Book Review- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Here is the publishers synopsis-

“For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned-paranormal sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, we are pleased to offer her first novel in the series in a special hardcover edition.

And with HBO launching an all-new show, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse will be bigger than ever. ”

I’ve got to say that they weren’t wrong!  The only reason that I picked this book up was because the girls in the sales office were reading and passing them along and, quite frankly, I have a difficult time passing up ANY cheesy vampire literature of any caliber.  That being said- I am very glad that I did.

Charles Dickens, she is not, but Ms. Harris has got a fabulous sense of humor that was just what I needed on the train in the morning and going home in the afternoon.  The flow of the writing was, if at times a little repetitive, but I dare you to say that you forgot something important about the plot!

I appreciated how her supernatural characters- for all of their super-natural-ness- were very human.  You’ve got a somewhat whiny, brooding guy in Bill and his counter part the cocky gorgeous Eric- it’s the jock vs. the poet, but steamier.  Even in their most heinous actions, there is a sense that these charaters have only done what any sane person would have done in their situation.  Now, granted, if a man attacked your sister you wouldn’t tear his throat out with your teeth, but you would probably try to beat the ever living spit out of him, so- same difference in my book ;-D

Her “sex” scenes were not over-done and I almost caught myself blushing on the train, well done!

As for the actual story we open with an into to Sookie Stackhouse- a big boobed size 8 or 10 southern girl (more realistic than some vixen) who is a telepathic waitress in a small town in Northern Louisiana.  She’s never ventured very far from her town, which kind of lost me since I’m a bit of a vagabond, but the descritions of small town life were great.  There is a character for every person, even you Jack the Ripper types- you know who you are!

We follow her as she meets and falls in love with Bill, a Vampire, and all of the complications that this poses for the very open minded Bible Belt crowd who are the inhabitants of BonTemps.  There are, of course, murders and they will find out who done it, but I’m not gonna ruin it for you.  If you are a murder mystery conisour- then you will probably know who the murderer is within the first half of the book, but for those of us who simply enjoy a good, fun, story it’ll be a moderate surprise.

All in all I’ll give Dead Until Dark 4 out of 5 for sheer entertainment.


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