- Series: Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441008534
- ISBN-13: 978-0441008537
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,348 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is basically an adult Twilight. There are adult problems, language and situations. The main character Sookie is much more developed and realistic than Bella, the vampires much more realistic and traditional.
The writing was a bit basic, but the plot made up for it. There are a lot of character names to remember, but as it takes place in a small southern town with deep roots, that's to be expected.
There were sex scenes, but they were very short and worded in a way that doesn't offend. Not even an entire page was dedicated to a scene so I don't really know what another reviewer was talking about.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes this genre.
As a person who usually feels *the book is better* then t.v. or movies I went into reading Dead Until Dark with high hope's. My overall impression is that it didn't fail in that regard, as I am eager to continue reading.
However, there was one thing that I was hoping that would have been *trimmed* for length purposes in show, and more developed within the book. It was not to be and that was a letdown for me. Not a fan of spoilers personally I will only say that a scene regarding Sookie's grandmother is on par with the show.
My favorite part of the world that is brought to us in this series is the uniqueness of Sookie and her " ability/disability" as a human depending upon her view at the time. The same uniqueness in the other people whether vampire shifter or flawed humans is much more interesting than the stereotypical vampires. Not that I haven't enjoyed the stereotypical vampire storylines. They burn-out for me after awhile.
As a fan of vampires like Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series, Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and The Carpathians series by Christine Feehan. I'm glad to have found another series to follow. If you enjoy any of those or the True Blood series; I would highly recommend this series to you.
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!