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Sink your teeth into the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series—the books that gave life to the Dead and inspired the HBO® original series True Blood. Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. Dead until dark [electronic resource (EPUB eBook)] / Charlaine Harris. For years, Charlaine Harris has Online Access: Go to download page. Tags: Add Tag. Dead Until Dark: A True Blood Novel (Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format.

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Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris's Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse Book 1) - Kindle edition by Charlaine Harris. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Anthony Award winner Charlaine Harris' New York Times and USA Today best- selling Sookie Stackhouse novels entice countless fans with an irresistible. Sink your teeth into the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series—the books that gave life to the Dead and inspired the HBO® .

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I also wish I was wrong when I say that I can predict pretty much exactly how the rest of this series will go, with Sookie, like a less lubricated Anita Blake, fighting off the affections of two or more!

Gimme a break. I can only hope that the show proceeds to more interesting ground, because reading this book, all I could think was: View all 10 comments. Apr 16, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Oh but this book is soooooo much better!

After a slightly rocky start in which the writing confused me a bit something that also reminded me of Guilty Pleasures , perhaps unfairly , the story really gets going and in new and surprising ways. Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress at a bar in Bon Temps in Louisiana. She has what she calls a disability: She's spent her young life trying to guard against the babble of other people's thoughts, and because of the level of concentration that takes she never did particularly well at school and never went to uni.

But she likes working at Merlotte's, likes living with her Gran since her parents died, even though she can't have a relationship - it wouldn't be fun hearing what a man thought of you while being "intimate", would it? She's also fascinated by vampires and has been waiting to meet one since they "came out of the coffin", so to speak, and became legal citizens.

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One night her wish comes true: She can't hear a thing. Finally a man - an undead man, true - she can relax with. But while Sookie and Bill are trying to have a normal relationship, working class women are being murdered in the area and while at first it looks like vampire work, soon the police are looking at Sookie's womanising brother Jason.

On top of that, the most powerful and dead gorgeous vampire in the area, Eric, has his eye on Sookie and her ability for his own uses. Dead Until Dark is a great mix of urban fantasy and mystery, and the crime side of the story didn't bore me a bit. I loved Bill, he was kinda adorable while also a bit unpredictable and scary very nice , and while I didn't understand all the expressions I've seen enough movies set in southern US states that I could picture the people, places and culture fairly well.

The book could have done with better proof-reading to catch all those missing prepositions and, at one point, an interesting way of spelling "complexion". There were also a few times where Sookie, who narrates, is musing about something and then another characters replies - it threw me off because it wasn't all that clear that she'd voiced her thoughts.

Sookie is a great protagonist, lively, fiesty, quirky and strong without being stubborn and bitchy, and her telepathy makes her especially interesting.

She's definitely one of the better heroines of vampire novels I've come across to date. I loved Sam too, and Dean was great! Oh and the Elvis thing was funny too, though I was a bit slow in catching on. Anyway, if vampire books aren't your usual cup of tea, you might want to try this series because it's very enjoyable and fast-paced, yet with nice slow moments where you get to enjoy and understand the characters so good character development, always important.

So I guess this means I'm joining the Sookie Stackhouse bandwagon? View all 31 comments. Jan 17, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. So fans of the television show do owe a lot to Charlaine Harris.

Her writing for me though can be summed The television show True Blood was better than this in every sense; it completely transcended it. Her writing for me though can be summed up in one word: Where was the shock factor? Where were the cheap thrills and the melodrama? Who knows? There is no atmosphere Television Bill was a bit of an enigma, at least, he was at the start.

He comes across as a brooding man, troubled by his past and his violent nature. He seemed more computer geek than vampire solider. The writers of the show, undeniably, took his character and made it better; they made him interesting and devious. Some super fans will likely disagree with me. But ask yourself this, which Bill is more interesting to hear about?

He carried with him a dark story, one the show slowly peeled back. Then there is the lack of antagonist. But, ultimately, he was dealt with rather easily.

Again, to compare this to the show, the first season shadows Eric as a sort of bad guy. It was so much more entertaining! I have read much further than this book in the series. True Blood is far from being the peak of television artistry; however, it can be enjoyed for what it is: This here is the story of just Sookie Stackhouse whereas True Blood expands on the side characters and fleshes them out; they were the ones that make it fun.

Sookie is just dull, her life is dull, and this book is dull. Even after all these years I can still taste the blandness of the writing. If my seventeen year old self, a self who had read less than twenty books in his life hated this, I dread to think how I would react to it now if I was reading it for the first time. View all 15 comments. Oct 09, Helen 2. I might have enjoyed this one more if Sookie was a bit more 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 I might have enjoyed this one more if Sookie was a bit more relatable.

Perhaps I misjudged the intent of the book; maybe it was written more as a murder-mystery than a PNR flick. But, having watched True Blood before starting this series, my expectations going in were of steaminess and drama with a little spicy mystery mixed in. I was left a little disappointed. I want to get to know Charlaine's version of Eric Northman. View all 6 comments. 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 Sookie is a waitress in a small town Louisiana, who happens to be a telepath valiantly trying to shield her mind from all the thoughts other people project.

