Monday, September 14, 2015

September is for Sequels - WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?????

TITLE: After Dead - What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse
AUTHOR: Charlaine Harris
PUBLISHING DATE: October 29, 2013

FROM GOODREADS: 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 favorite 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, color endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.

As I was reading this book, my first thought was "Why?" However, I wanted to finish the ENTIRE series, and it does fall into my September is for Sequels challenge, so that was quickly answered. My next question though was not as easily resolved - "Who are most of these people?" Maybe Harris had a need to have closure in her head, or maybe she just wanted to capitalize on another book, and hey, it's her prerogative, but I could have went the rest of my life without knowing what happened to 90% of the people in this book - maybe even 95%. I really still don't know, and don't care, who most of them were.

That being said, this was a quick read and enough people had warned me about it that I just grabbed it from my library's Overdrive system. I pretty much finished it an a half an hour so it wasn't a big time waste. I am glad to know what happened to Sookie, Sam, Bill and Pam, but unless you are a die-hard fan, I can't see much other use for this book. Now, on to the book of short stories and I can put Sookie to rest forever. 

RATING: 2 Paws 

I have now completed 3 sequels this month and only need to finish one more to complete my challenge -
GO ME!!!!


  1. I loved this series, but towards the end not so much.

  2. I think an epilogue covering what happened to the handful of characters who matter would have been enough instead of the poor excuse for a book that After Dead is. I only read it to complete the series but I'm at least glad I never bought it!