Friday, January 8, 2010
"Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris
Musings: First of all, a huge thanks to Dominique at Coffee Stained Pages for hosting the contest from which I won this book! I've heard about the series for awhile and had it recommended by some friends, but somehow I never got around to actually picking up one of the books (I think I'm always nervous about engrossing myself in a new long series). I was naturally thrilled the contest put the book right in my mailbox.
I found the book a lot of fun. It does have a lot of content similarities to Twilight (though this book was published several years before, of course), but what sets it apart--positively--is its tone and peppy protagonist. I liked Sookie from the beginning; she's aware of who she is and where she is in the world, but she's completely willing to stand up for herself and others, defying others' prejudices of what she can do. She's endearingly concerned with manners and politeness, but this is no chaste novel. Bill is a possessive vampire, but at least that protectiveness is identified for what it is rather than being presented as an indicator of the ultimate romantic relationship. Similarly, while Sookie and Bill do fall in love, their love is not all-consuming. Sookie has no desire to leave all that she is to be with Bill, and she lets him know that.
The book begins with Sookie rescuing Bill and ends with Sookie saving herself, which I loved. And I also liked that this was truly an adult novel, with a protagonist and vampire more than willing to have a physical relationship--rather than just sigh over each other.
I think this series will be a nice treat for me that I'll savor over a period of time.