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Sookie Stackhouse 8 Volume Set (Sookie Stackhouse #1-8)

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Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is no typical Southern belle. She can read minds. And she’s got a thing for vampires. Which, in a town like Bon Temps, Louisiana, means she’ll have to watch her back—and neck... This boxed set includes:

Dead Until Dark

Living Dead in Dallas

Club Dead

Dead to the World

Dead as a Doornail

Paperback, 2500 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ace (first published 2009)
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Jun 25, 2010 Aeron rated it really liked it
I feel like I just ate 5 pounds of twinkies and chased them down with potato chips and sweet tea. My stomach hurts, but I'm happy. Yeah, this is junk food. It's chopped full of sugar (sex), salt (hot vampires and werewolves), and preservatives (poorly written summary), and even though you know it's bad for you, you can't stop reading it.

I first got hooked on True Blood, the show. TB is way more polished, classy, blah blah blah. The Sookie books are pure pulp, and yet if there were another one (
May 01, 2010 Natasha rated it it was amazing
What a series! Can you say addictive?
I was a fan of this series from book one, and it gets better with each book.
Sookie is a great lead character, and Bill and Eric are something to read for alone. If you have yet to read book one and are not sure if you should buy the series, I can honestly say, after one book you'll be hooked. You'll be right back at the store for book two. So if you can get a good price on this box set, buy it.
If your worried it's another Twilight phenomenon, it's so not.
Apr 20, 2016 Tinder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-loves
Vampire Porn .. but who cares?!

Ok.. so as a disappointed review says .. it's like Vampire Porn. And it is in parts. And the tv series actually has a lot more that isn't in the book. More characters, more storyline, more sex and more plot. The books are written from Sookie's perspective so that's going to happen. But.. I still love the books. There is a lot more too them than Mills & Boon books and they are well written.
So as for whether it will put you off the tv series. Well I guess that de
this is the rating for books number 4-8.
There are some serious things missing:
Eric. Eric. Eric. Eric. Eric. And Eric.
The first 3 books were just too good, I feel betrayed.
Maybe I just need a Sookiepause and will enjoy the following books after a little while.
Dec 12, 2010 Stringy rated it it was ok
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Definitely a guilty pleasure, this series. The most ridiculous plots, but so entertaining that I've now read nearly all of them. My favourite scene in the series is when she went to a vampire conference and ended up scooting down the side of a pyramid hotel in a coffin to escape from a bomb blast. And that isn't even the climax of the story! The sex scenes are less cringeworthy as the series goes on, and less time is spent explaining what everyone is wearing, which is a good thing.

I prefer the
Oct 28, 2010 Candi rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, supernatural
So I could list all these books separately, but they were so handy in the 8 pack on the kindle. It was so fun not to have to hunt around (read: wait at all) for the next book I have to review them this way.

Now as for the books themselves, I had so much fun reading them, it's like eating the crunchy Cheetos and drinking sugary Coke for my brain with the occasional doughnut. Only I never got sick of it, sometimes I feel like I have to take a break from the eye rolling (thank you Twilight), but I n
Christian and Amy
Jan 20, 2011 Christian and Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: finishedreading
Chris - So, before Halloween 2010, I started reading through the Sookie Stackhouse books because of my enjoyment of the True Blood TV series.
I have to say that I've enjoyed them quite a bit. The first book is very similar to the first season of True Blood, and there are elements of book 2 and book 3 in season 2 and season 3, but there are many differences.

