Is it sad that I'm just sticking with reading this series because I want to know what's going on a little better (or going to happen) with the television series? Probably. If you have more patience on wanting to know what happens next, I'd suggest just watching the television series, because this is on of those books that was made better by going to the screen.
That said, this series reminds me a lot of Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series, but with less talent on the part of the author. It's very vampire-lite and the author is a bit all over the place with her plot, which is very weak. Of course it didn't help that the "answer" to the crime in the beginning of this book wasn't really addressed much until the story was nearly over and then the way in which the criminals were dealt with was a bit corny and convenient.
The characters are all fairly shallow in their development as well, and it's really hard to "bond" with any of them like you could in a well-written series... well, you could, if you're desperate.
Most of the time, I'm just not liking Bill, and Sookie is a bit pathetic since she lets her man drink of humans when he doesn't need to because he can get all his nutrition out of a bottle of synthetic blood. Since the whole biting someone else is quite enjoyable for the vamps, it's like he's cheating on her every time he does it. Yet, he wants her to be loyal to him while he continues to enjoy the thrill of tapping into someone else when he know she doesn't like it. I truly wanted to like him, but he's such a sleeze sometimes that it's easy not to. It's driving me crazy that Sookie's character likes to play-tough, but it seems she's so hard up for this guy she'll look the other way so she can keep going back to him.
Overall, the books are okay, but not a series I'd normally stick with if it weren't the the show on HBO. Luckily, the books are quick reads so the pain is minimal.
Well, I gave this book a chance after not really loving Dead Until Dark. I just cannot get into this series. I don't feel invested in the storyline; the characters just don't do much for me as I feel very detached while reading through this. I will admit I read 230 pages and skimmed the last 50 just to finish the book. Sorry for the negative review, but that's what they are here for!
This is the second in the series, and every bit as good/better as the first one. It's a series that makes me feel like I can't wait for the next one because I'm enjoying them so much. Different take on vampires, that's for sure!
Linda in Vermont
Love Sookie Stackhouse...her fast-paced banner makes her seem like she's a girlfriend relating all her adventures to you. Have really enjoyed all the books in this series and can't wait for the next one.
Second in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, this book takes Sookie and Bill deeper into vampire territorial politics as Sookie is loaned to the Dallas vampires to help investigate the disappearance of one of their group. Another fun read. :)
Sookie Stackhouse is still dating Bill the Vampire. Eric, the master vampire to whom Bill owes allegiance, has asked Sookie for a favor - and she cannot refuse. He wants her to go to Dallas to use her telepathic skills to aid the vampires to track down one of their missing "brothers". There is also the mystery of the murder of the cook at the bar where Sookie works to solve. This was a fun murder mystery to read. I liked the additional shapeshifters and other non-humans in the story.
I love this series! The books are so well written that you feel you know the characters personally & really care about what happens to them. I have read the first two books so far, but both have had fascinating, fast moving plots that made for books I could not put down!
I wasn't wild about this series after reading the first book but I had invested in getting the first 7 after my Mom recommended this series to me. I didn't love the first book but I liked it enough to keep reading and I enjoyed this one more than the first. I've never been one to read romance novels but I do like a little romance. There isn't a whole lot of that in this book but there is some pretty exciting intimate scenes that don't leave a whole lot to the imagination. On a totally different note, I feel like I am getting to know Sookie more with each book and she is totally growing on me. If you liked the first one you will like this one as well and if you loved the first one, well I'm not sure why you are checking out reviews before reading this one. I just finished the third book (Club Dead) and it is my favorite so far.
I liked this book better than the first book in this series (Dead Until Dark). It had quite a few humorous moments and the plot moved quickly. I liked it enough that I'm going to read the 3rd book in the series. Dang, I think it's sucked me in!
Sookie and Bill go to Dallas to help a nest of vampires there find one of their own that has been kidnapped. Sookie gets herself into some humorous scrapes, and stands up nicely to Eric. Eric was more likeable for me in this book than in the first book in the series. It was a quick fun read all in all.
I love the writer. And I love the fact you don't have to of had to watch the series True Blood or read the books in order to know what has happened. In fact I read them out of order and was completely surprised by the ending on each. I love the romance triangle Sookie has going on. I love the writers way of making you smile in all the adult only parts. She brings every story to such climax's and them always brings you back down to love and romance...well as good as it can be with a the undead....Love it!
