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21. The Green Mile
by Stephen King
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Pocket
Sales Rank: 32208
Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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Read this history-making serial novel -- from cliffhanger to cliffhanger -- in its entirety.

When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King's The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list -- simultaneously -- and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Awesome and exciting Book
Read this history-making serial novel -- from cliffhanger to cliffhanger -- in its entirety.

When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King's The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller list -- simultaneously -- and delighted millions of fans the world over.

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.

5-0 out of 5 stars My first Stephen King, but not my last.
I've never read anything by Stephen King, so this was new for me. The Green Mile was an incredible literary experience. This story is amazing. The characters are well drawn, the plot exciting and moving, and the descriptions are great. Paul Edgecombe is a very sympathetic character. It is very easy to see eye to eye with him. He's not simple, but all of us can identify with him. John Coffey is something of a mystery. He's a miracle, and you'd like to know him better. Percy Wetmore is good-for-nothing. It's easy to hate him, but he does have a part in the story. He is crucial to the story. The other characters are important as well, but because of time I won't describe them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, ages 12 and up. I'm only 12 myself, and I loved it. Go out, buy this book, and sit-down with it. I guarantee you'll love it. I read it, cover-to-cover, in three days. Mr. King is a genius!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very touching, hauntingly beautiful book
I was deeply touched by this book. It is captivating and engrossing. It took me all of two days to finish. It was hard for me to actually put the book down. The story is wonderfully written and the characters are very well developed, almost so that you would think they were real people. This book made me laugh and cry all at the same time. It is different than any other Stephen King book I have ever read in the sense that is not filled with the usual horror found in most of King's works, but it none the less a haunting read, just not in the way you would think. It is one of the best books I have read in years. I would highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
By far the best book I've ever read. The touching story involving prison guards, murderers, mice, and magic blew me away! King's creativity and raw talent as an author is portrayed to the fullest in this fantastic novel. I balled my eyes out and laughed my head off and this novel really makes you think, which are rare characteristics in a book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
When I first saw the movie The Green Mile, I absolutely loved it. Few movies can bring tears to my eyes, but the film succeeded in doing just that. Anyway, seeing as I loved the movie so much, I picked up the book. Although it didn't have much in it that was left out of the movie (even the dialogue in the film is pretty much unchanged from that of the book) I still enjoyed it. The plot is so multi-layered I can't even think how to put it into words, but if you don't read this heartfelt masterpiece you'll be missing out on one of the greatest novels of our time. If you thought Stephen King only wrote horror, think again.

P.S., if you're too lazy to read, at least give the movie a rental. ... Read more


22. Resurrection Dreams
by Richard Laymon
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Asin: 0843951850
Catlog: Book (2005-03-06)
Publisher: Leisure Books
Sales Rank: 69249
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars She's Dead? So What? I Want To Have Sex With Her Anyway!!!
This book introduces the reader to a High School pencil necked geek by the name of Melvin (What else?). Melvin The Geek tries to reanimate a dead body at a Science Fair and is promptly dispatched to the Mental Asylum. After a few years Melvin gets released even though he is still one sick guy. He continues his experiments with dead bodies and has Rampant Hormonal Desires for Vicky, the pretty female Doctor in town.This is the usual Laymon fare of Lust Out Of Control, Graphic Violence and Necrophilia. I have no idea why so many people think that Laymon is a great writer. From what I can tell if you have read one of his books you have read them all. Read this book and if you enjoy it then like Melvin perhaps you should consider some Heavy Duty Medication and Therapy.I give this book 5 stars because once again Laymon successfullyteases his reader with the promise of an original story but still retains the stock, cardboard characters with only the names changed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay horror

Although I have been a fan of horror fiction for years, I had never read a Richard Laymon book until I picked up this one on a whim.Based on this introduction to the author, I am not positive that he will be worth further reading:Resurrection Dreams is passable but unspectacular horror.

The story starts off with a prologue principally taking place at a science fair for students of all ages.School nerd Melvin (can a fictional character named Melvin be anything but a nerd?) presents his own experiment: a recently dug up corpse that he intends to electrically bring to life a la Frankenstein.He fails.

Years later, Melvin - released from institutionalization - is perfecting his resurrection skills by kidnapping young women who are passing through town and trying out various spells.One finally works, although there are interesting side effects.Meanwhile, Vicki, the only one of Melvin's classmates to actually treat him nicely, has returned to town as a new doctor.Melvin, deeply in love with her, plans on using his new skills to make her his eternal lover.

Although Laymon does have his bits of cleverness, overall, his writing is nothing special and is most noteworthy for being quick and readable.The humor that occasionally pops up seems more unintentional than not.Generally, the pluses and minuses of this book balance each other out, creating a strictly average horror novel.There are worse authors out there, but there are also a lot of better ones.

4-0 out of 5 stars A rivetting thriller much better than recent releases
Let's face it: the last few Laymon novels have lacked something. Could be because a lot of them weren't published while the author was alive...there could've been a REASON he decided not to publish them. But throughout, they have borne Laymon's patented, edge-of-your-seat suspense. "Resurrection Dreams" has that suspense, and a lot more, making it one of the best Laymon novels to be published recently.

Melvin Dobbs was the outcast at his high school. Always the butt of the jokes, always picked on by pretty much everybody. Vicki never picked on him (not that she liked him more than everybody else) and in fact once stood up for him. Shouldn't have done that. Because, all these years later, Melvin is still infatuated with her. And she's returned home, to take up a job at the local doctor's office. And Melvin is still around, and still up to his old tricks...

At a high school science fair, Melvin tried to bring a girl back from the dead. It didn't work. In fact, it got him put in an institution. Well, Melvin DID learn from his mistakes--learned how to ACTUALLY bring people back from the dead. He's murdered several people in the process, and with his heart set on winning over Vicki, there ain't much this guy won't do. Aren't too many people he won't kill, or too many natural laws he won't try to break...

"Resurrection Dreams" has some gut-churning moments, as most of Laymon's books do. However, it doesn't have the overt sexual overtones that many of his others (especially the recent publications) do--which means it has more room for plot and character. While not his best, "Resurrection Dreams" shows that Richard Laymon was one of the best contemporary horror authors around. This one is for true horror fans--those who like their novels crisp, bloody, and unpredictable.

4-0 out of 5 stars A return to greatness for Laymon.
So this isn't quite a new release, it's actually a re-release of an older Laymon book that Leisure is putting out. But thank god for that. The last Laymon book that Leisure released was a book that Laymon hadn't finished by the time he died, but Leisure released any ways. That book was The Lake, and it wasn't very good.

The story begins with two friends, Vicki and Ace attending high school with the nerdy reject Melvin. Melvin's kind of out there and everybody picks on him, and Vicki's the only one who's nice to him. Well, Melvin has a surpise for his senior class at the annual high school science fair. He's dug up a fellow student that died the week before in an auto accident and snuck her in to be his experiment. By attaching battery cables Melvin attempts to bring his fellow student back too life in front of the entire senior class. Lets just say it doesn't go to well and Melvin gets sent away for a long time to the local mental hospital.

Vicki has left and graduated from medical school, and now she's back working for the local doctor Charlie. And Melvin's back too, having been released from the mental hospital, supposedly cured. But Melvin hasn't forgotten how Vicki was nice to him back in high school, nor has he stopped his resurrection dreams. Melvins killing people now and trying to bring them back to life so they can be his zombies, no matter how many times it takes.

Along the way we meet some strange and well written characters. There's Dexter Pollock, the retired police chief who owns the apartment building Vicki first lives at. He's not a nice guy and is actually quite a perv. There's also Jack, the handsome lawyer that Vicki falls quickly in love with. Ace, Vicki's best friend who is also a great comic foil in the book. Then there's Patricia Gordon, Melvin's first succesful ressurection, a nurse who is now Melvins slave, and who also does a lot of his dirty work.

