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The Southern Vampire Mysteries, AKA The Sookie Stackhouse Books

A looking back read by Charlaine Harris

Tell you what I read earlier this year that I really enjoyed … the Southern Vampire Mysteries series. Well, ok, the first eight. I will keep reading them too.

I haven’t seen the TV show, although I know it was really popular. On too late, wrong time, whatever. And I had never read the novels or thought of reading them before. Authors/publishers take note … I finished reading another novel (can’t remember what) and there was the first chapter of Dead Until Dark the first in the Southern Vampire Mysteries series.

Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in a small town in Louisianna. Sookie is a telepath, and she earned a bit of a reputation growing up of being a bit strange because people didn’t know about her unwanted ability. Like a breath of fresh air one night, vampire Bill Compton walked into the bar and refreshingly, Sookie couldn’t read his mind. And it goes from there.

Sookie meets other vampires and other supernatural beings on her back doorstep, and finds out about her own history and inheritance. There’s a bit of romance, a lot of mystery, some cool characters, and some creepy characters.

I found them very easy and quick to read. As I said above, I’ve read the first eight in the series and I am not tired of the series yet. If you don’t mind fantasy and like reading about supernatural types, then this series may be for you.

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Comfort read … Carpe Jugulum, Terry Patchett

Fabulous as usual. I re-read this a couple of years ago when I had my Terry Pratchett-o-thon (reading all Terry Pratchett disc world novels in order). I really love this book. There are certain characters in Pratchett that I really love, and Granny and the people of Lancre are certainly in this group.

The plot. King Verrance is a modern King, and being modern he invited vampires to his babies christening. Problem was, as everybody knows, once you invite vampires in they can do anything. These vampires are vampyres (they think the spelling is more modern), and they themselves are learning to be modern. They turn of in Lancre with thoughts of “farming”, a disgruntled servant Igor, and a bunch of awful hangers on. It’s up to Agnes Nitt, Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax, and Magrat to save the day … along with some delightful helpers.

No wonder this one was in my favourites pile for my photo. Love it.

Agree to disagree.