Buffy the Vampire Slayer

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER



  • Return to Chaos - Novel
  • Child of the Hunt - Novel
  • Blooded - Novel
  • Angel Chronicles vol 1 (TV tie in)
  • Angel Chronicles vol 2 (TV tie in)

  • 1. The Harvest - Novel
  • 2. Halloween Rain - Novel
  • 3. Coyote Moon - Novel
  • 4. Night of the Living Rerun - Novel

  • Buffy - Immortal



    RETURN TO CHAOS [CRAIG SHAW GARDNER]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    Four mysterious Druids have come to Sunnydale in an attempt to avert the end of the world. But their leader wants to use a human sacrifice and Cordelia is being controlled by a vampire who intends to make her kill all her friends. Added to that, the Druids, Xander and Oz seem to be avoiding Buffy, who has been finding either none or many vampires.

    This book's a bit weird. But then it is Buffy, so it's allowed to be. Willow and Giles work on a computer program to prophesise future evils, which comes up with three things that are never really explained, despite the fact they seem to be important.

    Of course, it all turns out all right in the end, and Buffy gets her man, if only for a short time. Despite being nearly 300 pages long, not much happens altogether. It's a good Buffy book though.



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    CHILD OF THE HUNT [CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN & NANCY HOLDER]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    At a Renaissance Fayre, Buffy notices that all the people involved are not who they seem and recently there seems to have been a spate of runaways. There is also a Hunt that rides through Sunnydale killing people (and vampires). All these stories are connected, and Buffy has to find the connection and stop the Hunt.

    The story is set sometime in season 3, after Buffy has to find the connection to the runaways story, and Angel is back. Most of the story is connected to magic and the story doesn't so much end as pause.

    Each of them also have various problems with their parents generally to do with staying out late, which also ties in with the runaways story. It all makes the book complicated, and also makes it a very good read.



    [Alternative Review by Colin Trump]

    A ghostly hunt is passing through Sunnydale, there target to rid the world of vampires which seems laudible enough but they are also not above a bit of murder and kidnapping as a means of recruiting. We also have a travelling Renaissance fair in town, it seems harmless enough but this being a Buffy book you can bet it isn't.

    Like "Return to Chaos" this book is one of the "adult" Buffy books. However before you get yourr hopes up all that means it that it is more heavy going than the other books. Don't let that fact put you off though as it is an enthralling read and does benefit immensely in my opinion from a plot device that allows Oz to control his ability and use it to aid Buffy and co in their fight against the forces of darkness.



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    BLOODED [Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder]

    [Review by Colin Trump]

    An ancient chinese vampire and a Japanese mountian king have been fighting for thousands of years, trapped within a sword. Trapped that is until the sword arrives in Sunnydale.

    After a hard night slaying Willow falls victim to a common mugger and is in deep depression when a school field trip to a local museum to see a travelling exhibit of oriental treasures. Unfortunately Willow cuts herself on the sword and so is possessed by the vampire, then Xander is possessed by the mountain king and it is a fight to the death between the two old friends.

    Par for the course for a Buffy story but still holds a lot of interest and manages to garner a few laughs on the way, especially Xanders description of the "slayerettes" as the Scooby gang. Buffy as Scooby, Angel as Shaggy, Willow Velma, Cordelia Daphne, Giles Freddy and sadly Xander as Scappy. However I can't help wondering where Oz fits into this picture.



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    ANGEL CHRONICLES VOL 1 [Nancy Holder]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    This book is based on the episodes 'Angel', where we get to find out Angel is a vampire; 'Reptile Boy', where Buffy and Cordellia nearly get sacrificed to a giant snake; and 'Lie to Me', where Buffy meets an old friend who wants to become a vampire.

    Its a pretty faithful transcription of the episodes, with nothing taken away or added, except for the charcters' thoughts in various situations. The good thing about it is that its easy to spot any nuances missed while watching them. A bonus is the photos in the middle, especially the third one!