I was really excited when I heard Leisure was re-releasing this older story by Laymon. I'd like to read all of his books since he's one of my favorite authors, but I don't have the money to order a bunch of them from Europe where you can get all of his books. The plot of the story is great, especially since it reminded me a lot of the movie Re-animator. This book has some of the same vibe as that movie. I'm also a really big fan of zombies, and since this book has quite a few, it makes it all the better. The characters are well written, not cardboard cutouts like lots of other books. Each character has there own personality quirks and all are fascinating to follow in this story. Plus, some of Laymons more recent books aren't to gory, but this one is very gruesome. This story isn't for the faint of heart. The only problem I really had with this story is its ending. I won't ruin it for anybody who hasn't read the book, but it seemed sloppily tied up, with not much thought put into it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The opening chapter sets us up for the "warped" character, Melvin, a high school student who's science fair project puts him on the map as a horrific headcase... I don't want to give any spoilers here.(and the only other review, to date, only gives a synopsis of the story with no reason behind why he/she liked/disliked about the book)
After the opening chapter it's a downhill ride:
I love horror books, and usually have no problem suspending disbelief when any given written situation seems to defy logic.But the problem with this book is in the characters & their logic/interactions with other characters in the story.
The protagonist, Vicki, was the only person who treated the aforementioned "Melvin" nice during their school years.... Fast forward years later... Vicki goes back to her hometown where Melvin is (back from a stint in a mental hospital)...
The "I feel so sorry for him" attitude that Vicki echos through most (not all) of the story towards Melvin is simply bland and unbelieveable.When Vicki finally opens her eyes to the true Melvin, she is then written as a retarded Nancy Drew-like character. It frustrates you at times to think that the author believes he could get away this! And no, I don't believe that Melvin can do (no spoiler) what he does to bodies; simply because the author doesn't make me want to believe he can. (If you write that the moon is made of cheese, at least flavor it up a bit and try to sell me on the idea, don't just toss it in my face and assume I'll believe you...this is in reference to what Melvin does to the bodies of the Nurse & a few others in the story) No, Richard Laymon does not make me care about the characters.
It really pains me to say this because I really thought his other book "Endless Night" was a blast.No offense Mr. Laymon, but you really let me down with Resurrection Dreams.
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23. The Abandoned
by Douglas Clegg
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Leisure Books
Sales Rank: 29173
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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From Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg, author of The Priest of Blood, Afterlife, The Machinery of Night and The Hour Before Dark, comes a tale of absolute terror and shocking horror -- of a village gone mad, and of unspeakable terror on an unforgettable night when nightmares come alive in the flesh.

At the edge of the village of Watch Point, New York, there is a house called Harrow -- and its poison has begun leaking into the minds of those who know its secrets. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good horror novel
Let me be the first to say this is a great book. It's creepy and very well written. For those of you out there who have read the other Harrow books you will really enjoy this. The basic plot center's around the madness of Harrow leaking out and affecting nearly everyone in town.The cause is the sacrifice of a dead boy to the house. A handful of characters remain unaffected to a certain extent and it is up to them to end the madness affecting everyone before it can spread further.

This book is full of action and it rarely ever drags.From the get go the book picks up steam and keeps on rolling to the very end...and there is the problem. The ending like so many other books fail's todeliver.Everything that happens in the book leads you to believe that there will be alot of supernatural fireworks but that is far from what actually happens. Why Harrow affects people like it does and what is ultimately behind the evil is never truly explained only vaguely hinted at and it left me frustrated.

Nevertheless this was a great book and very enjoyable i suggest you pick up a copy you'll enjoy it. ... Read more


24. Blue Moon
by Lori Handeland
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-05)
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Miniwa, Wisconsin is under siege, but not by the usual summer tourists. The area's normally shy wolf population has begun stalking human prey, and their victims have been disappearing...or worse. Something is happening in the woods. Something brutal and primitive...

Officer Jessie McQuade has seen plenty in her years on the force-but nothing as intriguing as the gorgeous, naked man she encounters while tracking a rogue wolf. Professor Will Cadotte is a Native American activist. He's also the only man capable of distracting Jessie from her work. And for a cop, distraction-no matter how pleasurable-can be deadly. It's against Jessie's better judgment to accept Will's help in her investigation, yet she soon finds herself doing exactly that-and more. Will's dark, penetrating eyes see into a part of Jessie's soul she never knew existed. It's exhilarating...and terrifying.
Now, as a town's deepest secrets come to light, no one is safe: not friends, lovers, or strangers. And as Jessie follows a bloody trail to the shocking truth, she'll have to decide who she can trust when the moon is full...
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25. The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004 (Best American Spiritual Writing)
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-14)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind. The latest addition to the esteemed Best American series is a collection of the best spiritual writing of the year, introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack Miles and including both prose and poetry. Series editor Philip Zaleski has chosen the volume's pieces with an eye to spirituality's many guises, from its impact on personal relationships and the environment to politics, creativity, and literature. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, secular, and pan-Hindu perspectives are all represented in these pieces, which have been selected from both mainstream and more specialized periodicals. ... Read more


26. Matters of the Blood
by Maria Y. Lima
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Publisher: Quiet Storm Books
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27. Reign of the Dead
by Len Barnhart
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: iUniverse Star
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Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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A worldwide plague causes the dead to walk...and they're attacking the living!

A group of just over one hundred survivors seek shelter in a local rescue center. As time passes and the situation deteriorates, the overcrowded shelter becomes a potential deathtrap. The group's leaders then forge a plan to clear out and move to a small correctional facility in an outlying area of the county.

As they prepare to move to a more secure refuge, another pocket of survivors led by a delusional religious zealot are forming their own twisted plans. Meanwhile, deep beneath a secret mountaintop government installation, the cumbersome wheels of establishment grind on. As the surviving militant faction seizes control, a small group of scientists struggle to unravel the mysterious origin of the plague.

The story culminates in a deadly confrontation between the surviving factions and the living dead. Who will triumph in the end? Reign of the Dead is a story of horror and heartbreak, good versus evil, love lost then reborn, and about survival against insurmountable odds.

Prepare yourself for the Reign of the Dead!

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent novel!
I have to say up front that I'm a sucker for zombie fiction. I admire the Romero films, and the concept that Romero created is a rich breeding ground for fiction.

That said, Len Barnhart has written one good book. It's hard to believe that this is his first novel. The characterisations are strong and well constructed. The novel moves at a heck of a clip, and I was never less than excited by the action. It's a very easy read, too, which is a rare achievement in a first novel. The story builds logically and the outcome makes sense and isn't drawn out of the hat, a poor trick pulled by many new authors.

The book does tread some familiar ground, but Barnhart has put together a great yarn that doesn't skip a beat. If you're a zombie fan, I can't recommend this book enough. If you're a horror fan, I urge you to pick up REGIN OF THE DEAD to see a new talent in horror fiction. If you just like an adventure story, then Barnhart has built you a good one.

Five big stars, and well deserved ones. I'm looking forward to the promised sequel.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
Absolutely dreadful. Where was this man's editor? The plot is the sort of thing a pre-adolescent might dream up, the characters are as dull as can be, and my 5-year-old can construct a better sentence. At first, I kept reading because I thought there had to be a reason the book was this bad -- perhaps the author was playing some kind of trick on us. When it became clear he was serious, I started actually enjoying the book's awfulness, waiting to see how bad it could possibly get. Pretty darn bad, as it turns out, culminating in an absolutely ludicrous ending.

1-0 out of 5 stars Old School Mayhem
This book rocked out! I give this puppy a 1 because it's numero uno. First, this guy with extensive military training somehow is camping with his guns and he pretty much hates everyone but has to go back to his business. He gets into town and blam! Action right from the beginning to the end. It's a frankenstein nightmare of the living dead. He gets together with some survivors who hook him up with an AK and meanwhile the government and church are bad and can't stop the zombies, so it's up to whoever's got guts to keep humanity going. This one preacher guy ends up leading a band of troubled teens to their final doom! In fact, a moral here is that if zombies attack you don't want to hide in a church or be a government employee, lol. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but get this book and read it, the zombies are slow but you'll read it fast.

4-0 out of 5 stars Romero fans will like it
If you are a fan of George Romero movies or horror in general then you'll like this book. It's a fast read. I read it in less than two days.

These aren't the new zombies either. These are the good old fashioned slow-moving zombies that creep you out. Good story!

3-0 out of 5 stars good, but lacking substance
I'm a huge fan of the zombie genre, so when I read the reviews on this book, I was pretty excited to get my hands on it. While I didn't think the book was *bad*, it seemed to lack the substance and depth that makes a good book great. It almost seems to be a work in progress or a first or second draft as opposed to the final story. There was so much potential for a really great novel; the author's writing style is interesting and the storyline jumps around, keeping the flow fresh. The character development just doesn't seem to be quite finished. ... Read more


28. "Once More, With Feeling" : The Script Book
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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Giles (to Buffy): "What did you sing about?"

Buffy: "I, uh...don't remember. But it seemed perfectly normal."

Xander: "But disturbing. And not the natural order of things and do you think it'll happen again? 'Cause I'm for the natural order of things."


Since she's been brought back from the dead (for the second time), Buffy the Vampire Slayer hasn't quite been feeling her calling. Sure, she still gives the underworld a run for its money, but her heart just isn't in the job. Luckily, she's been able to keep her lack of enthusiasm a somewhat secret.

