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Living Dead in Dallas!
Living Dead In Dallas: A True Blood Novel - Charlaine Harris
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Living Dead In Dallas: A True Blood Novel - Charlaine Harris
Advantages: More vampires and more action.
Disadvantages: Quite short.
Living Dead in Dallas is the second instalment in the Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood novels written by Charlaine Harris. In this second book we continue a few weeks on from where the first book finished, Sookie Stackhouse is Bon Temps local waitress working at Merlottes Bar and also the town telepath, although not many of the locals like to acknowledge the later of those two facts. Sookie is dating a vampire named Bill whom she met when she saved him from the 'drainers', the people who catch vampires and drain their blood to sell on the black market.
After a 'slight' bruising in the first part of the series Sookie is now fully recovered, thanks to the help of Bill and some vampire blood to speed the process up and also make Sookie feel fantastic about herself in the meantime, however, all this is about to change when Sookie arrives for work one day to discover her friend and work colleague, Lafayette, Merlottes cook, is found murdered and his body dumped in Andy Bellefleur, the local policeman's patrol car after he had left it parked outside the bar as he was too drunk to drive home. Andy Bellefleur swears he locked his car before he went home and luckily for him he has his stuck up sister Portia as an alibi. So if the owner of the car which Lafayette's body was discovered in wasn't responsible for this horrible crime then who was?
As usual Sookie is eager to find out who is responsible for her friends death and talks to vampire Bill about the situation one evening as they are driving over to the nearby town of Shreveport to visit another vampire Eric. Eric needs Sookie's help and in our previous book Sookie and Eric made a deal and part of that deal involved Sookie helping Eric whenever he required her too, this means she has no choice but to go to Shreveport as and when needed as the last thing you want to do is break a deal with one of the oldest and most respected vampires around! During the drive to Shreveport Sookie and Bill end up arguing and when the car breaks down Sookie storms off into the forest to get away from Bill. Bad idea! Once Sookie is alone in the forest she encounters a strange creature who attacks her and leaves her with huge bleeding gashes across her back and tells her this is a message for Eric. After Sookie manages to crawl to the side of the road where she is found by Bill he rushes her to Eric in a critical condition.
Once at Erics Sookie is barely alive and the only option for saving her life is for Eric and his vampires to suck the poison out of her blood, once saved Sookie relays the message to Eric and it turns out the creature involved was a Maenad. A Maenad is a wild woman of the supernatural world who lives in the woods and feeds on raw meat which she often hunts and kills herself. Maenads are capable of very dangerous and lethal things if their demands are not met so this message somewhat concerns Eric.
Not long after the Maenad incident Eric is calling on Sookie for her help, she needs to travel to Dallas with Bill to assist another Vampire Stan with reading the minds of the staff who work in his bar as one of them has been stealing money from him. Sookie obliges on the condition that anyone who is innocent is not harmed by the vampires and will go free. Eric and Stan agree to this condition but when one of the innocent girls turns out to have been shot dead it is clear that someone out there is sending a warning to the supernatural world and it is a warning which cannot be ignored.
In the mean time evidence surrounding the death of Lafayette shows that not long before his death he had been to a top secret sex party, however Lafayette wasn't one for keeping quiet so it is widely suspected this may be the reason behind his death, but nevertheless, who is responsible? Only certain people are invited to these sex parties, people who like alternative, kinky or just anything which doesn't class as run of the mill sex, so upon her arrival back in Bon Temps it is only a matter of time before Sookie receives an invite to the party, she is sleeping with a vampire after all! At first Sookie is repulsed by the idea but soon realises that with her telepathic skills this could be her chance to find out not only who is responsible for the death of her friend but also if all of these strange happenings of late are connected in any way. With Bill out of town Sookie asks Eric to accompany her to the party and along with his rather 'interesting' choice of outfit this is where things get begin to get even more interesting....
Firstly, as I mentioned in my review of the first novel in the series, Dead Until Dark, I have never watched the True Blood TV series but after reading this one and a few more of the True Blood books I am intending to make some time to watch the series when I have finished all of the books.
Also as I mentioned in my previous review, when I began to read Dead Until Dark I initially had a little trouble getting into the story and it did take a while for me to really get a feel for the book, thankfully in Living Dead in Dallas this was not the case as the book begins where the last one left off, as a result of this I would definitely recommend that you read them in order.
With Living Dead in Dallas I found the storyline itself to be really intriguing as there was not only one main storyline but two or three at the same time. In the past I have read books like this before with multiple storylines and although it is great as it adds more excitement to the book I find it can be frustrating when odd ends are left untied and I don't know what the end result was, this was not the case with Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris has written the entire book excellently and leaves no loose ends. I found the book to be very addictive and hard to put down, so hard in fact that one evening I took myself off to bed at around 10:30 in the evening so I would have time for a bit of bedtime reading, I usually go to sleep around 11:30 but I got so into my book that I checked the time to find it was actually closer to 1am!
As with the first book I found Charlaine Harris's writing style a little different at times to some other books I have read because she uses American English and I wouldn't have noticed this normally but as a TEFL teacher the differences between English and American English are pointed out to me on an almost daily basis and so therefore I picked up on it easily but having read her previous book I was used to this style and it took no enjoyment out of the book at all. In my opinion her writing style is excellent, she has a fantastic way of describing a situation which enables you to picture it perfectly in your head and really get into the story. I also really like her character descriptions, especially of the new characters who are introduced in the book, her descriptions are not so long that you get bored with them but just enough to give you a good image of the character in question and use your imagination for the finer details.
I will definitely be recommending Living Dead in Dallas, it is much more interesting and has a lot more action than the first book as well as a fair few nail biting moments which prevented me from putting the book down and getting enough sleep!
The books don't have any kind of age rating as far as I am aware, however it is worth pointing out that like in the first book there are some sex references and scenes within the book which are described in a decent amount of detail and the occasional bit of bad language, so I wouldn't go buying these for the younger end of the teens!
Price & Availability
I bought my copy of Living Dead in Dallas in my local charity shop during my trip home in August last year for the bargain price of 50p! As each book has an RRP of £6.99 I think I did well! Living Dead in Dallas is widely available on eBay from 99p plus postage and packaging. My copy of Living Dead in Dallas contains 279 pages.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: Living Dead in Dallas.