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Charlaine Harris
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11 Feb 2010

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's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable.

And then along comes Bill: he's tall, he's dark and he's handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting all her life for.

But Bill has a disability of his own: he's fussy about his food, he doesn't like suntans and he's never around during the day . . . Yep, Bill's a vampire. Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.

And then one of Sookie's colleagues at the bar is killed, and it's beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim . . .

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; reprint edition (11 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575089369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575089365
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi, and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area in the middle of a cotton field. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and started writing novels a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a light-hearted mystery series 'starring' Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden. The first of the eight books, Real Murders, was shortlisted for Best Novel in the 1990 Agatha Awards. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses.

Charlaine Harris then wrote the first of her Southern vampire mysteries starring Sookie Stackhouse, the quirky, telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Dead Until Dark won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery. It also won Harris a whole new fan club of devoted readers and pushed her into the bestseller lists. The Sookie Stackhouse series, in which Sookie has to deal with vampires, werecreatures and other supernatural folk - not to mention her own complicated love life - was also instrumental in creating the urban fantasy genre.

Sookie Stackhouse also enchanted Alan Ball, creator of the smash TV show Six Feet Under, who took an option and wrote and directed the pilot episode for True Blood himself. It was an instant hit when it premiered in the US, and that success was repeated when it was first aired in Britain last year. The second season of TRUE BLOOD will start this spring.

Harris's newest series features Harper Connelly, a young woman who, after being struck by lightning, finds herself able to locate the bodies of the dead and to determine the cause of their death. There are four Harper titles (Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave and Grave Secret).

Charlaine Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She is married, the mother of three, and lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas. When she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

Here are the Sookie Stackhouse True Blood novels in series order:

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse 1
Living Dead In Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse 2
Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 3
Dead To The World: Sookie Stackhouse 4
Dead As A Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse 5
Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 6
All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 7
From Dead To Worse: Sookie Stackhouse 8
Dead And Gone: Sookie Stackhouse 9
Dead In The Family: Sookie Stackhouse 10
A Touch Of Dead (a Sookie Stackhouse short story collection_

Here are the Harper Connelly novels in series order:

Grave Sight: Harper Connelly 1
Grave Surprise: Harper Connelly 2
An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly 3
Grave Secret: Harper Connelly 4

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"A great read that will grip you. The characters are believable and the book is a great mixture of paranormal thriller and laugh-out-loud fun." WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY

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Meet Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic cocktail waitress in the quiet rural town of Bon Temps, Lousiana: she's found a boyfriend, and her life will never be the same again!

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative dark vampire adventure.... 17 Oct 2008
By Mooji
After watching the first few episodes of True Blood on HBO, I was enthralled with what seemed to be a darker, more humorous updated version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and discovered the series was based on a set of novels by Charlaine Harris.
I ordered the first four and read them within a week. Whilst they were markedly different from HBO's version, I quickly became involved with the characters and the world in and around Bon Temps.
The novel revolves around a mind reading waitress, her vampire boyfriend and the emergence of Vampire society. The setting of Louisiana is original and the characters of Sookie and the vampires around her are fascinating. We don't leap immediately into the supernatural world, but learn along with Sookie, that not everything is as it seems, and whilst exciting - there is a much darker undertone.
Charlaine writes fromm Sookie's perspective - you can almost hear the southern drawl as the chapters progress, and Sookie's spirited and sometimes hilarious narrative keeps you riveted. The typical and traditional gothic stereotypes of vampires are deftly sidestepped, and Charlaine doesn't reinvent the concept of vampires as much as reinvigorates them.
The only shortcoming of this book is that it ends too soon, but on the plus side, the continuing books in the series are consistent and builds on previous storylines, subplots and characters. I can't believe I've not picked up these books before now, and am lookinng forward to reading the rest of the series.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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At first the town seemed so ordinary, as did she. A smiling waitress in a small cafe who, when she sees someone in trouble, feels honour bound to try to help. But things are not as they seem.
Imagine a female main character who, while she does have a special gift (she can read minds), does not possess superhuman strength or unbelievable intelligence or enormous wealth, but a kind heart and a willingness to believe in people. Now imagine she meets a vampire. Not one who turns into a bat, but one who renovates his house and has the odd human weakness of his own. Now imagine them in love. There's bound to be trouble.
A fantastic book - I can't wait for the sequel!
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 5 Feb 2002
By A Customer
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You know the saying - never judge a book by its cover? Classic example. The cover looks dull, but the story is anything but. This was one of the most interesting vampire stories I have read, and I could not put it down. The characters are so believable and the story had me guessing to the end. I would really recommend this, especially if you are a fan of Laurell K Hamilton. Very much written in the same vein (no pun intended), humourous, attractive and I cannot wait for the sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I decided to read this book after watching and loving the series True Blood Season 1 (HBO) [DVD] [2008] which is based on this book series, or the first season, more specifically this book.

