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✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Dead Until Dark By Charlaine Harris ⚣ – Betadvice.es

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 one word: tepid. She has the characters and some strong ideas, but she just can’t insert life into her prose. Where was the shock factor? Where were the cheap thrills and the melodrama? Normally I’d criticise a book for having these, but this one so desperately needed them! I didn’t find this story remotely exciting; it had no sense of drive, and, again, it lacked the sex appeal of the television show. Perhaps, I may have enjoyed this a little more if I’d read it before seeing all the blood and drama on the screen. Who knows? Either way this just didn’t hit the mark.

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. Here, though, he’s just a bit boring. He doesn’t really have a lot about him. 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? Which one would you rather turn at Merlot’s bar and grill giving you the eye and the fang? He carried with him a dark story, one the show slowly peeled back.

Then there is the lack of antagonist. Sure, there’s a mysterious serial killer going around stabbing people to death. 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. In my mid to late teens I managed to get through most of them, and I didn’t really enjoy any of them. I’m not sure why I kept reading them to be honest; it was likely due to a lack of reading material and funds to buy something better.

True Blood is far from being the peak of television artistry; however, it can be enjoyed for what it is: a dark and mysterious fantasy romance that depicts weird and wonderful characters struggling though their fucked up lives. 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.
I can't remember if I started the books before the show or started the books after becoming obsessed with the show. But who really cares! I loved this world and still do!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾 Sookie Stackhouse Is Just A Smalltime Cocktail Waitress In Smalltown Louisiana Until The Vampire Of Her Dreams Walks Into Her Lifeand One Of Her Coworkers Checks Out

Maybe Having A Vampire For A Boyfriend Isn't Such A Bright Idea
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 goodI never did like the Icandonothingwrong hero/heroine. Plus Eric is hot... have I said this already?

If you're looking for a lifechanging experience, try The Handmaid's Tale, but if you want something light, chicklit style and kinda sexy too Sookie Stackhouse and her merry band of random supernatural creatures are where it's at. That probably sounded like a cheesy, promotional ad but what the hell. 🧛🏼‍♀️ 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 coldhearted, impatient cynic (you know who you are people!^^). Guilty as charged. Which might partly explain why I didn't like this. Chick lit meets bad PNR as written by a 17 year old clearly is not me.

The story?

Uninteresting at best. Apart from that? Boring to death. There is only so much I can read about Sookie's daily life: taking a shower, shaving her legs, plucking her eyebrows, putting on body lotion and deodorant… Seriously? Arrrgggghhhhhh!!!!! Someone please shoot me! Oh but wait, we also get to find out about fascinating stuff like her job at the bar or Bill's shopping habits: he gets his "khaki Dockers, green and brown striped golfing shirt, polished loafers, and thin brown socks" from Dillard's you see. Fascinating stuff I tell you! And don't get me started about Uncle Bartlett's prostate problems. Wait wait wait! Something is finally about to happen! Oops, sorry, it's only Sookie going to work again. And it goes on and on and on and on…

Now for the corny stuff.

#1 Sookie and Bill have known each other for about 5 seconds and they're already strolling hand in hand like two lovebirds. Okay, it's a bit silly but I can deal with it.

#2 "Your dress is the color of your eyes." Please tell me I did not just read this.

#3 "His eyes looked at my body as if it were a drink of water on a desert dune." Someone please shoot me. Again.

And it goes on and on and on and on… I'm sorry. Mushy is not me.

And mushy is just not sexy either. Because Sookie & Bill kissing and having sex is about as unsexy as it gets. What are these people made of? Stone? Cardboard? I don't think I've ever read such boring, unexciting, ridiculous, badly written sex scenes. But apparently Sookie doesn't notice because she's "flying, flying, seeing white with gold streaks" {insert major eye roll here}.

Sorry guys, I'm not done yet.

Defendant #1: Sookie
"I’m blond and blueeyed and twentyfive, and my legs are strong and my bosom is substantial, and I have a waspy waistline." Are you kidding me? Needless to say, Sookie and I got off to a bad start. And it all went downhill from there. The girl is silly, immature and overly naïve. I get that she's supposed to have been sheltered all her life but this is just too much. The girl is supposed to be 25, not 15. To make things worse she's as emotional as a stone. Did I say that already? Oh well.

Defendant #2: Bill
Most boring vampire ever? You got that right! I've never been a big vampire fan but this guy gives the word dull a whole new dimension. What with his constant pity party, corny ways, wanting to settle down, not wanting to drink blood from humans… Get a life Bill! A real badass vampire life! To make things worse he's as emotional as a stone. Did I say that already? Oh well.

