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Sookie Stackhouse Dead Until Dark; Living Dead in Dallas; Club Dead; Dead to the World; Dead as a Doornail; Definitely Dead; All Together Dead Paperback – Box set, 2008

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Sookie Stackhouse is the main character in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of eight books written by bestselling author Charlaine Harris


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  • Series: Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series
  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Reprint edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441017770
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.2 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (870 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. She was raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series "starring" Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight Aurora titles. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare's Counselor, the fifth--and last-- was printed in fall 2001.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers nine titles, has been released worldwide.
Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new show for HBO based upon the books. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008. It was an instant success and was quickly picked up for a second season.
In October 2005, Harris's new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. There are now three Harper titles (GRAVE SIGHT, GRAVE SURPRISE, AN ICE COLD GRAVE) with a 4th (GRAVE SECRET) to be released in 2009.
Harris has also co-edited three very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

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1,012 of 1,044 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This past year I began a reading project of the major vampire novels and stories, from John Polidori's THE VAMPYRE to Bram Stoker's DRACULA to Richard Matheson's I AM LEGEND to Theodore Sturgeon's SOME OF YOUR BLOOD to more recent works. I had previously read various novels, including the Anita Blake series, which started promisingly but not only never lived up to its initial promise but regressed to embarrassingly awful pornography. In August of this year I decided to read Charlaine Harris's vampire series, which was originally known as The Southern Vampire Mysteries but eventually became better known as the Sookie Stackhouse Novels.

Now, this is where the story gets odd. Completely independently of my reading project I had heard about and planned on watching Alan Ball's new series TRUE BLOOD. I was a huge fan of SIX FEET UNDER and was anxious to see how he would handle a series dealing with vampires. A few days after I had ordered the first four Sookie Stackhouse novels I learn to my great shock that Ball's new series was based on the very same novels. It is the most serendipitous coincidence in my life as a reader.

Because so many people have become aware of these books as a result of the TV series, a word about the differences between the two is in order. There are both definite similarities and some sharp differences between the two. The books focus much more on Sookie and less on the lives of the supporting characters, not surprising given that Sookie is the narrator in the novels. Sookie's narrative voice is for me one of the joys of the books and I miss that very personal perspective when I watch the TV series.
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107 of 113 people found the following review helpful By CLG on November 25, 2008
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First off - if you are interested in the True Blood series on HBO - get these books and get this set. I was STRONGLY recommended to read these books after talking about the show by a friend who read them when they first came out. So I did...purchased one at a time. Boy do I wish I would have bought the set right off and then get the additional books later for I would have saved a bit of money and had a great way to keep all the books together and in great shape. Nevertheless, the books and show ARE different and yet both are worthy of reading/watching if you are into this genre of books. I have enjoyed both for various reasons, but for the books, I truly enjoy the narrative of Sookie through all her trials and tribulations of interacting with "special" characters. This is not a wannabe Anita Blake type of series, but very unique, exciting and often lighthearted...definitely not as dark! Harris has written these books in such a way to really draw one into them, sometimes even identifying with human emotions that is sometimes unexpected. Now I have all the paperbacks, without the boxed set container (sad), and am awaiting the next book in the series.

Plus I will continue to watch the show, knowing on what it is based and that I should not expect the same thing as I read in the books...yet knowing the same "flavor" will be retained. That makes for good reading and for good TV/movie adaptation.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By crys_tyle08 on June 8, 2009
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OK, so I ordered this set a few weeks back because I was trying to cure myself of the whole Twilight addiction. As I started the first book in the Sookie series I was beyond skeptical, and extremely judgmental. I compared everything to the Twilight series. However, by the time I completed the second book I was obsessively hooked. I proceeded to read the rest of the series, including books 8 and 9, in a matter of one week. I couldn't put them down! I can't believe I actually found a series that I enjoy better then Twilight! Absolutely addicting and stimulating.
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99 of 122 people found the following review helpful By S. Baker on January 7, 2009
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Book one was fabulous, but the quality declines over the series. I had to stop at book five to read a few other good books because I got too annoyed at Sookie. For one, I get tired of the constant clothing descriptions. I don't care what everyone's wearing! Every once in a while wouldn't be so bad, but practically every time someone walks in the scene their outfit is described. Also, the way Sookie describes stiletto heals (blank-me shoes) is so out of character that it beats you over the head.
She seems much like a Mary Sue while she's in the supernatural world. All the supernatural men who aren't trying to kill Sookie are trying to get in her pants. I got back into the series but every book after the first led me to further disappointment. I've read the eighth, and will probably read the ninth, but I'm just looking for closure and not expecting as much entertainment as I got from the first.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Davison on June 10, 2009
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These books are a bit like chocolate -- very pleasing, a treat rather than a square meal, but not to be over-indulged.

It's hard not to read one book after another when you have them all in front of you, but the author's writing 'quirks' tend to become noticable -- sections where nothing much happens, excessive clothing descriptions, a tendancy to psycho-babble, and a lot of mentions of Wal-mart.

It's better to space the books out, reading something else in between, and then return to Sookie with a cleansed palette :)
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