Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #1) (True Blood)

Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #1) (True Blood)

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0441018254

ISBN-13: 2900441018252

Pub. Date: 07/07/2009

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

A fun, fast, funny, and wonderfully intriguing blend of vampire and mystery that's hard to put down, and should not

Overview

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

A fun, fast, funny, and wonderfully intriguing blend of vampire and mystery that's hard to put down, and should not be missed. (Susan Sizemore)

Praise for Charlaine Harris:

Harris writes neatly and with assurance. (New York Times Book Review)

An author of rare talents. (Publishers Weekly)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900441018252
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Series:
Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336

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Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #1) (True Blood) 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 3872 reviews.
Maddilyn More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I decided to read it because I took an intrest in the HBO tv show and had just finished reading the Twilight series. Vampire novels are a gulty pleasure of mine so when I discovered Dead Untill Dark I was thrilled. The Sookie Stackhouse novels are definately more adult than the Stephanie Meyer books so youths be advised. I loved everything about the world that Charlaine Harris created. After reading her books I wanted to take a road trip to Louisianna. Her characters are so believabe despite their mythical state. I especially loved the modern twist she put on it. To think that vampires would fight for equal rights and want to live as equals amoung humans is crazy to think about. The love story that she creates between Bill and Sookie is unique despite what die hard Twilight fans might say. (Remember....Dead Untill Dark came BEFORE Twilight.) Also, the HBO show True Blood stays true to the novels for the most part and is just as addicting has the series.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because the HBO series True Blood hooked me. I'm a sucker for Anna Paquin and love Alan Ball, so this show was right up my alley and I figured the book might be too.
Within the first chapter or so, I decided I would finish Dead Until Dark. I hate to stop a book midway through, but probably wouldn't continue on to the next books in the series. Sookie Stackhouse's tale just wasn't gripping me. Somewhere around the middle of the book, though, my opinion changed. Maybe the story just took a bit to chug up to full speed, or maybe I was finally able to get out of the TV show mentality. The book, as always, is different than the movie.
Sookie, the heroine, is charming, self-aware, and more than a little tongue in cheek. She also happens to be a telepathic waitress who works at a dive bar in Louisiana, a state that draws vampires to it like a moth to a flame. Couple that with Sookie's seemingly magnetic ability to bring trouble to her doorstep, and you end up with a rollicking good time.
Dead Until Dark is a love story, mystery, and fantasy novel. It works extremely well on all fronts, except for maybe the love story portion. Sookie holds up her half of the relationship quite well, but Vampire Bill seems a little TOO cold and distant. He supposedly has these deep reserves of emotions and passion, but it's very hard to detect that. As a result, it sort of feels like Sookie is dating a robot. A super strong robot.
Overall, a great story that is worth reading. Check them all out.
astucity More than 1 year ago
I write this book review with no preconceived notion brought on by the show True Blood. I refused to watch that show until I read the books. I have just finished the first one. Sookie Stackhouse is your typical "disabled" waitress in a small town bar in Northern Louisiana. Her disability is a far from common one; she's telepathic. She was raised with her brother, Jason, by her aging grandmother after her parents died when she was young. While her older brother has moved out of the house a while ago, Sookie still lives with her grandmother. Enter the Vampire Bill. When vampires were allowed "out of the coffin" a few years back to be legally recognized citizens, they've been received with curiosity, romanticism, and sometimes all out hatred; but Sookie couldn't wait to meet one. When she met Bill, she was waitressing at Merlotte's, the local pub and food stop in Bon Temps. She was taken with him, but she was "Crazy Sookie" after all, and Sookie doesn't date. Hearing other people's thoughts at a constant rate kills that idea. When Bill got up and left with the "Rats", a local couple nicknamed that by Sookie due to their white trash status and last name, Sookie immediately knew they were up to no good. When she followed them out into the parking lot, they were draining him for his prized vampire blood, which has become the new "it" drug. Sookie managed to get Bill away from them, and herself into a lot of mess. Meanwhile; there is a serial killer in Bon Temps murdering young women, and the local detective has his sights on her older brother to fill the prison cell for it. I can't get into all the different characters and aspects of this book so now it's down to my final thoughts. Since I had not seen the show, I really genuinely loved this book. There were so many interesting characters and it really got into the vampire society aspect. Unlike books like "Twilight", it isn't some sob story teen emo G rated romance but there isn't so much sex in it, as say Laurell K Hamilton, where you just groan and skip the five chapters it takes to complete one love scene. That is important to me. Romance scenes should only be included into a book when it benefits the story, not as a cover up for the writer's lack of creativity to spin an actual storyline. This book delivers in this department. Harris is an excellent storyteller, and she did wonderfully by weaving in the whole Southern mentality you'd expect from a story based in Louisiana.
spinspinnsuga More than 1 year ago
While I am a fan of "True Blood", I was not a fan of Harris' written work, which is quite rare, becasue I usually go the opposite way when it comes to books and their film forms. This is perhaps the first book I can say I actually like the series better than the book. But I digress. I think Harris' concept is fantastic. She has a dynamic cast of characters, all with their own quirks and issues. Each character is colorful and paints a vivid picture. Towards the middle and end of the book, however, I lose my connection with the characters. I feel as though too much is going on at once and it loses the reader's interest and muddles the time line of events. I'm not a particular fan of her style of writing - but that's just a personal opinion. While the story line is an intriguing one, I feel Harris loses her grip on her characters halfway through the story and leaves the reader confused and unhappy at the end.
Silvermoonstone More than 1 year ago
Great book! Sookie is a down-to-earth, very likable character with charm, compassion, intelligence and an amazing amount of depth. Bill is unlike most of the other vampires you read about, refreshingly so, in that he is not so impossibly beautiful and seductive, which really wouldn't fit in with Sookie's no-nonsense personality. He is protective of Sookie, but not to the point of suffocation. They seem to have a fairly normal relationship, except for the unusual amount of dead people that seem to pop up around them.

