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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Box Org edition (Sept. 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441018238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441018239
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charlaine Harris, who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years, is a native of Mississippi. Born and raised in the Delta, she began training for her career as soon as she could hold a pencil. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and (later) teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, and graduated to books a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris decided to establish a series. She began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, which garnered an Agatha nomination. Harris's protagonist, a diminutive Georgia librarian whose life never turns out quite the way she planned, kept Harris busy for several books, but finally Harris (and Aurora) grew restless.

The result of this restlessness was the much edgier Shakespeare series — set not in England, but in rural Arkansas. The heroine of the Shakespeare books is Lily Bard, a tough and taciturn woman whose life has been permanently reshaped by a terrible crime and its consequences. In Shakespeare's Landlord, the first in the series, Lily is caught at a moment when the shell she's built around herself is just beginning to crack, and the books capture Lily's emotional re-entry into the world, while also being sound mysteries.

Harris's latest venture is a series about a telepathic barmaid in southern Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony for best paperback mystery of 2001. Each book about Sookie Stackhouse (and her dealings with vampires and werewolves and other creatures of the night) has gathered more readers to enjoy the books' unique blend of mystery, humor, romance, and the supernatural. The Sookie books are also being read in Japan, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain.

In addition to her work as a writer, Harris is married and the mother to three children. A former weight lifter and karate student, she is an avid reader and cinemaphile. She is a member of the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church.

Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. (2004 Charlaine Harris)


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ron H on Jan. 13 2010
Format: Paperback
This set is a very good read for any True Blood fan or just a reader looking to escape into the fun world that Charlene Harris has created. The Sookie Stackhouse books are a great spin on the traditional vampire themed genre. The premise for the series is that vampires have outed themselves to the world at large and are trying to integrate within the larger society thanks to the invention of a synthetic blood drink called True Blood. The series focuses on a small town in Louisiana and how one resident there (Sookie Stackhouse) gets drawn into this new world while still dealing with everyday issues. The biggest compliment I can give Charlene Harris is that even though she continues to write many books in this series the stories have not become repetitive and she continues to expand the world in which these stories are set by building upon the social fabric and well introduced new characters. These books are a fun read and highly recommended. Two points I would add;
1. If you can.... commit to reading the series, although each book is a self-contained story I think the story is not as rich without the back stories.
2. Again my biggest compliment is usually in this genre after the first book or two the confines of the world are established and then each book is usually formulaic.. .with main characters.. Introduce new characters, some big event, main characters work through event, new characters die or are sacrificed for plotline. Charlene Harris ignores this and has a rich universe of well developed characters that are central and peripheral to many books within the series.

Time well spent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole T on Dec 18 2009
Format: Paperback
The books are amazing, however the condition they came in were not. The box set had knife cuts in it , and the ends of the books were damaged. NOt impressed with the handling of my order at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valérie Chouinard on Aug. 12 2010
Format: Paperback
When I first started to watch the show True Blood, I was so captivated that I decided to buy all the books. The paperback boxed set is a great deal since each book is around $9.00 CA and for $45.00 you get 8 books (you save almost $30.00). The books are really good. I loved the first four and even if some of the books after that are less interesting to my opinion, I don't regret reading them!
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bought this set because I caught a few old episodes of TrueBlood on TV and was interested (it's my opinion that books are always better than adaptations). Anyways, the boxed set was the most economical option, if I was going to see the series through, so that's what I did. I wasn't disappointed. The books are fun, easy reads that carry you long an enjoyable storyline. They are not like the TV series in a lot of ways, in fact, I think HBO should change their tag line to say the show is *inspired by* the books, not based on them - cause there is a difference. That being said though, I must say that I find both equally entertaining, there is a enough of a difference between the two that each are enjoyable for their own reasons.

Back to the books - I'm happy I bought them. Sometimes the storyline gets a little "out there", but I guess that's the beauty of fantasy, you can create anything :)
All in all, Sookie is a great character, and Ms. Harris writes with humour. Lots of fun, I'll definitely be picking up the subsequent books as they come out.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 16 2010
Format: Paperback
Urban fantasy usually takes place in, you know, urban areas. Cities, big towns, and places where vampires and weres creep in dank alleys. But Charlaine Harris took a slightly different approach in the Sookie Stackhouse series, the first eight books of which are compiled here. While it has many of the genre staples, this series is solidly entrenched in warm Southern charm and mellow mysteries.

In "Dead Until Dark," Bon Temps waitress Sookie Stackhouse can read minds, which is more of a curse than a blessing. But when she meets and befriends vampire Bill Compton, she becomes embroiled in the world of vampires -- and when her grandmother is viciously murdered, she finds that the supernatural world is a lot more complicated (and close to home) than she ever dreamed.

"Living Dead in Dallas" has Sookie is hired by vampires over a kidnapping, and ends up mired in a disastrous situation involving werewolves, Texan vamps, and a fanatical religious cult that hates the supernatural. "Club Dead" brings Sookie some relationship problems when Bill becomes inattentive... and vanishes. Sookie sets out to find her absentee lover along with Eric and the werewolf Alcide, but the result isn't what she expects.

After that, Sookie has problems in "Dead to the World" when she's confronted by a devious band of Shreveport witches, as well as handling her brother's disappearance and a newly amnesiac (and naked!) Eric. And "Dead as a Doornail" embroils Sookie in the inevitable werepolitics -- someone is shooting shifters, and there's a new potential werewolf leader in town. And Sookie may be the next victim.

"Definitely Dead" and "All Together Dead" brings Sookie back to the vampire political arena.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cjohnson on Aug. 23 2010
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Fueled by the growing fame of the True Blood HBO series, I went out on a limb and purchased the 8 book box set of The Sookie Stackhouse series. Well, I am officially hooked and have read three of the novels in a short time. I am excited to watch and compare the books to the show.
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