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Dead Until Dark

109 Ratings: 2.5
A book by Charlaine Harris

"An author of rare talents." --Publishers Weekly      "Harris writes neatly and with assurance." --The New York Times Book Review      "One of the year's best." --Science Fiction … see full wiki

Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ace
28 reviews about Dead Until Dark
review by . June 22, 2010
     Sookie Stackhouse is just a barmaid in the ordinary small town of Bon Temps.  Although, there is something that is not so ordinary about Sookie, she is a telepath.  At this point in her life the only thing she has to complain about is not being able to date a normal guy.  How would you feel knowing that your date was thinking about you in bed or he doesn't like your hair or you butt is too big?  Not that big of a deal, right?  HA!  So …
review by . June 21, 2010
This is the first novel in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, also known as the Sookie Stackhouse novels. True Blood is based on this series of books and fans of the show would be remiss to skip the source material.      Told in first person from the perspective of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic barmaid in backwoods Louisiana, we are thrust into a world in which vampires have come out to the public. Vampires are now integrating themselves into human society, often with humorous …
Quick Tip by . September 23, 2010
I like the books better than the HBO show. I think the only thing the show has in common with the books now are the character names it has deviated so much.
review by . July 14, 2010
I'll admit that I have a certain affinity for Charlaine Harris's  Sookie Stackhouse novels. I am actually rereading the whole series from start to finish. There's something about this world of vampires, shape-shifters, and fairies that keeps me coming back for more.   "Dead Until Dark," the first in this series, is a must-read, especially for those of you who enjoy the show "TrueBlood."  For those who aren't familiar with the show or books …
review by . July 02, 2010
   The book Dead Until Dark was the first book in the Charlaine Harris series and it introduced Sookie Stackhouse. She is not only a waitress, but she is also telepathic, which makes it very interesting and at times, funny, to see what the people around her are saying. The book takes place in a fictional town called Bon Temps where there are a plethora of supernatural beings such as vampires, shapeshifters, fairies, etc. What I found interesting was the fact that humans knew about vampires …
review by . June 27, 2010
   I tried to read Dead Until Dark twice before True Blood began airing and could not get more than a few chapters in both times. After really falling for the show, I committed to finally finish the first book in hopes that I'd be able to read the whole series, but honestly this book was barely enough for me to stomach. Something about the way Harris writes is rubs the wrong way; I find Sookie and Bill to both be extremely obnoxious on paper, and rather than being captured by the story …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
I read this one, but it didn't draw me in. I'll stick with the television show.
review by . July 21, 2010
Dead Until Dark is the first book in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series which is the basis of HBO's hit show True Blood. If you are a fan of the show then you will more than likely love this book series like i do!   I don't know what it is about vampires, but they are everywhere nowadays and I love it. Particularly if those vampires are named Bill and Eric-more on them later!       Dead Until Dark is almost like an adult version of the teenage …
review by . July 20, 2010
           I would recommend this book to someone looking for casual reading that is not opposed to some graphic sexual content. It is not an intellectual read.        The story is set in the south, with undead/vampires coming back to live in mainstream society. The book deals with other supernatural occurances as well.    
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
So, here's the deal. If you like the show, you MIGHT enjoy the books. They are not very well written, but they have their good moments. Sookie and Bill aren't that great, but I really enjoy Eric and his henchmen. The show doesn't really follow the books, so don't worry about ruining the show for yourself. The books are more mysteries, while the show is more of a drama. I wouldn't fall over myself in order to read the books, however.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Love the show
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Quick and easy read! Hard to believe you get so use to the vampires that it almost seems normal! Great book!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
I dread picking these books up, because once I get started its hard to put them down.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
I remember reading this before it was a hit tv show on HBO. I enjoyed it. I can't bring myself to watch the series because I know the series are never as good as the books.
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
Team Bill Compton!!
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Fun series, great for a little brain candy!
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I wished i liked it because I enjoy the tv show so much but I just find them without detail and hurried.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
These books crack me up! I love how Charlaine Harris writes--very matter of fact and witty! I've been reading these books since they've been coming out and eagerly look forward to each one! So much better than the HBO series (which I like) The books are just so much better!
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
i love these books. they're silly and amazing!
review by . February 19, 2010
So, there's the girl that can read/hear minds/thoughts who meets this vampire (who is "out of the coffin" - stop groaning, I can't make this stuff up, okay?) and falls in love and she gets into trouble and blah blah blah...    The story is pretty well done. I mean, it's the same basic premise of a lot of these vampire romances out there. I'm not still not sure what the allure is (I mean, they are always described as cold and hard as marble and well, I'd much rather snuggle up …
review by . November 15, 2009
Pros: Well researched and written; intriguing and interesting.     Cons: Slow in places; African-American characters are 2-dimentional.     The Bottom Line: Dead Until Dark brings to life in a new way one of the oldest myths in human existence, one that refuses to die an honored death.     Book Details:   Author: Charlaine Harris   Book Type: Soft-cover; 292 pages   Publisher: Ace Books/The Berkley Publishing …
review by . July 29, 2009
Okay. I had to start reading these sometime, and sometime turned out to be now. We had one of those "free trial periods" of HBO a while back, and saw the first episode of True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's novels. But we weren't impressed. Of course, we weren't planning to keep / pay for HBO, so perhaps we weren't intending to be impressed. But the rows of books in the bookstores, and the myriad reviews on gather persuaded me; I had to find out about these characters.   …
review by . July 26, 2009
Upfront I will say that before I read Dead Until Dark I had seen Season 1 of True Blood so it was an exercise in compare and contrast for me. And this is one of those rare cases where I liked the show a bit more than the original source material, the book. But no matter, I still enjoyed the book and am excited to continue reading the series and watching the series to see what other kinds of adventures Sookie gets into. I've tried to close my ears to spoilers but a few minor things have gotten through …
review by . January 02, 2009
Book one of the Southern Vampire Mystery series introduces young, attractive Sookie Stackhouse, cocktail waitress in a small town in Louisiana. Sookie has telepathic abilities which she and others look upon as a disability. She lives with her grandmother and cat and keeps to herself because she desires silence after hearing other people's thoughts while working. Sookie is intrigued when she meets Bill, her first vampire, not only because he's a vampire but because she can't read his thoughts. Sookie …
review by . December 29, 2008
I love the show so much I had to get the books! The only "problem" with the first book is I already knew most of what was to happen! While Sookie falls in love with Bill, I found myself falling for the elusive Eric, though I'm sure the actor who played him had something to do with that as well! Eric is definitely my favorite character, Lafayette a close second. The only bummer is that while you get swept away with the characters, some of the characters get swept away all too soon! Just shows the …
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