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The Sookie Stackhouse Companion

(Sookie Stackhouse #10.5 - Small-Town Wedding)

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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 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nyx
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Stephanie Small Town Wedding fits between 10 and 11 according to my list. If I can get a complete list, I'll send it to you. I've never seen a definitive list…moreSmall Town Wedding fits between 10 and 11 according to my list. If I can get a complete list, I'll send it to you. I've never seen a definitive list like you can find for Dresden Files so I waited until I was caught up before reading any of the short stories.

edited to add: I actually listened to this some time ago and have ZERO memory of it! Gosh, I guess I'll have to relisten to the whole thing again. Darn. :)(less)

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Geraldine O'Hagan
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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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ஐ Briansgirl (Book 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
Marianne
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion is filled to the covers with interesting and important Sookie information. It has a map of Bon Temps, Sookie’s family tree, and Harris explains the chronology of the short stories and novellas, also where other stories in the Sookieverse fit in. There’s a Q&A from Harris to fans, also a Q&A from TrueBlood creator, producer and writer, Alan Ball to fans. Sookie herself discusses creatures she’s met, there are trivia quizzes and over 30 pages of Down-Home So ...more
Richard Derus
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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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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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Christine (KizzieReads)
The short story was good, and the book as a whole is a great reference for the Sookie Stackhouse world. I skimmed it a lot as I don't need to reread all the plots from all the books, and their timelines. I did, however, read the exchanges between Bill and Eric as well as some of the other stuff in this book.
Donna
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mortisha Cassavetes
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I have to say that even though this book is marked at 10.5 it is best read after book 11. The book is a fun q&a and it summarizes what has happened so far in the world of Sookie Stackhouse. I also enjoyed the novella enclosed of Small Town Wedding where Sookie accompanies Sam to his families house to be there for his brother's wedding and when a newly outed were family is marrying a human the town is all stirred up. I don't want to go into that story more as to not spoil it but I highly reco ...more
Mark
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Vanessa 'Pixi' Kraus
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Cheryl
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Jennifer Girard
ok... what was that? That was way too many things all at once. A short story, a huge useless summary, some greats conversations between Bill and Eric, a lot of recipes (I liked that actually that was my favorite part!) some interviews, and an index way too long. Anyway, I'm a huge true blood fan and I didn't like that book. I was hoping for something more I guess. I'm glad I didn't buy it.
Heather Read
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!)
Krisi
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Fine compilation of 'Sookie facts,' albeit a pretty dry read. Fun new tidbits, and I do mean tidbits, of communications between Eric & Bill, after each book summary. Enough to tittilate the taste buds. Q&A area, recipes, and more...
Brenna
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The novella was great, but I don't really care about interviews or rehashing worldbuilding.
Mariah
Apr 28, 2018 marked it as not-gonna-finish-that-shit  ·  review of another edition
Completely pointless after the first chapter- which is the wedding of Sam’s brother. Helpful, Harris. Appreciate it. 🙄
Kathy Davie
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
"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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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' ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
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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Amelia
As The Sookie Stackhouse Companion is rather a mixed bag, I thought I’d briefly explain each section in the hopes of giving other readers more of an idea of what it contains.

MILD SPOILERS FOR SMALL TOWN WEDDING AHEAD.


Preface

How Harris created Sookie's character. To be blunt, I don't like Sookie so I don't really care. I was, however, pleased to read about her choice to make her vampires and her setting more mundane than you often see. It's something that makes the series stand out so I was glad
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Laura Crosse
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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Lani
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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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willaful
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  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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Whitney
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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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Larissa
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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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Wendy
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Stacie
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Vicky
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Carly
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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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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