Monday, August 2, 2010

New Sookie short story : "Death's Excellent Vacation" review - it's out tomorrow !!

A lotta loves reviews.....
What is it: Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost, Lilith Saintcrow, and more have worked together to create Death's Excellent Vacation, a new short-story collection filled with stories from the paranormal world. Similar to Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns, the twelve original stories (including a brand-new Sookie Stackhouse story) in Death's Excellent Vacation are based along the same theme - vacations. 

My Take: I am a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and own every Sookie story that has been published so far. The Sookie story contained within Death's Excellent Vacation is not the best story in the Sookie-verse, but it's still a fun read. Pam and Sookie venture off on what appears to be a girl's getaway but is actually something else entirely (not much of a surprise). The story provides information that I suspect will be fleshed out further in the next Sookie novel. If you have a passion for Eric (like me) you may be disappointed to find that he is barely in this story. A shame.

Although, I was most excited about the Sookie story (as I'm sure many other people are), there are eleven other stories in this book as well. As with any compilation, some stories are better than others. I quite enjoyed Sarah Smith's The Boys Go Fishing, about a lonely immortal coming to grips with being the last of his kind, as well as Katie MacAlister's The Perils of Effrijim, about a demon whose vacation to Paris is ruined when he's banished to another reality.

Although the stories were all written by different authors, I found the entire book an easy, quick read. It's the kind of book that makes for good summer reading while at the beach, the cottage, or just traveling around. Of course, I read it sitting on my couch, and it was equally enjoyable there as well.

Death's Excellent Vacation is set to be released and available for purchase on August 3, 2010.


Rita said...

will be calling the library early in the morning.