Writer: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Urban Fantasy
The premise: Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in a small town in Louisiana. She's a little crazy by the town's standards, but what's really wrong is what she considers her disability to read minds. When she meets Bill, a vampire, she can't hear a word he's thinking, and of course, that makes him all the more attractive. But dating a vampire isn't easy, and unfortunately, Bill hangs around a bad crowd, all of whom are suspected of murder. It isn't long before Sookie starts fearing for her own life, especially when one of her co-workers is found dead.
Worth the Cash: fans of vampire fiction should enjoy this, but a warning to fans of Jeaniene Frost and Stephenie Meyer who may not be well-read in the urban fantasy genre: you'll like this book, but anytime you notice a comparison to Meyer or Frost, remember: HARRIS CAME FIRST. I'm not going to say that either author stole from Harris, but Harris was definitely an influence, if not for Meyer (I think she's said before that she doesn't read vampire fiction, so any coincidences are just part of the creative collective conscious), then more likely for Frost. And that's not a bad thing. This book was enjoyable and didn't diminish my love for Frost's work, and both series are different enough that there's certainly room for both on the urban fantasy fan's bookshelf. It's a good, solid read with equal dose mystery and romance. I liked this enough to try the next book in the series, and whenever True Blood is available on iTunes, you can bet I'll give the show a shot.
The full review, which does contain spoilers, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: Charlaine Harris's DEAD UNTIL DARK