So yeah, I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one. The sub-plots are all over the place, and Charlaine Harris just isn't a skilled enough writer to keep all her balls in the air. Bill and Sookie seriously get on my nerves--it's tough to figure out who I find more obnoxious.
HBO took more liberties with this installment than it did with the first book/first season (which was a pretty faithful adaptation except for the addition and subtraction of a couple characters). I'm sorry to say, I found the show to be much smarter and more entertaining than the second book. Still, I read it in a day, so I guess that says something. Meh.