Monday, September 20, 2010

Book Review: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Review: Living Dead in Dallas
Series: Sookie Stackhouse – Book 2
Author: Charlaine Harris
No of Pages: 279
Release Date: 1 April 2004

Cocktail Waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no-one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).

The point is: they saved her life. So when one of the blood-suckers asks for a favour, she obliges – and soon Sookie’s in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that’s easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...

My Thoughts:

Back into the world of Sookie Stackhouse, and it’s only just heating up.

Sookie Stackhouse is called to Dallas for her newest assignment as Area 5 Telepath. She must help to find a missing vampire who disappeared from a bar a week earlier. With the threat of the Fellowship of the Sun looming, Sookie must work quickly to find out the information she needs.

I really, really like Sookie. She is human, and understands that but she still has the guts to stand up to anyone who tries to mess with her, including very old vampires. Sookie is getting used to her new role as Telepath even though she misses her day job of waitressing and can’t wait to get back home. After hiding her powers for so long, she still isn’t used to using them but Sookie is learning quickly and with constant practise is becoming quite powerful.

I am over Bill. Sookie freely admits that she’s not in love with him, or even sure she loves him. It’s easy to see why. Bill is never there, insults her relentlessly, and is just plain arrogant at times. He blames it on not being human anymore but that is starting to just sound like a cop out for I-can’t-be-bothered-treating-you-right.

Eric is still Eric. Witty, handsome, and there for Sookie when she needs help. Eric will continue to grow on me as he plans to on Sookie, only I shall welcome the “fungus” as she calls it.

One thing about re-reading these books after watching True Blood is that in True Blood, with the vast changes in characters and the diminished focus on Sookie I loved the other characters going into Living Dead in Dallas. So when Lafayette dies on the first page, I got sad, even though he is a nobody in the books. I still got sad.

I can’t wait to get back into Club Dead and back into Sookie's world. Team Eric all the way.

Others in this series:
Dead Until Dark
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead and GoneDead in the Family


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