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A Touch of Dead

(Sookie Stackhouse #4.1, 4.3, 5.5, 7.5 & 8.5)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  47,567 ratings  ·  1,918 reviews
Meet Sookie Stackhouse!

Sookie Stackhouse is everybody's favourite cocktail waitress: a cute bubbly blonde ... who can read minds. But Sookie's far from being the only person in Bon Temps, Louisiana with a handicap, what with the local vampire population demanding their unhuman rights and weres fighting for territory ... In fact, Bon Temps is a pretty lively place these day
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Ace (first published January 1st 2009)
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(B+) 76% | Good
Notes: Kind of like finding and placing the missing (hinted at) pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and seeing a more complete picture.
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Here's a fun joke you can play on someone! Loan them your copies of the Twilight books. Now, if you've chosen to play this joke on someone capable of experiencing love, wait for them to breathlessly return them to you. Then, when they ask you what other books you like, loan them the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Check in with them periodically. Smile and nod when they compare Bill to Edward. Bide your time. Wait until they've gotten through the first three books, and then ask them what they thought ...more
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
This was a fascinating deeper look into the fairies we met in the last book, Claudine, and her brother Claude. I hope to see more of them throughout the series, they are quite interesting!

Merged review:

A good collection of short stories. See each story's page for my individual reviews.
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
*** 3.33 ***

Fairy triplets, an old Vamp in spandex onezy, a dead relative, a very lucky insurance agent, and the last one where grandpa becomes a pimp! Not bad, just nothing too special...

"...“Vampires like fairies the way dogs like bones : great toys , good food.”..."
The book cover is mesmerising (red on black is beautiful)
The illustrations are absolutely incredible
The stories are really witty and straight to the point

Fairy dust - I love Claude and Claudine, I literally adore them. Fantastic who done it type story.

Dracula night - straight to the point, delivered a lot of charm and the writing style was beautiful. Classic beforehand research and your typically case of vampiro imposto.

One word answer - I loved it and I loved what I saw of Sookie’s cousin Had
Sarah Elizabeth
Fairy Dust
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Really quite odd. (view spoiler)

One Word Answer
Short story about Hadley's death, and I didn't like the one word answer when two questions were asked! Which question was she answering?

Okay story, not sure why they thought themselves lucky though.

Gift Wrap
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bizarrely, this book of short stories made me think less of every character appearing in them.

Fairy Dust: Not very illuminating. I guess Claudine was the only good one of those triplets. The mystery was pretty dim, including Sookie's eureka moment.

Dracula Night: I did not need to see Eric starring in "The Great Pumpkin". On top of that, why on earth would Eric worship Vlad Tepes, who died in 1476? He's half Eric's age. And claiming Tepes created a Golden Age for vampires seems ridiculous. Bullsh
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
I felt cheated by this one. Somehow, these stories left me with the feeling that I just read a short advertisement for the Sookie Stackhouse series. I mean, Harris spends so much time explaining every single stinking detail of Sookie, her life, her friends in Bon Temps and the surrounding area, that very little story is left for the actual ... well, the actual story itself. And the stories don't really hold up well on their own. I mean, they fit nicely into the context of the larger series ~ if ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
These are short stories set between books of the True Blood series. These books are fun; kind of like potato chips - it's hard to stop once you start in on them. Now I want to reread the series. I'm pretty sure I never finished all of them. I want to rewatch the show, too; it doesn't follow the books exactly.

In these stories, we find out what happened to one of the fairy triplets; we learn that Dracula is real (and Eric kind of has this hero worship thing going on - but Eric's probably older tha
Richard Derus
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: three and a half smiley stars of five

The Publisher Says: New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her “spunky” (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written— together in one volume.

Stories include “Fairy Dust,” “One Word Answer,” “Dracula Night,” “Lucky,” and “Giftwrap.”