Until now. When someone accidentally summons a music-making demon named Sweet, Buffy finds herself belting out her most private emotions. And she's not the only one -- before the battle is done, each of the Scoobies will have uncovered -- through song and dance, for better or for worse, each others' most guarded thoughts -- prompting the question, "where do we go from here?"

Here, in one volume, find complete, uncut dialogue, song lyrics, sheet music, and a full-color photo insert. For the true fan, a complete, authorized guide to the smash hit musical episode! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Attention Buffy fans - you NEED this book!
The success of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More, With Feeling" has become somewhat of a media franchise, spawning a hit soundtrack, along with this superb book and the entire episode soon to be released on DVD. Usually such a craze over a certain thing would spoil the quality of it, but with "Once More, With Feeling," this is very much not the case. Any true Buffy fan will have come to realise that the Buffy books contained within official volumes are much more better than those of the unofficial variety - this book is no exception. The title of the book, "The Script Book," turns out to be deceiving on a number of counts. There are infact many more features to this book, but I'll begin with what the book is mainly about.

Anyone who has taken note of Joss Whedon's commentary will know he is a man who thrives on ridicule. His gentle humour in the "Introduction" adds to this. "Yes, gentle reader, this is your chance to gently read all about the trials and triumphs of one of the finest hours (and eight minutes) of television ever to air on that particular night," comments Joss. The genius is fully aware of the attention and praise the episode has received, and never likes to take himself seriously. He goes on to state, "I love musicals, and whether mine is forgotten in thirty seconds or remembered for minutes to come, I'm proud to have made one." He obviously knows that it'll be remembered for decades to come, but, yet again, shows his humorous side. After this, you are treated to "Preface - Going Through The Motions," which is a two-page insight into the goings-on in the six episodes before the main episode. We then move onto the big one: the full script of "Once More, With Feeling," which gives us a brilliant look at the stage directions of Joss, and also a few sections of the script that were edited out.

After this excellent script to the greatest hour of TV ever, we're treated to "Life's A Show," which is a short, but brilliant look at "Musical Terminology From The Script." For example, in bold lettering is the actual phrase/stage direction from the episode, such as, "Six-hundred-pound Charago demon making like Yma Sumac." This is then followed by the description, "Spike is referring to a noted Peruvian singer, known for her incredible vocal range." After this section, we move onto "Behind The Scenes," an in depth look at how "Once More, With Feeling" came about. This 20 page part is split into three segments under the titles of "I've Got A Theory," "What Can't We Face," and "Something To Sing About." This section truly is brilliant, as we get to look at the triumphs of the episode, along with everything from hectic schedules, filming the episode, recording the music, writing the lyrics and much, much more! We then move onto "Epilogue - Where Do We Go From Here?" Just like "Preface - Going Through The Motions" earlier on in the book which focused on the season's events before the episode, this section looks at the aftermath and consequences of the episode; in other words, the major events such as Xander and Anya's disastrous wedding, Buffy and Spike's sexcapades and Willow's climax of dark magic obsession. We then move onto eight pages of full-colour pictures of Buffy and the gang, along with screenshots from "Once More, With Feeling." These images are also accompanied with little phrases spoken by the people in the episode. Now we move onto the final section of the book, "Sheet Music." This hefty section of the book almost makes up for half the pages in which we focus in on the music of the episode, so you can play along the songs on your piano/keyboard. I myself don't understand it, so it's a waste for me, but it'll be very handy for those of you who want to play the music of the songs.

OVERALL GRADE: 10/10

After this "Sheet Music" section, there are a few advertisements that include the soundtrack to "Once More, With Feeling," along with the American DVD collection of Season 2 (this book is an American-edition). There's also advertisements for TV shows such as Angel, Charmed and Roswell. Don't ask me why they're there, I have never seen an episode of either, but I suppose it's within the genre of Buffy...and will make some fat-cat businessman even richer. In conclusion, this is perhaps the best Buffy book I have ever bought, except for The Watcher's Guides Volumes 1 and 2. If you love anything to do with Buffy and especially the musical episode, you have to buy this now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hours of entertainment!
From Joss Whedon's introduction:
"They said it couldn't be done.
They said it was too much, too expensive and difficult. That it would never come together -- that I'd be laughed at. So, sadly, I put aside my plan to build a giant robot that eats hemorroids, and wrote some dinky musical instead."

(I'm so hoping this is not some kind of "from beneath you, it devours" season finale spoiler...) Anyway, the medical profession's loss is our gain. This "dinky musical" has body-snatched more of the past year of my life than I care to admit (though I guess I just did), and with the release of the scriptbook and sheet music, it threatens to do more of the same.

Aside from the usual interviews, color photos, behind-the-scenes tidbits, and of course the script, the real highlight here is the sheet music, which is to this book as the songs were to the musical (in case that happens to be on your next S.A.T.).

The songs, well, what can I say about the songs? Except that I would eat Joss Whedon's hemorroids if I thought it would give me the ability to write songs like that. Actually, the songs are kinda lame except for the words and music, but once you add those, they're pretty darn good. Unlike most musicals, where the songs are just there to annoy you, these barely irritated me at all. And they've been captured here in some kind of ancient pictorial language called "music notation," including vocal lines, piano parts and chord names.

Sadly, there are a few omissions. The instrumental Intro and End Credits. And what about the Mustard? And Marti Noxon's Underwearless Parking Ticket? (Be still, my heart.) And Dawn's Lament, and the What You Feel reprise? Left as exercises for the reader. Grr. Argh.

Still, it hardly matters -- the big bad bulk of it is here, and it should keep you bursting into song, if not flames, for hours. I don't know if these are the original piano scores, but the transcriptions seem pretty good. Good enough to make you want to invite folks over to the house for a do-it-yourself Buffy musical? I know I plan to. -- Earl Vickers, curator, MuseumOfConceptualArt

5-0 out of 5 stars A Signing Slayer and Her Slayerets
This is so much fun! I love to look at the pictures and read the script. The music fits the characters so well and it's really great for Buffy fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars The shooting script and sheet music for "Buffy: The Musical"
First, a comment on a reviewer below who noted that the script in this book differed markedly from the episode as it appeared: this is a copy of the shooting script, i.e., the script they actually made the show from. Shooting scripts almost never coincide completely with an episode as it actually appears. Some small bits have to be cut out to make the episode fit the time slot, some slight additions are made, on-the-spot rewritings take place, and so forth. If one gets any of the Buffy script collections, it will be obvious that none of them match up with the finished product.

"Once More, With Feeling" is, of course, one of the most famous episodes in the history of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ranking with "Hush" from Season Four and "The Body" from Season Five as one of the finest episodes in the series. The pretext for the episode is simple: Xander accidentally summons a demon named Sweet (brilliantly portrayed by veteran hoofer Hinton Battle, who long ago I saw as The Scarecrow in THE WIZ on Broadway) down to Sunnydale, a demon who causes all the residents of the town to express their innermost feelings through song and dance. The danger, apart from the fireworks caused by brute honesty, is that their dancing will get complete control of them and cause them literally to burn. Thus, the plot has strong elements taken from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes." By putting on an amulet that is tied to the original spell, Dawn is mistakenly assumed by Sweet to be the one who cast the spell, and he attempts to claim her for his hellish queen (leading to the funny line that Dawn sings "I'm only fifteen/So this queen thing's illegal"). Buffy finally confronts Sweet, and everything works out, except for the fact that everyone has revealed far more about themselves than they had intended, so much so that the final number, "Where Do We Go From Here," isn't merely rhetorical.

There is a wealth of spectacular things about this episode. Though there are few trained singers in the cast, all who are relied upon to sing much (ironically, the finest actor in the cast, Alyson Hannigan, seems to possess the weakest voice) do so quite well. Sarah Michelle Gellar does a surprisingly decent job in her songs, James Marsters slashes through his lyrical attack on Buffy for taking his love so lightly, and Nicholas Brendon and Emma Caulfield manage a great take off on an old style musical duet (one could imagine Judy Garland and Gene Kelly doing the same number). But the top awards for the episode, apart from the splendid Hinton Battle, go to Anthony Stewart Head for his excellent vocal work (he has actually recorded some solo albums, and has sung on work by his brother Murray Head, who originated the role of Judas in JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR and had a big hit in 1984 with his single "One Night in Bangkok"); to Emma Caulfield for her phenomenal hard rock attack on those evil entities known as "bunnies"; and Amber Benson for her superb singing of "Under Your Spell," which she reprises with Head as a duet. Some of the cast members do a bit of dancing, but I was quite impressed with Michelle Trachtenberg, who obviously has had prior dance training, and possesses a dancer's long, lithe body.

