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Book Review – Living Dead in Dallas: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

Book Description:

The second Sookie Stackhouse novel from the New York Times bestselling author-and the basis for the HBO series True Blood.

When a vampire asks cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse to use her telepathic skills to find another missing vampire, she agrees under one condition: the vampires must promise to behave and let the humans that are involved to go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blond and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.

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As I’ve mentioned previously, my sister received a gift set of the Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) by Charlaine Harris recently, so I’ve been working my way through the set! And since the writers of True Blood: The Complete Second Season (HBO Series) apparently just loosely based Season 2 on this book, I was able to read it without comparing book versus tv series for every other scene (unlike in the first book) – just too different this time around that it’s like two different stories at this point (for example, certain character(s) who are supposed to be dead in the book continue to live on in the tv series).

In book two Living Dead in Dallas, Sookie Stackhouse (with her vampire boyfriend Bill Compton) gets her telepathic skills hired out to help locate a missing vampire at Dallas, while having to deal with the vampire-hating Fellowship of the Sun zealots. And closer to home in Bon Temps, a newly arrived supernatural being (a maenad) may or may not spell a whole lot of trouble for everyone even while Sookie is determined to find out who murdered a friend of hers.

The good thing about these Sookie Stackhouse novels is that they’re kinda no-brainers, just really quick and easy to burn through. My sister calls these books ‘literary junk food’ – not a whole lot of food for thought, and just real easy to plow through. Living Dead in Dallas benefits from a more exciting storyline from the first book – we’ve moved away from the Sookie-Bill-Sam triangle – and Sookie now interacts with a whole lot of different vampires this time around in Dallas, not to mention having to save herself from the Fellowship of the Sun zealots and meet some new shape-shifters while she’s at it. It’s a pity though that the maenad / murdered friend subplots were kind of forgotten about for majority of the book and just rushed through in the end.

The draggiest part of the whole storyline is actually the Sookie-Bill love story. In the book, Sookie wonders if she really loves Bill or if she’s just in sexual thrall. Well, all I can tell from their ‘love’ in the book is that there’s an awful lot of lust and possessiveness going on – so if Sookie were to ask me – I’d go for ‘not love’ at this point. I’m not even sure Ms Harris even likes her hero vampire Bill. Why is he written as such a stick-in-the-mud boring character lacking a discernible personality – while she writes the relatively minor vampire character Eric with such humor and charm? The best parts for me in this book was any scene with Eric in it, especially when he becomes Sookie’s ‘date’ to an orgy-party. That was fun 🙂

Well, here’s to hoping that things get better in book 3! I may not have it in me to read through book 8 at this point (and yes, I’m aware that there’s more books that aren’t in the boxed set).

Living Dead in Dallas: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition ($7.99), Mass Market Paperback edition ($1.31), and Audible Audio Edition ($20.95).

The eBook is also available at B&N, iBooks and Sony eBookstore for $7.99.

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