Thursday, August 20, 2009

Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Book 2 of the Sookie Stackhouse series contains more exciting, fast-paced bursts of action than Dead Until Dark. While the writing is still the same (Sookie over-explains things a lot) the plot is more dynamic.

Sookie has two mysteries to solve in this volume of the series. The first requires her to travel to Dallas to locate the local vampire sheriff who has gone missing. Her visit to Dallas also includes our first run-in with the Fellowship of the Sun, a "religious" cult bent on eliminating vampires completely. Through two failed attempts to kidnap and kill Sookie, betrayals, a car accident, a trip to the hospital, and the discovery of another mind-reader and shape-shifter, Sookie rescues the sheriff from the church and manages to make it back home.

The second mystery is back in Bon Temps. Lafayette has been murdered and Sookie is determined to find out whodunit and why. The trail of clues leads Sookie to a swingers party with Eric, portraying a gay vampire, attends as her "date." Sookie solves the mystery, but not before facing a tense confrontation with the maenad that has been roaming the woods. For all the action, the mysteries are solved rather quickly (and have pretty obvious resolutions.)

I'm now taking a break from the Sookie Stackhouse series, but have four more books from the series sitting on my shelf so stay tuned. I think two at a time is about all I can handle before I need to read something with a little more intellectual substance to it. We'll continue to meet more supernatural creatures and see what it's like for them, being different in today's society (a storyline I really do like) when I eventually go back into Sookie's world.

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