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.

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Answering Questions Asked Through Google XXXI

Before you complain (in case you have noticed and actually care, that is) I’m very well aware that there was no AQATG last week. I’m sorry about that, but there weren’t any questions to answer.

Anyhow, today we have one:  

“why is dead until dark a bad book”?

Dead Until Dark is not necessarily a bad book. But it’s not a very good one either, in my opinion. The important part of this sentence is the last one though: IN MY OPINION. So, you wanna know whether a book is good for you or not? There’s only one way to find out: You will have to read it.

I’m sorry that I had to break this news to you. But it’s better to know than be kept in the dark, right?

Answering Questions Asked Through Google XXVI

“in dead until dark who is bubbu supposed [to be]”?

Pop Culture knowledge is a wonderful thing. The levels of trivia difficulty vary of course, but how can one not know this?
You’re in the southern US, when a supposedly dead guy comes along, who is a little destroyed by the drugs he used to take, referred to as the King and Bubba, not Bubbu. [This is quite definitely a reference to Bubba Ho-tep.]

It’s Elvis, of course. Hope you could learn something.

And now, although it isn’t actually a question, I have something to say to this:

“how to get a macgyver haircut season 5”

You don’t. Seriously. MacGyver is  a great guy, but his haircut – no matter the season – really sucks.

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.

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.

So, as you may know, I’ve watched True Blood and I really liked it. So, I can’t really comment on the book without referencing the TV show. But before I delve into the differences and what I liked better, here’s what I can say about the book itself:

The writing is depressingly mediocre. It’s not bad enough to qualify as pulp/purple prose and fun, but it’s also not good.
The characters are sketchy at best and their motivations usually remain a mystery.
That said, even though I didn’t understand Sookie, that kind of made her more tangible. In real life, you don’t understand everybody completely either, nobody goes about explaining themselves like “I’m going to kiss you  because my father left me when I was a little girl and I crave the contact with a mature man now.” And in these books, the characters don’t do that either.

Summarising, I liked the book but not as much as the show and not enough to bother buying the rest of the series. If I can get my hands on them some other way, I’ll read them. If not, not.

Now, on to the fun part!

[SPOILERS galore]

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