If you’ve read my review for Dead Until Dark, you already know my feelings before getting into Living Dead in Dallas. I wasn’t impressed with this book, but I will continue reading the series.
About The Book:
Sookie’s co-worker is killed outside the bar where she works, and very shortly after, she has a dangerous encounter with a mythological creature that wants to deliver a message. On top of that, Sookie and Bill are sent to Dallas, trying to locate a missing vampire. Things escalate, and now both humans and vampires might be in a grave danger.
It’s a big shame I can’t get over the fact that I don’t like Sookie. If she was annoying in the first book, she’s twice as annoying in this one. Her inner monologues are terrible, and her personality even worse still. When I was reading her story, it felt like someone was taking about a 12-year-old. She still believes people should treat her in a special way because she can read minds, but she doesn’t mind being treated by Bill as if she were a possession. She’s the first one to judge people for not being modest, but she flirts with people and vampires whilst she has a boyfriend and is also involved in some interesting situations involving sex. I think I’ll stop here, because I’ve already decided Sookie’s not the reason I like this book series, so time to move on.
In the first book, I liked Bill for his maturity, but his behaviour, especially towards Sookie didn’t impress me. I also think he didn’t get much time in the book, and hopefully his behaviour in the next book will improve. Luckily, Eric was here to make up for it. Now he’s a vampire I like. He intrigued me a lot and I want to see more of Eric. And as much as I don’t like Sookie, I liked her scenes with him and I foor for her and Eric to be together at some point.
The beginning of the book already made me realise some of the bigger issues this book has. Firstly, with this Church, or so called, Fellowship of the Sun. The characters in this book are racist. Starting with Sookie’s co-worker, who I won’t name because of spoilers, but is well known for fans of the TV Show. He is the only (so far) black friend that Sookie has met. And when he is killed, there are many things she says that are not okay. Not to mention the thoughts she also reads from other people in the town.
The Fellowship of the Sun
Living Dead in Dallas is the book where we meet The Fellowship of the Sun. The members of this cult are people that hate vampires, and not only think that vampires should go back to hiding, but they want vampires dead too.
“What the Klan was to African Americans, the Fellowship of the Sun was to vampires.”
Then, we get to these people from the Church, who discriminate the vampires. And later on, we even get to meet one vampire, who is gay and a pedophile, but because he chooses the way of God and decides to “meet the sun”, is forgiven for his sins. Godfrey is actually one of my favourite characters in this book, together with Eric, but I don’t think the other characters should have handled his sins in the way they did. I also might be biased from watching the TV Show, as Godfrey and Eric had a way better story and plot than they did in this book. Regarding the Fellowship of the Sun, I expected much more to this. However, as some of the characters are still around, I have a feeling that we might read more from them in the next books.
I liked the involvement of other creatures too, not only the vampires. I liked Sam’s little side story that tangled with Sookie’s experience in Dallas, although I wasn’t too keen on her being so inquisitive on his romantic life, when it’s none of her business. On the subject of vampires, however, I really enjoyed the rules the vampires have and their ranks and statuses. Even their punishment, if someone betrays them, although quite cruel, they seemed fair.
To my surprise, we do get to meet Tara in this book. But if you’re a fan to the TV show, she’s nothing like Sookie’s bestie that we know and love. Here, she is more interested in accompanying Eggs to orgies, one of which Sookie joins as well. But I won’t get into how that happens and why and let you read that bit for yourself.
Overall, I quite enjoyed Living Dead in Dallas although there are a lot of questions and things that don’t sit quite right with me at all. It took me on a fantasy adventure full of vampires and kept me intrigued until the end. I didn’t like Sookie, but the many incredible side characters made up for that. I will continue the series, as I am a bit invested now, and I look forward to see what Club Dead has in store for me.
About The Author:
Charlaine Harris Schulz is an American author who specializes in mysteries. She is best known for her book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries, which was adapted as the TV series True Blood. The television show was a critical and financial success for HBO, running seven seasons, from 2008 through 2014.