- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (October 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441017835
- ISBN-13: 978-0441017836
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 495 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories) Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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Praise for the Sookie Stackhouse series
“From its back roads to its swampland, Bon Temps feels like a real place.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Great heroine and great supernatural adventures.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author
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. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Top customer reviews
Overall, if you did not like how the last book ended you will be painfully reminded about who sookie ends up with within the first story which is focused on the twins. I recommend to just end the world of sookie stackhouse with dead ever after and not attempt to read any of the books after that one.
At one level, they provide more context for episodes in the novels, such as the story of the three fairies--Claude, Claudine, Claudette (down to two after this short story). We get a bit more depth here about characters showing up in the novels.
Other short stories, such as "Dracula Night" are more "stand alone" stories. Here, we wonder if the visitor at a vampire party is the real Dracula or an imposter. This is unrelated to the novels but a nice little bon bon. We meet some of Sookie's friends such as Pam and Eric Northman. And we see Sookie extricate herself from being a meal for "Dracula."
A short story about the murder of Hadley, Sookie's cousin who had been turned into a vampire. She had been murdered and this short story gets at the truth as to her death. We are also introduced to the Queen of Louisiana.
What if a witch were an insurance salesman and used spells to keep bad things from happening to his customers? This delightful short story explores that premise. Sookie's witch friend, Amelia, is encountered in this story.
Throughout the short stories here, we also meet a number of old friends, including Bubba, Bill, Sam, Amelia (the witch), Mr. Cataliades, and so on.
Anyhow, a nice set of shorter works about Sookie.
The negative -
The title is horrible. The complete stories? Yes, I agree with the complaints. Especially for people setting out to discover the world of Sookie, this could be misleading.
It's short. Five short stories to be exact.
They've all been published before, in anthologies. Many fans seem to have read some or all of them before.
The positive -
Despite the title, the description is accurate. If you look beyond the title, you'll know just what you're getting.
So it's just five short stories. They're all Sookie. The reason I've never read any of them before now? I had no interest in buying the anthologies that they appeared in until now. I own one anthology that has a Charlaine Harris story in it (not a Sookie story). I've found anthologies hit and miss, so I don't tend to buy them. But this is all of the Sookie short stories, in one place. Just what I wanted.
I'd always felt as though I were missing out on the story of Sookie's cousin. I knew there was a short story out there somewhere. Now I have it. We'd been filled in on this story in the novels, so it's not something we had to read. Still, it was nice to read the actual text where the events originally took place anyway.
Charlaine Harris herself starts the book out by telling us how daunting a task it is to take such a complicated series of characters and be asked to write short stories featuring them. Of the five stories, were some better than others? Of course. But the same can be said of the novel length stories. None were so horrible that I'd give them 1 star. They were all definitely true to Sookie. Still, this is only for the true fan, who has read the other books, and who wants a little filler while waiting for the next novel. If you're new to the Sookie/Southern Vampire/True Blood books, don't start here.