- Series: A Novel of Midnight, Texas (Book 1)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (March 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425263169
- ISBN-13: 978-0425263167
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,712 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Charlaine Harris and Her Novels of Midnight, Texas
“[Harris is] the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed.”—Houston Press
“[An] out-of-the-ordinary mystery.”—Publishers Weekly
“More addictive and more satisfying than a class A drug.”—SFBook
“A little magic, a little mystery, and a lot of imagination make for a story that is both fun and edgy.”—Kirkus Reviews
“As intimate and deep as the Stackhouse novels.”—Library Journal
“Move over Bon Temps, Midnight, Texas, has arrived.”—Fresh Fiction
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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Charlaine Harris is a wonderful writer. You can tell she's a good writer. This book however is BORING. She excels at creating multifaceted and interesting characters, good dialog and great small town settings with depth. This plot though...arrrggg. There's no major conflict, and the publisher/editors let her get away with rambling on and on about the town and the small ins and outs of small town dinamics. Then, an interesting hint is dropped about one of the characters...then nothing. Show me the conflict!
Another issue I had with this was the point of view it's written in. It's 3rd person and I would have to say it's omniscient. It's distancing and feels a bit awkward. I had a very hard time sinking into the characters as this felt like it was almost more of a screenplay instead of a novel. I could adjust to the POV, however the lack of plot kills it. I couldn't force myself to finish it.
A direct translation of this novel would not have worked. In book form, this is a story of a small, sleepy town, told in a small, sleepy narrative. Things definitely happen, but at a small, sleepy town pace that would have dragged on-screen. The show is straight-up urban fantasy excitement, while the book reads more like a rural cozy mystery with some fantastical elements. I'm honestly not sure I would have continued the book without the curiosity of how the story would differ and remain similar to what I'd already seen on TV driving me.
I'm definitely curious about whether the character's backstories already revealed in the show will be different from what's in the books. I appreciated the increased diversity of the show version of the characters. Fiji and Lemuel, especially, seemed bland in comparison in the original text.
I'm excited to start the next book, which I've already ordered and received. But I'm much more excited for season 2 of the show next year, and I'm crossing my fingers that I get one.