I have heard about this book and this author...always curious but never got around to reading it...now I don't want to read it JUST BECAUSE the TV show is getting popular...can anyone tell me if it's worth the read?
Oh, I loved this book. It was one of the books chosen as a group read in the Suspense and Thrillers group and I don't know of anyone who didn't enjoy it. I don't watch the show but I have heard that it doesn't follow the plot that closely anyway, so it is a very unique experience.
I read the first book in the series and would say it's worth the read. Dexter is one strange dude, but there's something about a blood spatter specialist who is also a very selective, justice seeking, serial killer that's fascinating. He's very honest about who he is and what he is not. I liked that about him. I didn't go further in the series. I expect I will at some point, but I felt no compelling urge to find out more about Dexter. Good as that first book in the series was, I thought Dexter was so thoroughly explained in the first book there wouldn't be much to do with him after that. At least nothing that wouldn't be somewhat predictable.
I saw most of the first season of Dexter on tv. From what I saw, outside of expanding it enough to make a 13 (or whatever number it is) series, my opinion was that it followed the book very closely. I wasn't particularly impressed with the series mainly because I didn't picture Michael C Hall as Dexter. However, if you'd rather watch than read, the series on tv will give you the essentials of Dexter's beginnings.
I enjoy the show very much and just now have gotten around to reading the first book in the series. While I very much enjoyed the book, I think I like the show much better. They did a few things differently with the characters in the show that I like more. That said, the alliteration in the book is second to none and you really get to know who Dexter is and what he is thinking/feeling better in the book.
I would say that this book is definitely worth the read. And I would say that comparing the book to the tv series is like comparing apples to oranges. In my opinion, the book is dexter in his purist form--a sociopathic monster without feelings. Whereas the tv series gives dexter emotions and makes him a different character all together. The tv show is good but if you want the real stuff then I suggest the book.
I cannot agree more about this. I started reading the series before the television version came out and I have to say it is completely different as far as portraying the character goes. It seems as though hollywood would rather him have SOME feelings in order to have him be a likeable character(which don't get me wrong I understand) whereas the book always has him as a cold calculating individual. either way I like both, I just always wish I could find a series tha accurately portrays the book, I guess its much easier on paper??????
i flat out love this book, i dont know how else to say it.
I enjoyed the book, but prefer the show. Worth a read at least.
This is about the end of the first book (I hope I'm posting this in the right place);
Do think Dexter, although a killer, really wanted to kill Deborah? I know he seemed tempted to do so, but I figured he felt enough for her that he couldn't bring himself to do it.
What my question is, I guess, is that do you think Dexter really cares for her --- or did he just not feel like doing it to her at that moment?
Random, I know...