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Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris‘s Club Dead is the third book in the southern vampire series, which I’m reading for the Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge and the Vampire Series Reading Challenge that I’m incredibly behind on.  In this installment, Sookie’s new boyfriend/vampire Bill has become distant and has informed her that he will be taking a “business” trip to Seattle to complete a project for the Queen of Louisiana.  Unfortunately, Sookie soon finds out that after Bill leaves town that her boyfriend’s project places her in the cross hairs of the vampire kingdoms.

“Mama and Daddy died nearly twenty years before vampires had appeared on network television to announce the fact that they were actually present among us, an announcement that had followed on the Japanese development of synthetic blood that actually maintained a vampire’s life without the necessity of drinking from humans.”  (Page 4-5)

Thrown into a new mystery that leads her to Mississippi and a whole new set of vampires with their werewolf and were-animal minions, Sookie has to navigate not only her mixed feelings about Bill and his distance from her, but also the inner politics of the vampire kingdoms.  Harris does an incredible job of weaving in the Southern charm and manners that many readers enjoy in southern fiction with the darker side of vampires and all things supernatural.

“I have never seen one before, but the word ‘goblin’ popped into my mind as if I had a supernatural dictionary printed on the inside of my eyeballs.”  (Page 94)

“‘Bill,’ I said coldly.  Something was Up, with a capital U.  And it wasn’t Bill’s libido.  (Libido had just been on my Word-A-Day calendar.)”  (Page 3)

Club Dead will take readers into the exclusive vampire clubs where humans are merely accessories and into the compounds that resemble the cults on television that are raided by the FBI.  Looking for a fun, suspenseful summer read, check out Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books.

I purchased my copy of Club Dead.

This is the 3rd book I’ve read for the Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge.

This is my 2nd book for the 2010 Vampire Series Challenge.

  • I read the whole start of this series but haven’t read the last book or two (got caught up in reading other things while waiting for the next one to come out.) I really should get back to it. I like what Charlaine Harris is doing with it, although, I have to admit, I’m not a fan of Bill’s. Part of me keeps rooting for Sukie to break up with him for good!

  • I really enjoy this series. I’m really curious to see the slant the TV show takes on this installment of the book with the new season. It definitely goes in its own direction, but it holds onto some of the same story lines.

    • I’ve liked some of the interpretations of the books’ storylines, and it will be interesting to see what direction the show will take this one.

  • I read the first book in this series and it was just okay for me. I need to give the series another try.

    • I think the books get better as you go further into the series. I really enjoy the HBO show, but its very different from the books.

  • I still haven’t decided whether I want to read these, but I’m glad you’re enjoying them. Good luck with the challenge!
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    • Thanks. I need all the luck I can get. They are fun books.

  • I loved this book. Well, I loved the whole series. I think you sum Harris up so well by your sentence “Harris does an incredible job of weaving in the Southern charm and manners that many readers enjoy in southern fiction with the darker side of vampires and all things supernatural.” And she actually manages not to make all the paranormals seem paranormal!
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    • I absolutely agree with you on that one. I just love how normal they all seem.

  • Laura @ I’m Booking It

    This is a fun series! I’m glad you’re enjoying them too :-).
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    • I can’t wait to get to the next book in the series.