The episode also features arguably the highest production values of any single show. It was filmed in widescreen, to maximize the amount of action visible at any moment, and the number of boom shots is amazing. Some shots are exquisite, such as when, from what could almost be a shot from a Disney big production number, Buffy dusts a vampire from one angle, we then get a shot of the back of the soon-to-disintegrate vampire, and then a brilliant close up of Buffy's face as simultaneously the vampire turns to dust and Buffy wails the last note of the song.

I give the book five stars, but I am being a tiny bit generous. I am delighted to have the shooting script of the episode, and the sheet music for the songs is great, but I was a little disappointed at the middle section of the book, which features material on the show itself. This is a section that had great potential, and I don't think they actualized it. They could have featured interviews with all the major characters on what it was like to sing on the show, they could have interviewed Hinton Battle on his appearance (easily one of the great guest spots in the history of the show), and have talked at great length about how the show was put together. Some of this is done in a minor way, but I think they could have put a great deal more work into this section.

Still, this is an essential addition to the library of any serious Buffy fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Memorize Buffy's lines!!!!
I bought this book 5 or 6 months ago along with the cd. I love this book because I can read (or perform!) it, then start the next song. It has great color photos like the one of Buffy ontop of Spike, or Buffy dodging the knife Giles threw. It has a "Where do we go from here?" thing that tell you what happened after that (with photos)! So Please get it if you love buffy. ... Read more


29. Flesh Gothic
by Edward Edward Lee
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House of Passion

Hildreth House. On a moonlight night in early spring, twenty-seven people entered the mansion’s labyrinthine halls, to partake in an orgy of diabolical debauchery, the likes of which beggared description. And one by one, twenty-six of them were butchered in place. The twenty-seventh body was never recovered.

House of Sin

The screams have faded, and the blood has dried but the spectral house remains...waiting.

House of Hell

Welcome to the mansion made in Hell

Flesh Gothic

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30. The Bell Witch : An American Haunting
by Brent Monahan
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Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate," the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818.It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to rapping and gnawing sounds before it found its voices.

With these voices and its supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family.This extraordinary book recounts the only documented case in U.S. history when a spirit actually caused a man's death.

The local schoolteacher, Richard Powell, witnessed the strange events and recorded them for his daughter.His astonishing manuscript fell into the hands of novelist Brent Monahan, who has prepared the book for publication.Members of the Bell family have previously provided information on this fascinating case, but this book recounts the tale with novelistic vigor and verve.It is truly chilling.
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3-0 out of 5 stars A mysterious but interesting novel!!
I recently read The Bell Witch for I project in my English class. I chose this book because I thought it would be interesting to read about a true American haunting. I found the characters to be very interesting and mysterious. Especially the Bell Witch. The witch took on many identities, with many voices. It had a thing for picking on John Bell's daughter. The witch was mean to the family but also did good deeds to help the family and the community. The only thing i disliked about the book is the events were kinda drawn out and it was repetitive, another thing is that it was hard to follow and keeep track where and what the characters were doing.I would suggest this book to anyone who likes a book that gives the scared edge but still keeps you on the edge of your seat wadering whats going to happen next, and if you like mystery combined with all this I suggest you read The Bell Witch.

4-0 out of 5 stars I lived there.
Having lived in Adams, Tennessee and lived with this story I have to say that much of it is unexplained but legendary. I know people who have had strange things happen that may or may not be coincidental, but unexplainable. I have been to the cave myself and taken pictures. All of the pictures taken at the cave came out foggy vs. the other pictures on the same roll of film. Many may not believe what happened as true, but it cannot be explained away when strange things continue to happen today. Take it or leave it but to dismiss it is difficult. Any book on the Bell Witch only tells of what happened to the Bell family and there has been many incidents in the last 175 years that cannot be explained or proven. It is just accepted.

4-0 out of 5 stars First Of All, It's A Novel
This book probably intends to confuse you a little- it did me- by purporting to be a newly discovered diary of a known eyewitness to events in the historically-documented "Bell Witch" case. In fact, it's a very good novel. Monahan takes the basic facts (or claims) that we have and fleshes them out artfully, with a narrator, dialogue, and a point of view that work beautifully well. The gripping story takes the horror and suspense genres in a unique direction, and lives up to the incredible source material. A small complaint: he tries to wrap things in a too-neat 1990s package for us at the end- the only false note he strikes here.

The book left me very interested in this case, and my interest increased recently when I discovered close family ties to many of the people depicted here, including Elias and Sugg Fort.

5-0 out of 5 stars A mystery, not horror
There's nothing particularly scary about this account of the bell witch presented by Brent Monahan but purportedly written by Richard Powell, a close friend of the Bell family. It is more of a mystery as the reader tries to find out what the Bell witch is and why it is haunting the Bells. One gets the impression that it's fun to be a demon, ghost, or poltergeist that plays tricks, slaps people, interrupts lives, and even kills with impunity.

Powell writes with a charming, old-fashioned style such as in this passage describing a character called Frank Miles: "Mr. Miles was not one of the community's most celebrated thinkers; manly brute force was his answer to most any problem. Despite his good intentions, he was often violent when opposed, either by animate or inanimate objects...Added to this, his vocabulary was limited to simple oaths and phrases, many of these of the crudest origin."

The most amusing parts of the book are when psychics show up to rid the house of the ghost but get their clock cleaned or scared out their wits. President Andrew Jackson attended such a session and got quite a kick out of it. The account also presents a believable account of life on the frontier during the early 1800s.

The book attempts to explain the phenomenom of a poltergeist attributing it to a disturbance that a young girl is feeling as she grows into a woman.

As for the veracity of the account actually being from Richard Powell and not Brent Monahan, I'll play along and give Monahan the benefit of the doubt. The style does change between Monahan's introduction and Powell's account. Still one would like to see this manuscript and call up the people that Monahan mentions giving him the manuscipt. And besides, I have a tendency to believe in the fanciful and outlandish, afterall, what was once considered outlandish can become status quo and what is status quo today will be considered outlandish tommorrow. However, it does seem little implausible that Richard Bell would marry Betsy given that she is being haunted by a violent ghost.

3-0 out of 5 stars JUST COME OUT AND ADMIT IT'S FICTION
While this book was a fun read, I felt cheated because it's obviously fiction, but it's put forth as if it's fact. I don't know if this was done intentionally, as tongue-in-cheek, or if the author just thinks that readers are idiots.
If you enjoy ghost stories, you may like this story of a supposedly true poltergiest. If you prefer true tales, forget this one. ... Read more


31. The Watchers Guide Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder
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One of TV's best shows now has a superb tie-in book--and this watcher's guide is even better than the one for The Simpsons. For novices, the title is a pun: Buffy, an ordinary high school girl with all the normal problems, also must spend her nights battling vampires and demons, supervised by her "Watcher," who poses as the school's librarian.

But the book serves novices and obsessive Buffy fans equally well. Each episode of the first two seasons gets a snappy yet learned summary, including a "Quote of the Week," a quick recap of each love entanglement and relationship switcheroo (and no soap opera is tanglier than Buffy), a "Pop-Culture IQ" guide (when Oz hunts for Buffy--who's been turned into a rat--that's Michael Jackson's "Ben" he's singing), countless pop-up balloons of fun facts (Buffy was turned into a rat in order to free up her schedule to host Saturday Night Live), and a catalog of "Buffy's Bag of Tricks"--her weapons, plus all the spells, chants, incantations, and previously incomprehensible rock-band lyrics on the show.

There's way more than we can list here. Not only do we get an ample sample of dialogue nearly as clever as Seinfeld's, there are scenes from the original scripts that were cut for length and cast interviews. Every single vampire, demon, witch, zombie, mummy, werewolf, shape shifter, ghost, reanimated cadaver, invisible killer, prehistoric parasite, monster puppet, and psychotic robot on Buffy's acrobatic dance card gets its due.

Get this book, then send one as a gift. Friends don't let friends miss out on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
You want thorough! 298 pages all of Buffy. Featuring exclusive everything on Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy), Nicholas Brendon (Xander), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), David Boreanaz (Angel), Robia La Morte (Jenny), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce), John Ritter (Ted), James Marsters (Spike), Armin Shimmerman (Principal Snyder), Juliet Landua (Drusilla), Julie Benz (Darla), Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy), Ara Celi (Ampata), and Bianca Lawson (Kendra). From exclusive pictures, interviews, trivia, episode guides, etc. This book covers the whole two seasons, including a special interview with Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt (along with the producers of Buffy). Also it has cast wardrobe and tons of stuff. You can pick it up and just go on and on. It's full of everything and anything you need to know about the show. Definitely a great buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Watcher's Guide in a Must Have Series for Buffy Fans
In "The Watcher's Guide," authors Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, along with Keith R. A. DeCandido, have put together an "Official Companion" for the first two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that is a template of how such books should be done. Golden and Holder have already cut their teeth on the series, writing novelizations of episodes as well as original books individually and together, so they are perfect candidates for the job. This book is not one of those attempts to cash in on the success of the television show, thrown together as quick as possible and slapped with a cute title before appearing in a bookstore near you. This is a thoughtful effort by and for people who celebrate one of the best shows on television, a series that combines exciting action sequences with caustic wit and exquisite teenage pathos.

