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The Sookie Stackhouse Companion (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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“Can’t get enough of Sookie Stackhouse? Then grab a copy of this comprehensive guide filled with a complete rundown on her many adventures and so much more.”—Monsters and Critics
“Harris has whipped up a companion piece spiced nicely for a variety of palates, sprinkled deliciously with her trademark humor.”—Tulsa World
“For the Sookie Stackhouse series fan, this book is an absolute must. It delves deeper into the series and it’s always fun to get the author’s point-of-view about the characters and world she has created. This book can tide fans over until the next book or next season of True Blood.”—The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
“A fun read, a satisfying Sookie fix, and a good resource…Consider The Sookie Stackhouse Companion a fun addition to your Sookie library.”—Tor.com
“This is a true companion book to a great urban fantasy series!...Edited by Charlaine Harris herself, this book offers the ultimate guide to the ‘Sookieverse’ and it is set out in such a way that it will please even the most hardcore fans out there… I cannot say how thankful I felt for this book and I cannot believe that anyone who has followed the series will not feel the same gratitude and pleasure for this little gift. It is really for the fans and that reflects on the quality of the work: meticulous, funny, and touching! If you praise yourself to be a Sookie Stackhouse avid (or even more moderate) fan then this book should be already devoured by you!”—Love Vampires
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First and foremost, I want to give a special shout out to Beverly Battillo and Victoria Koski who both appear to have provided a lot of information to make this companion a keeper.
Here is a quick rundown of what is in the book based on the Kindle version:
1) A map of Bon Temps (which is microscopic in the Kindle version.)
2) A four chapter short story called Small Town Wedding by Charlaine Harris
3) Life in Bon Temps by Victoria Koski - great timeline and recap of all the books (this is a really fun read)
4) Sookie Short Stories and Related Material - Charlaine Harris explains how and why she created the short stories, etc.
5) Vampires, Two Natured and Fairies Oh My!Read more ›
The short story/novella about Sookie's journey with Sam to attend his brother's wedding is mildly entertaining. I could not immediately discern that the events in this short story will have much of an effect on the series as a whole. Harris does not really excel in the short story format in my opinion, and like others, I am somewhat annoyed that some critical information is allegedly being imparted in these short stories. I am not a huge fan of the short story in general though, so I am perfectly willing to cut some slack on this front.
However, when I bought the Companion, I did not expect that the bulk of it was the work of several moderators on Harris' fan-page boards. If Harris did actually edit and approve Koski's summaries of the books, I am extremely disappointed in her artistic integrity.Read more ›
The novella, "Small Town Wedding" supposedly impacts the course of the series. It is not a bad story, revolving around the wedding of the brother of Sookie's boss Sam. What should be a simple happy excursion becomes a potentially violent challenge. I enjoyed reading it.
The map, family tree, interviews, trivia questions, and recipes were momentarily diverting but ultimately probably not worth buying the book.
The synopsis of the series and character guide by Victoria Koski puzzled me. The information was accurate to a point but was written from a shockingly biased point of view. Rather than simply reviewing the series, she often inserts her own interpretations of events, dwells on some happenings, and completely omits mention of other events. She frequently makes use of emotionally loaded descriptions, apparently in an attempt to persuade the reader to accept a particular interpretation. I found this quite troubling because the entire book is apparently sanctioned by the author, and I am at a loss to explain why she might do this.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
one new story. The rest is encyclopedic.... history and all you might ever want to know about various characters, contributed by various people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy L Harrig
Nice little story to go with the books. The recipes are awesome as well.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've loved all the Sookie books, but this one just plods along. Plus, 14.99 for a Kindle version? Waste of money. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's good for a refresher on who's who... but other than that, was just OK for what it is.Published 8 months ago by Debra D. Beadel
Great novella about Sam and Sookie going to his home town for his brother's wedding.
Lots of interesting unknown communication between Eric and Bill is shared for each... Read more