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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
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Dec 21, 2007

really liked it
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Read in December, 2007

** spoiler alert ** I read this series of books because I was so taken by the Showtime series. And you know what? I liked the TV show better! The books are good, and it's fun to get "inside the mind" of Dexter, but because the plot of the book follows pretty closely to the first season of the TV show, it was hard not to make comparisons.

Spoilers below, so don't continue reading if you don't want to know what happens!

A few things that I thought the TV show did a lot better was the whole "flirting with another killer" plotline. In the books as in the TV show, Dexter is absolutely enthralled by this other killer's method of draining the bodies of blood, and recognizes that the killer is communicating with him. However, in the books the killer goes largely absent from the plot, where in the TV show he shows up as Dexter's foster sister's boyfriend. Which is just marvelous - it reveals him to be just THAT much more creepy, that he can have that COMPLETE of a mask. And it makes so much more sense on the TV show that he's Dexter's brother. We're gifted with a lot more of Dexter's flashbacks and his aversion to blood than in the books, if you can believe that. In the book it feels like, "Oh hey, you're my brother? Neat." where in the TV show it's much more shocking, much more of a draw for Dexter to follow along in his brother's footsteps, and join him in killing indescriminantly. And, therefore, much more important for the character when in the TV show he kills his brother. In the book, he lets his brother go (presumably to show up again in some later installment). Also in the book, he almost kills is foster sister... so now, she KNOWS that he's a "monster". On the TV show, NO ONE knows. It makes him that much more of a lonely hero, of sorts. And I just find it incredibly unrealistic that a cop sister who finds out her brother is a murderer would just accept that fact and move on.

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Katie I TOTALLY agree--the series is better than the book--perhaps because the books are so short? And I agree about his sister...for all the books compared to the tv series, the characters are much more developed. I wonder how big (if any) the author had with developing the screenwriting...


Shannon Barry I completely agree, especially in regards to brian having more of a presence in the tv series. I found this book compelling enough to look into reading the next in the series though.


Vicki Cline I was about to write a similar review, but yours is much better than I could have done. I loved the TV series, which does an excellent job of fleshing out the other characters, who are rather short changed in the book.


Derek Manuel I too watched the show before reading this book, and I definitely prefer the show. I think it helped me enjoy the book more, as well. As I read the book, I heard it in Michael C. Hall's voice, which (for me) made Dexter more likeable than I think he would've been otherwise. I'll probably read more of the books to see how I like them, which is more than o can say for the Sookie Stackhouse series.


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Jake I liked the series before reading the book. Now I hate the series too! I can't stand it's boring and the same thing over and over again!


Aileen Hm interesting. I read the books first and much prefer them to the show.


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