Sunday, May 16, 2010

Talk Blood: "Dead in the Family" show tonight 9 pm central

Join us live TONIGHT ! (after the final episode of The Pacific) for our discussion of the latest Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead in the Family.
I will be joined by my lovely co-host @SookieBonTemps and Tina from the Sookieverse blog and our own BillOhBill / Mary Kay from the wiki and twitter.We want to hear from you !

Call-in Number: (646) 929-0825- 9pm central Sunday May 16th
Chat room opens at8:45 !

*** There was a little glitch at the beginning of the show ala Blogtalk Radio so be a little patient and keep listening the rest of the show is fine ! Thanks to everyone especially all the old gang from the HBO wiki !
Below is the chat room transcript ...

Blogtalk Dead in the Family Show May17 Chatroom transcript

Vampire Diaries: First Season Reflection

I figure if you've made it past the headline of this piece you are either a supporter of the vampire entertainment movement or a secret lover of things that bite in the night. Regardless of which side of the bloodline you fall on (OK, I'll quit using the puns!), I'm sure you can agree that not every vampire experience is created equal.

I've seen both Twilight films and, at the risk of losing several friends, I'll admit I wasn't enamored with either of them. There are only so many forbidden romance clichés I can take in an hour and a half time period. However, thanks to my appreciation of True Blood, by the time The Vampire Diaries rolled around last September I wasn't completely turned off by the genre. Plus it starred Ian Somerhalder, alum of my favorite TV show of all time, so why not give it a shot?

read on HuffPO

New Zealand Blood Service uses vampires to lure donors

The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is out for blood, using the current vampire phenomenon to encourage donations.

NZBS teamed up with the New Zealand broadcaster of the show and publishers behind the True Blood television series and novels to boost its donor numbers among vampire fans.

Hachette New Zealand, the publisher of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels - on which the show is based - has added stickers to the covers of books in the series to encourage donors.

Harris was pleased her novels and the show could help inspire New Zealanders to support the cause, NZBS said.

Tickers will be added to the bottom of the screen during the show promoting the blood drive.

New Zealand actress Anna Paquin played the character of Sookie Stackhouse in the show, and won a Best Performance Golden Globe for the role last year.

NZBS marketing manager Paul Hayes said less than 5% of New Zealanders gave blood and the number was declining by 1,000 people each year.

Unlike Harris' vampires, who could survive by drinking synthetic True Blood, there was no alternative for the 3,000 donations needed each week to save lives, he said.

True Blood Comic Book Issue #2

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True Blood: Season 3 Trailer #2

Dead in the Family' book review from Tina of Sookieverse blog

My friend, Tina of the Sookieverse Blog will be joining @SookieBonTemps and I tonight on the 'Dead in the Family' Blogtalk Radio show ...

Please read Tina's excellent book review!
Yes, she will be speaking for "the Sheriff", the lovely BillOhBill will join us for a take from the Bill side of the aisle !

DISCLAIMER: I’ve only read DITF through once, and I’m in the middle of a slower paced reread at the moment. The following started out as a review, and ended up being infiltrated with random bits of analysis and god knows what else. I conclude from this that I am too opinionated to write wanky book reviews, and also completely incapable of shutting myself up. So for better or worse, here’s what I’m thinking after my first read.

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The very first thing I need to say about Dead in the Family is that I liked it – alot. It was certainly a change of pace from the last few books, as we were told it would be. It was also a “transitional” book, but in saying that I don’t mean to call it series filler. Harris has finally decided to start addressing some long lingering issues that have become distracting. And she has also started to lay – very subtly – some groundwork for the ending of Sookie’s story. I cannot tell you how relieved I am about that.

Dead in the Family is very much a character driven book. Not since Dead to the World has this series seen an instalment focused so heavily on character development, and at this point in the story a closer examination of the characters was certainly due. By her own admission, Harris is much better at drawing characters than she is at keeping track of her numerous plot lines and after the upheaval of the last two books, I really didn’t mind that this one meandered plot wise a little more than usual.


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Video Charlaine Harris " Dead in the Family" Q&A Dallas Visit May 15th 2010

You won't see her very well, but I tried to position myself near the speakers so you may hear her a little better !


** I'll have some photos up later but the real scoop is TOP SECRET - I'll share that tonight on the radio show! Join me tonight to hear more ...;-)

Charlaine Harris in Dallas "Dead in the Family" Book Event May 15th 2010

True Blood Music Video of the Day:

Give a Damn-Jessica/Hoyt
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