Buffy episodes are covered in a very comprehensive but quite user friendly format. The plot summaries are fairly brief, serving more as reminders for those who have seen that particular episode rather than a more detailed description of what has happened for those who had the misfortune of missing the program (but if you need more you can certainly find it on-line at several excellent Buffy sites). However, there are several running categories for each episode: Quote of the Week with the episode's most memorable line; Love, Slayer Style which keeps track on the romantic developments in the series; Pop-Culture I.Q. to translate the arcane references; and Continuity to cover references to past episodes or highlight what is down the road. Sometimes we are treated to scenes/dialogue cut from the original teleplay and/or Buffy's Bag of Tricks, which keeps track of her expanding repertoire of weaponry. You will usually find a couple of trivia boxes containing interesting tidbits about a particular episode.

The other significant strength of this collection is the hundred pages of Behind the Scenes material, consisting mostly of in-depth interviews with Joss Whedon along with the entire cast and crew. Other choice items dispersed throughout the pages are the Song Lists for the first two seasons; a list of spells, chants, and incantations not to try at home; and quips and quotations organized on a thematic basis. What impresses me is that every step of the way this book provides something more. There are the expected color photographs of the cast, but there are also color costume drawings. Along with the interview with stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt there are sample story boards for several fight sequences.

"The Watcher's Guide" is obviously the first in a series of must have referenced materials for Buffy devotees. The Monster Guide section has been expanded in the recently released Buffy the Vampire "Monster Book" and this Halloween the second Watcher's Guide, covering the third and fourth seasons of the show, is being released. It should not be surprising that as much care and effort has gone into these volumes as has gone into the production of the show. I am sure that next year we will be treated to the first such book for the Angel series as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but a must have for any avid fan
This isnt the best book if you're looking for a behind the scenes one. But it is great when it comes to quotes. Behind the Scenes is more in the 2nd volume.

This has an excellent array of quotes from seasons 1 and 2(which is what this book covers). It also has pretty good episode reviews, with some deleted scenes usually showing up along with some unknown facts.

But it also has some information that I found boring, which included a tour of Sunnydale.

But on the whole, not to bad of a book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty interesting though a bit lightweight
I like the books by Kenneth Topping a lot more than the official guides. They are more fun, more informative, and because they aren't "official" can be fans more than authors maintaining an official relationship with the show. But having said that, this and its companion volume are both really informative. And although I knew all the quotes anyway, it was a lot of fun reading them all. The best part of the book is the interviews with people you normally don't hear as much about, like set designers and associate producers and such.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few essential Buffy books for the serious fan
Any serious fan of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER will want this book on their shelf, along with its sequel THE WATCHER'S GUIDE II. The first volume contains a wealth of information about the first two seasons, while the second does the same for Seasons Three and Four. Unfortunately, there has not yet appeared a volume for the last three seasons. Hopefully that will be forthcoming.

These volumes are valuable for a variety of reasons. First, the early sections give a summation of each major character along with a collection of humorous quotations. It then proceeds to an episode-by-episode summation, which is great because it provides a lot of information that is otherwise not that easy to obtain. But far and away the best part of the book--for me, anyway--is the final section, which contains a host of great and informative interviews with actors, directors, writers, and technical folk. This final section is great because while Joss Whedon is widely acknowledged to be the main creative force behind BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, he has always ruled with a light hand. BUFFY is clearly a team effort, and it is great to see the roles the various team players play in the construction of the series.

Although the final episode of BUFFY has been shot, I hope this won't dissuade the publishers from producing a final WATCHER'S GUIDE to cover the final three seasons. I ardently believe that BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the new STAR TREK. Just as STAR TREK managed to attract more and more new fans over the decades, I believe that BUFFY will have an ever expanding fan base, as more and more people are persuaded to give it a try. The shows of the seven seasons will be in syndication for years, each season will be available on DVD within the next year and a half, and spin offs like ANGEL and the other projects that have been mentioned will keep the interest in BUFFY alive for years. ... Read more


32. The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Hardcover))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-30)
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In Laurell K. Hamilton's New York Times bestselling novels, Vampire Hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But she's about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems-especially in matters of the not-so-human heart...

Dating a werewolf with self-esteem issues is stressing Anita out. Especially when something-or someone-starts taking out the city's shapeshifters.
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33. Out of the Madhouse(Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gatekeeper Trilogy, Book 1)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder
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KNOCKIN' ON EVIL'S DOOR

Werewolves. Trolls. Sea Monsters. Rain of toads. Skyquakes. Sunnydale is being besieged by dark forces. But even with Buffy providing her unique style of damage control while Giles is hospitalized out of town, it's more than one Slayer can handle -- especially since the abominations are coming from a centuries-old portal through time and space.

Somehow, the hell-hole must be found and corked at its source. For Buffy, Angel, and the rest of her gang, that means a road trip to Boston where an ailing Gatekeeper resides over a supernatural mansion that has been, until recently, holding the world's worst monsters at bay. Once there, Buffy discovers the catastrophic truth: the magical structurehouses thousands of rooms, all of which are doorways to limbo's "ghost roads," and all of which may bring her face-to-face with the most nefarious forces in hell and on earth -- forces bent on horrific plans far worse than the Slayer ever imagined. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Read In Ages
Being a big fan of Buffy, when I heard about this book I decided it it was a must have. I was proved right. Golden and Holder have written a book that combines all the esentials of Buffy, monsters, love, despair to name but a few. I love this book because it not only provides a good plot, but also lets us see how the characters have developed. These books are all based after the second or third series. If you live outside the UK then you'll know that Buffy's mum has already found out she's the Slayer. This carries on from there. There are some new faces in these books, but as they go on a few familiar faces appear.

These books are so gripping, that you never want to put them down. I've just finished the second one Ghost Roads and I have to say it's better than the first. It continues to tell the story and also brings the characters together more than they have ever been. I can't wait to buy the third and find out if the Gatekeeper's son ever reaches Boston.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true Buffy epic
Chris Golden and Nancy Holder prove themselves once again to be true Buffy fans with this novel. While they can't advance the characters further than what we've seen on TV, they explore their thoughts and personalities in detail and with a depth not usually found in licensed fiction. This is a well-written full-fledged horror/adventure novel that just happens to feature characters who originated on TV instead of on the page. Freed from bugetary restraints, the authors craft a continent- (and in later books, apparently globe-) spanning adventure with a cast of hundreds, and monsters that would push the show's resources to the limits. Buffy fans should love this story. Can't wait to read the second part!

2-0 out of 5 stars punch! kick! punch!
One of the things I love most about Buffy as a whole, is character development. This book was so busy with endless action sequences, that the character's personalities were largely ignored.

When the book stops for emotional moments it's hard to care, because the character's have all become cardboard cut-out's of themselves.

I'll go ahead & read the next one- I'm hoping that Golden & Holder will let up a bit on the constant barrage of battle- it gets tedious after awhile.

Proceed with caution.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1st Book is a tad confusing and slow
Like I said above, the first book is slow and confusing. However near the end of the book things really REALLY picked up, and I finished it and the other 2 in less than a week and a half!! The series rocks!! Guess what happens to Xander?? ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best...
Really. The Gatekeeper Trilogy books are the best Buffy novels to date. The characterization is dead-on accurate, the writing perfect and descriptive. Well worth reading. ... Read more


34. The Moonchild
by Aleister Crowley
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Catlog: Book (1975-06-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Who the hell is George Gamow?
I've read this book at least ten times and I've never seen the name George Gamow before. This is an excellent book. If you are unfamiliar to Magick you will still enjoy it. You may enjoy it even more than I did the first time. If you are a novice I feel obligated to tell you the characters are based on real people. Edwin Arthwait is Arthur Edward Waite; you should be able to figure out the rest. Arthwait is my favorite character. His use of the English language is hilarious. This book is extremely well written and like Diary of a Drug Fiend you need not be interested in the subject matter to appreciate Crowley's beautiful writing. There are a few footnotes and some obscure names but these shouldn't ruin your enjoyment of this novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fizzles a little in the end.
Crowley's story is a well constructed thriller. I was somewhat disappointed by the ending (an 8 instead of a 9), but, all in all, I was pleased. There are times when Crowley, through the characters of Cyril Grey and Simon Iff, gives more magical theory than the average reader might want. However, if you are interested in reading a book by you are probably, at least somewhat, interested in Crowley's theory. So it all works out for the best. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in magic. It serves as pleasant reading and as an introduction to Magick.

