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When I first heard that this story was coming out I wasn't sure what to expect. It was set inbetween book 3 and book 4 of the Twilight saga, and book four was already out and I had read it.
When I first started reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, I was stunned at how well the book fit into the orignal saga. Stephenie describes the characters wonderfully and brings each one of them to life.
I really enjoyed reading this story and how it linked with the other books. It made the fight scene with the Vampires much better because I knew more about them.
I could not put this book down, and although it was short it took me about a day to complete. I would recommend this to anyone who asked about it. I would like for this story to be included within the new film later this year.
After watching Twilight the film I very reluctantly began to read the books only doing so because of reviews I had read, I mean they could not be wrong, could they?! And much to my surprise, a pleasant one I must say, I very much enjoyed the experience and the reviews were indeed right. Going on to buy the collection, including that of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner which I was itching to buy and dare I admit pre-ordered! Although the target audience may be teenagers I have to say that I did enjoy this read, the suspense of what would happen (that is if like me you did not read Eclipse before hand) and the emotive thoughts of Bree Tanner just pull you in. Be a young teenager or the mother of one this book will appeal, something you will have in common and able to share, or maybe not as she cringes as the thought that you too may fancy R-Patz.
As a Twilight fan, I really liked this novella by Stephenie Meyer. I enjoyed being in Bree's thoughts and world - she has a completely different voice to Bella, which shows Stephenie's talent as a writer.
It was a really tragic read, actually, and unusual because if you've read Eclipse you know exactly what happens to Bree in the end. You really fall for this little vampire, who is no more than a child, struggling to find her way - but to no avail.
The book has an introduction where Stephenie explains why she wrote the book - for herself, in the beginning, to delve deeper into the Twilight saga by exploring other characters. She notes that most of these short stories get forgotten, by Bree took on a life of her own, which only makes you more curious. Stephenie also felt dismayed as the novella began to take shape as she knew Bree had a certain end - but she wished she didn't!
You understand more about the vampires in the Twilight Saga after reading this novella. For example, after learning what it's like to be so thirsty and to desire human bloody, you understand Edward's struggle and how deep his love is much better.
A great short read, but I would only recommend to Twilight fans, really. You probably wouldn't enjoy it without background information. But an excellent Christmas gift if you know your kids, or your friends read the Twilight series!
This novella details newborn vampire Bree Tanner's story throughout Eclipse....
Bree is part of a newborn army formed, to destroy the Cullen Coven and one of the Cullen Coven, Edward's human mate, Bella Swan.
Their creator Victoria, is out to avenge the death of her mate, James, who was killed in the first installment of the saga, at the hands of the Cullens.
They are kept in the dark about the real reason for their purpose, and never meet their creator. This story also details, the Vampire royalty, the Volturi's, ulterior motives, in not putting a stop to this sooner. As they also wish the Cullen's to be defeated with the exception of their gifted vampires.
The story also details Bree falling in love, with another member of the newborn army Diego, and a firm frienship she maintains, with another rather quiet vampire Fred.
Bree was a relatively low key character in the series of Twilight books, but played a bigger part in the movie.
I personally didn't find this to be Miss Meyer's best work. It was quite a hard story to get into, and lacked detail. It's okay as an accompanyment to Eclipse, but not great for a stand alone read, as it varies to much from the original plot line.
If you haven't been a fan of the saga throughout, it probably wouldn't be a very enjoyable piece at all. Although if you have, its okay, for a bit of light reading.
I also felt this story to leave a lot of loose ends as you reached the final pages, that could have done with being tied up.
It is priced at around the same price, as the other books in the series, but is considerebly shorter, so not exactly value for money.
Personally, unless you are a die-hard twilight saga fan, I wouldn't recommend this story...
I'm a little older than the intended audience for Twilight but that hasn't stopped me enjoying it. This book isn't much different to the rest in terms of standard of writing. It's not the best quality but it's readable and enjoyable.
The plot itself differs from the rest. It's nice to get the point of view from a newly turned vampire (and I'm not including Bella's turning as she just seemed to have it too easy), and the motives of the Volturi.
Bree is an interesting character. I personally felt more for her in this short story than I have for any of the other characters. Having the character written so well, makes the ending all the more disappointing even though we know her fate before we even start reading.
