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This is the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Harris. Sookie is called upon by the vampires to help find a missing vampire in Dallas, they have agreed to have Vampire Bill, Sookie's boyfriend, accompany her to question the humans involved. Of course nothing is every that easy and Sookie is almost kidnapped before she is even out of the airport.
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She has to infiltrate a religous cult who thinks that the only good vampire is a burning one. Sookie ends up being taken hostage, clawed and poisoned, and finding a dead coworker at a sex party that may involve killing. A waitress just cannot count on sore feet being the only problem anymore.
The review of this Book prepared by Manda

All barmaid Sookie Stackhouse wants is a normal life in her small town home of Bon Temps Louisianna. However, being a telepath and dating the local vampire isn't going to help her reach that goal anytime soon. The problems really start when her boyfriend Bill's boss decides to 'loan' Sookie out to a nest of vampires in Dallas.

One of the Dallas vampire's has been abducted, but who could kidnapp an imortal? All the clues seem to indicate The Fellowship of the Dawn ("lets take the UN out of undead"); an extremist cult of KKK-esq proportions. But could the guilty party be someone within the Dallas nest itself? And what do the shapeshifters lurking around the city have to do with this?

Using her self proclaimed 'handicap' of mental telepathy, Sookie attempts to unravel the mystery without getting herself killed in the process. But vampires aren't her only problem. Back home, she has the murder of her eccentric coworker and a maenad who thinks Sookie's flesh makes for a decent billboard to contend with.

Sookie and Bill face these challenges together, but even if they survive the mystery, will their relationship survive each other?
The review of this Book prepared by Gerri Mahn

Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic waitress with a vampire boyfriend. In this book, the local vampires loan her out to another group of vampires who'd like to borrow her for her telepathic abilites. Not only does she have to worry about that, a friend of hers was killed, and a maenad (wild crazy lady) has arrived and wants the vampires to pay tribute. Sookie's relationship with Bill, her vampire boyfriend, goes through a few bumps, and Eric is back and defnitely interested in Sookie. You might want to check out the first book, Dead Until Dark, if you haven't read it yet.
The review of this Book prepared by Melissa Cookson

Ace, April 2002, 6.50, 272 pp.
ISBN 0441009239

    It was a lucky day for barmaid Sookie Stackhouse when vampire Bill Compton came into the place where she was working. A very powerful telepath, Sookie is regarded as a pariah by the townsfolk of Bon Temps. Since a vampire's mind is closed to her, Sookie feels comfortable and free to pursue a relationship with Bill without hearing things she need not know. Bill also wants to be involved with Sookie because she doesn't fear him and accepts him as is.

    Bill has applied and been awarded the job of investigator of Area 5 but since there is very little trouble occurring at the moment, he is going to Area 6 in Texas. There is a vampire missing from the nest and they want Bill and Sookie to locate him. Their investigation leads Sookie to a radical church group that feels vampires are an abomination and should be destroyed along with their human sympathizers.

    LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS is a delightful mix of the supernatural, romance and mystery genres that creates a new and unique work of fun reading. The eccentric characters are used to show that Sookie and Bill's relationship is normal by comparison. Charlaine Harris performs the impossible by making the reader feel a bit sad that vampires don't really exist.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 55%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Romance    -   Yes Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   vampires Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book If enemy is a group...    -   cult Type of couple:    -   She's a human, he's a magical being

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   can read emotions


Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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