A Southern Vampire mystery. Sookie Stackhouse is a small town girl- who reads people's minds. In this second volume of the series, Sookie enters an uneasy pact with the vampires. They've saved her life, and in return, they want to send her to Dallas, to use her telepathic skills to interview humans and search for a missing Vampire. And along the way, Sookie is trying to keep her human witnesses from becoming vampire lunch.
Oopsie! Sookie's coworkers are being killed!! There's a monster on the prowl in the forest! Sookie is required to help find the missing vampire from Dallas, at no small risk to her own life and limbs. Even vampire Bill, her lover, is in the doghouse from time to time. Find out how bad it can be "Living Dead in Dallas."
She's gone and done it AGAIN!!! Another book that I could NOT stop reading...As I stated in a previous review of Dead Until Dark...I LOVE Harris' campy style and Sookie evolves into a very lovable character...She REALLY needs a good health insurance policy but she is lovable...VERY much recommend!!!
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In my opinion this book is not nearly as good as the first book "Dead Until Dark" in the series, but it still has the same humorous character as Sookie explores the bigger supernatural scene in Dallas and has more body-harming adventures there.
Sookie Stackhouse isn't phased by much but when the body of a dear friend in found in the parking lot Merlotte's and she is asked to go to Dallas to help out the local chapter of the vampire guild, things seem to get a bit out of hand. Especially when you throw in a bar loving maenad.
Arriving in Dallas with Bill at her side, Sookie sets out to find a missing vampire and bring him back to the nest. Sounds easy especially with her gift but of course she finds herself a captive of a church/fanatical group called the Fellowship of the Sun. Their main purpose is to destroy all vampires and those that are associated with them. Well, obviously, this puts Sookie in a difficult situation.
This book actually has two storylines, the first being the Dallas part and the second being back home in Louisiana with the investigation around the death of Lafayette a cook from Merlotte's. Since Lafayette is found dead in the back of Andy Bellefleur's car, and Andy being a local policeman, things aren't looking so good. But true to Sookie's word of taking care of things, she is once again thrown into the middle of things and learning a whole lot more about her fellow neighbors of Bon Temps. But that fun loving maenad is there to help and Sookie may not be so judgmental if the raving mad woman can help her.
A little bit more is discovered about the main characters. Harris does a wonderful job in slowly developing her characters and letting the reads know just enough to keep them coming back for me.
Wasn't sure if I would enjoy this series, but it's been pretty good! Not for the faint of heart. Get's a bit graphic with the vampire stuff (blood) and has some 18+ sexual content. Quick reading though.
This was a great 2nd book. I think I liked it better than the first. Sookie is getting more comfortable with her disablilty and we meet more supernatural creatures. It was very fast paced. I read it very quickly. Highly recommended!
I enjoyed the first book and was ready for the 2nd. I turned out to be just as fun as the first. I just love the main character Sookie Stackhouse. She is a trip! She's a refreshing treat from a mundane day. Having two good-looking vampires (Bill & Eric) doesn't hurt either. In this book there is actually two mysteries going on. One takes place in Dallas. The vampires there need Sookie's mind reading skills and Bill goes along for her protection. Before they leave for Dallas though, a co-worker and friend of Sookie's is murdered and someone she knows is innocent is framed for it. And to top all of that off, there is another supernatural being for them to deal with. This book is non-stop fun and excitement. I will continue on with the series and highly recommend anyone who liked the first one to stick with it.
Arleen M. reviewed Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 2) on
I really enjoyed this book. I love, love, love, this series. I've read them all, and have listened to a few on cd,and on play-away. I started to watch TRUE BLOOD, thinking it would be the same. I was so disappointed.....
So now, I'll just have to re-read them again. I was so smitten with these books, I went to Charlaine Harris' other series. Not even close!!!!
She really hit it out of the ball park with the Sookie novels. I haven't been this moved by a vampire book, since I read INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE 24 years ago.
This is book two in the Southern Vampire series. The series is a twist on the vampire craze. Vampires are now mainstreaming into society, although the adjustment isn't easy. Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic human who falls in love with Bill the Vampire in book one. In book two, we get to meet more vampires (who I personally find more interesting than Bill), as the vampires use her abilities to their advantage. This is a fun, quick read.
