I’ll admit I knew nothing about this series until an old friend mentioned it about two months ago–I believe I told her I liked the HBO series, True Blood. Anywho, I am in love with True Blood (Alan Ball is one helluva writer) so I thought there was no use prolonging the inevitable and I purchased a used, paperback version of Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. I am happy to report I’ve found yet another series I can sink my teeth into (ha ha).
I have a major soft spot for nearly all vampire stories; thus, I felt confident I would enjoy this book. Charlaine’s writing style has a really fast feeling to it, like I was being swept away by the pace and dialogue. I enjoyed the dark fantasy/horror elements of the story, but I was also drawn to the treatment of vampires like any other “person” and how some of them just wanted to “fit in.” The dialogue is so real, I can literally hear the characters’ voices in my head, which is awesome. The chemistry between Bill and Sookie is palpable–I found myself holding my breath a few times.
The only aspect I didn’t enjoy was it sometimes felt like I was being told more of the story than shown, as if I was floating above the action than down in the nitty gritty of it. But there were only a few scenes like that. Overall I found the book extremely entertaining.
My one pet peeve though is finding spelling and grammatical errors in a published book and I found five in the version I purchased. I find them in 4 out of 5 books I read so it’s not like this is an isolated incident 🙂
Now I’m trying to decide whether I want to hunt down the entire series in used hardcover or buy new paperbacks. I’m trying to turn my entire collection into hardcover…we’ll see how this collection turns out.
I will report my thoughts on the remaining books as I read them. The next one on my list (for obvious reasons) is Living Dead in Dallas.
FYI: I know these posts are not formal reviews of the Sookie Stackhouse series. For me, these posts are more of a way to track how I felt about each book, and a way for me to note anything in particular that grabbed my attention.