Well, it has been a pretty relaxing week to say the least. The pics above and below are the scenery I've been blessed with the entire week. Nothing like spending a few days at the lake to rejuvenate the soul.
The first part of the week the kids and grandkids joined us. So things were lively and every day something was going on. However, the latter part of the week it was just hubby and I. I had full intentions of writing while hubby fished. I brought my laptop for those days. However, I also brought my kindle because I had just uploaded Dead Until Dark, which the youngest son and I have been watching the True Blood series on Amazon prime and I had heard how much different the books were from the show.
Well, let's just say I did something I haven't done in years. I sat down and read for the entire afternoon and evening. I just have to say it felt good to read like that for a change and just to read for fun. After so many years of reading when I can, an hour here and there, or reading something to educate myself.
It was such a pleasure to just sit and read in the quiet of the campground. I'd heard how different the books were from the show and I was anxious to see for myself. Rumor had it some of my favorite characters were not in the book so that I was curious about all by itself. I wrote a very vague review on Amazon, because I knew I would be going into deeper detail here on my blog, so for those vampire fans out there here is my review for Dead Until Dark versus True Blood. Please know there will be spoilers so read with caution :)
I will say upfront I enjoyed the book as much as I enjoy the show. With that said, let me first touch base on a few rumors.
First rumor: Lafayette is not in the books.
Well, he is in the first book. He's just as the show describes him, flamboyant, a cook at Merlotte's, and yes he's still gay. However, his role on the show is definitely more active and he has a cousin Tara, on the show where in the book he doesn't.
Second rumor: Bill and Sookie are not an item she is more Eric's girl.
In the first book it is much like the show. She is Bill's girl, however, in the show when she drinks his blood he can sense her and knows when she needs his help. In the first book, he does not. In fact, at one point she has to call him on the phone to tell him she's in trouble. Which by the way, phones in the book are landlines not cells :)
There is still the mystery of who is killing the women who hang with vampires. And yes, the murder is still Rene. Bill doesn't look to Sam to protect Sookie when he leaves town, but asks another vampire, Bubba, to look out for her.
Jason is still the prime suspect, and yes, he does still work for the county by heading up the road crew, but his part in the book is no where close to his part in the show. The Fellowship of the Sun or the politics of the vampires have not really been touched on in the first book.
The money Sookie received from the death of her uncle she gives to help children molested or raped.
No one comes to her rescue when Rene tries to kill her and at the end of the book Rene and Sookie are both still in the hospital. And Eric does make an interesting appearance to Sookie when she's in the hospital where I can see things turning in the direction of Sookie and Eric versus Sookie and Bill.
All in all Dead Until Dark was a great read. Definitely don't go into it thinking it will be just like the show, because there are differences, and some of my favorite lines from the show aren't said by the characters who play them on the show, but rather other characters in the book. Yes, Sookie and Bill start out a great deal like they do in the show, but there are some major differences in their beginning. The show leaves nothing to the imagination where the book closes the bedroom door after so long. I definitely can't wait to read the rest in this series :)
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!