However, the two are very different. While the show is dark in a fairly light-hearted and campy way, the books are just light-hearted, there is no real darkness of grittiness to them. But they are enjoyable, and there is a certain familiarity with them, when you've seen the show. The characters are similar, I felt Bill had been changed most for the show, he's pretty cold and bossy in the book, where on the show, he never really gets away with bossing Sookie around.

But, back to the book. The writing is good, if a little simple. The characters are well developed, Sookie is an especially appealing heroine, which in a lot of other urban fantasy books, is a rare find. There is a mystery running through the book, much like the first season, which is probably the only storyline which plays out in both the book and show in the same way.

If I was going to make one criticism of the book, it would be that the two main characters, and the love interests of the book, Bill and Sookie have very little chemistry and a lot of their interaction is just Billie letting Sookie what to do. For example, whenever the two have sex, it is always on Bill's accord, never in a moment of passion or love. The whole relationship feels very routine and there is just never any time when it feels "real". I haven't read the second book in the series,
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, did not expect this! 27 April 2009
By Mizz F
Again, another recommendation from Amazon and again not bad at all. In fact, it was one of the best vampire reads I've read. It was like a crime novel, from a non-detective point of view - ie find the killer kind of novel. Add in vampires, crazy caravan people, a big dog, an overprotective and sometimes annoying brother and a perky, energetic, funny protagonist, Sookie.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes Vampire Romance and mystery too. Sookie is a great protagonist and Bill is a great vampire! Can't wait to read the next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Beginning 28 Jan 2007
Sookie Stackhouse is a touch on the unusual side and everyone in her small town think just that, even the men. I add that as normally men can look past oddness if the woman in question is attractive - and Sookie is. However she can read mind, I can imagine that being a touch unnerving...

However Sookie isn't the only curiosity in her small town as a visitor has decided to set up home - Bill Compton. Sounds like a normal enough name doesn't it? Odd bit is that Bill remembers the civil war, because Bill was there. Yes Bill is part of the undead - a vampire.

The unfortunate thing about Bill is that just as he has turned up people seem to be turning up dead. Now is this coincidence or something more than that? Sookie clearly believes the former as she befriends Bill and even begins to think a whole lot more of him but as time passes even she begins to think there is more to him...

I quite liked the writer's style, in the beginning it has a certain naivety to it that reflects Sookie's own outlook on life and the writing grows somewhat from "Buffy" to something more sinister as it goes on, again reflecting Sookie's own journey of self discovery. There were weaknesses the book, the ending felt rushed and I don't think there was enough development of characters but to be fair this is a series and as an opening gambit this is a very decent effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm...
I have a confession to make: I watched the True Blood TV series before I read this book. For me, that’s normally a real no-no, and now I remember why. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ashleigh Allsopp
4.0 out of 5 stars True Blood book 1
A great "real world" vampire story. I loom forward to the rest ans woundee if anything else "comes out of the coffin"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead until dark
The book is even better than the tv series. Read from cover to cover (around going to work) in 3 days. Can't wait to buy & begin the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Julie Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It ++++++
Loved it great book ,will be recommending it to all friend`s ,great author love her style of writing will be looking for more books by this author +++++
Published 3 months ago by m nicolson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Sexy, Mysterious, Vampy.....hooked!
Initially nervous about reading this book due to the high i had after Twilight. I judged this book harshly at first, mortal meets vampire, falls in love etc etc but i was wrong! Read more
Published 3 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace!!
True blood fans will love this.. it is good but not the same as the tv program.. characters are weird and wonderful and I just couldn't put it down!!!
Published 3 months ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Completely draw in from the first couple of pages, couldn't put it down now on the 6th book already. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. R. Rottner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fangtastic
Had heard this book was simply fantastic and being an avid follower of the show have been wanting to read the books for a while now all I can say is I was not disappointed
Published 4 months ago by eloise
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I wasn't quite sure what to think at first, I think partially because South America is clearly a very different to place to South West England and Sookie seems a bit dumb at first... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L Kitchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My friend loves the True blood tv series. I am sure she will enjoy the book just as much. c
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