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True Blood, Volume 2, Issue 1

IDW Publishing (2011)

ISBN: 9781613770191

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

I didn’t even realise that a True Blood graphic novel existed until I came across this on Net Galley. Given this issue is from Volume 2, I clearly haven’t been paying attention, a situation that will shortly be remedied.

“Tainted Love” is the first part of the trade edition of True Blood Volume 2. We are introduced to our characters by way of a dream sequence where Sookie shares herself with both her vampire lovers Bill and Eric, in a gory blood bath. This rather graphic sequence sets a somewhat gorier tone than that of the rest of the issue, which focuses around human Hoyt deciding to put on a pretend Prom for his newly made vampire girlfriend Jessica. Fairly innocent, but we also know that someone has spiked the blood substitute Tru Blood with an agent that is causing vampires across the country to go on killing sprees. What will happen to the partygoers when they drink this wicked cocktail, especially Jessica, who has enough problems with self-control as it is?

I quite enjoyed this foray into the True Blood universe. It really is that of the television show, not the books, evidenced by the drawing of the characters to match their television counterparts (and indeed, the very embodiment of some characters only come from the show). The cast are recognisable from the screen, which is just as well because very little introduction is supplied. I wouldn’t recommend this to newcomers as a place to start exploring Sookie’s universe, as the story pretty much jumps straight in, but I haven’t seen the first volume, which may offer a better initiation.

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Charlaine Harris

A Sookie Stackhouse novel

Gollancz (2010)

ISBN: 978-0-575-08933-4

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

There are some series that I think really should end. I have enjoyed reading Sookie for a number of years, and I love the TV adaptation True Blood, but sadly, Sookie has jumped the shark. I’m pretty sure this occurred as soon as the fairy storyline was introduced, but regardless of when it happened, I wish Harris would gracefully retire her telepathic Southern Belle and her massive cast and move on to fresh pasture.

Sookie’s life is more complicated than ever, with her fairy cousin Claude insisting on moving in, her vampire boyfriend Eric having trouble with his sire, and the werewolves of Shreveport asking for favours. Add to that Sookie’s ex, Bill, needing help and the general malarkey that goes on in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and this book is packed with “stuff” happening.

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