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Overview

The New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series, now available in one deluxe boxed set!

Dead until Dark is now the HBO original series True Blood

Contains: Dead until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, and All Together Dead
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  • Charlaine Harris
    Charlaine Harris  

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Rocky Mountain New
Charlaine Harris playfully mixes several genres to make a new one that is her own bright creation.
The Denver Post
[A] delightful Southern vampire detective series.
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Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris
Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris is best known for her paranormal mysteries -- a sly, wry blend of humor, horror, that has been called "cozies with teeth."

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.

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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 December 5, 2008

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    One of the best books about vampires that i have read

    I almost never read books about vampires but i just picked up the first book and started to read it then all of the sudden the next day i was done. I just had to read the entire series and i did in less than a week, so if you are looking for a good vampire story heres one.<BR/><BR/>Oh by the way even though i LOVE the series and cannot wait until the next one comes out it is not at all like Twilight, this series has romance but it has a lighter feel to the series.<BR/><BR/>Hope you like/love the series as much as I did.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

    Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series

    I am always looking for a good vampire book. The Sookie Stackhouse Series are the best by far. I had a hard time putting the book down at night. The characters were amazing and Charlaine Harris gave very good details and made you feel like you were right in the story. Sookie always keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what kind of danger she'll run into next. I highly recommend these books. I was so bummed when I was done with the series but I think Chalaine Harris will write more and won't leave us hanging.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    The most fun I've had reading in forever. I can hardly put the books down. Sookie is so funny/quirky. I can't wait for the HBO series to come out on DVD. I hope Charlaine continues Sookie's adventures for a long time to come.

    If you enjoy the supernatural, you'll love this series. Even though lots of the characters are not human, the emotions felt when reading about them are nothing but. <BR/><BR/>There is something for everyone in these books. Mystery/suspense, some violence, some romance and a whole lot of enjoyment watching Sookie go through not so normal life in her not so normal way.<BR/><BR/>This series will make you look at our universe in a different way. If you don't already question the existence of the the supernatural or at least wish for it, this series may just make you give it some thought.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

    I wasn't much of a reader prior to getting these books. Now I can't put them down!

    I've never been one to truly enjoy reading before. Like so many others I started reading these because of the "Trueblood" series on HBO. I went out and purchased the first book and could NOT put it down until I'd read every page. <BR/><BR/>The way they are able to bring a new "spin" on other things by making vampires the victims of descrimination and opression (just to name a few) is absolute genious.<BR/><BR/>The very next day I went on a massive search for the other books in this series because I just had to know what happened next. Ms. Harris' writing is unique in regards to the genre' of the vampire/werewolf/shape shifter folklore we hear growing up. It is imaginative, smart, funny and it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.<BR/><BR/>I'm still watching the TV series and loving it, but for me the books are FAR superior to the show (and I happen to think the show rocks)!<BR/><BR/>Ms. Harris also has other series that I was able to find and read and those are great too. The lead characters are all strong women that fight for themselves. Truly an amazing writer!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Series gets my 5 star rating as a offbeat mystery/thriller/romance which is chock full of interesting characters, unexpected plot twists as well as touching and comedic incidents.

    The Sookie Stackhouse Series is not your typical "vampire" book! The series centers around the life and times of a seemingly ordinary heroin, Sookie, who is graced with the talent of mind-reading, and, who stumbles into a myriad of situations in which her talent as well as her good old- fashioned common sense helps her to survive. You will truly enjoy this fast paced romantic thriller which will keep you entertained in its interesting conflicts, colorful characters and the unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Charlaine Harris' fluid writing style, written in first person narrative, makes the reader feel they are involved in the action of the plot as it unfolds. The beauty of the story is the fact that it is a series in which you become enmeshed in Harris' world of humans, vampires, were-wolfs, were-panthers, were-tigers and supernatural beings. It is thrilling to connect with and journey along with these characters in each book of the series. The characters develop with each book which creates many interesting turns in events that are oft-times unexpected.

    This series is a great read and fun to share with others!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    If you liked Twilight, read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris!

    I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels because like many others I began watching the HBO television show True Blood. Once I read Dead until Dark I was hooked. The imagination of Charlaine Harris is amazing. A world she created where vampires "come out of the coffin" and walk among us. A world full of supernatural creatures, romance, and danger.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2008

    This book was absolutely amazing!!!

    I had seen the show before i got the book but they dont even compare to eachother. As soon as i finished the first book i went right out and got the second one. I am absolutely in love with the charachters in the books and the suspense that leaves you on the edge of your seat and it keeps you reading. I actually found myself getting scared i felt like i was in Sookie's shoes for a lot of the book. I also like how Charlaine Harris used vampires and shape shifters it was'nt like any of the other vampire books that are out now.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2009

    If you like Twilight, you'll HATE this!

