Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
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Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  174,650 ratings  ·  5,606 reviews
Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her v...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Orbit (first published March 26th 2001)
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It was extremely hard thinking of Eric Northman, 6'4", blonde with blue eyes, need I mention a super gorgeous hunk, a vampire, and Sheriff of Louisiana Area 5, an entrepreneur (owner of bar Fangtasia) in a PINK LYCRA especially when I pictured him as Alexander Skarsgård who looks like this

But imagining the bulge his would form, Eric Northman in a pink lycra doesn't seem like a bad idea. I think I'm pro pink lycras. Especially if someone this hot would wear them. I even think I should advocate t...more
Beth F.
Vampire Bill is a dud.

But otherwise I really enjoyed this book, it was better than the first. I was dying laughing during most of the orgy scene...who knew Eric was so funny?

Perfect vacation reading. Added bonus, I read this on the plane last night from Minneapolis to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. Very appropriate. :)
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Another wonderful Sookie Stackhouse outing, fast-paced and never flagging. This one sees Sookie and Bill sent by Eric to Dallas because he's "rented" her out to the nest leader there, Stan, so she can use her telepathic gift to find out what happened to a missing vampire. This leads to the Fellowship, a truly scary psuedo-Christian cult that's very anti-vampire. There's also a scary Maenad hanging around the woods at home, demanding tribute, and poor Lafayette, the flamboyantly gay cook from the...more
DNF 47%

I’m done with this series. The first book was weird enough as it is, but this one is just too much for me. Nothing makes sense and at 47%, I still haven’t found a plot. Here’s a list of things I have a problem with:

1. This series is weird.
2. Everyone treats Sookie as if she is Bill’s possession. Even worse: a pet.
3. Bill goes along with it.
4. So does Sookie.
5. Bill is one of the worst boyfriends I have ever met. He is boring, possessive and never fails to get Sookie into trouble. Plus, he...more
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Most people who have read this series, at the very least, like portions of it.

They like the first 3 or 4 installments, but then they get bored, or after the 3rd or 4th book, the series really started picking up for them.

I’m weird, I guess. I pretty much liked the entire series right up until the end. Sure, how much I liked each book varied—for example, except for the last book, this one is my LEAST favorite, but that’s not uncommon, what with this being book 2 and all. It...more
I almost forgot what an uptight bore Bill is. But I surely remember the glory that is Eric Northman...

Perseverance pays off, especially when reading this series. After I completed Dead Until Dark, I was hesitant to continue on with the second installment. However, I had made a promise to a friend to stick it out, and I had already purchased the book, so I got comfortable and braced myself for the impending doom. At first, my fears were realized. Sookie was still dingy, annoying, and cried at least four times in the first 30 pages. My outlook was grim, but I prevailed on in hopes that the small g...more
Opening Line: Andy Bellefleur was drunk as a skunk."

This was another super entertaining read; combining fantasy, action, romance and mystery that you’ll find difficult to put down. With book #2 we return to small town Louisiana and telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who's still slinging beers for shapeshifter Sam and spending time with boyfriend Bill the vampire. Their relationship continues to evolve with anger and jealousies surfacing here, and even though for the most part Bill is still s...more
It was a fast, engaging read. Different, in details, from the series, but the feel is the same. It's an interesting world that Harris has created. She brings up some well thought out points about how a vampire would differ from a normal human. It's certainly not high literature, but an awful lot of fun.
Geraldine O'Hagan
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Crystal Starr Light
Sookie Stackhouse's life is as normal as a telepath can get. She has a vampire boyfriend, a house, a job, and friends. And then one day, the Merlotte's chef, Lafayette, turns up dead in Andy's car. Not to mention, she works for Eric on odd jobs, and he sends her to Dallas to do some investigating for the vampires.

Once again, Sookie Stackhouse proves to be a (mostly) light-hearted, carefree paranormal series that is fun and fluffy and doesn't take itself too seriously. No, it isn't perfect. No, i...more
Sookie Stackhouse is at it again, getting herself tangled up in all sorts of supernatural mischief involving vampires, werewolves, and now a maenad.

These books are pure brain candy and a lot of fun with no literary pretensions. I enjoy the unique twists that stem from Harris's choice to set her vampire tales in the South (and not the South of antebellum aristocrats, but borderline trailer-trash South) and have vampires attempting to mainstream into society after being recognized as citizens by...more
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Still team Bill!
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.9* of five

The Publisher Says: Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).

The point is: the vampires saved her life. So when o...more
I'm truly not crazy about this series... but for some reason I keep finding myself wanting to read them. I blame HBO entirely. I love the show, trashy as it may be.

I find Sookie (in the books and show, but more so in the books) to be incredibly corny. She "loves" Bill, but thinks Eric is tasty, and Sam is also kiss-worthy. She's kind of a bimbo, yes?

