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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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Listened to this as an audiobook. As a young southern woman I wanted to strangle Sookie for the actress's horrible southern accent. Plus she had some very vapid brainless dialog. ( )
  Tanya.Book.Hughes | Dec 20, 2016 |
A little late to start the series, but came highly recommended! I must say I didn't like it at first, but then I found that I couldn't put it down. Missed my stop on the train two days in a row!!! On to book 2, hoping that it is just as good as this one!! ( )
  pcorrea3 | Dec 19, 2016 |
Really good start to the series!!!!! Don't really like Bill though. :( ( )
  almoskwa92 | Nov 4, 2016 |
This is the first book in the sookie Stackhouse series.
This book centres around Sookie a small-time cocktail waitress who lives in a small town in Louisiana. Shes a quiet girl, keeps herself to herself apart from going to work and living with her grandmother. Although attractive and nice she considers her ability to read peoples minds, a disability. She then meets Bill, a vampire who moves to her town. Although vampires are now legally allowed to live among humans - he's one of the first in her town.

I liked this book a lot! The character of Sookie is great. She seems nice although a little naive and doesn't use her 'disability' to find out what everyone is thinking and has her guard up all day at work. I also like that she doesn't use it to manipulate people. I would be reading peoples minds all day. Bill is also great. He's not a vampire who just goes around killing people and he likes Sookie which is nice. And he doesn't need to have sex every 5 secs which I find annoying in some paranormal books. The story kept me interested and got better as it went along. It was easy to follow and although some parts were predicatable, others weren't.

All in all, if you enjoy paranormal books, this is worth a read. Its not your typical vampire book, but thats one of the things I liked about it and it would appeal to people new to the genre.
I will be reading the next in series. ( )
  Nataliec7 | Oct 31, 2016 |
OMG.so I wrote a whole long review and my Firefox crashed. So I tried to rewrite all that I could remember.. :'(

3 1/2 stars for being light and mildly enjoyable.

So, I figured I'd review this.

Everyone told me that the books were better, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Now, I saw the show first and I loved it. Only before Bilith happened. Anyone who's seen it knows what I'm talking about. Before I talk about the book, I wanna talk about what I really really loved about the show (before season 4)
I loved the way the characters clashed off each other. One of my favourite moments, almost at the very first episode is when Lafeyette, the cook and the rest of the waitresses are talking about naughty things and Sookie, being the most innocent one, looks all embarassed. It's adorable. The characters were so varied that they play off each other, rather hilariously at times. It also had that humour and satire that I feel the book missed, but perhaps it only works in visual media. Like Bill Mahr making a cameo, having an interview with the leader with the Vampire Rights Movement, or a fake magazine cover of Angelina Jolie adopting a vampire baby. I like the southern hometown feel. and the mysteries. and the flashbacks. and the backstories. and the naughty parts.

Bill is probably one of the worst characters in the book. In the TV show, at least before Bilith, Stephen Moyer gave him some character, and he had a history. and now he's just bland and more possessive and unromantic. Given in the show he was a little overprotective too so I'm not saying I shipped Bill/Sookie or that I was in love with show Bill, I know a lot of people didn't like him, and I can understand why....

Uber violent, controlling, possessive, quick to abandon, overprotective, cruel...

or Eric..?
A bit hasty in violence, yes--but never towards Sookie. Charming, witty, romantic, handsome, brave...yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

I think maybe the characters were better in the show because the actors had a chance to build off what was rather weak foundations. In the book, I don't get a sense of relationships or community or a sense of character. In the show, they all had complexities and histories and backstories. They all had more meat to them. The side characters had side stories. Lafeyette and Tara were broken comedic relief, but now, Tara is barely mentioned, as is Lafeyette, who's now been reduced to the "black gay cook" which Sookie brings up all the time. Nothing else about him. UGH.

I mean I get it, it's the South, but..Show Sookie was never judgmental, so WTF!? Sookie in the show was awkward and innocent and shy and ashamed of her mind reading gift, until love made her explore her gift, feel danger, explore her sexuality and mature as a person. I feel as if the show took what Harris was trying to do--make it a bit dark, edgy, different, sexy--and amplified her weaknesses in the book into good stuff. I wanted more. More meaty sex scenes. more development. more layers. more of this unique world.

Already knowing the show, reading this book was like eating blindfolded, expecting a steak (the sex), garlic potatoes (the backstories) a mixed salad (the awesome varied characters, however cliched they sometimes were) and a dessert to top it off (the cozy warmth of the southern town) the cliffhangers and mysteries kept me on the edge, waiting for the next bite....only with the book to discover I was chowing down on McDonalds. Bland and predictable and not much depth.

I will admit I'm still curious enough to read the series, to see where things go and to compare them to the show. I hate book Bill so much I'm hoping they kill him off a lot sooner than in the show. ( )
  ShyPageSniffer | Oct 20, 2016 |
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I'd been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.
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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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