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61. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned
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62. Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
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61. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned
by ANNE RICE
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Asin: 0345369947
Catlog: Book (1991-09-13)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 26926
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"The reader is held captive, and, ultimately, seduced."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Ramses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger....
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5-0 out of 5 stars Just different
First of all let me tell you that I am in love with Cleopatra, so much love that I wrote a novel of her good things (I didn't publish it , is just for my friends and my proud), that doesn't mean that she didn't something wrong, but at the end of the book I made a question: "This question is for the women because they know more exactly the answer: Women, you think that could be physically possible no matter the job of a woman, that a woman could be with 30 man in one night only?
Well, in this book were written only the bad things about her and that I didn't like it, nevertheless is a book that I couldn't put down, definitely is a well written book.
You will learn something of the life of Ramses and the life of Cleopatra, and learning while you read is something very important.
The way Anne Rice describes the early years of the 1900, is not very real, but that it really doesn't matter when you are reading a good book.
At the end of the book could be two things:

1) You just end the book and that's it.

2) You will wait for the sequel (sincerely I won't because it will say things of Cleopatra that I don't like.)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Anne Rice books
First, let me say that I absolutely love the Vampire Chronicles, although Interview with a Vampire is still my favorite. I didn't like the Mayfair witches that much, but I never read Taltos and am curious about Merrick. That said, I was leary of a non-vampire Anne Rice novel. Despite my doubts, I loved this book. I have always found Egyptian history fascinating and enjoyed having this book with me on a long plane trip. The only bad side is that when I reached the end of the book, I wanted more. Hopefully, Anne Rice will someday write a sequel to this book so that we can find out more about what happens with Ramses, Cleopatra, Julie Stratford, etc.

4-0 out of 5 stars The mummy walks!
Sexy immortals with angst to spare are the cornerstones of Anne Rice's fiction. "The Mummy or Ramses the Damned" takes a different direction, mixing romance with horror and supernatural thrills. It has its flaws, but the raw energy of the book keeps it roaring up to the finale.

Lawrence Stratford uncovers the mummy of Ramses the Second, or "Ramses the Damned." But before he can unravel the mysteries around the mummy, he's murdered by his amoral nephew Henry, and the mummy is shipped to England. Lawrence's daughter Julie takes possession both of the family fortune and the mummy -- only to have the mummy revive when exposed to sunlight, and try to kill the murderous Henry. He's Ramses, an Egyptian king who drank an elixir of eternal life taken from a Hittite priestess.

Long ago, he faked his own death and wandered the world, eventually returning to Egypt and becoming the mentor/lover of the legendary Cleopatra -- only to lose her first to Antony, then to death. At first, Ramses is thrilled by the early-twentieth-century England, and he and Julie start to fall in love. But on a trip to Egypt, he comes across the mummy of Cleopatra, and revives her with a vial of the elixir. Except that this Cleopatra is mad, murderous, torn by her old loves and hates -- and unkillable.

This is not your parents' "Mummy" story. Except for one mildly funny scene where Rameses first revives, there are no stumbling mummies covered in bandages. Instead we have a tortured immortal who wakes up into a new world, while still being rooted in the Egypt of three thousand years ago.

Rice's lush prose is well-suited to the splendor of early twentieth-century England, when Egyptology was the fad -- she has lots of fun with the lace, pearl buttons, and opera houses. Her most awkward points are when Rameses is marveling at/criticizing 1914 England. At the same time, she gives new twists to the tale of the mummy, such as having him romance Cleopatra.

Ramses gives a slightly new twist to the tormented, lonely immortal, by having his almost childlike response to things like faucets and shoes. Julie falls for him a bit too quickly (yes, he's gorgeous, but what else?), but a good love interest. The other characters -- the youth-craving Elliott, his clueless but sweet son Alex, and the money-hungry, evil Henry -- are all intriguing and fully explored. But Cleopatra is what makes the book -- she's seductive but mad, tormented but still loving. Dislike her, but Rice will make you pity her too.

"The Mummy or Ramses the Damned" gives new twists to the story of a mummy come to life. Rather than an undercooked horror novel, Rice gives a thrilling, chilling look at immortality, and how what you want is not what you get.

