After Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #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…The book will feature extensive interior art by acclaimed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini, including a Sookieverse Alphabet, color endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.

After Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #13.5) Details

TitleAfter Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #13.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2013
PublisherAce
ISBN-139780425269510
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Fiction

After Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #13.5) Review

  • Izzy
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately if you didn't feel betrayed before 'Dead Ever After', the final book in the series, you will feel betrayed with this...thing.It's not a narrative or a short story. It's just short bullet points of Charlaine Harris twisting the story by going by her rules and NOT the rules of the Sookieverse.I'm being serious. There's sadness, bitterness, anger and jealousy everywhere you look in this book. The majority of characters have horrific deaths, go through divorces and generally have an Unfortunately if you didn't feel betrayed before 'Dead Ever After', the final book in the series, you will feel betrayed with this...thing.It's not a narrative or a short story. It's just short bullet points of Charlaine Harris twisting the story by going by her rules and NOT the rules of the Sookieverse.I'm being serious. There's sadness, bitterness, anger and jealousy everywhere you look in this book. The majority of characters have horrific deaths, go through divorces and generally have an unhappy, depressing life. Also, there are continuity errors (these are mentioned in spoiler tag below). I don't know how she achieved that in such a small "book" but she did.For instance, (view spoiler)[ How can Pam hold Sookie's reception at Fangtasia if Sookie is banned from it? How can Bill become King (when asked, CH admits that this was a nod towards TrueBlood) when he had no interest in politics -- he only became the Investigator of Area 5 so that when Sookie was called to do jobs, he would be with her and protect her. According to the books and Companion, the minor characters Dixie and Dixen Mayhew are werepanthers but in this book, they're werewolves! Why would Sookie be watching Eric on TV? None of it makes sense! (hide spoiler)]These kind of mistakes are just appalling. Just goes to show that a) Harris is not a good planner or a good writer and b) Her continuity editor is not doing her work. The readers of this series know these characters. It's clear that Harris & Co do not know them at all.I think CH thinks that the only characters that we should care about is Sookie. Sorry, but I don't care about Sookie any more -- she became such a bitch towards the end of the series. Because of this, CH only gives Sam and Sookie what could be considered a "happy" ending. What I mean by that, is that it's not completely happy. I adored early Sookie who was a lovely young woman but I detest the person that she became.Oh, and Sookie and Co (Hunter and other little mites with telepathy) still hate their telepathy. How nice, right? They still think of it as a disability. This completely goes against everything the fantasy genre stands for. Sookie should have been proud to be telepathic; the whole point of the fantasy genre is that the protagonist is supposed to embrace their gift. Why Charlaine Harris believes that Sookie's telepathy is a "disability" is beyond me.Charlaine Harris obviously enjoys creating all of these characters and then torturing them. It's like something out of a soap opera -- all of these characters fates are so crazy and so contrived (and happens to most of them) that you just can't believe them. They make you so very depressed and you just think, "What was the point?"This should have been free on her blog, website or even at the back of Dead Ever After. I don't recommend reading it. Imagine your own ending for these characters. Trust me, your imagination is a lot better than Charlaine Harris'. Harris may have started this series but she gave up on it a long time ago. It's clear that she dislikes romance, vampires, paranormal romance fans, happy endings and continuity. Trust me, the average reader can run circles around Charlaine Harris and create a much better story.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Charlaine Harris should give classes on how to bitch-slap fans. Really! It's like she looked at all of those one star reviews for that last turd in the Sookie series, and said to herself:Ha! Those sorry fuckers wanna know what happened NEXT?Muhahahahahaha!I'll show 'em what happens next...And then she wrote the most laughable thing ever, and giggled all the way to the bank.See, if she were really trying to soothe all of the ruffled feathers, she would have offered this up as a FREEBIE on her Charlaine Harris should give classes on how to bitch-slap fans. Really! It's like she looked at all of those one star reviews for that last turd in the Sookie series, and said to herself:Ha! Those sorry fuckers wanna know what happened NEXT?Muhahahahahaha!I'll show 'em what happens next...And then she wrote the most laughable thing ever, and giggled all the way to the bank.See, if she were really trying to soothe all of the ruffled feathers, she would have offered this up as a FREEBIE on her website. After all, it's not a novella. Nope. It's an A-Z list of characters, and what happened to them.Most got a few sentences. Some got one line. And the lucky ones got a page.Thing is, I didn't know or care who most of the characters featured in this even were! Some neighbor? A bar patron? A cop? Somebody randomly mentioned 10 books ago? WHOTHEFUCKCARES?! Not me, that's for sure.And the characters I did care about...Their fates ranged from sad to boring.Although, I noticed a few characters that she gave some wiggle room to, just in case she wanted to milk them in the future.Sorry, but there's no way I'd ever invest my time in another one of her series.Why?Because I know she can write...when she wants to.And I might really like that series. But what happens when she gets sick of writing about those characters?Yeah. No thanks, Lady. This was nothing more than revenge on everyone who called her out for not giving these characters the send-off they deserved.It's an overpriced (Kindle version is $5.50) List...not a book. And to say this thing was illustrated is an insult to illustrated books. Drawing a picture around a letter of the alphabet is not my idea of an 'illustrated' novel.If you're thinking of starting this series? Retreat! Retreat!
