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For the first time together in one volume, the complete short story collection starring Sookie Stackhouse—with a new introduction from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the series, Charlaine Harris.
For the first time together in one volume, here is the complete short story collection starring Louisiana’s favorite telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. New fans can fill in the gaps in their Sookie lore while old friends can revisit some of their favorite moments and characters. From investigating the murder of a local fairy to learning that her cousin was a vampire, from remodeling her best friend’s house to attending a wedding with her shapeshifting boss, Sam, Sookie navigates the perils and pitfalls of the paranormal world.
Belly up to the bar at Bon Temps’s favorite watering hole and hear stories that will make you wish Sookie never left, including...
“One Word Answer”
“If I Had a Hammer”
“In the Blue Hereafter”
This definitive collection is the perfect binge read for people who like their stories with bite!
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
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.
Date of Birth:November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:Tunica, Mississippi
Education:B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
Read an Excerpt
The triplet fairiesClaudine, Claude, and Claudetteneeded a story featuring them and their sleazy (but lucrative) strip club. I felt I had to explain how to kill a fairy, since I had created them as very strong, very powerful, and very long-lived. Something had to be their Kryptonite . . . and I chose something pretty unlikely. Since "Fairy Dust" is also a murder mystery, there was a crime and a solution to be explainedcomfortable territory for me.
"Fairy Dust" takes place after Dead to the World.
I hate it when fairies come into the bar. They don't tip you worth a toot-not because they're stingy, but because they just forget. Take Claudine, the fairy who was walking in the door. Six feet tall, long black hair, gorgeous; Claudine seemed to have no shortage of cash or clothing (and she entranced men the way a watermelon draws flies). But Claudine hardly ever remembered to leave you even a dollar. And if it's lunchtime, you have to take the bowl of lemon slices off the table. Fairies are allergic to lemons and limes, like vamps are allergic to silver and garlic.
That spring night when Claudine came in I was in a bad mood already. I was angry with my ex-boyfriend, Bill Compton, a.k.a. Vampire Bill; my brother, Jason, had again postponed helping me shift an armoire; and I'd gotten my property tax notice in the mail.
So when Claudine sat at one of my tables, I stalked over to her with no very happy feelings.
"No vamps around?" she asked straightaway. "Even Bill?"
Vamps like fairies the way dogs like bones: great toys, good food. "Not tonight," I said. "Bill's down in New Orleans. I'm picking up his mail for him." Just call me sucker.
Claudine relaxed. "Dearest Sookie," she said.
"You want what?"
"Oh, one of those nasty beers, I guess," she said, making a face. Claudine didn't really like to drink, though she did like bars. Like most fairies, she loved attention and admiration: my boss, Sam, said that was a fairy characteristic.
I brought her the beer. "You got a minute?" she asked. I frowned. Claudine didn't look as cheerful as usual.
"Just." The table by the door was hooting and hollering at me.
"I have a job for you."
Though it called for dealing with Claudine, whom I liked but didn't trust, I was interested. I sure needed some cash. "What do you need me to do?"
"I need you to come listen to some humans."
"Are these humans willing?"
Claudine gave me innocent eyes. "What do you mean, Precious?"
I hated this song and dance. "Do they want to be, ah, listened to?"
"They're guests of my brother, Claude."
I hadn't known Claudine had a brother. I don't know much about fairies; Claudine was the only one I'd met. If she was typical, I wasn't sure how the race had survived eradication. I wouldn't have thought northern Louisiana was very hospitable toward beings of the fairy persuasion, anyway. This part of the state is largely rural, very Bible Belt. My small town of Bon Temps, barely big enough to have its own Wal-Mart, didn't even see a vampire for two years after they'd announced their existence and their intention to live peaceably amongst us. Maybe that delay was good, since local folks had had a chance to get used to the idea by the time Bill showed up.
But I had a feeling that this PC vamp tolerance would vanish if my fellow townsfolk knew about Weres, and shifters, and fairies. And who knows what all else.
"Okay, Claudine. When?"
