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Dead in Dixie (Sookie Stackhouse #1-3)

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Omnibus editon containing Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, and Club Dead
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Published (first published December 23rd 2001)
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Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I decided to read this by encouragement from a friend of whom the book was borrowed from. I am so hooked now that I asked for the rest of the series for Christmas. If you are a fan of the HBO show, be prepared as the show has added other story lines that are not in the book. The book as always is way better
I watched the first season of True Blood before reading this omnibus, which includes the first three novels in Charlaine Harris's "Sookie Stackhouse" series.

I found it a bit dull at first, but that was because I knew what was going to happen next. The TV series is relatively faithful to the book. There are a few differences but I think Alan Ball's adaptation to television kept the spirit of the books and Sookie's voice and style was very familiar. I could hear Anna Paquin narrating to me as I r
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 outta 5 for the whole darn series

So this is what I spent the majority of my free time Saturday to Saturday doing. I have to tell you, Anita Blake kicks ass (series by Laurell K Hamilton), but Sookie Stackhouse is just too cool for school. She just kind of stumbles from one thing to the next and manages to kick ass in a clumsy, funny, super duper way.

I think this series even kicks the Anita Blake series, which is unfortunate for Anita-because I really liked her (but I digress-I just finished t
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the Omnibus edition containing Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, and Club Dead. (The first three books in the series.) If you have read the series, then you know it's worth it to buy this, because once you read book 1, you'll be driving back to the book store for book 2. This series is addicting and fun to read. Usually I don't like when a series comes out with many different covers for the same book, but I do love all these covers, so if you collect the books of series you like, t ...more
Savannah Garcia
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After watching the television series and finding it entertaining, I decided to read the book which I found rather surprisingly to be quite similar to the tv series, since normally the show is totally different from the book, e.g the vampire diaries. Although I have to say, not unlike the vampire diaries, I also prefered the tv series to the book. In the tv series, I find the characters to be a lot more developed and likeable. Especially with Bill, whom I thought to be an absolute arse in the boo ...more
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Gemma Thomson
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of vampire fiction.
Shelves: gothic, own, thrillers
It's a very topsy-turvy experience, but overall I liked this introduction to the "TrueBlood" series. I'm glad that it came in omnibus form, because the way some of the first book ended was simply mean; thankfully the third ends on a nicer cliff-hanger.

As far as negatives go, I really only felt two. The main problem I have is that Sookie is absolutely spineless at times, but maintains her defiance by simply running away whenever love or circumstances conspire against her. Where's she's irritating
Karen Patterson
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished all nine books and eagerly await the next in the series. These were all highly addictive and I can't really say that one was more superior than the others which oftentimes happens in series, but they did grow in characters and in story with twists and turns I wasn't expecting. The first book: Dead Until Dark I probably enjoyed the least only because I had seen the HBO series first and so with only a couple of exceptions, I pretty much knew how everything was going to turn out. ...more
I am really not sure how to rate this book! Usually by the end I have some kind of idea. But the writing is truly horrendous. A lot of things just don't make sense or tie together at all. There were also WAY too many typos. Really, editor?!? If I'm noticing them all (I can't say I'm the most attentive person) then it's really out of hand. Basically, this book was bad. But I was entertained. I'm going through some pretty heavy stuff right now and it was a nice, brainless distraction. I really lik ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Was really disappointed with this book. I'd really loved the HBO series, but by comparison this was... really lacklustre. The writing was pretty uninspired, and for the half of the book I did read I was just waiting for all the other interesting characters from the show to come into it... but they never did... This is all about Bill and Sookie, and even they're pretty boring characters.... Just goes to show how impressive a job HBO does in adapting a TV series from a rather mediocre southern mys ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I read book 1: Dead Until Dark. It was very good. It's Local Southern Color meets Urban fantasy. I like Sookie and I like Bill. I have heard they don't stay together. It makes me kind of sad, but I guess that's how relationships are in real life. Jason has some serious issues to work through. Sam's pretty interesting. I definitely think he's sweet on Sookie.

I gave this to my mother to read (along with the next Omnibus). No rush. I'll get around to reading them someday.
This book was sitting unread (not undead hehe) in my shelve for quite a while- what a mistake!
I feared another Bella sparkling vampire story, but Sookie is very unbella like: snarky, strong, knows how to use a shotgun- just your typical southern lady :)
The story is fast paced, sexy, and pretty gory- I'm in love.
I'm so glad there is more, seriously addicted!
Interesting reads. The books aren't really that long and involved. Fun to read and relaxing to read. You don't have to think too hard about things. I like them enough to finish up the series but I wouldn't say they're a "must read" like some other books in the paranormal genre.
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1st three Sookie Stackhouse books Omnibus
It took me a while to work through this three-in-one novel that I borrowed from a friend. Early on, the writing was clunky and distracting but improved with time. I'm afraid I never took to the naive Sookie though - she hooks up with some vampires, with her gift, should know plenty about human nature, and yet plays a simple fool at every turn. Girl finally grows a little spine towards the end of the third book, but still behaved like a sulky teenager. I've never read a human-vamp romance novel b ...more
If you are new to the series this is the perfect way to get started, you get the first 3 books together and you won't be disappointed. I love Sookie, and I have to say I have always been partial to Eric, and the rest of the characters, and this book has been on my re-read list for many years. There is romance, action, suspense and mystery and I could not put it down. Great deal.
Sharon Pearce
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it

