Science fiction and fantasy
Living Dead In Dallas
by Charlaine Harris
That would include Sookie, who is dating Bill the vampire, but her love life is complex and populous. Bill seems rather controlling and jealous, and Sookie gets uneasy when he gives her gifts that seem to change the nature of their relationship. But Sookie has several suitors who seem eager to come in as soon as Bill drops the ball. This suggests the novel is quite steamy, but there isn't much explicit sex until later on in the book. The romantic scenes are hot but somewhat soft-focus, so the end result is suitably atmospheric rather than mechanical.
The book is relatively short, but it seems even shorter than it is because it's fast-paced, well written, and easy to race through. However, a lot of plot is going on. The Bellefleur family from Bon Temps take an unexpected interest in Bill and an expected interest in solving the murder that led to a body being dumped in Andy Bellefleur's car. There are orgies, love quadrangles, fundamentalists, rogue suicidal vampires, and more. It's all going down.
Living Dead In Dallas is furiously paced and very accessible. That's not a euphemism for shallow. The story can also be read on a metaphorical level if you consider how the vampires' (un)lives echo those of other marginalised groups, and in that sense it's both clever and full of empathy. This is a fun, fast, tasty novel, but it's also a story with a deeper meaning.
29th October 2014
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