A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories)
A Touch of Dead - Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories Author:Charlaine Harris In "Fariy Dust," Sookie finds her mind-reading talents in demand when a fairy from a set of triplets gets dusted. — "Dracula Night" may be the commemoration of the Prince of Darkness's birth, but it's Sookie who gets a tasty-looking present. — Learning that her cousin is dea... more »d is shocking enough for Sookie. Learning that her cousin was a vampire who got staked leaves her speechless in "One Word Answer."
When Sookie teams up with her witchy friend Amelia to discover who has it out for Bon Temps's most successful insurance agent, they get "Lucky".
A solo Sookie has the holiday blues in "Gift Wrap" under she has an unexpected encounter with someone who has bigger problems than loneliness.
With a southern charm all her own -- and a myriad of voices inside her head -- Sookie has quickly become everyone's favorite barmaid and the catalyst fo rall the supernatural goings-on in "a world that is both a weird possibility and a wild ride" (The Anniston Star).« less
Ellen (gremlin) - reviewed A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories) on
Helpful Score: 13
Be aware that there are only five stories in this book, and all of them were previously published. Reading the forward, it appears the author did a little rewriting on Dracula Night.
Collected in chronological order from Sookie's life, the stories are:
Fairy Dust (after Dead to the World; from Powers of Detection, 2004)
Dracula Night (before Dead as a Doornail; from Many Bloody Returns, 2007)
One Word Answer (after Dead as a Doornail; from Bite, 2005)
Lucky (after All Together Dead; from Unusual Suspects, 2008)
Gift Wrap (before Dead and Gone; from Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, 2008)
Amy R. reviewed A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories) on
Helpful Score: 7
I am thankful I did not spend the money on this book and was able to borrow it from the library. All the short stories in this book have been collected from previously published anthologies. I love Sookie, but reading this book made me feel like I was watching a preview for my favorite show, and when the show aired the cable went out. Unless you are a collector, I strongly suggest waiting for the paperback or borrowing this book.
This is collection of 5 short stories featuring Sookie; "Fairy Dust," "One Word Answer," "Dracula Night," "Lucky," and "Giftwrap." If you are someone who faithfully reads all of the Sookie Stackhouse short stories in previously released anthologies; then you can skip this book completely. I personally had only read "Dracula Night" which was released in the "Many Bloody Returns" anthology. This book was okay and a super quick read.
Personally I didn't like "Fairy Dust" and "One Word Answer" all that much. I thought these two stories were kind of boring. I had already read "Dracula Night" and I thought that one was okay. The two stories that stood out in this anthology for me were "Lucky" and "Giftwrap". Both of those were very entertaining and "Giftwrap" added a little to Sookie's background.
Even if you haven't read any of these stories elsewhere I wouldn't buy this book new; I would either get it from the library or buy it used. It is super short, maybe took me 1-2 hours to read all of the stories. I didn't think any of them really added a lot of understanding or background to Sookie's character. I guess if you are an absolute die-hard Sookie fan you might want this book for your collection, or if you really need to get your Sookie fix before the next book comes out.
Overall the book was okay, but most of the stories are forgettable. It's a good way to get all the Sookie short stories if you really want to read them.
I am a HUGE Sookie fan but these "Stories" were not stories- they are scenes that were cut from other plots. They are so short and the book was so expensive I am depressed I bought it (the hard cover version was the only one I could find). I am a Charlaine Harris fan but these were TERRIBLE. Not even worth the paperback price.
I didn't realize that this was a book of short stories that had already been published elsewhere. They were ok but if I were to decide whether or not I wanted to read other Sookie books based on these short stories I would probably pass.
The book is very slim and I read it in less than 2 hours. With the bigger print and the spacing between lines, and the drawings at the beginning of each story, I felt short-changed by buying this book new.
The Sookie books are among my favorite ones and are keepers for me but I will probably be posting this book on here.
A quick, fun read. Really fast, but I enjoyed it. It's just a series of short stories from the Sookie Stackhouse universe, but they do offer some new insights into characters and events, so it's certainly worth reading.