I love reading…

I read all the time. I usually read one or two specific genres and these are by no means highbrow. The stories that tuck me in at night usually involve a sadistic serial killer or a blood-thirsty vamp preying on the week and naive. I refuse to apologise for not broadening my horizons by reading books that will invoke thoughtful questions about world politics and economies. I will, however, devour every Southern Vampire tale and feel no shame. So, to highlight my love of outrageously fictitious tales I plan on starting a series of blog posts which will review some of my favorite stories.

Let us begin with the previously mentioned Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. These stories are also known as the Sookie Stackhouse Novels which have risen to the lofty rafters of fandom thanks to a little HBO programme by the name of True Blood. I started reading this series after browsing my local (at the time) Waterstones shelves and finding a pretty dusty copy of the first novel, Dead Until Dark. I quickly inhaled the book and dived onto Amazon to snatch up the following chapters. The final installment of Sookie’s Saga, Dead Ever After, is to hit shelves (and my kindle) on the 7th of May so until then I plan on revisiting each of the books to immerse myself in the ‘Sookiverse’ in preparation.

The plot? Well Sookie Stackhouse is a pretty little Southern waitress living in Bon Temps, Louisiana. One night, whilst working her shift, a Vampire walks into the bar. You may think this odd, but in Harris’s mythology Vampires have come out of the light-tight closet. Sookie is not so normal herself for she can read the minds of those around her – a talent which is developed and understood throughout the saga. I could write screeds about each installment, but then you probably wouldn’t bother reading the books so I will just say that obviously Sookie gets herself entangled in the Supernatural world and bags herself a man, or two, or six 🙂

The long and short of it is that if you like a supernatural tale then you will LOVE this series. If you prefer books which have a story which you can truly sink your teeth into with its many installments, then I would suggest this. If you are a fan of a good old Mills and Boon, then you might find that this adds a bit of dimension to an otherwise very saucy tale. If your favourite book is a historical autobiography, then this probably isn’t for you. Regardless of you literary preferences, I think that this is a series of books which really holds its own. Harris adds some juice to the sometimes bland Vampire mythology and there are certainly a few twists and turns throughout the tale. One for the history books? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a contemporary classic in an overstuffed genre.

Quick reference: There are (as of 7th May 2013) 13 books in this series. In order:

  • Dead Until Dark
  • Living Dead in Dallas
  • Club Dead
  • Dead to the World
  • Dead as a Doornail
  • Definitely Dead
  • Altogether Dead
  • From Dead to Worse
  • Dead and Gone
  • Dead in the Family
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Deadlocked
  • Dead Ever After

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