The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

For the first time together in one volume, the complete short story collection starring Sookie Stackhouse—with a new introduction from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the series, Charlaine Harris. For the first time together in one volume, here is the complete short story collection starring Louisiana’s favorite telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse—from #1 Ne...

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The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories Reviews

  • Juli

    I am usually disappointed when my favorite books are adapted for television or movies. Sookie Stackhouse was a favorite character of mine before HBO started their seven seasons of True Blood. As usual, the film version bore very little resemblance to the books. The first season was pretty close.....but it veered completely off course after that. In my mind, the books and the show are two completely different stories. HBO changed major plot points, added characters, and left out major portions of

    I am usually disappointed when my favorite books are adapted for television or movies. Sookie Stackhouse was a favorite character of mine before HBO started their seven seasons of True Blood. As usual, the film version bore very little resemblance to the books. The first season was pretty close.....but it veered completely off course after that. In my mind, the books and the show are two completely different stories. HBO changed major plot points, added characters, and left out major portions of the books. And unfortunately most of the things they left out, or changed substantially, were my favorite parts of the series. Not that I didn't enjoy True Blood....I did. I was just disappointed they didn't follow the books. Not surprised. Just disapppointed. Now that the show is over, I want to revisit this entire series and put Sookie, her friends, and Bon Temps back into my mind the way Charlaine Harris created them.

    While she was writing the series, Harris published several short stories set in Sookie's world. They added some nice side stories to the series, and were nestled into sweet themed anthology collections alongside stories by other authors I love like Jim Butcher and Rachel Caine. It's a bit difficult to go back and read all the stories since they were originally published in several different books. Then I saw a blurb for this new book -- yay!! All of the Sookie short stories collected in one book!

    For anyone who wants to read the entire series in chronological order, the Southern Vampire series wiki page has a list that includes both the books and the short stories:

    For those who watched the HBO show but haven't read the books -- I highly recommend reading this series, with these additional stories. There are 13 books in the series, written from 2001 - 2013. The books are SO much better than the television series! I highly recommend the Southern Vampire series to anyone who likes supernatural, urban fantasy. Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in Bon Temps, LA. She tends to keep to herself because she can hear other people's thoughts. Her abilities tend to make people think she's strange. She's always wanted to meet a vampire ever since they came "out of the coffin," revealing their existence to the world. One night she meets Bill Compton....a vampire who has moved into his old family home in Bon Temps. Her life will never be the same!

    There are no new stories in this book....it's a re-release of 10 previously published short stories. Readers can enjoy them all in one place, rather than spread between several anthology books. For me, that's great because I have been waiting to reread the series until I had all of the short stories and I was a couple books short of having them all. I'm just a bit OCD like that when it's time to a revisit to a favorite series. And I can have my Sookie shelf in my bookcase....without having to add anthologies that include other stories.

    This means I can move Sookie up to the top of my TBR and start re-reading!! :) I originally read this series with my husband. When new books arrived we used to argue over who got to read it first. Once we even played a boardgame to determine the winner. I lost, of course, and my husband got to gloat for an entire week about how he knew what was happening and I didn't. ha ha :) I ordered a copy of this book today....so soon I will have another fresh new Sookie book arriving on my doorstep to grace my keeper shelf. I'm sure once hubby sees me re-reading the first book he will want to join in and revisit Bon Temps too.

    For more information on the author and her books, check out her website:

    **I voluntarily received an advanced readers copy of this book from Berkley Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.**

  • Beth

    A companion collection of all the short stories that fill in the small gaps between the Southern Vampire series written by Charlaine Harris. Exciting, tantalizing, snippets into some well-known characters and some not so known characters. If you are like me, you can never get enough of an amazing series. The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories gives fans just like me some deeper insight into this world.

    “Fairy Dust”

    “One Word Answer”

    “Dracula Night”

    “Lucky”

    “Gift Wrap”

    “Two Blondes”

    “If I Had a Hammer”

    A companion collection of all the short stories that fill in the small gaps between the Southern Vampire series written by Charlaine Harris. Exciting, tantalizing, snippets into some well-known characters and some not so known characters. If you are like me, you can never get enough of an amazing series. The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories gives fans just like me some deeper insight into this world.

    “Fairy Dust”

    “One Word Answer”

    “Dracula Night”

    “Lucky”

    “Gift Wrap”

    “Two Blondes”

    “If I Had a Hammer”

    “Small-Town Wedding”

    “Playing Possum”

    “In the Blue Hereafter”

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication November 21, 2017.

