Sunday, 23 November 2014

After Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #13.5)

Dead Ever After marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned the hit HBO television show True Blood. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what happened next.

With characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.

This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

My Review:
OK this was a pretty major let down and smacks of cashing in on fans wanting to know more, yet not putting in the time and effort to make it pretty good for the readers. This was not good.

Firstly it was so short that I had the whole thing read in 20 minutes. Don't be fooled by it saying 208 pages. Each person gets a page of their own and some of the entries are no more than a line or two. That's why you can get through it so quick. The second issue was that most of the people in the A-Z are people that I had never heard of. It left me wondering how bad my memory was if I was staring blankly at a lot of the names, but reading other reviews has assured me that other readers had the same problem. The book has that 'thrown together' feeling and I think it was rushed out without taking the time to make it something really cool.

Some of the entries were quite funny-Jane's being rather appropriate, and Bubba's was the one that got me sniggering. I did like the resolution for Pam, Sam, Sookie, Eric and especially Bill. A few of the entries were pretty sad though. But to be honest most were just bland and boring. To be honest, you should just ask someone who has the book to read out the best bits to you or just skip it altogether and leave Dead Ever After as your finishing point for the series.  

Or you could just read on for the best bits and save yourself money. Here they are.

-Sookie and Sam get married and have four kids.
-Jason and Michelle stay married.
-Tara splits with JB when he won't stop cheating.
-Amelia and Bob split up.
-Eric and Freyda have a HEA though he still checks up on Sookie.
-Bill gets richer making violent vampire video games and becomes King of Louisiana.  
-Bubba visits his own grave and starts a riot.
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