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The Southern Vampire Mysteries: Dead Until Dark (1)

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Read the first three last saturday while avoiding the snow outside. They're kinda fun and as for reading them around my parents - I felt slightly embarrassed reading them with my husband in the room...

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Oh, they're rubbish but fun. I've heard two opinions about the series - one, that it gets better, two, that you may as well only read the first and it's all downhill from there (as ws the case with Anne Rice's books).

 

The TV series is sexier and much, much better. It's interesting to watch a fairly high quality show (good actors, locations, a lot of Harris's clunky dialogue cleaned up) made out out of a fairly trashy book. But then I've never gotten hung up about adaptations. TV and film are visual media for starters, so automatically have a different story to tell from one that just comes out of words.

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I have just finished the first one, Dead Until Dark. Whilst I can't get over the similarities with Twilight, that didn't stop me really enjoying it. I feel that it's Twilight for adults. A good fun, easy to read book.

 

Reading the posts in this thread I am slightly wary of reading the next one in the series.

 

I've only managed to catch a few of the TV shows but did enjoy them too. The shows I did see in the first series are very true to the first book.

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The shows I did see in the first series are very true to the first book.
Apart from the character names and basic fundamentals, the show is very different to the books. Better, thankfully.

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Radders Wrote:

I have just finished the first one, Dead Until Dark. Whilst I can't get over the similarities with Twilight, that didn't stop me really enjoying it.

 

Charlaine Harris' books were actually written first so it was Twilight which is like the Sookie books. The simularities do continue, but I think the Sookie books are far superior to the Twlight series, and as they go on the story darkens somewhat. The characters are more interesting and have more depth to them as well.

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I loved the Sookie Stackhouse novels. The other half bought me the entire collection for christmas. It only took me three weeks to get through the lot

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The latest in the series of Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris was released here on 10th June, I who had had the book on pre order since November was filled with excitement and anticipation Thursday morning, I have now read the whole thing! But did it live up to expectations?

 

***WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!***

 

Anyway, this book had a slower pace than previous stories and there was more a number of smaller stories rather than one big building one. The tone of the book has changed completely from previous books its got distinctly darker in the previous story and this one carried on with that heavy depressive feel, and gone is the bright and sparky Sookie who bounced around like a rubber ball and never let anything or anyone get her down, she is now tired and fed up (possibly by the fact someone or something is always trying to kill her and in this book she was getting over the effects of being tortured nearly to death by two homicial fairies - the ending of the previous book!).

 

This book was an array of families and the links to Sookie and their family goings on, we had Sookie who is now firmly with Eric but then Eric's Sire turns up with his new "son" who is dangerously insane, (and a famous figure from history!!) - very cleverly written shouldn't work but it does. Along with that we have the vampire politics which seems to involve the powers that be trying to discredit Eric and remove him and in the process kill Sookie. Then we have Sookie's young cousin Hunter a small 5 year boy who is the son of Sookies cousin Hadley who died in an earlier book. Hunter is also a telepath and Sookie is trying to help him control his "gift", and Sookies brother Jason who is now rebuilding his life after his were panther wife Crystal was murdered in the previous book, he has a new girlfriend and is seems to finally be settling down and growing up. We have the Were's and their usual pack problems which always seem to draw Sookie in and we have Sookie's Fae relations, after the carnage of the previous book Sookie's Fae great grandfather closes the portal between the Fae world and humans but a few fairies remain on the human side. We have Sam - the bar owner who Sookie works for and who is a shape shifter and his family problems which have arisen since the two natured - thats Were's and shifters to you and me went public. Sookie's friend Tara also gets a passing mention again in this book, she is now married and is expecting and finally Bill he plays a very background role in this story, still badly injured from rescuing Sookie from the Fae in the previous book, he tells Sookie that blood from his maker - Lorena would cure him immediately, unfortunately thats not going to happen as Sookie killed her in a previous story, so Sookie sets out to find the other vampire Lorena sired, she finds her makes contact with her and she comes to Bills aid and this is setting the scene for things to come for Bill in later stories. All these things are going on and one by one they all link together and come to a conclusion at the end, which inevitably leads to more violence and deaths.

 

It was interesting in this book to see the vampires Bill and Eric normally the force and dominant characters who take charge and play a big part in sorting things more vulnerable again in this story, Eric challenged by vampires higher up the policial scale and domineered by the arrival of his maker, and harrassed by the problems caused by his psychotic "brother" and Bill a shadow of his former self desperately ill from the injuries he sustained in the previous book, and then seeing Sookie, taking charge of both situations helping Bill regain his health by finding his "sister" and taking the decisive action when the political wranglings involve her (with Pam's help) and totally taking control of the situation when Eric brother went out of control. She also played a large part in the side story with the Were Pack.

 

Pam (the vampire Eric sired and who gradually is becoming a good friend to Sookie) comments a couple of times through the book that Sookie has changed, and she has, she has become much harder and almost ruthless in a way, making comments and doing things which a few books ago would have been unthinkable for her.

 

All in all very different all round from the other books but still highly entertaining, and yes it did live up to expectations!!

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Surprisingly fun read for a vampire book. I appreciate the humor, and the fact that Harris doesn't seem to take herself too seriously. Fun and interesting characters, rolled right along, felt downright breezy. Like someone said up thread, fluff, but good fluff, and a nice respite from read Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 3+ stars

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I like Vampire novels with a bit of a twist, and although the Harris books are fairly standard vampires, the other weird things that happen are really different, I also like the Southern US feel of the books.

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