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message 1: by Angie, Constant Reader (new)

Angie | 2568 comments Mod
Does anyone read Harris' books? Or enjoy the show True Blood?


message 2: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I've read all of the Sookie Stackhouse series (although I liked them much, MUCH more earlier on than I do now), but I don't watch TrueBlood. I watched almost all of one episode and just didn't care for it.

I've read Grave Sight by Harris as well, which is the first in her Harper Connelly series and I really disliked it.


message 3: by Kandice (new)

Kandice | 4072 comments I have read the books and I like the show. I liked season one way better than season two, but now that Maryann is gone I expect I'll like season three as much as the first.

Unlike Becky, I like the Harper Connelly books (:P) and would like to try the Teagarden ones. Have you read any of those?


message 4: by Dana * (new)

Dana * (queenofegypt) | 41 comments There is a group for Sookie, if you are interested. However, it digresses a lot. I like both the show and the books. I have read the first 6 books, taking a break.
I like the writing style of CH, I like that she puts enough background information in each book that you could almost pick up any book and not have to read all of the series. I have not tried her other series, I might though.


message 5: by Tracyene (new)

Tracyene | 8 comments I read the first book when it came out and liked it, but I couldn't get used to the name "Sookie." Lame, I know. The I watched season 1 of *True Blood* and loved it and am looking forward to reading more of the books.


message 6: by Misty (new)

Misty | 27 comments I am currently reading book 5 of the Sookie Stackhouse series. I love the series. CH absolutely nails Sookie as far as I'm concerned. I'm actually listening to the series because Johanna Parker does such a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life. I haven't watched True Blood yet, but it's on my Netflix list, and hubby and I are going to start it next month. My hubby is also listening to the books which is a lot of fun. I've also read Shakespeare's Landlord which I really enjoyed. I'm going to read Shakespeare's Champion soon as well.


message 7: by Kandice (new)

Kandice | 4072 comments Dana's right about being able to pick up anywhere in the series. I read the second book of the Harper Connelly series (didn't realize) and I wasn't lost at all.


message 8: by Anna (new)

Anna | 64 comments I love the show true blood and can't wait for the 3rd season to start up again. I've read the firs 6 books in the sookie series and enjoyed them as well. I may look into reading her mystery books as well.


message 9: by Angie, Constant Reader (new)

Angie | 2568 comments Mod
I like to be able to just pick up in the series too. There are quite a few book in the series now and I don't really want to read them all again to just know what is going on. So it's great that you can just start reading a new book and not feel lost.


message 10: by Rachel (last edited Apr 01, 2010 03:19AM) (new)

Rachel (ecstaticmonkey2000) | 5 comments I have just recently started reading the sookie Stackhouse books, im on book 2 at the minute- I loved the TV show, the books are a bit cheesy but im enjoying them as a bit of light reading! im really getting sucked into all the vampire hype at the moment but i cant quite bring myself to read the Twilight series....


message 11: by Jay (new)

Jay Baker (jayb729) | 6 comments Haven't read the books and didn't think I'd enjoy the television show but I ended up watching season 1 on DVD and now I can't wait for season 2 to be released. Not having HBO, I have to wait for the set to come out on DVD. I like it better that way, though. I can just take a weekend and knock it out.

I've heard the books are drastically different than the television show. Anyone agree and is it better or not as good?


message 12: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Rachel wrote: "I have just recently started reading the sookie Stackhouse books, im on book 2 at the minute- I loved the TV show, the books are a bit cheesy but im enjoying them as a bit of light reading! im real..."

Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series are much better if you like vamps.


message 13: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Jay wrote: "Haven't read the books and didn't think I'd enjoy the television show but I ended up watching season 1 on DVD and now I can't wait for season 2 to be released. Not having HBO, I have to wait for th..."

I haven't tried that series but Dexter is a great example of a wonderful tv series based on blah books.


message 14: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (ecstaticmonkey2000) | 5 comments Thanks Amanda- have heard mixed reviews about the anne Rice books, might check them out. Dexter is an excellent TV show I agree! One of my favourites!


message 15: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Rachel wrote: "Thanks Amanda- have heard mixed reviews about the anne Rice books, might check them out. Dexter is an excellent TV show I agree! One of my favourites!"

