My original signed copy (I have another, newer one for re-reading :-))
And here's the fab one I've just read!
Every one of Charlaine's books is on my Keeper Shelf (be it physical or digital :-)). She's one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE AUTHORS, and any story she writes is an autobuy for me. I discovered her Sookie books back in June 2003 through Laurel K Hamilton (who mentioned the Sookie books in an interview), and my love of vampires. As soon as I read the brilliant Dead until Dark I was hooked, and I've been a massive fan every since.
I'm a little sad, for me, that there are no more Sookie adventures to come, but so happy for Sookie that she triumphs in this last one, and that she's got the 'Happy Ending' I think is absolutely perfect for her! And even though Dead Ever After is the last Sookie book*, I know Sookie and all her wonderful friends are at home on my Keeper Shelf any time I need to get me another Sookie fix.
Of course, Sookie's not alone on my Keeper Shelf. Right next to her are Harper Connelly, Aurora Teagarden, and Lily Bard. Charlaine sure knows how to write AWESOME STORIES about AMAZING WOMEN, but then Charlaine is a truly AMAZING WOMAN* herself, so it's no surprise. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Thanks so much, Charlaine, for being a true inspiration, and for many, many wonderful reads, re-reads, and future re-reads!
*After Dead: What came next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse
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
This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…
*I've been super lucky enough to meet Charlaine twice: once in 2010 *HUGE FANGIRL MOMENT*,
and again last year at Romantic Times in Chicago (where, along with BFF
Paula, we all had a lovely ice-cream tea - with hot tea, of course -
Brit here!! *g*), and Charlaine is a lovely, classy, down-to-earth, and very funny lady, who is always a pleasure to squeee at . . . err, to chat to. :-D
Oh, and as to all the horrendous other stuff about the ending of this book . . . well, we authors LOVE our readers and fans, we think YOU ALL ROCK, BIG TIME, and it saddens me no end that there are some folk out there who call themselves 'fans', and think that gives them the right to behave extremely badly. But enough! As Charlaine says here: 'let's go with the love!' (okay, paraphrasing a bit, but you get the picture :-))