The rowdy table was hooting, "Crazy Sookie! Crazy Sookie!" People only did that when they'd had too much to drink. I was used to it, but it still hurt.
"When do you get off tonight?"
We fixed it that Claudine would pick me up at my house fifteen minutes after I got off work. She left without finishing her beer. Or tipping.
My boss, Sam Merlotte, nodded a head toward the door through which she'd just exited. "What'd the fairy want?" Sam's a shifter himself.
"She needs me to do a job for her."
"Wherever she lives, I guess. She has a brother, did you know?"
"Want me to come with you?" Sam is a friend, the kind of friend you sometimes have fantasies about.
"Thanks, but I think I can handle Claudine."
"You haven't met the brother."
"I'll be okay."
I'm used to being up at night, not only because I'm a barmaid, but also because I had dated Bill for a long time. When Claudine picked me up at my old house in the woods, I'd had time to change from my Merlotte's outfit into some black jeans and a sage green twinset (JCPenney on sale), since the night was chilly. I'd let my hair down from its ponytail.
"You should wear blue instead of green," Claudine said, "to go with your eyes."
"Thanks for the fashion tip."
"You're welcome." Claudine sounded happy to share her style sense with me. But her smile, usually so radiant, seemed tinged with sadness.
"What do you want me to find out from these people?" I asked.
"We'll talk about it when we get there," she said, and after that she wouldn't tell me anything else as we drove east. Ordinarily Claudine babbles. I was beginning to feel it wasn't smart of me to have accepted this job.
Claudine and her brother lived in a big ranch-style house in suburban Monroe, a town that not only had a Wal-Mart, but a whole mall. She knocked on the front door in a pattern. After a minute, the door opened. My eyes widened. Claudine hadn't mentioned that her brother was her twin.
If Claude had put on his sister's clothes, he could have passed for her; it was eerie. His hair was shorter, but not by a lot; he had it pulled back to the nape of his neck, but his ears were covered. His shoulders were broader, but I couldn't see a trace of a beard, even this late at night. Maybe male fairies don't have body hair? Claude looked like a Calvin Klein underwear model; in fact, if the designer had been there, he'd have signed the twins on the spot, and there'd have been drool all over the contract.
Claude stepped back to let us enter. "This is the one?" he said to Claudine.
She nodded. "Sookie, my brother, Claude."
"A pleasure," I said. I extended my hand. With some surprise, he took it and shook. He looked at his sister. "She's a trusting one."
"Humans," Claudine said, and shrugged.
Claude led me through a very conventional living room, down a paneled hall to the family room. A man was sitting in a chair, because he had no choice. He was tied to it with what looked like nylon cord. He was a small man, buff, blond, and brown-eyed. He looked about my age, twenty-six.
"Hey," I said, not liking the squeak in my voice. "Why is that man tied?"
"Otherwise, he'd run away," Claude said, surprised.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh this was fun - these ten short stories with introductions from Harris bring back some great memories and the feel of Bon Temps - that background noise that keeps you edgy and wondering just what is next. From a Christmas 'present' from the fairies to a road trip with Pam, return of Bob the cat and Amelia, a wedding in Sam's family, Tara and the Twins, Bubba the vampire and the always in the background Bill Compton and Eric Northman - the stories bring forward memories and plenty of smiles. Perhaps my favorites of this collection are Two Blondes which follows a road trip into Russel's territory by Sookie and Pam - with plenty of twists and turns. Then was Small Town Wedding, which featured Sam's family and the wedding of his younger brother - and Sookie being his 'girlfriend' for the weekend. This one featured the return of Quinn - in all of his tiger sleek glory to serve as protection and get closure on his relationship with her. Lastly was In the Blue Hereafter - featuring a character that is coming in the Midnight Texas series, Manfred, and his journey guided by his dead grandmother to Bon Temps to meet Sookie and find some answers. Oh the twists and spirits are strong in this collection - and those who have familiarity with the books will instantly recognize most of the people here. I'm so happy to have read this collection - it's added a baker's dozen more titles to my tbr pile for the holidays - and I can't wait to dive into them! I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I saved this book in my cart, thinking it was the entire series. When I went to get my freebie Friday book and when I purchased it, I got this as well. Sure am sorry I did as I've just started watching the series, am on Season 3 and this is giving away everything, such as finding out Jason married Crystal and became a werepanther and now they're estranged. Sure didn't need a bunch of spoilers. And sure am disappointed to find out none of the books in the series were included. Definitely not worth $11.99. Poor value for the money.
