Challenges - Southern Reading Challenge and 100+ books.
First published in Great Britain in 2004.
I have seen the Sookie Stackhouse books speeding their way around the blogging world and everyone taking part in the Sookie Stackhouse challenge, I had to see what everyone was enjoying without me.
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in a small town in Louisiana. She is sweet, kind and often thought to be a little kooky. Well she is definitely kooky and with good reason, she has a natural ability to read people's minds, which she sees as a disability and basically tries to keep herself to herself in order to keep out of people's minds. Life runs smoothly and slowly, until Bill turns up . He is tall, dark and handsome and Sookie has finally found someone whose mind she can't read. However, there is one tiny flaw with Bill that might make a relationship difficult - he is a vampire! When women start getting murdered in Bon Temps after Bill's arrival, all fingers are pointing at him. Sookie panics about her relationship and searches to find out who the real murderer is!
I did enjoy reading this, which quite surprised me as I really didn't think I would. I loved Sookie, she went from being the shy, retiring young Southern style girl, to a feisty Vampire loving, butt kicking girl who manages to catch the murderer.
I love the Southern style of the book, it made me even more desperate to visit New Orleans and actually experience some Southern hospitality. I have always imagined living in one of those houses they often show with the porch running all the way around the house and a swinging chair to sit on and listen to the cicadas.
There is a lot of violence in the book and a certain amount of sexual content, but not enough to make me blush! I was surprised that some main characters were actually killed off quite early in the book, but it was definitely the right move for the plot.
Bill, is a more manly Vampire than young Edward from Twilight and with his century old Southern ways, you just can't help but love him. He is strong, more dangerous and will kill in order to protect Sookie. Their relationship builds steadily through the book, even though they both know a future together would be difficult.
There are a few surprises in the book, which I won't give away. All I can say is that some of the characters are really not what they seem.
So on the whole, I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely continue reading the series.
These books have been made into a TV show called 'True Blood' starring the lovely Anna Paquin as Sookie which is presently showing on FX on a Friday night. I wasn't going to be tempted by it, but after reading the book, I want to see the characters in a real setting.
After the hype concerning this series, I struggled to find many reviews of this book, so if you have read it and reviewed it, let me know and I will add it to this one.
Other reviews for this book
On another note, I noticed my challenges were quickly disappearing and you know me, I do love a good challenge. Well I have found one that really takes my fancy.
This one is called Reliquiae Challenge and is the Challenge from Beyond.
Here are the challenge details as written by Ana O on the Challenge's own blog. I can say it better than she has, so I will let her say it in her own words.
We’ve been roaming for quite some time in a world owned by vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches and all sorts of fantastical beings, and the inevitable has happened, we’ve been bitten. We can’t seem to stop ourselves trying out new authors, drooling over gorgeous covers, adding series to our wish lists and watching out for new releases. It’s almost like a disease, though it only gets worse!
So setting out to find if there are any ailing souls like us out there we’ve decided to host a new challenge, and thus Reliquiae was born. Please come join us on this journey, grab your sunglasses, don’t forget your broom and spell book, be sure to pack some nourishment and you can even bring your black cat along. But beware, you’re not coming back!
1. Challenge runs from July 15th 2009 to January 15th 2010.
2. Choose the number of books you want to read by selecting one of the reading levels we’ve proposed (see below).
3. Books must fall under one, two or all of the categories we’ve proposed depending on the number of books you wish to read (see above).
4. Sign up by using Mr. Linky (see bottom of post).
5. Share your reviews with us by leaving your link with Mr. Linky on the appropriate post.
Bite on the Neck: 3 books.
Flying Cauldron: 4 books.
Deadly Red Moon: 5 books.
Haunted Nights: 6 books.
Now you know I love all these categories, so I am thinking it will be easy to read six books by December, so that is what I shall go for.
If you want to join in, please go here and add your link.