And I don’t even LIKE vampires!

January 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm 5 comments

Let’s face it.  I am not usually a fan of anything vampire.

I did read “Interview with a Vampire” by Anne Rice but after about the second book,  I stopped.

I have not read or seen anything in the Twilight series. 

I don’t dress in black,  or paint my nails black, or wear black lipstick, and I really don’t care for bats.

But when I started to watch the TV series True Blood, it was all over.

I became addicted.  Totally, and inexorably enthralled.   

The story is about Sookie Stackhouse, who is a barmaid that works in a small town in Louisiana.   She is a telepath and can read people’s thoughts.   One day,  a tall dark and swarthy vampire named Bill walks into the bar, and Sookie is taken with him.     This leads to a series of aventures, as there is a murderer loose in town and everybody wants to blame the vampire.     In the world of True Blood, vampires have basically “come out”  and can now interact with the general human population.   Some Japanese scientists have created synthetic blood called “True Blood” and the vamps don’t have to feed on humans, even if many still like to.

Sookie works for Sam, who we soon find out has a secret of his own.    It is a terrific show.  The acting is good, the plot carries you right along, and every episode has a cliff hanger at the end that makes you want to start watching the next one immediately.    The show is up for several Golden Globes, and I can see why.  It really is entertaining.

The show itself is based on a series of books by Arkansas author Charlaine Harris.   I have read other series by Ms. Harris but have avoided the vampire novels because (as we have covered)  I don’t like vampires.

But now, after watching True Blood (the entire season one is based on the first book of the series)  I had to have more. 

Thank god I work in  a library.

I headed over to the mystery section and went to H for Harris  (we really do try to make things easy to find in the library, even if most people can’t ever seem to find anything) and managed to locate the first five books in the series.

I decided to skip the first one (as the TV series covered that plotline) and started in on book two  – Living Dead in Dallas.   And I love it.  I managed to read it in one day and am now currently sitting reading the third book in the series – Club Dead.

There is Sookie, the telepath, who narrates the novels, and vampire Bill, and his boss, Eric, the sherriff vampire.   And there are a whole mess of supernatural creatures out there left to discover.    Harris has a great writing style.  The characters are fun and realistic.  There is enough humor to keep the books light, and enough mystery to keep the books suspensful and interesting.   And none of the books are particularly long so you can knock one off in a day or two.    They are fun reads,  even for those of us who don’t like vampires!

Be aware that the TV series has a bit of sex  (well more than a bit) and some gore, so it might not be appropriate for younger viewers.

I just have to find out when season two is going to start.

Remember the author,  Charlaine Harris!  Look for her in a library or bookstore near you!

Now I am going to cry about the news about the 11th doctor. Please see my friend Tiger Yogijis blog for more info.


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  • 1. Dallas  |  January 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Hey Dewey welcome to Sookie/ True Blood fandom.
    I think you might find some interesting stuff on my blog. Click on season 2 in topics to find out everything we know – june is when the season starts !
    Book 9 will be out in May

    i would love it if you’d right a review of Club Dead !

    Thanks , “Dallas “

  • 2. tigeryogiji  |  January 4, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Twilight doesn’t interest me either! And what a coincidence! I put True Blood on my Netflix months ago!!

    As for the Doctor, well, we will see in 2010 now won’t we? 😦

  • 3. coco  |  January 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    ok…so now i know how to spell the telepathic’s name… i was spelling it as it sounds in spanish- SUKI!
    yes, trueblood is SOOOO much better than twilight!!
    i’ll have to check out the books, thanks!!

  • 4. Steve's Rebooted  |  January 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    You’ve mentioned True Blood on my blog once; and now you’re doing a review. I’m definitely gonna have to check it out!

  • 5. Debbi  |  January 4, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Charlaine’s books are wonderful. Met her at a book signing a few years back and she is a riot. Love her Sookie/ southern vampire series.

    I’ve read all four of the Twilight books. Loved 3 1/2 of them. Could have done without the first half of book two. lol. Wasn’t thrilled with the movie at all. I’ve read all of the books and I still kept asking my daughter what was going on.

    Another author you might want to check out that is light and easy that I found is Victoria Laurie her Ghouls just want to have fun. And Whats a ghoul to do. Enjoyed both of those.


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