Of course, her "disability" makes her the weird girl of the town, and when she meets the first vampire to try to settle openly in the neighborhood, she feels she can relate to him as an outsider Bonus, he is hot and she can't read his thoughts, thus he becomes like catnip to a kitten to her. As they get to know each other, weird murders inflict the township and anger and mistrust against the nice vamp, his name is Bill, by the way, grow, while suspicion against Sookie 's brother also find foundations.

As a novice and having no expectations, I actually enjoyed it, despite its simplicity and brevity, maybe even because of them. I did feel that Sookie could be a bit annoying with her snowflake syndrome and "purity of soul", but it was not prevalent and I guess I could fathom there being 25 years old gorgeous virgins with minimal tolerance for bad language while working in a country bar, but I have personally never known any I am told it is very different from the TV show, for those who would be interested because of it.

Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many more wonderful books to come! View all 16 comments. Rabid Reads 3. 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. Bon Aqua, thusly named for the water that locals lineup in their pickup-trucks to collect, with their empty milk jugs, flowing out of a rusted pipe in the ground.

True story. And I am intimately acquainted with the small-minded prejudices that seem to thrive in small towns. I bloody LOVE it. So much effort that she has nothing left to devote to things like paying attention in class. I was too when I was in school. But Sookie is not an idiot, and though she does admittedly have her less-than-stellar moments, Harris ultimately creates a highly capable woman in her.

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With one exception—the Japanese have created and patented synthetic blood, ending blood shortages for medical facilities, AND prompting vampires to come out of the coffin , so to speak. Vampires could subsist on the manufactured blood, protecting humans from their thirst.

Things are rarely so simple. When she follows the three of them out to the parking lot and rescues Bill the vampire , she begins the series of events that lead to her romantic involvement a vampire. So, if you didn't read that far, don't automatically make assumptions like I did when I assumed everyone knew this already!

My bad. The reason is that there was a LOT of relationship angst. I can tell that Harris was trying to be realistic, and that's admirable. Real relationships DO have problems.

BUT no one wants to hear about everybody else's everyday, nit-picky relationship issues. It's dull. And obnoxious. Which is how I felt about most of Bill and Sookie's relationship.

Oh, they had their good moments too, but then there were all the times Bill took "matters" into his own hands, and all the little misunderstandings, etc.

That's why only 3. My other reviews for this series: Living Dead in Dallas Sookie Stackhouse View all 23 comments. 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 3. Welcome to the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana, where a mid twenty, blonde, blue-eyed waitress named Sookie Stackhouse calls home. But she's no ordinary waitress, she has a disability. She's a telepath. This makes life a little difficult for Sookie, particularly the dating part. Then one day a stranger arrives in town. He is tall, dark and handsome.

And the best part is that, unlike everyone else, Sookie cannot hear his thoughts. But he is not perfect; he is pale, fanged and dead. Enter Bill Compton, vampire. What follows is a fun and entertaining story, mixing romance, mystery and vampires, as Sookie and Bill begin a relationship, attempt to solve a number of murders that have coincidently occurred with the arrival of Bill into town, not to mention land her brother in jail, and also begins for her a new, and somewhat unwanted, career with the vampires of Louisiana.

View all 46 comments. I enjoyed Dead Until Dark more than I thought, I had only watched the first season of True Blood and I liked it alright but I never felt any desire to watch any other seasons.

Season one stays very loyal to the book. I did miss Tara, she was my favorite character from season one. Since I remembered the first season I knew who the killer was but that didn't bother me because this book was just so much fun to read. As with the show I found Sookie to be annoying but not enough to dampen my enjoymen I enjoyed Dead Until Dark more than I thought, I had only watched the first season of True Blood and I liked it alright but I never felt any desire to watch any other seasons.

As with the show I found Sookie to be annoying but not enough to dampen my enjoyment of the book. Bill was just as boring in the book as I remembered him from the show. I'm hoping in the next book I get more Eric and maybe Bill grows a personality.

The book didn't have as much sex as I thought but it was just as gory as I thought. Recommended for fans of Laurell Hamilton and Anne Rice. This is not Twilight, so if you like your vampires sparkling and brooding this is not the series for you. A book turned Tv show you've seen but never read. Around the Year In 52 Books: A book written in first person perspective. Read-A-Thin May Challenge: Read a book you've been meaning to get to but haven't.

View all 4 comments. Sep 30, Emma rated it liked it Shelves: A quick, light fun urban fantasy read. Apparently this series is the basis for True Blood. As I don't really watch TV this doesn't mean anything to me!

Will definitely continue intermittently and see how the series pans out. View all 3 comments. Nov 19, Scott Sigler rated it it was amazing. First off, paranormal fiction of any stripe really isn't my bag.