This is a book for fans only. It wasn't going to get Stephanie Meyer any new fans and I'm sure current ones will love this book.
I liked it, but I wouldn't pay full price for it though!
This is a must read edition to any Twilight fan! The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is set alongside Eclipse detailing the story of a young new born vampire Bree Tanner. However, the book can be read without reading another Twilight novel (but I would recommend it as much of the book is linked to other events in New Moon and Eclipse in particular.) The book gives an insight into the newborn vampire world where blood lust and survival is president over another need in a young vampire- showing why Bella is so scared and worried about her own fate after her "rebirth". The nouvelle also gives an insight into what the Volturi are really planning in the vampire world- where there own intentions are more president then the good of society. This is defently a must read for any Twilight fan. I read the book straight off without stopping and I found it very easy to get into, however the fact that the book is not split in to chapters can be daunting. Reading this will make you wish Eclipse had ended slightly differently as Bree is certainty a character to admire and fall for. A brilliant read.
I bought this as soon as it was available, simply because it was associated with Twilight. It isn't broken in to chapters which I thought was a little strange at first, but it isn't really a problem as it is a short book. It took me a while to get in to , but I think this was simply because in the back of my mind that it was part of the Twilight saga and I was expecting Bella and Edward to drop by at some point! Although whilst you're reading, you will know what will happen in the very end because we brifly met the character of Bree in New Moon ( I won't say too much incase people havn't read it yet!!) I found myself hoping that there would be a different ending for Bree and some of the other characters that I warmed to throughout the book. Would defintely reccomened to twilight fans, it fills in a few gaps in new moon and refers to the main plot throughout. By the end I was really engrossed and didn't want it to end.
Being a big fan of Twilight I could not wait for this book to be released The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the story of a newborn vampire from the Eclipse book which was the third in the Twilight Series. I pre ordered it from play.com and it cost me £6.99 with postage and packaging.
The book itself is written from Bree perspective.
So who is Bree......
Bree is a newborn vampire 3 months old in Vampire years to be exact. She became a vampire after running away from home and being found by Riley another vampire .The start of the book sees vampire hunting humans in Seattle with fellow newborn vampire Diego and so the story begins.
So what happens to Bree......
Well Bree makes 'friends' with Diego newborn vampires do not make 'friends' with others and so Bree is different from the start. Bree and Diego set about finding out who is creating them and why. They know that Riley who is leading the newborn vampires has something to do with it and so the follow him to see what they can find out.
Riley has told the newborns all kinds of lies to keep them under Victorias control and Bree and Diego soon uncover them, including finding out they glisten in the light and do not die.
The newborn vampires have to keep moving by night and on the night Bree and Diego go hunting they return to find that the vampire camp has moved.
When they find the camp Diego gets into a fight with another new born, we find out that newborns think nothing of ripping each others limbs off literally. We also find out about a vampire who is referred to as Freaky Fred who others can't stand, Bree has discovered that if she stays close to him she is left out of the limb ripping and fighting the other newborns seem to do for a hobby.
Bree and Diego's suspitions about who created them and why are confirmed when they follow Riley one night and find out the plans for themselves and the other newborns. Victoria plans to get revenge on the Cullens and is going to use them to do it. The Volturi make an apperance, you will know them if you have read the series they are basically the oldest vampires who are feared by the other vampires. The Volturi don't like the Cullens thats the clan from the Twilight books if you not read them, though if you have not read them you probably wouldn't be reading this book. Anyway the Volturi are not happy that Victoria has been creating her own vampire army but give her a chance when they find out she is doing it to ruin the Cullens for killing her vampire mate James. They give Victoria 5 days to attack else they will finish her.
Riley then sets about training the newborns to fight the Cullens and take them down for Victoria.
Bree is different from the other newborns and doesn't want to fight the Cullens especially when she sees how easily they are killing the other newborns. I won't ruin it by telling you what happens just incase you haven't read the other books.
What I thought.............
This story for me was not really what I thought it was going to be. I think I was expecting a bigger book for starters and was suprised it was only 178 pages when it arrived I felt a little disappointed. I thought it was going to be bigger after reading the series where each book seemed to double in size. The story does introduce you to another way of looking at the vampires life from the beginning. The story does get you involved with the characters I felt sorry for Bree being changed and not really fitting into the new world of vampire madness. The book was not broken down into chapters either so it was hard to put it down because there was no break to take a break as such. As a result of this I didn't put it down and read it straight through in one sitting.
