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A Touch of Dead: The Complete Stories (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series)

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19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

This is a terrific introduction to the few people in the country who have not visited the urban fantasy world of Sookie Stackhouse

"Fairy Dust". Claudine asks Sookie for a favor to read some people who have agreed to do so; of course this simple request turns deadly.

"Dracula Night". Vampires celebrate the Count on his birthday with Eric organizing quite a bash on "Dracula Night", but Sookie...
"Fairy Dust". Claudine asks Sookie for a favor to read some people who have agreed to do so; of course this simple request turns deadly.

"Dracula Night". Vampires celebrate the Count on his birthday with Eric organizing quite a bash on "Dracula Night", but Sookie as a guest never expected to attend a biting gala.

"One Word Answer". Sookie learns that her cousin Hadley died so she must attend the funeral not expecting to meet the vampire Queen of New Orleans.

"Luck". Insurance agent Greg Aubert hires roommates Sookie and Amelia the witch to determine who is breaking into his files as "Luck" is running out on residents of Bon Temps.

"Gift Wrap". Sookie is lonely for Christmas as she has no family to share the holidays with; depressed, she finds a wounded were outside whom she takes into her home.

This is a terrific introduction to the few people in the country who have not visited the urban fantasy world of Sookie Stackhouse. The five entries are reprints from other collections, but not placed in one anthology before. Each tale is fun to read as even when the heroine tries to mind her business, she ends up in the middle of a paranormal fiasco.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on October 6, 2009

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28 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Not what I expected...

Now I know this isn't supposed to be the next installment in the series, but it was seriously a disappointment. The stories are short, there is no climax, and the "issues" are resolved in a matter of lines. If you are a die hard Sookie series fan, you won't love this....
Now I know this isn't supposed to be the next installment in the series, but it was seriously a disappointment. The stories are short, there is no climax, and the "issues" are resolved in a matter of lines. If you are a die hard Sookie series fan, you won't love this. It's a really quick read, so if you are looking for something to quench your Sookie thirst until May 2010 when the 10th installment comes out then you should pick this up.

posted by SookieFanatic on October 7, 2009

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

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    Great for fans but not a great stand alone.

    I love this series and was excited to get a copy of this compilation of short stories. I was a little let down because the book is a bit pricey for how short it is. That being said I really did enjoy it. All the stories are enjoyable and it was fun to revisit my favorite characters in this series.

    If you are a fan of the series this is a must have, but it is by no means a good representation of the series or Charlaine Harris's writing if you are a new reader of hers or the Sookie Stackhouse books.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Fun

    This is a fun, easy read. Not much thinking involved, but the stories are cute.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Adding to my "Sookie" Library

    I have to admit, it wasn't as good as I anticipated, but it was still good. I particularly liked "Gift Wrap". The only reason it wasn't up to parr for me was because it didn't have the fullness like the Sookie books...but that's to be expected in short stories. It does give some info into the time frames inbetween the books...some of them. Others are just cute. I would recommend buying it and adding it to your "Sookie" collection.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    Cute

    The short stories are very short, so they don't have the depth of any of the individual novels. That being said, it was a fun read and provides an interesting glimpse of Sookie's life "between the novels". I would reccomend this book for any fan.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    I liked it, but...

    It doesn't fulfill you like the rest of the Sookie series. This is a compliation of short stories that Charlaine has written. Charlaine admits in the beginning that she is not sure if she has successfully written a Sookie short story yet. I have enjoyed the stories, but more along the lines of comparing your appetizer to your main course. The stories provide some insight and background you don't get in the books but I find myself reading it just to know more about Sookie and not because I am enamored by the stories themselves.

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    Posted October 11, 2009

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    I'm not much for short stories but I love this book.

    My favorite storie in this book is Gift Wrap it is so sweet and it shows how much Sookie's great-grandfather loves her and how well he knows her too.

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