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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
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Jan 07, 2008

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Recommended to Jennifer by: Terry S.
Recommended for: people who are annoyed by Anne Rice
Read in April, 2008

Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress at Merlotte's, a bar in small-town Lousiana and though she is fine to look at, she has a "disability" that makes her dating life nonexistent. She can hear others' thoughts and, as you might imagine, this makes relationships difficult. Until one day, a handsome man named Bill walks into the bar and his thoughts are blissfully unavailable to her. The only problem is . . . he's a vampire.

This novel, the first in a series, creates an alternative world where vampires exist and they have recently "come out of the crypt," so to speak. They live amongst humans though the relationships between human/vampire are not always stress or violence free. Rather than a supernatural noir, the tone of this book is sort of a supernatural southern gothic (with a nice dose of humor).

Sookie raises small town eyebrows when she starts dating Bill (interracial dating?) but their relationship soon hits a bigger snag. Someone is killing young women who have dallied with vampires and suspicions are starting to turn toward Bill.

I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. Originally, I wondered if this series was simply treading ground already walked by Laurel K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, etc. However, Harris makes this world her own and I'm planning to keep reading.

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