I did enjoy the story and I would say that you don't have to have read the series to enjoy it. Its fine as a story on its own, its just that if you have read the others you will understand the background.
Find out the real intentions of the Volturi and whether the new born vampires are innocent or not... Being a massive fan of Stephanie Meyers Twilight Saga, I must admit that I was bound to love this book! I read it in a day because I was so addicted to it! It was a great extension into another side of Stephanie Meyers Eclipse, and it showed another side to the story. It showed you an insight into the minds of the new born vampires, and also it shows you what the Volturi really know, and shows what their real intentions are towards the Cullen family! The book tells you all about what the vampires are taught etc... and gives you the insight into Bree Tanner, the girl that is almost saved by the Cullens in the Eclipse book, until the Volturi decide that she has broken the rules and should not live... This is definately an unmissable book if your a fan of Twilight, or if you are going to go and see Eclipse at the cinema!!! :) Definately an amazing read!!!
I am not really the target audience for the Stephenie Meyer Twilight saga (now a 40 something mother!) but I have read them all and much to my teenage daughters surprise I thoroughly enjoyed them. When I heard about the Bree Tanner novella I was more than a little dubious that this was just a money making exercise and would not add anything of value to the Twilight series. However my daughter received a copy at her school prize-giving and after she had finished it she graciously passed it in my direction. I have since found out that the book is free to read on the interent and some of the money has been donated to charity.
The book is very attractive and the hard back cover is black with an hourglass full of red sand, this fits in perfectly with the original covers of the Twilight saga novels. Its RRP is £11.99 but it is available everywhere for much less than this.
Victoria is a vengeful vampire with intentions of killing Bella and damaging the Cullen coven. To achieve this she falls upon the idea of creating an army of newborn vampires who are powerful, unpredictable and hard to control. With the help of her lover Riley the army is assembled. Bree Tanner is one of these newborns and this novella follows her story as she tries to make sense of the surreal world she finds herself in and also tries to make us understand the desires and driving forces behind a new vampire.
The book is written in the first person and I was surprised by how easy I found it to feel an affinity with the character. It was obvious that she was very young but she was clever and controlled and was wise enough to find ways to keep herself safe. She had obviously been very vulnerable in her previous life and so was still really seeking acceptance and affection when her thirst for blood was not the first thing on her mind.
I expected this book to be slightly darker than the other Twilight books as it was focussing on Newborn vampires, a phenomenon that had been briefly touched on by Jasper in Eclipse. These vampires all have an amazing bloodlust and are usually unable to control their behaviour for many months. However it soon became apparent that this was still going to be partly a love story, perhaps Stephenie Meyer can only write with a romantic slant but it still worked well.
Having read the Eclipse the end of the book was a foregone conclusion as Bree Tanner appears in the fight scene there too. However I did find it interesting to follow the thoughts of why this young girl behaved as she did when she came upon the battle clearing and also about the way the Cullen's had reacted to her and what they had prevented her knowing.
At 178 pages of very large print this is not a book that will take long to read at all. It flows very easily but there are no chapters or obvious breakpoints whilst reading. I read it mainly in one sitting (on the Euro star, I had a couple of hours to kill!) so the lack of chapters did not become apparent to me until I needed to find a place to stop reading. I was obviously so engrossed I just didn't notice.
The writing style is very similar to the other Twilight books, the language is descriptive without being flowery and the pace of the book seemed just right. I had thought that it may well feel like I was just reading a piece of "padding" but actually I thought it made an interesting aside to the main story and provided a lot of background on how Victoria kept her intentions a secret and how Riley kept all of the new vampires under control. There were still other characters who left loose ends such as the talented Fred so there were still doors open for other stories in the future.
I was pleased that I took the time to read this and that I didn't dismiss it. I thought the lack of the known characters would somehow produce a flat story but the life of Bree was represented so well that you became emotionally attached to her and even sympathetic to the plight that she found herself in. I don't think this would hold very well as a stand-alone book, I think you really have to be familiar with the Twilight saga to have much idea of what is going on, even if you haven't read the books at least seeing the films would give you enough background to appreciate it. If you have enjoyed the Twilight saga for a little more than Jacobs body and Edwards desirability then you will probably enjoy this one too.
