Like so many others, I loved the Showtime series and wanted to check out the original source material I was very disappointed indeed Since a lot of other people seem to have liked it, it may just be a matter of taste, butThe characters are two dimensional cliches that can t tie their own shoelaces, except for the daringly deductive Dexter, who can tie his own shoelaces Which makes him a genius I recall seeing someone else comment that Darkly Dreaming Dexter needs to show, don t tell Dexter s interior monologue tells the reader about his code, and how careful he is, yet with one exception he s clumsy and messy throughout the book I found the authorial voice to not be darkly humorous, but frequently silly and always snidely sarcastic The interior monologue harps constantly on the same few themes, especially his lack of emotions and the crippling stupidity of every living being in Mi Find all of my reviews at I am now so far behind in reviewing that all of my read but not yet reviewed selections can t fit on my home page Bonus this go round is somehow I didn t even manage to mark this one down as something I was reading at all failure But wait, you ain t seen NUTTIN yet Not only have I never read Dexter, but I have never seen an episode of the highly acclaimed television series either Yeah yeah yeah Since I am so late to this party, this won t be much of a review so unusual for me, right Instead, it will probably read like a love letter to my Darling, Dreamy Dexter Boy is THAT an understatement In case you too have recently emerged from cave dwelling and now mingle with the masses, the story here is of Dexter Morgan His day job is in the forensics department with the Miami police force special Jarringly Jolly Jeff Lindsay has given his Rascally Rabid Readers a serial killer to cheer for Hellishly Haunted Harry knew early on that his young son had a personality disorder e. g sociopath psychopath up and coming serial killer With that in mind, Hollow Headed Harry figures if child rearing has given him a lemon make lemonade So Highly Helpful Harry steers his son on a course that he hopes will keep him from a lifetime of incarceration. Fast forward to present day and Disturbingly Damaged Dexter has learned well The legend is born page 14 Dexter narrates I felt a lot better I always did, after Killing makes me feel good. I enjoy my work sorry if that bothers you Oh, very sorry, really But there it is And it s not just any killing, of course It has to be done the right way, at the right time, with the right partner very
Ok, well I m coming at this from an entirely different angle than most of my friends because I ve never seen the tv show GASP Amirite So, I have nothing to compare the book toother than the book BUT. Having said that, I only read this because I d heard about the show and how faboo it supposedly was. Also, one thing I should mention is that Irare to never read mystery thrillers, so I don t know how this stacks up to the other popular stuff in this genre Admittedly, I shy away from stuff with serial killers because I get very skeeved out when I read watch something about torture killings in a real life setting Now, if you put something like that in a fantasy superhero sci fi sort of setting I can tolerate quite a bitalthough graphic desc This review is brought to you by the letter D. Dexter is a delightfully demented and dynamic dudeWell now that is enough of thatDexter Morgan is a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Dade Police Department, but in his spare time he enjoys boating, eating donuts, spending time with his foster sister Deborah, playing with his girlfriend Rita s childrenoh and killing people Dexter lives by a code, The Code of Harry Before Harry Morgan Dexter s foster father died, he taught his son to only kill people who have gotten away with murder as a way to channel his homicidal urges. Dexter manages his double life without incident until The Tamiami Slasher starts murdering prostitutes in the Miami area He feels a connection I m a BIG fan of the Dexter TV show on Showtime This led to me being a bit hesitant to read the novels because I was worried about a serious case of disappointment Michael C Hall s portrayal of the title character is such an integral part of my enjoyment of the series that approached this book with trepidation, worried I wouldn t relate as well to the novel s main charactera dangerous thought, I know, given Dexter s proclivities. Well, turns out that my fears were groundless The characterization of Dexter was excellent and I found myself engaged by him from the outset The novel tracks the first series of the show closely and in many way it was like re watching the first season with some nice additional details added The plot is fast paced and tightly focused and the characters are well drawn In sum, an excellent read 3. 5 stars Recommended. P. S For audio listeners, the a Ô Darkly Dreaming Dexter É Getting in mind of Dexter is never boring his insight is funny and his technique of killing is masterful. Dexter talks of his beginnings, of his first kill, the day his dark passenger became the rider Recollections of the past with his father Harry and his deadly advice, its a good fast read in the rambling mind of a sociopath Dexter. Dexter Morgan, A Polite Wolf In Sheep S Clothing He S Handsome And Charming, But Something In His Past Has Made Him Abide By A Different Set Of Rules He S A Serial Killer Whose One Golden Rule Makes Him Immensely Likeable He Only Kills Bad People And His Job As A Blood Splatter Expert For The Miami Police Department Puts Him In The Perfect Position To Identify His Victims But When A Series Of Brutal Murders Bearing A Striking Similarity To His ↠´ read ✓ Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay ☆ Own Style Start Turning Up, Dexter Is Caught Between Being Flattered And Being Frightened Of Himself Or Some Other Fiend I read this series of books because I was so taken by the Showtime series And you know what I liked the TV show better The books are good, and it s fun to get inside the mind of Dexter, but because the plot of the book follows pretty closely to the first season of the TV show, it was hard not to make comparisons Spoilers below, so don t continue reading if you don t want to know what happens A few things that I thought the TV show did a lot better was the whole flirting with another killer plotline In the books as in the TV show, Dexter is absolutely enthralled by this other killer s method of draining the bodies of blood, and recognizes that the killer is communicating with him However, in the books the killer goes largely absent from the plot, where in the TV show he shows up as Dexter s foster sister s boyfriend Which is just m I m a very neat monster. I m really ashamed to say that it took me two weeks to read this book Two weeks for a 280 pages book I mean, yeah, the university has been kicking my ass, but still, that is no excuse. This book is about Dexter, our friendly neighbourhood serial killer Since I ve seen the TV series, I knew even before I started this book that I was going to like it And I did It didn t blow my mind or anything, but it was still a pretty great book It started off great, middle did drag a bit, and then the ending was amazing And it really made me want to re watch Dexter the series, and I hope I ll have enough time to do that If you watched TV series but haven t yet picked up this book, give it a shoot If you liked the show, you ll like this book too.
About The Author
Jeff Lindsay lives in Florida with his wife, author Hilary Hemingway, daughter of Leicester Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway s brother Lindsay is best known for writing the Dexter series of novels Several of his earlier published works include his wife as a co author.Jeff graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1975, and Celebration Mime Theatre s Clown School the same year He received a double MFA, in Directing a