This is the 2nd book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I love Sookie's attitude & straight forwardness. It was nice that the setting of this book was somewhere other than Bon Temps as to not end up boring & monotonous. I can't wait for the 2nd season of the show(True Blood on HBO) & to start the 3rd book!
A continuation of a story that is both fun and frightening. This tale is an admonition of what can happen when folks take extreme views based on fears of a minority group. It is written with a deft hand, a sense of humor, and a surprising continuity. A good romp in Sookie's vampire love story!
This book is when things really start getting quite a bit different from the TV series. Actually, as someone that loves the show, I had a lot of fun reading a different version of the events in season two. It's a good and fast read, perfect for during those little breaks while you're on the bus or waiting in line somewhere. The story and characters are fun, and it actually got me a bit hooked after a little while.
I really enjoyed the second installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series. I am really starting to like her alot--she is definitely not as much of a prude as she was in book one. I would like to see her with Eric, though, instead of Bill.
Loved this book. As with the entire Sookie Stackhouse series, it is a light and funny story with a bit a gore and spookiness for a delicious shiver. I'm reading the whole series as I've added all Ms. Harris' works to my list of favorites.
If you are a fan of true blood the tv series on hbo the books just do not follow the series all that well but both are fun and enjoyable. Lets face it you are not reading thses books for thier literary value but for fun and escapism right? and that is what Charline Harris gives us in Sookie and her cast of "Supe" friends and humans. You want fun and fantasy a bit of horror all wrpped around a passionate love story well then read this book!
Great! Having just finished watching the 2nd season of True Blood, they changed a lot of things from the second book. Both versions are great! I'm just waiting for Sookie to kick some butt and really be able to defend herself, without the help of vampire blood. We'll see. Have fun reading and let your imagination run wild!
Wesley H. reviewed Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 2) on
As with the first book in this series, I find the characters and plots intriguing, all with the exception of Sookie. Sookie, to me, is an annoying woman with terrible people skills and this idea that she has a right to do and say whatever she wants whenever she wants. She is constantly "snapping" (the word used for her angry retorts) at people about things that are no big deal and even comments on how she "rarely loses her temper". After reading both the first and second books, she has lost her temper more times that i can count over the more insignificant things imaginable. If she were a real person, she would not have any friends outside of the her family which has to love her. Sookie is in dire need of a personality makeover.
JustLisaGirl reviewed Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 2) on
Awesome! I loved how Eric is starting to become more involved in Sookie's life. The ending with Bill was great to see how he really is connected with others in Bon Temps. I really love the book story much more than the True Blood story line but it is neat to put a face with the characters!
I've never watched the HBO series, and I don't plan on it anytime soon. I've loved the book series so much, the TV show is guaranteed to disappoint me.
The 1st book made me fall for Sookie and her men, and after I finished it, I immediately ordered every other book in the series. I just finished Dead in the Family (Book 9, I believe?) and I can't wait until Charlaine publishes her next one. I hope they go on for at least several more. I'm so involved in these books that when I finish one, I don't read anything else for days so I can just think about the one I've finished.
I read the first one, and I admit, it wasnt the greatest book. But I am not a quiter! This book was much better than the first, and really pulled me in. I am very interested to see what happens in Sookies life now! I cant wait to read the 3rd book!
Once again, the mix is that of vampire romance and murder mystery. The storyline holds something for everyone and keeps your attention. In some ways, the plot is thin and predictable with a "could have seen it coming" brand of humor. Nonetheless, I'm ashamed to admit I'm enjoying these books.
For those of you unfamiliar with this series, this book is the second (the first being Dead Until Dark). I would highly recommend reading this, and all the books in this series, in correct order because they do build on previous volumes.
If you are contemplating getting this book and are only familiar with this series via the "TrueBlood" HBO TV series, then you will be a bit confused, since the books and the HBO series differ quite a bit in plot and action. However, that also happens to be a plus: I loved the HBO series, and it inspired me to get the books to fill the time before the next season starts. To my delight, I find that many of the same characters are there, but the story line is different so it ends up being a BONUS because now I have the written adventures of Sookie Stackhouse AND different television adventures of Sookie Stackhouse! There is enough simularity between the written and TV versions that you can see where HBO got a lot of their material, but the bottom line is that if you were hesitating about getting the books because you've already seen the first couple of seasons of TRUEBLOOD then go ahead and get the book because it's definitely worth it.