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    ANGEL CHRONICLES VOL 2 [RICHIE TANKERSLEY]

    [Review by Colin Trump]

    Based on the TV episodes Halloween and What's my Line parts 1 and 2 the book manages to follow the events in those episodes extremely accruately and so if you know those episodes you do not need to read the rest of this review to decide to read the book. If not then Halloween is about that night of the year that vampires usually relax and do very little. However just because vampires rrest does not mean all is quiet. A bored sorcerer uses a spell to turn all the revellers into whatever costume it is they happen to be wearing. Big problem when your slayer now believes she is a 18th century woman who believes her only job is to look pretty and hope someone will marry her.

    What's my line sees Spike trying to find a cure for Drusilla, unfortuanelty said cure requires the death of her sire, the vampire once known as Angellus but now called Angel. Just to keep life interesting he also sends an ancient cult of assassins, the order of Taraka, after Buffy and we see the arrival of a second slayer, who is sadly unaware that Angel is a strict no no in slaying terms.

    Some fun episodes were picked to make up this particular book but I cannot shake the suspicion that the only reason our female librarian selected it to go in the library was the various pictures of David Boreanaz, so if in a few years time there are no pictures in the centre of this book you know why.



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    THE HARVEST [RICHIE TANKERSLEY CUSICK]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    This is a fairly exact novelisation of the pilot episode, and doesn't add a lot to the story, not even what the characters are thinking. The plot is about a girl called Buffy who starts a new school, and just happens to be the Slayer. She meets up with her Watcher - Giles, the new school librarian - and her new friends Willow and Xander find out and help her to stop the Master from getting out and sucking people's blood.

    The book is an accurate portrayal of what happened in the episode, although that's all there is. It would have been better, though, to have added bits to fill out the story.



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    COYOTE MOON [John Virholt]

    [Review by Colin Trump]

    Coyotes are running rampant in Sunnydale and a carnival is in town. This being the Hellmouth there is bound to be something supernatural going on, and when two carnival employees best described as a hunk and a goddess show more than a little interest in Willow and Xander, Buffy is convinced of this. She's also convinced there is a connection between this and one of the long term residents in Sunnydale cemetry for a hundred years ago a stage show magician was buried here, a man who it was claimed could turn into any living animal he wanted. A man who can be resserected at the time of the coyote moon.

    A typical excursion into the world of Buffy and friends is the best way of describing this book but still a very good read.



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    HALLOWEEN RAIN [CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN & NANCY HOLDER]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    It's Halloween in Sunnydale, and the whole month of October has been quiet. However, the night of the 31st brings vampires, zombies, and a Sunnydale legend that says that if rain falls on a scarecrow on Halloween then it will come alive and kill everyone. So, of course, it rains and the legend comes true. Trouble is, Giles discovers that said scarecrow has killed previous Slayers and is going for Buffy.

    The whole book is pretty much that one night, so it's fairly short, but still manages to pack in plenty of vampire slaying, zombies and Mulder and Scully. Because it's short it reads just like an episode of the series and that makes it really easy to get through.

    Buffy seems to have escaped her predicament (for a year) a few pages from the end, so when she decides to kill the thing in the scarecrow, not just the body, the way she does it seems almost impossibly simple. Anyway, the story's quite good.



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    NIGHT OF THE LIVING RERUN [ARTHUR BYRON COVER]

    [Review by Nic Mayer]

    Buffy, Xander, Giles and Willow all start having vivid dreams of the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692. A witch at the time conjured up a being known as the `Despised One', and managed to kill people in the process (including a Slayer who lived there at the time). The Master has been manipulating the four of them so that they relive that time, and Buffy has to stop that happening (and avoid a reporter who is suspicious that nothing ever seems to happen in Sunnydale).

    This one's really weird, even by Buffy standards. There are so many other people in it that it's difficult to keep track of them all. And there's more zombies, who act completely differently in this book to the way they did in Halloween Rain. The present day and past in Salem are mixed up, and so it's difficult to tell exactly what Buffy is supposed to be doing to stop the `rerun'.

    It's another short book, which could have benefited from being much longer, and giving more explanations of exactly what is going on. It's not one of the better Buffy books, but then it's still not as bad as some other stuff around.



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    Buffy-Immortal- Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder



    Not a good one. The plot's there and the writing ability comes out at times but the regular characters don't ring true. Obviously the writers have had problems translating the humour from the show to the written word. Even Xander's witticisms don't really work. The book is at it's best when the writers develop their own characters



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