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First read of 2007!!!

Book #1
Book Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Mystery
# of pages: 288
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B-
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): Meet Dexter Morgan. He's a highly respected lab technician specializing in blood spatter for the Miami Dade Police Department. He's a handsome, though reluctant, ladies' man. He's polite, says all the right things, and rarely calls attention to himself. He's also a sociopathic serial killer whose "Dark Passenger" drives him to commit the occasional dismemberment.

Mind you, Dexter's the good guy in this story.

Adopted at the age of four after an unnamed tragedy left him orphaned, Dexter's learned, with help from his pragmatic policeman father, to channel his "gift," killing only those who deal in death themselves. But when a new serial killer starts working in Miami, staging elaborately grisly scenes that are, to Dexter, an obvious attempt at communication from one monster to another, the eponymous protagonist finds himself at a loss. Should he help his policewoman sister Deborah earn a promotion to the Homicide desk by finding the fiend? Or should he locate this new killer himself, so he can express his admiration for the other's "art?" Or is it possible that psycho Dexter himself, admittedly not the most balanced of fellows, is finally going completely insane and committing these messy crimes himself?

Despite his penchant for vivisection, it's hard not to like Dexter as his coldly logical personality struggles to emulate emotions he doesn't feel and to keep up his appearance as a caring, unremarkable human being. Breakout author Jeff Lindsay's plot is tense and absorbing, but it's the voice of Dexter and his reactions to the other characters that will keep readers glued to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, as well as making it one of the most original and highly recommended serial killer stories in a long time.


My Thoughts: I loved the beginning of this book. I REALLY like Dexter. The story, as it got closer to the end, really disappointed me. The end was just not what I expected. However, that being said, I really do want to watch the show and think I will give it a chance!

Currently reading: I am about to start The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

X-posted to my book community, bookz_n_07 and a whole lot of other places! ;P

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mairzydotes
Jan. 3rd, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Me, too. Despite loving Dexter, the books, especially the ends of the books, are far too abrupt. After watching the show, the books are just average. The show is so much more in-depth, they turn a 300-page book into 13 hours of television. And I can tell you that the ending is different!
thepixieinside
Jan. 3rd, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
OOH! I cannot wait to watch the show then! I don't think I am going to read the other books unless I can find them in the library
mairzydotes
Jan. 3rd, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
If you have Comcast cable you can watch all of the episodes On Demand.
black_raven135
Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
"...........as it got closer to the end...."
**nods in agreement***
It is like they have run out of material
or are bored with it all and want it to just
end!!!!
I tried reading a novel recently and struggled with the first 60 pages (it was 300)......
>:-(
I figured if the first 60 were that hard, then
it probably was going nowhere.....
Returned it to the library.
Life is too short for boring books/films...
thepixieinside
Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Re: "...........as it got closer to the end...."
I totally agree!

Have you read the book The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner?
brokenlizard14
Jan. 3rd, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
I actually loved Darkly Dreaming Dexter, even if the end was a little strange. Hell, the whole book was a little strange. lol.

I got Dearly Devoted Dexter for Christmas and can't wait to read it. Have to finish Flags of our Fathers first though.
thepixieinside
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
OOH! Tell me how the other reads are! :D
tappanga
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
Just thinking since its a new year...

You should tag these by ratings, like A book, B book, etc so I can look for recommendations later. :)
thepixieinside
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Ok! I will do that now! Thanks! :)
tappanga
Jan. 4th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Cause you know, it's all about me. ;)
thepixieinside
Jan. 4th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
HAHAH! So true ;)
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