My wife tricked me into watching it, because I was convinced I "couldn't possibly like yet another kissy-vampire show. 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 off, paranormal fiction of any stripe really isn't my bag. DEXTER blew me away and still ranks as one of the most brilliant "high concept" ideas in horror fiction.

It's fantastic. I need to get over my snooty attitude about paranormal romance, because this is just a flat-out good story. Harris creates a fantastic main character. Sookie Stackhouse is full of flaws and doubts, and at the same time is perfectly content in her normal life. As content as she can be, considering her telepathic abilities.

The normalcy and neuroses of Sookie make her instantly "real. I mean, it's not happening to some character, it's happening to my rational friend Sookie, so it's okay to believe in it.

Bottom line: The novel is fun, sexy and puts a great skin on a Down South murder mystery. It's no wonder this series is so popular. View 2 comments. Sep 09, Evgeny rated it liked it Recommended to Evgeny by: 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 more as this A group read with my GR buddies.

For people who read Twilight I do not need to tell anything more as this most definitely was a book which heavily inspired Stephenie Meyer. I found two differences between the books. Sookie is more fleshed out than Bella Swan and unlike Twilight universe the vampires do not sparkle in this series; they glow.

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This basically is the whole review. If you like Twilight this might be your cap of tea. If you did not there is still hope for you - as I mentioned Sookie is a fairly interesting character on her own.

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There is also a mystery in the book to keep things more exciting, but to be fair nobody bothered solving it. There were some half-hearted attempts at doing it, but I had a feeling nobody bothered to do it seriously, including the police and people whose lives were affected by it.

My own opinion: My rating is 2. I do not want to penalize the book for not belonging to my favorite genre. View all 26 comments. Nov 07, Sh3lly rated it it was ok Shelves: Original Rating: 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: 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 Original Rating: I mean, he was always super boring compared to Eric, but he was a total snoozefest this time for me.

He favors Kenny G music for God's sake! I think he actually said once to Sookie, "I wish to enter you again. Maybe it's supposed to be cute? The best scenes of the book were at Fangtasia and sadly that was only twice in this one.

Sookie, outside of her telepathy, is just a boring Southern barmaid who wears banana clips and pines for a husband who will one day join the local Rotary club and grab milk for her on the way home from the office - when the sun's still shining. The murder mystery was quite dull as well. But at least we got to meet Bubba in this one! I still recommend some of the later books but not too much later because they get craptastic towards the end.

This does kind of read like chick lit, though. I hadn't thought to put it in that category before. Previous to this series, Charlaine Harris wrote "cozies," so I think that small town mystery vibe comes through strong in this one. There is a lot more excitement in the next few books through book 8 or 9, then the series fades quickly. It's really all about Eric Northman for me. Nov 18, Vampire Lady rated it did not like it Recommends it for: 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. Club Dead Sookie Stackhouse Book 3.

Dead to the World Sookie Stackhouse Book 4. Dead as a Doornail Sookie Stackhouse Book 5. Definitely Dead Sookie Stackhouse Book 6. Her mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances. She has lived in the South her entire life.

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Wow was Twilight a rip off of this book. I haven't seen the shows, so I cannot compare but I can compare it to other of the same genre books that I've read.

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This is basically an adult Twilight. There are adult problems, language and situations. The main character Sookie is much more developed and realistic than Bella, the vampires much more realistic and traditional. The writing was a bit basic, but the plot made up for it. There are a lot of character names to remember, but as it takes place in a small southern town with deep roots, that's to be expected.

There were sex scenes, but they were very short and worded in a way that doesn't offend. Not even an entire page was dedicated to a scene so I don't really know what another reviewer was talking about. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes this genre.

It is was of my favorite vampire themed shows and I was sorry to see it come to a end.

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My overall impression is that it didn't fail in that regard, as I am eager to continue reading. It was not to be and that was a letdown for me. Not a fan of spoilers personally I will only say that a scene regarding Sookie's grandmother is on par with the show. The same uniqueness in the other people whether vampire shifter or flawed humans is much more interesting than the stereotypical vampires.

Not that I haven't enjoyed the stereotypical vampire storylines. They burn-out for me after awhile. I'm glad to have found another series to follow. If you enjoy any of those or the True Blood series; I would highly recommend this series to you. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. It's been a long time since I've read a good vampire story. Shakespeare's Counselor. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding.

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Overall rating 4. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. This was my fifth time reading this book.

With every reading, I get more involved in the story. I get excited when I decide to start the book. I relearn the characters. The books always end in a way that I can't wait to start the next book. So far this is my favorite book in the series … Show more Show less. I loved, loved, loved this book. The characters are real, funny, and easy to relate to. Not your usual vampire story.

Very refreshing. I love this series Sookie Is One Tough Lady. This was an easy read. Book 1 has taken me in and glamored me. Looks like I'll be continuing on with the next one. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author's style Explain the rating you gave Don't Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book's price Recap the plot.

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