Name of the Book (Name of the Series): Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse Novels #2)
Name of the Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance (‘Romantasy’)
Date: 22.12.2012 – 24. 12. 2012
Short description: (Taken from the book) Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she’s face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it). Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the blood-suckers asks for a favor, she complies (...) and one small mistake turns things deadly...
Own Statement:I got a few of those books as a gift from a friend who is quite into the HBO-series and wanted me to get me hooked so we can discuss the books and the series. I was rather reluctant to read them, might I add, so that gives of my initial standing towards the books and pretty much the whole idea of vampire-romantasies. I wasn’t expecting much, and I didn’t get much, so the rating could be considered a bit of, but it just wasn’t ‘Fine’. The book didn’t capture me, I wasn’t very impressed with 90% of the characters, some things that happened were quite absurd, the plot was too foreseeable and too much of the 'sex sells'-stuff for my liking and I’m not a fan of first-person-narrators. But I’ve had worse. Considering my ‘experience’ with the whole new vampire-clichés it wasn’t really a bad novel per se. The main character at least sometimes tries to fight her own way out of the shit she gets into and she is quite a mouthful. And I have to give credit to Ms. Harris for creating an interesting setting for her vampires; be that their hierarchy, their way of living (which is thankfully not sparkly) or the whole ‘outing’-idea and the reaction of the humans towards it. A certain cult mentioned in this novel was actually an idea I did appreciate. Of cause her vampires are still quite idealized, but no way near what J.R.Ward and Lara Adrian or what the infamous Twilight-novels have done to the idea. So if I had to choose I’d prefer to read Harris over Ward, Adrian and definitely Meyer. I’m even somewhat interested in where the series is headed.
Bonu – Character – Comparison –to – HBO - Series: Curtsy to my friend I watched the first season (and no more). The second book doesn’t seem to be covered in the first season, so I can’t comment on the plot, but I can compare the characters to the ones in the series. Bill seems to be Bill, for example. Very serious and good in keeping things to himself. I can’t say that I like the character, though. It’s the same with Sam, loyal and careful and your average nice guy. I don’t especially like the Sookie in the book or the series, but I prefer the book one. Series!Sookie annoys me in more ways than I can name here and the book!Sookie is somewhat more logical and ‘fun’. Pam is nicer in the books and gets along with Sookie, whereas the one in the series doesn’t seem to like Sookie very much (as of yet?). Eric is more of the northman and the old soul in the series, he seems to have more class. The book!Eric is somewhat doubtable and does things that I cannot see the series!Eric doing. Tara in the book is very different from the series. She can barely be considered as a minor character in the book whereas she is pretty much a major character of the series.
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(1 – Horrible; 2 – Bad; 3 – Disappointing; 4 – Average / Fine; 5 – Good; 6 – Very Good; 7 – Excellent)