I think that a lot of folks just wanted the characters in her books to stay the same or evolve in different directions than she wrote. I loved them personally


message 16: by Katniss (new)

Katniss (katniss1986) Amanda wrote: "The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice"

Uuh, I started Interview With the Vampire and didn't like it at all. I'm a big fan of the movie, though... But the book was just so damn boring I couldn't get myself to finish it.


message 17: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Katniss wrote: "Amanda wrote: "The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice"

Uuh, I started Interview With the Vampire and didn't like it at all. I'm a big fan of the movie, though... But the book was just so..."


Part of it is that the movie pretty much laid out the whole plot, plus she wrote that to get over the very quick and awful death of her daughter. It can come off as whiney and sad and dull. I advise at least trying The Vampire Lestat before you give up. In that book things pick up and Lestat has a much more fun voice than Louis. the vast majority of the books are written with Lestat as the narrator.


message 18: by Bondama (last edited Apr 15, 2010 05:13AM) (new)

Bondama (kerensa) | 868 comments Katniss:

I apologize for being so late to chime in with suggestions on vamp books - just got out of the hospital. But, there are two series out, for my money, that are rings around much else out there.

The first, and admittedly harder to read (vast amounts of historical research involving well over a thousand years, are the Chelsea Quinn Yarbro books involving a man ( who actually WAS a person.) His name is the Comte de Saint Germain (Yarbro is the genius who simply made this extremely mysterious person, and to explain his 3-400 yr life span (fairly well documented) - turned him into a vamp! The chronicles of his life are what is the series -- the first is the best, and I know Transylvania is in the title, just can't remember the rest -- but well worth trying -

But - and I know someone else mentioned her books, is the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series -- The first 9-10 books are incredible. I think I've read some of them at least six times. The books she's writing now - same characters, but the focus has changed go from soft core to hard core porn. Not worth the paper they're printed on. Laurell K. Hamilton (early) are books I guarantee you'll enjoy every word of - They're funny, bloody, and written with excellent style and voice. Anita was truly a unique character.

At any rate, I think you'll like either of these MUCH better that Anne Rice. Apparently Rice has wallowed in porn so much that she's now writing about Jesus Christ!! Sort of an afterthought. . .uh, forgive me for inflicting sadistic pornography???? Now that I've made so much $$ of blood??


message 19: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Bondama wrote: "Katniss:

I apologize for being so late to chime in with suggestions on vamp books - just got out of the hospital. But, there are two series out, for my money, that are rings around much else out..."


In good news Anita Blake is improving :D

Also the Rachel Morgan series is a great replacer for Anita Blake if the sex gets on your nerves. She's a witch who lives with a vamp. Urban fantasy that actually doesn't rip off Anita Blake! Totally original and well worth it!


message 20: by Jessi (new)

Jessi (jessibee) | 10 comments I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books and I absolutely love the show. The books were so much fun to read, especially with Anna Paquin's "Sookie" voice.

I plan to read more of Charlaine Harris' books. I've been looking at her other book series and trying to decide which one to start next.


message 21: by Bondama (new)

Bondama (kerensa) | 868 comments Amanda -- Thank you for suggesting the new series!! I will go to the Library and check out the Rachel Morgan series as soon as I can. I think the reason Hamilton's newer books get on my bad side so much is not the pornography - that I can forgive (if if porn is what you are searching for in a book-- it's just that is is bad, repetitive porn - and ignores Anita's entire self as it had been defined in the earlier books. I, too thought she might be improving, until I finished the brand new book, "Flirt" -- and let me tell you, it's got to one of the all-time worst books I've ever wasted any time on - I did a review for that one, simply because I resented the hell out of shelling out good money for that damn book!!


message 22: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Jessica wrote: "I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books and I absolutely love the show. The books were so much fun to read, especially with Anna Paquin's "Sookie" voice.

