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The Sookie Stackhouse Companion (The Southern Vampire Mysteries (short stories and novellas) #15)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents the definitive guide to the world of Sookie Stackhouse.

Charlaine Harris has topped the bestseller charts and has become a nationwide phenomenon, thanks to the unconventional-and otherworldly- life of Sookie Stackhouse. Now, in her own words, Sookie gives readers a look at her family, friends, enemies, adventures, and-of c

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Hardcover, 461 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Ace Hardcover
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Geraldine O'Hagan
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Shannon Kitchens
I have to say, that I was disappointed with his book. When I first heard of it's release, I was intrigued, but didn't run out and buy it. Then I saw at copy while I was shelving at the library and thought I'd give it a try. At least I knew I would enjoy the new novella (which I did). When I looked through it, my interest was peaked by the different selections and I thought I would really enjoy this.

I did enjoy "Small Town Wedding", though it was odd to read because it's set before<.i> the
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Book Report: Exactly what the title says: a companion to the series of novels through book 11. Character synopses, book synopses, Q&A with Miss Harris, Q&A with Alan Ball who created True Blood based on the characters in the novels, a chronology of the whole canon including short fiction. Plus an original novella!

My Review: For all the non-novella material: Nicely done, no surprises.

The novella, "Small-Town Wedding", sees Sookie on her way to the much-delayed wed
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ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
Unfortunately, I can already tell I'm gonna hate this book and I've just opened it up. For starters, this is SUPPOSE to be the companion to the books, but she includes a section about True Blood, an interview with Alan Ball. Then I looked at the map of Bon Temps. I don't care if Charlaine Harris drew it herself, as is alleged, because it's WRONG!!!! If you read the books, you get a feel for certain things. The fact that Sookie lives out at the end of a long dead-end drive, that ends at the cemet ...more
Steven
I loved the short novella at the beginning, and the Q&As with True Blood bigwig Alan Ball and Charlaine Harris...

The recaps of the books was a nice refresher as well!

It was hard pushing through reading the recipes section and the "A to Z" Sookie-dictionary at the end. But again, it was a nice refresher of all the stuff up to this point.

And of course, Goodreads has this as 10.5, when it should have been marked as book 11.5 There was a lot of spoilerage for Dead Reckoning (11) which I haven't
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Donna
The Sookie piece included in this companion book (“Small Town Wedding”) was a good one, and in some ways I liked it more than the most recent book because it had a tight, cohesive story that tied in to a clear larger theme. I felt like this plot deserved inclusion in the main series rather than being shared in short story form, though. Sam’s talked about his family and the wedding in multiple Sookie books, so it was disconcerting for the characters in Dead Reckoning (Book 11) to just skip to tal ...more
Vanessa 'Pixi' Kraus
Feb 03, 2012 Vanessa 'Pixi' Kraus rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sookie Lovers, Vampire Adicts
I'll be honest, I didn't read the whole thing (and for a girl with OCD that's a big deal, lol). The 'novella' was a bit raw like most of Charlaine's short stories tend to be. I didn't like the fact that it was published out of order - hence the OCD in me. The novella was published 3 months after the 11th book but to be read chronologically it should be read before the 11th book. I also found a lot of the book to be very pointless unless I hadn't read the series in a long time and didn't want to ...more
Mark
The phenomenon of the Sookie Stackhouse books (eleven to date and counting) in recent years has been a real success story for those readers wanting a more adult version of vampires. Though the books are not as explicit as the HBO TV series based on it, True Blood, it is clear that the achievement of both has been mutually beneficial.

And usually with success comes the spin-offs, the merchandising, the additions for those who want to explore more.

This book is one of those. As a Companion, it fill
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Cheryl
This is a book for dedicated fans only. I recieved it as a present, and, even though I did like the Sookie books, a companion book is not something I would have bought.
The Sam and Sookie novella will appeal to anyone who enjoyed the series, but it is far from Harris' best work.
As for the rest of the content - the kindest word I can come up with is superfluous.
A less kind word would be filler.
An even less kind word would be crap.
Impossible trivia quiz?
Don't care.
Fan club president/stalker i
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Heather Read
A funny and classic set of Sookie Stackhouse stories. This collection provides yet another way to enjoy your guilty pleasure of Sookie and all of the characters of the entire series. Leaves you wanting more Sookie (and especially Eric!)
willaful
Jan 12, 2012 willaful rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only diehard fans of the series
I started this on audio and enjoyed the narration of the first part, a Sookie story called “Small-town Wedding.” But the next section, a timeline of the events of every book in the series, was about as interesting to listen to as the “begat” section of the Bible, so I switched to ebook. Which wasn’t much better, but at least I could easily skip.