4-0 out of 5 stars Occult Slapstick
Yes, there's some wisdom in it as well, but I think this novel reads more like an old slapstick movie. Crowley cleverly makes fun of the fad among the rich at that time: fooling around with the occult. The black magicians are hilarious, the Great Beast at its silliest.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Man Beyond The Moon
Moonchild is a visionary, metaphysical novel of the highest order. Crowley provides an elegant and mysterious exploration of the realms of magick, love and psychology. Reading Crowley's book is like getting equal doses of poetry, academia and enlightenment.

In the days long before The Celestine Prophecy and others, metaphysical fiction was raw and edgy but also beautiful and wondrously haunting.

Crowley was many men wrapped up into one and certainly a writer of fiction worthy of the highest praise.

Wherever you are you crazy shining diamond, we thank you for this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Smart Man
Moonchild is a pretty good book. Crowley is an interesting figure. He uses a lot of big words I don't know the meaning of. It is a novel about torn love and the struggle between light and darkness. I think he disguised this book as a novel; he explains a lot of his ideas, magical and philosophical. It was an enjoyable book for me on many levels. I recommend this book to those curious about Crowley, and fantasy as well. The underlying philophical content takes it out of the realm of pure fantasy, but there's a lot of fantasy. One criticism would be the ending is less than spectacular. This was the first novel I've read in years. This should be required text for those interested in the occult. ... Read more


35. Denied to the Enemy: The Cthulhu Mythos During the Second World War (Delta Green)
by Dennis Detwiller
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5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting World War II Supernatural Thriller
Dennis Detwiller delivers an exciting Cthulhu novel set against the battle for world supremacy in World War II. The fascinating characters and fast-paced plot will keep you hooked until the end. This is an outstanding addition to the Delta Green series which I recommend to both Cthulhu fans and also those who love thrillers and mysteries.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Delta Green is noted for publishing few books, but the ones they do publish are REALLY outstanding. This one is no exception. I recommend it to all fans of the Mythos, especially the World War 2 era. ... Read more


36. Angel Cafe
by Jill Morrow
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THE TRUTH LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE...

South Baltimore's Angel Café is a trendy new eatery where patrons can enjoy exotic tea, aromatic coffee, and the psychic readings of clairvoyant Tia Melody. The star and main attraction of the restaurant, Tia claims to channel an otherworldly guide, Valentine, and somehow knows all there is to know about her expanding list of patrons.

Kat Valenti is a workaholic attorney still coming to grips with the death of her fiancé, Peter, who died two years ago. Although drawn to the Angel Café, she is skeptical of Tia's readings -- until her late fiancé 'contacts' her to shed new light on how he died.

Kat's wariness only grows as more clues turn up about Peter's death -- and all of them lead back to the Angel Café. Tia Melody is no simple fortune-teller, and Valentine is no benevolent spirit. Valentine's true power may be almost limitless -- and he doesn't want to tell the future anymore...

He wants Kat. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Full disclosure: I met Jill Morrow several months ago and read her book at that time. Since then, we've become friends.
I probably never would have read the book had I not met Jill, but I'm certainly glad I met her and read the book. I loved it! She writes exceptionally well; the narrative is exciting and the characters engaging. Kat Piretti is a terrific heroine: a woman of considerable intelligence and loving heart.
Morrow's engaging prose and plotline lead the reader into what *appears* to be a conventional, but well-constructed, mystery--and then......WHAM! She deposits us where we least expect to end up: at a place where heart and mind, mystery and faith intersect. All the more thrilling for being so unexpected. I loved this book--and I'll be first in line to buy the sequel when it comes out next year!

4-0 out of 5 stars scary psychic cult
For Secretaries' Day, lawyer Kat Valenti takes hers to lunch at south Baltimore's ANGEL CAFE, a trendy new eatery where patrons enjoy exotic fare along with psychic readings. It was Devon's choice, & Kat is skeptically eyeing both the overblown prices & decor.

The owner is a slick people-reader, offering his customers his version of "readings" -- nothing serious, just lightly flavored cliches, anyone with a brain could do, until he utters something in a voice not his own. This enrages Kat, & also so terrifies Stephen he decides he'd better hire a real psychic.

Enter Tia Melody, a loud-mouthed, chain-smoking dame with the true "sight", who is also the channel for an entity called Valentine. ANGEL CAFE's customers throng to her private sessions, money is made hand over fist, & people are changing, in particular Devon, as they align their lives with the directions given by the omnipotent Valentine.

Most of all, Kat's life is changing. Two years before, her beloved fiance, a newspaper reporter investigating the Valentine cult, died from what the police called a suicide. Kat has always thought otherwise. Now, through Stephen, & Chris, Devon's desperate husband & Tia Melody, she's finding out why he died.

Rebeccasreads recommends ANGLE CAFE as a fast paced thriller, good for an evening's read about cult seduction, the eternal battle between evil & goodness; about resistance & skepticism, enchantment & belief, prayer & responsibility.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chilling... and thought-provoking
It isn't often an author can deliver a stellar plot, well-rounded characters, and ideas that bounce around in the reader's mind long after the book has been closed. But that is just what Jill Morrow has done with Angel Cafe.

I read this book from cover to cover in one day. Morrow twists the plot so deftly that I had no idea what would happen next, though the plot unfolded seamlessly and logically. And there is even a little romance to this story to add to its appeal.

Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, you will enjoy this book. Heart-racing suspense, well-crafted characters, and the eternal struggle between good and evil, all propel this plot forward, and the ending leaves the reader aching for a sequel. (I hope it's published soon--the end notes said Morrow had already finished writing it!) I guarantee you this book will keep you thinking. And perhaps, as you close the book, you will be listening for voices... from "the other side."

5-0 out of 5 stars Read it once, then read it again!
This is a GREAT book! I have a dog-earred copy because I've read ANGEL CAFE again and again. It moved me to the point of biting my nails to the quick. You will love it. A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED first novel by an author with a great future. (I've been waiting for her next book forever.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking--but fun.
I love a book to transport me to another place, somewhere completely different from my normal surroundings. And I love a book that makes me wonder if the unthinkable might be thinkable after all. ANGEL CAFE does both these things, but it's also a lively, fun read.

I closed ANGEL CAFE and I kept on thinking about the characters and what had happened to them. And that, for me, is the mark of a good read. Well done, Jill Morrow! ... Read more


37. Words of the Witches
by Yvonne Jocks, Maggie Shayne, Rosemary Edghill, Lorna Tedder, Evelyn Vaughn
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Asin: 0425184978
Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 470661
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Wiccan Reading
This book contains a lot of short stories with Wiccan characters. I was more than happy Bast was brought to life one more time. I love her!

4-0 out of 5 stars One great story, two good, several blah
"Words of the Witches" is highly uneven, but when it's good, it's very, very good.

I bought this book primarily because of Rosemary Edghill's contribution. I really like her Bast character, and her story "The Iron Bride," which is a short Bast mystery, was included here. This is by far the best story in the collection, showing wicked humor, vivid characterizations, and a very complex problem.

The problem is this (and it's how this book relates, btw, to the rest of the collection): Bast is a third-level initiate. She really needs to start her own coven, but does not want to do so. The mystery she solves basically tells her in not so many words that it's time to do so, whether she wants to or not.

Bast's problem is a realistic one, and it's presented with both accuracy and humor. In addition, the fact that Bast is extremely smart and hasn't really found a man up to her intellectual weight is one of the biggest points in Bast's favor. That, too, is very realistic, as Wiccans and NeoPagans of all stripes tend to be smarter than average, but there _is_ still a range.

Basically, the rest of the collection shows Pagans in favorable lights. Only one or two men have strong parts to play; one is a divorced father, the other is a dying soon-to-be father. The reviewer who pointed out the absence of males in this book makes a very, very good point.

The three best stories are Ms. Edghill's, where the men aren't as important as Bast (and rightfully so! She's the point of view character, and once again makes a big point out of not finding anyone for her yet), Ms. Vaughn's "A Solitary Path," where the heroine, Tobi, basically makes a sort of soul connection with a dream creation that may or may not be real, and would rather wait for someone that does at least that much for her, and the romance "The Spelling Error" by Jen Sokolowski (that's the one featuring the divorced father).

There are several other good stories here, but they vary a lot, and aren't evenly paced. "Psyche's Tears" was pretty good, but I didn't totally buy the transformation from the vivid Desdemona to the rather pallid denise, and I really didn't buy the POV character's all of a sudden acceptance of Denise, either. The Gypsy story, "Tamborine Moon," was also good, but had a few problems. The biggest is the last line; it makes no sense, and should have either been struck in editing, or modified somehow to make it fit with the rest of the story. Also, I had a problem with the premise. After the whole story makes a point about how alienated the Gypsy mother is from her two grown daughters, all of a sudden _one_ of them is going to take to her Craft? Not likely!

