My Keeper Shelf: Charlaine Harris

This is the brilliant book that started it all!
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 citizens.

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 :-))


Mo said...

I love all the Sookie books and I have tremendous respect for how Ms. Harris is handling this bad behavior by fans. I first became aware of this series in 2008 when Charlaine Harris was the Guest of Honor at the Malice Domestic mystery lovers convention. I quickly glommed onto all the books and have enjoyed every one. I found you and Spellcrackers through the anthologies she edits. I love those books and anxiously await the next release.

Suzanne McLeod said...

Thanks so much, Mo, I'm so glad you love the Sookie books, and mine, too. I'm in awesome company with Charlaine. I also love the anthologies and have found lots of great new authors to read through them. I do hope you enjoy the next Spellcrackers. :-)

Mardel said...

I have to admit that the I was a little disappointed in the book that came right before Dead Reckoning (Dead in the Family?), feeling that it was a little slow for me. But I bought the next one anyway - though I waited a bit. Enjoyed it - thought it started out kind of slow, but then I remembered...this is about a SOUTHERN girl - in this country Southern states (some) are equated for a slower pace of talking, there's a lot to do with manners, there's a whole difference PACE than we have in the north, or even in our supposedly calm California. So I have to read a book that takes its time.

I went to the store today to buy the next one (Deadlocked ) and couldn't find a copy. So I'll just have to wait a while longer for it. And then I'm looking forward to reading the final book. I've been avoiding all the comments and blogs about this last book because for once, I don't want to know yet who Sookie finally ends up with - though I think it'll be either Bill or Sam. Somehow I think Eric is on his way out from her affections....but maybe I'm all wrong. I'm happy to wait though.

I've always been surprised at the anger that's out there for a lot of authors and their work - though I've been frustrated with LKH's change of style, so I guess I'm not completely innocent. But it's important for readers to realize they arent' writing the book. If they think they could do better, they should come up with their own characters and then get busy and write a book. I'lll bet it's way harder than it seems! haha!

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