Review: Living Dead In Dallas By Charlaine Harris


IT’S JUST HER MIND THEY WANT TO USE. HONEST!

THWARTING HATE GROUPS AND SOLVING MURDERS IS ALL IN A COUPLE OF DAYS WORK FOR ACCIDENTAL SLEUTH, SOOKIE STACKHOUSE

 

Book CoverLiving Dead In Dallas
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 2)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117036
ISBN-13: 978-0575117037

 
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While a part of me would ideally love for every book I read to be an unforgettable, life defining masterpiece, I realise that this is not a realistic expectation. There are times when I simply have to let myself enjoy a book for what it is. Reading a Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris is always one of those occasions. Living Dead In Dallas, the second instalment of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, much like its predecessor, Dead Until Dark, is at best a disposable guilty pleasure. Much, if not all, of the enjoyment to be derived from it is the result of how eye-rollingly cringe-worthy, and hilariously funny the story is. Whether or not that is by design is hard to tell. But I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt.

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Review: Altered Carbon By Richard K. Morgan


THE CYBERPUNK DEBUT THAT LIVED UP TO THE HYPE

AN ABSORBING NOIR MURDER MYSTERY IN A FUTURE WHERE DEATH HAS BEEN RENDERED OBSOLETE BY TECHNOLOGY

 

Book CoverAltered Carbon
(Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, Book 1)

Richard K. Morgan

Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Mystery
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 534 Pages
Date: 4th September 2008 (First Published 2002)

ISBN-10: 0575081244
ISBN-13: 978-0575081246

 
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Hip-hop legends, Public Enemy, once famously proclaimed: Don’t believe the hype. It is a sentiment that I have adhered to all my adult life, helping to shield me from numerous disappointments. So the first time I picked up the novel, Altered Carbon, a decade or so ago, I was unmoved by all the critical praise it had garnered, and unimpressed by the accolades it had received. The comparisons to Philip K. Dick were unconvincing, as such a comparison must surely be an unjustified exaggeration, especially for a first time author. And as for the reports that the film rights had been gobbled up by Hollywood, looking for the next Matrix; this was not a big deal. But once I had finished reading the book I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all the hype was more than justified.

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Review: Dead Until Dark By Charlaine Harris


MAYBE HAVING A VAMPIRE FOR A BOYFRIEND ISN’T SUCH A BRIGHT IDEA…

Thus begins the much beloved Southern Vampire Mysteries series, the brainchild of Charlaine Harris.

 

Book CoverDead Until Dark
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117028
ISBN-13: 978-0575117020

 
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Last summer saw the release of Charlaine Harris’ Dead Ever After, the final instalment of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, which lead to much acrimony and gnashing of teeth among a legion of shipper fangirls. Now that the controversy has settled down, what better time to look back at the novel that first introduced readers to Sookie Stackhouse and her world of vampires, and their Fang Banger groupies.

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