Thursday, 23 January 2014

After Dead by Charlaine Harris

Summary from Goodreads

A must-have collection of juicy behind-the-scenes details and illustrations, to answer the ultimate Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood question: What Happened Next?!

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 favourite 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, colour endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by Gollancz (first published October 29th 2013) 
My Review
After Dead isn't another True Blood novel, it's an A - Z codex of what happened to everyone after the series ended. I think it would be more suited to those die hard Sookie fans out there.

There were a lot of interesting little tidbits throughout this book, obviously the people I was really looking forward to were: Eric, Pam, Bill, Bubba and of course Sookie herself. I really wasn't disappointed on what I got for those characters, I even got some lovely little surprises! There was even a character who I won't mention, that says "we may even hear more about the rest of his life" - I'm secretly hoping this character will be nestled among the pages of Charline's new series, Midnight Crossroad.

I'm not going to lie, some of the people mentioned were not even familiar to me - and I've read the series a few times now. So, I found myself skimming through some of the pages. Some characters even got a one line sum up, which I was a bit....meh about.

All in all I think most folks will be most interested in the bigger characters in the series and if they're anything like me they won't be disappointed on those fronts. I thought the rest was a tad uninteresting, buy hey, you can't please everybody. I would recommend this to those die hard fans who just need to have a complete collection of True Blood books on their shelves.

I just can't wait to have my hands on Midnight Crossroad - which sounds fresh and super exciting!

2 / 5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Gollancz for the review copy*

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