My Review: How fun. Sookie Stackhouse in s
Bettynz (Larraine)
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
The library finally has 4 copies, at least, and I've dropped to #3 on the waiting list :):)

Oh yeah
oh yeah
oh yeah!
I've had the email
It's sitting waiting for me.
Just in time for the long weekend :) :)

Oh dear. It's too quick to read!
Read one before I went to sleep last night. Another one in the middle of the night when I was awake and bored. Arrrgggh.
If I let myself pick it up again I'll be finished it today!

Sigh. And so it was. Over quickly. Too quickly. and now there'll be this extende
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairy Dust is a short story in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Claudine, the only fairy that Sookie has ever met, comes into the bar with a request for help. And while fairies are notoriously bad tippers, Sookie will get paid for using her telepathic powers, so she agrees. They go to Claude’s house (Claudine’s brother, identical, who knew?) where Sookie, in her unique way, questions three of Claude’s work colleagues at the exotic dance club, Hooligans. ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: harris-charlaine
I am not a particular fan of short stories, so read this just for the sake of completeness after finishing the Sookie novels. In the collection of five stories, I found "One Word Answer" the most interesting especially with the mention of Marie Laveau, an actual person in the history of New Orleans who also appears in Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January series. Featuring Amelia and a brief appearance by Bob, "Lucky" was an enjoyable and cute read. ...more
Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: all Sookie fans
3.5 stars.

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories, so much so that I was about to give it 4 stars. I think my enjoyment has a lot to do with the fact that I didn't have to pay $23.95 to read it. As a free offering, it's a great entertainment.

In no way is Charlaine Harris is a great short story writer or a writer period, and yet her books are like crack to me - can't get enough of them, even though I know they are not good in any literary sense.

Yes, some of the stories suffer from
Oct 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: fantasy
Wow. This book was lame. No new story, just five stories already published in other short story collections. Two-page illustrations in front of each story and really big font to make you feel like you actually read a book instead of a glorified Sookie Stackhouse brochure.

I'd only read one of the stories before, unfortunately for me it was apparently the best of the bunch. "Gift Wrap" was plain awful. "Fairy Dust" is unimpressive (ooh, Sookie's so clever and uses her extreme cleverness to solve
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Another fun read. If you haven't read any Sookie Stackhouse before, this isn't a great introduction. Harris relies on the books for the world setting, but does fill in enough details to keep the chronology within the series correct.

“Fairy Dust” is after the events in "Dead to the World" & is pretty good. It's a murder mystery with Claudine & Claude in it.

“Dracula Night” happens before "Dead as a Doornail" & was probably my least favorite story of the bunch. It takes place mostly in Fangtasia wi
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how to rate these novels - my husband told me to start a 'guilty pleasures' book shelf and put them on there and rate them accordingly, but I'm not ready to start making separate shelves yet! They're totally trashy & when I read the first one I originally thought "this is so poorly written & trashy, who reads these?" Quickly I was sucked in and read every single last page of every single book in the series along with a short stories book. (I mean, it only take a brief evening to rea ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, reviewed, 2014, shelved
A fun collection of short stories from the wonderful Sookie Stackhouse universe. Some of these stories should have been included as sections in the other books and expanded upon! Then there are a couple that are simply just fun shorts.

“Fairy Dust” - Sookie helps Claudine and Claude figure out what happened to their sister Claudette.

“One Word Answer” - Sookie finds out about Hadley!

“Dracula Night” - Eric throws a huge Halloween Party at Fangtasia!

“Lucky” - Amelia and Sookie investigate a stre
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Touch of Dead is an omnibus of five short stories in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris.
Fairy Dust: Claudine, the only fairy that Sookie has ever met, comes into the bar with a request for help. And while fairies are notoriously bad tippers, Sookie will get paid for using her telepathic powers, so she agrees. They go to Claude’s house (Claudine’s brother, identical, who knew?) where Sookie, in her unique way, questions three of Claude’s work colleagues at
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital
A Touch of Dead consists of 5 short stories that fall in various places in the Southern Vampire Series, featuring heroine Sookie Stackhouse. I absolutely love that Harris has collected up all of the Sookie short stories into one volume. Now I really wish all the other series that I read would do the same thing!

