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#57 - Dead as a Doornail

by Charlaine Harris

I adore this series, and this one certainly lived up to the faith I have in Harris to tell a good story, and make me really care what happens to the characters. The Southern Vampire novels are perhaps my favourite vampire books ever (and that is saying something; I’ve read a reasonable number of vampire novels over the years).

In Harris’ world, vampires have come out of the closet, and are now openly part of society – something which makes for interesting times. Our heroine isn’t a vampire herself; Sookie Stackhouse is a human barmaid in a small town in Louisiana, but she does have one ability which sets her apart from her neighbors – she can read the thoughts of other people. This ability – plus the fact that she dated a vampire for a while – has put her smack in the middle of a lot of situations in the supernatural world, and I’m always interested to read what’s going to happen to her next. In this book, someone is targetting shapeshifters, and Sookie has some close personal reasons for wanting the killer caught as soon as possible.

I think what I love best about these books is Sookie herself. She’s a fantastic character – funny, real, and in the middle of everything, without being a Mary Sue. This is such a great series, and there is still one more published that I haven’t yet read – I’ve got it on hold from the library, but I’m number 35 on the waitlist – and I don’t know if I can hold out that long! I might just have to go and buy it. 9/10



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Jul. 6th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
I've really gotten into this series too. I read the first one in January and since then ladiibbug got me into every bookring for that series since. I think I've now read them all except maybe the last one. Sookie is cool. Definitely refreshingly so compared to Anita Blake and Merry Gentry. *rme* I went to B&N to read a review of the latest Anita Blake book and everyone was saying the same thing as I said about the Merry Gentry book: "If I wanted all sex and no plot I'd pick up a different book. Whatever happened to the buttkicking Anita??" Blah.
Jul. 7th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Sookie
I read the first Anita Blake book (and liked it), but I've heard from so many people that the series went downhill pretty quickly that I haven't bothered to read any of the others. Too bad, since the series did start out well.
Jul. 8th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
Re: Sookie
I'd say you could read up to book 8 or 9 before it really gets tacky and unbearable. So it wasn't THAT quick since I think she's up to book 11 or 12.
Jul. 8th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
Re: Sookie
Oh, cool! I'll see about getting the next few from the library, then. Like I don't already have enough other things to read. LOL!
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