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Friday, September 9, 2011

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion Edited by Charlaine Harris

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion
Edited by Charlaine Harris
Penguin Books
ISBN: 978-0-441-01971-7
Buy from Indigo

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

Readers will:

• Tour Bon Temps, the small Louisiana town that Sookie calls home, and visit the houses of her Gran and her sometime vampire lover, Bill
• Prowl around the werewolf and were-panther communities
• Browse through her best friend Tara's dress shop
• Belly up to the bar in Merlotte's, where Sookie works
• Get must-have Bon Temps recipes-including Caroline Bellfleur's famous chocolate cheesecake
• Test themselves with trivia questions from the series

The Good Stuff
  • Enjoyed the latest Sookie novella included.  It was such a nice story that shows the love and respect that Sam and Sookie have for each other
  • Love the recipe section filled with tons of fun southern recipes with familiar True Blood names. Will be making the Perdita's Bread Pudding with Bourban Sauce (My fav dessert) and Portia's Sweet Potato Pie in the next couple of weeks
  • The "Life in Bon Temps" time-line is a fantastic addition and will be handy as a quick read before you read the new stories in the series. Basically it gives you a synopsis of each book with some often hilarious "Secret Dialogues of Bill and Eric" at the end of each synopsis.
  • I totally geeked out with the Map of Bon Temps and the Sookie Family Tree
  • Love the way Charlaine Harris turns a phrase. Some of the stuff that comes out of Sookie's mouth makes me LMAO
  • A good background piece on Sookie's thoughts on the various paranormal beasts that she is surrounded by. Not really new stuff but a good summary
  • Again not new, but  a nice little background to Charlaine's various literary works
  • Nice having everything in one place
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Trivia section really is only for true fans who pay attention to every little detail -- which I guess wouldn't be me as I had no idea to many of the questions
  • The section on the Duck Pond, couldn't figured out why it was included. I understand the need to mention the fan clubs, etc -- but I really could care less about the author and why she became a fan. No offense, I am sure she is lovely, but it was not needed
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Some women have long careers as bridesmaids; I had a long career of being a pretend girlfriend."

"I didn't say anything, but I could sort of understand feeling sympathy for someone who'd suddenly discovered his wife changed into a different creature. Of course, shooting that wife was a gross overreaction, but watching your wife transform into a dog ... That would shake any man."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fantastic for the long time fan and those new to the series
  • Will have to buy a copy for both Melanie and my niece Tanya
  • Not really for fans of the TV show as it mostly deals with book Sookie and not Alan Ball's take on the characters

3.75 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

1 comment:

  1. I finally picked up the first one in the series. It was at Border's for 90% off!