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Subject: Charlaine Harris
Date Posted: 11/20/2007 8:30 PM ET
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I have a question about Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels. I just came across a copy of All Together Dead, which it seems is the most recent in the series. Is there any reason I can't start with this book? Do these novels need to be read in order? And finally, are they any good? Thanks in advance for your help!

Date Posted: 11/20/2007 11:53 PM ET
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I LOOOOOOOOVE Charlaine Harris. I dunno I might be saying this because Ive read the whole series but Id say you need to start at the beginning. There are a lot of characters and they all have pretty involved backstories throughout the books. Another thing is that they all have different relationships with Sookie and to understand them now you need to know what happened then. Bonus though its a great series. Plus the books are never really long. She isnt a flowery writer who uses words to bulk up the story. Shes tells the story well she just doesnt tell it with unneeded words. If you read my reviews you'll see shes one of my fave authors. She has three other series too one paranormal series the Harper Connely Grave series and two mystery series Aurora Teagarden and Lilly Bard (Shakespere) series

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 11:30 AM ET
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I will say, though, that when I reread the series from the beginning, I didn't like the first one.  It seemed more immature to me, more meant for "late teens" readers, and the following books are much better.  She also has a very few inconsistencies, which she freely admits to making the mistakes on herelf.  The series is definitely worth it.  They're all keepers on my shelf.

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 11:49 AM ET
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All Together Dead is not a good book to start with because the groundwork for the major events in the book have all been laid out in proceeding books. In order to understand who the characters are and their relationships to each other you really need to read the series. One of the terrific things about this series is the character building. Harris doesn't need to spend alot of time or use long descriptions to get to the essence of who her characters are and why they act the way they do. The other thing that is nice is there is a real progression for the heroine throughout series. She is not stuck in the same place emotionally but matures and learns from her experiences in a believable way. Some times I end up giving up on a series because the main character is the same in every book. They never change, only their plots do. I guess it's obvious that I just love this series and I recommend it highly. But you really need to start at the beginning. (The series has been sold to HBO and is going to star Anna Paquin as Sookie.)
Date Posted: 11/21/2007 12:07 PM ET
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It's a great series, but you really do need to start from the beginning.  As others have said, the characters and plot lines evolve.

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 3:09 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/21/2007 8:43 PM ET
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YOu could start with that one--but your going to be wondering about some of the history--and yes, they're excellent. All her work is good:)
Date Posted: 11/23/2007 11:33 AM ET
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I tried a couple and didn't really like them a lot but I know the rest of the world differs :)  I didn't read the first but it wasn't the last either.

I have enjoyed her newer series (there's Grave in the titles - Grave Surprise is one).  No werewolves or vampires in that one.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 10:43 AM ET
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I agree with 'faintlymacabre'. I like the Harper Connelly series a lot more.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 7:29 PM ET
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I loved her Lily Bard series too, though that would be just mystery with no supernatural element like the Harper series and Sookie series have. 

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 10:58 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/25/2007 11:02 PM ET
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I love the Sookie Stackhouse books, (havent read any of her others).  I started with Dead To The World, which I loved.  Then I went back and read them in order.  They're all worth reading,  but I wasn't a fan of Sookie's first relationship, so I like the later books better.  It's not terribly hard to pick up on what happened in earlier books, but its still easier to follow from book 1.  Hope you like them!

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 4:24 PM ET
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I haven't finished the series, but I found that after reading the first 2 or 3, then I got burned out.  I liked the ones I read, but I almost felt like this series was a little simplistic compared with other paranormals I've read. 

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 4:51 PM ET
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I like all 4 of her series.  I think they're all great!