Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: Living Dead in Dallas

Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Published: March 2002
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 279
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge
Other: Second book in the Southern Vampire Series a.k.a. Sookie Stackhouse series. Charlaine Harris recently announched that the series will contain 12 books. The eleventh book, Dead Reckoning, will be published on May 3rd, 2011.
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Waiting tables, sweeping floors, reading minds and solving mysteries for the undead. It's all in a day's work for Sookie... 

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked - and poisoned - late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favor. 

Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don't do anything, well, vampiric while she's there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...

In this second book in the series, we meet up with Sookie again. When Sookie comes to work again, she discovers the dead body of her coworker. There is another murderer on the loose. To make things worse, Sookie is attacked and then sent on a mission for the vampires in Dallas.

Sookie is sent to Dallas and it's nice to see a change of environment for her. We meet more vampires and they seem even a little weirder than the ones we've already met.

I don't want to say a lot about the things going on in this book since I feel like I would be spoiling it for you. I liked the change of environment and I like the world with more vampires and the appearance of a mythological creature in the story (I'm a sucker for mythology, if you haven't noticed already). Another thing I appreciated is that we see more of Eric. I'm curious about Eric, what moves him, what's going on inside him. And, to be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing him in his lycra, either.

I found this to be an entertaining read, even though it wasn't a great read. It was enjoyable and I appreciate it for that. I've heard about a slow start on the series, and so far, they have been right.

My overall rating:

Three stars and a little change - because it was better than the first book and it was more enjoyable than its predecessor. I'm looking forward to the next book a little more!


  1. I watch the series and liked it a lot. Especially, Eric. He is my favorite. :D Great Review. I don't think I'll ever read the series. I also heard the series starts awfully slow. Thanks for this! <3

  2. Yeah it does start really slowly. Well, it's not really slowly.. Because there's a lot going on, but yet it still tends to be boring at some points. Weird, right? I've heard that the series takes up speed at book 4, so I'll just keep going because I have the boxed set ;)

    I've never seen the series! *shock* is it worth it to start watching it? Besides Eric? ;)

  3. Hey,
    I love the TV Series, but I struggle with the books. I'm up to book 3 at the moment. I think compared to the show, the books are pretty basic enjoyable reads. Great review :)


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