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  • Kevin Richey
    January 1, 1970
    There are three things horribly wrong with this "book," and the first is that it exists at all.The Sookie Stackhouse series (inspiration for the HBO series True Blood) has had 13 novels, close to 20 short stories, and a companion guide already. The last book, released in May, closed the series. It wrapped everything up, even if those conclusions were mostly disappointing to fans. This book has now been released as a "coda" to the series, so that author Charlaine Harris can give fans the answers There are three things horribly wrong with this "book," and the first is that it exists at all.The Sookie Stackhouse series (inspiration for the HBO series True Blood) has had 13 novels, close to 20 short stories, and a companion guide already. The last book, released in May, closed the series. It wrapped everything up, even if those conclusions were mostly disappointing to fans. This book has now been released as a "coda" to the series, so that author Charlaine Harris can give fans the answers to what happens to everyone in the series, both major and minor, for the rest of their fictional lives. It's not an epilogue; there's no story here. This is simply what Harris thinks happens to the plumber from Book 4, or the lawyer's children who you never actually meet in the series, to Sookie and Jason, and so on—up until the day that they die. This is my first real complaint: readers aren't really supposed to get this kind of thing spelled out for them. After the book ends, what happens to everyone should largely be left in the reader's imagination. Still, as this was from the original author of the series, I tried to go in with an open mind.The second major flaw with this book is Charlaine's complete lack of imagination in deciding everyone's fate, making the entries read like obituaries. Or, worse, skipping characters she doesn't want to think about at this time (!!!).Geez, these people had boring lives. For some characters, all that is mentioned is that they died decades later. If the most interesting thing that happens to a person in their life is that they died falling off the toilet, that person doesn't deserve a book. Fiction is about excitement, the essence of life—not summarizing how many kids someone had, or reading like an obituary. Really, that's how this entire book felt: like reading the obituary of every single character, no matter how minor. This was both dull and depressing. Plus it's lazy, amateur writing throughout. Really sloppy. What's worse though is that she selects a few random characters and DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEM. This is obviously because she plans to write more about them, or wants to keep that option open for herself even if she may never get around to it. One of the characters this happens to is Quinn, who was a pretty major character in the series. We find out NOTHING about him. This is his entry:"JOHN QUINN had many more adventures."That's it! And that takes up an entire page!The third problem with this book is its short length coupled with its high price tag.I think I read this in twenty minutes, and I tried to read slow to savor it. It is over 200 pages long. Out of curiosity, I actually counted the words on a random section (Letters P-Q), and it was somewhere around 350 words in roughly 20 pages of book. That makes it around 17.5 words per page. Average wordcount for fiction is 300 words per page. This means that if After Dead were formatted properly, it would be ELEVEN PAGES. Let me repeat that: IF FORMATTED PROPERLY, THIS BOOK WOULD BE ELEVEN PAGES. That is not an exaggeration or hyperbole. That is math.The brevity of some of the entries is offensive. Some characters literally had two words written about them, and this takes up sometimes five pages, between the blank pages, and the "art" included. (There are graphics throughout of big letters to divide the book into alphabetical sections. I think there are more pages of these than pages of text.) I had luckily seen the negative Amazon reviews about this, and got my copy from the library. If I had paid the $18 asking price (I think you can get it for around $10 on Amazon, print or ebook), I would have been seriously pissed. This should have never gotten its own release; it's just too short. If Harris wanted to deliver this information, she could have put it up for free on her website, or added it to the Sookie Stackhouse Companion, which is in dire need of an update. That would have been more appropriate than telling fans she wrote a "coda" to the series, when all she did was write a few disjointed, lazy thoughts about characters' fates, most of whom nobody remembers.In summary, DON'T BUY THIS BOOK. If you are a diehard Sookie fan, just grab a copy at Barnes and Noble and read it while getting a coffee. You'll probably have it done before your drink is made. Then put it back on the shelf and buy something else by an author who still gives a sh*t.
