A Touch of Dead (Review)

February 14, 2014

Book cover for "A Touch of Dead" by Charlaine Harris.Title: A Touch of Dead

Author: Charlaine Harris

Narrator: Johanna Parker

Publication Year: 2009

Pages: 192 (audio length: 3 hours 35 minutes)

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com

From the cover:

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.”

Somehow I didn’t know that these short stories existed all in one collection until quite a while after I finished reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries series. And while I’d known that there were Sookie-related short stories before, I didn’t realize at any point that some of them had actual somewhat important plot points! If I did, I would’ve read them as they came up chronologically in the series. While it’s not necessary to read them, it definitely did help explain a few things and flesh out some of the characters.

And on the other hand, some of the stories (like “Giftwrap”) were just plain fun. It was a different side of the characters that I hadn’t gotten to see before, which was nice. If you’ve read the rest of the series, definitely give A Touch of Dead a try. It’s a nice companion to the rest of Sookie’s story.

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