5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating !!!
I've read a handful of books from Anne Rice but I have to say The Mummy is by far the best and I haven't even finished it yet ... the way everything has been described, you feel like your actually there, you feel like your the character in the book, it isn't scary but spellbinding, keeps you wanting more!!! I'll put off supper anytime to finish the book :)

4-0 out of 5 stars A thrilling read
A fantastic book! This is my favorite Anne Rice novel. A definite page-turner, unlike some of her other lengthier reads. It's pure escapist fantasy. Read this if you want to immerse yourself in an adventurous romance with likeable characters and an exciting, fast-paced plot--expect to be entertained and gratified after reading this. I've read the book twice and was never bored. ... Read more


62. Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
by Christopher Moore
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Asin: 0380728133
Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 33099
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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Here's something different: a vampire novel that's light, funny, and not at all hackneyed. Between scenes of punks bowling frozen turkeys on the graveyard shift in a supermarket, or snapping turtles loose in a loft and gnawing on designer shoes, this novel has comic charm to spare. But it also packs an appealingly downbeat message about the consumer culture: Becoming a vampire has given the twentysomething heroine "a crampless case of rattlesnake PMS"--a grumpy mood in which she realizes that she can dress to the nines as a "Donner Party Barbie" and still end up disillusioned and unhappy, just another slacker doing her own laundry and watching sucky TV 'til the sun rises. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Cute vampire comedy
A vampire comedy about Jody, a woman who was recently made a vampire against her will. She has no clue what vampires are suppose to do in her situation but she figures she needs someone to do her bidding during the day. So she picks up Tommy, a gullible[]aspiring writer. Things are going as well as can be expected with Jody and Tommy until the vampire that turned her decides to screw with their heads.

This book was pretty darn amusing and full of offbeat humor. I loved the oddball characters and quirky situations littered through out the book. I wasn't overly interested in the plot but that didn't really matter much. This is the only Christopher Moore book I've read but I'll most likely be reading more. If you like wacky humor with a little horror and romance then you should try this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I have ever read.
This book should come with a warning label: Read this book alone! Constant chuckling and laughing out loud in public will lead people to think you are crazy!

Ostensibly, this is a spoof of a "vampire" tale. That's like saying Gone with the Wind was about farm life in the south. It utterly fails to convey the substance of the novel.

That substance is derived from the characters--the usual well defined and full blown whackos that inhabit all of Moore's novels. As with all of Moore's novels the locale is a major character as well, and while most of his work is set in small, quirky towns, this one is set in San Francisco, lending an additional element of urban wackiness to the whole thing.

The thing with Moore that most astounds is his characters are cartoons in many ways-but have no cartoonish sense about them. Instead, they remind you of all your best friends, and, like your best friends, you care about these people. That makes the story compelling and, interestingly, the humor more intense.

Make no mistake--this is light, recreational reading. But is it light, recreational reading of the highest order.

I have read all of Moore's books (save the one just issued) and while all are humorous and enjoyable, this one is his best by far.

4-0 out of 5 stars great Sci/Fi comedy
It may be strange to say but I know people like these characters. The girl that can't be without a boyfriend... The cute boy that's too nice to attract girls... the punk guys working blue collar jobs... the jerk ex... the manipulitive ass who really wants someone - can have anyone - but doesn't know how to find the right someone.
Maybe that's why the book is so much fun. It's relatable to some extent. Even with the vampires.
Somebody that reviewed this said the characters felt distant. I agree. I also think that on a whole, it's easier to laugh at a distance. It's when you're too close that it's no longer funny (forget who said that). This isn't supposed to be a Anne Rice novel and thank god. It's violent, dark, honest, sweet and funny. Without shoving it down your throat.
Excellent writing and story.

3-0 out of 5 stars Funny but Flawed
Having read this book, I'm planning to read more of Moore's work, but I do so with a question about whether the flaws of this particular novel are specific to this one book or typical of Moore overall. Bloodsucking Fiends is often wonderfully funny, and Moore does a good job with his supernatural world meets mundane life issues, but the ending seems rushed and forced, and overall I found myself not really caring about Moore's characters. I didn't mind if they lived or died, and my lack of concern for them decreased my engagement with the story. I think that this distance between characters and reader might be intentional, because then Moore can do ludicrously awful things and we won't mind, but it's a tactic that leaves this particular reader somewhat dissatisfied. It reminded me of Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One in that respect; I think that people who appreciate Moore's tone with his characters will probably find Waugh's satires hilarious.

This is an entertaining book, and I'll be reading some of Moore's other novels as a result of this introduction, but I hope that his other novels are better than this one and not the same.

