Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #1) (True Blood) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned-paranormal sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, we are pleased to offer her first novel in the series in a special hardcover edition.

And with HBO launching an all-new show, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse will be bigger than ever.

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Overview

For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned-paranormal sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, we are pleased to offer her first novel in the series in a special hardcover edition.

And with HBO launching an all-new show, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse will be bigger than ever.

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  • Charlaine Harris
    Charlaine Harris  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613656504
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,241,708
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris writes both fantasy and mysteries. She has three children, and she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, three dogs, and a duck. She enjoys the movies, fast-pitch softball, and (above all) reading.

Biography

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris grew up in a family of avid readers (her father was a teacher; her mother a librarian). She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English and Communication Arts. Although she penned poetry and plays in school, her first serious foray into fiction was with two standalone novels, Sweet and Deadly and A Secret Rage, published (effortlessly!) in the early 1980s.

After her early success, Harris released the first installment in a series of lighthearted mysteries starring spunky, small-town Georgia librarian, true crime enthusiast, and amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden. When Aurora debuted in Real Murders (1990), Publishers Weekly welcomed "a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." The book went on to receive an Agatha Award nomination.

Anxious for another challenge, Harris began a second series in 1996. Darker and edgier than the Teagarden novels, these mysteries featured taciturn, 30-something housecleaner Lily Bard, a woman with a complicated past who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, to find peace and solitude. The first novel, Shakespeare's Landlord, was well-received. BookList raved: "Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story." [Much to the disappointment of her fans, Harris concluded the Lilly Bard sequence in 2001 with Shakespeare's Counselor.]

Although Harris achieved moderate success with these two series (which she laughingly describes as "cozies with teeth"), she would hit the jackpot in 2001 with Dead Until Dark, a sly, spoofy paranormal mystery starring a telepathic Louisiana cocktail waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill. The novel, a delightful hybrid of mystery, science fiction, and romance, was an instant hit with critics. ("Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake," raved the dark fantasy magazine Cemetery Dance.) Readers, too, adored the Southern Vampire Series and have rewarded the author with bestseller after bestseller. (In 2008, the Sookie saga came to HBO in a top-rated television adaptation, True Blood, starring Anna Paquin.)

With 2006's Grave Sight, Harris added yet another fascinating character to her stable -- a young woman named Harper Connelly whose youthful encounter with a lightning bolt has left her with the ability to find corpses and determine how they died. In addition to juggling characters and plots for her popular series, Harris has also contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies of paranormal fantasy fiction.

Good To Know

In our interview, Harris confesses:

"I'm really a boring person. My family (my husband and three children) is the most important thing in my life. I go to bed early, I get up early. I love to go to the movies with my husband. My favorite things about finally making some money as a writer are (a) I can buy as many books as I want, and (b) I can hire a maid. The first job I had was working in an offset darkroom at a very small newspaper. I stood on a concrete floor all day and made minimum wage -- which then was $1.60 an hour. I hated it, and I learned a lot, though not necessarily about working in a darkroom. So being a writer is much better."

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    1. Hometown:
      Southern Arkansas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tunica, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Charlaine Harris Filled My Twilight Void

    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.

    60 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Excellent Read

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    49 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

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    Silly covers, great reads!

    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. <BR/>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. <BR/>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. <BR/>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. <BR/>Overall, a great story that is worth reading. Check them all out.

    39 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    Great concept, terribly written

    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.

    28 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Surprised in a good way. :)

    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.

    27 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris

    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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    It's okay...

    I read this book on a suggestion from someone who had read Twilight. I'm not into vampire books in particular, but I really liked the Twilight series so I gave this one a try. The story is somewhat similar, but I had a hard time getting into it. I felt no connection with the personalities of the characters as you never really have a chance to get to know them. I didn't feel the love behind the two main characters, Sookie and Bill, and they were already professing their love 1/3 of the way into the book. They had sex shortly thereafter and there was a lot of killing in the book.

    This book series is not a good match for me personally as I am tired of the sex and violence that is in a lot of books today. However, if you are into murder mysteries and vampires, you may like this one. It did have a couple of funny moments that made me chuckle, but unfortunately it was not enough to keep me interested in reading further books in this series. There was also a part near the end where they introduced a character (Bubba) that was so ridiculous I almost put the book down right then and there.

    This is just one person's opinion and I know there are probably a lot of readers who really like this series. So I guess you'd have to find out for yourself if you are one of those people...

    13 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2009

    Love The Book

    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.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

    A Fun Read . . .

    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.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Better than True Blood

    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

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    Anne Rice move over!!!! Charlaine Harris is the new Vampire Queen lol jk

    I have heard of the TV series on HBO, and never watched. But when I went into Barnes and Noble and saw this book. I still didn't tie it in with being the book based on the series. I got it cause the cover drawn me in, but when I started researching the book and reviews. I was surprised to find out it was based on the TV series!!!

    SO I read it...and to my surprise this book was very....EXCELLENT!!! I was not expecting nothing I had read. It was so different then the new age vampires being so glamours(Twilight). I'm not saying Twilight isn't a good book. I enjoyed it!! Its just this book gave you more in site about the obstacles, and life of a vampire.

    The main character name is Sookie Stackhouse, and she can read minds.How cool is that!!! She has a brother name Jason who is like a man whore lol. One night while working she meets Bill, the vampire. And thats when everything in her life take a dramatic and exciting change for the good.

    IF your looking for a great Vampire book, that has romance, thrill, excitement, and just a great storyline. This is the book. I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to by the squeal.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Good but slow

    it was a good book ooverall but was so slow and took so long for the story to develope that towards the end i got bored and couldnt wait to get it over with

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    Trueblood made me want to read it

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    I LOVE!!!!!

    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!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

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    This is an extraordinary and original book; full of charm and wi

    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 &quot;her disability&quot;-- 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 &quot;thinking&quot; 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.
       

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

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    Terrible

    This is one of the worse books I have ever read. It is terribly written, has poor character development and really no redeeming qualities. I have never stopped reading a book in the middle of it but I was very tempted with this one.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

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    Adult fiction at a 5th grade reading level

    This would probably be a great series for people learning to read later in life. It was vaguely entertaining.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Just Okay For Me

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    Highly Recommended

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    I Enjoyed It!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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