Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
by Charlaine Harris
Published March 4th 2004 by Orbit (first published May 1st 2001)
Paperback, 326 pages

Welcome to Bon Temps. It's just your average sleepy backwater town. You know the kind of place . . . a dime store, a trailer park, a diner, and a gang of newly 'out of the coffin' undead. 
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of 'disability' --- she can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. But then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome --- and Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting for all her life. 
But Bill has a problem of his own: he's a vampire. With a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of --- big surprise --- murder. And when one of Sookie's co-workers is killed, she fears she's next . . .

My Thoughts -

 Ever since vampires came out of the coffin (as they laugh-ingly put it) four years ago, I'd hoped one would come to Bon Temps.

I finally dug my paws into the much hyped, much dissected series on the Vamps. I was skeptical to say the least. There were just too many reviews and too many stars for this one! Some loved it and some are totally disgusted with it. For me... I think it is a winner! Let me explain.
Now I am sure I cannot tell you anything more about Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam... that you don't already know. So I am going straight into what I liked about this book. I loved the pace. I was hooked to it all the time. There was no place where I was bored. I love Bon Temps and Merlotte, the settings are marvelous and the world that Charlaine has created is very much interesting! I have seen a couple of episodes of True Blood series and I usually kept on visualizing Sookie as the one in the series. The writing and dialog is interesting too. There is something fresh about it and I did not think of Twilight once after I started reading.

I liked Sookie! She is determined, confident and sometimes naive! Bill and Sam both are really good!

—that the creature I loved was lying somewhere in a hole underground, to all intents and purposes dead until dark.
-pg. 107

I know I have wondered about how cool it would be to read someone's mind. But now I really think I am lucky I am normal LOL!
So how did you like this book? I am already into the 2nd one :-)