Monday, August 10, 2015

Read This F@%!ing Book 44

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Read This F@!%ing Book Post 44: The Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris
Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2)
Quirky Small Towns FTW
I had already planned out this post a few weeks ago when I spotted this article on the B&N blog called "The 8 Creepiest Small Towns in Speculative Fiction." Right at the top, there's a picture of Midnight, Texas. And I asked the article, because you're only crazy if it talks back, "Really, you think it's creepy? I always call them 'quirky small towns.'" This is how it described Midnight, Texas:
This place seems nice. It’s your usual sleepy Texas town. Except for all the boarded-up windows. And the fact that much of the town appears to be empty. And the new guy who just moved into the basement of the pawn shop only comes out at night. And that New Age guru lady who openly claims to be a witch, never mind that she seems to talk exclusively to her cat. Hmmm. You know what, it’s a one-stoplight town. Maybe you should just drive on through.
And I said to the article, "Okay, when you put it that way, it's a little bit creepy." It just gave me a smug look, but still didn't talk back. I've mentioned before in this very feature how much I love my quirky small towns and the creep factor really only made me love it more.
We usually think of those towns as places where everyone knows everyone else's business, but Midnight, Texas seems to have a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. And everyone in town has a secret they're not telling. In the second book, Day Shift, more of those secrets start to come out and we find out what some of the characters really are. It turns out there are a lot more paranormals than I originally thought. But the fascinating characters had me hooked long before I knew any of their secrets.
For everyone who gave up on Sookie
I know a lot of fans felt like the Sookie Stackhouse series jumped the shark around book nine and didn't make it all the way to the end. If you're one of those people, give this series a try. It hits some of the same notes as the early Sookie books. Obviously, the small town, Southern Gothic feel is similar. The mystery plot in the first book also felt like vintage Sookie to me. The vampires and weres and everything elses are there too, but in much smaller doses.
Where the Midnight series differs, though, is that it's multi-POV. Each of the town's odd ball residents gets to tell their own piece of the story, whereas everything in Sookie's series was seen through her eyes. So if you're one of those people who gave up even earlier because you just hated Sookie (I don't get it, but I've seen some of those reviews too) you still might want to give this series a try. The characters are incredibly diverse so there's something for everyone.
I didn't realize until I read Midnight Crossroad that all of Harris's series are set in the same world. Bobo, who owns the pawn shop in Midnight, is originally from Shakespeare, Arkansas and went to high school with Lily Bard, the title character of another series. Lily's boyfriend Jack Leeds appeared in the Sookie books as well as in Midnight Crossroad.
In Day Shift, two characters from the Sookie series make appearances. One isn't identified until the very end, but fans will know right away. They'll also know a secret about one of Midnight's residents that the neighbors don't find out until the end of the book. The other character is actually a pretty big part of the plot. If I could have picked which characters I wanted to see in another series, these two would have been on the short list. I'm excited to see who else shows up as the series progresses.
Are you interested in starting this series?
Did we persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain?
Or have you read it and love it as much as I do?
 Let us know in the comments below!


  1. I'm one of the people that got annoyed with the Sookie series somewhere around book seven or eight, and swore I'd never spend another dime on a book by Harris. But I may check out the library or some other lending place (KU) to check out this series. Everything I've read that you guys have recommended has been a hit for me, so I can only imagine this would be too. But speaking of that mountain high TBR list, I might wait until some more of the books come out so I don't have to wait as long ;-)

    1. I did that too. I didn't read book one until I started seeing good reviews of book two. And I got them from the library :)

  2. I wish I could, but CH burned me with her ending of the Sookie series. In my world ( the rainbow and unicorn one =D ) the last three books in the Sookie series never happened, and the Coda especially *shudders* I need my HEA and fluffy ending, so I can´t risk another series with CH.
    Sad but true, since I loved the way she started Sookie.

    1. So far there really isn't any romance in this series, so the HEA isn't really a consideration. That may make you even less interested though ;)

    2. There´s that LOL I need my fluff & smut =)

  3. I actually liked the entire Sookie series and thought the series ended the only way it could have (without a massive bloodbath) given what Sookie had said over and over in the series. I've also read EVERYTHING Harris has written, even some pretty poor early mysteries. I didn't really like Midnight Crossroads, but listened to it on audio last week and warmed up to it a bit more. I think part of my dislike is the way it starts off with the present tense, it just set the story off kilter to me. I'd also read Day Shift and appreciated getting to know more about the characters. I, too, was surprised that the Lily Bard books took place in the same world since there was absolutely no mention of anything supernatural in those books. I wonder if the Aurora Teagarden books are going to become involved too.

    1. I guess the explanation would be that those books are set before the supernaturals came out so those characters just didn't know about them. It does make me want to read them and look for clues though.


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