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  • Sahara
    January 1, 1970
    Oh really, another one.
  • Olga
    January 1, 1970
    Kill me. Kill me now with a fork. What I think about this book? And I thought I was over it. But this woman knows how to twist the knife in your heart. I only had the morbid curiosity to read about Jason and Sookie, Pam and, of course, Eric. Biggest mistake in a while. I need brain bleach now.Aside from more money, what was the purpose of this "book" again? Remarkable quotes:"Sookie and Sam had four children, the last being a complete surprise. Neal and Jennings came first, followed by Adele Kill me. Kill me now with a fork. What I think about this book? And I thought I was over it. But this woman knows how to twist the knife in your heart. I only had the morbid curiosity to read about Jason and Sookie, Pam and, of course, Eric. Biggest mistake in a while. I need brain bleach now.Aside from more money, what was the purpose of this "book" again? Remarkable quotes:"Sookie and Sam had four children, the last being a complete surprise. Neal and Jennings came first, followed by Adele and their “bonus baby,” Jillian Tara." "After a couple of years, Eric became genuinely attached to Freyda, who showed herself to be strong but fair." "Sookie wore white because it was traditional and she looked good in white, what with her tan and all." "All the Merlotte children grew up tolerant, since they all knew their dad was a shapeshifter and Uncle Jason a werepanther. The children also learned to accept vampires but to remain very wary in their presence. They thought “Aunt” Pam was hysterically funny." "After an earthquake damaged two of his casinos in Las Vegas, Felipe rebuilt them with the money he got from selling Louisiana . . . to Bill Compton, who makes a great king, though he refuses to move to New Orleans."
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  • Megan Millisor
    January 1, 1970
    A great little way to tie up loose ends.
  • Ava
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Ms. Harris,Please step away from your computer or put way whatever you use to pen your Sookie Stackhouse series. You are doing a disservice to your creation and as a former fan of your work I must tell you everytime you release something related to the series you are making it worse. My suggestion is to let your former fans take over and try to resuscitate this mess in the world of fan fiction. What happened to you? Did you loose your inspiration for Eric? For Sookie? If you needed help all Dear Ms. Harris,Please step away from your computer or put way whatever you use to pen your Sookie Stackhouse series. You are doing a disservice to your creation and as a former fan of your work I must tell you everytime you release something related to the series you are making it worse. My suggestion is to let your former fans take over and try to resuscitate this mess in the world of fan fiction. What happened to you? Did you loose your inspiration for Eric? For Sookie? If you needed help all you had to do was listen to the fans. By the way, what the hell were you thinking when you released this new shit. Was this your attempt to say "suck it" to the ppl who sent you hate mail for DEA? Please just stop writing and go enjoy your millions I contributed to....no more Sookie releases please, we can't take this anymore, just step away, SERIOUSLY!!Former FanI gotta hold of a copy and it is a complete waste of time!! Half the ppl mentioned you don't even remember cause they were so insignificant and irrelevant to any of the stories. And there was nothing to fix the Sookie's and Eric's ending. CH made mention that Eric turned a blue eyed boy so I guess we are to assume that it is someone related to Sookie a son or grandson, who knows. Save ur pennies and get a copy elsewhere!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Never, not a chance in h*ll, not even if I got paid to open it. See my review for the "final" book in SVM >> http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...?Is the next thing selling bed spreads with Sookies name? How can CH draw the last money out of this cash cow?*snorts* Wait a month, and shell be back with something new. (edited for a mis-conjugated verb) Never, not a chance in h*ll, not even if I got paid to open it. See my review for the "final" book in SVM >> http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...?Is the next thing selling bed spreads with Sookie´s name? How can CH draw the last money out of this cash cow?*snorts* Wait a month, and she´ll be back with something new. (edited for a mis-conjugated verb)
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Oh dear, that was actually worse than I expected! Alright, first off: Don't buy this book. If you're like me, and you have some deep seated need to torment yourself, get it from the library.The list price on the back of this baby is 18 bucks. Let me give you a quick mental image of what you're paying 18 bucks for. While the book is hard backed, it's the length and width of your typical paper back book, and has 208 pages, which doesn't sound that skimpy until you look at the pages. Most pages Oh dear, that was actually worse than I expected! Alright, first off: Don't buy this book. If you're like me, and you have some deep seated need to torment yourself, get it from the library.The list price on the back of this baby is 18 bucks. Let me give you a quick mental image of what you're paying 18 bucks for. While the book is hard backed, it's the length and width of your typical paper back book, and has 208 pages, which doesn't sound that skimpy until you look at the pages. Most pages have only a single sentence, or if you're super lucky a whole dang paragraph! (wow). And of course, the backs of the pages are blank. As well, there are a ton of entirely blank pages as well as pages with "artwork" letters. So really, if you're paying list price you are seriously over paying.Of course, I'll just take a wild jump and say that you can probably find this book cheaper than the list price, but even then I wouldn't say it was worth it. These characters that we're "catching up on"? Yeah, most of them you probably won't even remember. To be honest, less than half of the characters where ones I recognized.And to be honest [spoilers] the majority of the endings were rather depressing. [/spoilers]Also, perhaps the worst news of all... I'm pretty sure Charlaine Harris is planning a sequel series with Barry the bellman which is probably my worst nightmare. Let it die, please. Start a new series, unrelated to this massive crash and burn of a series.
