A Touch Of Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel The Complete Stories

Hardcover | October 6, 2009

byCharlaine Harris

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Every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written—in one special volume—from the New York Times bestselling author.

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.”

For years, Charlaine Harris has delighted fans with her mystery series featuring small-town waitress-turned-paranormal-sleuth Sookie Stackhouse. Now, Ace is pleased to republish her second novel in the series in hardcover. In this book, Sookie is pursued by a very sexy vampire—and a very deadly monster. With HBO and Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, launching an all-new series, True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire novels, the demand for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse is going to be bigger than ever.

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Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page.View our feature on Charlaine Harris’s A Touch of Dead.Every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written—in one special volume—from the New York Times bestselling author. New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her “spunky” (Tampa Trib...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.3 × 5.6 × 0.91 inPublished:October 6, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I really love this series I read the box set in less than a month!
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from delightful fluffy read This is a book of short stories. Sookie Stackhouse is the small town Louisiana barmaid with connections to all things supernatural. Fairy Dust: Sookie looks into the death of Claudette, one of the fairy triplets. It seems to me that Claudine is the only fairy I like from all the books. Dracula Night Eric is convinced that this time Dracula really will show up for his birthday celebration at Fantasia. Who is he kidding? Remember this is Shreveport, Louisiana and Eric is just a sheriff. I did love Eric being brought down a peg or two. One Word Answer This explains all about Hadley. This was a good one as some of the Hadley situation was explained. It would have been better included in the story so the readers were better informed. Lucky This story reveals why one of the insurance agencies has fewer claims than the others. Gift Wrap Sookie is all alone one Christmas Eve and she gets a delightful gift in the form of a handsome stranger. Sookie is all righteous on one hand but sure falls in lust real fast. All were delightful fluffy reads.
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Filled in some gaps.... Rather than short stories it felt more like missing chapters in the previous books. I enjoyed reading them, and they filled in some of the existing plot lines. A must read for anybody reading the Sookie-ology.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great short stories to the series Great short stories. Wish I knew you had to read these to completely understand something that happened in the newer books.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yet another great read !! All of the southern vampire books seem to take you on a journey, a journey of course that you never want to leave. After reading all of here books I was indeed craving more Sookie, this book gave me a bit more and I enjoyed every bit of it. The only thing I wasnt too fond of was the fact that its soooooo short! For $30 you'd expect more. Oh well, I recommend this book!
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wish I woulda known before... I enjoyed these stories but, after reading all the books in order I wish I would have know that these short stories take place in between some of the books so I coulda have read them all in the order of things. Other than that, they were great. Can't wait for the next full book to be released.
Date published: 2010-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light hearted and clever This collection of short stories was a nice in-between read. It isn't to be confused with a continuation of Charlaine's Sookie Stackhouse series although the short stories do pertain to our beloved telepath and some of her magical lot, it isn't nearly as good as the series. I enjoyed about two of the short stories within as sweet and something she clearly wrote on the side for fun. I would recommend borrowing this from your local library or waiting for it to come out in paperback before making a purchase. Viva la Sookie!
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Answers a few questions for me!!! This book was great! Instead of having to buy several books to have all of the Sookie Stackhouse short stories the author came out with this one complete collection! Not only did it fill me in on a few things, but it was truly just another great read!
Date published: 2009-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing What a waste of money. This is not a cheap book and could easy have been omitted from the series. Added information for books already read was not satisifying. I felt like she was counting on her followers to purchase the book (which we did) and add money to her pocket.
Date published: 2009-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Touch of Dead Too be honest I was disapointed in this book, it felt thin...I love the Sookie Stachouse novels but felt for the proce Charlene Harris could have added a couple of new short stories, the book just felt unsatisfying.
Date published: 2009-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooked..... I fully admit it - I was a Sookie newbie. I'd heard so much Charlaine Harris's series and placed a lot of holds for patrons, but hadn't gotten around to reading one. A Touch of Dead , a short story collection, was the perfect 'starter' for me. Okay, for anyone else out there who hasn't read a Sookie story yet, here's the basics - Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in small town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She just happens to be telepathic. Vampires have 'outed' themselves to the world; fairies and goblins, witches, shapeshifters and werewolves are part of the town's population as well. Harris has an absolutely wicked sense of humour. In 'Dracula Night', an awe struck vamp hopes that Dracula himself will come to his party. Kind of like Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin as one character remarks. How's this for an opening line in 'One Word Answer'? "Bubba the Vampire and I were raking up clippings from my newly trimmed bushes about midnight when the long black car pulled up." The supernatural becomes part of the everyday landscape of life in Bon Temps. The stories are fun, but do contain an element of darkness as well. There's romance also, as Sookie is still looking for a boyfriend. Sookie is an engaging character, very likable. Harris seamlessly blends the everyday with the paranormal, creating charming, bewitching tales. I honestly wasn't sure I would enjoy this as it isn't my usual style, but you know - I'm hooked. I'll be heading back to start at the beginning of this enchanting series. HBO has also based a hit series on Sookie called True Blood that I want to check out. Anyone else spellbound?
Date published: 2009-11-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad It wasn't bad. While reading the other books there were times when I got kind of mixed up, for example in one book Sookie refers to Claudette and I thought it was a typo at the time. Or when Bill asks Sookie if he can go with her to clean out Hadley's appartment I was just kind of like what? So this actually answers some of those questions, that being said it was also kind of boring because it basically repeated everything we already knew.
Date published: 2009-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A few good short stories I loved this book. The reason, because it was all the Sookie short stories in one book. I wanted to buy the other books but didn't want to spend the money for just a short story. I know many people who love buying anthologies so they get to know other writers, but I don't like spending the money. I will however, but the next one ( Death's Excellent Vacation)because there will be more than 2 author that I love. My favorite short story in the book is Dracula Night. Eric host's a vampire party where it's said that Dracula might make an apperance. Almost like "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" cartoon. I love Eric and Pam and this story has them in it. You see Eric being obsessed with thinking that Dracula might appear at his bar Fantagia. It was a nice, diffrent side of Eric we never see. Completly out of sorts. The book wasn't worth full price, it only has 5 short stories and it's very small. (I got it very cheap) I love the Sookie novels and I am glad that I have this book to go with my collection of Sookie Novels. I gave it 5 stars because I loved the stories and I knew exactly what I was getting, 5 small short stories that were lighthearted and fun.
Date published: 2009-10-15

