R&R 063 | Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Mysteries #2)
First published in: 2002
This edition: Ace, 2002
Cover art by Lisa Desimini. Cover design by Erika Fusari.
Author website: CharlaineHarris.com
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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