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  • Dany
    January 1, 1970
    Lol…Really?Has she got off her trolley completely?Date of pub 29th of October?.. For the last one she had us waiting a full year and this one will come out in only few months... She is probably trying to win her fans back, after the incredible flop of the last book of the series... And the TV series as well is just going down the hill completely... Guess what? I'd rather have my eyes ripped off that reading another of her books
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This isn't really another book in the series. It is more like an appendix with all the characters in the Sookie novels listed alphabetically. It very briefly summarizes the fate of each for those who are curious. To give an idea of how brief the coverage actually is, it took me about 30 minutes to finish reading. The majority of the book is filled with blank space and illustrations. The only characters that got more than one page worth of summary were Sookie and Eric. I wouldn't recommend This isn't really another book in the series. It is more like an appendix with all the characters in the Sookie novels listed alphabetically. It very briefly summarizes the fate of each for those who are curious. To give an idea of how brief the coverage actually is, it took me about 30 minutes to finish reading. The majority of the book is filled with blank space and illustrations. The only characters that got more than one page worth of summary were Sookie and Eric. I wouldn't recommend purchasing it. You can look up the main characters if you are interested, but I found the explanations to be less than satisfying and predictable. There were no major changes or surprises. The blurbs for most characters are a couple sentences, and a lot of the characters are so minor that I forgot who they were and don't care how they fared. In the end, this is another disappointment in a long line of such as far as the Sookie books go.
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  • Bitchie
    January 1, 1970
    Doing my "review" as I read this, because the WTFery is just, WTF?! It's going to be full of spoilers, so read past the spoiler line at your own risk.First off, nearly 10 bucks for 200 pages. Ok. But then when you start reading, it's kinda like those little blurbs that they put during the end credits of a movie. "so and so was voted most likely to succeed. He knocked up the head cheerleader, and worked at the local dump". etc. Some of these "pages" only have two-three sentences! So way Doing my "review" as I read this, because the WTFery is just, WTF?! It's going to be full of spoilers, so read past the spoiler line at your own risk.First off, nearly 10 bucks for 200 pages. Ok. But then when you start reading, it's kinda like those little blurbs that they put during the end credits of a movie. "so and so was voted most likely to succeed. He knocked up the head cheerleader, and worked at the local dump". etc. Some of these "pages" only have two-three sentences! So way overpriced! (so glad I borrowed this!)Most of these people I don't even remember. Pythoness? Isabel Beaumont? Christian Baruch? I wanted to know about our Bon Temps regulars, not people who got five minutes of page time in one book!But now, the ones I DO remember (read these at your own risk, you've been warned):(view spoiler)[Andy and Halleigh Bellfleur- daughter was born two months after the last book, had a heart condition, lives until her senior year of high school, then dies from complications of the condition. Is buried in her cheerleading uniform. They had two other children.Terry Bellfleur and his wife are killed in a car accident eight years after the last book.Jane Bodehouse died after falling off the toilet. Ok, that's not so surprising.Det Mike Coughlin was shot and killed during a Wendy's robbery.WTF is Mark Duffy? He died too, whoever he was.JB cheated on Tara and she kicked him out. He kept sleeping around, was married a few more times, and died fucking someone in the old folks home. I guess for JB, he had a happy life.Arlene's kid Coby died of an overdose.Bill eventually became king of Lousianna, but never moved to New Orleans. He invented a bunch of vampire video games and became quite rich.Calvin Norris was happily married, until his wife got too near an angry young panther, and she was killed.Fellow telepath Barry stayed with Sam's mom for a bit, then left, driving all the way to Seattle. Feels like a spin off might be coming.Bubba is in Canada after going on a rampage or something.Quinn- well it didn't say anything about Quinn except that he had many more adventures. Maybe another spin off?Eric pretty much lived happily as Freyda's consort or whatever he was. He did get one of the longest "Ever afters" in the book.Pam still runs Fangtasia, and married Heidi. I don't remember who Heidi is. Pam remained friends with Sookie.Jason's ever after is long too. He was happy in his marriage, and shockingly, remained faithful. They had two kids, one was a telepath. Then he freaking died of a sudden heart attack at 55. WTF? Sookie and Sam got married a bit over a year later. They got married during the day, and Pam threw them a party at Fangtasia, asking Sookie to wear her wedding dress, and she (pam) sent a picture to Eric. Sookie and Sam had 4 kids. Only one was telepathic. They all lived a happy hunky dory life. (hide spoiler)]And that is pretty much it. There were lots more people talked about, but I only posted about the ones I really remembered fairly well, and that upset me. Too much sadness and misery, really. I find this book to be a rip off, TOTALLY not worth the price being charged. Every bit of this could have been contained in the paperback of the last book. It would be more incentive for people to buy the paperback, and people wouldn't be gouged by this blatant RIP OFF. As my friends know, I was one of the few people who didn't go into a rage at the last book, I understood how Sookie ended up who she ended up with. But THIS- THIS will probably cause me to never buy one of this author's books again.
