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Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse [Kindle Edition]

Charlaine Harris
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A fantastic new anthology of tales told in the Sookie Stackhouse universe, to unite all fans of paranormal romance everywhere!

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Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories.

Written by a killer line-up of authors, including:

NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Seanan McGuire

NEW YORK TIMES bestseller MaryJanice Davidson

An introduction by Charlaine Harris herself!

DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN puts your favourite characters, written by some of your favourite authors, centre stage.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Dead But Not Forgotten 22 Jun 2014
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I'm not overly familiar with the world of Sookie Stackhouse. I've read the first book in the series, and watched up to about series four of True Blood before I lost track of it. I have the entire collection on my shelf ready to read, but I haven't quite got round to it yet.

So, I approach this as someone who isn't a super fan. In truth, bar a few of the more major characters that popped up, I didn't even recognise half the characters these stories were about.

But I enjoyed it. The thing I liked about True Blood was the world - the idea of vampires revealing themselves and living amongst humans, and all the political problems that brought about. And as little snapshots into the world, these stories work perfectly. I liked learning more about the mechanics of how the world and the creatures that inhabit it work. And with the benefit of not having a favourite character from the series that I was disappointed didn't turn up (a criticism I've seen levelled at this a few times) I was able to enjoy the stories for what they were.

My favourite was the story by Seanan McGuire (probably bias, I love her other books) but the story about Adele Stackhouse and Eric Northman were particular highlights. The one about Diantha the christmas loving demon was daft, but a good bit of festive fun.

And I think that's perhaps why a few people are unhappy with this collection - it is a bit daft. The stories are mostly fun - a celebration of the world loved by the writers, and their joy at stepping into Harris' prodigious shoes is palpable. But if you're looking to spend a few more hours in Sookie's world, I think this is a great little collection.

Rating: 4/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 12 Dec 2014
By Philly
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Well interesting to know what happened to characters hope more to come
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Dec 2014
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just excellent well written I love it
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag. 20 May 2014
By Julie - Published on
Overall this collection is of wildly varying quality. I recommend reading Eric's story, Claude and Claudine's story, and Diantha's story. Under no circumstances should anyone read Pam's story.

Huge spoilers below







The good

Eric's story, "Widower's Walk" by MaryJanice Davidson.
I am an Eric fan who despised Dead Ever After and After Dead. I believe MJD's story is surprisingly good. Eric gets to reveal his side of the story. He never betrayed Sookie as some have claimed. "Sookie's protection had been part and parcel of that long ago wedding contract." Eric also reveals that he did not choose to marry Freyda, he was forced to marry Freyda. He calls his marriage to Freyda "a prison." He said he was touched against his will. This story lets Eric gets revenge on Freyda and Felipe de Castro. Eric also gets his greatest wish, control over his own life.
This story is also about memory, nostalgia, and moving on from trauma. For the first time in 201 years, Eric goes to a bar that was once called Fangtasia. He allows himself to think over the events of Dead Ever After and what happened afterwards. "He wonders if she [Sookie] ever regrets giving him up or letting him be handed over. " He thinks about Sookie, both the good and bad, "I love you, and I hated you, and I missed you and then I realized that I would always love you and in the end there just words and they change nothing and you reap what you sow my darling..." My favorite quote from the collection was this, "I am a widower who is off waitresses who have a smidge of fairy and are alternately brave and idiotic, determined and washy-washy, loving and spiteful." Eric is not spiteful. He continues to protect Sookie's descendants. Eric seems to have found his zest for life again, "it is quite something to realize even at his age there is still unexplored territory, things he has yet to experience."
Keep in mind, this story is not without flaws. I think Eric's dialogue doesn't sound 100% like canon Eric. His thoughts feel too unorganized and too emotional. If you can get past that, I think the story itself is rewarding. I do get the feeling this story would have worked better as a book than as a short story.

Claude and Claudine story, "Another Dead Fairy" by Miranda James.

Miranda James should have been hired to do the ghost writing of dead ever after. I doubt if this author every read beyond the first fairy short story, but the author crafted a beautiful supernatural mystery that was 100% accurate to Sookie world rules. The villain remained a mystery until the end. Logical character motivations all around. World rules that were both included in this story but forgotten in dead ever after: fairy dust is left behind when a fairy is killed. You can only kill a fairy with lemon juice. Fairies can magic humans to forget things, to sleep with them. Dead fairies show up to their closest kin, etc.. Wonderfully detailed mystery that really worked as a short story. Characters were perfect (Claude and Claudine are the main ones). A+.

Diantha's Story, "The Real Santa Claus" by Leigh Perry.

A humorous mystery. Diantha gets to play private investigator to find out if shifty Sam is cheating on Sookie. I especially enjoyed Diantha's speculating what kind of supe must Santa Claus be.

Pretty Good:

Alcide's story
Quinn's story

The Bad:

Pam's story. Do to read under any circumstances unless you have a burning desire to see Pam get sexually aroused by tigers, or futzing vampires on top of dead or dying humans. I am not joking. Do not read this story unless you want to vomit.

The Boring:

The rest of the stories. Most of the authors are not familiar with the sookie Stackhouse books and certainly bit off more than they could chew. If you really must read some more of the stories in this collection, Gran and Fintan's story isn't too bad.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What?! 11 Dec 2014
By GE525 - Published on
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First, let me start this review off by saying that I have only read a part of this book so far. I was looking forward to this book coming out for months. I was so excited to read Eric's story. So, I skipped straight to his, and it is the worst piece of 'literature' I have ever read. It made my brain hurt trying to figure out what the check the "writer" was trying to say. It's way too futuristic and political. Words don't mean what they used to (in this story), so it's extremely hard to follow. To say that I am disappointed, would be an understatement. I haven't finished the Eric story yet because I'm constantly going "what did I just read???" I may have to ditch it and give the other stories a try. This is the story I was so looking forward to reading, though.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some highlights, Some disappointments 13 Dec 2014
By Theresa Brandt - Published on
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Nobody's Business featuring Kevin and Kenya--I liked this one a lot because it gives us some believable back story for Kevin's and Kenya's relationship. It also treats Kevin with a little more dignity than he was afforded on True Blood. GRADE: B+

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-

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 7 Dec 2014
By Adrienne - Published on
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I wasn't sure I wanted to buy this book. I was disappointed by the series end and I usually do not enjoy short story collections. I decided I really wanted to read the Eric story so I bought it. I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the Eric story and I also enjoyed several others. The story about Desiree (a minor character from Living Dead in Dallas), Bubba, Pam, Luna and Todd and Bev (vamps who makeover the undead nearly mentioned in the original series) were good. Most of the other stories were Ok. I wish Eric had a longer story and I would have loved a Bill story. Overall the collection was good and I felt like I got my money's worth.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection 22 Dec 2014
By esp - Published on
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Even though Harris is not the author, the stories stay true to the originals. Writers do a good job of filling in some of the history and background of some of Harris' original characters. A great read. It is also a fantastic way to analyze the writing style of some previously unknown authors to give me a place to start looking for new books.
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