One of the main differences with the books is that everything is from Sookie's perspective in her narritive, so if she doesn't witness somet
Aug 11, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
Finished 'em all in a month! Not the best writing ever, but there's something relaxing about descriptions of a seemingly ordinary person living her daily life (visiting the library, waitressing, housecleaning), especially juxtaposed with fight scenes and hot vampire love. I also like hearing about the small town lifestyle in the deep south. Sookie Stackhouse is a great character, and just when you think the storylines are simple, the male characters seem to represent different aspects of typical ...more
Sep 05, 2010 Taylor rated it really liked it
This series was very addicting to read. With every book I finished I couldn't wait to start the next one! I read all the books before I watched an episode of the TV show... Gotta say, I liked the books better. I just couldn't get into the show at all. I watched the first 3 episodes and couldn't stand to watch any more. I would have given this series 5 stars, but as the series went on it seemed to go a little downhill. Loved the first 4 books... I only finished the series because I wanted to know ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
I binge read these when I was sick this month. I don't think binge reading is the way to go with this series. There is A LOT of exposition in these books. I know authors have to do that, but I can only take so many paragraphs that go over the same thing that happened in the past. Sometimes the author would repeat the same exposition points in the same book, which was irritating... but even more irritating were the times that she included new and important and interesting information in the form ...more
Cassandra McCall
Aug 16, 2010 Cassandra McCall rated it really liked it
I learned a whole bunch about vampires. Although I have to say that they should have a disclaimer about the Hadley death in one of the books, because I am all "did I just finally kill most of my brain? when did she die?" Only to find out it was in a short story or something. So whatever, I have enjoyed these eight books. Especially that one scene with Sookie and Eric. Oh my! Taking a Sookie break for a bit. But I will be back.
Jes Jester
Ok, I've always loved me some Sookie Stackhouse. It's been ten years since I started this series and nothing was more enjoyable than seeing the newest one for purchase on the shelf. I've read this series multiple times and each time as I get towards my LEAST favorite installment- the last one, I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I did not, do not and will never enjoy the ending of this series. Each and every novel, since the very first one, Sookie has had an undeniable, unrelenting ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
I tried to watch "True Blood" before even reading these books, and could not stand the show for very long--too pornographic for my taste. However, I was very interested in finding some light reading books, and I always enjoy reading about vampires and other supernatural phenomena. [return][return]I'm glad I took a chance and purchased this book set, because these books are very addicting! Normally, I read "serious literature," replete with allusions, esoteric vocabulary, and sometimes illusive p ...more
Nov 23, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Guilty Pleasure! So I finally read these. After marathon watching all of True Blood on-demand resulting in an Alex Skarsgard fangirl crush, I had to get my Eric fix somehow. Turns out, I like these stories. Fun, fast, creepy, and raunchy in all the right ways.
Aug 15, 2010 Krystle rated it it was amazing
I loved this series! A vampire series that actually follows the vampire code" and best of all, no sparkling!
Sookie Stackhouse is a barmaid with the ability to read minds. She thinks this is a disability until she meets Bill the vampire and learns how to shield herself. In the first 8 books of the series, she become aware of the supernatural world around her. This is an entertaining series, with a bit of romance thrown in as Sookie gains confidence, realizes she is special, and attracts the attention of all sorts of "supes" - supernatural beings. I enjoyed the Twilight series, but enjoyed this series m ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
This is honestly the best set of books that I have ever bought. This is my favorite book series that as ever come out and I am sad to say that I am finally half-way finished with the final book. (Which I will review separately since I have heard mixed reviews - most negative- and it is the series' final book so that deserves a separate review since it is my favorite series) I have thoroughly enjoyed the adventures and romances that Sookie Stackhouse has gone through throughout this series. There ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Dawnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Shelves: owned-books
I actually was surprised about how much i enjoyed most of the books in this set.
i have to say that i did not know overly much about this set or the books themselves when i bought it. I was just in search of a nice vampire story that i could read because i was just in the mood for it, and this set just came out -back when- and i just bought it thinking that it couldn't be that bad. I only later -after reading the entire thing- learned about the TV show and never watched, that so...

When i started
Amy Otto
Mar 14, 2014 Amy Otto rated it it was amazing
I have read all the Sookie Stackhouse books. I think they are crazy reads, out loud laughing reads, and just getting lost in a different world reads. I loved these books! I couldn't wait to get to the next one and the one after that. I was honestly sad when the last book was published by Charlaine Harris. But I like how she threw a wrap up of everyone's current life In a book published at the end of last year, 2013. It was neat that she wrapped it up. Makes her even higher as an author on my lis ...more
Oct 03, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
I have read the first three: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead In Dallas, and Club Dead. Just started book 4 Dead To The World.