4-0 out of 5 stars A unique vampire book
I love vampires, but I've read so many vampire books and seen so many vampire movies, that the topic has become dull. I had almost completely lost my faith in vampires until I read this. This book is hilarious. I've read it several times in the past few years, and it still manages to make me laugh. A very unusual book, and a fresh spin on the genre. Worth a read. ... Read more


63. Templars in America: From the Crusades to the New World
by Tim Wallace-Murphy, Marilyn Hopkins
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Asin: 1578633176
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Weiser Books
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Templars in America explodes the myth that Columbus was the first European to discover the Americas. Using archival and archaeological sources, Tim Wallace-Murphy and Marilyn Hopkins reveal the Venetian connection between the Knights Templar and pre-Columbian America and prove the continuous history of such exploration from the time of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, through the Viking explorations.

Told in fascinating detail, this story takes as many twists and turns as a historical mystery novel. Templars in America takes readers through the many possible early explorations of America, which set the stage for the real mystery: the tale of how various dealings between Venice and Normandy resulted in the Templars coming to America.

Two leading European Templar families, nearly 100 years before Columbus, combined forces to create a new commonwealth in America. This is the story of Henry St. Clair of the Orkney Islands, then part of Normandy, and Carlo Zeno, a Venetian trader. These early explorers made peaceful and mutually beneficial contact with the Canadian Mi’kmaq people.

Although the voyage had little immediate political or commercial impact, it acts as a signpost to a centuries-long process that culminates in the beliefs and traditions of the Templars and Freemasonry, shaping the thinking of the founding fathers of the United States—and the American Constitution.

Templars in Americais a wild ride through the golden age of exploration to the founding of the United States of America. ... Read more


64. Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife: On the Other Side Known Commonly As "The Little Book"
by DANIEL QUINN, Tom Whalen
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Asin: 0553379798
Catlog: Book (1998-11-03)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 176890
Average Customer Review: 2.95 out of 5 stars
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The guide of choice for anyone who plans to die someday--are YOU ready for the AFTERLIFE?

To find out, take this simple quiz:

1.Like Earth, the Afterlife has celebrities, outcasts, deadheads, losers, and busybodies.


  • True
  • False

2.Is there an Afterlife after the Afterlife?


  • Yes
  • No

3.When you first arrive on "the Other Side," you will be given:


  • a) a set of wings
  • b) a toaster
  • c) a copy of A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife

Don't worry if you're not sure how to respond.A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife has answers to these questions and more--and if you're lucky, some of them may turn out to be right!

An irreverent, one-of-a-kind compendium from the award-winning author of Ishmael, A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife can be read as a parable, an allegory, a work of fiction--or exactly what it claims to be: a helpful handbook for the recently deceased.It is filled with uncommon wisdom, bizarre imaginings, uncanny perceptions, and unexpected humor.Is it fantastic escapism or a seminal event in human history? Read it and find out....

Face it.The Afterlife is the ultimate test.You might as well study. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Seriously Its not meant to be taken Seriously very Seriously
I don't understand some the below reviewers atitudes about this book. Yes, parts of book don't make a lot of sense, but I see that as the authors attempt to get us to look at our belief systems, when glanced at in the same way- are'nt they just as absurd? I think some people including me, came on this book thinking it was going to be another Ishamael- "a book to change the world and give people answers." Rather, it is a book to change your thinking. One thing I got from it was this- the answers to the questions you have gotten in this life, are, like the answers you get in this book, subjective because no one really knows! There are gems of wisdom to be gained from reading this book, I could go on...

5-0 out of 5 stars Caution: Fantastic, comic fiction!
Did you know that in the afterlife a wind storm can leave your brain in such a shamble that you believe yourself a bicycle? That Borges completes after his death his Biography of the Infinite? That afterlife physicists Rotnac and Rekcur believe the other side is an anti-universe composed in part of charmed anti-quarks? Neither did I, but that's what I learned in this decidedly nutty, bizarre, fantastic, comic fiction. Quinn and Whalen have constructed the craziest, cleverest book I've read since, say, Queneau's Exercises in Style or O'Brien's wacky afterlife novel The Third Policeman. The authors perform their magic with a straight face, but don't be deceived--this is anything but a straight book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I LOVED this book. The introduction is the best part. It makes the rest of the book so much more fascinating.

1-0 out of 5 stars This must be a spoof
If any of this book is true, you will do everything to prolong your life. What this book describes can only be one person's version of Hell.

