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Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark 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 bo

  • Title: Dead Until Dark
  • Author: Charlaine Harris
  • ISBN: 9780441008537
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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.

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    1. Charlaine Harris says:
      Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty five years A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck The duck stays outside.Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college Rhodes, in Memphis Charlaine was writing poetry and plays After holding down some low level jobs, she had the opportunity to stay home and write, and the resulting two stand alones were published by Houghton Mifflin After a child producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of writing mystery series, and soon had her own traditional books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden Her first Teagarden, Real Murders, garnered an Agatha nomination.Soon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she d always wanted to write Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, Dead Until Dark broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn readers The Southern Vampire books are published in Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Thailand, Spain, France, and Russia.In addition to Sookie, Charlaine has another heroine with a strange ability Harper Connelly, lightning struck and strange, can find corpses and that s how she makes her living.In addition to her work as a writer, Charlaine is the past senior warden of St James Episcopal Church, a board member of Mystery Writers of America, a past board member of Sisters in Crime, a member of the American Crime Writers League, and past president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance She spends her spare time reading, watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and going to the movies.

    Comment 453 on “Dead Until Dark

    1. Vanessa says:
      After reading a succession of serious books, I felt the need to read something light and trashy As I discovered from reading this book, you should be careful what you wish for Light Yes Trashy Oh yes Oh yes, yes, yes But not in a good way just trash, trash, trash.It is hard to say what I disliked about this book the sophomoric writing, or the annoying, vapid, 2 d, Harlequin romance heroine helpless twit persona of Sookie Stackhouse Sookie is a psychic, and this fact is used to explain everythi [...]

    2. Jennifer says:
      The first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series I confess I picked this up at the bookstore for a few reasons 1 The cover was sparkly and I liked the art 2 Vampires Having spent a huge chunk of my youth hoping the vampires in Anne Rice s novels would knock on my window late at night shut up, like you didn t I have been looking for the next Brad Pitt with fangs shut up, like you aren t And yeah That was all it took Sparkles and vampires SOLD.I opened up the book and kinda regreted it and thought W [...]

    3. Emily May says:
      I started reading this series because I was currently watching True Blood and had developed a slight obsession with Eric Since then, the books have become an absolute guilty pleasure of mine They are not the best written and occasionally we get a little too much of what we don t care for i.e fairies and shifters but amid the hot vamp sex and murder mysteries who really notices those anyway Most characters have both annoying and redeeming qualities, but this is good I never did like the I can do [...]

    4. Fabian says:
      Stephenie Meyer has nuthin on this woman understatement Harris has in one pinky all the talent of the aforementioned hack, and her huge fan base must take note Dead Until Dark is a loud middle finger to all those in deep love therefore those with questionable tastes with the Twilight series.This book reminds me that not all fiction has to be poetry This one has a clear plot, it ties together all loose ends It is enthralling, addictive, everything one wants in the PERFECT paperback novel If only [...]

    5. Trin says:
      Sigh I tried to give this a fair chance, I really did I went into it hopeful, despite some other negative reviews that I ve read, because I quite liked the pilot for True Blood, the new HBO series based on these books Dark, however, loses points from me right away because the two most interesting characters on the show Sookie s cranky best friend Tara, and Lafayette, the fabulous in every sense of the word chef at the bar where Sookie works either completely don t exist or have only the tiniest [...]

    6. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:
      December 2014 buddy read with Shelly, Carole, Evgeny, Karly, Jess, Allison, Catherine Monty Cupcake.DNF at 50% Sookie, Sookie, Sookie Because of you most of my friends either hate me or think I m a total freak They think you re quirky, I think you re silly They think your story is better than candy, I think your story is the most uninteresting ever Sorry guys, I don t think this review is going to go well.I was recently told I was snarky and a cold hearted, impatient cynic you know who you are p [...]

    7. Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:
      I d never heard of these books until a few months ago, and as usual, once one person recommends them, everyone seems to be talking about them, you see them everywhere, and you get curious They re in the fantasy section, though for some bizarre reason I was under the impression, at first, that they were YA and silly They are fun, but they are definitely for adults The vampire mystery style reminds me of the one Anita Blake book I read, the first one, which was horrible can t say that enough times [...]

