2016 Edit: I use the word slut/whore in this review, negatively. In the past few years I have changed quite a bit. I try to not judge a woman by how many sexual partners she has had: her body, her business. I also try not to use slut in a negative way . I won't edit the review because it is who I was more than four years ago, but I did want to put in this notation as a warning. I do wish the author had allowed Sookie to embrace her sexual escapades rather than slut shame other women and make Sookie so hypocritical. Thanks.
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Alright, so this is my review of Living Dead in Dallas. The second Sookie Stackhouse novel. I have given this three stars, because it was, without a doubt, better than the first. Please remember this is possibly the fourth or fifth time I have re read this novel. I’ve just found myself annoyed with this series so I’ve decided to do a re read.
First off we’ll start with the fact that this story is jumpy. We begin with the murder of the beloved gay cook and go straight into the kidnapping of the Dallas vampire and then right back into the Bon Temps orgy parties. Ms. Harris mixes in a Bill/Sookie break up, some great hot Eric, angst and a bunch of crap where Sookie does what she normally does. I.E. cleans, works, dresses horribly etc…etc…
Second we’ll talk about things I friggin HATED.
1) Sookie, without any warning is suddenly a great hypnotist and can put someone into a deep meditation. She briefly explains that she has been using the human staff at Fangtasia as test subjects. However, we are given no time frame for how long she has been doing this. For a girl who only months (weeks?) ago wanted nothing to do with her gift, she is suddenly all about using it. Kind of unbelievable.
2) After she and Bill “break up” she sees him with another woman at a game. Instead of thinking, like most girls would, how she misses him and wants him back. Sookie’s first thoughts are of a carnal nature, how much she wants to do him right then and there. Can we say, “slut much?” Apparently this little barmaid is really just a whore in the making. Especially when Bill shows up on her door step and basically screws her like five times before they do serious talking about what “broke” them up to begin with. I can just not get behind this MC, she is all over the place.
3) During a rather good sex scene Ms. Harris has Sookie describe it as it was like being made love to by the Tasmanian Devil Ummm… In what universe is this hot? That should be more of an insult, but the MC seems to rather enjoy it. It’s not the way any real woman would describe that sort of furious love making… But too each their own, I guess.
4) The ending, it felt very thrown together. Sookie gets invited to the orgy where the evil people are hanging out and all conveniently thinking about killing the cook. She is there for ten minutes and needs fresh air, she winds up outside and BAM suddenly EVERYONE is there, Andy, Portia, Bill, Sam and the Maenad. And, of course, there is no need for law enforcement; the maenad takes care of all the bad guys leaving everyone else blissfully alone. Then we wrap the story up with a shower, a sex scene, a corny “best sex of your life” ending. Well onto the next I guess.
The best things about this book are: a) The Dallas part, I enjoyed the fellowship of the sun information, the kidnapping and defecting vampire were all rather clever. B) Luna the were-bat, probably the best character in the whole book and c) is the interaction between her and Eric. The chemistry is awesome, he has the best dialogue. *fang girl love for Eric* Like Bill would dress like a bisexual in lycra pants to help Sookie out, but then he does has the nerve to get all possessive and offended when he finds out, even though he left her alone without any sort of back up. I mean by the end of this book you’d think Bill would figure out she has a habit of getting into trouble. Like….. *drum roll please* BELLA!! LOL
However, in the end, much better than the first novel. Honestly it deserves 2.5 but since that’s not an option…three it is.