'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner,' Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' novella, reviewed

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By Monica Hesse
Sunday, June 6, 2010; 8:35 PM


By Stephenie Meyer

Little, Brown. 178 pp. $13.99

It has arrived: the benevolent gift to fans, the surprise french fry discovered in the bottom of Stephenie Meyer's vampiric junk-food bag. "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" hit stores Saturday, two years after readers thought they'd seen the last of Bella and the Cullen clan. This novella is a companion to "Eclipse," the third volume in Meyer's teen human-vampire love saga, which comes out in movie form later this month.

First, let us answer some burning questions:

How much Edward is there?

Pages 158-178.

Are lots of things "dazzling" or "sparkling"?

Yes. Also, "disco ball" is introduced as a frequent description of the way vampire skin glows in the sun.

Is it good?

Oh, come now. The satisfaction of "Twilight" novels cannot be measured by such terms as "good" and "bad." This goes double for "Bree," which was not originally intended as a stand-alone novel and which all fans will read and all haters will skip regardless of the reviews.

"Bree" takes place during the "Eclipse" time frame, and knowledge of that novel is useful in understanding the plot.

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