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posted by blake_taylor on July 15, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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A Case in Which the Show is Better
There are twists and turns in the show that keep the audience enthrawled with Dexter's character and the characters around him, but the book lacks any sort of excitement. The way the show manages to mold all the characters together and twist the audience's mind into thinking bad guys are good guys and good guys are bad guys is just amazing.
I had to force myself to finish this book, and I am usually a quick reader. This book, however, had me reading it for over a week and it's less than 300 pages. This was probably the case because every time I sat down to read it I became SO bored that I actually attempted to find anything and everything else to do.
It you're attempting to read this book because you love the show, have second thoughts and Don't.
posted by anna-b on December 31, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 25, 2011
This book and the series are excellent!
This book and series are extremely well-written and give the reader quirky characters that stretch the boundaries of what it is to be "bad" or "good." The unexpected protagonist is a surprise and it is to the author's credit that the reader ends up caring about Dexter and his world. If you've been watching the HBO series, forget about it - the televised series cannot hold a candle to the books for character development and interaction. Seeing the world revealed through Dexter's eyes is an experience. And the books just keeps getting better and better. Turn off the tube and head for the bookstore!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2011
Posted December 12, 2011
I have not watched the series. I have always had the impression that Hollywood screws everithing up. Therefore, I will not comment in relation to that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This novel had me on my toes the whole way. It almost made me feel criminal. In my thoughts I was a cheerleader and I was cheering for Dexter the whole way. I felt every feeling he had or had not. Picturing every moment. I guess we all have a little bit of Dexter inside us...
Posted November 4, 2011
Posted October 25, 2011
This first installment in the Dexter series is also the basis for the television series based on Lindsay's character. The television series is very different from the book series, so be sure to remember that as you read/watch. In a television show, you need to have constant twists/turns/hooks to keep audiences coming back every week. In a book, however, you have more time to examine/develop characters and you can spend more time on each plot. The Dexter books are fantastic, mainly because of Lindsay's voice. His first person narrative [as Dexter] is just incredible, and the voice is smart, funny, and very quick. Dexter's thought processes are fascinating, and we are reminded of Ellis's American Psycho as Lindsay brings the inner workings of a killer to life. Both the books and the television series are great, and I won't go into which is better - but this is a book review, and you really should read this book as well as the rest of the Dexter series. Lindsay is a great writer, and Dexter is a character that deserves your attention.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 14, 2011
I theoght the book was hilarious with a gross twist. I thought it would be like the showtime series and it's not except for some names. I look forward to getting the rest of the books by Jeff Lindsay.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2011
I watched the series(all at once, mind you. i spent a good 2 weeks glued to my computer screen on netflx watching all the seasons) and now that i don't get the channel it comes on, i decided to read the books. BEST decision ever. I got through this book in three days, could hardy set it down. Dexter is witty, charming and, of course, evil in his own way. The book was simply amazing and the ending was great. Much better than the ending in the tv series, in my opinion. READ THIS BOOK!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted August 8, 2011
I am a HUGE fan of the Dexter series on Showtime. Once I saw the books I just had to read them. Now there are MAJOR differences between the show and the book, and I love it! They're their own different animals. Anyone who has seen the show, loves the character and has seen season one will fill RIGHT at home with this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Once I started it, it felt like Dexter had me on his table. I couldn't put it down. It's very well written and very easy to read. It's a quick read but thoughrougly enjoyable.
If you like the show start with this and move on down the line!
Posted May 27, 2011
Love the books
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Posted May 1, 2011
Dexter series just amazing
I am not a hevy reader, since getting my Nook Color I had to read this book. Similar to the Showtime series, the book offers a more personal look in to the mind of Dexter. It has a similar but diferent story line, which is great the more Dexter the better. This is a great read and I do recomened it to all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Wish to Hek Reviews: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Wish to Hek Reviews: Darkly Dreaming DexterWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I know this review is coming out seven years late but I've been busy.
Jeff Lindsay has crafted such an amazing character in the first installment of this series as Dexter invites us into not only his story, but into his head as well. Told in first person, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, tells the tale of a blood splatter analyzer who is thrust into a cat and mouse game involving a serial killer who has a fondness for cutting up hookers in Miami.
The difference here is that Dexter is a wannabe serial killer himself. We really get to see his thought processes and the neurosis within him as he is torn between envying the work of this serial killer or actually, you know, trying to catch him. Dexter is also worried that it is actually his Dark Passenger (his killer instincts) taking over Dexter's body and making him do the killings in his sleep.
Most of us, I hope, wouldn't have to worry about cutting up a bunch of hookers in our sleep but Dexter has to. Without giving away too much about the story, Dexter is a killer but he tries to only kill the bad people, and I mean the really bad people. Killing a bunch of hookers isn't what Dexter is about but after a trail of clues and visions of the killings leads the crazed blood splatter analyzer to believe that maybe he is the guilty party.
Who is the killer? Is it Dexter's sister, Deborah or maybe the hot-for-Dexter detective LaGuerta? Or maybe Dexter himself? Those of you who have seen the show may already know the answer to this so don't give it away. I've never seen the show but am intrigued by the character of Dexter so I will have to check it out after reading a couple more of the books.
At its core, Darkly Dreaming Dexter is a humorous and disturbing book with a lot going for it Highly recommended. My wish this time? I wish that one day Hek gets a chance to grant one of Dexter's wishes. That would be fun!!!
Robert Ford knows a lot about wishes as he is the author of the wishes with an evil twist series, The World of Hek. TWOH: Book One: Forever, TWOH: Book Two: Savior, Fall of Grace (The World of Hek) and Christlike are available wherever fine books are sold and available for your Kindle or Nook at a new, lower price.
Posted March 24, 2011