On May 1, 2007 All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris hits bookstore shelves. This will be book seven of the Southern Vampire Novels. These novels follow the life and loves of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress in small-town Louisiana. Sookie is not an ordinary girl. She can read the minds of the people around her - well, at least the living ones.
Charlaine Harris’ world is almost exactly like ours except for the fact that vampires, were-creatures of all kinds, and other supernatural elements are everyday things, if not exactly normal everyday things. Her characters are complete, almost stepping from the pages of each novel. Sookie’s growth over the course of the series is natural and sometimes painful to read but essential to the plot. Another great thing about this series is a full cast of reoccurring characters, including my favorite vampire Bubba, who just happened to go by the name of Elvis when he was alive.
I would recommend you start with the first book. Each novel flows into the next, making it important that you read them in order. The author ties each together with references to the past as well as the characters in the past. Not to mention the fact that you wouldn’t want to miss one frightening and emotional moment of this great ride, as a recap may indicate.
Dead Until Dark, book one published in 2001. Sookie meets Bill, the vampire in the café she works at. Besides the fact that he is tall, dark, and handsome, what Sookie is most attracted to is the fact that she can’t read his mind. Soon the two are in the first serious relationship of Sookie’s life. But it isn’t going to be easy for the happy couple. Besides the disapproving looks Sookie starts to receive from the people in town, fingers are pointed at Bill when dead bodies start to turn up with fang marks.