Really liked the first 2 books. Definitely a sort of genre cotton candy for the brain, competently written but meant to be pretty easy. Like the main character and the setting a lot. Reads like a mix of vampire novel, light mystery, and bodice ripper. Only on occasion has an off note. By book four though I am wanting more depth to the character development somehow. Doesn't ha
Anne Fardo
Jul 03, 2011 Anne Fardo rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I also liked it because having watched the first three episodes of the HBO series based on this book, True Blood, I started off where I stopped show wise. Since I knew the characters already, it made reading the book even better and I was so excited about what happened next. The TV series is a little different than the books in that there were some different vamps I had never heard of (from Fangtasia and Crystal) was introduced in this book and the TV ...more
Aug 05, 2010 Naf rated it really liked it
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Outerspace Andrea
Apr 29, 2012 Outerspace Andrea rated it it was amazing
Okay, I love this series, and that was totally unexpected for me. I am not usually into romance supernatural horror, so I did not expect this series to be as completely engrossing and captivating as it is. Not only myself, but even my hubby voraciously read through the Sookie series and became very endeared to the characters as well. The comedy, horror, mystery, and romance is perfectly blended together in the stories, rendering it a fascinating horror soap opera. The characters are well rounded ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Mere rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone raves about how amazing this series is, but I hated it. By the fourth book it was a struggle to get through and by the eighth I was done. Sookie was unbearable at the end. The love triangle, whatever it was, was so overdone. I was entirely bored.

The first one showed so much promise and I wonder what happened. Because the later books were awful. The writing as well seemed to get worse. I don't know, I'm normally good with vampire books, but these left a sour taste in my mouth.
Kara Simoes
Sep 09, 2012 Kara Simoes rated it it was amazing
loved them but the last three are the best
although this athur puts herself in the shoes of Sookie i believe she wishes to be Sookie due to the fact the sex scenes are sometimes strange and yet the 24-28yr old women has traits of a 45 year old women when it comes to cooking ext

Better then the show if u are a fan of the show stick with these books. I read the first book last cause i started reading after season 1 of the show. Start with book one cause there are some differences in the book not man
Elizabeth Charters
Feb 09, 2013 Elizabeth Charters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Deliciously fun reading! If you're a fan of the show, this is like a True Blood alternate reality: more fairies, more shifters, more Eric, and (in my opinion) a more classy (and more Southern) Sookie. And, if you aren't a fan of the series, this is pure fun! Just the right amount of mystery, scandal, heroism, fang and humor. Not to mention, a whole new perspective on the South and its gothic potential. The only reason my review isn't five stars is: Harris is a fabulous story teller but somewhat ...more
This was a last minute Christmas present from my husband and yes that means I purchased it myself, as he knows what happens when I have more than one book to read! I spent four days and eight novels in Sookie's world and loved ever minute. On the whole some of the plots left me a little cold and the introduction of new characters was a little odd in places, but that suited the Sookie character and her life.

I did enjoy the feeling that in the storytelling the jumble of a real life pulsed through
Becky Harbin
May 31, 2016 Becky Harbin rated it liked it
I only rated this 3 stars because the first 3 books were amazing. Good plot lines, good character development, etc. then after book 3, it almost seems like the author gave up and was just pushing books out as fast as she could with very little thought. I was highly disappointed how the last few books were written and had I known, I probably would have never started the series to begin with.
Apr 18, 2016 Lauren marked it as nfs
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) - 1 star
I have to say this is one book that surprised me. I ended up enjoying watching the TV show a great deal more than actually reading about it, which in my world doesn’t happen very often. I found the story to be a lot more exciting when it was brought to life on a screen rather than sitting flat on the page.

Not finishing series
Dec 16, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
Ok, I admit it: I stopped reading after book 8. This series started out as an exceptionally funny and interesting series...then it went downhill. I have never wanted to return a book so badly as I did with the last few I read. I actually stopped reading a series, which I have never done before. The last few were that stinking bad.
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