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INTRODUCTION The first time I was asked to write a short story about my heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, I wasn't sure I could do it. Sookie's life and history are so complex that I didn't know if I could create a coherent piece of short fiction that would do her justice. I'm still not sure, but I've enjoyed trying. Some efforts have been more successful than others. It's been hard to fit the stories into Sookie's larger history without leaving seams. Sometimes I succeeded, sometimes not. In this edition, I've tried to smooth out the edges of the story that was the most fun to write, but wouldn't fit in its chronological hole no matter how I pounded ("Dracula Night"). In the order in which they occur in Sookie's life, the stories are: "Fairy Dust" originally appeared in Powers of Detection. "Fairy Dust" is about the fairy triplets Claude, Claudine, and Claudette. Following the murder of Claudette, the Claude and Claudine seek Sookie's help in determining the guilty party. Claude acquires a valuable asset in this story. The action in "Fairy Dust" takes place after the events in Dead to the World. In "Dracula Night," Eric invites Sookie to Fangtasia for the celebration of Dracula's birthday, an annual event that makes Eric almost over the top with anticipation, since Dracula is his hero. Unfortunately, the "Dracula" who unveils himself may or may not be the real thing. Eric celebrates "Dracula Night" before the action of Dead as a Doornail. After Dead as a Doornail, the news of her Cousin Hadley's death reaches Sookie in "One Word Answer." She's informed of Hadley's demise by the half-demon lawyer Mr. Cataliades, who has a loathsome driver and an unexpected passenger in his limo. "Lucky" is light-hearted story set in Bon Temps in the time period after All Together Dead. Witch Amelia Broadway and Sookie are on the hunt to find out who's sabotaging the town's insurance agents. On Christmas Eve, Sookie receives a very unexpected visitor in "Gift Wrap." She's been alone and feeling a little sorry for herself, when a wounded werewolf supplies her with a satisfying gift. I'm pleased she has such an interesting holiday before the grim events of Dead And Gone. I had a good time writing all these stories. Some are totally light-hearted, and some are more serious, but they all shine a light on a little facet of Sookie's life and times that I haven't recorded in the books. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Let the good times roll, Charlaine Harris

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Sookie Stackhouse series

“From its back roads to its swampland, Bon Temps feels like a real place.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Great heroine and great supernatural adventures.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author