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Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Praise for Dead But Not Forgotten
“A must-read…A great mix of funny and dark, this anthology will have readers and fans beyond excited.”—Suspense Magazine
“This wildly entertaining anthology features well-known authors delving into the lives of existing characters found in Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels...Crisp storytelling, sharp dialogue and great pacing are highlightsof what, for Sookie fans, will be an anthology to die for.”—RT Book Reviews
Praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels
“It’s the kind of book you look forward to reading before you go to bed, thinking you’re only going to read one chapter, and then you end up reading seven.”—Alan Ball, executive producer of True Blood
“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Charlaine Harris has vividly imagined telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse and her small-town Louisiana milieu, where humans, vampires, shapeshifters, and other sentient critters live...Her mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“The series continues to be inventive and funny with an engaging, smart, and sexy heroine.”—The Denver Post
“Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures.”—The Toronto Star
About the Author
Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.
Toni L. P. Kelner writes the Family Skeleton Mysteries as Leigh Perry and, under her own name, is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” Mysteries and the Laura Fleming mystery series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated multiple times for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer awards.
Top customer reviews
Overall, an enjoyable anthology for the lovers of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels.
Tyger, Tyger featuring John Quinn, his mother and his sister Frannie. As usual, Quinn is at the mercy of some nefarious entity that wants to exploit his were-tiger abilities. As in the SVM novels, Quinn is put in a position to have to sacrifice himself to save his mother and sister. For me this was the same-old, same-old, but a good deal more graphic brutality. This is one I could have done without. I would have much preferred a story where Quinn finds some happiness instead of more brutality. GRADE: C-
The Real Santa Claus featuring Diantha and Mr. Cataliades. This one read like poorly written, juvenile fan fiction. The author took one of Ms. Harris' quirkier, more unusual characters, dumbed her down and put her into a story with a very lame premise. The author could not seem to find a consistent voice for Diantha and her interactions with Sam and Sookie were very out if character. GRADE: F
Taproot featuring Andy Bellefleur. Nice story showing that Andy is still smarter than the average bear. We get to know Andy a little better as he works to solve Lafayette's murder, relives his first big crush and helps Sam survive the invasion of a Hollywood film crew. There is an interesting surprise twist to this story that gave it a little extra punch. GRADE: B
Knit a Sweater Out of Sky featuring Amelia Broadway and Bob. Amelia, one of a Charlaine Harris' more annoying characters is still tinkering with magic and trying to expand her powers. She seems to have developed some sense of responsibility in this story that shows her trying to get a handle on weather so that she might be able to ameliorate future south Louisiana storms. Bob is there to both temper her enthusiasm and provide assistance and all goes well until she meets up with an unpleasant, show-off witchy competitor. The results are mildly entertaining. GRADE: C
The Million Dollar Hunt featuring Mustapha Khan. You may remember Mustapha as Eric Northman's day man in the later SVM novels as well as the tough, motorcycle riding, Blade influenced, lone werewolf who happens to be gay. In this excellently written, absorbing and tense story Mustapha and a variety of other Were animals compete in a reality competition that is reminiscent of Survivor, ManTracker and the Hunger Games. All the Were competitors travel a path to the $1 million prize that is fraught with deception, danger and double cross, but in so doing, Mustapha finds a pack even if only temporarily. It is a bit longer than the other stories up to this point and is very well done. GRADE: A
Borderline Dead featuring Desiree Dumas. Do you remember this character from Living Dead in Dallas? I certainly didn't and had to refer to the Sookie Stackhouse Companion to recall who she was, and I finally did. Barely. Desiree's left The Bat's Wing and the life of a fang-banger behind in Dallas and is forging a new life for herself in Arizona. This story is a blend of contemporary events and supernatural characters but it doesn't have the feel of a story connected to the SVM universe. It's well written, but ultimately not very interesting. GRADE: C
Extreme Makeover Vamp Edition featuring Bev Leveto and Todd Seabrook, the hosts of a vamp-centric makeover show, Best Dressed Vamp, mentioned briefly in Dead and Gone. Sent by Eric Northman to ready a reluctant vampire bride for her wedding to one of Phillipe de Castro's men, Bev lets go of the past and embraces her present. Bottom line, the story is about two characters that I didn't much care about and is rather silly. GRADE: C-
Don't Be Cruel featuring non other than Bubba, aka The Man from Memphis. This is the story of Bubba's near crucifixion at the hands of Russell Edgington told from his POV. The writing is choppy and adds nothing new to Bubba's role in the SVM which is a pity since Bubba is a favorite character who often provided comic relief. There are many stories that could have been told about Bubba's vampire life but the author chose the least interesting possibility. GRADE: D
What a Dream I Had featuring Alcide Herveaux. Alcide is one if my favorite SVM characters who would have been good to and for Sookie, I think. The author of this story believes that we'll see the beginning of Alcide's bad luck with women and we do, but more importantly we get to see some of the depth of Alcide's character in this interesting and touching glimpse into Alcide's past. GRADE: B+
Another Dead Fairy featuring Claude and Claudine Crane, Sookie's full fairy cousins. Unfortunately Another Dead a Fairy is very reminiscent of the plot of "Fairy Dust," the story about the death of Claude and Claudine's sister, Claudette. Same song, second verse as a cousin is murdered and consigned to the Summer-lands. The murderer is even connected to the murderer of Claudette. Too little originality for my taste. GRADE: D
The Bat Signal featuring Luna Garza, Hunter and Remy Savoy. Luna Garza helped rescue Sookie from the Fellowship of the Sun in Living Dead in Dallas. I'm sure you remember Hunter, Sookie's telepathic young cousin and his father, Remy. The threesome team up to find a teenaged runaway shifter in this well told and engaging story that is true to the world if the SVM. GRADE: A
The Sun, the Moon and the Stars featuring Pam Ravenscroft. I had really high hopes for this one and it did start well with a good, in character telling of Pam's turning by Eric. Unfortunately it devolved into a silly, caricatured story with multiple flashbacks involving one of Pam's early lovers and a plot to kill Eric. Very disappointing. GRADE: C
Widower's Walk featuring Eric Northman 201 years after his marriage to Freyda. She's dead and Eric has returned to Louisiana to fulfill his promise to always protect Sookie. Of course, Sookie is long dead, but his promise appears to extend to generations of her progeny. This meandering, frequently confusing attempt to reflect on his life and feelings about his time with Sookie and her life after him was the biggest disappointment in the entire anthology. Mary Janice Davidson, an author whose Undead series of books are generally fun to read, provides us with a plodding story of navel gazing about the past. She fails to capture either Eric's voice or his character. GRADE: D-
OVERALL GRADE FOR THE ANTHOLOGY: C.