Living Dead in Dallas (Charlaine Harris)

Living Dead in Dallas is the second book of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels (Southern Vampire Mysteries) by Charlaine Harris. [Here’s my review of the first book.]

Plot:
A vampire went missing in Dallas and Sookie is recruited by Eric to travel there (together with Bill) to use her skills to find out more about it. She soon discovers that the new vampire hating church The Fellowship of the Sun seems to have something to do with the disappearance. At the same time Sookie discovers that the world is fuller with supernatural creatures than she ever expected: she gets attacked by a maenad who wants to send Eric a message and makes the acquaintance of a few werewolves.

The plotting in this one is a complete mess and even though there are not many parts of the book that I liked, it was a good read in general. Most of that is due to Eric and Eric’s awesome, though part of the credit also goes to Sookie who I simply like.

[Slight Spoilers]

The book starts off with Lafayette dying. I knew that this was going to happen but it’s still bad. As a recompensation Tara and Eggs were introduced. But Eggs without Mehcad Brooks‘ smile is just annoying and Tara barely featured anyway. Also Godric sucks compared to the Godric in True Blood. In the show he was one of my favorite characters, in the book is a disgusting pedophile.

Bill is still unattractive to me – but Eric makes up for all of that. Such an asshole, but so unbelievably great. He really is the best thing about the books – apart from Sookie herself. She’s a fascinating character. She honestly believes that pre-marital sex is actually wrong and she has (to me) completely arbitrary standards of shame, but she has no problem with having sex anyway and she’s wonderfully no-nonsense about it.

There was one instance though, where I just wanted to hit her: Jason makes some homophobic comment and she basically tells him that he shouldn’t get his panties in a twist because of TEH GAYZ since there are so many worse things out there.

But the book’s weakest point is definitely it’s plotting. There’s three stories going on at the same time and none of them are actually resolved in a satisfying manner (though the worst offender is definitely the maenad part – that ending is just ridiculous).

Still, I’m hooked. And Sam got naked, so that’s good.

Summarising: weaker than Dead Until Dark, but Sookie is strong enough to hold it together.

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