26 October 2009

Dead Until Dark.

In Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, (the first Sookie Stackhouse novel) we meet young waitress Sookie Stackhouse and some of the people of her small southern town - Bon Temps. We learn that Vampires are "out of the coffin" and this is not exactly okay with everyone. Also to find out, is that Sookie herself is not exactly normal. While she isn't one of the undead, she has a sort of disability: She can read minds & she would like nothing better than to be able to never do so again. Sookie's adventure begins when the vampire (Bill) walks into the bar she works at, and she saves his life, out in the parking lot when he is being drained by a couple of rats that want to sell his very valuable vampire blood. And before Sookie knows it, she is the target of a vampire disapproving serial killer targeting fang-bangers - women who've been with vampires.
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy and fast paced and there was just enough between important events to where I didn't get bored with the story. I loved the author's humorous writing style, and there were many interesting characters. I loved Sookie, though I had a lot of mixed feelings towards Bill until I started to understand that he mostly always thought of himself as unhuman and he detached himself from humans and their (his) emotions a long time ago. I hope he'll be a more likeable and understandable character in the other books. I also hope to see more of Eric in future books as well, even though he was not in this first one that much at all. I really liked him.
I didn't really think much or try to guess about who the killer was, which was why I was so surprised at who it was. That person seemed...not completely nice and on the road to goody-goody, but decent. In fact it's still sinking in. I never suspected.
I'm planning on reading this again before I have to take it back to the library. I very much recommend this if you are looking for some fun vampire fiction, even if you're not a fan of the True Blood series as I'm not, you might still find yourself liking this first book of the series.

1 comment:

Mishel said...

I've been meaning to start this series for a while now, even before True Blood came out. I think the covers made me hesitate. But I'll be getting this one soon, never really got into the tv show though.