i gave "living dead" another try, and i'm glad i did. i like charlaine harris a lot...i like her style...the writing is quick and funny...and I think...has some substance...some thought provoking scenarios...moral dilemmas sookie is presented with...and the vampire world harris has created in bon temps is fascinating. of course, i do think it helps if you can suspend all belief, and if you're remotely interested in anything vampirish.
while i didn't enjoy it as much as "dead until dark," i liked it enough to continue with the series...and if i didn't know that "true blood" came AFTER, i'd have thought harris watched it before writing "living dead." it's pretty racy!!