The timeline also includes a filling in of off-screen conversations/emails from the books (not written by Harris) and who would have thought something c
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Stacie
Set up in several divided segments, this is a delightful surprise of little extras for Sookie fans.

"Small Town Wedding" novella is a bonding experience for Sookie and Sam. Quinn makes an appearance for what I assume is closure for readers. I loved getting a new Sookie story. Admitting outloud to Jannalynn her love for Eric and where she stands seems to be the pinnacle point of this parraelling to the events of the day, but the shortfall is some of that sarcastic wit that I love. It is still a n
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Yolanda Sfetsos
As you probably already know, I'm a huge Sookie Stackhouse fan. I love reading her stories, love the world, the many characters, and just losing myself in the latest installment. So, when I found out The Sookie Stackhouse Companion was going to be released, I couldn't wait to check it out!

I've been taking my time, slowly making my way through it during the last few weeks. It's jam-packed full of very interesting things about this world. I really enjoyed reading Charlaine's input into not just h
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Larissa
Welcome to Bon Temps, a cosy little town where a freakishly high number of supernatural's call home and where life is anything but easy and laid back. For Sookie, a telepath, life has drastically changed since the vamps came out of the coffin a few years back. More specifically her life changed the night she met her first vampire, Bill, and ever since then she has never looked back.

Several years, and books, later Sookie is still solving, plotting and uncovering murders in her own unique corner o
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Lani
Wait until someone else purchases this book so you can borrow it when they're finished. The majority of the book is a timeline and recap of all of her previous books. If you've already read the series (which I imagine most have if they are getting the companion), it's kind of a waste of money.

The short story in the first section of the book was good but not great. This is the story of Sam's brother's wedding in between "Dead in the Family" and "Dead Reckoning". It was decent for a Sookie fix wh
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Wendy
Thank god I read this book! I guess I came a little late to the Sookie phenomenon, but I'm all caught up now. I really enjoyed "Small Town Wedding" the short story. I also enjoyed the interview with Charlaine Harris. I especially liked the part where she said she would stop putting crucial parts of Sookie's story into collections of short stories! I had no idea this was happening! I always wondered why she never wrote about Sam's brother's wedding or when Sookie met the Queen of Louisiana in her ...more
Kathy Davie
"Small Town Wedding" is a short story in the Sookie Stackhouse series and, per Charlaine Harris, falls between Dead in the Family , 10, and Dead Reckoning , 11, making it 10.5.

My Take
The short story, "Small Town Wedding", was sweet. Family coming together, backing each other up. I loved the party after the wedding! I did not figure out how Sookie knew to head down to the pound.

Ooh, Quinn meets his "doom"! LOL, and so does Sarah Newlin...yes!

That takes care of the first 79 pages. After that, th
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Laura
Meh... This was okay, it's really aimed at hardcore fans. Funnily enough I would have put myself in or very close to that category but after reading this I realise maybe I was once but not so much any more. That's not to say I love me some Sookie but the series as a whole doesn't grip me as much as it used to.

The best thing about this book is the short story in the beginning, A Small Town Wedding where Sookie goes with Sam to his brothers wedding. Even though neither Sam's brother or his bride-
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
If this book proved one thing to me it's that, while I consider myself a Sookie fan, I'm truly a dilettante. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about Sookie, truly.I enjoy the books, they are fun, do I need a Sookie Encyclopedia? Perhaps a pared down one because the general plot lines and characters are getting unwieldy and out of control. Do a need more than three hundred pages of this? Hell no. While I agree it is fun to have reference books to your favorite authors, these really aren't ...more
Whitney
I gotta say, I wasn't expecting too much from this, but was pleasantly surprised to discover I absolutely loved it! The novella "Small Town Wedding" was wonderful! While not necessary to understand the rest of the novels, I still felt the novella in it's own way moved the novels in the series forward as well as gave you more insight into many things; including Sam's personal life, the revel of the shifters, and Sookie & Sam's friendship.

