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Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Novel #1 (Southern Vampire Series)

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ISBN13: 9780441016990
ISBN10: 0441016995
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Oozing originality and charm, the first in a series of irresistible vampire murder mysteries. Small town Louisiana has a big problem — or rather a number of big problems. And now some of them have come knocking on Sookie's door....

Sookie is an unassuming cocktail waitress in an (outwardly) unremarkable town. She's quiet, keeps to herself and doesn't get out much. Attractive as she is, her hidden 'talents' send men running. For some reason her mindreading skills are just a bit threatening . Then the unreadable Bill appears on the scene. Tall, dark and handsome, Bill seems to be the man of her dreams. Except he's not technically human. Bill is a vampire and a vampire who keeps seriously bad company, some suspected — unsurprisingly &,mdash; of murder. Things get a bit close to home when a co-worker is murdered and Sookie starts wondering whether she will be next .

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"An author of rare talents." Publishers Weekly

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"Harris writes neatly and with assurance." The New York Times Book Review

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"A fun, fast, funny, and wonderfully intriguing blend of vampire and mystery that's hard to put down, and should not be missed." Susan Sizemore

Synopsis:

Since Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has so few living relatives, she hates to lose one—even her cousin Hadley, undead consort of the vampire queen of New Orleans. Hadleys left everything she had to Sookie, but claiming that inheritance has a high risk factor. Some people dont want her looking too deeply into Hadleys past or Hadleys possessions. And theyre prepared to do anything in their power to stop her....

Synopsis:

Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page.

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

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For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned-paranormal sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. 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.

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Britney, January 11, 2011 (view all comments by Britney)
This book is truly amazing! It keeps you entertained and it puts a new twist to all the other vampire stories. This is a book you just can't put down!
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rrludman, July 17, 2010 (view all comments by rrludman)
“Dead Until Dark” is the first in a series of books by Charlaine Harris that are currently all the rage thanks to the success of the TV Series based on the novels, “True Blood”. I have seen the first season of “True Blood” on HBO and I thought it was excellent. I decided to read the first book to see if I would like the entire series of novels. The main premise of the series is that synthetic blood has been created and since it's advent vampires around the globe have come “out of the closet” so to speak. The main character is Sookie Stackhouse who falls in love with one such vampire. The first season of “True Blood” closely followed the novel. A string of murders have occurred in Bon Temps, Louisiana and the intrigue surrounding who may have committed these murders propels much of the plot. Unlike the television series, the novel does not have as rich a cast of characters and the book does not follow the lives of the other supporting characters as closely. The plot in the novel is very linear where the series is rich with stories and action surrounding the lives of different characters such as Jason Stackhouse, Tara (absent completely from the novel) and Lafayette. If you've seen the first season of “True Blood” you know how the book will end. You could practically skip this book and go right to the next without missing anything. I thought the book was difficult to read. The writing is too colloquial and too fractured to be a smooth read. However, the book is only about 300 pages long and the story is easy to follow because it is so linear. I didn't find the novel very suspenseful but I attribute part of that to knowing the ending. I also did not enjoy the more graphic parts describing sex acts. They distract from the flow of the story and in my opinion belong only in romance novels. But in reality these passages are the only parts that keep this book from being just another “tween” vampire novel. By the end of the book though, I found this to be just another vampire romance novel. If you find the love between a woman and a vampire alluring then this may be the book for you. If you're looking for more of a thriller, or a horror story, or a fantasy series or all three, I suggest you go elsewhere. Otherwise “Dead Until Dark” is sure to disappoint.
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Vicki Kertz, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Vicki Kertz)
Maybe it's because I am from that part of Louisiana, but I just adore this series of books and the author.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441016990
Author:
Harris, Charlaine
Publisher:
Ace Books
Author:
Harris, Charlotte
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.82x4.18x.82 in. .32 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Ace Books - English 9780441016990 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An author of rare talents."
"Review" by , "Harris writes neatly and with assurance."
"Review" by , "A fun, fast, funny, and wonderfully intriguing blend of vampire and mystery that's hard to put down, and should not be missed."
"Synopsis" by ,
Since Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has so few living relatives, she hates to lose one—even her cousin Hadley, undead consort of the vampire queen of New Orleans. Hadleys left everything she had to Sookie, but claiming that inheritance has a high risk factor. Some people dont want her looking too deeply into Hadleys past or Hadleys possessions. And theyre prepared to do anything in their power to stop her....
"Synopsis" by ,

Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page.

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

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