It's very odd for a television show to be better than the book(s) it is based on, but that seems to be the case here. The characters in the show ar...more
Jeffrey Michael
OK, I was in the midst of a major "pre-read-aphobia" attack but at the insistence of my two children, I started this series. You see my "phobia" is somewhat common among avid readers. You know what I mean if you've ever gone to see a movie after having read the book and walked away severely disappointed because the film sacraficed some very salient points of the book for audience reaction to sex or blood. I'm glad to announce that the True Blood series went in a totally different direction from...more
I really enjoyed this, especially all the interaction with Sookie and Eric...I actually liked their scenes together a lot more than Sookie's scenes with Bill! With Eric, it was always hot, or hilarious, or a combination of both! I can't wait for Sookie & Eric to eventually get together *fingers crossed*

I also don't understand all the reviewer comments regarding too much sex - did I miss something? I didn't think there were many Sookie/Bill bedroom scenes, and I found the ones that were incl...more
Sep 28, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Amanda by: Chad
This is a great read!!! Book #2 of the Sookie Stackhouse series is light years better than book #1 (see Dead Until Dark). Having already laid the groundwork in book 1, author Harris is able to pick up where she left off. The result is a fast-paced, suspenseful, action-packed plot sending Sookie to Dallas and smack-dab in the middle of (another) vampireunderworld where she's their best hope for finding one of their own and defeating an extremist religious cult trying to annihilate them. Some of t...more
I managed to actually bloody myself (!) by biting the inside of my cheek to keep from laughing out loud when listening to this one while I was at work:) This was much funnier than the first one and IMO less romantic oriented. However, I absolutely enjoyed it and had a hard time keeping my giggles quiet every time Eric showed up. The lines he and Sookie exchanged cracked me up big time. I just love those books and I don't think I'll stop until I've read everyone of them.
Tamora Pierce
Reading this again taught me how much better a writer Charlaine Harris is than the writers of the "True Blood" series on HBO. In the TV series, Bill's sheriff vampire, tall blond Eric, cries out to Sookie that he has two silver bullets in him and they must be removed immediately. They're in his shoulder and chest, and she had no surgical devices or tweezers, so she ends up sucking them out, getting Eric's blood in her mouth (which was his point). One of them is in Eric's breast, near the nipple,...more
I finished it this morning & liked the audio book better than the written one. How odd. It's another fun romp, nothing special, but a relaxing, mindless read. As an audio book, it came alive a bit more, possibly because I didn't skim through some parts, definitely Parker lent a lot with her wonderful reading.

I'm also a fan of True Blood & in this book, the maenad (view spoiler)...more
Greg of A2
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Dec 04, 2013 JuliAnna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal romance fans only
Recommended to JuliAnna by: Next Best Book Club folks
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
This is not a great work of literature nor even a good fantasy novel; it is an entertaining paranormal romance novel. If you are up for a romance novel with supernatural creatures, this is a good bet. If you were only lukewarm on the first novel in the series, you should still give this one a try. If you like a little substance with your romance, I would stay away from these books.
Hunger For Knowledge
3.5 stars.

This second installment of the popular vampire series was better written and plotted story compared to the first one.

Being fast paced and full of action, it should of have been more entertaining for my taste yet I did find myself in a place where I enjoyed "Dead Until Dark" better.

"Living Dead in Dallas" had more of everything. We really get into the supernatural and paranormal, meeting more creatures with different abilities and learn the difference between vampires and their societ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Sookie Stackhouse is back. She’s happy and she’s in love. Her romance with Vampire Bill is a few-months strong and for the first time, she has somewhere she belongs. But the peace she’s been enjoying can’t continue forever. The small town of Bon Temps is turned upside down again, when Lafayette, the flamboyant gay cook at Merlotte’s, is found dead in the backseat of Detective Andy Bellefleur’s car.

But that mystery has to wait. Because Bill’s vampire-boss Eric is sending Sookie to Dallas to do a...more
It's tough to be critical of Charlaine Harris and her Sookie Stackhouse books; after all, there is no pretense of serious literary merit, nor is there a rabid fan base that begs for "re-education."

No...Charlaine Harris's books are exactly what they are meant to be: somewhat entertaining, light weight, playful riffs on the Vampire and mystery genres.

There is always something fun and fresh in the Sookie novels. Living Dead in Dallas, for instance, has a crazy KKK-like bunch of religious kooks call...more
Πιπερατο, σπιρτοζικο, ευθυμο, χαλαρωτικο... αυτη η σειρα εξελισσεται πολυ διασκεδαστικη!
♥ Sarah ♥
I know this is another paranormal series that I'm probably one of the last of five people to read. But I actually read Dead Until Dark a little over a year ago and I really didn't like it all that much. Mostly it was a problem with the relationship between Sookie and Bill. I wasn't buying it. It was very unrealistic and cold and I just didn't really want to sit through book after book of their boring relationship and Bill's extremely dull personality. So I set it aside, not really sure whether I...more
Ah, golly gee shucks, y’all, I don’t think I’m gonna be able to read anymore of these dang ole crazy vampire books because I felt stupider and stupider with each page – heeyuck! It turns out Miss Charlaine Harris’s original version of Sookie Stackhouse is the vainest, most idiotic, gullible, and frustrating characters I have come across in a long time. In times of peril and near death, she doesn’t become upset until she discovers – oh shit, y’all, *gasp* my hair is disheveled and my make-up is s...more
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr...more
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“Sookie, my little bullet-sucker"
Eric, my big bullshitter”
“By the way, I haven't heard an 'I'm sorry' from you yet." My sense of grievance had overwhelmed my sense of self-preservation.
I am sorry that the maenad picked on you."
I glared at him. "Not enough," I said. I was trying hard to hang on to this conversation.
Angelic Sookie, vision of love and beauty, I am prostrate that the wicked evil maenad violated your smooth and voluptuous body, in an attempt to deliver a message to me."
That's more like it.”
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