As a huge Twilight fan and eager for the new Eclipse film to be released I was excited to see that Stephanie Meyer was going to release an Eclipse novella about one of the newborn vampires that we meet in Eclipse. I pre ordered this on Play.com and looked forward to reading it. The book cost me £5.99 on pre order but I have since seen you can buy it in Asda for £5.00.
Many people perhaps wondered who Bree was or why Stephanie Meyer would write a Novella about this particular character. I do actually really remember Bree from the Eclipse novel, despite the fact that she was only mentioned relatively briefly. There is a section of the Novella which explains Stephanie Meyers reasoning behind releasing the book and her feelings towards Bree Tanner and this gives us a good insight in to the mind of the author I feel.
Being a novella the book is only short-at 178 pages it feels very short compared to the other Twilight Saga books I have been reading! Like all the other Twilight books it is published by Atom books.
In this book we learn about Bree Tanner's short life as a newborn vampire and all that that entails. What is odd is that in Eclipse we meet Bree very briefly but clearly in Stephanie Meyers head she had a whole idea about who Bree was and where she came from. I found that reading this book actually enhanced my viewing of the Eclipse film as I was aware of who Bree was, I was looking for other people we learn about in Bree's story but that we don't know anything of from reading Eclipse. Another strange aspect to reading this book is that for any of us who have already read Eclipse, or seen the film, know how it ends even before we begin reading. I don't think this takes any enjoyment out of the book though.
When the book starts we learn Bree is already a vampire and that she was changed by Riley-who is the leader of the newborn army but who is himself being led by Victoria: A more established vampire who holds a great vendetta against the Cullen family after Edward killed her mate to save Bella. She is living in a coven of newborn vampires who compared to Bree seem wild and uncontrollable for the most part. This is quite an odd thing about the book as from previous Twilight novels we learn about how newborn vampires have no control at all. Now whilst Bree talks about the burning and the desire for blood she doesn't seem wild or mad with the cravings.
In the novella Bree has two people who she comes to rely on. One is Fred, who has special powers which means people cannot look at him without the feeling of revulsion. Although Bree and Fred don't interact much until late in the book you have a feeling that they will protect each other even when no words are spoken. The second person Bella comes to rely on is Diego. They become very close and actually discover that contrary to what Riley has told them the sun does not actually make them burn. It is clear from reading the book that Bree has deep feelings for Diego.
Bree is very untrusting of Riley whilst the majority of the other newborns are willing to follow him in to the fight with the Cullen's.
When the fight begins there are all kinds of madness going on and Bree has to make some decisions quite quickly. The book is all written very well but the final part of the book I thought was particularly well written. I don't want to spoil things for anybody who hasn't read the books or seen the film so I won't elaborate but I did really enjoy the final parts of the book and was quite engrossed in it.
The whole book is written in the same flowing way as Stephanie Meyer has written the Twilight Saga so if you enjoy those I am sure you will enjoy these. The level of detail about Bree and her life is quite astonishing to me as like I mentioned we only see Bree for minutes in both the film and the Eclipse book.
I believe the book is actually being published online so you can read it for free! There is a link on the Stephanie Meyer website. I am pleased I bought the actual book as I am a bit of a fanatic and want all the books. I don't really collect things, or have many other major interests so this is my thing.
All in all I thought this book was enjoyable and gave a brilliant insight into a minor character in the Eclipse book and film. The main feeling I felt whilst reading the book was that I already knew how it ended, having seen the film and read Eclipse which is a strange thing to experience when reading a book for the first time-however I still became engrossed with the story and even began to root for Bree in many ways. I think this shows the great writing skills of the author.
One tiny gripe I have is that there were no chapters so when I stopped reading it was often in the middle of something! This may be a novella feature though as this is the first one I have read.
Definately buy this book if you are a Twilight fan
Most people will know of Stephanie Meyer as the popular author of the Twilight Saga and of The Host. She has released another book which goes along with the Twilight Saga called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner ( An Eclipse Novella)
The basic story of the book is based on a young girl who is turned into a newborn vampire, her name is Bree Tanner. Her story coencides with the Eclipse book/film and shows life from the side of the newborn enemies from the Eclipse story.
