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updated 05/16/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/2011 01:00AM

SOOKIE STACKHOUSE

Charlaine Harris's hit novels are the life force behind HBO's undead drama True Blood

If you've been sucked into True Blood then you know our plucky Sookie, a mind-reading waitress from Bon Temps, Louisiana. She's a vampire-loving, werewolf-taming Southern belle who's not afraid of a little blood. Whether you're a wandering maenad or a homeless witch, Sookie will loan you money, her house or a drink from her veins for the wounded vamp. But she's more than just someone I'd like to have around when I lose my car keys-Sookie is a thinking woman's heroine. Through the series she evolves from a naive mind reader to an other-world-weary traveler. In Harris's 11th entry, Dead Reckoning, Sookie's ready to get inside her own head. As she brings down one vampire and learns about another who threatens her love life, she wonders: Is she losing her humanity by spending so much time with non-humans? Curl up with her and decide for yourself.

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