1/12/2011. Contributed by Sue Davies
pub: Gollancz. 461 page small hardback. Price: GBP16.99 (UK only). ISBN: 978-0-575-09714-8).
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If you can’t get enough of Sookie Stackhouse in book form or in the TV version of her life story then this book will attract you. It has been designed to appeal first to the reader but also to potential new fans who may have dipped into the TV series ‘True Blood’.
As a temptation, there is a longish short story 'Small Town Wedding’ which offers a meaty chunk of narrative as Sookie accompanies Sam to a wedding. The complications of the ‘weres’ and other shape-changers are addressed in a similar way to racism. It's clever stuff and does more to examine and celebrate difference than many more wordy tomes.
The next chapter is ‘Life In Bon Temps. Put together admirably by Victoria Koski, this is a complete summary of all the novels to date. This précis offers a catch up to those who may have only sampled the range. The secret dialogues of Bill and Eric as they explore 'emailing' and the mobile phone are also a great bookend between each novel. This summary will help identify the divergence between the books and TV series.
‘What’s cooking in Bon Temps?’ is a substantial portion of recipes from the area that the book is set in. Basically, this was something that Charlaine Harris threw open to the fans on her website and has been rewarded by an excellent selection. If you ever fancy a themed night of dressing up and cooking, this book will suit you very well. Such recipes as Crossroad jambalaya and Aunt Patty’s sour cream cake with praline frosting will certainly get your mouth watering. The vampires in your life will have to bring their own blood.
Charlaine Harris introduces the book and explains the reasoning behind it and also presents Sookie in a chapter where she ponders her supernatural encounters. It’s done in the first person.
With essays by other writers and even a trivia quiz there seems to be plenty for the Sookie fan to get their teeth into.
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