Re-Read: Dead Until Dark (Charlaine Harris)

Dead Until Dark is the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels (Southern Vampire Mysteries) by Charlaine Harris and the basis for the TV show True Blood. [Here’s my first review of it.]

Plot (shamelessly copied from myself):
Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in Bon Temps, a small city in Louisiana. And she’s also very SPESHUL, as she can hear people’s thoughts, which drives her crazy. Then along comes Bill – he’s a vampire and Sookie can’t hear a thing he’s thinking. Which of course means *snip* romance! With all the romancing, you almost forget that there’s a killer on the lose – killing girls, who slept with vampires.

The first time round I wasn’t very excited about the book. But then a boxed set lured me in and I had the first eight books of the series at home and I figured now that I bought them, I can read them as well and decided to start again with the first book. And this time round, I liked it much better.

Now on with the review that is much less of a comparison with True Blood and much more of a review than that first one.

I don’t really know why liked the book better this time round, since my points from the first time round are still valid: the writing is not very good. The symbolic ending was a bit headdesky (still better than the True Blood season ending with Flaming Bill, though). But there are a few nice jokes in there and the pacing is good which makes for a quick read.

Sookie is still quite a mystery to me. The amount of time she spends thinking about outfits and make-up and general grooming alone is enough to make her feel completely alien to me. But I liked the way Sookie’s religious beliefs are incorporated just so matter-of-factly. It’s not a big thing, it’s just part of her life.

Bubba is still awesome, but I miss Lafayette and Jason is really treated like shit. It is amazing how little Charlaine Harris likes him. And I still don’t get Bill’s appeal. There is so little sexy in him, it’s already kind of impressive.

Summarising: Maybe I was in a more forgiving mood than the first time round, but I enjoyed Dead Until Dark a good deal.

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