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Book Review: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas is the second book from The Southern Vampire Mysteries, written by Charlaine Harris. The second season of HBO’s True Blood is loosely based on this book. I say loosely because the story may be similar, but there’s a difference in the characters and their personalities. Since the books focus on Sookie and her adventures, we don’t actually know what happened in Bon Temps while she was doing a job with Bill for the Dallas vampires. But before she left for Dallas, she encountered the maenad Callisto.

See also my review of Dead Until Dark

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)

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by Charlaine Harris

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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 that 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 favor, 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 story focuses on the job Sookie was recruited for. The Dallas vampires seek her assistance to help them find their missing brothers, but Sookie is smarter than she looks. She promised to help them on the condition that they would behave.

The maenad’s presence was merely a side story which Sookie had to take care of when she got back from Dallas. It’s a filler in the story, something interesting that had happened while Sookie was away.

Unlike the show, Jason Stackhouse was nowhere near the Fellowship of the Sun, Steve Newlin is an old man, and Godfrey (Godric) is not Eric Northman’s maker. I happen to like Godric from the show, his existence and relationship with Eric made them seem more human. But Godfrey in the books is totally different, like a whole new character who made the same decision as Godric, to claim his life by facing the sun.

In Dallas, Sookie learned a lot about vampire culture and how they travel and live in big cities. She also found out that other magical creatures exist but are not open to mainstreaming like vampires. Her telepathy helped them a lot in solving what happened with the missing vampire, but there were also a lot of deaths. The storyline has a serious theme, but the way it was written made it feel light.

There are a lot of differences between the TV show and the book, but they are both entertaining.

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