    My rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Charlaine Harris

    Hardcover: 384 pages

    Publisher: Ace

    Publication Date: November 21, 2017

    ISBN-10: 0399587594

    ISBN-13: 978-0399587597

    Genre: Urban Fantasy

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  • Lauren

    Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.

    "The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories" does just what it says, compiling all of the various Sookie short stories (and one novella) in one place for the first time. I had read a few of these before, but I very much enjoyed reading them again and getting to catch up on the ones that I had missed previously. The stories fit between various moments from the main series, and give us the chance to revisit many favorite characters. Harris has done a great job of c

    Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.

    "The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories" does just what it says, compiling all of the various Sookie short stories (and one novella) in one place for the first time. I had read a few of these before, but I very much enjoyed reading them again and getting to catch up on the ones that I had missed previously. The stories fit between various moments from the main series, and give us the chance to revisit many favorite characters. Harris has done a great job of creating stories that are varied in tone, cast, and setting.

    The standout here is probably the novella "Small-Town Wedding", where Sookie attends the wedding of Sam's younger brother in small town Texas. The wedding becomes a focal point for conflicts between the townsfolk and the newly revealed shifter community, and contains some great character moments for both Sookie and Sam.

    Towards the end of the Sookie series I felt like the plot was starting to drag. I'm happy to say that reading this set of short stories reminded me why I liked this series so much in the first place. It was fun to revisit these characters, and I'm now looking forward to whatever new series Charlaine Harris writes next.

  • Sionna

    *I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    I forgot to keep notes on each story as I went, so I can't quite remember everything, but I remember somewhat enjoying this as a whole. I should mention that before this reading I had never read any of these stories before and I read them along side the series, in order. So, below are my thoughts on each story.

    Overall, I did like this and really appreciated the first page of each story which tells the reader when they shoul

    *I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    I forgot to keep notes on each story as I went, so I can't quite remember everything, but I remember somewhat enjoying this as a whole. I should mention that before this reading I had never read any of these stories before and I read them along side the series, in order. So, below are my thoughts on each story.

    Overall, I did like this and really appreciated the first page of each story which tells the reader when they should read this installment.

    I really enjoyed this one. I always loved reading about the fairies! Plus, Claudine!! Also, we learned more about their business and their triplet. It was fast-paced, but I forgave that since it is a novella.

    Anyone cringe/laugh while reading this because they thought of Vlad from Night Huntress... no? Just me?

    With any vampire series, Dracula needs to be addressed. I truly enjoyed this rendition since it is so different from what we usually read about him. This was chuckle worthy and seeing Eric in this light made me like him more.

    Okay, this answered my question of "Did I miss something???" This I feel should have been made into the main story because it seems quite vital and is brought up in

    .

    I didn't quite get it??? It seemed just weirdly written out to me.

    Didn't quite enjoy this one.

    This was quite funny. I enjoyed this one. I liked Sookie and Amelia working together and how the insurance agent was trying to help his business and his clients! Not important to the story, but enjoyable :)

    Creepy? Sweet? Bitter-sweet? I have mixed feelings about this one. Niall always sits on my moral fence making me question if he is doing right or wrong. This is one of those times which made me question it, even if the story is sweet. I'm not sure if it makes sense in the series though.

    Any story focusing on Sookie and Pam is a win for me, tbh. I love them. Some of the events might not have made 100% sense, but *shrugs* I'll take it. It is funny and smile-inducing.

    This is when I really started realizing how the story would end. It is referenced in the main story, so it is worth a read, but I would say it also kinda spoils the ending.... at least the first explanation page. But, it is one of the best installments in this collection. I really enjoyed reading it.

    This one almost seemed misplaced to me... I might have said to read it one book later. To add a new kind of supernatural element to the series this late in the game seemed a bit... I don't know, I just felt weird about it. Psychics AND Ghosts introduced a few books before the end of the series and then they aren't brought up in the main story. This is one I'm kinda 'meh' about.

    I really enjoyed this one, even if I didn't like the setting. I loved when we got to read about Hunter, there wasn't enough of him in the series, but this story would have been so damaging to him, I think. It was intense and enjoyable though.

    This isn't a Sookie Stackhouse story. It is told from the POV of Manford from a different story. He talks to Sookie and helps her out and I guess she helps him too? I liked seeing Sookie from a different POV, but she seemed so different it was weird haha. Still the same, but I guess we see how relaxed she presents herself. Could skip it if you want, I wasn't a huge fan of this one, probably because I didn't understand Manford.

    All in all a decent collection of stories even though I was pretty meh about a few and thought it ended on a weird note. I would have picked or written a different last story.

