .. a blend of black tea,peonie, blueberry flower,poppy and almond .. odd sounding but truly tasty and oh so aromatic ..

Nise' 2/10/12, 11:37 AM  

I've got to get back to this series.

Andi 2/10/12, 4:37 PM  

Really must jump in and start Harris's series already. :)

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