The Sookie Stackhouse Companion

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion

by Charlaine Harris (Editor)

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Overview

Charlaine Harris has topped the bestseller charts and become a nationwide phenomenon, thanks to the unconventional, and otherworldly, life of Sookie Stackhouse. Now take a closer look at Sookie and her family, friends, enemies, adventures, and-of course-the lovers who set her world on fire...

Visit Bon Temps, the small Louisiana town that Sookie calls home, with a detailed map created by Charlaine herself, and learn the characteristics of the supernaturals who live there: vampires, two- natured, and fae. Examine all the branches of Sookie's family tree. And eavesdrop on the private conversations between rival vampires Eric and Bill.

Also, enjoy the compelling, never-before-published novella "Small- Town Wedding," in which Sookie accompanies her shape-shifting boss, Sam, to his brother's wedding in Texas, where happily-ever-after seems very far away....

Exclusive interviews with True Blood creator Alan Ball and author Charlaine Harris-complied from fan questions-will satisfy your craving for all things Sookie, as will trivia questions, recipes (including Caroline Bellefluer's famous chocolate cake!), and a concordance to the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441019717
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 289,997
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlaine Harris writes both fantasies and mysteries.

Hometown:

Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi

Education:

B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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PREFACE

THE WORLD OF SOOKIE STACKHOUSE

Sookie and I go back a long way. We're practically sisters. Many years ago, when my mystery career was languishing, I thought it might be a good idea to shake up my writing style by trying something new. It might be fun to write a book that contained all the elements I loved: mystery, the supernatural, bloody adventure, and a dash of romance. And since people had told me for years that I had a great sense of humor, I thought it would be interesting to try to include that in the book, too.

Without a contract, without a soul being at all interested, I began to establish the character of my protagonist. My grandmother's best friend's name was Sookie, and since it was a fine old Southern nickname, I thought it would do well for my heroine. And "Stackhouse" just flowed right after it. I wanted to write from the point of view of a human, not a vampire or other "supe," and since I have to live with Sookie, I wanted to make her as interesting as I possibly could. I decided she would date a vampire, as the entrée into a completely different world, and I had to establish a reason for sensible Sookie to do such a crazy thing. After a long thinking session, I came up with telepathy, which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

Up until then, most vampires in fiction had exotic, sexy names. My vampire, I decided, would be named "Bill." Instead of setting my books in the picturesque, touristy part of Louisiana, I'd make do with the distinctly unromantic northern part. Instead of being angsty brooders, my vampires would be trying their hardest to be in the forefront of business; they'd be hard workers, and they'd have their own internal system of checks and balances.

I finished Dead Until Dark and turned it in to my agent, the great Joshua Bilmes. It took Joshua a long time to warm up to the Sookieverse, but he dutifully did his best to sell my favorite book. After two years of rejections, Dead Until Darkseemed likely to live up to its acronym. Then a young editor at Ace, John Morgan (now at DC Comics), decided to take a chance, and his boss, Ginjer Buchanan (my present editor), okayed the deal.

We've never looked back.

Readers seemed to want more details of the Sookieverse, and the website (www.charlaineharris.com) has always bubbled and seethed with questions. How do you make Caroline Bellefleur's chocolate cake? What about that pesky fairy genealogy? What book contains the famous shower scene? (I'm just kidding on that last one; everyone knows the shower scene.) How do the short stories fit into the chronology of the books?

We've assembled The Sookie Stackhouse Companion to answer all of these questions and hopefully a few more, to give readers a thorough look at the world of Bon Temps, and to provide extra snippets of interesting information about Sookie's world and the people who live and die in it. Though this book is about the books, we also give a nod to our favorite television show, True Blood, by including an interview with one of my favorite people, Alan Ball.

Lots of people helped me assemble this companion, and I'm going to try to thank all of them in the acknowledgments. But let me just say here that without the help of my assistant and best buddy, Paula Woldan, I would have torn out my hair and cast myself upon the floor in despair at a few points. So thanks, Paula, and I think I had some of the most fun ever drawing the map with you.

I'm sure the second The Sookie Stackhouse Companion is on the shelves, I'll think of something I should have included, but it's time to let this project go. I hope you all find something in the book to entertain, enlighten, and engross you.

See you in Bon Temps.

– Charlaine Harris

Life in Bon Temps

The Secret Dialogues of Bill and Eric

To: Eric Northman,

Sheriff of Area Five, LA

Dear Eric,

With the permission of Sophie-Anne Leclerq, Queen of Louisiana, I will be returning to claim my ancestral home in Bon Temps.

Sincerely,

William Compton

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To: William Compton

Dear Bill,

Long time no see. As you know, the vampires in my area pay their fealty by working at Fangtasia. Please contact Pam to set up your schedule.

