Review: Dead Until Dark

301082Title: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Author: Charlaine Harris

Rating: ★★

Provided Synopsis: Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next…

Review: And this is why I am so adamant about reading the book before the movie. Or, in the case of the Sookie Stackhouse novels: the television show.

Everything that happened in this book was easy to predict because I have seen the first three seasons of the HBO show, True Blood. I knew how Bill and Sookie met, I knew what the deal was with Sam, I knew about vampires being in the open, I knew who was going to be murdered and by whom, and I was familiar enough with all of the central characters. Because I had seen the show there was very little suspense this book could provide me with.

So, to be fair, if I am trying to judge this book on its individual merits, then I would probably have to conclude that this is a basic story. The writing is truly nothing extraordinary, and in the end I would much rather watch Bill and Sookie saying “Sweetheart” to each other in a Southern accent than read it, since the show manages to evoke more senses than the book. Nothing astounded me in terms of prose, characterizations, or dialogue; this is a book that I would only read when I want something mindless and easy enough to speed through.

This is probably the most biased review I have ever written, so I would advise those interested in the book series — and who have not seen the television show — to research reviews by others in the same situation.

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