The stories in A Touch of Dead fall in various places throughout the Sookie novels, and are thoughtfully put in chronological order in the collection. Some give us a little more back-stor
This was a lovely little addition to my Sookie Stackhouse collection. Although I had read most of the books before reading these short stories and could see where they would fit on the timeline you really don't need to read them in order. The only disappointing thing - I finished them way to quickly. There are a total of five stories which are all very good:

Fairy Dust
This is a miniature mystery as Sookie is asked by her fairy godmother to investigate the death of her sister. Along the way we are
Geraldine O'Hagan
Oct 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Terrible. Also, the final story features the most disturbing and generally wrong present ever given by a great-grandfather to his great-grand-daughter. Plus, in its entirety so dull that even people who actually think Harris can write will be bored.
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
2021 - Still a great collection, made more so since I read this after something I truly did not enjoy to clear my literary palate. Thank you Harris for being so reliably entertaining!

2010 -

Fairy Dust

This story is about Claude and Claudine. I never knew they were actually 2 of a set of triplets. That's one of the joys of short stories slipped between novels in a series. You get little glimpses and facts that just aren't necessary to canon, but are sure fun to read. My favorite line in the story i
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series has really hit it big. Besides being a nice mix of the occult and humor, everyone is diving into the long-popular series since it has been converted into a television show on HBO. This volume collects a number of stories that have been written over the years and included in collections of vampire tales from popular writers in the genre.

In "Fairy Dust," readers got their first chance to meet Claude AND Claudine, two twin fairies that eventually play a major role i
Jun 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book was passed to me by my older sister, who is not a reader. That I know of, she had read two books in her life, and then Sookie Stackhouse and the HBO TrueBlood series came along and for the first time in her life she was anxiously waiting for a book release and asking for books for Christmas. So when she finished this one she brought it to me because she wanted me to love it too. That's sweet.
I hadn't read any of Harris' books but figured there must be some fantastic writing for her to
4.1 - Fairy Dust 3★ Sookie helps fairies Claudine & Claude uncover who murdered their sister Claudette.
4.3 - Dracula Night 2.5★
5.1 - One Ward Answer 4★ Sookie is told about the death of her cousin Hadley
7.1 - Lucky 4★ Sookie & Amelia play amateur detecitives
8.1 - Gift Wrap 3★ Sookie's Fairy Great Grandfather organises an unusual Xmas gift. But Sookie sure enjoyed it
Yolanda Sfetsos
This gorgeous and sleek book contains five short stories by Charlaine Harris that up until now were included in other anthologies. They're all about Sookie Stackhouse and take place between certain books in the series. I think the UK/Australian cover is absolutely gorgeous. This is the US cover, which is really cute too. And the inside is just as stunning. There's an introduction by Charlaine herself, and a two-page illustration at the beginning of every story.

Now, here's a little about the sto
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
All of these stories were published in other anthologies, so it's possible they can be rereads; I know I'd encountered at least one before reading this volume.

The story arcs and timelines of the full length Sookie novels are pretty tight; as a result, the stories aren't a part of the timeline, and with one exception, don't contain information that's pertinent to the rest of the books. Some of the stories I definitely liked more than others; hell, in the introduction, Charlaine Harris tells us th
Riju Ganguly
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I have never ever seen a single episode of the famous HBO Series “True Blood” (I know, I know! But I was way-beyond the target demographic by the time the series came out, so perhaps you might be able to forgive me.), I have been reading the tales of Sookie Stackhouse for quite a while now. I remain one of the more ardent readers of supernatural/paranormal-themed anthologies, and Charlaine Harris’ stories are usually star attractions therein. However, before I even begin my ramblings about ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light tasty bites of supernatural life in Bon Temps.
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry an

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