1-0 out of 5 stars Read book description above. It's the best of the book
Reading the back cover of the book, text that is given in the editorial reviews section above, you are reading the most clever, the funniest part of the book. The next best is the Introduction - coincidences, human interaction, human fraility. No need to read beyond that. The book is clever, making marvelous connections to real historical people. Unfortunately, the cleverness is useless when the clever premise and/or connection degrades into drivel ... often close but never successful, funny or perceptive. There's too much good and excellent literature to waste your time on this. Even if you wish to mindlessly kill time, you can easily find better mindless reading. ... Read more


65. The Crow : The Lazarus Heart
by Poppy Z. Brite
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Asin: 0061058246
Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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"The man who wears the names of rivers knows that he is no longer like other men, that some part of his fearful work has changed him forever and he can never return to the simple, painless life he lived before.... The invaders are everywhere, and Their agents are everywhere.... In [his] dreams They walk the streets without fear, spreading the androgyne contagion, and the sky burns with the roaring engines of Their warships."

In a novel about a serial killer, the evocation of the killer's madness can make or break the book. In The Crow: The Lazarus Heart, Poppy Z. Brite delivers her usual complement of gay/transsexual pale-faced lovelies dressed in black Lycra and lace, giving just enough of a spin to their aesthetics that they are mildly entertaining to read about. But the way she puts the good gory meat into the story is through the character of a mesmerizing serial killer whose unique brand of paranoia serves as a sly commentary on Brite's own fiction. This is a short and relatively simple novel for Brite, but its narrative momentum never lapses: the plot structure hangs together better than in her longer, more ambitious works. It's overwritten in places--Brite wants to use two similes where one will do--but it's fun. And that's what horror is all about. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brite Creates Yet Another Amazing Book
First, let us establish that through the movies I never got overly attatched to the Crow series. I thought the movies were ok, but not great; not to mention that the sequel appeared to be a regurgitation of the original plot. But since Poppy Z. Brite is one of my absolute favorite writers, I had to give this book a chance (and even sprung for the nice $50 edition--this is how sure I am of Brite's writing.) This novel holds up to all of Brite's previous novel-length work, and quite possibly exceeds it. The characters are amazingly developed--but aren't they always--and for once one of her major characters is a woman! Ok, so she used to be a man, but the point is that she's strayed from the teenage gay mail a little. Brite also expands on the Crow mythos, and writes a powerful story. The main antagonist is the complete embodiment of hate and bigotry, and the hero's purposes are genuine and satisfyingly revengeful. I recommend this book for anyone who loves good horror, but I warn you that Brite is a very dark writer when it comes to her horror. Her fiction makes the works of Steven King look as cozy as a Charles Dickens novel.

Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Crow, Poe & Brite: Quite a combo
I must admit before you read this that I have been a HUGE Poppy Brite fan since reading "Lost Souls". I was, however, not really familiar "The Crow" beyond the limited notion that it came - I believe - from a comic book format; that Brandon Lee was killed during the making of a mediocre movie; and that a sequel was made with Vincent Perez. I was NOT aware that there was a series of books until I read an interview with PZB in which she stated she was writing a "Crow" book. In that interview, she JOKINGLY said that she was writing it cause - paraphrasing - they were paying her a boat load of money. That made me apprehensive about its quality. That apprehension was unwarranted. Brite has created in this book another boat load of memorable characters who find themselves at the mercy of their circumstances. What Brite manages to do in her novels (and in this one as well) is create people who - even though they may be very different from the reader - resonate love, desire, pain, dreams, and fears with which anyone can empathize. Her protagonists, while dark and flawed, are all - at heart - wonderful examples of literary Innocents. And her "villians" are terrifying because you know that they are not that far removed from the reality of the world. What I appreciate greatly about this book (and PZB's others) is that she does not spoon feed us as to why the "bad guys" have done what they've done. She gives us enough "explination" that we walk away satisfied AND permitted to extrapolate the motivations for ourselves. Brite also does not feel it necessary to give us a happy ending. Refreshing. All this is all wrapped up in a dark, scary, inviting and seductive package created by her understanding of the human condition. We are all different, Brite knows, but not that different. So, will "The Crow: Lazarus Heart" make me run out and buy every "Crow" book on the market? Nope. It simply will make me wait with great anticipation! for Poppy Brite's next work of fiction...one which I hope comes quickly.

