Friday, May 28, 2010

38. Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series Book #1
Ace Books/Paper, 2001
292 pgs.
Rating: i n t e r e s t i n g

I've heard lots of people enjoy the HBO series Trueblood, which is based on this Sookie Stackhouse series. So when I stumbled across this first installment, I decided to give it a look-see. So what do I say about it?

It was a quick read. It held my interest. There were some It has an interesting take on our contemporary world, making vampires recognized, and even legalized. It gives the reader a look into smalltown southern (Lousiana) America.

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress with a "disability" that keeps her separated from much of the world. Separated by choice. She's pretty, but because of her most people think her dim-witted, and she has no boyfriend. She feels she'll never be able to have one. Sookie's strange ability is to read other people's minds. She spends much of her time - and energy - trying to block people's thoughts from bombarding her, confusing her, as a mish mash of other people's tidbits swirling around in your head might indeed be a bit disconcerting.

And then Bill, a good-looking loner vampire walks into the bar one evening. Her world changes. Her employer, cutie-boy Sam, who has his own mysteries, starts to notice her. Her brother, Jason, the town's handsome womanizer, keeps getting in trouble. Her grandmother, with whom she lives, would really like to see her find a boyfriend. And the tiny town's somewhat quiet life is interrupted by a series of murders of young, "loose", women. There are vampires galore - good ones, bad ones, iconic ones. Just plain fun.

I haven't read a book with good "steamy" parts in years. This certainly is not great writing, but it certainly IS entertaining. A perfect book for me to read on this last day of school. Chill. Swim. Have a marguerita. Curl up and read. Welcome, summer! No I can rent the first few episodes of Trueblood and see what's goin' on.

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