The newest book by Charlaine Harris, Dead and Gone, just came out today. All day long I was twitching with anxious anticipation of the trip I had planned to the bookstore in the late afternoon. Fortunately I survived the day and made it to the local Barnes & Noble in time to pick up my copy.
I began reading it immediately in the car while my husband drove us to dinner. I even sneaked in a few pages at the dinner table while my kids were focused on their pasta and my husband on his baked chicken. They love me and understand my need to read, so they let it slide.
For those of you not familiar with this series of books, they center around a Louisiana girl named Sookie Stackhouse. She lives in present day America with a twist. Vampires exist and, thanks to a synthetic blood that they can drink without killing people, they have gone public in an effort to join mainstream society. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, and there are a lot of other supernatural creatures lurking out there as well. Sookie, of course, is right in the middle of all of them, and it turns out she has some supernatural secrets of her own.
HBO turned the books into a series called True Blood, which is one of the brand names of the synthetic blood, like Coke is to cola.
The series is a little weird, but highly addictive. I recommend ordering all 9 books right away so that you can immediately move from one book into the next without waiting!
The links that you see below are to buy the set of books 1 through 7, then book #8, then the first season DVD from HBO. Happy reading!