    I decided to read this series because the show True Blood came out on HBO and was generating a lot of hype. I also took the recommendations of people who said if you like Twilight you'll love this. I was incredibly disappointed. This series is so raunchy and trashy that's it's not even worth the maybe 5 seconds of suspense you get. It is disgusting. There are moments where there are super inappropriate sex acts being preformed at sex parties. And in comparison to Twilight, the vampires in this series are filthy rotten pigs. They are essentially animals who are cruel and feed off of whatever they want. Also the main love interest in the book Bill, is a complete jerk. He makes no appology for murdering people and say deal with it. He treats sookie like crap and she takes it. That's not a love story to me. All of the towns people in this book have sex with everyone else (using no protection). They are all sexual deviants being ruled by their hormones. In other towns people engage in weird love biting parties and screw all the time too. I swear this author is seriously missing something in her own life and decided to write the most lude things she could think of. Not in a million years would I recommend this garbage to anyone!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

    ummmm

    I can honestly say that I like the books but I feel that she could have taken her time on them. It seems like she spends more time describing the characters ugly clothes than she does the plot. I sometimes find myself confused by what she is trying to say.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    OVER KILL

    What a bunch of convoluted nonsense...over and over and over again. It good once...but very redundant & almost insulting to think our lives are so dull we need this much escapiam.

    Here is the winner's list:

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    It is okay!

    I am a real big fan of the Twilight series. I read a review from one of the readers of this series that stated she was a big fan of the Twilight series too. She stated she bought this series because it was the adult like version to Twilight. What a liar! If you are looking for the romance that Bella and Edward shared this is not a series for you. If you are looking for vampires, raunchy sex scenes, mystery written in a southern twang buy this series. This was a series that just did not have the pull that Twilight had this is why I gave it a lower rating. Shoot me!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

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    One more twist on the Vampire myth

    Charlaine Harris does the Vampire story with yet another twist. Well, kind of. The setting is the deep South, but the Vampires mostly have the strengths and weaknesses you are familiar with. Harris also throws in psychics, werewolves, and other creatures. As the books progress, Sookie finds out how much she has to learn about the non-human world.<BR/><BR/>Some of the best characters are not the main ones, but Sookie is fun to follow in her misadventures. It is best to read these books in order, but this is not entirely necessary. I have not seen the HBO series, but I hope they don't ruin it by straying too far from the books. <BR/><BR/>It's not deep thinking or masterful plotting, just enjoyable light reading and mostly fun characters. I find some of the situtations and character responses a little absurd at times, but usually in a laugh-out-loud way. <BR/><BR/>Recommended for teens and adults. There is sex (sometimes too "romance novel" for my tastes), violence, love, kindness, humor, and evil. What more could you wish for? I give the series 4 out of 5 stars.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2008

    WOW!!!

    Exceptionally funny, witty, action packed. See Sookie mature and make several life statements that ironically affect us all. I just want to know that there will be more of Sookie, Eric and the gang.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Fun and entertaining.

    Plot: Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress who people in her small Louisiana town think is a little crazy due to her strange ability to read other peoples thoughts. Sookie gets caught up in the supernatural world of vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, and all sorts of mythical creatures.

    Review: I enjoyed this series and the books were quick reads. Don't let the cute cartoon characters on the front of the books fool you, these are not children's books. There are graphic sex scenes and adult content. This is one of those stories that you just get lost in the characters and the world they live in. The HBO television series that is based on the books was very loosely based on the books, if you really want to get into this world and the characters stick with the books. I can't wait to see what happened to Sookie and her friends in the upcoming books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

    fun

    Not the most thought provoking thing you can read but entertaining nonetheless. If you are a TrueBlood fan, like I am, it's worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    True Blood Series

    The True Blood series is so awesome! It is a series you want to sink you teeth into.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    A Great and Fast Read!

    After watching the True Blood series on HBO, my friend got me into reading the Sookie Stackhouse collection. My friend let me borrow the first book and I was hooked. I immediately bought the box set. I haven't finished reading them yet, but so far, they are AMAZING!--A must have!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    This series is just fun!

    This series is just fun! It's quirky, sexy and pulls you in completely.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    This is the best...

    Series I've ever read! My dad gave it to me for Christmas. I fell in love instantly once I got into them. I suggested to my mom that she should read them, and now she's obsessed over them like all those annoying Twilight Fan Girls. I really can't wait for book 10! I looooove Eric.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    Sookie Stacks the House

    Could not stop reading each book. Can't wait for the 10th novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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