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Dead Until Dark C 67% Almost Satisfactory NotesIts supporting characters are flat and uninteresting, the plot s banal, and the mythology isn t explored to its potential. I can t remember if I started the books before the show or started the books after becoming obsessed with the show But who really cares I loved this world and still do Mel I can t remember if I started the books before the show or started the books after becoming obsessed with the show But who really cares I loved this world and still do Mel The first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series I confess I picked this up at the bookstore for a few reasons 1 The cover was sparkly and I liked the art 2 Vampires Having spent a huge chunk of my youth hoping the vampires in Anne Rice s novels would knock on my window late at night shut up, like you didn t I have been looking for the next Brad Pitt with fangs shut up, like you aren t And yeah That was all it took Sparkles and vampires SOLD.I opened up the book and kinda reg The first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series I confess I picked this up at the bookstore for a few reasons 1 The cover was sparkly and I liked the art 2 Vampires Having spent a huge chunk of my youth hoping the vampires in Anne Rice s novels would knock on my window late at night shut up, like you didn t I have been looking for the next Brad Pitt with fangs shut up, like you aren t And yeah That was all it took Sparkles and vampires SOLD.I opened up the book and kinda regreted it and thought Well that s what you getThe main character is called WHAT Sookie Stackhouse And she is blond and a bar waitress and likes to flaunt her tight clothes and tans out in her lawn in a bikini Hu But I never almost never stop reading a book once I start so I bravely forged ahead And suddenly I stopped laughing and the pages started turning and I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn t reading it and wondering how fast I could get the next book.So glad that there were sparkles on the cover of this book So very very glad I started reading this series because I was currently watching True Blood and had developed a slight obsession with Eric Since then, the books have become an absolute guilty pleasure of mine They are not the best written and occasionally we get a little too much of what we don t care for i.e fairies and shifters but amid the hot vamp sex and murder mysteries who really notices those anyway Most characters have both annoying and redeeming qualities, but this is good I never did like th I started reading this series because I was currently watching True Blood and had developed a slight obsession with Eric Since then, the books have become an absolute guilty pleasure of mine They are not the best written and occasionally we get a little too much of what we don t care for i.e fairies and shifters but amid the hot vamp sex and murder mysteries who really notices those anyway Most characters have both annoying and redeeming qualities, but this is good I never did like the I can do nothing wrong hero heroine Plus Eric is hot have I said this already If you re looking for a life changing experience, try The Handmaid s Tale, but if you want something light, chick lit style and kinda sexy too Sookie Stackhouse and her merry band of random supernatural creatures are where it s at That probably sounded like a cheesy, promotional ad but what the hell Sookie Stackhouse is just a small time cocktail waitress in small town Louisiana Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life and one of her coworkers checks outMaybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn t such a bright idea Stephenie Meyer has nuthin on this woman understatement Harris has in one pinky all the talent of the aforementioned hack, and her huge fan base must take note Dead Until Dark is a loud middle finger to all those in deep love therefore those with questionable tastes with the Twilight series.This book reminds me that not all fiction has to be poetry This one has a clear plot, it ties together all loose ends It s enthralling, addictive, everything one wants in the PERFECT paperb Stephenie Meyer has nuthin on this woman understatement Harris has in one pinky all the talent of the aforementioned hack, and her huge fan base must take note Dead Until Dark is a loud middle finger to all those in deep love therefore those with questionable tastes with the Twilight series.This book reminds me that not all fiction has to be poetry This one has a clear plot, it ties together all loose ends It s enthralling, addictive, everything one wants in the PERFECT paperback novel If only I knew about it before the HBO series True Blood on which this book, book 1, is based I would have definitely watch the series, but its occurred vice versa The series explores characters, hassex violence duh, HBO but does not touch the same ground this one cleverly hides within its first look junk lit verse.Sookie is the Everygirl, clever, lost, in love, found, frightened but curious and courageous Bill the Vampire lacks the Lestatness of those that came after the Anne Rice novel, but it s okay At least he s not one dimensional like Edward Cullen.Everyone here, it seems, has secrets The theme.There are dark inhabitants of the world, some don t have to be vampires or shapeshifters but humans with deep flaws Once the mystery is solved I solved this one