Review: Club Dead By Charlaine Harris


SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLUBBED TO DEATH

A BOOK EVERY BIT AS VAPID AND VACUOUS AS ITS SIMPLE-MINDED PROTAGONIST

 

Book CoverClub Dead
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 3)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 0575117044
ISBN-13: 978-0575117044

 
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From the outset, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries has been a series that is best approached as a guilty pleasure of the “so bad it’s good” variety; for most readers this is the only hope of getting any enjoyment from reading the books. But even the adoption of this mindset is not enough to make book three, Club Dead, anything other than an awful read.

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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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The Spotlight: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series


BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THE VAMPIRE MYTHOS.

Will wonders never cease? A book series aimed at women, that even us male readers can enjoy without embarrassment.

 

There is one particular sub-genre within the pantheon of fantasy and science fiction literature that I generally don’t read very often. The said sub-genre being Paranormal Romance. Despite superficial similarities with the related Urban Fantasy sub-genre (which I do read frequently), I have always viewed PNR as inherently unfriendly to male readers. Ideally, I would prefer not to be drawn into an argument as to whether or not this viewpoint is a fair one. The intent of this post is to highlight the one PNR series that I feel really bucks this trend.

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Review: Full Moon Rising By Keri Arthur


HALF VAMPIRE. HALF WEREWOLF. ALL TROUBLE.

A HORNY HEROINE IN HEAT UNCOVERS A SINISTER CONSPIRACY, IN BETWEEN ALL THE SEX SHE’S HAVING

 

Book CoverFull Moon Rising
(Riley Jensen Guardian, Book 1)

Keri Arthur

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
Date: 3rd February 2011 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 0749955872
ISBN-13: 978-0749955878

 
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Once you have been reading Urban Fantasy by female authors for long enough, you start to take for granted that there are certain constituents that you can reasonably expect to encounter each time you read a new title. For instance, the protagonist will invariably be an independent, kick-ass heroine who can beat the living daylights out of any man; without so much as breaking a sweat. She will be an annoyingly quirky personality, with a tendency to exhibit neurotic behaviour. And it is all but guaranteed that her love life/sex life will be an unnecessarily complicated mess.

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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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