Ms. Harris writes with humor and emotion that draws you into the story and makes you feel a part of it. I started this book as my normal before bed read, and didn't put it down until 4 a.m. when I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I am truly not interested in seeing the HBO series because it will mess up my internal visualization of Sookie, Bill and everyone else in Bon Temps, LA. As much as I admire Anna Pacquin in her past work, I just can't visualize her as Sookie.

Again, I am very pleased to have purchased Ms. Harris' books and once I finish the Stackhouse series, I will move on to her other characters. She is a wonderful author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't in love with the book when I started reading it. Though, I continued reading to find out the ending. After one more chapter I fell in love with the book and wanted to keep on reading it. If you love the Twilight series, the blood books, or any vampire fiction, then pick this up now. Sookie is either like you or someone you know, she is easy to relate to.
M_Cassidy More than 1 year ago
This book was a quick and fun read, however I felt the story's pace was just a tad on the slow side, despite the sultry content. Even though I'm not planning to read the rest of the series, I would recommend reading this book to see if it is something that may interest you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extraordinary and original book; full of charm and wit, capturing small-town America to a T. Harris blends together several genres-horror, mystery, and a bit of Gothic romance-with ease and aplomb. She has a straight forward, just between you and me kind of style that's fun and easy to read. One minute she's making you laugh, the next she's sending chills along your spine, and the next she's got you wondering who done it. This book will entertain and keep you guessing until the very end. I highly recommend it. Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress in a small contemporary Louisiana town, has led her life trying to protect herself from "her disability"-- a telepathic skill so acute she finds it difficult to block out the thoughts of those around her. One night when a vampire named Bill enters the bar Sookie is immediately drawn him. He's set apart from people just like she is and she's delighted to discover she can't overhear his thoughts at all. He likewise is surprised he cannot hypnotize her with his power. They find themselves in the awkward position of meeting on almost equal ground. When citizens of the town start showing up murdered, Sookie enlists Bill's help. The style of 'Dead Until Dark' really reminds me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. 'Dead Until Dark' is a first person narrative and takes place in an area where everybody knows each other. Sookie also has a grandma who's a character. Sookie is, well, kind of goofy. Her talent for hiding her telepathy is about as great as Evanovich's Stephanie Plum's skill as a bounty hunter. Bill is rather a "thinking" contemplative vampire, similar to Anne Rice's Louis, except he accepts himself for what he is. He doesn't reveal much of his past which, no doubt, will unwrap in later installments. Great read.    
KelliN More than 1 year ago
Charlaine Harris' first Sookie Stackhouse novel is a strong start to an outstanding series. If you've watched True Blood on HBO but haven't read the series, I would definitely recommend reading the books. They are very different from True Blood, but just as good. Dead Until Dark is a murder mystery with romance, friendship, and family relationships all in the mix. I like the setting of Louisiana, it's a good mix of reality and fantasy. As is common with the first novel in a series, this book introduces a lot of characters and gives us a lot of background information. It doesn't move as fast as the other Sookie Stackhouse books, but is still a quick read. If you read this book and don't find it to be very gripping or compelling, give Living Dead in Dallas, the second Sookie book, a try. Like so many others, this series gets better with every book. I've read all of Charlaine Harris' books, including the Aurora Teagarden and Lily Bard series, and find the Sookie novels to be her best work. I just don't like her other heroines as much as I like Sookie. Read my whole review on my book blog: http://idsoratherbereading.blogspot.com/search/label/4.5%20Stars#uds-search-results
Elaine-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Ok first this is not like Twilight, it isn't Twilight and doesn't try to be like it. I loved it. Sookie makes you fall in love with her. The mystery of the murderer also keeps you guessing. You will be surprised when you find out who it is. This series is different from other vampire series I have read and when I read a new series, I go in with open eyes and decide for myself if I like it or not. I am so glad I ordered the whole series and know this will stay saved on my nook because I could see me reading it again easily. I also have to say I like the tv show as equally as the book which doesn't happen often.
nightowl More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. Having watched the True Blood series on HBO since it premiered, I was very happy to see that the first season stayed true to the core storyline of the book.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
I had watched "True Blood" and really enjoyed it, which is why I figured the book wouldn't interest me...I couldn't have been more wrong! The show really does the book justice, but I found enough nuances to the story to keep me interested. Even if you aren't a fan of the show, it is an enthralling read! If you enjoyed this series, you might also like "Dark Lover" by J.R. Ward, "Dead Witch Walking" by Kim Harrison, or my favorite "Full Moon Rising" by Keri Arthur!
rmn125 More than 1 year ago
