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Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)

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The second Sookie Stackhouse novel from the New York Times bestselling author-and the basis for the HBO series True Blood.

For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned- paranormal sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, Ace is pleased to republish her second novel in the series in hardcover. In this book, Sookie is pur

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Published May 14th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published April 2002)
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Jasmin
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
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Inge
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
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2.5 Stars

Sookie fucking Stackhouse!!



I’ll let you know a little secret, ladies: No matter how great with a capital "G" your boobs are, you will never attract every man and woman who ever meets you UNLESS you are Sookie fucking Stackhouse!! If you are Sookie fucking Stackhouse no one, and I mean NO ONE, will be able to resist you... *eyeroll*

Easily my least favourite part of this story is the main character, I just cannot relate to Sookie at all. She bothers me. And whilst an element of that is si
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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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ 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
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Tatiana
May 01, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2011
I almost forgot what an uptight bore Bill is. But I surely remember the glory that is Eric Northman...

Fabian
Nov 19, 2008 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite having a solid story that ends with a massacre, a theme that explores radical groups and the evil of humanity (not of the monsters) there are still 100 pages left to talk about the new types of myths that are roaming the earth... Sookie's world is suddenly getting stuffy, but with each new development, the reader understands that the books will take liberties that will truly surprise. The adventures are becoming less structured... episodic. I am pretty excited to continue reading about t ...more
Heather
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
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈


2.5 stars

WHY WHY WHY did I feel the need to buy this entire series of books? Now I have to read all of them, and this is only book 2. And honestly, I read this 8 months ago and cannot remember much about it at all. But since I cannot leave books unreviewed (any time I have a book with unreviewed space, it glares at me and glares at me until I cave), I need to figure out how to review this thing. So here goes:

TRUTHS ABOUT LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS
Truth #1: Dead Until Dark is better.

I did not love Har
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Allison
Quick thoughts here, since I probably won't bother to do a full review. I liked this better than the first. It was another quick read. There was less slow, Southern charm and humor, less of a chick-lit focus on hair and clothes and working in the bar (although that's still in there).

Instead, there are two mysteries in two locations, and we get more exposure to the worlds of vampires and shape-shifters, and I finally got to know what the fuss about Eric is all about - or at least I'm starting to
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Geraldine O'Hagan
Sep 21, 2011 Geraldine O'Hagan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wanda
The second installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series, and a bit of a struggle for the author, I think, to figure out exactly which way she was headed with the series.

Sookie and Bill start to have a few more misunderstandings and a major row and have to decide whether they will continue their relationship. It’s unclear to me whether vampires in this series have emotions or are just possessive—maybe book 3 will clear that up for me. The fact that she is “loaned out” to the Dallas vampires to he
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Buggy
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
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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
"Your lips are bloody." He seized my face in both hands and kissed me.

It's hard not to respond when a master of the art of kissing is laying one on you.


The best part of this book is every scene Eric Northman is in. While this one was definitely better than the first book, it wasn't as good as it was the first few times I read it. Definitely not a 5-star book, as I originally rated it.

This one has two main plots which are separate from each other: the maenad coming to Bon Temps and the encounter
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Jim
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.
Maria Clara
May 29, 2016 Maria Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué voy a decir, salvo que me ha gustado? Y, aunque me ha parecido que no estaba al nivel del primero, me ha conquistado! A por el tercero...!!!
Lauren
Living Dead in Dallas
4 Stars

Sookie Stackhouse is settling into life as the girlfriend of a vampire when she has a streak of bad luck. First, the body of the short order cook at Merlotte's is found in the local detective's car. Then she is attacked by a deadly creature in the woods, and finally, she must travel to Dallas and use her telepathy to hope the locals find their missing nest mate - that is if she can survive the experience.

Note: It is my understanding that 2nd season of True Blood is l
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Amanda
Mar 07, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Amanda
Dec 22, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog, bloodsuckers
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
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Jessica
Aug 14, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
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
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Tamora Pierce
Sep 10, 2008 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex
Jul 18, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, romance

Still team Bill!
Berit☀️✨
Are there any ugly vampires???

I do not watch the television show, not even sure if it is still on, so I don't have any preconceived idea of what these characters look like.... but I'm just assuming they are all absolutely gorgeous, and then we have Sookie ... Who apparently no man or woman can resist, really??? And if this is really the case why is she with Bill? He just seems to be extremely boring....

Now onto the book, I did enjoy it, I did enjoy the mystery and I find the vampire politics in
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Jeffrey Michael
Feb 29, 2012 Jeffrey Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mahlet
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
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Fani *loves angst*
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.
Richard Derus
May 06, 2013 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marianne
Nov 27, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living Dead in Dallas is the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. It effectively consists of two separate stories: one introduced and then put on hold while the other is played out. When she finds the body of the flamboyant gay cook at Sam Merlotte’s bar, Lafayette Reynold, in the bar car park in Andy Bellefleur’s car, Sookie is understandably upset. Andy’s sister, Portia, asks Sookie to “listen in” on bar patrons’ thoughts to learn who is res ...more
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Sookie Stackhouse (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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“Sookie, my little bullet-sucker"
Eric, my big bullshitter”
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“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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