Review by Ner
Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Release Date: May 2010 (originally March 26th, 2001)
Pages: 276 (Paperback)
Genre: Vampires | UF | Paranormal
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #2
Read: from May 12 to 14, 2014
Source & Shelf: Gift | Own
ISBN: 9780575089389 (Paperback)
Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).
The point is: they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges – and soon Sookie’s in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed.
But that’s easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…
The Sookie Stackhouse books are delightful Southern Gothic supernatural mysteries, starring Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, and a cast of increasingly colourful characters, including vampires, werewolves and things that really do go bump in the night.
Why? Because I’m actually enjoying this series which is quite surprising to be fairly honest. However, I do prefer the first book to this one.
Living Dead in Dallas continues to follow Sookie and her enterprise into the supernatural realm. After finding Lafayette dead inside the sheriff’s car, she’s face to face with a Maenad who wishes to deliver to Eric a message. She’s sent to Dallas by Eric with Bill in order to help some other vampires and things get a bit tricky. When she comes back to Bon Temps – leaving Bill behind because he has some things to do there – she tries to solve Lafayette’s murder with the help of non-other than the roguish Eric.
The problems with this book were simply these:
* It was slower than the first one, which kind of made me slightly bored of Sookie and Bill and all the drama she went through in Dallas;
* The whole group orgy cottage scene that was simply too awkward and, seriously, not at all that necessary;
* Speaking of the orgy scene – Eric’s pink Lycra pants which simply cannot make into my brain.
* The whole Lafayette murder seemed slightly too forced only to be pushed aside for Sookie and Bill to go to Dallas. It would have worked better if they first had figured out who killed Lafayette and then send Sookie to Dallas;
I continue to enjoy Sookie’s sense of humour and sarcasm though in this book I admit she kind of annoyed me. And her relationship with Bill sounded too indifferent, too clinical and without spark which is a cold contrast with the first book.
And I’m still waiting for more Eric and Pam! Though there was a lot more of Eric in this book – seriously, the pink Lycra pants scene is excruciatingly tender for me to even consider it – there wasn’t as much as I appreciated.
However, there were more details about the vampires’ society and the Fellowship of the Sun gave the whole supernatural universe a new meaning. I liked the fact that even within the supernatural bubble there are struggles and uncertainties.