Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

16 Dec

deaduntildarkharrisFavorite Lines: “I had a widespread reputation for virtue, which I found somewhat ironic. At the moment, it was inconvenient.” (p. 79)

Reading people’s minds can be a sucky thing when you can’t turn it off, so when Sookie Stackhouse, a cocktail waitress, meets the town’s first vampire, a man named Bill, and hears…silence, she’s in heaven.The freedom of being able to drop her shields and not worry about hearing other’s thoughts is thrilling.

After a lifetime of not dating, Sookie is jumping in the dating scene with Bon Temps newest resident. Bill may drink blood and be a little cold, but he’s chivalrous and attractive. What could go wrong?

Try a killer targeting fang-bangers.

Dead Until Dark is the first book in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. Sookie is a good Southern girl from a small family who happens to be very special. Her gift/curse is her ability to listen to people’s thoughts, and it works best on humans.

In a world where vampires have revealed themselves, Sookie is learning the social graces of being around the living dead while maintaining her innocence. She is introduced to many vampires and emotions, before setting into a comfortable position as a girl who would do anything for love even if it means becoming even more of a pariah.

I really enjoyed Dead Until Dark. It made me hungry for more and gave me some strong negative feelings for Bill at the end.

If you watch the True Blood television series most of the book is similar to the show including the dialogue. There are major character differences such as Tara’s role and Elvis Bubba, who is completely excluded. The murderer is the same, but a major scene at the end of the season/of the book are very different. Most importantly, just like the television show, the book is full of action and poor Sookie getting the crap beat out of her.

Check out other people’s opinions at A Reader’s Respite, Kalafudra, and Stephanie’s Written Word.


5 Responses to “Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris”

  1. Carolyn Jean December 16, 2008 at 11:32 pm #

    I’m surprised you hadn’t read this. Okay, and I haven’t watched the series, but I’m sort of glad Bubba isn’t in it. I never really thought he was that funny. But I love the series.

  2. scooper December 16, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    People kept telling me about the series, but procrastinator that I am never got to them. I’m kinda glad that I waited though because I binged out on all 8 of them from Thursday to Saturday. Can’t wait for book 9!

  3. Literary Feline December 23, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    This is one of my favorite series. I wasn’t too keen on Bill when I finished this one either, I admit. Great review!

  4. scooper December 23, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    Literary Feline: He began showing his true colors early. Quite different from the television show, huh?


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