Eric Northman

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To: Eric Northman,

Sheriff of Area Five, LA

Dear Eric,

I understand that your vampires may offer a tithe as an alternative to working at Fangtasia. I have other obligations and fear I will not have the time to dedicate to your club.

Sincerely,

William Compton

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To: William Compton

Dear Bill,

A tithe is acceptable, but I would much prefer your time at Fangtasia. As a former Confederate soldier you would be quite a draw. I understand that you have work to do for the queen, but surely you can spare me, your sheriff, some of your valuable time as well.

Eric Northman

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To: Eric Northman,

Sheriff of Area Five, LA

Dear Eric,

Please find enclosed my certified check for six months' tithe.

Sincerely,

William Compton

What's Cookin' in Bon Temps

A Selection of Down-Home Southern Recipes

Antoine's Fried Pickles

Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

· 1 cup self-rising flour

· 1 tsp. baking powder

· 1/4 tsp. paprika

· Dash of red pepper

· 1/3 cup milk

· 1/3 cup beer (any brand)

· Whole dill pickles

· Oil

This is a variation on a recipe that became famous after its use at a restaurant close to Tunica, Mississippi.

Sift together all of the dry ingredients. Add the milk and the beer in equal amounts until the mixture is the desired consistency. Slice the dill pickles into round 1/4"- to 3/8"-thick chips. Dip the slices in the batter until batter is gone, and fry in deep oil. Turn once or twice to brown evenly.

Tip: Enjoy them with cold beer.

By Charlaine Harris

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Sheriff of Area Five, LADear Eric,Please find enclosed my certified check for six months' tithe.Sincerely,William ComptonWhat's Cookin' in Bon Temps
A Selection of Down-Home Southern Recipes
Antoine's Fried PicklesTime: 20 minutesIngredients:

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • Dash of red pepper
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup beer (any brand)
  • Whole dill pickles
  • Oil

This is a variation on a recipe that became famous after its use at a restaurant close to Tunica, Mississippi.

Sift together all of the dry ingredients. Add the milk and the beer in equal amounts until the mixture is the desired consistency. Slice the dill pickles into round 1/4"- to 3/8"-thick chips. Dip the slices in the batter until batter is gone, and fry in deep oil. Turn once or twice to brown evenly.

Tip: Enjoy them with cold beer.

By Charlaine Harris

Table of Contents

Preface:The World of Sookie Stackhouse Charlaine Harris ix

Bon Temps and Its Environs xii

"Small-Town Wedding" Charlaine Harris 1

Life in Bon Temps Victoria Koski 81

The Sookie Short Stories and Related Material Charlaine Harris 211

Vampires, Two-Natured, and Fairies, Oh My!: Sookie Discusses the Creatures She's Met Charlaine Harris 217

Sookie's Family Tree 226

Sookie Stackhouse Trivia: How Much of a Sookie Fan Are You? Beverly Battillo Victoria Koski 227

What's Cookin' in Bon Temps: A Selection of Down-Home Southern Recipes 241

Inside True Blood: Alan Ball Answers Questions from the Fans 28

From Mystery to Mayhem: The Works of Charlaine Harris Beverly Battillo 289

Recollections Around the Duckpond: The Fans of Charlaine Harris Beverly Battillo 295

