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expanding the world very nicely

  • Feb 8, 2010
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I wish I could be a New York Times bestselling author. I know Charlaine Harris is one `cause it says so on the cover of her book. And I find myself wondering, was she best-selling before or after they made the TV series? Whatever, she must've been pretty popular or why would they have used her books.

I wish... but when I read the Sookie Sackhouse novels I know I never will be. Charlaine Harris has a wonderful way with words. She creates a truly intriguing and believable character with a distinctive voice, and sticks to them. Then she creates a whole wide world--a strange and crazy world that simply can't be true, except it's almost real, and a world that stays so true to itself it can carry not just one book but a whole expanding series.

Reading Living Dead in Dallas, second in the series, I find Sookie's world really is expanding quite dramatically. There's geographic expansion as the story moves temporarily to Dallas. There's mythical expansion as Sookie is attacked by a creature from beyond the pale. There's emotional expansion as simple (vampire) love becomes complex patience and caring. There's character expansion as potential bad guys reveal their hidden depths. And there's humor too, delightful, quirky, very human humor in a more-than-human world.

I wish I could be a New York Times bestselling author, but I can't complain. As long as Charlaine Harris remains on the lists, publishers and stores will sell cheap copies of her books to keep me reading. And that's fine by me.

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"I love the imaginative, creative world of Charlaine Harris!"
-Christine Feehan

"Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake... should cotton to Sookie Stackhouse."
-Publishers Weekly

"A delightful Southern Vampire detective series."
-Denver Post

"Charlaine Harris playfully mixes several genres to make a new one that is her own bright creation."
-Rocky Mountain News--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.
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ISBN-10: 0441009239
ISBN-13: 978-0441009237
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Date Published: March 26, 2002
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