I am a big fan of the Twilight Saga so I was quite excited to read this book, and I eagerly awaited its arrival from Amazon. The book is a much shorter read than any of Meyers other books, but then it is the short second life of Bree Tanner, not a full length life lol! The book is well written, and is in keeping with the style of Eclipse. Those who have not read Eclipse will probably still find this to be a good book, but a lot won't be understood without reading Eclipse, especially towards the end of the story.
I found the book to be very interesting, and I could not put it down till I was done with reading it. I am quite a fast reader, and this book took me about 3 - 4 hours to read, like I said before it is a short read, but still a good one. I feel that Meyer has added some new depth and dimensions to Eclipse, and the whole Twilight Saga by writing and releasing this book, it certainly enlightened me on a few things, and as I read it before the movie was released, I found that it added some new insights into certain parts of the movie too, it sure explains the focus on a young newborn vampire in the movie lol!
For those who are fans of the Twilight Saga, and have at least read as far as Eclipse, this book is a must read, as it is totally brilliant and I could not recommend it any further! I bought my copy from Amazon, but I actually found it is much cheaper to buy in Asda! I think the price of the book (around £11) in most places is a bit steep, especially as it is a quick read, so I truly recommend you go to Asda and grab a copy from there as it is just under £6!
Once again I totally recommend this book, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner:
If you haven't read the Twilight series, then as the title suggest this book does not have a happy ending. I read my first sad book when I was fourteen, spent months crying and vowed never to read another sad book again. However having purchased the entire Twilight saga, this had to be added to my collection, so I figured if I was going to buy it anyway, I might as well read it!
Bree Tanner is a character we briefly first encounter in the third installment of the Twilgiht Saga, 'Eclipse'. She is a young girl in her teens, who has been recently turned into a vampire for one purpose, to be part of an army, to kill. In this novella, we experience first hand what the first few months are like for newborn vampires, as Meyer takes us on a journey through Bree's life shortly after being turned to her ultimate but unfair death.
My Thoughts and Opinions:
With this novella, I believe Meyer is trying to evoke sympathy and other such emotions for these newborn vampires. She succeeds to a certain extent, but not to the extent that I am weeping buckets. The first person narrative helps us to explore Bree's thoughts as a vampire and through this we are able to understand why she does what she does, even though some of these things are horrible. But where I am usually able to identify with first person and follow it as if it were my own story I found myself a mere reader of someone else's story. In this way it lacks the connection between reader and character, unlike Twilight for example. But perhaps this is the point, to distance ourselves from this vampire, to differentiate between human and bloodsucker. If so this is a clever technique that meyer has used.
There are moments of mild horror. For example, when the vampires kill the humans when they are hungry, it is done with abosolutely no emotion, but we witness the horror of it all, the blood, the snapping of the neck, the screaming humans, and afterwards their bodies taken away and hidden. Even though we are through Bree, supposed to understand why they do this and sympathise with them, I found myself feeling sadness towards the innocent humans than toward the innocent vampires who are simply acting on their impulses and natural instincts.
There are themes of love and temptation.
I'll be honest, when I first started reading Bree's story I kept drifiting away, kept day dreaming, never a good sign when reading a book. But then came page 10. Bree's first kill that we witness, its brutality grabbed my attention. However this drifting in and out happened a lot, one moment I'm daydreaming, the next something exciting happens that grabs my attention, but it never held, until about the last 70 or so pages when the excitement escalated. For this reason it took more than one sitting for me to finish this book. It took me about 3 sittings of half an hour each. Because of the length of the book, it really shouldn't take long to read, only 178 pages. One reason why it took me so long was due to the fact that there are no chapter breaks. It is one story, although short, the non existence of chapter breaks makes it seem long. I like stories that are told in chapters, that is my personal preference, others may feel differently. On the other hand I guess it is symbolic in a way, as Meyer's vampires never sleep, so perhaps it represents that! The language is very simple and easy to read.
Despite the female protagonist I find it hard to class this as a feminine book, the gory and horrific bits seemed more prominent to me. It's got something for boys and girls to enjoy. If your kids have read the series then it is fine for them to read this. It does contain some mild horror
so I definitely wouldn't recommend it to those younger than 11. It is not entirely necessary to have read the Twilight series, but it does help a lot if you have read it.
