1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone
10. Dead in the Family
11. Dead Reckoning
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the kind of guy she’s been waiting for all her life.
But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble – of the murderous kind.
And when one of Sookie’s colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she’ll be next.
What I Thought Originally
The first time I read this book was in December of 2009. Up until that point, my only exposure to fiction with vampires consisted of the first two books of the Twilight series, which I really did not like (sorry, Twilight fans), and I wasn’t particularly interested in anything vampire related. But, Rachel @ And the plot thickens…., Tara @ 25 Hour Books, and Stacey had all read the book and liked it. So when Stacey hosted a giveaway on her blog, I thought, “Why not?” and entered (and, clearly, won). Even though I was not a fan of this genre (no worries, I’ve since changed my mind), I read the book. This probably had an impact on my original thoughts. After reading the book, I remember not being very impressed, and gave it 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads. I don’t think I ever really connected with Sookie, and that was a slight problem, considering it’s Sookie’s series. I haven’t read any other books in this series.
Why I Reread This Book
Kyle has Netflix, so we tend to watch whatever is in his queue. True Blood happened to make it into his queue, so True Blood we watched. Well, are watching. We’re still in the middle of season 1, I believe. But, watching True Blood and vaguely recalling what happened in the book got me curious enough to start thinking about rereading Dead Until Dark. I usually do not like to reread books, but I like knowing approximately what will happen in a movie or TV show based off a book, and with a year and a half of grad school between me and the last time I read Dead Until Dark, well, many of the details had been erased in favor of other [arguably more important] information. Since I actually like watching True Blood, and I actually like the urban fantasy genre now, I figured I better reread the book.
My Thoughts Now
I find Sookie to be different from a lot of urban fantasy heroines I’ve read about. Where so many female characters are kick-ass and snarky (which I love), Sookie is…simpler. Simple is the best word I can find to describe her, but it’s not meant in a negative way. Sookie is just not a complex character. Other than her “disability” she leads a pretty ordinary and comfortable life. Even as she’s introduced into the vampire world and starts dating Bill, she seems to resist that world in favor of what she knows and is comfortable with rather than jumping in. I still felt a disconnect with Sookie, but I was far more interested in the story than I was the first time around. If I were to rate Dead Until Dark again, I would probably give it an extra half a star (a B+ in my current rating system). I am not completely sold on the series yet, but I am definitely interested in reading more books before contemplating giving up the series.
You’re welcome to bully me to read the rest of this series now.