waay before the climax , this theme comes to light I wish I was a writer, important, like Charlaine Harris December 2014 buddy read with Shelly, Carole, Evgeny, Karly, Jess, Allison, Catherine Monty Cupcake DNF at 50%.Sookie, Sookie, Sookie Because of you most of my friends either hate me or think I m a total freak They think you re quirky, I think you re silly They think your story is better than candy, I think your story is the most uninteresting ever Sorry guys, I don t think this review is going to go well.I was recently told I was snarky and a cold hearted, impatient cynic yo December 2014 buddy read with Shelly, Carole, Evgeny, Karly, Jess, Allison, Catherine Monty Cupcake DNF at 50%.Sookie, Sookie, Sookie Because of you most of my friends either hate me or think I m a total freak They think you re quirky, I think you re silly They think your story is better than candy, I think your story is the most uninteresting ever Sorry guys, I don t think this review is going to go well.I was recently told I was snarky and a cold hearted, impatient cynic you know who you are people Guilty as charged Which might partly explain why I didn t like this Chick lit meets bad PNR as written by a 17 year old clearly is not me The story Uninteresting at best Apart from that Boring to death There is only so much I can read about Sookie s daily life taking a shower, shaving her legs, plucking her eyebrows, putting on body lotion and deodorant Seriously Arrrgggghhhhhh Someone please shoot me Oh but wait, we also get to find out about fascinating stuff like her job at the bar or Bill s shopping habits he gets his khaki Dockers, green and brown striped golfing shirt, polished loafers, and thin brown socks from Dillard s you see Fascinating stuff I tell you And don t get me started about Uncle Bartlett s prostate problems Wait wait wait Something is finally about to happen Oops, sorry, it s only Sookie going to work again And it goes on and on and on and on Now for the corny stuff 1 Sookie and Bill have known each other for about 5 seconds and they re already strolling hand in hand like two lovebirds Okay, it s a bit silly but I can deal with it 2Your dress is the color of your eyesPlease tell me I did not just read this 3His eyes looked at my body as if it were a drink of water on a desert duneSomeone please shoot me Again And it goes on and on and on and on I m sorry Mushy is not me And mushy is just not sexy either Because Sookie Bill kissing and having sex is about as unsexy as it gets What are these people made of Stone Cardboard I don t think I ve ever read such boring, unexciting, ridiculous, badly written sex scenes But apparently Sookie doesn t notice because she sflying, flying, seeing white with gold streaksinsert major eye roll here Sorry guys, I m not done yet.Defendant 1 SookieI m blond and blue eyed and twenty five, and my legs are strong and my bosom is substantial, and I have a waspy waistlineAre you kidding me Needless to say, Sookie and I got off to a bad start And it all went downhill from there The girl is silly, immature and overly na ve I get that she s supposed to have been sheltered all her life but this is just too much The girl is supposed to be 25, not 15 To make things worse she s as emotional as a stone Did I say that already Oh well.Defendant 2 BillMost boring vampire ever You got that right I ve never been a big vampire fan but this guy gives the word dull a whole new dimension What with his constant pity party, corny ways, wanting to settle down, not wanting to drink blood from humans Get a life Bill A real badass vampire life To make things worse he s as emotional as a stone Did I say that already Oh well.To think someone sold me this series yes Shelly, it s you I m talking about with images such as this one And I got Boring Bill instead I am not pleased.This is not Urban Fantasy it s Boring Fantasy By now I think you all realize I slightly disliked this book But I m a nice girl, I really mean no harm So please don t start unfriending me just yet guys I love you all and promise to behave from now on This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sigh I tried to give this a fair chance, I really did I went into it hopeful, despite some other negative reviews that I ve read, because I quite liked the pilot for True Blood, the new HBO series based on these books Dark, however, loses points from me right away because the two most interesting characters on the show Sookie s cranky best friend Tara, and Lafayette, the fabulous in every sense of the word chef at the bar where Sookie works either completely don t exist or have only the tin Sigh I tried to give this a fair chance, I really did I went into it hopeful, despite some other negative reviews that I ve read, because I quite liked the pilot for True Blood, the new HBO series based on these books Dark, however, loses points from me right away because the two most interesting characters on the show Sookie s cranky best friend Tara, and Lafayette, the fabulous in every sense of the word chef at the bar where Sookie works either completely don t exist or have only the tiniest of roles, respectively Lame Still, I find the basic premise Harris has cooked up intriguing in this world, vampires have come out of the coffin and are public knowledge they can drink Japanese manufactured synthetic blood and have basic human rights On the show I believe they are still working toward those rights, but it hasn t been