Saturday, January 10, 2009
I love the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse is the main character of the series and she is one funny lady. Charlaine Harris is a very good author and I love her books but I only have her Sookie Stackhouser a.k.a. the Southern Vampire Series but she has other books and another series that she writes and which I've heard are really good. So far there are 8 published books in the series but the 9th book in the series called Dead and Gone is coming out on Tuesday, May 5. I've read the first 7 books before it became it hit HBO TV series called True Blood and though I don't have HBO I've seen the first episode of the show at a friends house. I thought it was pretty good but you know how things are when they turn a book into a movie or TV show. It's not the same but at least you have a visual of each character so when you read the books again or read future books in the series you have an idea of what each character looks like.
Well now for my review of the book Dead Until Dark, which is the first book in this marvelous series and the one to open us to the world of telepathic mind-reader Sookie Stackhouse. Sookie is a small-time cocktail waitress at a bar in a small-town named Bon Temps in Louisiana. She's quite, keeps to herself and doesn't get out much because even though she's pretty her "disability," which is reading minds doesn't make her too dateable. But then comes along Bill Compton the vampire into the bar where she works one night. He's tall, dark, handsome and Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting for all her life but the thing is that Bill is not a man but a vampire with a bad reputation.
If you don't know I'm not really that into first person novels but I have a few exceptions because some authors know how to write it right and Charlaine Harris is one of those authors. Sookie's ordinary world takes a 180 turn when Bill the vampire comes into her life one day and that is the point in her life that I think she could either regret or love for the reset of her life. In that one moment when she met Bill who she couldn't read Sookie was in a for a world with many different paranormal creatures who would either come to love or hate her for her ability to read mortal and some paranormal creatures minds. I love Sookie she is my favorite character of the entire series and I also like Bill because he's Sookie first for many things in her life.
By the end of this book I was very much hooked to Sookie and her new paranormal life with vampires. I was very anxious to read the next book in the series as well as the other books after that. I've read Dead Until Dark about 5 times since I first bought it a couple of years ago and it only gets better with each read because I find out little things that I didn't notice the first couple of times I read it. I'm going to be seeing if the HBO TV show True Blood comes out on DVD soon so I can save up some money to buy it since it's such a hit and I really want to see what everyone is talking about. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
DEAD UNTIL DARK $ 7.99 (Book 1)(292 Pages)
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 type of guy she’s waiting for all her life….
But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of—big surprise—murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworker’s is killed, she fears she’s next….

2 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you about the Sookie books. I don't like first person narratives either, but this series is an exception.
    I watched all of True Blood and was not thrilled. First I thought it was good, but later on Alan Ball just butchered the book. Apart from everything else, they didn't do any justice at all to my fav character, Eric.
    Rikki
    http://www.rikkidonovan.com

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  2. Thanks Rikki for stopping by. I haven't had the chance to watch the show so I don't know much about it. I'm sorry that they didn't at least stay more true to the book but like I said that happens when books are turned into movies or TV shows.

    Eric is also one of my favorite characters in this series.

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