2-0 out of 5 stars Better Then Quoth The Crow But Still Lacks..
Yet again, another one of my reviews, this time for The Crow Lazarus Heart. Like Quoth The Crow, I enjoyed the love story although this one felt less forced and more natural. But as soon as Brite got to the villian,"Joseph Lethe", I felt very confused. Now, I can understand having a villian that thinks their justified but this one was just overall confusing. Talking about a lightning bolt that changes his brain? Not a very good reason/explanation. This book I also would not recommend to anyone. At this point, I'm already onto Clash By Night. On a general note, none of these books have attempted to "push the envelope". I will give Brite some credit for trying to add change to the story. And to the reviewer who made the note about the cop, well, I agree.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Poppy's Best
This is kind of cheesy. Parts of it are down right silly. This is the first of Miss Brite's work I read. (my mom brought it home for me when I was home sick..she's regretted it ever since) It's ok, it's an interested take of the whole Crow thing, (maybe I don't care for this because the subject's been overdone to death?)and I like her writing style. Her latter work is better though. (Exquisite Corpse, etc)

4-0 out of 5 stars Poppy Z brite is brilliant
The Crow was originally an incredible story that Poppy Z Brite not only writes with the same intensity and anger as the original but adds a more current theme. Hatred for gay men. Not only does this bring a different edge to the story but makes the triumphs of the crow character that much more thrilling. The gore is a little too much it takes a little bit away from the love story. You can almost feel the love between the main character and the dead lover. It's a beautiful story of love torn apart by hate and the revenge that follows. ... Read more


66. Coyote Moon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Book 3)
by John Vornholt
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Asin: 0671017144
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 78479
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Of Shapeshifters and Skinwalkers....

As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. one girl in all the world, to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers.

The seedy carnival looks like just the thing to give Buffy and her best buds, Xander and Willow, a break from staking bloodsuckers. Some greasy food, a few cheap thrills -- what more could a Slayer ask for?

But then Buffy senses something evil behind this carnival. Xander and Willow aren't so sure. They don't buy Buffy's notion that the carneys are somehow connected to the corpes turning up around Sunnydale. It doesn't help that her two best friends are each interested in someone at the carnival. Which puts the burden ofproof on Buffy.

Can she find out what's going on in time to save her friends?

Or has the Slayer become the prey? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent suspense through the whole book.
John Vornholt really impressed me with this first rate teen thriller based on the tv show. This book didn't take me that long to read - thats only because I couldn't put it down. I strongly reccommend this to teens and Buffy fans.

It is about Buffy, Willow and Xander eager to take a break from slaying vampires and what-not so they take a trip to the carnival that's come to Sunnydale, only to find out the two sexiest carnies are actually werecoyotes!

Awesome book - don't let this fly by!

5-0 out of 5 stars Coyote Moon
This book is probably one of the best book I've read of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series. It's filled with suspense and keeps you reading til the end. It is a very good book for Buffy fans. So read it!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Skinwalkers Come to Sunnydale
COYOTE MOON by John Vornholt is the third Buffy The Vampire Slayer book and the second all-new adventure. Like the previous volumes this was a very well-done book. I don't know if the series has a better bible than others but so far all of the characters act just as they would be expected to on the show.

At the end of Summer a carnival comes to Sunnydale. Shortly after that, coyotes are seen closer to town than usual. Buffy starts to get the wiggins about the carnival and finds some minor evidence that they are involved in something not normal. Eventually a plot involving werecoyotes and skinwalkers is revealed. Unfortunately for the townsfolk the plot involves the carnies seducing and slaughtering a number of Sunnydale's young folk. In the end Buffy triumphs and curses are lifted.

While this volume is quite good it is not canonical. The events take place at a time that we now know Buffy was not in Sunnydale. This puts it in a class with many of the Star Trek books. So if you consider this an old episode you missed then it works out quite well. Unfortunately these books are a little hard to find because they are being marketed towards young adults (hah, my 78 year-old father is one of the show's biggest fans).

5-0 out of 5 stars Tony Hillerman lite
I savored this book a little longer than the previous 2. I loved the scene where Willow was playing poker. This book is Tony Hillerman lite. If you've read any of his mysteries, you'll know what I mean.

