30 August 2009

Book Review: Living Dead in Dallas

Title: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 2002 Pages: 291
Genre: Vampire, Detective
Rating: 3.5/5

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Plot Synopsis

In the second installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Sookie and Bill travel to Dallas to help some area vampires find a lost brother. Simultaneously they are involved in the murder of Merlotte's cook. This double mystery leads Sookie into the world of vampires, vampire hunters, orgiastic parties, and mythological creatures.

My Thoughts

I really questioned whether or not to read this book. While I didn't hate the first book, I wasn't overly impressed and didn't know if it would be worth my time to continue with the series. I must say, however, that I enjoyed Living Dead in Dallas, much more than I expected.

One reason I enjoyed this book so much was the maenad, who was absolutely fascinating as a theoretical concept and as a character in the book. When we are first introduced to the maenad, she acts. Readers aren't subjected to a bunch of meaningless, or meaningful for that matter, description. Instead, we see a seductive and deadly woman delivering a message in terrifying manner. I do wish there had been more of her.

I'm still not hooked on the series like so many others seem to be. I could probably stop reading now and not be too disappointed, but now that I've read the second book, I am determined to make it through the entire series. Perhaps it will get better with every book, and by the end, I'll be totally infatuated.

And may I just say - I'm a fan of Eric.

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  1. awe, now I have to continue too. We can be the Sookie Skeptics.

  2. there is something to be said about a series of books that gets better with each book... however, it helps to have the first book grab you in so you do read the second!

  3. I read the first and decided not to read the rest.

  4. Bloody Bad - There you go. We have our own little group of non-Sookie-obsessed readers.

    DesLily - That is very true. I'm reading the third now and modestly enjoying it, so here's hoping.

    Jenny - I had almost decided not to as well, but hey I'll give it a whirl. It's nice to have some easy reading.


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