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    I was actually one of those people who wanted to read this. But after I did (which didn't take very long) I was kind of sorry I did. First off, it definitely wasn't worth the amount of money I spent for it, it was so short. Also, most of the characters were people I don't even remember that well, and half of the ones I did, it just said "they had many more adventures", like she is planning on writing spin-off books for these characters (i.e. Barry the Bellboy). Also, she gave a lot of these I was actually one of those people who wanted to read this. But after I did (which didn't take very long) I was kind of sorry I did. First off, it definitely wasn't worth the amount of money I spent for it, it was so short. Also, most of the characters were people I don't even remember that well, and half of the ones I did, it just said "they had many more adventures", like she is planning on writing spin-off books for these characters (i.e. Barry the Bellboy). Also, she gave a lot of these characters sad endings. If you want to read this, do yourself a favor, go to the bookstore and flip through it quickly, but don't spend the money to buy it.
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  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts: Basically, this is an end summary of each character ever written about in this series. Many that I don't even remember! It is a very short book and clearly not worth the $8.79 asking price. I'm only going to touch on a few things and a few characters in the same A-Z format. I love the rosebush mail between Niall and Sookie. Bubba!! I wish something better had happened for him but the whole Nashville thing was a bit funny. Desmond Cataliades ~ he really grew on me and I liked how My Thoughts: ✦ Basically, this is an end summary of each character ever written about in this series. Many that I don't even remember! It is a very short book and clearly not worth the $8.79 asking price. ✦ I'm only going to touch on a few things and a few characters in the same A-Z format. ✦ I love the rosebush mail between Niall and Sookie.✦ Bubba!! I wish something better had happened for him but the whole Nashville thing was a bit funny.✦ Desmond Cataliades ~ he really grew on me and I liked how he kept in touch.✦ Bill ~ well that wasn't a surprise.✦ A little surprise about JB Du Rone, Tara's husband, and a lot of disappointment.✦ I like how things worked out for Alcide.✦ Hunter ~ no surprise there.✦ Eric!! a half hour - really? that's it?? Come on...why not make it a dream or something? That would be easier to take.✦ Quinn - another one that wasn't a surprise.✦ Pam - everything worked out the way it should. I love her surprises.✦ Jason - I am surprised about his revelation but I'm happy about it. ✦ Obviously a lot about Sookie and I have to say that I liked all of it.✦ Sooo...is this now the end? ;)
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  • Maggie Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    After Dead was a very strange and unfulfilling follow up to the Sookie Stackhouse universe. Harris writes short (often only a sentence or two long) notes on what happened to the different characters after book 13. However, many of the included characters are minor, forgettable people that readers probably don’t really care about, and several of the more popular characters suffered through very unfortunate lives. Not to suggest that events like heart attacks or divorces don’t happen, but for After Dead was a very strange and unfulfilling follow up to the Sookie Stackhouse universe. Harris writes short (often only a sentence or two long) notes on what happened to the different characters after book 13. However, many of the included characters are minor, forgettable people that readers probably don’t really care about, and several of the more popular characters suffered through very unfortunate lives. Not to suggest that events like heart attacks or divorces don’t happen, but for readers, it is really unpleasant to have your last look at a series be tainted by unhappy events that did not have the benefit of build-up or denouement.I finished After Dead without feeling as if it had added positively to my experience of the series. If Harris was going to write something like this, I would have preferred to see longer stories about the main characters with more than just tiny hints about significant events in their lives.I also expect that Harris may be teasing readers with future possible stories (involving Barry, Quinn, other people listed as having adventures that were unspecified), and this was annoying. After all, if we never get these stories, then some of the more interesting characters were left unexplored.In any case, this is a book for only the most diehard of fans. It’s very short, takes under a half hour to read, and is oddly melancholy. Cross-posted at: http://mgbookreviews.wordpress.com/20...