    8. Demo says:
      Some people have asked me why I never read Adult Paranormal Romance books.Well, TrueBlood is the reason why Read on, if you feel like snorting with pity laughter.Damn I wish I could explain why I had to give this book a one star rating without sounding lame as hell Because really, it was a stupid reason, one that only I would run into, and I m 98% certain many of you will roll your eyes at me.But I m going to be honest Because I m nothing if not a truthful person Ahaha, that s a total lie.The ma [...]

    9. Bookdragon Sean says:
      The television show True Blood was better than this in every sense it completely transcended it Well, at least, before the fourth season hit and the writing went down the toilet But that s a separate issue altogether The show took Charlaine Harris s book and made the story better it made it sexy and scary But, let s not forget that without this there would have been no show whatsoever So fans of the television show do owe a lot to Charlaine Harris Her writing for me though can be summed up in on [...]

    10. Helen 2.0 says:
      I might have enjoyed this one if Sookie was a bit relatable In a paranormal romance, the reader is supposed to be able to project themselves into the main character, right I mean, we pretend like that s not the point but that s kinda sorta really the point But Sookie is so emotionally distant and half the time I can t even tell if she s happy or sad or angry or what Her motivations are hard to decipher from the text Perhaps I misjudged the intent of the book maybe it was written as a murder m [...]

    11. Choko says:
      3.44 A buddy read with the folks FBR I finally got to read a book that has been on my TBR for many, many years I own the complete series and have been thinking about starting, only every time I get distracted by something newer and shinier, thus I have to thank FBR for having a buddy read scheduled, because I have a feeling if I didn t get to it now, I never would have This was pretty exotic stuff for a telepathic barmaid from northern Louisiana This was a short and quick read, which dates itsel [...]

    12. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads says:
      2 7 18 ON SALE for 2.99 amzn 2x4G9ZNReviewed by Rabid Reads3.5 starsI basically had two separate lives growing up My main life involved my nurse mother, my pharmacist legal father, and two of my three sisters, all living a suburban life just outside of Charlotte, NC My secondary life involved my biological father and his entire family which was they ve since departed headquartered in Bon Aqua pronounced ACK qua , TN Bon Aqua, thusly named for the water that locals lineup in their pickup trucks t [...]

    13. Mary Beth says:
      3.5 stars This is the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse Series and I did enjoy it but I don t think I will be continuing with this series It just did not really excite me so much I guess the main reason why is because I really do not care for vampire stories too much I thought this would be an exception since there was a mystery in the book, and that was the part that I enjoyed Welcome to the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana, where a mid twenty, blonde, blue eyed waitress named Sookie Stac [...]

    14. Scott Sigler says:
      First off, paranormal fiction of any stripe really isn t my bag I m of a hard science horror, horror thriller kind of a guy I m a big fan of the TRUE BLOOD television series My wife tricked me into watching it, because I was convinced I couldn t possibly like yet another kissy vampire show Well, I was wrong I got hooked on the campy fun of TRUE BLOOD right off the bat Since I m an author and have high hopes of seeing one of my own books turned into a series someday, I picked up the first DEXTER [...]

    15. Vampire Lady says:
      When I first read the premise for the book, I thought it was slightly intriguing Nothing I would rush out to get and read right away, but still enough for me to put on my list of to read Now that I ve read it, I want my brain back I like the idea that vampires are a known part of the human world I really do I liked Sam, about the only character in the entire book I did like, and how Harris explained him I just think it took to long for her to reveal it all and to get her point across.I love vamp [...]

    16. Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽ says:
      Original Rating 5 starsNew Rating 2 StarsThis was a Buddy read re read for me with Sarah, Karly, Carole, Kristin when we get to book 3 , Kelly when we get to book 4 , Jess, and Catherine.Ok, I don t know what I was thinking when I gave this book 5 stars This is not a 5 star book This was my 4th time reading this and I think my last The main reason is it s BORING There was WAY too much Bill I didn t realize how boring Bill was I mean, he was always super boring compared to Eric, but he was a tota [...]

    17. Evgeny says:
      A group read with my GR buddies Sookie Stackhouse has a disability at least she thinks she has one She can read minds and she always has to block this ability of hers to keep herself from going crazy from constant buzz of thoughts from everywhere She also wants to meet a vampire, so when one finally walks into the bar she works as a waitress in, she literally jumps at him the way poor creature does not stand a chance For people who read Twilight I do not need to tell anything as this most defin [...]

    18. Buggy says:
      Opening Line I d been waiting for the Vampire for years when he walked into the bar I must be one of the last people on the planet to read Dead After Dark I also haven t had a chance yet to watch True Blood, although because it s been all over the media I had a pretty good visual reference for the characters here without actually having to compare the two I was able to just go along for the ride And what a ride, I can definitely see now what all the fuss has been about Honestly I had a hard time [...]

