author: Charlaine Harris
published: 26 March 2002
genre(s): paranormal, romance, thrillers
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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....
❗❗ content warning: some graphic violence ❗❗
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keywords/phrases: vampires, shifters, romance, paranormal
awards: Lord Ruthven Award for Fiction (2002)
This is another fun read in the Sookie Stackhouse series, with a lot more humor! In this one, Sookie and Bill are sent to Dallas, on loan by Eric to Stan, the leader of the Dallas-area vamps. She’s in high demand because of her ability to read the thoughts of humans, a gift that is incredibly useful to the vampires. One thing leads to another, and they are faced with the Fellowship, a pseudo-religious cult that is fairly anti-everything, most especially vampires. Sookie, as a human, finds herself embroiled in some very dangerous situations. And if that isn’t enough, there’s a Maenad lurking in the woods near Bon Temps, demanding appropriate tribute.
I first read this series years ago, before the HBO series. I enjoy the books, and I enjoyed the visuals of the TV series. In a perfect world, there would be things about the books I’d have in the show and things in the show I wish were in the books. But to share them would be spoilery for either the books or for the show!
So you want me to go to a human orgy, where I will not be welcome, and you want us to leave before I get to enjoy myself? ~Eric Northman
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