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Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

I read Carmilla one Sunday night after going on a Gothic fiction binge at Project Gutenberg. This novella pre-dates Dracula by about 25 years and lays the foundation for the modern vampire novel. I can’t say that I love this story–I had issues with the story’s pacing and plausibility (in the sense that NO ONE seemed to be able to figure out what was going on right under their noses, even though the author hit us all hard with the foreshadowing hammer at the very beginning of the story). Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

From Dead to Worse takes place a short time after All Together Dead. Sookie and the vampire community are dealing with the fallout from the Pyramid of Gizeh bombing. In its wake, Quinn is missing, and more than one more is out to kill Sookie.

The opening chapters finds Sookie as an impromptu bride’s maid, but the main purpose of this sequence is to position Bill as trying to win back Sookie’s hand, introduce Niall Brigand (Sookie’s great-grandfather), and set up the Las Vegas vampire king’s coup in the wake of the Gizeh tragedy.

As I sit here writing this review, I ask myself “did I actually read this?” Everything seems to blur together in a plotty hodgepodge and I find myself unable to care about what did or did not happen in this book. I long for the days of Dead Until Dark, and I am unlikely to read anymore Sookie novels. They’ve become too bloated and soapy, with meandering plots and too many long-lost relatives. True Blood, on the other hand, I’ll continue to watch, until it becomes equally nonsensical.

 

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All Together Dead – Charlaine Harris

Book seven of the Sookie Stackhouse series finds the eponymous heroine conscripted into service by Sophie-Anne Leclerq, Lousiana’s vampire queen. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, Sophie-Anne (and Louisiana’s vampire community at large) finds herself in a precarious position—both are far less wealthy and powerful than before. Jennifer Cater, the King of Arkansas’ second-in-command, is also suing Sophie-Anne for the king’s death (which happens in Definitely Dead). Sophie-Anne must stand trial at the upcoming vampire summit. Because she fears what her vampire peers have in store for her, she asks Sookie to be her telepathic eyes and ears. Whatever the queen wants, she receives, and Sookie has a hard time turning down Sophie-Anne. At the summit, Sookie faces more danger than she has before. Neither she nor the vampire world will emerge unscathed. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas, book two of the Sookie Stackhouse series, shifts the action from tiny Bon Temps, Louisiana to Dallas, Texas. Finding herself beholden to vampire Eric Northman, thanks to her vampire boyfriend Bill Compton, Sookie heads to Dallas to help search for a missing vampire. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing at home as Sookie’s friend and Merlotte’s cook Lafayette Reynolds is found dead in the back of Detective Andy Bellefleur’s car. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Definitely Dead – Charlaine Harris

In Definitely Dead, the sixth Sookie Stackhouse novel, we find Sookie on her way to New Orleans to sort out the affairs of her dead vampire cousin Hadley. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

I’ve been steadfastly avoiding the Sookie Stackhouse novels ever since I first heard of them–which was when I started watching TrueBlood, the HBO series based on Charlaine Harris’s wildly successful series of supernatural mysteries. Maybe I was cranky the one day I was in the bookstore flipping through Dead Until Dark, but I was turned off by the first few pages and didn’t bother to buy the book. Maybe I was disappointed because the books are exclusively narrated in the first person from Sookie’s point-of-view and I felt I was missing out on hearing from the other quirky, damaged, all too human characters Harris has created. I’m not sure why I ended up reading Dead Until Dark, but I’m glad I did (although my wallet is pretty sad now that I’m six books into the series).

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