Book Review: Living Dead in Dallas

After all that heavy reading, I wanted a break. Fortunately, Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris was available. Season 2 of True Blood is based on this book, but it kind of goes off on a crazy tangent. The plot in the book makes a lot more sense, and is more consistent with the way the other book is written.

I’m sorry if I don’t sound that coherent right now, but I am being TERRORIZED by a mosquito! I can’t even find it. I’ve gotten bit 5 or 6 times, through blue jeans, once on the toosh!! All I can think about is finishing this post so I can flee. So, if you liked the other book you’ll like this one. The End.

Oh wait, on the Clever Chick Scale it gets a “If you liked the other book you’ll like this one”. I AM SO ITCHY.

October 11, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Book Reviews. Leave a comment.

Book Review: Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris, is the first book in the series that the HBO show TrueBlood is based on. I’m going to start off by saying I am almost at the end of season 2 of the show, so NO ONE TELL ME WHAT’S HAPPENING!!! I hate spoilers! Don’t tell me what’s coming up in the books or the show. At all. I hope everyone is clear on that point.

The book is about a girl named Sookie Stackhouse who lives in a small town in Louisiana. She’s a waitress, and psychic, but hardly anyone knows she can read minds. The main premise of the books is that an artificial blood substitute has been created that can sustain vampires instead of human blood. As a result, vampires have come out of the closet (coffin?), and are now living openly in human society.

I have enjoyed both the first season and first book, and I’m withholding judgement (me?? I know, I was surprised, too!) until I finish season 2.

The show is kind of good/bad, like reading a trashy romance novel, even though I wouldn’t categorize the novels it’s based on as trashy at all. Season 1 seems to follow this first book fairly closely, but (I’m told) after that it gets kind of crazy. This is an HBO show, so there are boobs, like, every ten minutes, and everyone swears like they just discovered bad words.

This is supposed to be about the book, however, so I’ll get back on track. The heroine, Sookie, is actually a really charming character. She’s very practical, and no-nonsense, and she’s genuinely nice and thoughtful. Even though super-natural things are occurring all around her, and she falls for a vampire of all things, she has her head on straight, and keeps it that way.

I hate it when the main characters in books go haring off doing stupid crap that makes no sense simply to make the plot move forward. That may have been my problem with the Stephanie Plum novel I read recently. Sookie does not do that crap; she approaches everything with common sense, and a “Well, may as well get this done” approach. I appreciate that the author can write an intelligent character, and I plan to read more of this series, even if the show goes all to hell. On the Clever Chick Scale this gets an “I’m intrigued; let’s see what happens”.

September 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Book Reviews. 3 comments.

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