This is a collection of short stories (and one novella), all of which take place in the wonderful world of Sookie Stackhouse. Correction. It is ALL of the Sookie Stackhouse short stories (many previously published in anthologies), including a novella that has never been published before. So, if you are a Sookie nut like me, chances are you’ve read some of these before. And you’ll love them just as much the second time around (or third or fourth or…). What can I say? If you’ve been here for a while, you know how I feel about Charlaine Harris. If she’s published it, I’ve read it. And if you know what a prolific writer she is, you know that’s saying a lot. And Sookie? Sookie is my favorite. She could have written a hundred more Sookie books and I would have read them all. To say I miss the people of Bon Temps is a gross understatement. So, reading these stories was a little like going home and visiting after a long time away. And what a great visit it was! My most interesting takeaway from this book is it changed my feelings about Sookie’s relationship with a particular person. Truthfully, I was never really satisfied with how things ended with the series. It made sense, but it didn’t feel right. Reading the novella changed that for me. It shined a different light on their relationship, put them in a real world scenario, and all of a sudden, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world. It’s disheartening to have one of your favorite series end in a way that doesn’t sit right with you, especially when you’ve dedicated so much time to that world. Having that “offness” righted is beyond satisfying. Honestly, I doubt most people would be reading this book if they weren’t fans. The way they are written, there is a lot that probably wouldn’t make sense if you didn’t know the background stuff. And if you’re a fan, you won’t be disappointed. Classic Sookie with some new insights. For me it was a lovely visit that didn’t last long enough. Now I’m considering rereading the whole series and binge watching True Blood again. In fact, I’m very much looking forward to it! Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books were not my favorite short stories and novella to read. I felt a little lost with out the group of stories because I hadn't read the actually books in the series, so it was a little hard to keep track on what was happening. From the first short to last go got a sense of the type of person she was and how Sookie would always help out her friends and fellow citizens of Bon Temps Louisiana and surrounding area. She gets involved with every thing from a schooling shooting to a protest at a friend's brother's wedding to being a stripper and murder suspect while on vacation with her friend Pam and then fighting a ghost are just a few of the situations she ends up in. Her love life consists of dating werewolfs and vampires and having family member who are fairies and a were-panther or a vampire and a young telepath like herself. If you've read the Sookie Stackhouse books then you'll love this group of short stories and a novella that continue her story. I personally am not a fan of books that make it seem like the character is narrating the book instead of the author. I found a couple of the stories funny and a couple others really discussing the state of our world today in a unique and insightful way.
A companion collection of all the short stories that fill in the small gaps between the Southern Vampire series written by Charlaine Harris. Exciting, tantalizing, snippets into some well-known characters and some not so known characters. If you are like me, you can never get enough of an amazing series. The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories gives fans just like me some deeper insight into this world.
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories is filled with 10 short stories that give a deeper understanding of some characters from the Sookie Stackhouse series. With stories like "Dracula Night" where Eric Northman becomes a fanboy over a celebrity to "Lucky" when Sookie is asked by a local business man to use her secret powers to uncover what is happening at night in his business. Each of these ten stories have a theme that will delight any fan of Sookie or True Blood fan! I have to admit that I never have gotten around to reading all the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series but watch every episode of True Blood. Reading this book alone is making me want to go back from the beginning to read every single book just to get a better understanding of what happened in the series. My favorite stories in this collection were Dracula Night, Lucky & Playing Possum, y'all are just gonna have to read this book to understand why! Thank You to Charlaine Harris for making me fall in love with this series all over again with this one book!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!