If you are thinking about getting this book because you read the first... what are you waiting for???!!! This is a fantastic, silly, "fluff" book (and series)that no one wants to admit to their educated friends that they read and enjoyed! I read a great deal of technical manuals in the course of my work, and so when I read for pleasure there are times when I simply want "brain candy" - this book definitely delivers. The characters and plot are interesting, but not so deeply developed that one must be deeply engrossed and follow each one closely in order to keep them all straight. All in all, a great entertaining read.
I find that enjoy books in a series. This book did draw me further into the Sookie Stackhouse line. I read the beginning thinking I may only be reading it to get to the next book. By the middle of this book, my perspective changed. I have a deeper understanding of the content, a more intense and personal view of some characters. By the time I completed this book, I was hooked and planning for events I hope might occur in the next book!
The second part of the series is even better than the first. In this book it expands the store line and brings in a villian to the story line. Exciting and thrilling. Sookie is a one of a kind character and I love her.
The 2nd book in the series (aka the Sookie Stackhouse stories). They're a mix of romance, mystery and vampire genres -- with humor:
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Dead to the World
Powers of Detection (Ace 2004), an anthology which includes "Fairy Dust," a Sookie short story
Night's Edge (Harlequin 2004), a Sookie-universe novella
Bite, an anthology which includes "One Word Answer," a Sookie short story
Dead as a Doornail
Ok, so I watched True Blood on tv and had never heard of Charlaine Harris. I started this series out of boredom and read the whole series straight through in less than a week. Can't wait for the next one. All of the books are a tad repetitive on the character description (how many times do I have to hear about Sam's halo of strawberry blonde hair or Eric's Nordic good looks?) but very entertaining, light hearted and thoroughly addictive. You won't be sorry.
This is the second story of her Southern Vampire series. I like her books they were pretty good. The vampires were coming out to try to live among humans. Nicely done, just not enough room to keep the books I like having to weed out some.
Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she's face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).
Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favor, she complies. And soon, Sookie's in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved. There's just one condition: the vampires must promise to behave and let the humans go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...
Great book!! I am truly enjoying Sookie's journey of life, which of course, includes meeting creatures of all kinds! There seemed to be quite a bit of human emotion in this book, which made it more heart-felt in my opinion. Can't wait to read the next one!
I enjoyed this book better than the first. I found this book to be a quicker read. Plus, it gets more into the shapeshifter and vampire culture, which makes it more interesting. The first book took too long to get into all of that. At times I still don't like Sookie and at times still I don't like Bill. Overall, it is pure escapist literature.
After reading the first in the series and signing up for this one (the second in the series) on the Wish List, I saw that it was going to be a looooooong wait, so I went out and bought it new. Now I'll pass it on to another Sookie fan.
I'm ambivalent about this series. The first was a mystery with fantasy elements. This is more a fantasy with mystery elements. (How much actual mystery can you have with the main character able to read minds?) Well, I can stand that. I read fantasy and science fiction avidly for a long time.
I think I will continue reading the series, but may take a break from it for a while. There are some heavy things happening in these books, and I can only take so much at a time. (Oh, I definitely will read the next one. Harris dropped such an interesting little tidbit of info in the last few pages of this one that I have to read more to see how this newly discovered info affects everyone's lives.)
I like Sookie and Bill, her vampire boyfriend, but the dark, heavy events and sometimes unpleasant sexual content make me reluctant to dip into these books too frequently. See? I'm ambivalent.
2nd book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. The True Blood TV series has me curious.... but I'm surprised that this book series is popular. The writing is terrible. The plot jumps around, several sentences don't make any sense in the context of the story, but the characters are rather interesting. And so I will read on... very strange.
Our favorite cocktail waitress is back again for another adventure. Living Dead in Dallas introduces us to the various political goings on in the vampire world. Sookie and the Vampire Bill have been invited to Dallas. The Dallas Vampire's need Sookie's telepathic skills and she is drafted by Eric, the Viking vampire sheriff of Area 5 to help them. Sookie feels obligated to Eric as he has recently saved her from a very nasty creature with a venomous bit. Off to Dallas she and Bill will go.
Of course things are not as they seem. With a very scary group of religious nuts and a suicidal vampire, Sookie is soon overwhelmed with all that is happening. To complicate life even more, back in Bon Temps one of Sookie's co-workers meets a grisly end. Life will never be simple for Sookie and Bill, but Sookie never expected this much action.