I was inspired to read these books after watching the first season of True Blood and all I can say is Wow! I just finished the first and could not out it down once I started reading it! Though slightly different from the HBO series, there are also a number of similarities. Ms. Harris does an excellent job. Great for just relaxing or if you need something different to read!
flowersophelia More than 1 year ago
I got started with the Sookie Stackhouse books because a friend had me watch True Blood with her one day. I was instantly hooked, both to the show and the books. If you are a fan of the tv show, be warned, the books are from Sookie's point of view. The show expands on the lives of other characters to make out a full season. Dead Until Dark sets up the entire world. Vampires out in the open, the 'nonliving' right next door. This first book also sets up Sookie's whole tragic life story as well as her first love. These books are a great, fun, exciting, and quick read that will keep you wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love your books about Sookie and Bill. I've read dead until dark 3 times. I just love it so much i got the second one... The story of them just gets better and better! I cant wait to start reading the rest of them!
QuietFury More than 1 year ago
This is a light read that doesn't require a lot of commmitment from the reader. Sookie is a fun character, though, for me, neither she nor the other characters were developed enough to give me a strong connection. The plot was interesting but parts of it left me wanting more detail. I could have put the book down halfway through and not been bothered if it disappeared and I couldn't finish.
MairL More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read these books before but am addicted to HBO's show and needed a fix/drink while waiting for the next season. I enjoyed this quick read and will probably read a few more before the show returns.
Novagirl More than 1 year ago
I've read my share of vampire books. I was sucked in during college with Interview with a Vampire and I've never looked back. Some Vampire books aren't really worth your time. They're just the same old stuff trying to be re-done with a twist. But I can say without a doubt that the Sookie Stackhouse series is well worth your time. The story really is unique and Sookie's character is easy to love. I devoured this book. Its a very easy read and the humor balances out the grim circumstances the heroine finds herself in. I've delighted in every book of this series and I think Dead Until Dark sets it up very well. Enjoy it.
lovescows30 More than 1 year ago
Was recommended by a co worker and friend. Was surprised that it was so good. I really enjoyed it after reading the Twilight series I would recommened this series to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sookie is a very unique and fun character...kind of the Stephanie Plum of paranormal fiction. Quite entertaining!
JayTea More than 1 year ago
With all the vampire novels, I knew they all couldn't be as good or as interesting as the Twilight series. I must admit that Stephanie Meyers set a high bar with her creativity and writing style all woven around a romance that you feel you are experiencing yourself. But Charlaine Harris is right up there with her. Her stories are a quicker read because she breaks it up into several small books; but they would all stand strong together in one book as well. She captures the romance just as passionately as Meyers does. There's a lot of laughter and tongue in cheek humor to keep from ever getting bored. I found myself eager to get back to the book throughout the day. The relationship between Sookie and Bill truly is something you want to continue experiencing and feeling long after you've completed a book in this series. I couldn't get enough after book 2 so I rented the HBO first season and loved it. While it was a bit more graphic (and at times just down right dumb) it captured Harris' characters quite well and even improved some. Their casting was perfect for everyone of the characters in this book and that's unusual for a TV based series. Charlaine's story is so good, True Blood was able to follow it almost exactly; right down to her clever dialogue. If you really enjoyed the Twilight series, I can assure you this is a great choice if you're looking to continue the enjoyment of those same themes and emotions. Dead Until Dark will grab you and hold you for as long as you want it to and you'll be scrambling to get the next one in the series. Thank God there's 9 of them so far!!!!
bella_1073 More than 1 year ago
I am a big Twilight fan and really got into Vampire Romance books. After reading the Twilight series twice, I figured I would give this a try. I read this book and despite some of the gore and language it was not bad. When I got to the second book, Dead In Dallas, I kind of lost interest. I never saw the HBO series True Blood as I thought it would be too gory for my taste. I guess I compare it too much to Twilight and will never find another Vampire romance that I love as much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
definately a book for adults! I had to get used to the writing style. Sometimes I couldn't quite follow who said what...but as you keep reading you get into it. In the beginning I got the feeling like : "yeah, right! That sounds so cliche'"...But it's definitely a book that keeps you going and the 2nd book gets even better, more action...
TrueFan1 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down, wow! More romance then the series and more drama..I began reading these books after seeing the HBO series TrueBlood, but the books as always are better, more romance more interesting. I just wish HBO would get out of the idea that we need a weekly liason with Jason and whoever to keep it hot, which takes over and isn't in the book. The "who did it" was a shock, I never saw that coming! Love Bill and wish the series has as much of him as the book does. I love the books more then the series and finished it in one day.