The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

Earlier on my blog you’ll see when I read the first book of this series, Dead Until Dark.  I had seen the TV series TrueBlood prior to reading the book and found myself disappointed, to say the least, with the TV show.  The book is SO much better and the show didn’t even have the decency to stay with the characters and storyline but went very wayward.  It shouldn’t have.  The books themselves hold their own and have no need to be changed.

That said, my hubby recently went out-of-town on business.  Almost immediately I was hating it, missing him.  My friend had loaned me the eight books following Dead Until Dark (listed below) which I immersed myself in.

Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead and Gone

The  next in the series is due out in May 2010.  I will be getting a hold of that one when it comes out for sure.  There’s another book available now called A Touch of Dead which is apparently several short stories.  I understand that there are several regarding Sookie but what I don’t know is if they are all Sookie or have shorts about other things.  A friend told me it wasn’t nearly as good as the books.  I’ve requested it from the library anyway. 

 The books are AWESOME.  Charlaine creates the characters so wonderfully.  The lead, Sookie, is witty, likeable and realistic.  The vampires, werewolves, wereanimals and more are extremely entertaining and likeable or hateable depending on their purpose.   The adventures and catastrophes that Sookie deals with keep the book action packed.  It has all the great things in a novel; adventure, drama, romance, action, suspense, deceit and one of my personal favorites, otherworldly characters.

I REALLY enjoyed the series.  Those of you who have read the books will understand my next comment; my vote goes for Vampire Eric.  I just love him.  He kind of reminds me of my super studly hubby.

Anyway, if you looking for an easy, highly entertaining read, though not so easily put down, this one fits the bill.  I will comment that there are times in many of the book where it would not be suitable for young readers.  That said, go get ’em.  Their good.

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