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By: Charlaine Harris
Published by: Ace Hardcover
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
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Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Waiting tables, sweeping floors, reading minds and solving mysteries for the undead. It’s all in a day’s work for Sookie…
Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked – and poisoned – late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favor.
Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don’t do anything, well, vampiric while she’s there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…
About Sookie Saturday: I read the Southern Vampire Mysteries last year, flipping through the pages while listening to the audio books. I pulled a butt-numb-a-thon and did all of the books in like 9 days! Go me! Since it had been a while since I read these books, I am flipping back through them to try to refresh myself and exactly what goes down in each book. So much happens in each book, please forgive any plot mix ups on my part. My plan is to do a SOOKIE Review every Saturday, so for the next 10 (hopefully 11 if I grab the newest one!) weeks – we’ll be celebrating SOOKIE SATURDAY! Also, please be warned-> Sookie Saturday posts may or may not contain SPOILERS!
So in Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire Mysteries, No. 2), a lot of plot happens in a tiny space of a book. There’s a murder, of course. Sookie gets attacked by a maenad (a creature I’ve never heard of before). Freak. There’s an orgy, and super sexy Vampire Eric in pink hotpants. (yep, read that whole chapter TWICE. hehe) There is missing vamps in Texas and Sook needs to go use her special mind reading powers to try to find him, and then there is the freakish vampire hatin’ church – Fellowship of the Sun. Lots happening in the space of about 300 pages.
So much story goes down in so little pages, that it makes for a fantastic super-fast paced read.
I still love that Harris’ writing has a “down home” feel to it that makes the characters seem like just normal folk, and REAL, even though most of them are some kind of paranormal.
I started these books because I was (am) a fan of the show, and it is so interesting to see the changes made and how the book universe splits from the tv universe. I love the actors chosen for the show, but love the storyline the books take much better. All though, I have to say, I cried when the co-worker gets killed off in this book; because they are one of my favorite characters on the tv show. I am GLAD that plot point is different! Wow, this is getting confusing even to me and I am the one writing it. LOL!!!
So Book 2 is better than Book 1, a super fast paced one afternoon read, and well worth the 2 hours it will take to blow through it. =D
Warning to parents: this is an adult novel. It contains: blood, gore, and sexual content
Join me next Saturday for Club Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 3)