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  • Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
    January 1, 1970
    So I was actually MARGINALLY happy to see that this book was being released. Mostly because I felt that the ending to the last book in the series was pretty disappointing and was hoping to find some resolution.Boy, was I wrong.Luckily for me, I decided to skim through this in the bookstore before just buying it, which is what I usually do. Thank god for that.This isn't even a book. I don't now how it could be considered so, being that it is a series of little blurby sentences, sometimes So I was actually MARGINALLY happy to see that this book was being released. Mostly because I felt that the ending to the last book in the series was pretty disappointing and was hoping to find some resolution.Boy, was I wrong.Luckily for me, I decided to skim through this in the bookstore before just buying it, which is what I usually do. Thank god for that.This isn't even a book. I don't now how it could be considered so, being that it is a series of little blurby sentences, sometimes paragraphs on the eventual fates of the characters from this series.So instead of buying it I decided to sit in once of the comfy Barnes & Nobles chairs and read it right there. It took me a whole ten minutes. No lie. And all it was, to be completely honest, was a complete and utter crapfest on this series. Many of the characters don't get happy endings. Many of them go through divorces, or die, or have other awful things happen to them. And much of it just didn't make any sense at all. I know that sort of makes it realistic and I understand that real life is no walk in the park, but this book takes it to a level of sadness that I can't even convey. And then the worst part? She basically confirms that Bill and Eric pine for Sookie for the rest of eternity and are miserable.Seriously, Charlaine Harris? Are you kidding me?I understand wanting characters to suffer so they grow and change but you've got to be kidding me. That sort of thing is usually done for a noble reason and this was done for no reason at all.When I got done reading it all I felt was dismay and more disappointment.I wish I could unread it.I strongly STRONGLY suggest that you DO NOT read this so called book if you are a fan of the book series. Because it is an awful representation of it. And that's why I am so devastated by this, I think. I truly love the Sookie Stackhouse series, have read and loved every one. And this last piece of crap is nothing short of a travesty.It upset me so badly that I don't even want to do a blog entry for this review. :/Don't waste your time or money on this, my book friends.
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  • Skye
    January 1, 1970
    Charlaine said that she wasn't writing another Sookie NOVEL. This is an addendum. Kind of like an extra-long epilogue.Haters are gonna hate, I guess.
  • Dinjolina
    January 1, 1970
    Are you sad?Or are you satisfied?Did you feel betrayed after Dead Ever after?Not enough?How about now?There have been characters upon characters in the Sookie Stachouse series.And there have been suitors upon suitors, one after the other. Many of us have been rooting for different men (I have not been team Eric all the time…I confess), and nobody was wrong per se. I think that some must have wanted Sam and Sookie together as well, but real build up was missing. And a genuine spark. Of all the Are you sad?Or are you satisfied?Did you feel betrayed after Dead Ever after?Not enough?How about now?There have been characters upon characters in the Sookie Stachouse series.And there have been suitors upon suitors, one after the other. Many of us have been rooting for different men (I have not been team Eric all the time…I confess), and nobody was wrong per se. I think that some must have wanted Sam and Sookie together as well, but real build up was missing. And a genuine spark. Of all the relationships, this one was most vague, stretched thin and frankly? Boring. And yet - here we are. In the bleak future.’’Trust me,’’ Charlaine Harris whispered to her fans. And we trusted, and we plowed on, trough 13 books, and more than ten years. And now? I am numb. I am disappointed. I am near tears. The horrible futures. The unfulfilled lives. The utter pointlessness of this book. The agony that continues.As I said, I was a Eric sympathizer. I, like many other, saw the redeeming qualities, the love behind the façade. Not just for Sookie, but for his children, his little corner of the world, hell, even his bar. We, the fans, rode the ups and downs of this rollercoaster, and we watch it all change – Sookie in to somebody different, Pam in to something ungracious and bland…Alcide, Eric, Bill, Tara…people upon people. And with people, foundations. Vampire marriage vows, decrees, personalities upon personalities sacrificed in the name of…what? Who? This book was a mess, and not worth the agony or the money. I have no idea how I survived the utter loss of faithfulness and belief. I can not explain how old and drained I felt, and how certain I was that I have wasted years on this series for no valid reason other than nostalgia. Still, if you decide to buy it, don’t read the Eric Northman section. I implore you.And if there is a literary god/demigod/demon/something, I am, in pure and sound of mind, sacrificing the Sookie Stackhouse books in your name. What I wish for in return is this – let not Mrs.Harris rape and pillage us with more books about John Quinn’s adventures. Please, I beg of you. Let not.