Charlaine Harris Answers Questions from Her Fans

A Guide to the World of Sookie Stackhouse Victoria Koski 313

About the Editor 463

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“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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The Sookie Stackhouse Companion 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Nicole12G More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful companion to the series. Charlaine doesn't leave anything out! Every book is broken down by day with a summary of each. The short story is pretty cool too although I wish she would have said where in the series it belonged, it took me a while to figure it out. I love love love the secret conversations with Eric & Bill. The font she chose for them is so them. I do however think she should have waited to release this book until the series was 100% completed in 2013 since she'll only be releasing 2 more books, 2012 & 2013 then it's over...
Shawnna Greenhill More than 1 year ago
This book is a very lovely guide to the Sookie Stackhouse series i really enjoyed it.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
..some of the books in this series (esp. the first 4 or 5) are great fun and page turners, others are lacking, but the series overall is well worth reading. However.....how can this Companion Book (as a previous reviewer stated) have a wonderful plot, interesting characters, emotion and suspense??? It's a companion to the series, filled with lots of info, recipes and the authors thoughts, not a novel. Enjoy.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion is filled to the covers with interesting and important Sookie information. It has a map of Bon Temps, Sookie’s family tree, and Harris explains the chronology of the short stories and novellas, also where other stories in the Sookieverse fit in. There’s a Q&A from Harris to fans, also a Q&A from TrueBlood creator, producer and writer, Alan Ball to fans. Sookie herself discusses creatures she’s met, there are trivia quizzes and over 30 pages of Down-Home Southern Recipes. Over 200 pages of this book is a piece called Life in Bon Temps by Victoria Koski which comprehensively summarises events in each of the first eleven novels, and includes transcripts of secret dialogue between Bill and Eric (or Pam) at the end of each one; this, and Koski’s “Guide to the World of Sookie Stackhouse”, a 150 page detailed alphabetical listing of characters are, no doubt, best read after the books themselves as they are filled with spoilers. Harris’s other works are discussed, and there’s a short story, Small Town Wedding, in which…… Sookie and Sam head to Wright, Texas for the wedding of Sam’s brother, Craig. But feelings in the town about the Were/Shifter reveal are mixed, and it seems not everyone is willing to let this wedding proceed unhindered. But is the level of protest spontaneous? A certain were-tiger makes an appearance, as do several shifters, and a character is introduced whose existence is significant in Harris’s Midnight, Texas series. Sookie discovers her savage side. Probably essential reading for the die-hard Sookie fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Commpanion Guide! Clears up some questions; tells where short stories fit in series; great secret dialogues between Bill and Eric and good synopsis of each book in series. Plus a bonus novella, "Small Town Wedding."
natalie lewandowski More than 1 year ago
Can use as a good reference for anything from the series, even goes as far as to list every single character ever mentioned and give descriptions of each one. Cant wait for the next book with a storyline to come out!
Eilantha_Le_Fay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Since I¿m just waiting to receive the next Sookie book on my mail, it was so good to read this recap of the previous books. It wasn¿t boring at all! It made me remember so many details that I couldn¿t possibly recall otherwise. As these books are so amazing, I usually don¿t put them down until I finish them, which makes it harder to remember some details afterwards (also because it¿s such a rich world!).The secret conversations between Bill and Eric are awesome (I¿m repeating myself but I can¿t put things otherwise). They made me laugh and bite my nails and giggle.The interview with Alan Ball was also helpful in understanding how and why TV series are the way they are. Most fans kept asking some variations of «why did you do this to our characters?», and it was fun to read how Alan dodged some of the "accusations".The recipes!!! I can¿t wait to cook them! I bet they¿re all so very tasty (though not so healthy¿).In the end there¿s an encyclopedia referring to all the characters and places in the books and short stories as well. Very handy.In sum: great useful book, and I¿m so glad it was written!
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.75* of fiveThe Book Report: Exactly what the title says: a companion to the series of novels through book 11. Character synopses, book synopses, Q&A with Miss Harris, Q&A with Alan Ball who created True Blood based on the characters in the novels, a chronology of the whole canon including short fiction. Plus an original novella!My Review: For all the non-novella material: Nicely done, no surprises.The novella, "Small-Town Wedding", sees Sookie on her way to the much-delayed wedding of her boss Sam Merlotte's younger, non-shape-shifter brother to a fully human girl in small Wright, Texas. Sam's mother Bernie was shot by her second husband when the shape-shifter community came out the way the vampires did, and Bernie hasn't been forgiven by the town since it all came down, not least because her second husband was popular and is now in jail.Sookie is, as always, walking into a fireworks factory while givin' off sparks. She arrives lookin' all prettfied and Sam's various womenfolk start the grill to roast her history and plans out of Sookie. They seem disappointed that she's not the future Mrs. Merlotte, but they don't even get halfway down the sad ladder because the wedding's being used in a bitter and cynical way by evil Fellowship of the Sun-ites to test how hard and how effective it will be to get mobs to protest and prevent shifter marriages.The wedding takes place, the evildoers are thwarted, and tolerance is barely, barely winning the day. But Harris's larger message, that folks with spare hatin' time need to find themselves some useful work in this life and start makin' the world a better place, resonates strongly with me. It is a commonsensical response to the world that I wish more of humanity shared. Harris's vampire and shifters and other supes are stand-ins for all the glorious variety of humanity that exists, and the responses of the good or the bad characters to that variety is so real and so nuanced that it almost hurts to read. Harris doesn't let one single character or person or group off any hook, she just shows her readers what the other side of the argument is really thinking and feeling, good and bad. She works on the assumption that understanding lessens anger.Know what? She's right. Dammit to hell!
