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Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #2)

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Excellent

I really enjoyed this book. It has a story that will keep you entertained for hours.

posted by theReader278 on July 16, 2011

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6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

For Entertainment Purposes Only, Of Little To No Literary Value

It is a safe bet that nobody is reading the Sookie Stackhouse series for its literary value. The second book in the vampire series by Charlaine Harris is as poorly written as the first, if not more so. Can we agree that we read the adventures of Sookie for the violenc...
It is a safe bet that nobody is reading the Sookie Stackhouse series for its literary value. The second book in the vampire series by Charlaine Harris is as poorly written as the first, if not more so. Can we agree that we read the adventures of Sookie for the violence and the sex? These novels have their place in our culture, just as big budget blockbuster films do. They serve as a quick, mindless read, finished in a few days. They are the horror equivalent of the tawdry drugstore romance novel with little to no character development, description, or internal conflict. The imagination factor is minimal, the vocabulary is basic, and the language is cliché-filled.

Yet still, they serve their purpose. Living Dead In Dallas finds Sookie Stackhouse working for the vampires, on loan to the Dallas vampires and using her psychic abilities to help locate a kidnapped vampire. Her vampire lover, Bill, and Eric, the leader of the Louisiana chapter of vampires, accompany her on her journey. Along the way, she meets a number of colorful characters who, if the time had been taken to develop them more intimately, may have been interesting. It seems as though Charlaine Harris may have consulted a personality dictionary during her writing, creating superficial characters with little to no internal conflict, at least none that is obvious to the reader.

The story moves quickly through Dallas as Sookie helps to unravel a plot by an anti-vampire league chartered with publicly expressing their hatred for vampires. Sookie returns home to find a close friend's murder still unresolved, and she engages herself in a local sex club to help bring the killers to justice. Harris tries desperately to engage her readers in the supernatural world, weaving different other-worldly creature such as shape-shifters and maenads into the storyline. But she does no unsuccessfully as the characters serve no real purpose for their presence or add little to help the story move forward.

Living Dead In Dallas serves its purpose as mindless , unfocused fiction, the kind you can read in the airport without having to focus too intently on the content. If you miss a few pages out of distraction, you can probably figure out what happened by thinking about how you would have crafted the story. It is less than creative and entirely basic, but it does provide some satisfaction as entertainment only.

posted by Richard_Szponder on February 28, 2010

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    Posted June 21, 2013

    Ally

    O.o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2011

    Very short read

    dont bother unless you like a REALLY short read. 199 pages.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

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    easy read

    The second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series was not as good as the first. Although the book has its high points, this book did not live up to the first in the series. I have noted that the author's Sookie Stackhouse series are easier reads, a reader can get through them quite quickly. The books keep you interested, but lack supporting character development. I will continue to read through the series because the interest is there on what happens to Ms. Sookie Stackhouse.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Not great writing, but good escapism.

    Poor Sookie Stackhouse has a slew of issue in book two of the Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood/Sookie series. She's still dating Vampire Bill, who has been begrudgingly accepted in Bon Temps, but that's about the only good thing going for her. On top of being attacked by a maenad (a boozy hussy who worships Dionysus), she's shipped off to Dallas to use her "talent" of mind-reading to find out who (or what) has kidnapped a vampire from the Dallas nest. With that puzzle solved she returns to Bon Temps to see if she can find out who killed a man and planted him in Detective Andy Bellefleur's car one night. She's quite the busy bee in Living Dead in Dallas. On top of all the sleuthing, it's also apparent that she's very addicted to sex, since every man (living or dead) seems to make her libido spin. Goodness, now that I realize everything that was going on in this book I wonder how it's only 291 pages. Oh yeah, the writing isn't exactly. Pulitzer worthy? Amongst other things.

    Book two is better than Book one (Dead Until Dark), because the plot is more intense, and the vampires are more attractive. There's also a new group of shapeshifters introduced (including werewolves!), which is fun and I hope am sure they'll return in the future. So, if you liked Dead Until Dark, you should definitely continue with the series. I do not feel that these books deserve all the hype they're getting, if I'm honest with you, but yes, I will continue to read them. Maybe it's a waste of time, but I like vampires, and I like the television show, and for a quick escapist read, it'll do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2009

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    A so so addition

    My least favorite yet, i would just get it at the library

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

    Decent Read

    The writing style in the second book was better than the writing style in the the first book, no doubt. Later books really perk up the storyline, but this shows the tension building between the characters.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Fun light reading book series

    This is the second book in the Sookie series. The world is interesting and fun to visit but do not expect a complex or intricate story lines. The characters are fun but not very dynamic. This is a fun beach reading book but nothing more.

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