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Dead Until Dark

A book by Charlaine Harris

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A Wonderful Introduction

  • Apr 5, 2007
This book has been popping up in my recommended for you list, forever. I read some reviews and the plot summary and thought it sounded good; but not good enough to make me want to buy it immediately. I added it to my wish list where it got ignored for a long time. Every once in awhile it would pop back up in my recommendation list and I would think about ordering it soon. Then another reviewer, Tom Knapp/Rambles (.net), recommended it to me, so I finally decided to see what this book was all about. I can't believe I waited so long to read this book, I absolutely loved it.

Sookie Stackhouse looks like a normal, pretty woman. However, she's a beauty with a special gift that allows her to hear other's thoughts. Because of this gift, she is looked upon by others with wonder or as some sort of freak. Sookie works as a waitress in the local bar, for a boss who, for some reason, she has trouble reading his thoughts. She doesn't date, has a Small circle of friends and still lives at home with her Grandma. Then one night she saves the new local vampire from some undesirables and her life changes. Then there are murders happening in this small town; Sookie tries to listen to thoughts to see who the killer is.

The difference between this book and other vampire books I have read is that the vampires are not in hiding. Everyone knows there are vampires and restaurants are even serving synthetic blood to their local vampires. I thought it was a unique approach, it gave the story a lot more character and depth, and it leaves the possibilities endless. In this small town people are fascinated with the vampire, are afraid of them and some people just see them as another type of person. It was exciting to watch the vampires integrate with 'normal' society.

Sookie and her vampire, Bill, turn out to be a charming couple. In a lot of ways he is the stereotypical vampire; he is blood thirsty, really pale, cold and extremely strong. Then the writer creates an atypical side to this vampire, he longs to be part of a town and home and he is surprisingly tender and loving with Sookie, her friends and family.

The supporting characters are just as captivating as Sookie and Bill. One of the more surprising and clever parts of the story is the identity of a vampire bodyguard that is hired by Bill to watch over Sookie. I can't say anymore as I don't want to ruin the surprise, but I laughed and laughed, and I am not quite certain if it isn't true! If this was a brand new book, there would be no doubt that a sequel was coming. The author leaves us looking forward to hearing more about Sookie, Bill and the rest of the crew. I can't think of any part of the story that didn't work or flow for me. It was an enjoyable and entertaining read and I am getting the rest of the books in the series, ASAP.

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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.
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"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 Chronicle--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0441016995
ISBN-13: 978-0441016990
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ace
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