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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris


Dead Until Dark
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #1
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9780441016990

SUMMARY
(From Goodreads)


Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the kind of guy she's been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He's a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie's colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she'll be next ...

MY THOUGHTS

I originally read this book around the time that True Blood first started airing on HBO.  At that time, the show had better appeal to me so I couldn't remember how much the book differed from the show.  So after I quit watching the show for awhile, I decided to give this series another chance.  I am so glad I am giving them another try!

I think when I tried reading this book before, I kept comparing it to the characters and story line of the HBO show.  With the book I noticed certain characters are missing and the story plays out on a different time table at times.  I can definitely tell with the world building, character building and overall cast of characters that this book is more of a guilty indulgence than one that blew me out of the water.  It was even kind of childish at times with temper tantrums and a crew of Barney Five cops trying to solve the murders in town.

I am still on the fence about liking the cast of characters.  I can't wait to read more about Eric, Pam and Lafayette.  Bill seems a little off to me but I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and keep my fingers crossed that he is better in the next one.  And then we have Sookie. Sookie, Sookie, Sookie. Just saying her name makes me laugh.  I wasn't a fan of her in this book, but I am curious to understand why she has this disability and what it could mean.

Overall, it had cheesy moments, sexy moments, detailed moments, and bloody moments as well since this is a book about vampires.  I am going to keep going with the series though just so I can see how everyone's roles will play out.

MY RATING

Okay book, but it left me wanting more!


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3 Comments:

Blogger Cherry Mischievous said...

I read the books before I watched the TV series and like you I thought that the world building is fantastic but the character development could use a bit of help. Sookie was just too stupid to live (TSTL). But at the end of it I liked that the show offered me an alternate Sookie story. I stopped reading the books because I just couldn't tolerate the TSTL anymore in book 12 but I might still watch the TV series once it get to the UK.

January 1, 2013 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Brandi Doctoroff said...

I too read the books before watching the show. I have to say, this is one of my favorite series, ever. I truly love the show too, don't get Mr wrong, but the show is much different, and I think that is for the better. I keep meaning to see if there are other books by Charlaine Harris that I've not read....maybe I will do that today! Great review! Happy reading!

January 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM  
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