Then, the biggest problematic story in the collection came from the heaviest hitter (sales wise; trust me, the heaviest hitter author wise was Ms. Edghill), Maggie Shayne. Her story, "Anytown U.S.A.," did have some things to recommend it. It flowed well and easily. I liked the teenage girl witches. I liked the older woman witch.

But as another reviewer said, the minister's wife, who also happened to be a witch in the "broom closet," didn't come off. Her husband was way too stereotypical, and very, very nasty. Also, if he _was_ so abusive, why in the world would the woman want to do something like she does (basically stops an assembly from rioting, and admits she's a witch, which stuns them all)? Even if she never goes home again, he could go and find her and kill her.

That's the problem with making the husband an abuser. You get it all; the abusive mindset on his part, and the cowed, abjective one on hers. Trust me; the minister's wife would _not_ act like this in real life. At best, she'd stand with someone else after _they_ admitted they were a witch, like when the Principal comes up to show solidarity. (If Shayne had shown the Principal as a witch in hiding, and then the minister's wife came out of hiding after a policeman also came out of the "broom closet," then maybe I'd understand the presmise.)

And her husband would not leave her alone; he's an abuser, and he's not tired of her yet. So, her shaking her head "no" on the stage to him would do nothing more than enrage him.

So, despite it being a well-written story, that huge, huge plot hole ruined it for me.

At any rate, Ms. Edghill's story is 5 stars plus; Ms. Vaughn's is just under 5 stars; Ms. Sokolowski's is 4.5 stars. Ms. Shayne's would be 2 stars, at best. The rest were in the middle.

Because the three stories I mentioned first are so very, very good, I'd rather rate this anthology on the high end, which is why I gave it four stars in the first place.

Btw, some reviewers have pointed out this book shows a whole lot of basics for novice witches. That's almost certainly true. Still, think about all the people that might read this book, from the fans of Ms. Edghill to the fans of Maggie Shayne. Not all of them have any idea what NeoPagans or Wiccans are about. Some of that needed to be in here. Maybe not as much from each author (I was very glad that two of the three stories I mentioned as my favorites didn't have those components), but it did need to be in the collection.

Some of the folks that read this book are certainly in the "broom closet," or at least want to understand friends of theirs (or family members) that are NeoPagans and/or Wiccans. This book should definitely help in that regard, as it shows that Wiccans are the same in most regards as anyone else.

As I've said elsewhere recently, I don't really understand why so many people get hyped on what "flavor" your religion is. So long as you have a pure heart, and care about others, and follow either "Love One Another" or "Do as Ye Will, An Ye Harm None," I can't see that the Deity above us all will care whatsoever.

Books like this are important, because hopefully it'll change some ignorant people's perceptions. And most of the stories are good; a few are exceptional.

I'd definitely recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars What a great idea
I really enjoyed this book. The short stories are really great. The thing I like best is that they relate to my life. The women in the stories are real women. Not airheads, or flakes. Further, the stories do not glamorize or sensationalize witches. Also, the authors of the stories provide rituals that any solitary can do. Great fun to read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Wish I liked it better
I'll preface this by saying that I am a Pagan. I was definitely hoping for a lot from this book, and I was sorely disappointed.

To be honest, most of the stories are thoroughly mediocre, and some are purely abominable. Maggie Shayne's "Anytown, USA," which starts the book, is an example. "Anytown" is almost frightening in its adherence to cliche and histrionics. A minister's wife, who of course is physically and mentally abused by her husband (Rotten Men! Rotten Christians! Now everybody: Boo, hiss!) finds her inner strength and faces down a town full of nasty ole rotten witch-haters at a school chorus festival. Shayne lets no point remain anything less than obvious, and hammers each moral lesson home with a verve betraying her background writing scripts for soap operas. I almost stopped reading the book after this first story.

The second and third stories were not much better: a half-written, half-plotted cyberpunk object, and a "Love Story" based tearjerker almost made me throw the book out again. Charlotte Brisbon's "Psyche's Tears" was better; at least there was something going on that seemed semi-realistic, and the characters were actually fleshed out. "The Spelling Error" by Jen Sokoloski is nothing more than a romance, but a good one. "Tambourine Moon," by Zelena Winters, was a significant step above the rest, with its depiction of a Gypsy mother trying to reconcile with her daughters. I'm not sure how to take Celia Moon's "The Letter," which is more about marriage, family, betrayal and healing than anything else. I can't say it's one of my favorites, but again, the characterization is good, and the message, for once, is not bluntly hammered home. It still reminds me too much of the stories I used to read in my mother's "Woman's Day" magazines. Valerie Taylor's "The Reluctant Psychic," seems incomplete; the story needs a larger treatment. As it stands, it's fine, but it seems quite incomplete. "A Solitary Path," by Evelyn Vaughn, is quite good. Witty and fanciful yet realistic, her Tobi is a character I liked and would follow into a novel. Rosemary Edghill's "The Iron Bride" is the bright spot in the book; an acerbic mini-mystery that is less about witchcraft and murder than it is about power and responsibility. Definitely the shining light in this collection.

Overall, this collection suffers from several flaws. One is the excessively preachy tone taken by several of the stories. Second is the political correctness angle; men in these stories are either (a) absent, (b) Evil, or at best untrustworthy, or (c) dying. Third: most of these stories are romances in one form or another. Looking at the author profiles in the back of the book, I note that many of them make their living writing romance novels. Too much of their daytime work leaked over into the stories they wrote here, and not always with good effect. I find it hard to believe that the editor could not have found authors who write outside the romance genre to contribute to this book. I also wonder why no male authors were included.

In summary, this is not an indispensable book. If you like your fiction heavily on the romantic side and don't expect too much, this book is...acceptable. But if you're looking for some real literature about modern-day witches and how they live and work in real life, this isn't going to work for you. It definitely didn't work for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hear now the words of the Witches....
I have to say that I don't agree with some of the other reviewers. Granted, the casting of a circle recounted in several stories can be a little tedious, but that's hardly a reason to dislike the stories.
I loved this book. I bought it because I am a fan of Maggie Shayne's Immortal Witch series. I thought the stories were well written and more importantly, well thought-out. It takes a lot to write a good story in short form, and these authors do it very well.
I am a witch, and I think the only problem any witch could have with these stories is that there aren't enough of them. *grin*
These stories have a point, a moral if you will, and I think that those morals are things everyone can agree on, regardless of religious path. ... Read more


38. The First Verse: A Novel
by Barry McCrea
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Asin: 0786715138
Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Sales Rank: 29027
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This memorable debut novel explores Dublin’s every corner, including a first-of-its-kind portrayal of its thriving gay nightlife, through the eyes of a young man seduced by a secret society’s ancient reading rituals, based on the sortes virgilianae. In brilliant prose, author Barry McCrea gives readers a psychologically gripping tale set within the intertwining worlds of literature and the living.

When freshman Niall Lenihan moves to Trinity College, he dives into unfamiliar social scenes, quickly becoming fascinated by a reclusive pair of students—literary "mystics" who let signs and symbols from books determine their actions. Reluctantly, they admit him to their private sessions, and what begins as an intriguing game for Niall becomes increasingly esoteric, dramatic, and addictive. As Niall discovers the true nature of the pursuits in which he has become entangled, The First Verse traces a young man’s search for identity, companionship, and a cult’s shadowy origins in the pages of literature and the people of a city. Fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History or Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley will be mesmerized by the strange, page-turning world of this astonishing first novel from a dazzling new literary voice. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, lovely new work
Barry McCrea's "The First Verse" is a beautiful, addicting read. It really gives one a taste of modern-day Dublin-- its cadences, streets, and pubs-- while painting a compelling portrait of a young undergraduate student seduced by a literary cult.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best debut in years
Barry McCrea's novel "The First Verse" is easily the best piece of new fiction I've read in years. The fantastic plot centers around Niall, a repressed young gay man in Dublin falling in line with a cult, his life being dictated by the world of literature. Amazingly, McCrea's prose has the same mysterious, dizzying, and intoxicating effect on the reader as books have on Niall. By turns eerie, sexy, witty, and thrillng, "The First Verse" is a compulsive and highly entertaining read by a young writer full of blazing intellect and imagination. This is an amazing work. ... Read more


39. Fiend
by Jemiah Jefferson
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
Publisher: Leisure Books
Sales Rank: 144808
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fiend
Jemiah Jefferson should consider this book her finest. After the intruiging "Voice of the Blood" and the somewhat confusing "Wounds", "Fiend" is definitely a glowing example of how much Ms. Jefferson is growing as a writer.

