Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Just finished reading...

...DEATH'S EXCELLENT VACATION edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.

This collection of supernatural short stories based upon the theme of holidays and vacations is one of a series compiled and edited by Charlaine Harris (the Sookie Stackhouse series) and Toni LP Kelner. The other collections of short stories are based around themes such as Christmas and birthdays.

The collection opens with a short story featuring Sookie Stackhouse, the telepathic/ fairy heroine from Harris’ most famous series and inspiration for Alan Ball’s “True Blood” on HBO. It’s a fun little romp, and thankfully a stand-alone piece that will not have any bearing on the main Stackhouse story line. And a good thing too, because Harris makes Sookie do some, well, un-Sookie-like things.

Unfortunately, things go a bit downhill from there. The remaining stories, featuring a variety of werewolves, vampires, ghosts and soul-suckers, runs tepid to cold. Some rally a little more than others, but at best they feel like episodes of Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery.” I really do like Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, but this isn’t it.

Recommend? Nah… skip it.

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