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book for those obsessed with the Sookie-verse. Contains a synopsis of each book and short story, questions and answers from Charlaine Harris and Alan Ball, and an A to Z guide of who is who and what in the verse.
TiffanyAK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let's see, what do you need to know about this one? I guess we'll start with, is it entertaining/enlightening? Yes, to an extent, about as much as you'd likely expect. Is it an "essential read"? Probably not. Why do I answer as I did? This book has one new Sookie Stackhouse novella in it, focusing on Sookie and Sam's long-awaited trip to his brother's wedding, where trouble awaits (of course). It offers as much entertainment and fun as you'd expect from a novella-sized mini dose of Sookie. The rest of the book is somewhat enlightening, but not anything I'd consider "critical," even for die-hard fans. There are mini-interviews with Alan Ball about the "True Blood" TV show, and with Charlaine Harris about the Sookie Stackhouse series. There's also a complete series timeline/summary section (complete through "Dead Reckoning"), which basically just repeats what is in the books but does give a solid actual date for all the events, and an alphabetical index of all the characters and entities in the series, which could come in handy if you forget who someone is or something. There's also series trivia, a recipe section, and some short essays about the Charlaine Harris fan club, Sookie's experiences, all of Charlaine Harris's writings, and so on (including a definitive guide to where the short stories fit in the reading order/timeline). There's also a map of Bon Temps, and a Stackhouse family tree. They're a little fun, but not really necessary.Really, that's about it. So, unless you're dying for every single variation of every scrap of info you can get, you'd likely only truly be strongly interested in the novella. If the book is worth it to you just for that, then go for it. The rest of the content is nice, but not anything to weigh a reading/purchasing decision on, unless you feel a strong need for an alphabetized character index or whatever.I do hope nobody misunderstands me though. I think this companion book is quite well done for what it is, and they did a good job putting it together and giving fans the info they may want or need, with some extras, just as any good series companion book should do. However, like all such books, the need the majority of fans will feel for it is probably somewhat low. It's the kind of thing most will likely borrow from somewhere or someone to flip through once, but won't necessarily add to their keeper shelves as readily as they might with the main series books.I hope this made sense, and helped a bit.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can a companion book for a long running series that will be ending in the next one or two books really be worthwhile to a reader? I had my doubts but was pleasantly surprised at what I found. My pre-order for this book was placed long before the release of Dead Reckoning and hearing that the series would be coming to an end. I found I was distancing myself from the characters when reading Dead Reckoning; most likely as a defense mechanism to deal with the grief. So when I got my notice that the book had been shipped, I found myself wishing I'd saved some money. But I'm glad I've got it. This book is loaded with information ranging from the author's writing career, to separate interviews with Alan Ball (TrueBlood) and Charlaine using reader's questions, Southern Recipes (definitely found a few I want to try), an unpublished Sookie story (Sam takes Sookie to his brother's wedding) , trivia tests (and I thought I knew the series fairly well - hah!) , a greatly shortened version of each book along with added personal correspondence between Eric and Bill as it relates to the happenings in each book. Not enough? How about a map of Bon Temps, a list of every character ever mentioned in the books and who they are. There are also sections on Sookie's take on vampires, the two-natured and fairies, an explanation for the Sookie and related short stories, and a section regarding the fan club. Whew! So did I find the entire book useful? Well no. Much of that will depend on how much you already know about the books and the author. Some of it was new to me or nice to know. Things like the "Readers Digest" version of each book wasn't necessary for me, although I did enjoy the personal communication between Eric and Bill that followed each story. And the chances are really good you won't sit down and just read about every character ever mentioned in the books, found in the last chapter of the book. It's obvious a great deal of work went into this section that takes up a third of the book. My only complaint with the format is that if you are trying to recall a character's name in a particular book to use in a discussion, good luck. You've got over 150 pages to wade through. The short story is definitely worth reading. Small Town Wedding takes place before Dead Reckoning and is roughly 76 pages long. It was obvious we'd missed something when reading Dead Reckoning, and the level of fear and anger that some are feeling knowing that the two-natured not only exist but live in their town is really showcased in this story and is important to the overall series. I enjoyed much of the information provided in the book along with the short story. It was definitely a worthwhile purchase.
Citizenjoyce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If anyone is hooked on the Southern Vampire Mysteries or wants to be, this would be a good book to have because it summarizes the plots of all 11 novels and gives brief bios of all the characters. When a series gets this long it's hard to remember what happened to everyone, and this is a handy reference. The book starts with a little novella about Sam and Sookie's trip to a wedding and is filled with the usual violence and shifter interactions. Sookie just gets stronger and more in control. There's an interview with Alan Ball, a chapter about the Charlatans - Charlaine Harris's fan club- and even some down home southern recipes. The famous Bellefleur chocolate cake is here, who'd a guessed what it's made of. Recommended for die hard fans or those just wanting to check out the series.
iBeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I especially enjoyed novella, the interview with Charlaine Harris, and the plot summaries of each book. I read the books as they were published and sometimes it took me awhile to remember who all the characters were. The correspondence between Eric and Bill was a nice touch to tie the plot summaries together. Also, I learned about some short stories in the Sookieverse that I hadn't seen, and I loved the map. As series companion volumes go, this one is decent.
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This book is my jam!
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Love the Voices in this book!
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