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Subject: Charlaine Harris on Life After Sookie
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 9:03 AM ET
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Charlaine Harris on Life After Sookie

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Today, Charlaine Harris stops by the NOOK Blog to answer the question that I, and her legion of fans, want to know: What’s next?

 Many of my readers seem anxious about what I’ll be doing now that the last Sookie novel is done. They wonder if I’ll take an extended vacation. But I’d known I was ready to end the series for some time. I felt that I’d told Sookie’s story and had come to the end of the adventures I wanted to relate. That’s a clear indicator a writer needs to move on to something else.

 

What will that “something else” be? Not just one project, but a lot of them. For over a year, Christopher Golden and I have been working on a graphic novel, “Cemetery Girl,” and the first two volumes have been written. The first one will be published in January 2014. We have a third volume yet to write, and I need to outline the conclusion. Chris is a great collaborator, and he knows everything about graphic novels. 

Also in January 2014, in the anthology “Dark Duets” there’ll be a story I co-wrote with the fabulous Rachel Caine. This was another first experience for me, and one I actually enjoyed. 

I’ve written a short story for the anthology “Impossible Monsters,” edited by Kasey Lansdale. It’s called The Glitter of the Crowns, and I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  You can find out if you agree in July.

 Also in July, I turn in the manuscript for the first non-Sookie novel I’ve written in years. The title is still undetermined, but I can tell you this is an ensemble novel told from several points of view. The book is set in a small town at a crossroads in Texas. One of the buildings there is an old pawnshop, open (almost) 24 hours a day. There are characters from every series I’ve ever written in this novel, and new ones, too. 

I’m not taking much of a break, but it’s really reenergizing to work on so many new things!



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 5/9/2013 3:15 PM ET
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So has anyone read Dead Ever After. Most of the reveiws give it one star....

Oh yes I did buy it but haven't read it yet.  I have read all the other ones had to have this one.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/9/2013 4:04 PM ET
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I think Im going to wait it out on the PBS WL. Im not too far down the line. Im worried about all those one star reviews though.  indecision

Date Posted: 5/10/2013 12:34 PM ET
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I have a great library so I'll be getting it from there.

Date Posted: 5/14/2013 11:56 AM ET
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I just finished it, and I really liked it.  I admit, I have not been a very harsh critic of the Sookie books but I did enjoy it.  I am a little irritated that despite it being the "last" book she is releasing a "stocking stuffer" slim volume later this year to wrap up other stories that couldn't be included.  I think she should just end it as she planned.  I will have to go check out the one-star reviews; like I said, I really liked it.

Date Posted: 5/14/2013 12:57 PM ET
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I just finished it--got it for Mother's Day.  I will say it ended exactly as I predicted years ago, but understand why the majority of fans may not be happy.  It's not as exciting as what the fans would prefer, but more in line with "real life", I think.  I didn't love it, but I didn't want to throw it against the wall, either.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 5/21/2013 6:59 AM ET
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I am reading it now and it is not as bad as I expected.I watch True Blood as well. I am getting a bit confused with her character's world and True Blood's world. So if you have read all the rest of them, you should read this one too:)

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 5/22/2013 11:22 AM ET
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I finished it. I gave a it a 3 star Better than the last one. Blah ending. could have been worse

Date Posted: 5/30/2013 9:02 PM ET
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I just read it and I just feel like she had some REALLY good things that could have happened but she RUSHED it all too much. I gave it 3 and I didn't mind who she did or didn't end up with...it's just the way things happened that I didn't like. meh

ETA: I was more moved by the author's note in the beginning then by the story



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Date Posted: 7/5/2013 1:51 AM ET
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I finished it today and I have mixed feelings.  Sad because the series is over but disappointed in the ending.  Not because I don't like "who" Sookie ends up with but because it was so scattered and seemingly thrown together a la kitchen sink mode with all the characters making appearances.  It wasn't a satisfying ending and it does make me glad I have not bought any books since #9.  Her writing took a dive after True Blood appeared and this last one confirms it.  That being said I found myself laughing at Sookie's sense of humor so it was not a total loss.  But it does tick me off that she is going to put out a coda After Dead.  Why not take more time and have written a better 13th novel than try to stick us with 13.5?  no



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