Sookie Stackhouse/ Dead Until Dark

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When first told to try the Southern Vampire Series, I was skeptical at first since I had heard about a show on HBO (True Blood) based on them and it didn't really seem like "my thing." I was so wrong! Dead Until Dark is the first of 9 (for now) books by Charlaine Harris about the feisty heroine, Sookie Stackhouse. It took me less than one day to finish and I bought all of the rest the next day so I didn't have to wait for the next book should I finish while the bookstore was closed for the night. This book (and the rest that followed) were laugh-out-loud funny! Sookie is such a dynamic character and she fills the pages with uproarious wit and stubborn panache. Her exploits, while firmly in the realm of fantasy, are so well-written that I felt as though I was right there with her, tending tables at Merlotte's.


The premise behind the Southern Vampire Series is also part of the appeal of the novels. While reading vampire novels in the past, I have always wondered what it would be like if the vampires were no longer condemned to the hidden underworld. Charlaine Harris begins her first novel of the series by answering this very question. In the series, vampires have just "come out of the coffin" due to the invention of synthetic blood. Since they have synthetic blood, they do not need to be a danger to humans and announce themselves to the world. Sookie sees the announcement on television and her bar, Merlotte's begins to carry True Blood, just in case. Sookie meets her first vampire when he comes into the bar for a drink and is drawn into the vampires' no-longer-hidden world due to her own abilities as a psychic and her blossoming relationship with the small town's very own resident bloodsucker.


Dead Until Dark combines so many elements of fiction, I recommend it to everyone. If you are looking for humor, fantasy, romance, drama, or just something new to try, I very highly recommend trying out Dead Until Dark. In the style of truly entertaining reading, it is extremely addictive and very hard to put down so beware! Should you wind up hooked on them as myself and so many others, the next books are Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #2),  Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #3),  Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #4),  Dead As a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #5),  Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #6),  All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #7) , From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #8), and  Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9) .

by ‎11-27-2010 10:00 PM - edited ‎11-27-2010 10:06 PM

I was hooked on this series after reading Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #1) (True Blood). It's basically a mystery series with supernatural and romantic elements. It has all the qualities mentioned in the review above. The protagonist, a telepath by the named of Sookie, is very endearing and grows with the series. Further, the secondary characters, (including the vampire Bill), are very engaging. The small southern town ambience/setting is particularly appealing. I recommend the series to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary supernatural fiction (a/k/a urban fantasy), 'cozy' mysteries and/or romance.:smileyhappy:   

by KatRM67 on ‎05-03-2011 10:07 PM



I recently picked up the Sookie Stackhouse series as a recommendation from my wine night friends.  I have really enjoyed these books very much.  They are an easy read and are very entertaining.  I find myself going through them rather quickly so have taken a break to read a few other books in between.  I want to really slow down and enjoy the books.  I was also relieved to see that the books are different then the HBO series.  Of course the book is always better than the movie or TV series but really they are so different.  Vampire Bill, Eric the Sheriff, Sam the shape shifter mixed in with regular town folk really makes for an interesting story.



by PhyllisM on ‎06-19-2011 12:26 AM
I love the Sookie Stackhouse series! From the moment i picked up the first book i was hooked!
by RiaRoo313 on ‎10-23-2011 09:00 AM

I have just finished with the second book in the series, and I am hooked!  These books are so catching and fun to read that I literally cannot put them down until I've read all the way through.   

by Raven13blm on ‎04-01-2012 11:31 PM

I heard from a friend about the show so my boyfriend and I thought why not. Nothing else was on at the same time so we caught an episode or two. Hooked from the start. Once I discovered the books I went from used book store to used book store getting the ones Walmart didn't have. I am very impatiently waiting for the next one. It will be the first one I get to read on my nook color:smileyhappy:

by Tianna_Rose ‎04-24-2012 11:26 AM - edited ‎04-24-2012 11:33 AM


I have still to read this. Glad I saw this post so I can grab my book & start reading them!




Sookie, vampires


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