“After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse,” by Charlaine Harris (Ace Books, 208 pages, in stores).
Get this book only if you are a big fan of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series of Southern vampire novels. Fans of HBO's “True Blood” series may want to skip this if they are interested only in the show's characters, which have deviated to a degree from the originals as developed by Harris.
“After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse” closes the series of novels as an afterthought, essentially.
Harris says in the beginning of the book she was getting questions from fans about characters whose stories were not wrapped up in the series finale, “Dead Ever After,” so in alphabetical order she lists numerous characters from the books and tells what happened to them.
Even though I've read the entire series, I must confess to not recognizing about half the names mentioned in “After Dead.” I would need to read them all again, and perhaps take notes, to be able to keep track of them all.
Don't expect a novel here. Nor a short story. Each page is essentially an index card, telling what happens to the characters.
Throughout the book can be found related drawings by artist Lisa Desimini, whose work has graced numerous Sookie Stackhouse book covers through the years.
And we do find out what happened to Bill Compton, Eric, Pam, Sookie's brother Jason, her best friend Tara, and numerous others, after the close of “Dead Ever After.”
But as for buying the book? A completist would want it. Someone who has just read one or two of Harris' series, or whose entire knowledge of the series is based on HBO's “True Blood” shows, would be better off saving their money for the next book to come along.