Southern Vampire Series

By Michelle Bell
Published 01/21/2007

Vampires have been around in fiction for centuries, portrayed as evil monsters, tortured souls, and even charming and romantic. Charlaine Harris in her Southern Vampire Series has attempted to "revamp" the typical vampire story and bring about a whole new genre in the process - the Southern Vampire Mystery.

These stories focus on Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. She has the local townsfolk convinced she is crazy. And who wouldn't think that with her ability to read people's thoughts? It's a hard life trying to go out on a date and being able to hear what your date thinks about your butt! She lives with her grandmother, keeps her head down to avoid trouble, and struggles to make ends meet.

One night someone new enters the bar, and all she can hear from his mind is the quiet of the grave. Bill Compton is an honest to God vampire, one who has decided to make a living in the human world, existing on the new synthetic blood developed by the Japanese. Thanks to the ingeniousness of the Japanese the vampires are now out and about, pursuing their legal rights to own property, pay taxes, and run their own legit businesses. Bill and Sookie hit it off- Sookie can't get enough of the quiet, and Bill needs some help with his house renovations (it is hard for contractors to take you seriously when you can only call after dark!). The couple soon ends up in the limelight as the prejudices of the town are highlighted by a murder investigation into the women who turn up dead with suspicious vampire bites.

Dead Until Dark is the first of this series, which continues through several books and short stories. In the pages you are introduced to an entire world of supernatural creatures (yes including fairy godmothers!) that Charlaine Harris does a fantastic job of bringing to life. Sookie gradually comes to terms with her "disability," even managing to save some innocents along the way. Eric the Viking vampire has enough sex appeal all by himself to send Sookie on a tailspin, not to mention Alcide and Sam from various "were" packs.

If you are looking for a tongue in cheek peek into the intimate world of vampires and other supernatural creatures, as well as humorous plots with natural dialogue, then these books are for you. Both well written and highly entertaining, you won't regret picking them up.

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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