Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.
The stories included in Dead but Not Forgotten are:
"Nobody's Business" by Rachel Caine (featuring Kevin Pryor & Kenya Jones)
"Tyger, Tyger" by Christopher Golden (featuring Quinn)
"The Real Santa Claus" by Leigh Perry (featuring Diantha)
"Taproot" by Jeffrey J. Mariotte (featuring Andy Bellefleur)
"Knit a Sweater Out of Sky" by Seanan McGuire (featuring Amelia)
"Love Story" by Jeanne C. Stein (featuring Adele Hale Stackhouse)
"The Million-Dollar Hunt" by Jonathan Maberry (featuring Mustapha Khan)
"Borderline Dead" by Nicole Peeler (featuring Desiree Dumas)
"Extreme Makeover Vamp Edition" by Leigh Evans (featuring Bev & Todd)
"Don't Be Cruel" by Bill Crider (featuring Bubba)
"What a Dream I Had" by Nancy Holder (featuring Alcide Herveaux)
"Another Dead Fairy" by Miranda James (featuring Claude & Claudia Crane)
"The Bat-Signal" by Suzanne McLeod (featuring Luna)
"The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars" by Dana Cameron (featuring Pam Ravenscroft)
"Widower's Walk" by MaryJanice Davidson (featuring Eric Northman)
Dead but Not Forgotten was edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.
©2014 Charlaine Harris, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"Wildly entertaining... Crisp storytelling, sharp dialogue, and great pacing are the highlights of what, for Sookie fans, will be an anthology to die for." (Romantic Times)
I'm a avid listener, 1000+ in my collection. Some of my favorite series includes: Charlaine Harris's Sookie S., J.K's Harry P. and K. Armstrongs Otherworld. Single books T. Clancy's Hunt for Red October and S. Meyer's The Host.
This collection of stories are a little of old home, the writers kept the feel and taste of CH's books. I give a big "Well Done" to each of them. They also made a wonderful choice by keeping Johanna Parker as the narrater. Again, "Well Done". I have loved and still love the Sookie books and I mourn the end of the series. I find this book bitter because It's the last of a great thing, I find it sweet becouse it gave me one last taste of a wonderful series. So, if you loved and enjoyed the Sookie books as I have, this is a must buy.
I have read and enjoyed all the Sookie Stackhouse books and miss not having new ones, so this was a great return to that world. Johanna Parker did a fantastic job reading each of the short stories and I feel made the return trip 100%, because you could feel you were back in Sookie's world hearing her voice. Thank you for this treat.
Entertaining stories of "Dead" characters outside their interaction with Sookie.
Quinn's story was riveting. I wanted more!
Versatile, well paced
No, movies never do justice to the images created in my head.
When I re-listen to the Sookie books, the "Not Forgotten" stories will add more color to the way I envision these characters.
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This awesome lineup was the most entertaining 12 Hours and 36 Minutes I have ever purchased! I absolutely loved the stories all the writers came up with from the Sookie Stackhouse world! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening to this audiobook, but couldn't imagine it being all that bad because it's about Sookie, and Charlaine put her stamp of approval on it.
Each writer involved (mentioned above), picked characters they were intrigued by and wrote a story about them within the confines of Sookie's world. Being the huge Sookie fan that I am, I was extremely happy to be able to visit the world again through this anthology. Each story reminded me of the different books throughout the series, by capturing Charlaine's essence and writing style. However I do have to point out, with Mary Janice Davidson's story you can tell she wrote it. Mary put her signature style in the writing which was very pronounced, but blended well with the Sookie world, (and why am I not surprised she chose to write about Eric? LOL!)
While listening to the extreme care the writers put into the details and dialogue of the stories, I fell in love all over again with Sookie's world. I miss them so much, and for Leigh Perry to show us Sookie and Sam's future after the last book with their children was so heartwarming. The Real Santa Claus was my most favorite, thank you Leigh Perry! The Bat Signal by Suzanne McLeod was runner up featuring little mind reader Hunter, Sookie's cousin. I can pretty much guarantee any Sookie fan that you will love this work of art as much as I have!
Johanna Parker has been the voice of Sookie through all the books in the series as well as the short stories. I totally love her Louisiana Sookie accent! Johanna does such a wonderful job with all the characters voices, and just pulls you into the story as if it were Sookie herself! Great job with the whole series Johanna, I give you 5 Fangs for your wonderful performance!