I found the trivia and recipes to be lots of good fun
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Vicky
It was a good book. The story I found the most fascinating was the one about Sookie going to Sam's brother's wedding. She goes there with him and trouble ensues and takes them on a wild ride through chaos and the ups and downs until the main event. Sure some people like them and some people don't like them, though in the end, it solves the chaos into happiness. I also enjoyed the cooking section, I can't wait to make a lot of these tasty dishes. It explains a lot of the characters and one on one ...more
Sarah
I was really disappointed by this book. I enjoyed the novella, which is why The Sookie Stackhouse Companion got 2 stars. Following the novella was a section summarizing each book and then in the next section the history was retold again in Sookie's POV, which was completely pointless. I expected the short stories section to actually be filled with short stories, but instead Charlaine Harris just summarized each short story and told where they belonged (a list which is also available towards the ...more
Carly
If you are a fan of the Sookie novels then you will love this companion! At the start there is a brand-new Sookie story in which she accompanies Sam to his sisters wedding. There is detailed summaries of each novel right up to Dead Reckoning, which might be a little bit boring for some people but personally for me it was a great reminder of everything that's gone on in the novels, as its so long from I've read them all. There is also a fans questions and answers from Alan Ball. Sookie's family t ...more
Kendra
Just a horrible, horrible waste of time. I like the Sookie Stackhouse books, but this "Companion" just reads like the half-hearted moneygrabber that it is. Even the "novella" about Sookie going to TX with Sam for his brother's wedding isn't very interesting -- and that's the best part of the book. The rest of it is mostly a Cliffs Notes timeline of the other book with stupid "behind the scenes" letters and phone calls between Bill and Eric. I didn't even come close to actually reading this thing ...more
Jennie
I'm becoming more and more disenchanted with what Charlaine Harris has to offer. The short story contained within this collection of information about the Sookie-verse was disappointing. It contained a few nuggets of useful information but largely went about the task of (view spoiler) .

I didn't read the recipes nor did I spend any time on the retelling of all the previous books. The section of conversations between Eric and B
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Alicia
Sep 17, 2014 Alicia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
The book starts out with a short story of Sookie going to Sam’s brother’s wedding. There was controversy because, despite Sam’s brother not being a shifter and his bride not being a shifter, people were protesting. The story was a lot of blah blah blah, but the point seemed to be to show that Sookie is no longer the same girl who was squeamish about blood and also give Quinn a happy ending (without Sookie). It seems that no man can move on from Sookie without her permission, so in this story Qui ...more
Meigan
Cute book if you are a diehard Sookie fan (but even if you're a fair weather fan, it's still good reading.).

The Companion is a compendium of interesting tidbits pertaining to all aspects of Sookieverse; maps, q&a, recipes (yes, the chocolate cake is in there :) ). My favorite bits were the short story, Small Town Wedding (has quite a bit of Sam, if you're a fan of him), the intro written by Charlaine, and the section titled Vampires, Two-Natured, Fairies Oh-My!. It's told from Sookie's POV a
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Andrea
Boring.


So the novella | mini story | whatever was decent. Typical Sookie over-drama where too much unrealistic crap happens in too short of a time.

I can overlook the latter. But the rest was useless. Anyone that's read the stories doesn't need all of the back history. The interviews were boring. The definitions pointless.

Don't waste your money. The story of Sookie and Sam at Sam's brother's wedding will, I'm sure, be told in minute detail in the next book.
Misty VIllanueva
Loved the short story. It was great. I really love the secret dialogue between Eric and Bill. Those were great. The companion contains a great timeline, a summary of each book & the short stories and where the shorts fit between the books. There is a glossary and a map of Bon Temps. There are questions & answers from fans for Charlaine and Alan Ball which were very informative. I recommend this for any SVM lover.
Chelsea
I really could have taken or left this. The short story at the beginning is sort of entertaining, although it should have just been included as part of the series of novels.

The interview with Alan Ball was kind of cool, but that is because I love the man's work.

Recipes are whatever. I don't get into stuff like that.

The character stuff at the end was somewhat helpful, although I didn't think it was completely necessary to completely reiterate the skeleton of Sookie's story throughout the series.
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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The Southern Vampire Mysteries (short stories and novellas) (9 books)
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  • Dancers in the Dark
  • One Word Answer (Sookie Stackhouse, #5.1)
  • Dracula Night (Sookie Stackhouse #4.3)
  • Gift Wrap (Sookie Stackhouse 8.1)
  • Lucky (Sookie Stackhouse 7.1)
  • A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #4.1, #4.3, #5.1, #7.1, #8.1)
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“Eric: if Sookie had died, I would let you suffer.
Bill: if Sookie had died, I would already be dead.”
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