Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is just pleased as punch to serve her first vampire at Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. She’s never met a vampire before. Ever since the vampires came out of the coffin, Sookie had just been dying to meet one. The Vampire’s name was Bill and he took a particular interest in Sookie and Sookie took a particular interest in him, perhaps because she couldn’t hear his thoughts.
Sookie Stackhouse was a mind reader. She’d known it all her life and people acted weird around her. She had to spend a lot of energy trying to block thoughts out of her head.
Bill and Sookie soon hit it off. She saves his life and he saves her life. They start a relationship, which is like a regular relationship, except there’s a lot more blood-drinking going on and one of them can’t be out in the sunlight. Sookie soon learns about a world she never really thought existed. There are other vampires around and a string of murders going on in her small town, one of which is the murder of her dearly loved grandmother, and her brother is almost pegged for the crime. Can Sookie use her special powers to figure out who the real murderer is?
What I liked
I never thought I would like a trashy show about vampires so much. I’m speaking of the show on HBO, or Amazon Prime rather. I just had to read the books, which are undoubtedly different from the show, but better, of course. It’s a southern vampire novel, not entirely unlike Anne Rice’s vampire novels, but this one has more southern life to it, more southern charm, if you will. It’s just like the south, but with vampires. I love books set in the south, why in the heck can’t there be vampire books about the south? It’s just great all around.
Sookie is a likeable enough character. I’m still not sure about Bill yet though. He’s too much Edward Cullen so far.
What I didn’t like
Some of the characters that are a big part of the show aren’t really a big part of the book, which is just fine. It’s just kind of sad that characters I got used to in the show aren’t in the books.
I’m looking forward to reading this whole series.
If vampires were real, would you go out with one?
Would you like to be able to read minds?