Saturday, July 18, 2009 By: Suzanne

Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark is the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. This is the series that the HBO series True Blood is based on. In fact, the reason I began reading this book was because I enjoyed the tv show so much. If you're not familiar with the storyline here's a little to entice you:

Sookie Stackhouse is waitress in Bon Temps, a small town in Louisanna. She is also a mind reader. When a man comes into the bar where she works one day, she realizes immediately that he is a vampire. This is fairly exciting for Sookie for a couple of reasons. One, she's never met a vampire before. Two, she can't hear his thoughts. This is welcome relief from the many thoughts of other people constantly floating into her head all day everyday. Soon she is wrapped up in a world of vampires, shape changers, and a serial killer. Will she be the next victim?

Ok, wanted to try my hand at writing a blurb instead of using the back of the book. What do you think? :))

It was little weird reading this since I had already finished season 1. There isn't much difference between the first book and season 1 except a few extra storylines in the show that aren't in the book. That seemed a little backward to me. Normally there's more in a book but this is a tv show and not a movie. I guess they can do more. I started watching season one but when I realized how close they were, I decided I wanted to read the books first and will wait until season 2 comes out on DVD. I like that Bill and Sam in the book are less intense than they are in the show. They both have a bit of a sense of humor about their lives that is not shown in the show. What I didn't like is that apparently Sookie's best friend on the show, Tara, is completely made up! She's not in the book anywhere! I really like her and whoever made her up for the show did a good job of fitting her into the storyline. I'm still holding out hope that maybe she shows up in one of the later books, so if I'm wrong please tell me so I'm not waiting around for her.


Ashley @ Ashley's Library said...

Great review! It's not really a spoiler or anything, but there is a Tara that pops up in the books later on that is very different. She's really not a big deal in the book though so the writers did a great job building on such a different character.

I believe I read that season 2 of the show is a combination of books 2,3, and 4, so you might get more of reading the books first.

I really enjoyed the entire series. I just finished last week and it was well worth it!

Anonymous said...

You did a great job with your first blurb! Still haven't read this series. I keep hearing how wonderfeul it is, but need to get some other books read first. Someday :)

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

LOVE this series. have read all of them...and love True Blood, too! if you have a book you want to trade sometime...i've got an extra copy of charlaine harris'ninth book in the series...

Tonya said...

Thanks! I haven't even gotten to the second book yet since I have so many around the house that I haven't read yet. Trying to finish those before I buy new books. But i'll keep that in mind. Have you tried Paperback Swap? I've gotten rid of a lot of unwanted books that way and gotten "new" books for them. It's wonderful.