I could not finish this book and find the style of writing boring and trite.
It may be okay for a thirteen year old girl who enjoys the Twilight series but not for me.
This is definitely a case of the tv series, True Blood, being better than the book.
All respect to Alan Ball for creating a silk purse out of a sows ear.
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to mentally count this as 3 book reviews since this is a compilation of three previously published novels and I like to feel more productive when I finally get around to reviewing a book that I read three years ago, I mean 3 books I read two years ago... Anyway, quick shout out to my long time internet friend Vivid Vivka (<3 the Titania) who had this book up on her FB "buy my old stuff so I can continue to work as a model and do photo shoot" looks like she's going by Vivka Grey now. ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Until Dark
3 stars
While I still enjoyed rereading the first book of the series I found a lot more flaws in it than the first time around. I like sookie’s balance of spunk and innocence, most heroines cant pull of the helpless female and still chime with me but she makes it work. I don’t like though how much detail she goes into about her own appearance. With the narrative being first person that makes it sound a little weird talking about her “strong legs” and the like so much. Bill has that
Ea Solinas
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Urban fantasy usually takes place in, you know, urban areas. Cities, big towns, and places where vampires and weres creep in dank alleys. But Charlaine Harris took a slightly different approach in the Sookie Stackhouse series. And the first three books, collected in "Dead in Dixie (Southern Vampire Mystery, Bks. 1-3)," are solidly entrenched in warm Southern charm and mellow mysteries.

In "Dead Until Dark," Bon Temps waitress Sookie Stackhouse can read minds, which is more of a curse than a bless
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I liked that whilst paying homage to Anne Rice, Charlene has made her own voice. It's not deep but it's not meant to be. Thank you.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Arcade Annie
My overall impression--meh. I'm not sure how a story like this made it into the movie biz. I wasn't drawn into any of the plot lines, I found Sookie to be a little too squeamish and "Southern Belle" for me. I didn't care if she and Bill got together or not. To be fair, I hung on through the first three books, so it's not like I just read a little bit and threw it down. It just didn't seem to live up to all the hype of True Blood--this might be a rare case of where the movie is better than the bo ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first 3 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series! (This is a 3 in one omnimbus.). They were well thought out and different from the other vampire books I'd read in the past. You could relate to Sookie, even with her gift/curse. She wasn't this perfect southern belle, she was just a regular girl muddling her way through life the best she could. And, although the characters were way over the top in their strangeness, they seemed so real, and very Southern. Best books in the series by far, ...more
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: charlaine-harris
Dead Until Dark:
When I read the blurb, I thought that this book is definitely a thriller. Finally, a book to look forward to. In the beginning the book is very good, but in the end I was wishing to throw the copy against the wall. I thought as being the main character, Sookie, might have some dignity. I turned out to be wrong. As soon as Bill left she went to Sam which was totaly unfair. I have to say that I hated this book. Sookie is a real bitch.
Living Dead in Dallas:
It was okay. Nothing ter
Felicity Moore
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came late to the True Blood phenomenon, only discovering the books in around 2012, more than a decade after the first book was published.

Sookie Stackhouse is a wonderful character, an unassuming waitress from the south, whose small l liberal views are easy to connect with. She tries to be tolerant and understanding of all different species, from werewolves to vampires to fairies.

The world Charlaine Harris has created is extraordinary for its real-ness and for its differences to reality. It's
This is such a great buy. The Omnibus edition contains Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, and Club Dead. The first three books in the Sookie Stackhouse series. It makes getting addicted to this series even so easy, when you can just keep reading from one book to another and then another. If you were or are a fan of the HBO show, True Blood. Be ready to re live most of the storylines, when reading this Omnibus. If your new to this series and haven't seen the HBO show True Blood. Welcome to B ...more
Jen A
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm completely sick of the whole Vampire Phenomenon (enough already!) but in spite of that I really enjoyed all of these books. The determining factor of whether or not I like a story always boils down to the characters. Are they likeable and are they believable? Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire cohorts are both even set in a vampire/werewolf/fairy infested universe. Sookie is a character with many flaws, she can be weak (at one point her New Year's Resolution is to not get beat up)and selfish ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the characters in this series and again it is one of those "light" books. It is like mind candy to read a book for pure enjoyment and not anything deeper. That is all you will get out of this series but they are still very gripping and I had a hard time putting them down. Sookie Stackhouse is a telepath who loves a vampire (they are not hiding in secret anymore) and gets tangled up in the dark underworld in which he exists. Wow - it sounds a lot better when the author tells the story. Thi ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mulla oli aika suuret odotukset tätä kirjaa kohtaan. Ehkä liian suuret, sillä kirja ei vastannut odotuksiani. Toisaalta jos en seuraisi sarjaa, kirja olisi luultavasti mielestäni paljon parempi. Sarjaa seuranneena tiesin kuitenkin kaikki tapahtumat ja kirjan lopun "erilaisuus" ärsytti. Poikkesi siis paljonkin sarjan 1. kauden lopusta.
Bill jäi hahmona mitään sanomattomaksi. Sookie oli kivan tempperamenttinen ja juuri sellainen kun sarjassakin.

Luen kyllä mielelläni seuraavatkin osat, mutta en lue
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