Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Favorite Line: ” ‘The vampire Bill!’ I said. ‘I thought it might be Antoine, or Basil, or Langford! Bill!’ ” (p.12)
Vampires exist in our world in Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books. These books are from Sookie’s point of view and are about her experiences with the supernatural. She’s an attractive blond girl in her 20’s, who has the uncanny ability to read people’s thoughts. She works as a server in a bar called “Merlotte’s”, named after the owner and Sookie’s boss/friend Sam Merlotte. She lives in a simple town with simple people until “Vampire Bill” moves in. Sookie is ecstatic, and loves the fact the town has their first vampire, and not only that, she can’t read his thoughts. Being around him is a haven, but sadly there are people who are still not use to vampires, and people start dying.
This is what urban fantasy should be about. It’s a good mix of horror, action, mystery, and romance. I first read this book back when Vicki Nelson, Diane Tregarde, and early Anita Blake were the closest thing you could get to “kick-ass, urban fantasy-heroine” in a supernatural world. I wasn’t much for Anne Rice, but Harris made us see Louisiana in a different form and how it would be like if vampires did truly live in our world.
I would actually think this book were a mystery with supernatural tones to it, but the paranormal is so overpowering that the mystery does take a back seat in this book. Harris knows how to write the right amount of humor and doesn’t make Sookie an over-the-top powerful kick-ass chick. Sookie is a very down-to-earth relatable character. Harris gave Sookie such personality (she’s so naïve yet strong) that you can’t help but empathize with her.
The only problem I found with the novel was that it starts off slow and it doesn’t pick up till you’re about 50 pages in. Once you’re hooked though you are truly hooked, and you will not find a dull moment from then on.
With “True Blood” out, people will compare this book to the TV show, but please do not. Alan Ball bought Harris’ idea and put a good chunk of her first book in the show, but these are two different views on it. There is nowhere near as much sex in it and it’s only from Sookie’s point of view. Not from her brother’s nor her non-exist best friend, Tara. So, enjoy the book for what it is and not an HBO TV show.
For: People who enjoy a different kind of mystery
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