made entirely clear That s an idea that seems rich with symbolic significance that, correctly handled, could be truly fascinating.Instead, as Harris handles it, it s just another boring romance between a powerful, possessive alpha male and his frail human woman who s in need of his protection Sookie isn t, to be fair, as helpless and hopelessly devoted to her man as Bella Twilight Swan is, but the basic power dynamic between her and Vampire Bill is still incredibly boring In general, as a couple, they are boring So there s that dullness bad enough which Harris proceeds to combine with several shakes of sheer lunacy Sookie completely under reacts to incredibly traumatizing things, like waking up with a naked shapeshifter in her bed, or a loved one s murder She believes the PR that vampirism is a virus and is really surprised when someone points out that that doesn t make sense considering that shapeshifters and telepathy also exist, and, you know, vampires can fly Despite being telepathic, Sookie s only able to solve the oh so complicated mystery when the killer attacks her Handy Oh, and Elvis shows up I am not kidding.I wish I were, though I also wish I was wrong when I say that I can predict pretty much exactly how the rest of this series will go, with Sookie, like a less lubricated Anita Blake, fighting off the affections of two ormen and unable to make up her goddamn mind Both of those men will devote their un lives to protecting her, and Sookie will say, God I m a grown woman, I can take care of myself I don t need you to protect me and then, instantly, need them to protect her And then Kurt Cobain and Jimmy Hoffa will show up to hang out with Vampire Elvis.Gimme a break I can only hope that the show proceeds tointeresting ground, because reading this book, all I could think was been there, done that, have the lousy fang marks I d never heard of these books until a few months ago, and as usual, once one person recommends them, everyone seems to be talking about them, you see them everywhere, and you get curious They re in the fantasy section, though for some bizarre reason I was under the impression, at first, that they were YA and silly They are fun, but they are definitely for adults The vampire mystery style reminds me of the one Anita Blake book I read, the first one, which was horrible can t say that enough t I d never heard of these books until a few months ago, and as usual, once one person recommends them, everyone seems to be talking about them, you see them everywhere, and you get curious They re in the fantasy section, though for some bizarre reason I was under the impression, at first, that they were YA and silly They are fun, but they are definitely for adults The vampire mystery style reminds me of the one Anita Blake book I read, the first one, which was horrible can t say that enough times the similarities aren t obvious or anything, but perhaps because Dead Until Dark isn t paranormal romance, and it s not like The Turning or the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, Anita Blake is the closest comparison.Oh but this book is soooooo much better After a slightly rocky start in which the writing confused me a bit something that also reminded me of Guilty Pleasures, perhaps unfairly , the story really gets going and in new and surprising ways.Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress at a bar in Bon Temps in Louisiana She has what she calls a disability she can read minds She s spent her young life trying to guard against the babble of other people s thoughts, and because of the level of concentration that takes she never did particularly well at school and never went to uni But she likes working at Merlotte s, likes living with her Gran since her parents died, even though she can t have a relationship it wouldn t be fun hearing what a man thought of you while being intimate , would it She s also fascinated by vampires and has been waiting to meet one since they came out of the coffin , so to speak, and became legal citizens One night her wish comes true a vampire called Bill comes into Merlotte s and, joy of joys, his mind is silent She can t hear a thing Finally a man an undead man, true she can relax with.But while Sookie and Bill are trying to have a normal relationship, working class women are being murdered in the area and while at first it looks like vampire work, soon the police are looking at Sookie s womanising brother Jason On top of that, the most powerful and dead gorgeous vampire in the area, Eric, has his eye on Sookie and her ability for his own uses Dead Until Dark is a great mix of urban fantasy and mystery, and the crime side of the story didn t bore me a bit I loved Bill, he was kinda adorable while also a bit unpredictable and scary very nice , and while I didn t understand all the expressions I ve seen enough movies set in southern US states that I could picture the people, places and culture fairly well The book could have done with better proof reading to catch all those missing prepositions and, at one point, an interesting way of spelling complexion There were also a few times where Sookie, who narrates, is musing about something and then another characters replies it threw me off because it wasn t all that clear that she d voiced her thoughts.Sookie is a great protagonist, lively, fiesty, quirky and strong without being stubborn and bitchy, and her telepathy makes her especially interesting She s