3-0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Review
COYOTE MOON
BY JOHN VORNHOLT (1998)

RATING: 3/5 Stakes

SETTING: First Season (summer)

CAST APPEARANCES: Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Cordelia

ORIGINAL CHARACTERS: Rose, Lonnie, Hopscotch (werecoyotes); Dr. Henshaw (friendly doctor); Spurs Hardaway (villian)

BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SUMMARY

"The seedy carnival looks like just the thing to give Buffy and her best buds, Xander and Willow, a break from staking bloodsuckers. Some greasy food, a few cheap thrills--what more could a Slayer ask for? But then Buffy senses something evil behind this carnival. Xander and Willow aren't so sure. They don't buy Buffy's notion that the carneys are somehow connected to the corposes turning up around Sunnydale. It doesn't help that her two best friends are each interested in someone at the carnival. Which puts the burden of proof on Buffy. Can she find out what's going on in time to save her friends? Or has the Slayer become the prey?"

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Coyote Moon, the second original Buffy novel, is a solid if unspectacular story about the arrival of werecoyotes in Sunnydale (disguised as a carnival) and their attempt to resurrect their long-dead leader. Buffy spends most of the novel attempting to gain proof of the carneys' true nature (with Giles' help), while Xander and Willow are seduced by two of the carneys. Xander's terribly luck with the ladies holds out, as his new girlfriend Rose simply wants him and Willow to be the human sacrifices necessary to resurrect Spurs Hardaway, a Buffalo Bill Cody type of Western performer who died exactly a century ago and discovered the secrets of "skinwalking" from an unnamed plains Indian tribe, which allowed him and the other performers to become an animal by donning its skin. After being captured by the werecoyotes, Buffy manages to escape with the aid of Hopscotch, a renegade werecoyote who wants her to stop the resurrection because he was the one who secretly killed Spurs Hardaway to begin with. In her own inimitable style, Buffy manages to arrive at the resurrection just in time to drive a silver knife through Spur Hardaway's werebear form and save the day.
The novel has some strong elements. Xander's teen lust for Rose is depicted well, as are the feelings of love and hurt that Willow feels everytime Xander fails to notice how much she loves him. Also well played is a scene where Buffy interrupts a Xander-and-Rose makeup session, prompting Xander to tell Buffy off. Other highpoints include Xander trying to grow a goatee (failing miserably) and some interesting use of Native skinwalker stories.
Overall, Coyote Moon is a competent addition to the Buffy line and has the feel of a first season episode. It's by no means a page turner, but it also doesn't prompt groans of dismay like some other books in the series. ... Read more


67. Cielo y tierra (Heaven and Earth)
by Nora Roberts, ALMUDENA DE LA MOTA
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Second installment of the THREE SISTERS ISLAND TRILOGY

Ripley aspires to lead a calm life in her native island of the Three Sisters. But there is something that troubles her: the special powers she possesses and that, even if she tries, she is not able to control. When charming MacAllister Booke arrives in the island to do an investigation on witchcraft he is immediately attracted to the inner struggle she maintains about her extraordinary abilities. Nora Roberts is also the author of the "Irish Trilogy" and the US’s best selling author.

Description in Spanish: Ripley Toddo aspira a llevar una vida apacible en su isla natal de Tres Hermanas. Pero hay algo que le inquieta: los poderes especiales que posee y que, aunque lo intente, no es capaz de controlar.

Cuando el carismático MacAllister Booke llega a la isla para hacer una investigación sobre brujería queda inmediatamente impactado no sólo por los centelleantes ojos verdes de Ripley sino también por la lucha interior que ésta mantiene con sus extraordinarias habilidades. ... Read more


68. The Demonologist
by Michael Laimo
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4-0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2...
Right out of the gate this book grabs you, possesses you, and then spits out your soul... I like!!The story itself isn't necessarily new - demonic possession, demons trying to escape Hell, yadda yadda - but the mythos Laimo used, combined with the style of possession, rejuvenated this old idea with gusto.These characters are immediately familiar.Richly described, and thoroughly drowned in heart ache and hardships, you expect to see their wounds, instead you see their Band-Aids.The scars are there, but they don't dwell on them as much as try to learn from them.

Whether running in the rain, tolerating Hell, or facing the demons of sins past, the atmosphere is thick, oppressive, fearful, yet with a glimmer of hope and just enough empathy left to carry forward and see what happens.And forward you go.The pace carries the characters and story, with that atmosphere hanging over them, like the last runner in a marathon.Frantic, sporadic, but determined to cross that finish line.

