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Sookie Stackhouse Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) (Mass Market Paperback)

By CLG "Carrie Greenwald" (South Dakota) Great Escapism..., November 25, 2008

First off - if you are interested in the True Blood series on HBO - get these books and get this set. I was STRONGLY recommended to read these books after talking about the show by a friend who read them when they first came out. So I did...purchased one at a time. Boy do I wish I would have bought the set right off and then get the additional books later for I would have saved a bit of money and had a great way to keep all the books together and in great shape. Nevertheless, the books and show ARE different and yet both are worthy of reading/watching if you are into this genre of books. I have enjoyed both for various reasons, but for the books, I truly enjoy the narrative of Sookie through all her trials and tribulations of interacting with "special" characters. This is not a wannabe Anita Blake type of series, but very unique, exciting and often lighthearted...definitely not as dark! Harris has written these books in such a way to really draw one into them, sometimes even identifying with human emotions that is sometimes unexpected. Now I have all the paperbacks, without the boxed set container (sad), and am awaiting the next book in the series.

Plus I will continue to watch the show, knowing on what it is based and that I should not expect the same thing as I read in the books...yet knowing the same "flavor" will be retained. That makes for good reading and for good TV/movie adaptation.

By blueladyjames (Silver Spring, MD United States)
Books versus HBO...., November 11, 2008

The Sookie Stackhouse novels are a lot of fun. Her characters are all good and I look forward to each new book in the series. The HBO series started out fine. Then it quickly headed not only for left field but took a flying leap right out of the stadium. By the end of the first episode I had a feeling things were going to diverge radically from the books. At this point I have just decided to enjoy the HBO series for what it is, which at this point has so much left out and other things spliced in, that the books have no relevance. So buy the books and enjoy them and the wonderful characters that exist there. The HBO thing is interesting, but it could have made much better use of the existing plots and characters.