definitely one of the better heroines of vampire novels I ve come across to date I loved Sam too, and Dean was great Oh and the Elvis thing was funny too, though I was a bit slow in catching on Anyway, if vampire books aren t your usual cup of tea, you might want to try this series because it s very enjoyable and fast paced, yet with nice slow moments where you get to enjoy and understand the characters so good character development, always important So I guess this means I m joining the Sookie Stackhouse bandwagon The television show True Blood was better than this in every sense it completely transcended it Well, at least, before the fourth season hit and the writing went down the toilet But that s a separate issue altogether The show took Charlaine Harris s book and made the story better it made it sexy and scary But, let s not forget that without this there would have been no show whatsoever So fans of the television show do owe a lot to Charlaine Harris Her writing for me though can be summed The television show True Blood was better than this in every sense it completely transcended it Well, at least, before the fourth season hit and the writing went down the toilet But that s a separate issue altogether The show took Charlaine Harris s book and made the story better it made it sexy and scary But, let s not forget that without this there would have been no show whatsoever So fans of the television show do owe a lot to Charlaine Harris Her writing for me though can be summed up in one word tepid She has the characters and some strong ideas, but she just can t insert life into her prose Where was the shock factor Where were the cheap thrills and the melodrama Normally I d criticise a book for having these, but this one so desperately needed them I didn t find this story remotely exciting it had no sense of drive, and, again, it lacked the sex appeal of the television show Perhaps, I may have enjoyed this a littleif I d read it before seeing all the blood and drama on the screen Who knows Either way this just didn t hit the mark There is no atmosphere Television Bill was a bit of an enigma, at least, he was at the start He comes across as a brooding man, troubled by his past and his violent nature Here, though, he s just a bit boring He doesn t really have a lot about him He seemedcomputer geek than vampire solider The writers of the show, undeniably, took his character and made it better they made him interesting and devious Some super fans will likely disagree with me But ask yourself this, which Bill isinteresting to hear about Which one would you rather turn at Merlot s bar and grill giving you the eye and the fang He carried with him a dark story, one the show slowly peeled back Then there is the lack of antagonist Sure, there s a mysterious serial killer going around stabbing people to death But, ultimately, he was dealt with rather easily Again, to compare this to the show, the first season shadows Eric as a sort of bad guy It was so muchentertaining I have read much further than this book in the series In my mid to late teens I managed to get through most of them, and I didn t really enjoy any of them I m not sure why I kept reading them to be honest it was likely due to a lack of reading material and funds to buy something better True Blood is far from being the peak of television artistry however, it can be enjoyed for what it is a dark and mysterious fantasy romance that depicts weird and wonderful characters struggling though their fucked up lives This here is the story of just Sookie Stackhouse whereas True Blood expands on the side characters and fleshes them out they were the ones that make it fun Sookie is just dull, her life is dull, and this book is dull Even after all these years I can still taste the blandness of the writing If my seventeen year old self, a self who had read less than twenty books in his life hated this, I dread to think how I would react to it now if I was reading it for the first time


About the Author: Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty five years A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college Rhodes, in Memphis Charlaine was writing poetry and plays After holding down some low level jobs, her husband Hal gave her the opportunity to stay home and write The resulting two stand alones were published by Houghton Mifflin After a child producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of series, and soon had her own traditional mystery books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden Her first Teagarden, Real Murders, garnered an Agatha nomination.Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she d always wanted to write Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, Dead Until Dark broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who simply enjoy a good adventure Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, was very successful in many languages.The Harper Connelly books were written concurrently with the Sookie novels Following the end of Sookie s recorded adventures, Charlaine wrote the Midnight, Texas books, which have become a television series, also The Aurora Teagarden books have been adapted by Hallmark Movie Mystery.Charlaine is a member of many professional organizations, an Episcopalian, and currently the lucky houseparent to two rescue dogs She lives on a cliff overlooking the Brazos River.


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