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R&R 063 | Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)

Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Mysteries #2)
First published in: 2002
This edition: Ace, 2002
ISBN: 978-0-441-00923-7
Cover art by Lisa Desimini. Cover design by Erika Fusari.
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R&R 063 | Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)
It's just ketchup. If Halloween is acceptable, so is this.

Having a vampire for a boyfriend sure can get a girl into some dangerous situations… as Sookie Stackhouse is about to find out. For starters, her new-found acquaintance with local vampires has her seriously injured by a maenad, who wants to get a message across to Eric Northman, sexy vampire sheriff of area 5 (and Bill's superior, according to the very strict vampire hierarchy).
When Eric proceeds to save Sookie's life, of course it comes with a price: he requires Sookie's assistance with a situation in Dallas, TX. Since Sookie is a telepath, Eric believes she may be able to offer considerable help in their efforts to locate a missing vampire… and the people responsible for said vampire's disappearance.

Charlaine Harris has penned down another fast-paced story featuring Sookie Stackhouse, a character I still like very much after two books. Sookie's voice is natural and funny, holding my attention. Sookie seems like a sweet girl. Though she could come across as a bit of a naive and ditsy girl, she's actually rather clever, brave and strong. She's just a wonderful character (I like her more in the books than I do in the show).
We get to know Eric Northman a little bit better this time around, and he's quirky (a pink outfit comes to mind) and sexy at the same time. He's a keeper, though I do wish to know more about his past. I hope Harris covers this in the future books.

Bill, however, is pointless and bland to me. He does nothing for me; neither does the relationship between Sookie and Bill. I do like it when they argue a little. I don't want perfection from these two. They're of different species with different histories and values (Bill grew up before the civil war after all); it's not possible for them to click one hundred percent. They should bicker and have issues – and they do. Though they make up in the cheesiest way possible.
Despite Bill status as a vampire, there's an equality up until this point (Sookie isn't submissive in the relationship) and that's how I feel it should be.
But when it is good between Sookie and Bill, there's no chemistry in my opinion. Luckily, their relationship isn't the focus of the book.

Speaking of relationships, Sookie still seems to be a man-magnet; there are moments of interest with both Eric and Sam. I could have done without some of that, because as I mentioned in my review of Dead Until Dark, I get a bit annoyed when the female lead has every male lead and supporting male character and all of their male cousins in love and/or lust with her. It's still the case here, and I suspect it will stay this way throughout the Sookie Stackhouse series.

But the books are just so much funnnnn. So what if every man wants some of Sookie Stackhouse (you can interpret that in pretty much any way possible). Sookie Stackhouse and the Southern Vampire mysteries are a perfect guilty pleasure. Parody combined with a blend of action & mystery, sexual tension and the supernatural. What's not to love? It's hard not to read the next book immediately (I started book 3 as soon as I finished book 2); they are addictive. If you expect more than the above out of the books (or if you hope the series True Blood is a carbon copy of the books), you're setting yourself up for disappointment.

I'll stick to what I said in my review of Dead Until Dark. Living Dead in Dalles is not meant to be anything more than it is; this book and the rest in the series are campy and fun, and should be read as such.

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  • Kari

    oh my, oh my. i love dallas and i love how charlaine discrible the city. i love the pink outfit, i love eric in this book. i love everything… but not bill. damn, i do hate bill!
    a totally agree with you: i like sookie much better in the books, that's for sure. i think she's so sweet in the books and "up to herself", so brave and hard-working (i love how she only misses her job when she HAS too).

    and oh my, sookie is an TARGET for trouble, seriously. sometimes i think that she should just stop dating supernatural creatures and spend her whole life alone, hahaha.

    by the way, about every supernatural-men wanting sookie> there's a reason for that, i don't know if you know… i'll just remain quiet or i'll say some spoiler, hahah.

    (oh, and it's so cool that we have the same books! did you bought the box with the first 7 books? i almost died when it arrived here in my home, lmao)

    wow, that's a big comment.

    October 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm
  • Karin Elizabeth

    Whoa long comment indeed! But yay 🙂 I love discussing books! Thanks for commenting!

    Yes, Sookie has "go ahead, try to kill me!" stamped on her forehead, it seems. I hope she finds some stability at some point. But that would be at the end of the series probably haha. (No action & tension otherwise.)
    But she is sweet and I agree, very hard-working and those are both admirable traits…! Not sure why I like book Sookie better than TB Sookie. Anna Paguin plays her well enough IMO. But book Sookie, you get to know her better and you see more of her good sides. I think that's the difference.
    Bill is just… blah. Book Bill & TB Bill both.

    I'm curious about the reason behind the men all wanting Sookie, but my guess is I'll find out soon enough given that I'm more than halfwaay through book 4 and soon to be starting book 5. Have to admit an actual reason for it all would be most welcome.

    I do have that boxset with the first 7 books 😀 I was so happy when I found it, and for a REALLY good price!

    …long comment too 😀

    October 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm
  • anyroadanytime

    I enjoy very much your reviews and I am reading myself the books. I'm too at book 3 and I'm liking it a lot. Can't wait for your next reviews on the Sookie Stackhouse books! 🙂

    October 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm
  • Karin Elizabeth

    The review for the 3rd book was posted today! 🙂
    My conclusion was basically that this 3rd book sealed the deal for me. I'm all in, ready to read the whole series. I seem to really be hooked, haha. I own books 1 through 7 so far, but will be sure to add the rest to my collection!
    Hope you are enjoying your read!

    October 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm

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