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Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Southern Vampire Novels

Sookie Stackhouse is a telepath in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Unusual, yes, but not as much as the shape-shifter she has for a boss or the new "man" in town, who also happens to be a vampire. In "Dead Until Dark", author Charlaine Harris creates a completely believable world where vampires have recently come forward to integrate themselves into society (vampirism is actually caused by a virus)and not only do they exist, but so do "Weres" a human who can only transform into one shape (like a wolf or panther), fairies, goblins and witches. Sookie's association and romance with the vampire, Bill, leads her into a world she didn't quite know existed and one that usually ends up putting her and those around her in danger.

These novels, which include "Living Dead in Dallas", "Club Dead", Dead to the World", "Dead as a Doornail" and "Definitely Dead" are tons of fun, filled with great characters that are realistic despite the fact that they live in a supernatural world. One of the best in-jokes of the novels is the true identity of the vampire, Bubba. I won't reveal it here, because it would spoil the you'll just have to read the books to find out. These books are geared more for adults than teens, as sometimes the language is blunt (I'd give it an "R" rating) and there are some "adult" scenes as well. But if you love vampires, mysteries, humor and romance, then these books are for you.
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