Another fun Stookie Stackhouse story. This time, as the title indicates, she heads to Dallas where she runs into a fanatical group against vampires and those that consort with them. They have kidnapped one of the Dallas ones and of course its Stookie to the rescue.
I really enjoyed this one! It was quite exciting and very interesting to see Eric's character develop more - I am starting to really like him! From the episode of _TrueBlood_ that I saw, I doubt that the next season will be much like this book, but I certainly enjoyed Sookie's adventures - as well as the introduction of more supernatural creatures (yay, werewolves!)! The only disappointing thing was that Sam was hardly in it... I am looking forward to reading the next book!!
Book was a little slow in the begining; but once they get to Dallas the show begins to roll.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a bit better than the first though the first was still pretty good. You find more about the World of the Vampires along with all the other creatures of the mystical life.
You will not be disappointed in this book. Like I said; it was a little slow in the begining; but it speeds up quick.
Much improved second book in the Stackhouse series. Fast paced with dark humor. Very entertaining brain junk food.
Sookie has improved on her telepathy and is now a more valuable asset to the vampire community. With her new professional look, Sookie and her vampire Bill head to Texas to investigate a missing vamp. Slashed up by a new supernatural being, captured by a religious anti-vamp cult, badly beaten, ramed into by a truck, shot at by machine guns...etc this girl appears to have an unstoppable will. And a nieve attitude that can make you laugh!
The best of the book is when Sookie returns from Dallas and she's faced with asking help from the vampire Eric whom is relentless in his efforts in is affections with Sookie.
Sookie travels to Dallas to do a favor for the Vampires who save her life after an encounter with a beast that nearly kills her. The second installment of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries. As and an excellent read. Charlaine Harris' sounthern Vampire mysteries are a wonderful blend of mystery and paranormal, with just a smidge of romance on the side. A very satisfying and compelling read , even those who might have missed the first book "Dead Until Dark" won't be unable to be up to speed quickly and enjoy the book. But beware, you can't read just one, once you've visited Sookie's world, you'll feel the need to read them all.
Fun read, couldn't put it down! I read the book the night I got it, and finished it in a few hours. It's entertaining, and I really like the characters. There are some typos in this printing, but that's okay, the story still moves along just fine. A great 2nd book in the series! I look forward to reading the others.
Life with vampires is difficult for Sookie. She used to spend all her time trying to stay out of trouble, being one of the most seemingly boring people you could meet, until a vampire walked into Merlottes bar one day. And everything changed. Now Sookie cant seem to stay out of trouble. I swear, every time you turn around, theres Sookie in trouble again!
The second book in the series, like on True Blood, takes place mostly in Dallas where Sookie is helping to investigate the disappearance of a vampire. And while the show does operate in parallel with this book, there are enough differences in this one that it kept me much more entertained. There were times during the first book that I thought I was going to fall asleep because the TV show had mirrored it so closely. The second one did not suffer from this problem, and I liked it a lot more because of it.
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I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed the first one. It was more violent and full of more sexiness, but that just made it better! Sometimes you have to wonder how one girl can get into so much mess, but then you have to suspend reality when reading these books anyway because of the whole vampire/shapeshifter/etc thing. Moreso than the first one, you come to see as a reader just the sort of discrimination that vampires face. It's strikingly familiar to anyone who watches the news today, which is full of people declaring hatred for lifestyles and people that they understand little about. Sookie first investigates the murder of a friend, which leads her to an interesting sex party. It's not for people with delicate natures, but I found it a lot of fun. But be warned, this one is extra bloody and extra violent. After solving one mystery, Sookie is sent out on loan to help a vampire coven in Dallas find a missing member. This storyline makes clear that vampires, while making many mistakes in line with their nature, also make very human mistakes. I found the idea of a vampire wanting to die very... sweet. But, I do have a history of Anne Rice and her vampires are the most angst-filled in the genre, by far. Did I like this second installment in the Southern Vampire Mysteries? I LOVED it.
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This book, and the rest of the series, are far better than the HBO series. Far, far better. Much tighter writing, and you will see many characters on the series are not in the books. Purer writing, not as... well... seedy! Excellent book series.
From the back cover:
"Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck.
First, her co-worker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she's face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it)."