Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 2002-2004, Ace
I've been on a Sookie Stackhouse binge. I read the first one in this series a few weeks ago and liked it so much that I ordered the whole set. I've inhaled three of them in the last week. They're really fun books. A telepathic barmaid who befriends all kinds of supernatural beings--what's not to love?
Drive-by synopses: (If you haven't read the series, beware of some spoilers.)
Living Dead in Dallas (#2)- Sookie is sent to Dallas to use her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She encounters a rabid anti-vampire cult. We meet more shapeshifters.
Club Dead (#3)- Bill is kidnapped by Lorena, the evil vampire who sired him. Sookie goes to Jackson to try to find him. There she meets Alcide, a Werewolf. Together they investigate Club Dead, an all-supernatural bar run by the King of Vampires. (hee hee)
Dead to the World (#4)- Eric loses his memory and a group of evil vampire blood-drinking Were-witches try to take over Shreveport. Jason is kidnapped and Sookie has to rescue him. Fairies are introduced briefly.
Random thoughts on the series so far:
- It seems like each book is getting just a little more violent.
- Eric is a much more interesting character than Bill. Much more vampire-like. Bill's kind of blah. Plus we couldn't really forgive him for what he does to Sookie in Club Dead.
- Why doesn't Sookie notice Sam more?? He's great. I think she should stop wasting time on these loser vampires and go for Sam. He would never betray her.
- I think the thing that makes this series work and stay fresh after so many installments is the fact that the original premise is so good. A telepathic woman who can't really connect on any intimate level with regular humans and therefore has to look for love and companionship among supernatural beings. It's different and original.
I've got two more to read, though I might take a little break. I am anxious to see what happens next.