Here she uses the character of Orfeo Ricari, the soulful, sad vampire from "Voice of Blood", to wonderful effect. This book has a completely different tone to the others. Orfeo's voice is a authentic from what we have learned of him in the past and is perhaps the most fleshed out of Jemiah Jefferson creations.

His story begins with his childhood in Italy and progresses at a lively, quick pace to his transformation to a vampire at the hands of two female characters. Even though the middle section of the book seemed a little slow it didnt hamper the story at all. Orfeo remains interesting and engaging.

Daniel is still the man we have seen in earlier books. A complex creation that Ms. Jefferson clearly has a strong affection for. He remains unsympathetic even in his early, human years, challenging Orfeo and giving us a glimpse of what we know will happen in the future.

I hope very much that Ms. Jefferson continues with Orfeo's story sometime soon. He is without a doubt a wonderful character, full of an emotion that has been somewhat absent in her earlier works.

Well done Ms Jefferson. You should be proud.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jem does it again with her amazing vampire series...
New from Leisure, Fiend is an amazing book if you like vampire novels. Jemiah has written two novels before this one, Voice of the Blood and Wounds, and all three of these books follow the same characters, but they can easily be read as stand-alone novels. She has been called the middle ground between Poppy Z Brite and Anne Rice, and while it doesn't do her justice, it's the only description I've read that comes close.

The novel is centered around Orfeo Guiseppe Vittorio Ricari, a whimsical, head-in-the-clouds Italian boy who runs away with his handsome young tutor and becomes lost in the seedy enticements of back alleyways. He acts as a male hustler for awhile until meeting Maria and Georgina, two beautiful lesbian vampires who take him under their wing and keep him as their personal pet. He works as a translator for Maria and acts as Georgina's lover until the vampires decide to turn him into one of their kind. Ricari is then swept into the world of French revolution, androgyny, sex, blood, and love. His exciting and heartbreaking life story leads him to Berlin in the 1930s, where he meets the charismatic and insane artist Daniel Blum. Daniel and Ricari fall in love and their torrid affair leads to Ricari transforming Daniel into a vampire. But can their turbulent, obsessive passion for one another survive an eternity, and can Ricari win the moral battle he's been waging within himself for over a century?

An incredibly-written novel, it will suck you in from the first page. Jemiah has an extremely unique voice for each character she writes about, and Ricari is comparable to Louis of the Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice; tragic, beautiful, archaic, and longing for morality and release from his immortal existence. The plot moves much more quickly than an Anne Rice novel, however, and the characters are described with such vividness that you feel that you know them by the end of the book. Her sex scenes are incredibly erotic and sensual, well-told without being smutty, and the way she captures various time periods--- 1800s Italy, Paris, Berlin in the midst of the Nazi uprising--- is incredible. You'd think she was there from the detail and accuracy she uses to describe each of these settings.

I highly recommend this book. I read it over the course of two nights, and am currently re-reading it for the third time since I purchased it about nine days ago. It is one of the best contemporary vampire books I've ever read, and the author is an extremely wonderful young woman who is certainly a name any true horror or vampire/erotica fan should know.

Warning: The book contains a lot of homoeroticism, gay sex scenes, profanity, sacrilegious scenes (particularly on behalf of Daniel, who scorns all things religious), and gory descriptions. Not for the faint of heart, although Jemiah's poetic writing somehow seems to throw glitter over the grittier scenes in her prose.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another great vamp book by Jemiah
I went through a phase a few years ago when I found myself digging vampire fiction. Its not like I'm a goth wannabe. In fact, I'm 40 and wear a suit everyday. Its just that sometimes, I suddenly notice I've been reading a lot of the same stuff. Its just what for whatever reason, I'm digging on at that point.

I got lucky.I found Voice of the Blood, Jemiah's first novel. It stood out from the pack like nobody's business. In it, we are introduced to vampires Ariane, Orfeo and Daniel. Its really Ariane's story but its a great introduction to the universe contained in her fiction.

The sequel, Wounds, explored Daniel's world. It extended brilliantly and Daniel (was he named for Daniel Ash? Can't tell why but the character reminds me of the Bauhaus/Love and Bullets fronter)was compelling. In Wounds, he takes front stage and the book is amazing. I've read it a dozen times. The only thing I wasn' clear on was the ending...what happened to my compelling character??? Darned if I know.

Now in Fiend, we get Orfeo's history. Where there were flashbacks in the first two books, this one is all a flashback. Whatever story there remains for Jemiah to relate about her vampires (I hope there's a lot more) Fiend does nothing to extend the story. We don't get to find out what happens next in their history, instead, fiend paints a remarkable picture of the background to the first two novels. It paints it brilliantly in lovely, sensual colors and the scenes it depicts make you want to go there and see for yourself.

I find myself comparing Jemiah to Anne Rice. It is not just the subject of vampires. It is not just the populating of those vampires with a sensuous love life. Jemiah's vampire remind me of Lestat and their ilk in her regard for rich back histories and deep inner lives. There is also a shared theme of gay love in both series which is not an interest of mine but Jemiah's sex scenes are awfully well written.

I've read all of Rice. I've read all of Jemiah's books. I'll trade any four of Rice's (especially the New Vampire series) books for any one of Jemiah's any day of the week.

Keep up the great work, Jemiah if you're reading this.You've a fan in me.



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40. Blood Memories
by Barb Hendee
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-14)
Publisher: Med Systems Company
Sales Rank: 127999
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Vampires have lived among Mankind for countless millenia, hiding in the darkness, hunting, feeding and killing Mortals.They live lives of utter secrecy, scattered far apart, always aware that the surging tide of Humanity could crush them if they became truly aware of their presence.For Eleisha, a young vampire who has remained hidden since the 19th Century, things are about to change. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars More like 3.5 stars
Barb Hendee said that this was her 'first novel and it shows' and well... it shows.

While this book handled some great, and scarcely used, things like vampire suicide and senile vampires it didnt work in other areas.

The main villain, Julian, was never really talked about throughout the novel and then in the last 20 pages we are given the reason why he is evil. It seemed overly rushed and i never got the feeling of 'wow, he is one mean guy.' Plus the name Julian? Come on, i have read 6 different vampire authors use that name. Find some other names for bad vampires!
Also, i didnt quite care for the telepathic and psychometry (huh?) humans. Vampires make it fantasy enough but all the 'special' humans made it seem sci-fi too.

There are also some pretty obvious and bad grammatical errors for a book of this size. And the cover and back make this book look like a comic graphic novel when it is surprisingly mature with some minor sexual scenes and graphic violence. Dont let the comic book cover and back fool you into thinking this is a childrens romp...

But in the end i read this book in one day and enjoyed it pretty well. It has a decent storyline and keeps you interested. And i loved that comment on vampires not using elevators, in case it gets stuck and theyre trapped until the sun rises. Very witty!

I also recommend Dhampir by the Hendee's as it is a wonderful read. But i must admit that Barb plucked many names and instances from Blood Memories for use in that book...

5-0 out of 5 stars Glittering Tapestry Tale
I started with 'Dhampir' and then had to get anything else Barb Hendee wrote. Im only sorry that there are only two books so far. A bit different then your average vampire tale. These are neither the good vampires, nor the naughty vampires. Perhaps the lost vampire might become a new genre. In Dhampire we play the human side, mostly. Or at least, mostly human. But a glimpse of the undead there reveals a great variation in vampires and the sides are drawn not between good and evil but simply for survival. In this book we go full scale on the vampire side, through the eyes of vampires who are yet ignorant of themselves and what they are. While in some books one becomes somewhat emeshed with the characters, Barb Hendee has the ability to bring you totally codenpendent on them. As with some authors, BH can use detail and description to bring the characters and their emotions alive without distracting the reader. In this case I was not just disapointed when the book ended, but actually rather annoyed. It's only in the hope of more books that I can recommend these

4-0 out of 5 stars A great story on a great topic
"Blood Memories" is a a great book that demonstrates that being a vampire would be a tradgy. Barb Hendee's inturpritation of the vampire condition is wounderful, and though it has little violence, it makes up for it in a killer plot. I would definently recomend this book to anyone who likes books in the vampire gendre.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good effort, although it's nothing to Anne Rice.
recently, i found this book while browsing through a local bookstore, the title was what cought my eye. Blood Memories was a fairly easy book to read. the writting of it wasn't wonderful, but i couldn't put it down :) you'll be surprized what happens to Eleisha in this book. I recommend this book to anyone whom loves to sit down for a day, relax on a big comfy couch and read. :) ... Read more


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