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After watching the entire first series of “True blood” the latest vampire offering featured on the channel FX, and now just starting to be shown on channel 4, I was intrigued to read the books. The series in my opinion was ok, but not the best I have ever seen, so I was desperate to read the books to see if they were slightly better.
My younger sister, has also developed a real penchant for all things dark and vampy (thanks in part to me!), so I was delighted to hear that she had brought entire book collection and had already set aside the first two books for my perusal, god I love her!
The book I will now review is - “Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris”
Now I am not one of those readers that specifically go out and read a book just because it was written by a certain author, though I did go through a Stephenie Meyer and Virginia Andrews stage, but I blame my mum as she brought me not one book but a pile by each author, bless her! This being the case I hadn’t actually heard of the author before reading the book, she is now what I consider a friend!
The synopsis of the book is as follows -
Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress at Merlottes bar and grill, she is beautiful, blonde, in fact pretty perfect looking but has a little problem……she can hear peoples thoughts! This being the case she is publicly scorned, with people calling her crazy. Sookie keeps herself to herself and gets on with her life, but she has one longing……to meet a real vampire.
Vampire’s have been “outed” and now are trying to live in harmony with the human residents, or at least some of them are, many think they are above trying to co exist so have warranted the rest with a bad reputation of murder, sleeping around and “glamouring” the humans, this is a method of mind control meaning that a vampire can drink from you or sleep with you without you putting up any resistance.
Trouble is Sookie lives in a small hick town in southern Louisiana, and so she has to just keep on longing.
One day Bill, a vampire that originally came from the area in the civil war times, returns to his families house and decides to stay there, after going for a “drink” at Merlottes he meets Sookie and so begins a whirlwind romance, trouble is since Bill arrived people have been turning up dead, has he got something to do with the deaths or has someone grown tired of these so called “fang bangers” and no I don’t think I need to explain that phrase to you!
This book I have to be truthful is very close to the television series, with the obvious exclusion of Sookies brother Jason’s sexual conquests turning into a specific romance, I won’t give more details as it would ruin the book for you.
The book flows beautifully with there never being a moment that I got lost or confused, which could have been the case as there was a high number of different characters in the book. Not only does this book offer vampires as being part of society, but as some other supernatural beings, that to me didn’t really need to be included, but felt more like a back up perfect for follow on books, though the point of these characters may become clear in further books.
There is plenty of murder and intrigue in the book, but with nowhere near as much sexual content as the television series had, not sure whether I was disappointed with that fact or not, the sex did add rather a lot of atmosphere to the series, with you equating the sex and blood taking as being ritual rather than sordid.
Would I recommend this book, yes definitely! There is plenty of action, murder, mystery and a bit of sex, now this is my sort of chick lit!!
For more information visit - www.orionbooks.co.uk or www.charlaineharris.co.uk
This book retails at £6.99, but is likely to be available for much less on www.amazon.co.uk