Dead But Not For­got­ten

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books -

Pro­fes­sional Sookie fan­fic

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

352 pages | Hard­back/ ebook Ed­i­tors: Char­laine Har­ris and Toni LP Kelner Pub­lisher: Gol­lancz

It’s ex­tremely un­usual

for a pro­fes­sional writer to al­low any other au­thors to write about their char­ac­ters, let alone a group of au­thors, mak­ing this book of 15 Char­laine Har­ris- ap­proved short sto­ries set in the world of the South­ern Vam­pire Mys­ter­ies pretty much unique.

The roster of con­trib­u­tors in­cludes a cou­ple of well- known names: Rachel Caine and Seanan McGuire are prob­a­bly the big­gest. Each au­thor has taken a character from the Sook­iev­erse and writ­ten about them, and in gen­eral the more ob­scure the character, the bet­ter the story. Pos­si­bly be­cause the reader knows very lit­tle about those char­ac­ters, the writ­ers have had to come up with ac­tual sto­ries for them with com­plete begin­nings, mid­dles and end­ings.

Leigh Ferry’s “The Real Santa Claus”, about half- de­mon Diantha, cap­tures the character as she is in Har­ris’s books and has fun with her en­sur­ing that Sam and Sookie have a happy Christ­mas. Rachel Caine’s “No­body’s Business” fo­cuses on the de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Kevin and Kenya, the two hu­man cops who pa­trol Bon Temps. How­ever, the sto­ries about the vam­pires tend to be pretty dread­ful, par­tic­u­larly the fi­nal one in the vol­ume, a years- later vi­gnette that ri­vals the last chap­ter of Harry Pot­ter And The Deathly Hal­lows for appalling mawk­ish­ness as Eric mopes around Sookie’s de­scen­dants. All in all, a mixed bag. Miriam McDon­ald Other writ­ers fea­tured in the col­lec­tion in­clude Christo­pher Golden, Nancy Holder, Jonathan Maberry and Suzanne MacLeod.

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