Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Mystery (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire) Paperback – 4 Mar 2004
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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!
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.
The locale and the people are very realistic, the vampires engaging without being cute, and the plot swift enough to keep you interested (although this ain't Guilty Pleasures). If you enjoy this, and I think you will, then try Living Dead in Dallas - not as good, but still refreshingly porn-free.
Bill was a vampire with a bad reputation. Vampires had recently become legally recognized as citizens and bars were stocking up on synthetic blood. Bill had decided to "mainstream" (live among mortals in harmony). However, a serial killer was in town. The victims were all mortal females who had consorted with vampires and Sookie was on the killer's list.
***** Now this is a very interesting type of book! This story blends fantasy, mystery, and romance to create a lethal combinations. The author has added a variety of colorful characters, both "fang" and "human", into the mix that will enthrall the readers. The story can stand alone. It has closure. However, upon finishing the book I was searching stores in hope that this was one of a series. IT IS! This book came out in the year 2001. The second came out in 2002 titled "LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS". The third came out in 2003 titled " CLUB DEAD". Perhaps this author has made new gentry in books. ***** Reviewed by Detra Fitch
The story is well-written and easily read - it holds your interest and seems more or less logical within its universe. And the supernatural beings are not overpowerful and overly wonderful. Very refreshing to me, as I found this book looking for something new instead of Laurell K. Hamilton.
Dead Until Dark has a refreshing lack of porn, a funny heroine - but... as a faithful reader of the Anita Blake series I can see the story follows close. Sookie is torn between a vampire and a wereanimal, just like Anita Blake is torn between vampires and weres. Sookie becomes powerful despite being "just human" - just like Anita Blake went from more or less human to semigoddess. And of course all male - and perhaps some female - supernaturals want to get into bed with Sookie. Isn't that amazing? There must be something in the water... or the blood.
I've read the two first books and this is by far the best. I'll be reviewing the third book later this month, as I've just ordered it.
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I watched True Blood when it first aired and really liked it. I thought that it was rather earthy and gritty for a series from the US. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cad
Just finished the first instalment today, never seen the show but found the whole series of books in my local Break shop. Read morePublished 6 months ago by F. Smith
Dead Until Dark is the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
Sookie Stackhouse is a strange sort of protagonist. Psychic, innocent in a small town sort of way, a waitress at a local bar. And incisively intelligent. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carl
I am totally in love with the series ... Charlaine Harris is an amazing author , captivating .. If you like kelley Armstrong ... True Blood you will love.Published 17 months ago by Boobie4477