Let’s talk Southern Vampires, as in the world of Sookie Stackhouse written by Ms. Charlaine Harris. I didn’t read any of the Sookie books until this past summer, just couldn’t find time in between the other series I was reading. The advantage being I was able to read the entire series one book after the other, no waiting for the next one to come out.
Sookie lives in a small town in Louisiana, the kind of small town where everyone knows everyone and everyone knows everything that happens with everyone, or so they think. The whole town knows Sookie is strange, some of them even have some idea of why. See Sookie can read minds. In Sookie’s world, which is like most any vampire series almost a parallel universe to our current world, vampires exist and have recently come out of the closet so to speak. The creation of a fake blood substitute that allows vampires to refrain from drinking human blood, unless there happens to be a willing donor nearby, gave them the freedom to come out of hiding.
Bill the vampire, which is what almost everyone in little Bon Temps, Louisiana calls him, strolls into the bar where Sookie works one day and asks for a bottle of synthetic blood. Sookie realizes quickly that he is blank to her, she can’t read his mind (hmmm sound familiar to anyone, yeah well this book was written first 😉 this intrigues Sookie. She saves Bill’s life that same night, falls in love with him.
Unfortunately there are a few murders in Bon Temps, setting up quite the stir. Vampire Bill and Sookie’s brother Jason are both suspects. Throughout the first book we meet most of the town, and several of the “local” vampires.
As the series continues, Sookie goes from being a small town girl who has rarely dated anyone to a girl who dates vampires and various weres. Oh yeah did I mention in Sookie’s world there are werewolves, weretigers, werefoxes and other animals as well as faeries; none of those groups are out of the closet.
The books are definitely enjoyable though there were times I was really annoyed by how things just seem to happen to Sookie or around her, it was all so coincidental. My annoyance probably comes from my love of the Anita Blake books.
If you’ve only seen True Blood on tv, pick up the books and give them a go, very different!! Charlaine Harris has written twelve books in the series, After Dead is going to be the last book in the series, and is set for release later this month. It’ll be the perfect book for a Halloween read!
Before taking on the Sookie Stackhouse series, Harris had published several books, and had 3 other series of books. One of those other series, the Lily Bard series, I may just tackle next!