Wow! Now I know what all the fuss is about, now I know why they made a TV show based on these books and now I know why both are so successful. And I have to agree with the general consensus. Charlaine Harris, at least with this first book, has created a sharply astute, seriously satisfying series by pandering to current cravings (bad pun intended), where paranormal premise meets southern sensibilities with some novel extras added in; these rather odd ingredients all deftly blended into a highly entertaining mix. Sookie Stackhouse, blonde, blue-eyed and sassy, has a self-proclaimed 'disability' which she promptly explains, from the very first page, in her introduction to vampires, her life, and her home locale; with a Southern receptivity that is smart, interesting and immediately charming. Having to live with her telepathy, considered 'crazy', and hence not easily accepted by most - as vampires are now - Sookie has hidden depths and talents that come to the fore when she becomes a target for a serial killer brutally attacking women around Bon Temps. Possibly related, in part, to her dating the local vampire, Bill, the entire scenario thus presents a truly exotic, unusual and fascinating world - all the more appealing due to Sookie's remarkable attitude, peculiar aptitude and unique viewpoint of her special province. This book is a superb assortment of many things. Containing a convincing smattering of mystery, a firm balance of romantic entanglement, a large dash of endearing humour and an exclusive take on dark, urban themes, plus a narrator placed such that she can avail the reader with all the necessary information, background and pertinent point-of-view, this becomes a matchless paranormal tale. Charlaine Harris has used all these components to craft a vastly amusing, cleverly original, well-written piece which flows smoothly, intrigues immediately, and stimulates thoroughly due to this innovative, refreshing variation on the genre. Consequently this story holds a fast-paced plot and is an absorbing read, engaging one's senses by intelligently mixing a very likeable human character with the no-nonsense horror of her supernatural world; and by bluntly spelling out the best and the worst of this co-habitation, this candour supplies an authenticity, an integrity and thus immeasurable attraction to the tale. And I was so ensnared that this review is now very late in being written; I was too intent on reading the next book! A more glowing endorsement I can't give... (Jan 8, 2009)
Dead Until Dark
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The first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that gave life to the Dead and inspired the HBO® original series True Blood.
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana—except for her “disability.” She can read minds. But she can’t hear a word that Bill Compton is thinking when he walks into her life—and then one of her coworkers is killed...
Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.
Sookie Stackhouse Novels
Ace Books, Penguin Publishing Group
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The first (and still m...
The first (and still my favorite) Sookie Stackhouse novel. Charlaine Harris introduces an immensely likable heroine, with insight into people's characters and motives like no other waitress on earth. Sookie is compassionate but not naive, brave, but not often foolhardy. This first book could serve as a stand alone, and with some of the developments later, I often like to pretend it is. Harris does a good job making the vamps intimidating and yet attractive, without over romancing their undead status. This is one series where yu wont be rooting for our heroine to turn vamp. At least, I haven't yet.
Welcome to Bon Temps, ...
Welcome to Bon Temps, a small town in northern Louisiana. Here you'll meet the adorable Sookie Stackhouse, a local barmaid with a "disability," and her boyfriend Bill. Bill the Vampire, that is. Yes, vampires are a part of society in Dead Until Dark, the first book in the Southern Vampire Series written by Charlaine Harris. In fact, vampires have come out of the coffin, so to speak, and live openly - if not fully accepted - in society. But a series of young women have been found dead in Bon Temps recently and suspicion naturally falls on Bill the Vampire. Worse, it looks as if Sookie might be next on the killer's agenda. Sookie and Bill must find the killer themselves if they want to live happily ever after, if indeed one can live happily ever after with a vampire. When an author creates a paranormal world like the one in Dead Until Dark, they must also create so-called rules for their paranormal creatures. Fiction about human beings, by and large, need not state their rules because as humans, you and I know those rules quite well. What the paranormal rules are specifically doesn't really matter. What is important is that the author stick to their rules to give the story legitimacy. Harris, I'm happy to report, excels at this (unlike another well-known vampire author who has been all the rage recently), which brings a cohesiveness to the story and keeps you comfortably ensconced in her world. Harris also creates an amusing vocabulary all her own when it comes to vampires. Vampire groupies? They're called 'fang-bangers.' A vampire's ability to hypnotize? They're simply 'glamoring' you. And assimilation, or 'mainstreaming,' into society eerily parallels the difficulties experienced by other minority groups in the American south. As light-hearted as this mystery is, there is a dark undercurrent of small-town American prejudice there for any who care to look for it. The Recommendation For a reader who professes not to care for westerns or the paranormal, I sure seem to be picking up an awful lot of them recently. But in the case of Dead Until Dark, I'm glad I did. The book is much more light-hearted than HBO's adaptation and the characters are far more sympathetic when you meet them on the pages instead of the screen. Dead Until Dark could be considered what is often referred to as a light read, but I just consider it plain fun. Enjoyable for a plane ride or a fun interlude between more serious novels, I highly recommend it. There are currently eight available books in the series. If you suffer from series OCD like I do, you might want to collect them all.
Having read this book ...
Having read this book after already seeing the first season of trueblood, I knew most of the plot before it occured. Nevertheless, I found the novel hard to put down and engrossing, but for reasons which remain unclear to myself. There seems to be nothing spectacular about the writing, and I should have found the story to be predictable, but I was amazed by the speed at which I ploughed through the pages. I think Harris' trick lies in the humour of her writing as well as her wealth of colourful characters. I can't wait to start Living Dead in Dallas, the second in the series.
I became a fan of the ...
I became a fan of the HBO series, True Blood. At first I didn't want to read the books because I didn't want anything given away. When I found out the first season was based on the first book of this series, I read it just as season 2 was starting. The book is a very light easy read. Perfect for summer or travel reading. The relationship between Sookie & Bill is an exciting one... dating a vampire has to be the ultimate "bad boy". I think the story line is refreshing. So different from the many other vampire books out there. It's also filled with a little suspense & mystery. Looking forward to reading the 2nd book in the series!
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