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  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7604)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4157)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Conflicted admiration with a side of sexy"
    Overall

    Before I start, let me say that the first comment in this review list threw me off- all the titles are actually available now and that post is 3 years old.

    As for the book, I think it is good, it just may not be able to live up to the hype. It has it's strengths and weaknesses but I was easily entertained. My mind tends to sort books in the "to be admired" and "to be enjoyed" and sometimes both. This would go into the "enjoyed" category. I had fun. I listed to the next three. I didn't judge. Because if i judged, it wouldn't get 4 stars for the entertainment it gave me.

    I do have issues with characters being inconsistent or just inhuman. Coming from what most would consider a southern area, I know that if a girl got murdered and we mentioned it over breakfast, we would not react the way Sookie and her family did. It's like they were saying it was going to rain.

    However, on the subject of Bill, I gotta say I like him. He's a vampire. He doesn't have to be nice. He can be vain. He's NOT Edward, because lets face it, if Edward were a 'real' vampire he'd have killed Bella by chapter 5. I get why Sookie likes him and I think people forget the absolute piece of mind he offers her, despite him being a jerk sometimes. Again, he's a vampire. They can't all be turned into Don Juans just because we want them to pamper the leading lady.

    That said, I was able to enjoy this with vague images of True Blood popping up from years ago. I can see why this made a good tv show - the book is vague enough and leaves enough gaps for screenwriters to create and fill in the details. As for the sex scenes, if you knew it was HBO, it shouldn't be much of a surprise.

    4 stars for an entertaining spin on bloodsuckers

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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