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Dead Until Dark [novel] (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Charlaine Harris

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Title:Dead Until Dark [novel]
Authors:Charlaine Harris (Author)
Info:New York : Ace Books : Berkley Pub. Group, 2001.
Collections:m-books, R-LQ read, L-unowned, Read but unowned
Rating:***
Tags:fiction, novel, SF, female protagonist, vampires, South, psychic powers, telepathy

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (2001)

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First of all, I am a mad fan of the TV series True Blood and I always wanted to read the books that the show was based on. I heard that the books were different to the show and I wanted to read them to get a different perspective of the characters and the way the story would have gone if the books were followed.

The first book of the series follows the first person perspective of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress in a small southern american town, Bon Temps. I felt that a lot of the potential richness of the story was lost through the first person perspective, and although what happens to Sookie is interesting I wanted to go through some of the things the other characters went through and not just hear about it when it was told to Sookie. So first impressions of this book was a little weak. That being said, it is an amazing, imaginative story that is incredibly easy to read. It makes me want to read on and immerse myself in the world of Bon Temps; where Vampires are recognized as fellow citizens and facing all the potential problems that can bring.

My enjoyment of the story was of course dampened by the fact that I knew who the murderer of the girls was because I had watched the show. If i did not know that I would have been shocked and probably would have enjoyed the story a lot more than I did. This book was good enough to make me want to read more into the series and I'm hoping to find a series just as good for me to get obsessed with!

4 stars! ( )
  4everfanatical | Feb 5, 2016 |
I have to say, I like the series True Blood, more than I like the books. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
Read this when it first came out. Liked it well enough to buy the next 5 or so, but took more than 10 years to get around to reading the second one to see if I liked the direction the series continued. Never bothered with the TV series, so can't comment on the differences. ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 30, 2016 |
Not bad. An interesting take on the vampire thing. Really like the Sookie Stackhouse character. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 23, 2016 |
I had steered clear of these books because of my perception of them related to the "True Blood" series from HBO, but I finally decided that I would give the first book a chance. I am glad I did because they are nothing like the tv show that they are based on. The books seem to have a much more mystery basis to them than what I have seen on the tv show. Also the sex scenes seem a little less lewd because they are in my own mind instead of flashing on the screen in front of me.

Harris did a great job of weaving into the story little details to make you understand who the murderer was in the series, but didn't give you enough to instantly know who it was. An author that writes mystery has to have a nice balance between the two elements of revealing enough that the killer makes sense and not beating the reader over the head with it. Harris did this so well that I was very happy and it is making me want to read the rest of the series. I am going to move onto "Living Dead in Dallas" immediately because I feel that this series deserves the readers that it has.

Harris weaves the stories together nicely and makes you believe that someone would want to have a relationship with a vampire. Yes, I recognize there is an allure in writing for vampire relationships currently, but she makes it feel much more organic than other books that I have read because Bill still fundamentally is a vampire and makes no qualms about it. He still rages and he still has moments that showcases the fact that he could always hurt Sookie. Also the elements of vampire life that she has mixed into the story thus far are interesting and makes me interested in seeing what comes next in the series. She started enough threads that keeps the reader interested without making them feel that they have to move onto the next book immediately. Harris has created a different type of vampire world here and it is one that I hope to revisit often. ( )
  SoulFlower1981 | Jan 20, 2016 |
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My thanks and appreciation go to the people who thought this book was a good idea--Dean James, Toni L. P. Kelner, and Gary and Susan Nowlin
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I'd been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.
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"It's hard for me to get used to young ladies with so few clothes on" - Bill Compton.
"Bill, are you quite attached to your friend?" - Eric Northman
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:21 -0400)

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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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