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A Touch of Dead by [Harris, Charlaine]
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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

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

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"

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Who needs Bella when you have the irrepressible Sookie Stackhouse?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1584 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (26 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NUSBPK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I automatically expected the next novel continuing the story of Sookie but this book is 5 short stories. Three giving a back story and two insights into Eric and the life Sookie leads now. How Sookie found out about Claudette's death; the third of the fairy triplets and how Claude and Claudine acquired the Strip club. The first time of meeting the vampire queen of Louisiana & Mr Cataliades on the death of her cousin; referred to by Sookie but told here in detail. A third story tells of how Sookie & Amelia turn detective using both their skills to help an insurance agent, an amusing and moral tale. The story of Dracula Night celebration finds Eric in hero worship mode. It is unexpected and entertaining. The final story centers on Sookie's loneliness and her Great-grandfather's idea to cheer her up, which if this has occurred prior to Bill's entry on the scene would have had a very different result. All in all the stories fill in between the various books and also provide an insight into the characters in the novels. I found these stories enjoyable but look forward to the next full length novel. Like all short stories they are over too quickly.
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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2009
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If you're new to the wonderful world of Sookie Stackhouse then please don't buy this book...yet. Like many other readers I was expecting the next novel but as you have read by now this is a collection of short stories that occur at different times in the storyline so if you have just started reading the books or aren't too far along then by reading this you'll learn stuff you shouldn't know yet which could spoil your enjoyment of the unfolding story. Otherwise this was like ice cream, delicious but gone too soon which is why it gets four stars and not five.
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Format: Hardcover
I'll be honest, I've only started reading the Stookie Stackhouse books since True Blood started on the telly but I've been pretty hooked pretty quick so I was looking forward to instalment 10. The short story format is interesting as it gives us discreet (episodal?) glimpses into Sookie's life. Plus there is a slight departure from the first person in the last story "Gift Wrapped" which was also new.

For me though, I was hoping for more development rather than explanation and ellaboration on established situations. Plus, like many readers I suspect, I would have like to see more Eric who only featured in one story.

That said, I don't regret buying "A Touch of Dead". There aren't many writers who can sound out a voice so clearly (accent and all) in your head as you read so it hit all the buttons on that score (If you enjoy that very defined first person style I recommend Hellfire by Mia Gallagher, totally different genre but an amazing book) and I also enjoyed the typical Sookie blend of strength and vulnerability that Charlaine Harris delivers so well.

Also, and maybe you'll think I'm really weird for mentioning this, the book itself - hardback, thick pages, very easy-on-the-eye type face was incredibly comfortable to read.

In short, as a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series I enjoyed this book but would only recommend it on that basis. Newbies to the series should leave it alone until they've read the rest otherwise I imagine they will wonder what all the fuss is about.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of five short stories about Sookie that take place at various points in the time line of the True Blood novels.

I really wish I could have my memory wiped clean and restart the series allowing me to read these in order with the others, as I feel this would have helped my enjoyment of this book more. The stories contained in this book have already been released and are contained in other compilation books which feature other short stories by different authors. These books are as follows:

"Powers of Detection" which features "Fairy Dust";
"Many Bloody Returns" which features "Dracula Night";
"Bite" featuring "One Word Answer";
"Unusual Suspects" featuring "Lucky"; and
"Wolfsbane and Mistletoe" featuring "Gift Wrap".

If you are lucky enough to still be at the start of your True Blood journey then the specific order to read these short stories in conjunction with the main books, according to the author, are:

Book 1: Dead Until Dawn
Book 2: Living Dead in Dallas
Book 3: Club Dead
Book 4: Dead to the World
"Fairy Dust" should be read here followed by "Dracula Night"
Book 5: Dead as a Doornail
"One Word Answer" should be read here
Book 6: Definitely Dead
Book 7: All Together Dead
"Lucky" to be read here
Book 8: From Dead to Worse
"Gift Wrap" to be read here
Book 9: Dead and Gone
Book 10: Dead in the Family

I apologise if this seems a bit obvious....

I don't however feel my enjoyment was totally ruined by reading these after finishing all the current books that have been published. The stories themselves offer insights and fill in some of the gaps in Sookie's history.
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Format: Hardcover
Fairy Dust (from Powers of Detection)

One of the fairy triplets is killed. Claude and Claudine ask for Sookie's help. Sookie goes to their domicile, where three suspects are being held. Sookie needs to interrogate each, delve into their minds for the truth, and figure out which is guilty of the crime.

Dracula Night (from Many Bloody Returns)

Eric Northman invites Sookie to his club, Fangtasia, to celebrate Dracula's birthday. Each year Eric has high hopes that Dracula will appear at his party. This time someone steps forward claiming to be the Prince of Darkness, but is he really?

One Word Answer (from Bite)

Sookie and Bubba are raking leaves at midnight when a limo pulls up. A half-demon lawyer, Mr. Cataliades, and his driver, Waldo, exit the vehicle to inform Sookie of her cousin Hadley's death.

Lucky (from Unusual Suspects)

Greg Aubert, Sookie's insurance agent, asks for her help to figure out who has been breaking into his office at night. Sookie's friend, Amelia, assists in solving the mystery. Turns out that more than one thing is happening after hours.

Gift Wrap (from Wolfsbane & Mistletoe)

On Christmas Eve, Sookie is alone and feeling more than a bit depressed when she stumbles upon a wounded werewolf. Sookie hides the injured Were from those hunting him. In return, the werewolf give her a gift she will never forget.

*** THREE STARS TOTAL! Each of these Sookie Stackhouse stories has been published before in various anthologies. Beside each story title, I name the anthology it appeared in. An Introduction by Charlaine Harris explains the stories, their origins, and sequence of events. I feel that each tale is worthy of your time to read; however, due to being short stories they are not as well developed as the actual full-length dramas. ***

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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