August 10th, 2010


Review: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

There was a year gap between my reading of Dead Until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas. That said, I had forgotten some details that occurred in the first book, but Harris makes sure to re-cap in the beginning, which is good.

Living Dead in Dallas gives vampire Eric a chance in the spotlight, taking certain "adventures" with protagonist Sookie Stackhouse. If you're new to the series and plan to read the books, stop reading this review now. I won't spoil anything from Living Dead in Dallas, but will spoil events that happened in Dead Until Dark.

So the book begins with the death of the very flamboyant and African-American Lafayette Reynolds. One might think this to be a jab at a race and a culture, but the way Harris handles everyone's reactions nullifies that notion. Sookie is genuinely depressed, since he was one of the few friends she had. Bill Compton, Sookie's undead boyfriend, informs Sookie that they have been summoned by Eric Northman, the most powerful vampire in Area Five. Remembering the arrogant vamp from the previous book, Sookie is a little hesitant to go help someone find their missing brother. Sookie and Hugo go to a The Fellowship of the Sun meeting, and are held captive by Steve and Sarah Newlin.

Sookie and Bill go through relationship rough patches, and Sookie eventually goes to an orgy with Eric (wha?) I guess you'll have to read to find out what that's all about.

Rating: Three and a Half stars
Length: 291 pages (paperback)
Source: PaperbackSwap
Other books I've read by this author: Dead Until Dark

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and Falling, Fly, by Skyler White

I judge books by their covers, and if the cover features a hot chick baring skin and tattoos (weapon optional, porntastic “Do me now" look on her face not), pass. I hate "paranormal romance," I hate that half the SFF section in the bookstore is now taken up by books featuring "edgy" Buffy clones flashing T&A and banging undead, hate hate hate...

Just so you know my biases.

And yet, I bought this one. It was pimped on John Scalzi’s site, and I kind of skimmed over all the “paranormal romance" blather and fixated on “fallen angels." I have a thing for angel mythology. It’s a weakness, like 80s power ballads, which Skyler White also mentioned loving, and anyway, the hot chick on the cover did at least look more bad-ass than anorexic, and someone mentioned “steampunk" so I thought, “Sure, why not?"

Eh, I was misled. (Hint: At no point in the book does the female protagonist ever pick up a blade. Second hint: No steampunk.)

An edgy, erotic blend of fantasy and romance-from a debut author whose star is on the rise.

In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels- turned-vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must pit medicine against mythology in an attempt to erase their tortured pasts...but at what cost?

Olivia, vampire and fallen angel of desire, is hopeless...and damned. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only on desire. Dominic O'Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist plagued by impossible visions. When his research and her despair collide at L'OtelMathillide- a subterranean hell of beauty, demons, and dreams-rationalist and angel unite in a clash of desire and damnation that threatens to destroy them both.

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Hot or Not? This book was not for me, but if you're a fan of paranormal romances... well, who am I kidding? I have no idea what you see in it, so I don't know if you'll like this one. Don’t buy this book if you’re primarily looking for fallen angels, vampires, urban fantasy, or steampunk. I liked parts of it. I’m not sorry I read it, but I doubt I’d read a sequel. All things considered, it seems like a good book to buy as a used paperback a few years from now for trashy beach reading.
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The Enemy by Charlie Higson

The Blurb On The Back:

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician – every adult – fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.

Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive.

Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait.

But can they make it there – alive?

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The Verdict:

This is 28 DAYS LATER for a young teen audience and is a must for budding zombie or horror fans. It’s a thrilling, action-packed read with a lot of violence and gore and an unsentimental attitude to its characters (many of whom get whacked). It’s not a book for sensitive readers and parents should be aware of the language (no f-word, but it gets close) but I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to all readers from age 13 up.

Cross-posted to cool_teen_reads, horror_novels, and yalitlovers.