Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spotlight Series: Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire)

Charlaine Harris writes mysteries in addition to her Sookie Stackhouse books. She lives with her husband, three children, two dogs, two ferrets, and a duck. An avid reader, mild cinemaphile, and occasional weightlifter, her favorite activity is cheering her children on in various sports while sitting on uncomfortable bleachers.

By now everyone on the planet has at least heard of, if not read, the Sookie Stackhouse series. I had heard fantastic things about the series, but it sat on my shelves unread for years. I actually watched the first two seasons of True Blood, the show based on the series, before actually starting the series. The first two books were very close to the TV show, but as both the series and the show continue, the storylines diverge greatly. They both become rather different, but each is great in its own way.

Important Characters to Know
Sookie Stackhouse - Waitress and telepath.

Jason Stackhouse - Sookie's older brother. Very good with the ladies.

Eric Northman - Vampire. Sheriff of Area Five. Over 1000 years old. Viking.

Sam Merlotte - Shapeshifer. Sookie's boss.

Bill Compton -Vampire. Confederate soldier in the Civil War.

Pam Ravenscroft - Vampire. Eric's vampire child and second in command.

Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire)
(in reading order, links lead to my reviews)
  1. Dead Until Dark
  2. Living Dead in Dallas
  3. Club Dead
  4. Dead to the World
  5. Dead as a Doornail
  6. Definitely Dead
  7. All Together Dead
  8. From Dead to Worse
  9. Dead and Gone
  10. Dead in the Family
  11. Dead Reckoning
If you like the Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) series, you should try:
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
The Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn
The Queen Betsy (Undead) series by MaryJanice Davidson

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