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  • krtmd
    January 1, 1970
    Spoilers dead ahead.Originally, Ms. Harris considered posting this Coda to the SVM on her website as a freebie for her fans. I probably still wouldn't have enjoyed much of it - Jason's dumb telepathic daughter, JB the cheater, and Eric enjoying servitude while Bill the rapist buys a kingdom somehow aren't that appealing. Go figure.But had she done that, no one would be feeling fleeced. Not worth a penny.
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  • Cstillsquare
    January 1, 1970
    For series die-hards only, the coda is a set of brief blurbs about the fate of major and minor characters, A through Z. It's an enjoyable punctuation to the end of the series, with lots of sad, delightful, and sublimely mundane post-scripts to the characters of the SVM universe. If you don't "get" the ending to Dead Ever After, there's no insight or redemption for you here. But if you enjoyed how the series played out and Eric and Sookie's fraught relationship, their coda entries are very For series die-hards only, the coda is a set of brief blurbs about the fate of major and minor characters, A through Z. It's an enjoyable punctuation to the end of the series, with lots of sad, delightful, and sublimely mundane post-scripts to the characters of the SVM universe. If you don't "get" the ending to Dead Ever After, there's no insight or redemption for you here. But if you enjoyed how the series played out and Eric and Sookie's fraught relationship, their coda entries are very bittersweet.Worst entry--Quinn. Because it's so open to his reappearance. And I can't stand Quinn. It would have cracked me up if his entry had been the one that simply said "contracted gonorrhea." Best entry--Bill. CH is somehow both being faithful to the character's development and Sookie's HEA but TOTALLY TROLLING. It was evil and fantastic and I love it.------------before reading------------Hooray for the coda! (Boooo for the price!)I don't understand all the comments on here and Dead Ever After about Sookie/Sam. "If I Had a Hammer" takes place after Dead After Ever. So...Looking forward to finding out what happens to all the side players!
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  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    Are you fracking kidding me?! Just kill me. Honest to god, I can't take it. Forget the Mayan calender, more Sookie Stackhouse books AFTER the end of Sookie Stackhouse novels is my death. I just, I can't.. I.. I. fuck.
  • Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    What is this? Could it be an appendix?
  • Leslee
    January 1, 1970
    While I don't doubt the merits of some sort of 'Ever After' for some of the characters in the Sookieverse that weren't really covered that well in the final novel of the series, I seriously question the usefulness of this lackluster 'index' of what seems to be every Sookie character ever created, whether or not they only appeared once in the book. I really didn't care about 3/4ths of the people mentioned here and barely remembered them, if at all. This would have been a lot better if Harris had While I don't doubt the merits of some sort of 'Ever After' for some of the characters in the Sookieverse that weren't really covered that well in the final novel of the series, I seriously question the usefulness of this lackluster 'index' of what seems to be every Sookie character ever created, whether or not they only appeared once in the book. I really didn't care about 3/4ths of the people mentioned here and barely remembered them, if at all. This would have been a lot better if Harris had instead written short stories regarding some of our more favourite characters (Pam, Jason, Eric for instance) instead of short throwaway paragraphs to sum up the rest of their lives. Perhaps some things would have been better left to the fans' imaginations.
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  • Zee1
    January 1, 1970
    "Sookie wore white because it was traditional and she looked good in white, what with her tan and all."It's nice to see that Sookie really is the vain, vapid, superficial person we know her to be by the horrible end of this series. If there's one thing that we now know she is always going to be in love with, it's her stupid tan. What was the point of this book again? Oh yeah.. CH wasn't done emptying the diseased bowels of this horrible story. Glad it's all done now... no floating poop left one "Sookie wore white because it was traditional and she looked good in white, what with her tan and all."It's nice to see that Sookie really is the vain, vapid, superficial person we know her to be by the horrible end of this series. If there's one thing that we now know she is always going to be in love with, it's her stupid tan. What was the point of this book again? Oh yeah.. CH wasn't done emptying the diseased bowels of this horrible story. Glad it's all done now... no floating poop left one hopes.
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  • Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
    January 1, 1970
    Another one?? Its like a bad train wreck! I cant look away! Im going to need some alcohol for this one... I can tell. Lets see how many relatable gifs I can add because I WILL READ THIS.
