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Living Dead in Dallas (Southern Vampire Mysteries, No. 2) Hardcover – January 6, 2009
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Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page.The second Sookie Stackhouse novel from the New York Times bestselling author-and the basis for the HBO series True Blood.
For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned- paranormal sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, Ace is pleased to republish her second novel in the series in hardcover. In this book, Sookie is pursued by a very sexy vampire-and a very deadly monster. With HBO and Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, launching an all-new series, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse is going to be bigger than ever.
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"Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake... should cotton to Sookie Stackhouse."
"A delightful Southern Vampire detective series."
"Charlaine Harris playfully mixes several genres to make a new one that is her own bright creation."
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- Publisher : Ace (January 6, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441016731
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441016730
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They like the first 3 or 4 installments, but then they get bored, or after the 3rd or 4th book, the series really started picking up for them.
I’m weird, I guess. I pretty much liked the entire series right up until the end. Sure, how much I liked each book varied—for example, except for the last book, this one is my LEAST favorite, but that’s not uncommon, what with this being book 2 and all. It definitely has its good moments (like when Eric gets shot and that thing happens that is hilarious and awesome), but overall . . . MEH.
Living Dead in Dallas begins with Sookie finding a dead Lafayette in Andy Bellefleur’s car in the parking lot of Merlotte’s one morning. What do you mean, “a dead Lafayette?!” you ask. “Lafayette can’t be DEAD, he’s still going strong in season 6 of True Blood!”
Let me introduce you to a little game I like to play called “Same and NOT the Same.”
SO. Andy’s been drinking, ’cause you know, being a cop is hard, and Sookie has to call Portia (his sister) to come and pick him up.
Leaving his car at the bar.
For persons unknown to leave a dead body in.
But why would someone want to kill Lafayette? He’s so much fun!
Yeah, well, he’s also got a BIG mouth. A BIG mouth that he’s apparently been running about a house he’d been going to, “where there were all kinds of sex hi-jinks going on,” and someone didn’t like that. Someone didn’t like that a lot.
So poor Sook’s stressed out about that.
Then when she gets home from work that night, Bill tells her that she’s been “summoned” by Eric.
Better and better.
The next evening they drive to Shreveport, where Eric informs her that she’s been LOANED out to vampires in Dallas who could use some assistance of the telepathic variety. AND while Sookie’s understandably upset about Eric’s high-handedness, there’s really not much she can do about it—she did, after all, agree to help him any time he wanted, in exchange for turning over human culprits to human authorities, rather than taking matters into their vampire hands. I suppose it’s her own fault for not specifying she wouldn’t stand for being loaned out. You live and you learn, I guess.
And that is how Bill and Sookie wind up on an airplane bound for Dallas.
I’ve already said that this is probably my least favorite book in the series until you get to end, and that is b/c . . . while I don’t have a problem with kink, I do have a problem with gross, middle-aged, pervy kink. And this group is just . . . blech.
I also have a problem with centuries-old, pedophile vampires. Actually, I have a problem with ALL types of pedophiles, so even contemplating one that has been doing what they do FOR SO FREAKING LONG<——well, clearly, it’s upsetting.
AND all of the Bill and Sookie relationship angst from book 1 grows and flourishes in book 2 (and relationship angst is not something you want growing and flourishing). This is also the book where you get your first glimpse of how self-absorbed Bill can be.
This book is also where you get your first glimpse of how attentive someone-not-Bill can be.
And that’s really the only sell point for this installment. Well, that, and it’s necessary to read this one to get to the good ones. BOTTOMLINE—too much perv for one book. Read it b/c you can’t move forward without it, but go into it knowing that there is some seriously disturbing stuff going on. That is all.
Now that Eric the head vampire of Area 5 knows of Sookies disabilities, he plans to put them to good use, for himself of course. After a shocking incident involving the unusually drunk Officer Andy Bellefleur and the flashy Lafayette, I wont' give any spoilers here folks so that's all I can say on that matter, Sookie is whisked away to tend to vamp matters, in Texas!
Of course our southern belle Sookie cannot take a step these days without finding herself in mortal peril. Before she even leaves Bon Temps a Maenad finds Sookie and leaves a not so friendly message for her to relay to Eric. She wants tribute, but it isn't always that simple now is it folks?
The matters in Texas however becomes more and more problematic for our gal. A vampire has been taken from his nest, and his family wants answers, and their deaths. She has to infiltrate a fanatic religious group of sun worshipers who may or may not have kidnapped their vampire.
All Sookie wants to do is go to work, she can't stop thinking about her drive way and how it needs to be re graveled and how she is going to afford it having to take so many days off from work. Damn Bill, he wants to treat Sookie as a kept woman but he isn't doing such a good job where she really needs it. I am so Eric's corner, his sweetly seductive bad boy self, and his brief moments with Sookie, I'm rooting for him.
As with the first book I love Sookie’s personality. She’s quirky and a little strange, but her oddities are endearing. Bill continues to have his secrets, but his relationship with Sookie grows in this book and despite the fact that he keeps things from her I enjoy seeing them together.
As for Sam however, I find I like him less and less as this series continues. He’s constantly pushing himself on Sookie, and it feels like he doesn’t respect her boundaries at all. However, there were some interesting developments in his storyline in this book that relate to his love life and I think it will be fun to see how that develops. The supernatural world Sookie was introduced to in the first book in this series is growing for everyone in Sookie's life, particularly Sam.
Eric continues to make his way deeper into Sookie’s life as well, but I don’t find his methods as disrespectful as Sam’s. He and Sookie have developed an interesting friendship, and I do enjoy watching them interact. However, sometimes I think Sookie lets him get closer to her than she should knowing that he has feelings for her. At a few different points in this book both she and Bill make you question just what exactly counts as cheating in their relationship.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and will probably continue with the series.
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Aside from my getting so caught up in the TV series, I’d plumb forgotten that the books might be wildly different (see: reader error), the story is very much what one might expect. There are a good number of laughs, some gore and some great one-liners, including:
‘I am not having this conversation.’ Then I proceeded to have it. ‘Eric…'
Page 248, Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
There’s no need to over-intellectualise it though. This is a fun, but not exactly substantial read. It’s a very jolly book, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Again very well written, enjoyed the interaction with the charctures and enjoyed the introduction of the Maenod. Unlike the series, she wasn't the main the charactures. Loved how you got introducted to a darker side of a small town. People you thought you knew had other sides to them.
Loved the introduction of Eric more aswell. You got to see the fun side of him which set you up ready for the love storey between him and Sookie. Loved it.