  • Bea  Charmed

    Anthologies that have stories by a single author are wonderful for catching up on stories that have been published in a variety of sources and you may have missed one or more. All of these stories have been previously published in other, multi-author anthologies. I'd read most but there were some I hadn't. Many of the short stories involve mysteries. Each story is prefaced with a short note from Ms Harris, with a brief intro on the story and placing it in the series timeline. The stories range i

    Anthologies that have stories by a single author are wonderful for catching up on stories that have been published in a variety of sources and you may have missed one or more. All of these stories have been previously published in other, multi-author anthologies. I'd read most but there were some I hadn't. Many of the short stories involve mysteries. Each story is prefaced with a short note from Ms Harris, with a brief intro on the story and placing it in the series timeline. The stories range in length, with the longest one being a hundred pages and the shortest one being twenty-two pages. Sookie is the star of all but one of the stories, showcasing her talents. People have a tendency to underestimate Sookie and I enjoy seeing her show them up. While I enjoyed the stories, I had read many of the books and knew the main characters and the world. I don't think it would work as well if you're new to the world.

    Fairy Dust 3 stars. A dead fairy and missing money. Sookie did a nice job asking questions, the solve was a surprise, and I'd forgotten about the allergy. It wasn't gripping but it was pleasant.

    One Word Answer - 3 stars. Clever story. Once again, Sookie is smarter than she seems.

    Dracula Night - 3 stars. Eric's excitement about having Dracula attend his party is both silly and relatable. The 'mystery' was meh but nice background on Dracula.

    Lucky - 3.5 stars Nice little mystery, Sookie's getting good at solving them. Good use of both Sookie and Amelia's powers.

    Gift Wrap - 3 stars. Weird, yet sweet Christmas story. I was never a fan of Niall or that whole story line.

    Two Blondes - 3 stars. It was fun to see have Pam and Sookei have a night out.They have an odd friendship and the story showcased that nicely. The events didn't make a whole lot of sense but they let Pam and Sookie shine.

    If I Had a Hammer - 2 stars. Depressing, moody story. It was nice to see Tara and JB bu tthe story was muddled and dark.

    Small-Town Wedding - 3 stars. A novella, not a short story. Sam and Sookie go to the wedding of Sam's brother. But weres, including Sam's mother, were recently outed and tensions in town are high. Nice use of motorcyclists and a decent look at the tensions and hostility towards people perceived as outsiders, but the story was a little long.

    Playing Possum - 3 stars. Events in this story are much too current as they involve a shooting at a school. I wish Hunter had played a larger part in the story but at the same time, I wish this hadn't happened to him. Still, Harris did a good job portraying Hunter and Sookie's use of their powersin teh situation.

    In the Blue Hereafter - 2.5 stars. Sookie is a side character in this story. The focus is on Manfred, a psychic from her Harper Connelly books , who later went on to star in the Midnight Texas books. The story was slow, meandered, and just didn't grab me.

  • Breane Ross

    4 Star Rating!

    The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris

    Gotta be honest here, I had most of these stories already but not in the same place/book. It was GREAT reading about Sookie and the gang again. If you are a Sookie Stackhouse fan, of both her and her world, you will love this book!

    Really makes me miss Sookie and the gang. I recommend this book!

  • Jeri

    If you loved the series you will love revisiting some of the characters in these short stories all in one book. There aren't any major shockers, but it does provide a bit of backstory to some of the moments in the series.

    I received an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Heather

    Is Charlaine seriously still trying to make money off of a series she destroyed, because she stopped caring during the last three books??? Please don’t waste money on this and continue to support this woman. If you want to read it, you should borrow a copy from your local library. And, P.S., there is already a short story collection called A Touch Of Dead, that has half of these stories in it.

  • Kitt

    If you've gotten this far, you probably already know (and have) A Touch of Dead with the first five shorts.

    Fairy Dust - Dracula Night - One Word Answer - Lucky - Gift Wrap

    Most likely though, you're like me and purchased the 10 anthologies these shorts appeared in over a span of 14 years. You also bought AToD, because we still had hopes then and had to have all the Sookie.

    But like me, you are still wicked angry over her complete disregard of her own works during the "True Blood" years/last five

    If you've gotten this far, you probably already know (and have) A Touch of Dead with the first five shorts.

    Fairy Dust - Dracula Night - One Word Answer - Lucky - Gift Wrap

    Most likely though, you're like me and purchased the 10 anthologies these shorts appeared in over a span of 14 years. You also bought AToD, because we still had hopes then and had to have all the Sookie.

    But like me, you are still wicked angry over her complete disregard of her own works during the "True Blood" years/last five books.

    This ones a pass for me.

  • LOURDES (ChaptersWeLove)

    I loved going back to this characters and all their drama, I will never get tired of these stories or characters.


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