It is difficult to give you a direct yes I would recommend or no I wouldnt recommend it, answer. I think if you are a twilight fan then it is a must for your collection, or if you want to get a small taste of Meyer's writing style, again this would be a good start for you and then you can read Twilight and be 'wow'd' by it!
Unlike Meyer's previous novels I was not particularly excited when I heard about this one, especially as I was and am one of those fans who is eagerly anticipating 'Midnight Sun'. The reason I mention this is because I've read a fair few reviews of this book from ardent fans of Meyer, many of whom had high expectations which were not met. On the other hand I did not have any expectations before I bought this book, which is a good thing as I wasn't disappointed when I read this book. Her writing style is the same, and when I think about it the story itself was good, but I think perhaps as this was not primarily a love story, it did not grab my attention and is probably not one that I would read again, and for that reason I shall rate it 3 stars.
Price: Currently £5.99 on amazon, £8 in Tesco's but on buy one get one free, so I was able to get two copies, one for me and one for my sister, which worked out to £4 a copy!
The new novella from Stephanie Meyer is a real rarity.
Meyer does two very unusual things with this book. The first is the format in which she presents us with her story - The novella. A beautiful short format that seems very little used in popular fiction today. Hopefully this book will bring the novella back into fashion! The perfect size for holiday or 'snatched time' reading, a good one to leave in the bathroom or by the kettle to fill in those wasted moments in your day.
The second unusual thing Meyer does is bring a minor character from another story to life in one of her own, the most shocking part is, we already know how it ends!
The story itself is a well-ravelled mystery that unfolds to answer those questions that remain blank from the counterpart Twilight novel. It is worthy of stand-alone status though as well as being a linking chain to Twilight, readers are able to enjoy it for what it is, a simple story of a life gone very wrong.
I knew I would end up getting the book that I will now review for you, I would like to say peer pressure, but the fact that it is the only offering from my favourite author that she has released recently, I just had to have it!
The book I will now review is - "The short second life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer".
For anyone that has had their heads under a rock for the last few years, this particular author was responsible for the "Twilight" book and the subsequent books that are now being made into feature films.
Love them or hate them these books and films have taken over so many peoples lives (mine included!) and spawned a whole new genre of vampire books, of which you maybe aware I cannot get enough of!
The premise of this particular book is based on a character (Bree Tanner), who appears very briefly in the third book in the Twilight series, Eclipse.
Bree is one of the newly changed vampires that has been changed for one purpose only....war!
This being the case she is effectively doomed to die from her death as a human, which she promptly does around two pages after being introduced to her character, and before anyone starts shouting that I have spoilt the ending, anyone that has not read the afore mentioned Eclipse has no real need to read this book, as it will make no sense at all.
The author states I her opening chapter that she has never felt much affinity with smaller characters, and as the Twilight books are mostly seen from Bella Swans point of view, there was no real need to over analyse smaller characters.
Bree however was different, she wanted to reveal how she came to be, how she was made and thus tying in the larger characters to the eventual ending, sort of like reading a book in reverse.
So that is how the book pans out. There is Bree, newborn to the vampire life literally weeks old and living through the worst blood lust she could imagine, trying not to get ripped apart by other more dominant vampires in the gang, which happens quite a lot meaning more people have to be "changed" to keep up numbers.
Even though you now what is going to happen, and who is behind it all, it is fantastic to see from a different point of view and also how Bree reacts to kindness and friendship from the most unlikely of places.
Longevity wise this is a short book, being only 178 pages long, this literally took me a few hours to read, but I was immersed from the first page and in fairness had to keep going until done.
Price wise this cost me £4.97 which is the offer price for a hardback copy in Asda at the moment www.asda.co.uk, though in a few weeks it will no doubt be much cheaper, though at the moment it is quite well sort after and is flying off the shelves!
Was it as good.....well, no of course not. Nothing will ever compare to the feeling of falling in love with the first four books, and the sheer misery of the fifth book being leaked and subsequently not being released, but as an addition to the collection in general, yes, it was interesting to read about lesser characters adding more substance to the original story and cast.
Thanks for reading x