In my bid to leave no vampire story unturned I decided to try Charlaine harris and the first of her Sookie Stackhouse mysteries.
Having also watched True Blood on TV which is a series based on this book, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Don't let all the graphic sex of the series put you off, there is more to the books than this.
If you like the Laurell Hamilton novels you will also like this. Yes there is sex but there is also romance. But more than that these are really murder mystery adventures with vampires, and shape shifters. Oh and a heroine who can read your thoughts if you are human!
What is it that makes this growing genre so successful? Is it that a vampire can be cast as though from another century, a gentleman with old fashioned manners, a more robust vision of masculinity and an old world charm. Maybe we all want to be bitten?
These particular novels are also like Hamilton's set in a post vampiric world where vampires are "out" and have rights. In these novels they slate their blood lust ( or not) by drinking manufactured 'True Blood'. Will I read another? Not in the near future, had my vampiric fix for a while!