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The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories
Short Story collection

Charlaine Harris

Nov 21, 2017 / ISBN 978-0399587597

Reviewed by Jan Fields


This collection of nine short stories and one novella all feature telepath Sookie Stackhouse, famous from books and television. For each short story in the collection, the novel matching the story's timing is revealed in a note from the author at the beginning. All of the stories were tremendously entertaining mini adventures and reveal additional insights about Sookie and her friends and family. Though Sookie is known best for her relationships with the vampires of Louisiana, the stories I liked best from the collection didn't feature the vampires at all. In "Small-Town Wedding," Sookie helps a family overcome violent prejudice that threatens a wedding. I loved Sookie's relationship with Sam in that book, and the story's comment on the blindness of hate. My other favorite, "In the Blue Hereafter," teams Sookie with one of my other favorite characters (this time a character from a different series entirely), Midnight Texas' psychic Manfred Bernardo. Manfred is a young man raised with considerable moral ambiguity, and in this story (as in the Midnight Texas novels), Manfred is on the road to discovering his own moral compass, and he finds the journey confusing and not always to his liking. I'm a passionate fan of the short story form and am delighted to see that Charlaine Harris does a wonderful job with these, making each a delicious bite of the True Blood universe. For any Sookie fan, this collection is definitely "must have."

Reviews of other titles in this series

Dead Until Dark #1    [review]
Dead to the World #4    [review]
All Together Dead #7    [review]
From Dead to Worse #8   [review]
Dead and Gone #9   [review]
Deadlocked #12    [review]
The Compete Sookie Stack House Stories [review]

Anthology: Many Bloody Returns


Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.

Reviewed 2017