In the follow up to Dead Until Dark, telepathic friend of the undead (and vampire bar cocktail waitress) Sookie Stackhouse puts her newfound powers to the test. After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed. That seems easier said than done when an upstart religious cult threatens to destroy all things vampire - including Sookie, who is quickly scheduled for sacrifice.
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"This is one terrific read." (KLIATT)
This 2nd book in the Sookie Stackhouse series was really suspenseful and I think I may have liked it even better than the first because it was so fast paced. I like the continuation of Sookie and Bill's love story though find the development of Eric somewhat intriguing and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series to see where their relationship goes.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Another thoroughly enjoyable, fast and easy fiction about vampires, shapeshifters, discrimination, violence, love and lust.
There is a little more mystery/suspense than in the first book in this series, and a bit less romance. But the sex scenes are a bit more graphic (not detailed graphic, kinda glossed over, yet more graphic than the first book's).
If you want to spend a lot of time thinking, or trying to figure out a mystery, this isn't the book for that, but if you want light and enjoyable fiction, give it a whirl. I am already starting the next book in the series.
The narration is excellent.
I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse series when I watched HBO's Trueblood. The books are, of course, different than the TV show, and I find them much more satisfying. This is book 2 in the series, and I thoroughly enjoy the way Charlaine Harris writes. She has a great ear for dialogue. The narrator, Joanna Parker, does a very fine job in reading the book, and keeping the different characters' voices separate. This book explores how Sookie gets asked by the local head of the vampires, Eric, to go to Dallas and help them (by using her "disability" or gift) with the disappearance of one of their 'nest mates'. Along the way she meets a new, terrifying supernatural creature. Sookie also finds her friend and Merlotte's cook in Andy Bellfleur's car, dead, and is determined to help find the killer. All in all, an adventure-packed read, with wonderful erotic touches thrown in. Very satisfying listen!
As I listened to this audio book, Living Dead in Dallas, I couldn't help but compare it to the television adaptation, True Blood. I have to say that in this instance, the series is much better than the book, which I found odd considering that in my opinion, 9 out of 10 times the book is much better. It's a great book, but Alan Ball the director of True Blood has done an outstanding job of making the series much less boring than the books and giving it the flair and drama that the books lack. I give the book a thumbs up, but I give the series 2 thumbs up.
Excellent narration and entertaining story. I will continue reading/listening to Sookie Stackhouse books- a fun listen. A good, fun summer series. Johanna Parker does a fantastic job with characters.
I actually think that True Blood is better than the books. Needs more plot.
I'm giving this thumbs up based on the characters, not plot.
Love Johanna Parker's narration - she's one of the reasons I have started to like listening to audiobooks. Looking forward to continuing this series!
It's very rare that I like a film or TV series better than the book. This is one of those occasions. True Blood took these novels to the next level and brought them to life. I am severely disappointed on the lack of character development and depth. There are so many areas where the tv show soares and the book failed. One of the worst parts of the book is killing Lafayette off at the beginning. He didn't even get any lines in! One of my absolute favorite characters and he's killed off before he gets started. I won't bother reading the remainder of the series. I'd much rather see Alexander Skarsgård as Eric any day of the week vs this shallow rendition of what was an amazing series.
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