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Subject: Charlaine Harris?
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 8:08 AM ET
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Any thoughts or recommendations pro or con the books?

I'm in the middle of Eliz. Peters' Bliss right now, but thinking of this for the next series. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 9:53 AM ET
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I think she is the author of the paranormal series that HBO is turning into the series called "True Blood", right? That series is a cozy paranormal about a pyschic bartender who befriends a group of vampires. Sookie Stackhouse...

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:23 AM ET
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I just read the first of her Shakespeare series and really enjoyed it. She has a really dry sense of humor in her books and I love it!

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 4:33 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/22/2008 6:35 PM ET
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I'm enjoying both the Teagarden and the Shakespeare series.    Plan to read all in each series.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:19 AM ET
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I've only read her Shakespeare series and really liked it once I got used to the main character..wish there were more of those!

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 7:41 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/23/2008 9:35 AM ET
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Love the Sookie Stackhouse series....she's such a likeable character and it's interesting to see her  evolve as she discovers more about the paranormal world around her.  There is a "mystery" to each book, but it takes a backseat to the paranormal world.  Can't wait to see where Hollywood takes her in the "True Blood" series on HBO.

I just can't get into the Harper Connelly character.  After one book, I don't like her and really don't care much about her experiences.  JUst wish she'd leave town and hide somewhere!

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 3:35 PM ET
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Now see, I adore the Harper books but got bored with the Sookie ones! In fact, I have the HB of all the Harpers on my keeper shelf (and they are some of the few that I'm truly keeping now). I was so tickled with how the third one ended, I can't wait to see what happens in the next one. I believe Ms. Harris said on her website that she's either just getting ready to start writing it or just finished writing it. I can't wait!!

To each his (or her) own! :)

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 5:32 PM ET
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I wasn't able to get into the sookie books when I tried them last but my tastes seem to change so I plan on trying them again.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 9:53 AM ET
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Harris is my favorite author. The lowest rating I have ever given one of her books was a 4 out of 5. What always amazes me is how she packs so much into so few pages. With the Aurora and Lily series all of the books are very short but they never leave a feeling of being shorted. Sometimes really short books just seem to be slap dash and slow but not hers. She starts the action quickly and it doesnt stop until the last page.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 10:15 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/24/2008 4:24 PM ET
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i've got the lst sookie and shakespeare books and plan to read them in order. with so many positives, i've got to give them a try.
Date Posted: 8/24/2008 6:01 PM ET
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I read the Shakespeare series the first time it came out, and really liked the main character. She's a tough, no nonsense woman. It is currently being re-issued.

I did not like the Teagardenseries because of something the author did. I think it may be being re-issued also, but I'm not sure.

The Sooki books were the first "paranormal" mysteries I read and I enjoyed them so much I've started reading others.

However: My absolute favorite is the Harper Connelly series. I can't wait for the next one to come out. A little woo-woo, but an incredible job of defining main character and the day-to-day issues she faces.  I think this one shows off her best writing skills.

Anne J

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 9:20 AM ET
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I caught the HBO premier last night. I can't wait to see more!

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Date Posted: 9/8/2008 10:22 AM ET
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 I'm reading her Aurora Teagarden mysteries and i really enjoy them. I haven't read any others yet but I do plan on trying them out when I get the chance.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 9:07 PM ET
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I finished the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series last week. I enjoyed it but I must admit that it kind of ruined the first episode of "True Blood" for me. It follows pretty closely to the book. From what I've heard, the first book in the series is the least favored book by fans and that her stories just keep getting better as the series progresses.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 3:53 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/10/2008 4:12 PM ET
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I've read all the Shakespeare (Lily Bards) except one and I liked them well enough.  I tried a couple of the Sookie ones but I guess they just aren't my thing.  It seems to be the most popular series.

I really liked the first two Harper Connelly ones but I didn't like the third as much, although I don't recall why right now.  I read that she only planned a limited number of books in that one anyway.

Anne,

Did the Teagarden book have anything to do with your avatar?  I read one and never read another one.  I've never quite trusted Charlaine Harris since that book, lol.

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 4:47 PM ET
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I love Charlaine Harris. I love that her book don't have a lot of excess stuff in them.  I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books.  I'm working through the Aurora Teagarden and the Lily Bard books now.  I have 3 of the Harper Connely (is that the last name?) books but I haven't started those yet. 

I just picked up Shakespeare's Christmas from the library and I've abandoned all my other books to read this one.

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 9:35 AM ET
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I tried the Teagarden and Lily Bard series and didn't care for them enough to read beyond half a book each. I read the first four or five Sookie books and liked them at first but then she started that old "torn between two men" ruse and I wasn't going to go there so I stopped reading. I'm currently listening to the first Harper Connelly book in audio and am really enjoying that after being a couple hours into it.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 12:14 PM ET
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I've only read the Sookie Stackhouse books to date, althoug I did purchase some of her other series, which I haven't started yet.  I love the Sookie series to date - I've got #7 on the way.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 8:49 PM ET
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I have read just about everything Ms Harris has written.  I love Sookie, though I haven't seen the TV show(Dont get HBO).  I have read all the Lily Bard, but after I read the Sookies, so I didn't realise she appeared in one of the books.  Lily is a little harder to like than Sookie, but it's like that friend who is a little prickly, but really sweet when you get to know them.  I am halfway through the Aurora Teagarden mysteries.  I am waiting for the re-release of "A Fool and His Honey".  I have read all 3 Harper Connelly's and really liked them.  I thought the premise was interesting and unusual, and I have not been disappointed. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 7:44 PM ET
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I read Dead as a Doornail which I think is the 5th book in the series. I didn't know it was the 5th book in the series at the time. I didn't even know that it was a series. I picked it up at a discount bookstore a couple years ago, and thought "Oooh, vampires... this must be good!" I read it without any problems, considering I read it out of order from the series. The problem I did have, is that I found the main character, Sookie, so annoying that I don't care to read the rest of the books. If I read the first book instead, maybe I would feel differently.

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 5:31 AM ET
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I've read all of her books.  And I'm really amazed by how different each series is from the others.  Yet all have this wonderful wit.  Really impressive.

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