Book Review – Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

The blurb exsanguinates:

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she’s face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).

Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favor, she complies. And soon, Sookie’s in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved. There’s just one condition: The vampires must promise to behave – and let the humans go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.

I read the first book in this series because I enjoyed the TV series, but after reading it I wasn’t in any hurry to get the rest of them.  “The book was better than the movie” is a popular cliche, but in this case the book was pretty similar to the TV series and where they differed I generally preferred the TV version.  However apparently money trumps taste because when the whole series of books came on sale I couldn’t resist.

As someone who saw the TV series before reading the books, comparisons between the two are inevitable.  It’s been a while since I saw the second season of True Blood, but it came back to me as I was reading and I was surprised by how similar they were.  A lot of TV adaptations follow the book for the first season and then diverge (for example Dexter), but at least so far that isn’t true for this series.

I really didn’t think book two was as good as season two of the TV series – some of the best characters and subplots have a much smaller role and the plot arc wasn’t as good.  Books usually beat TV and movies in depth, for example because the author can describe unfilmable things or show us what’s happening inside the characters’ minds.  In this case that wasn’t really true – we don’t really get any deeper insight.

Something that stood out to me were the romance novel style sex scenes.  I assume I’m just not the target audience for this – it’s not necessarily bad, it’s just not the kind of thing I’m used to reading.