Book Review ~ Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)

Title: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #2
Release Date: April 1, 2004
Genre: Paranormal/Mystery

Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte’s. But she 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: the vampires saved her life. So when one of her bloodsuckers 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 than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…

Review:

Book two of the Sookie Stackhouse series was very interesting to me.  There was a lot going on in the book.  So much so that I think it detracted from me enjoying the book more.  I’m not saying that Living Dead in Dallas isn’t a good book because it is, it’s just “busier” than I like.

Living Dead in Dallas picks up shortly after Dead Until Dark and starts off with a bang.  Sookie and Bill are settling into a routine.  Bill is being accepted by more of the citizens of Bon Temps.  Life seems to be going good….

Then a dead body shows up in Andy Bellefleur’s car…..

Then Eric calls on Sookie and Bill to go to Dallas on vampire business.  Which is fine, except for the fact that I thought that it really over powered all the other things that were happening in the book too.  It sort of felt like the initial trouble (the dead body in Andy Bellefluer’s car) is sort of swept under the mat until about the last 30 or so pages of the book.

I did enjoy the introduction of more supernatural beings to the series.  I also enjoyed learning about the Fellowship, which is a vampire hate group and learning how the operate.  A lot of the characters that were in the first book made appearances in Living Dead in Dallas as well.  The showdown at the end where the murderer is revealed was very interesting to read about as well.

What I really didn’t care for was the way several major characters were just swept aside and almost forgotten about in Living Dead in Dallas.  Jason is mentioned in passing.  Sam makes a couple of appearances at the beginning and then is swept under the rug until the showdown at the end.  Andy Bellefleur is even an after thought at points, even AFTER a dead body is found in his car.

Overall, I wasn’t as impressed with Living Dead in Dallas as I wish I was.  In my mind it suffers from “second bookitis.”  I’m still going to continue the series because I have to know what happens next with Sookie, Bill and the rest of the gang.  I’m hoping that the books only improve from here.

Rating: 2 Whiskeys

Review ~ Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #1
Release Date: May 1, 2001
Genre: Paranormal/Mystery

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. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the kind of guy she’s been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble – of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie’s colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she’ll be next …

Review:

I have had Dead Until Dark sitting on my bookcase waiting to be read for a very long time.  For some reason I just could not bring myself to pick it up and read it until a couple of days ago.  Man am I really sorry I waited as long as I did!

Sookie has what she likes to call a “disability,” she is equipped with this wonderful thing called ‘she can read your mind even if she doesn’t want to.’  Everyone around Sookie thinks she’s a little bit on the whack-a-doo side because of her “disability.”  Sookie doesn’t date either.  Then she meets Bill…

Bill has a “disability’ of his own…the “disability’ known as being a vampire.  Bill is originally from Bon Temps and has decided to settle down there now that vampires have come out to the public.  Let’s just say that Bill is a little old-fashioned on somethings, I mean he is an individual who became a vampire post-Civil War.

Sookie and Bill’s relationship is kind of interesting.  I’m a little “eh” on why they got together but as the book progresses I was pleasantly surprised by Bill and Sookie.  Let’s just say that Sookie is a lot stronger than people give here credit for.

The conflict in the book was really interesting.  There were so many people who could have killed these people and I give major props to the author for not making the murderer to obvious to figure out.  I really don’t care for Andy Bellfluer though.

In this first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, we are introduced to a whole host of characters besides the main players.  I am really liking Sam who is the owner of the bar that Sookie works at.  As I have already stated I really don’t care for Andy Bellfluer though.  I’m conflicted by Jason, I don’t know how to feel about him and his “habits.”  Bon Temps is growing on me a lot too.

Overall, I was really happy with Dead Until Dark.  I will be continuing this series for sure.  I’ve even gone so far as to check the remaining books out of the library.  I can’t give this book 5 Whiskeys because of my lukewarmness of why Bill and Sookie got together and my dislike/unsureness of certain characters.

Rating: 4 Whiskeys