Delicious Little Snippets
Diantha - her take on who Santa really is is awesome!
Pam. She had the snark down pat!
When Audible offered me the chance to try the latest book set in the Sookieverse, I didn't balk at the fact that I had never read an audio book before, but jumped at the opportunity to see Sookie's world through eyes other than her original creator, Charlaine Harris! (And for those of you who have never read an Audio book before: if you have an Amazon account and a smart phone, you can hook up your Amazon account to Audible and download the Audible app and you are ready to roll! For fitness junkies, you can now run and read AT THE SAME TIME! So much love for my new reading regime.)
And what a treat this book is. Now I know a lot of fans are pissy at how Charlaine Harris ended the Southern Vampire Mysteries series - so much so that my review of the final book, Dead Ever After, is still one of my largest viewed reviews on this blog - but please, please, PLEASE give this book a chance! Dead But Not Forgotten is written entirely by authors other than Charlaine Harris. Yes, Harris has edited the novel, but the work is still each author's creation.
And what a delicious blend there is. Not only do we get to see the world through the eyes of some of the big players in Sookie Stackhouse's world; Alcide, Eric Northman, Pam - but we get welcomed into the lives of the smaller players too - and this is where the magic occurs.
While I was excited to see stories dedicated to Eric and Pam, it was the stories of Bubba, Diantha, Kevin & Kenya and Bev & Todd that really made my day. Each story is fantastically written as well as woven seductively around the other main characters in Bon Temps and Shreveport.
I wish Ms. Harris had better material from the writers and stories she chose. When the Sookie Stackhouse series was turned into the HBO hit "True Blood ; suddenly almost every fan of the books and the show thought they were accomplished writers..... and then came thousands of made up stories using her characters: fan fiction...... UGH! i thought most of them were no better than some teenager's wish list. sorry, but the stories in this book reminded me of them. Especially the last two in the book. Pam's turning and Eric's ennui were so boring i could barely finish the book. Alcide's story made little sense to me. And not one story from the point of view of the lead male, Bill Compton, or the lead female, Sookie Stackhouse. I was disappointed in nearly every single story. I don't recommend it to any fan unless you can borrow it from a friend for a free reading.
I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and its characters. Although these stories weren't written by Charlaine Harris, I loved hearing what these characters might be up to and the interpretations of other authors.
Just behind all of the Sookie Stackhouse books :)
I loved hearing stories from all the different characters! I really REALLY hope there are more of these in the future!
Do I really have to pick just one?! Hmm... maybe the Eric story? Pam's story was great! Or maybe Diantha? I also really like Alcide's story. I just can't choose!
If you loved the Sookie books then purchase this! You won't be sorry!
Believer in what you can't see
Major character update
I like that a lot of the secondary characters were given a story of their own ( Dianta, Quinn, Eric, etc) now we need a sequel on the sequel.
She brought life to the story and she brings life to the sequel.
The one with Dianta made me laugh and Eric's made me happy.
This was a very good series and another sequel would be great.
I was on the fence when this book came out but in the end, the fact that Johanna Parker was narrating and because some of the contributors are some of my favorite authors, I decided to give it a whirl. I'm glad I did. Let me point out that none of the stories are written by Charlaine Harris, so if they don't "sound" like her, it's because she didn't write them. They do, in my opinion, get pretty close. Also, Sookie only makes a brief cameo in a few of the stories. The stories are about other characters, some well known, some not so much. I'm a pretty big fan of the Sookie books and I really liked getting to see some of the other characters in a different light. Parker did a good job, I'm glad she read this one, it wouldn't be a Sookie book without her.
"Perhaps what you images is better!"
After finishing the Sookie Stackhouse books I was excited when another book came out of the woodwork. This was a selection of stories written by other writers about the characters. It tells you stories like what happens to Quinn, Eric and some other of the smaller characters. When a book ends you imagine what happens to the other characters and well they certainly didn't tally with mine and where I didn't mind the other stories Eric's and Quinns certainly didn't sit we'll with me. Since Charlaine Harris edited it she must agree with the stories but I would like to think if she wrote the next book she would have had a different life for Sookie. I would hope it would be far more exciting than what was written.
"Different but still enjoyable"
Very interesting to hear about the Sookie world written by different authors, and to be privvy to Charlaine Harris' take on each of them. The stories themselves vary in quality, but some of them are hugely enjoyable, I particularly enjoyed the tale of a particular vampire 200 years after the Sookie main stories.
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