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Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2001
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Praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels
“It’s the kind of book you look forward to reading before you go to bed, thinking you’re only going to read one chapter, and then you end up reading seven.”—Alan Ball, executive producer of True Blood
“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Charlaine Harris has vividly imagined telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse and her small-town Louisiana milieu, where humans, vampires, shapeshifters, and other sentient critters live...Her mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“The series continues to be inventive and funny with an engaging, smart, and sexy heroine.”—The Denver Post
“Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures.”—The Toronto Star
About the Author
Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.
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Sookie Stackhouse will be REAL to you. She is human with human faults. She doesn't develop a new super power with each book - the one she has is entirely sufficient. Sookie lives and loves and you can live it vicariously with her. Many mistakes are made but she doesn't indulge in self-recrimination or self-justification. She accepts her faults and soldiers on.
I have heard people who loved the TV series based on Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) say that they just couldn't get into the books. I read the books first and was never ever interested in the TV show. They took much too much license with the characters and story for my taste. But you will find that this opinion is common. If you read the books first you probably prefer them. If you watched True Blood first, you probably prefer it. Doesn't make either one right.
Absolutely love this series!
It's just an incredible and engrossing story. And I think part of that is the idea of an entire supernatural world outside but within our own normal and occasionally boring reality. The thought that just outside your door could be a world full of vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves, fairies, actual demons and angels is so enticing especially for those that desire that magic and fantasy to exist in the real world.
This book and the whole series is a wonderful escape into the exciting world of Sookie Stackhouse, as she discovers an almost unbelievable supernatural world right within her own humdrum (but not for long) life. From Sookie's first encounter with a vampire to the many adventures she has along the way, this series is absolutely worth taking the time to spend in her crazy little world.
As always, you'll find this novel full of action and adventure, romance and routine. It all comes together to continue the rather crazy life Sookie has been leading over the past several years. Although some of the other reviews have complained that this story is choppy, it needs to be to fit everything in. There is a lot that happens here. Although, I do have to say that there wasn't too much of a mystery in this installment. It was still a lot of fun!
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Like I said I may not have thought Quinn was suited for Sookie, I didn't care for how she just broke up with him the way she did. I can completely understand why but I did feel she was being a bit selfish. Another part was I do like Jason but man I didn't care for him when it came down to the punishment. He should have done it not Sookie and Arlene boy am I really beginning to if I haven't already despise her.
One thing I can say I am surprised just how fast of reads these books are, I don't find myself skipping any parts even though I may not care for how the story is going.