I really have ended up liking this season now that it's almost over, but I agree, it's nothing like the books anymore. I'm not sure that will be such a good thing as far as ratings go since it started out being based on the books. Some changes I liked, I love the addition of Jessica and that Lafayette didn't die, but hate other things, particularly the Eric/Sookie story line in the show.
I really think they should head back towards the books, although in my opinion the last few books have suffered also. I'm not sure Charlaine cares much about the books now that she is probably getting some royalties from the show.
"Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?" (Formerly known as RavensDestiny)