I plan to read more of Charlaine Harris' books. I've been looking at her other book series and trying to decide which one to start next. "


If I could make a suggestion? Steer clear of her Harper Connolly series. They are just... Bad. Awful. (Ok, I really can't say "they" as I only read the first one, but that was enough for me. *shudder*)


message 23: by Felina (last edited Apr 16, 2010 10:51AM) (new)

Felina I enjoyed the sookie books all up until the 6th book where I stalled and have not read further. I haven't read any of her other series or books. On the whole I don't really think of her as a good writer. The books are cute and light and somewhat addictive but they don't stay with you.

I LOVE True Blood. I agree with Kandice (I think you said this) that the second season was a bit off the mark and got away with itself but I think the third season should fix it. I'm going to get HBO this summer just to watch True Blood and to get A Game of Thrones when that starts this fall. Woot!!


message 24: by Kandice (new)

Kandice | 4072 comments Yep, I did say that. I read Harris books as "brain candy" because she is a sloppy writer, but her stories really are fun and quick. Kind of like soap operas as opposed to primetime dramas. I actually like the Harper Connelly series, but understand Becky's disgust with it;)


message 25: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Kandice wrote: "Yep, I did say that. I read Harris books as "brain candy" because she is a sloppy writer, but her stories really are fun and quick. Kind of like soap operas as opposed to primetime dramas. I actual..."

No offense but I hate even looking at the sookie books everything about them screams bad book and as a result I haven't even tried them.


message 26: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Have you guys ever tried Kelley Armstrong? She's got some strong books but others have some flaws that make them lesser quality books than something by Harrison or Hamilton. I've read Bitten through Diem Store Magic from Armstrong.


message 27: by Bondama (new)

Bondama (kerensa) | 868 comments I have to agree with Becky here -- I, too read just one of the Harper Connelly series (a different one) and swore off them completely -- I don't even know if "sloppy writer" covers it!


message 28: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Sloppy... lazy... weak...atrocious...awful?

I really enjoyed the Sookie series - well, to varying degrees - but the Connelly book I read is just... BAD. I wish I could have the time I spent reading it back. It was seriously one of the top two worst books I've ever read. The other one was Beloved by Toni Morrison, which at least is interpretable and probably misunderstood by a lot of the haters (myself included - I didn't "get" that one at all!). Harper Connelly was just vapid and dull and annoying and bad, horrible and awful.

Did I mention that I didn't like it?


message 29: by Bondama (new)

Bondama (kerensa) | 868 comments Yeah, girl, I think that kinda came out pretty clearly!! Agree with you on all fronts!


message 30: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) LOL... Good... No confusion! :P


message 31: by Kandice (new)

Kandice | 4072 comments :P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P:P


message 32: by Hazel (new)

Hazel (zelly) | 5 comments Well it's nice to see people share some of my views on this stuff! I LOVE True Blood but Maryann kinda ruined a couple of episodes of season 2 for me. I agree that 1 was much better. I have read all the books though I agree that her writing is just well, crappy. They are quite different from the show also, especially book two and season 2. That was probably the most boring book in my opinion. The one thing I really don't like about the show though is everything about Sookie. I wish they would've had someone different to play her and I just don't like the character. Makes you wonder what I like about the series huh? Haha well Eric definitely helps!!!


message 33: by Felina (new)

Felina Hazel wrote: "Well it's nice to see people share some of my views on this stuff! I LOVE True Blood but Maryann kinda ruined a couple of episodes of season 2 for me. I agree that 1 was much better. I have read a..."

Yay Eric. So dreamy.

