Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Review: A Touch of Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Collection by Charlaine Harris
RRP $22.99 September 2010
Gollancz Paperback (198 x 129)
Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her job as a cocktail waitress in Merlotte's, a small-town bar in small-town Bon Temps, deep in Louisiana. She's funny and pretty and, thanks to her grandmother, she's very well-mannered - but since not many people truly appreciate her ability to read their minds, the guys haven't exactly been beating down her door... And then along came Bill, tall, dark and handsome - and Sookie couldn't 'hear' a word he was thinking. He was exactly the type of guy she'd been waiting all her life for. Of course, Bill had a disability of his own: fussy about his food, not into suntans, bit of a night person: yep, Bill was a vampire. But at least now Sookie knows there *are* guys she can date who won't worry about her catching them thinking about other women - and that's going to make Sookie's life really interesting!
Harris has produced a long awaited anthology of Sookie Stackhouse stories. I liked that Harris said that a) she made them short stories because they just didn’t fit into the flow of the novels b) that they didn’t always work. I can understand that feeling.
There are five stories within the covers of this latest instalment by Ms Harris, that will keep the fan’s appetites wet and also gives them a bit more of a taste of each character.
Fairy Dust –The Fairy twins Claudine and Claude need Sookie’s help to solve a mystery.
Dracula Night – The legend has it that on his birthday Dracula will grace one birthday party for him somewhere in the world and Eric prays it’s his party.
One Word Answer – This answers what happened to Sookie’s cousin in respects to the Queen of Louisiana.
Lucky – Amelia and Sookie have to find out who’s sabotaging a local insurance agent.
Gift Wrap – Sookie saves a shape shifter. I didn’t like this one. This one illustrated why I’m beginning to lose interesting the novels, everyone wants to sleep with Sookie. Snooze..