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Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Mystery (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire) Paperback – 4 Mar 2004

4.2 out of 5 stars 246 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1st Paperback Edition edition (4 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184149299X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841492995
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bridget Jones with fangs ... the best tongue-in-cheek vampire story I have ever read (SFX)

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Oozing originality and charm, the first in a series of irresistible vampire murder mysteries.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2002
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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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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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If you liked the early Laurell K Hamilton books, but found her descent into pornography tedious, then try Ms Harris' vampires. Set in a good-honest-folks part of Lousiana (that's white trash to you and me), the protagonist falls in love with a member of the undead, gets laid (tastefully), meets an unexpected rock-n-roll vampire (hilarious) and solves a crime all within the space of a short novel.
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.
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2003
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Sookie Stackhouse was a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She kept to herself and seldom went on dates due to what she called her "disability". Sookie could read minds. She had to constantly keep up a mental, steel wall or go insane from all the chatter. Then a man named Bill came along. Sookie knew he was her type of guy because she could not hear a word he was thinking!
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
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By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2003
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This is the first book in the Southern Vampire series by Charlene Harris. Really good. The heroine is funny, not overly powerful and not all that sexy - so far. Take a look at my review of the second installment to know what I mean by that...
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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