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 harleyhoney on ‎08-25-2009 02:59 PM

I have read all of Charlaine Harris's other series and loved them.  But I too was reluctant to try the Southern Vampire Series.  So wrong!  I was hooked in the first chapter.  You will enjoy this series.



by B&N Bookseller Scarls17 on ‎08-25-2009 03:25 PM
These books were on my list to review:smileyhappy: You did a great job! I love this series. You're right in that it is definitely a fantasy world, but as a reader, I just stopped caring that some stuff was not "real". I recommend these to anyone looking for a very entertaining, fast read. (I love the show, too!)
by B&N Bookseller TheEerieCoterie on ‎08-26-2009 05:35 PM
I think the Sookie books are quite addictive.  They are funny and have a fresh take on the vampire novel. 
by B&N Bookseller Josh_Michael on ‎08-27-2009 09:28 PM
Like some of you I started this series because of the HBO Series. These books are very entertaining and I'm glad that the books differ from the series. If they were exactly the same, there would be no suprises. It allows you to enjoy both as separate works. Never hesitate to recommend this book, its a very good read especially if you've seen the series.
by PinkBaby on ‎09-03-2009 07:21 PM

you are soooooooooooooooo right about the sookie stackhouse books. i am down to the last book right now. and i dont want to finish it. because  it might be a long time before another one comes out. charlaine harris  is so good at getting these wonderful characaters. i am also a true blood addict to. i have watched every espsiode of  the HBO series. these books are wonderful.

by MicheleME on ‎09-08-2009 10:16 PM

Best seriers I have read in a long time.  I read the first 7 books in 4 days, I could not put them down.  I love the story and  the characters.  I have recommended this book to so many people and have re-read them so many times now, I am buying the 8 book box set when it comes out to replace my very worn copies.

One thing to remember there is an anthology BITE that has a side story you have to read to make book 6 less confusing.  (I had to find this out after I was already confused). 

by rudebeck on ‎12-03-2009 12:57 PM

Okay, I never watched the series but I love the books, I can not put them down.  I haven't read a series this good in a long time I look Sookie and her crazy fun adventures. I am on book 5 and can't wait to know what she is going to get herself into next!

by AMA09 on ‎03-31-2010 02:03 AM

It is so funny because I was recommended the books as well but was ehhh about them well I got the first one and could not put them down... I read a book a day and I can't wait until May 4th when #10 comes out :smileyhappy: Every person that I recommend the books to they all say the same I AM HOOKED I CAN'T PUT THE BOOKS DOWN!!! LOL

by Klynn4786 on ‎04-07-2010 09:54 PM

This is one of the most amazing series I have ever read.  I am not a big fan of super long series so when i saw how many books were in the Sookie series I was extremely hesitant but I find that all I want is more Sookie books.  The end of Dead and Gone has got me itching for Dead in the Family to come out!!!

by MuseStricken on ‎11-26-2010 10:39 PM

I have read all of the 'Sookie' series... and Love Love Love them. Vivid characters, and non=stop plots, paired with all of the mysterious atmosphere of home make this a very fun series for me to read. There is NO BETTER setting for a modern day vampire novel than Louisiana. The days are slow and the nights are creepy! Mrs. Harris has captured my loyalty as a reader, and is certain to capture yours.

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