    19. Annie says:
      Let s get one thing straightSookie Stackhouse is no Bella Swan You may have read the myriad reviews that list the similarities between Charlaine Harris s novels and the Twilight Saga and I can assure you that most of them are true Harris refers to her vampires glowing , Bill drinks synthetic blood, Sookie can read mindse list goes on and on.But after finishing this book, what I can assure you is that in so many ways these books are so completely different that they bear no comparison The Sookie [...]

    20. Jonetta says:
      I m in that small minority of readers of urban fantasy who hasn t read this series or watched True Blood, the television show based on these books After reading this story, I m not quite sure what all the fuss is about but I m intrigued enough to continue on Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress at Merlotte s in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps She has what she refers to as a disability, simply a telepathic ability Yes, she can hear people s thoughts with a few exceptions When Bill Compton shows [...]

    21. colleen the convivial curmudgeon says:
      So, what can I say I enjoyed the book, but in a guilty pleasures, sort of embarrassed to admit kind of way Let s admit it this is hardly well written, but it s quick and light and fun, and there s something to be said for that.That said, I didn t really like Sookie s voice I found it rather irritating right from the start And the dialogue ugh, who talks like that And if people really do talk like that, then I m glad I don t know them.And there s not much character development to speak of Sookie [...]

    22. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:
      Buddy read with these lovely ladies Sh3lly, Sarah Carole With a hopeful guest appearance ofJess because Jess I read all the vampy ness together, apparently P Let s see if Harris written word can live up to or surpass this sexy ass vamp And beast The Review 2 StarsWhere do I begin Oh, I know BILL I have never been a fan of Bill In True Blood he always reminded me a bit of a boring ass tax accountant than a vampire, he just not vampiric to me So, yes, I knew going into the beginning of this serie [...]

    23. RandomAnthony says:
      Notes from the reviewer s internal dialogue before reviewing this bookYou want to say this is, if not the worst book you ve ever read, one of the worst Is your assertion accurate or are you engaging in hyperbole I believe this is one of the worst books I have ever read I didn t finish, giving up at the 60% mark, but I stand by the statement under the assumption that the author didn t turn into Shakespeare in the book s final third The last book I read that even approached this nadir was some Nic [...]

    24. Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books) says:
      Buddy read starting December 29 with Sarah, Shelly, Evgeny, Karly, Jess, Allison, Catherine Monty Cupcake.Discussion Thread2014 Review This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.5 Stars When I saw that some of my friends on were getting a buddy read of this book organized, I jumped at the chance to join I don t really know why I love this book so much It actually has a few problems and I see them but I just don t care I love this book anyway despite all of its flaws This was actually [...]

    25. Wanda says:
      So finally, I meet Sookie Stackhouse I am late to the party by about 15 years, but I really enjoyed making her acquaintance I polished off the book in one evening and could quite happily have turned around and read it again right away In fact I did go back and read my favourite sections again.I found Sookie to be a smart and feisty main character Instead of her telepathy being an advantage, she has found it the ultimate in distracting, almost like a learning disability So when she runs into vamp [...]

    26. Carolyn says:
      So I ve finally read a book by Charlaine Harris And it was good fun Good plot, murders to be solved, a nice, well behaved vampire called Bill and some less nice, unscrupulous vampires, a clever girl next door called Sookie with an unusual gift and a light, humorous style of writing Might even read another book in the series one day.

    27. Kay says:
      I ll admit it After the watching the first season of True Blood a year ago, I picked up this book with some expectations that it has 1 a lot of sex, 2 a lot of gore, 3 a lot of wild personalities and 4 never ending hilarities la Jason s experience with V in the first season All illustrations of 4 removed for overt sexuality and dangerously addicting laughing spells for those inclined toward stupid humor, like I am What did I get A naive southern waitress with very stilted sense of the world arou [...]

    28. Stephanie says:
      Oh, where to begin with this bookI have read some truly atrocious writing, but this is by far the worst I have ever read.Not for content or context though ridiculous as it was , but for the actual writing itself.Horrible Right from the start, the author bombards you with trivial descriptions Hurriedly she lets you know what everyone in town looks like by comparing in pairs for each person introduced, they are only described by being compare contrasted to the next person she introduces.Also, she [...]

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