  • Kelly Trobaugh
    January 1, 1970
    CH and Ace publishing should be ashamed of themselves. What a waste of paper and resources. Maybe its me, but those drawings look extremely cheezy and childlike. The fact that some pages had only a few words on them was simply a ploy to get the page count up to justify the cost. I definitely returned my copy for refund. Hope CH loses even more readers of any new work she puts out. This "book" just shows how little she values her readers. Shame Shame Shame And after reading Eric and Bill's CH and Ace publishing should be ashamed of themselves. What a waste of paper and resources. Maybe its me, but those drawings look extremely cheezy and childlike. The fact that some pages had only a few words on them was simply a ploy to get the page count up to justify the cost. I definitely returned my copy for refund. Hope CH loses even more readers of any new work she puts out. This "book" just shows how little she values her readers. Shame Shame Shame And after reading Eric and Bill's entries, I can truly say I don't think I've ever hated an author more.And as I gave her on DEA: two fingers up┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐
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  • Ferdy
    January 1, 1970
    Really?This was barely a book, it was ridiculously short and it read worse than fan fiction. Why wasn't it just added to end of the last book? Why release a separate 'book' months later? Harris could have just put the content of After Dead on her website. Ugh, this was such a waste of money.I didn't even remember most of the characters mentioned, why write about such insignificant characters? I wasn't interested in them at all. I suppose it was sort of nice knowing what happened to the main Really?This was barely a book, it was ridiculously short and it read worse than fan fiction. Why wasn't it just added to end of the last book? Why release a separate 'book' months later? Harris could have just put the content of After Dead on her website. Ugh, this was such a waste of money.I didn't even remember most of the characters mentioned, why write about such insignificant characters? I wasn't interested in them at all. I suppose it was sort of nice knowing what happened to the main characters. It was all so cheesy though… Most of the characters got married, had kids, and lived boring lives. Whilst a few more evul characters had more crappier lives. Yea, I really didn't need to know about how many kids so and so had, and what their kid did for a living, and who their kids married — what do I care about kids I've never even heard of before?! I would have preferred to know more details about what happened to the characters that were actually in the series rather than reading about their random bloody kids! Ugh.
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  • Ang from OZ
    January 1, 1970
    Here we go again. So much for the last one being the last one. Hey lets get some more money out of people by doing another book. Let the whole Sookie saga be over pleeeeease!
  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot believe I am admitting to reading this book. But some times you just have to be embarrassed for the greater good of your fellow readers!Goodreads really needs to add a negative star optionGot it from a friend ( THANK GOD I didn't buy it) and ...wow. I can barely remember now what I liked about this series. But this...this was comically bad. Was it stupid? Yes. But lots of supplementary books to series aren't great. I just can't believe, that as a writer, you would want to put out such a I cannot believe I am admitting to reading this book. But some times you just have to be embarrassed for the greater good of your fellow readers!Goodreads really needs to add a negative star optionGot it from a friend ( THANK GOD I didn't buy it) and ...wow. I can barely remember now what I liked about this series. But this...this was comically bad. Was it stupid? Yes. But lots of supplementary books to series aren't great. I just can't believe, that as a writer, you would want to put out such a poor product that wouldn't add anything to the world you have written and put years of work into? At best, this should have been a 2.99 digital download OR a free download farewell to thank all her fans who have stayed with her all these years. Poor move on her, her editors, and the publishing company who green lit this. Way to totally loose any good will left for this author. Because let's face it, those who read her last few books...they deserve some type of compensation for time/money wasted.Oh and question- how many of you think that those 4 and 5 star review were planted by the publishing company? They had to be.
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  • Pia
    January 1, 1970
    Against my better judgment, and because of my curious nature I read it... and now I kinda wished I hadn't, because this tragedy might haunt me for some time if I don't find some comic relief. Thank goodness I don't have to digest this on my own.A lot of negative reviews point out that it was too short, and I agree that it's nothing but a money grab. But on the other hand I am glad it wasn't any longer bc who knows how much more damage she could have done.It baffles me to see how an author has it Against my better judgment, and because of my curious nature I read it... and now I kinda wished I hadn't, because this tragedy might haunt me for some time if I don't find some comic relief. Thank goodness I don't have to digest this on my own.A lot of negative reviews point out that it was too short, and I agree that it's nothing but a money grab. But on the other hand I am glad it wasn't any longer bc who knows how much more damage she could have done.It baffles me to see how an author has it in her to callously destroy the characters she created.Why did she do it? Who knows.Was it out of spite or simply because she doesn't want DEA to end on top of the "worst book of the year" list? If it's the latter I'd say she succeeded!
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