To think someone sold me this series (yes Shelly, it's you I'm talking about) with images such as this one:

And I got Boring Bill instead? I am not pleased.

This is not Urban Fantasy it's Boring Fantasy.

By now I think you all realize I slightly disliked this book. But I'm a nice girl, I really mean no harm. So please don't start unfriending me just yet guys!I love you all and promise to behave from now on! 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's enthralling, addictive, everything one wants in the PERFECT paperback novel. If only I knew about it before the HBO series "True Blood" (on which this book, book 1, is based) I would have definitely watch the series, but its occurred vice versa. The series explores characters, has more sex & violence (duh, HBO) but does not touch the same ground this one cleverly hides within its firstlook junklit verse.

Sookie is the Everygirl, clever, lost, in love, found, frightened but curious and courageous. Bill the Vampire lacks the Lestatness of those that came after the Anne Rice novel, but it's okay. At least he's not onedimensional like Edward Cullen.

Everyone here, it seems, has secrets. The theme.

There are dark inhabitants of the world, some don't have to be vampires or shapeshifters but humans with deep flaws. Once the mystery is solved (I solved this one waay before the climax), this theme comes to light. I wish I was a writer, important, like Charlaine Harris. 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 of roles, respectively. Lame. Still, I find the basic premise Harris has cooked up intriguing: in this world, vampires have come “out of the coffin” and are public knowledge; they can drink Japanesemanufactured synthetic blood and have basic human rights. (On the show I believe they are still working toward those rights, but it hasn’t been made entirely clear.) That’s an idea that seems rich with symbolic significance that, correctly handled, could be truly fascinating.

Instead, as Harris handles it, it’s just another boring romance between a powerful, possessive alpha male and his frail human woman who’s in need of his protection. Sookie isn’t, to be fair, as helpless and hopelessly devoted to her man as Bella Twilight Swan is, but the basic power dynamic between her and Vampire Bill is still incredibly boring. In general, as a couple, they are boring. So there’s that dullness—bad enough—which Harris proceeds to combine with several shakes of sheer lunacy. Sookie completely underreacts to incredibly traumatizing things, like waking up with a naked shapeshifter in her bed, or a loved one’s murder. She believes the PR that vampirism is a virus and is really surprised when someone points out that that doesn’t make sense considering that shapeshifters and telepathy also exist, and, you know, vampires can fly. Despite being telepathic, Sookie’s only able to solve the ohsocomplicated mystery when the killer attacks her. (Handy!) Oh, and Elvis shows up. I am not kidding.

I wish I were, though. 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!) men and unable to make up her goddamn mind. Both of those men will devote their (un)lives to protecting her, and Sookie will say, “God! I’m a grown woman, I can take care of myself! I don’t need you to protect me!”—and then, instantly, need them to protect her. And then Kurt Cobain and Jimmy Hoffa will show up to hang out with Vampire Elvis.

Gimme a break. I can only hope that the show proceeds to more interesting ground, because reading this book, all I could think was: been there, done that, have the lousy fang marks. 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)the similarities aren't obvious or anything, but perhaps because Dead Until Dark isn't paranormal romance, and it's not like The Turning or the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, Anita Blake is the closest comparison.

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 can read minds. 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 relationshipit 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. One night her wish comes true: a vampire called Bill (!) comes into Merlotte's and, joy of joys, his mind is silent. She can't hear a thing. Finally a manan undead man, trueshe 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 proofreading 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 repliesit 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 fastpaced, 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? (C) 67% | Almost Satisfactory
Notes: Its supporting characters are flat and uninteresting, the plot's banal, and the mythology isn't explored to its potential. The first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

I confessI 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 (shutup, like you didn't???) I have been looking for the next Brad Pitt with fangs. (shutup, like you aren't???)

And yeah. That was all it took. Sparkles and vampiresSOLD.

I opened up the book and kinda regreted it and thoughtWell that's what you get! The main character is called (WHAT???) Sookie Stackhouse? And she is blond and a bar waitress and likes to flaunt her tight clothes and tans out in her lawn in a bikini. Hu.

But I never almost never stop reading a book once I start so I bravely forged ahead. And suddenly I stopped laughing and the pages started turning and I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't reading it and wondering how fast I could get the next book....

So glad that there were sparkles on the cover of this book. So very very glad.