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Dead Until Dark: A True Blood Novel (original 2001; edition 2010)

by Charlaine Harris

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Title:Dead Until Dark: A True Blood Novel
Authors:Charlaine Harris
Info:Gollancz (2010), Edition: paperback / softback, Paperback, 336 pages
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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (2001)

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Funny and quick witted, I just don't like vampire books. Why do I keep reading them? ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
In Dead Until Dark, Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress who lives in a world where vampires have recently come out to the public and become legal citizens, following the development by the Japanese of a synthetic blood. This makes it possible for vampires to live in the open without the need to hunt humans for sustenance. Sookie lives with her grandmother, Adele Stackhouse, and has an older brother, Jason. She is also, secretly, a telepath, able to read the minds of all people she meets, which causes her to act a bit strangely and consequently to be thought crazy by many of the people in the town.

One day a vampire, Bill, comes into Sookie's bar, and she quickly falls for him, in part because she can't read his mind, and in part because he is different from normal people, as she is. The vampire Bill Compton is a Civil War veteran. In his first visit, Sookie saves him from the Rattrays (vampire drainers), and Bill returns the favor the next night when the Rattrays attack Sookie.

In the meantime, there are several murders in Bon Temps, and people believe that vampires are behind the murders because many of the bodies are of women who have been known to hang out with vampires, and most have been bitten. One of the victims is Sookie's grandmother, Adele, presumably because the killer was interrupted in her house as he searched for Sookie. The Bon Temps police suspect Sookie's brother Jason and arrest him because he has been romantically linked to two of the victims. Sookie wants to help her brother, so starts hanging out with vampires and "fangbangers" (people who like hanging around vampires). Bill takes her to a vampire bar, Fangtasia, in Shreveport. This begins Sookie's immersion into the world of supes. She discovers that her boss Sam is a shape-shifter when she lets a stray dog sleep beside her and finds a naked Sam in the morning.

Fangtasia is owned by Eric Northman, the local vampire official (i.e., sheriff) who is much older and more powerful than Bill. Eric soon discovers that Sookie can be useful and orders Bill to have her use her telepathic ability to determine the identity of the person who has been stealing from his bar. Sookie finds out that Eric's partner, Longshadow (a vampire), has been stealing money, and she almost gets killed in the process. Eric saves Sookie's life by staking Longshadow when he attacks her.

Bill, concerned with Eric's power over himsef and Sookie, asks a local vampire, Bubba, to protect Sookie. Sookie discovers that the murderer is her brother's friend Rene Lenier. He almost kills her, but she fights back. Badly injured, Sookie wakes up in the hospital and finds Bill by her side. Bill tells Sookie that he has become his area's investigator, working under Eric. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Surprisingly, I thought this was quite a bit better than [b:Twilight|41865|Twilight (Twilight, #1)|Stephenie Meyer|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DcKN0STkL._SL75_.jpg|3212258]. Not great, but perfectly enjoyable. My one real regret is that I'll never know how I would have pictured the characters had I not seen "True Blood" first-- Anna Paquin and her fellow cast members slipped perfectly into the book's roles as I was reading. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
I enjoyed most of the characters and story. ( )
  LaPhenix | Mar 8, 2016 |
Saw the tv show so had to read the books. Found the book more enjoyable. ( )
  joem0601 | Mar 5, 2016 |
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I'd been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.
"It's hard for me to get used to young ladies with so few clothes on" - Bill Compton.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441008534, Mass Market Paperback)

Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page.

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

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Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next. Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea. A new vampire mystery, in the vein of a lighter & more romantic Laurell Hamilton.… (more)

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