I like that the show is different than the books. I guess its what you get when you take a good idea implemented by a mediocre writer and give the concept to good writers who will obviously improve the story and characters. Example: Loved how Jason has a much bigger role in the show than the books. He's a great character and very easy on the eyes.


message 34: by Hazel (new)

Hazel (zelly) | 5 comments Yeah I agree the shows are waaaay better. If I would've started reading the books first I might never have even watched the show!Gasp! And I would've missed out on one of my true loves. Haha. I agree, Jason's character in the show is so lovable and ditsy and in the books he's kind of a jerk. Glad they changed that!


message 35: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I read the books first, and I couldn't even get through one episode of the show. *shrug*


message 36: by Felina (new)

Felina Crazy Becky. Its cause you don't watch it with me. Come on over and I'll make my famous cheese dip.


message 37: by Kit★ (new)

Kit★ (xkittyxlzt) | 609 comments I LOVE True Blood, and I've read all of the Sookie series so far and loved them too. Yea, they're not the greatest or most intelligent writing out there, but they're fun and quick, and I just really like them :) I've also read all of the "Shakespeare's" series and they were ok, but I really didn't like Lily much, couldn't really relate to her or something I guess. I've read the first in the Aurora Teagarden series and it was pretty good, I'd like to read the rest of them. I've also read all but the newest in the Harper Connelly series, and I actually liked them. They weren't awesome, but I liked her little magic-power concerning the dead bodies, and thought they were also quick, entertaining reads. Can't wait 'til Season 3 of True Blood is out on DVD though! I don't have HBO either, so the waiting for the DVDs is a killer...


message 38: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I quit reading Charlaine Harris. I hated her first Harper Connelly book and refused to read any more of them. And Sookie gradually went downhill for me. I couldn't even make it to halfway in #10 before I quit... I won't read any more of her books.


message 39: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) I couldn't even try the Sookie books the cover art, the dippy drawings are bad enough but the plot I've read on the backs of the things just makes me want to chuck them. Not wasting my time.


message 40: by Courtney (new)

Courtney | 293 comments I love Sookie Whorehouse LOL. Total guilty pleasure, total book crack. New one's out next month! :D


message 41: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 665 comments I've been a fan of the series for years now! I do like the HBO series, but like the books much better! I love the sense of humor that the books have that, I feel, the series is lacking. I have the first 2 omnibuses that the Science Fiction Book Club put out several years ago, artwork on those is so much better than the cartoony stuff they normally put on the books. I don't like the tv tie-in covers either.


message 42: by Kit★ (new)

Kit★ (xkittyxlzt) | 609 comments Courtney wrote: "I love Sookie Whorehouse LOL. Total guilty pleasure, total book crack. New one's out next month! :D"

I like that, that's a good way to put it :) I like how I don't have to think real hard when I read these ones, it's like watching tv for me or something. Mindless entertainment. While as with an SK book, I'm absorbed into it, totally immersed and left with a goofy look on my face, drooling for more, thinking about it in my sleep and in the shower, etc.


message 43: by Aoibhínn (new)

Aoibhínn (aoibhinn) I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books and the Harper Connelly books and I watch True Blood.


message 44: by Dan (new)

Dan (dan2345) | 169 comments I've only read the first book by Charlaine Harris Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris . And I do love True Blood.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) The Sookie series is one of my all time favorites. I love that Sookie world :) Read it years before the show was even thought of. Ive read one of her Harper series, and a few of the Amelia series (although those are just cute light reads that aren't addicting, even if they're good)


message 46: by Dan (new)

Dan (dan2345) | 169 comments The Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series may have been good, but no one wrote vampires better then Stephen King when he did Salem's Lot.


message 47: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 665 comments Dan wrote: "The Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series may have been good, but no one wrote vampires better then Stephen King when he did Salem's Lot."

They don't even compare, Dan!


message 48: by Dan (new)

Dan (dan2345) | 169 comments What are you saying I'm right or I'm wrong??


message 49: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 665 comments You are absolutely right, Dan! As much as I like the Sookie Stackhouse books, I would pick 'Salem's Lot over it anyday!


message 50: by Dan (last edited Mar 19, 2012 08:37PM) (new)

Dan (dan2345) | 169 comments LOL...I like the Sookie books too, actually I've only read the first one, but still, they are cool. However, Yes, noone outdoes King when it comes to vampires and Salem's Lot.


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