Living Dead In Dallas (2002) by Charlaine Harris is the second novel in the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series. I think there might be six or seven total? So far? Anyway, I thought Dead Until Dark was kind of fun and once I start anything, I like to finish it--unless it's absolutely horrible, so I grabbed the second novel.
Sookie Stackhouse, the young, uneducated, mind-reading, southern waitress is still in a relationship with her vampire boyfriend Bill Compton. And pretty much every man and vampire who comes into contact with her is still lusting after her. The regional leader vampire, Eric, sends Sookie and Bill down to Dallas where Sookie uses her mind-reading abilities to help find a missing vampire in the area.
This book was much like the first in the series, a fun and quick read. Sookie is a generally spunky and likable character and the plot moved along quickly enough. I guess I still have some reservations about these books, though. There is so much sexual violence throughout the book and it only seems to serve the purpose of titillation. I'm kind of curious what will happen to Sookie Stackhouse in the long run, but I can't help but feel kind of dirty after reading these novels. And not because I mind reading about sex in novels--if there's a point to it; but I feel like the vampires are just an excuse for different sexual fantasies and then there's some more violent sex thrown in for good measure, and that's the whole basis for the book. I'm always rather averse to authors throwing in some rape to show how protective a man is towards his woman. And I don't know anything about the author, but I get the feeling she's basing Sookie Stackhouse on the kind of woman she would like to be, which I also find kind of disturbing. Oh well, I'll probably eventually read the rest of the series and then I might have a better idea of what's bothering me.