Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Series (books) and True Blood on HBO…want to know more?

By Heather on June 30th, 2009

True Blood: The Complete First Season (HBO Series)When I first heard of Charlaine Harris‘ books it was in reference to an HBO series called True Blood, which is now in its second season.   Reviewing what the books are about and asking around I’ve found there are a lot of readers out there who love the series (and hadn’t heard of the HBO series until I spoke with them!).   If you’re one of the ones like me

, however, I thought you’d like a quicklist of the books in order of their release.   As we get them into our database you can learn more, but for now, here’s a list that can help you get started on your way into the world of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries.

Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) Series (Books)

1. Dead Until Dark (2001)
2. Living Dead in Dallas (March 2002)
3. Club Dead (May 2003)
4. Dead to the World (May 2004)
* “Fairy Dust” in Powers of Detection (October 2004)
* “Dancers in the Dark” (novella) in “Night’s Edge” (Harlequin Enterprises) (October 2004) (a Sookie-universe story without the character of Sookie Stackhouse)
* “One Word Answer” in Bite (2005)
5. Dead as a Doornail (May 2005)
6. Definitely Dead (May 2006)
* “Tacky” in My Big, Fat Supernatural Wedding (2006) (a Sookie-universe story without the character of Sookie Stackhouse)
7. All Together Dead (May 2007)
* “Dracula Night” in Many Bloody Returns (September 2007)
8. From Dead to Worse (May 2008)
* “Gift Wrap” in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (October 2008)
* “Lucky” in Unusual Suspects
9. Dead and Gone (May 2009)

True Blood :: The HBO Series’s editorial review says this about the True Blood series:

Adapted from Charlaine Harris‘ Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood thrills because of its equal blend in each episode of erotica, humor, tragedy, mystery, and fantasy.

Set in a rural, swampy Louisiana parrish, the show centers around Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her clan, sweet grandmother Adele (Lois Smith) and air-headed brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten). Illicit love is spawned early on, when Sookie saves vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) from having his blood stolen in the parking lot of Merlotte’s diner, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) who completes what will form a complex love triangle. As tensions between Sookie’s suitors loosen or tighten, many side plots, such as her African American best friend Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) struggle with an alcoholic, Bible-thumping mother and her brother’s dangerous crush on drug addicted hippie, Amy Burley (Lizzy Caplan), keep one wondering who will succeed in this podunk place. The main tension throughout, however, is a race war waged between vampires and humans. As murders of "fang bangers" occur (human girls who let vampires bite them) and dumb policeman Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) fails to find clues, one sees the metaphorical implications of vampirism and feels deeper resonance with what can be a downright trashy show. Gossip galore, especially about what kinds of babies interbreeding will produce, is rampant. One of the funniest characters is Tara’s flamboyant cousin, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), who deals drugs, works as a fry cook, and services the local white politicians, while making sure he’s always up in everyone’s business.

If you’re a True Blood fan, you might also like to check out
HBO’s shop as there are TONS of cool items to purchase. I absolutely love the covers they’ve come up with for the books, but the show isn’t slouchy either. Is there anything more appealing than the sexy female with a drop of blood she’s licking off? Are you a Charlaine Harris fan?

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