And then he crossed the finish line... and kept running.He didn't stop and breathe, get a drink, or even have the courtesy to drop unconscious to the floor.No, he had to add those last four pages.And in one swift kick to my groin, he ruined what was a perfectly good ride.Deep?Eh, maybe on some theological level you will be left thinking, perhaps even reflecting on your beliefs, if you don't read the end.I've always been a believer in the `beginning will grab you, the ending will keep you' theory.The end itself was fine, it was the after thought denouement that pulled this book down into the pits of its own Hell.

Rating 3.5It's a good book, and one that fans of religious horror will enjoy... but I'm angry, hurt, disappointed and still a little bitter about that end to let it have the 4 it so nearly was... but it's inexpensive, so go ahead and get it if you don't mind being slapped by Mickey after you get off Space Mountain.
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69. Arcane Lore: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Occult...But Were Afraid to Ask
by Scribe 27
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Unconventional and irreverent, this highly entertaining book can be of use to students at any level of advancement.A number of "trade secrets" and cautionary notes have been included, as well as invaluable advice which will enable a besieged magician to kick the boogyman's ass.Definitely not for crystal-carryin' wussies! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Don't much care for being misquoted. . ."
I, SCRIBE 27, am the author of this book, and it has recently been brought to my attention that I have been misquoted here by an anonymous reviewer (27SEP03). I shall now use this opportunity to set things straight.

First, even though you are on a dark path, and your review reflects an obvious negative bias, I appreciate the fact that you read my book and saw fit to give it three stars. Now for the corrections!

You state that the "actual content written by the author is very small compared to the number of quotes" and claim that "some chapters are merely an introductory paragraph to the quotes that follow." You know that this is untrue. Arcane Lore is 344 pages long, and while yes, there are many quotes, the majority of these pages are filled with my own words. The shortest chapter, "The Invisible," is only two pages of text followed by four pages of quotes. Most of the other chapters are much longer. For examples, the two most important chapters in the book (Ch. 11 & 12) are 40 and 34 pages in length, respectively, each followed by several pages of relevant quotes, as it is beneficial to be able to see things from multiple perspectives in order to properly grasp certain difficult concepts.

You further state that I "occasionally take an almost Judeo-Christian tone" and allege that I speak out strongly against the "seven deadly sins." This you know to be a lie. Not ONCE in this book are the "seven deadly sins" mentioned! You did blatently lie about this.

You then state that I listed a number of persons "whose views differ from mine" whom I would like to have shot. Before I respond to this grossly misleading allegation, I must ask if you, or those you associate with, engage in the predatory criminal behaviors which I condemned? Yes, I suspected as much. Just so there is no more confusion about what I said, let me transcribe it for you here:
"As I said before, there is no such entity as 'Satan,' and I am by no means a Christian, yet no other term seems appropriate for certain highly negative individuals. I half-jokingly refer to these individuals as 'Satanic' due to the fact that words have power, and no other word adequately conveys the repugnance I feel when I have the misfortune to gaze upon one of these odious creatures breathing my air. They . . . ought to be dispatched with a small caliber hollowpoint to the brain stem whenever they're recognized -- but, unfortunately, such activity is strictly prohibited, and the world is a far worse place for allowing these creatures of darkness to propagate like a malignant growth within our society. . . . If an individual is chock full of venomous hatred and always chooses to behave in an unethical and self-indulgent manner, then they qualify as 'Satanic' in my opinion. Of course, as with everything else, there are varying degrees of this pathology."
I made it VERY CLEAR in this chapter that a practicing Satanist is NOT a "Satanic" (more accurately, "demonic") individual if they do not engage in predatory criminal behaviors!

Finally, you state that "Those looking for a well-outlined 'system' will be disappointed" -- and I agree! Ritualization promotes stagnation -- reject the dogma and find your own path! This book is presented simply as a magickal PHILOSOPHY rather than a stale and meaningless list of "step-by-step instructions." Open your eyes, absorb what is useful, and do what feels right for YOU. Mastery is something you need to achieve on your own through years of experience -- no-one can teach it to you, and you sure won't find it in this, or any other book.

3-0 out of 5 stars what's up with this?!
This strange item is listed in the occult fiction stuff, but it doesn't even pretend to be fiction in fact. Instead it is the opinion and rambling of some unnamed occultist, who has decided to commit his every idea to writing. I found the material mildly amusing, with some good advice, some bad, and a number of plain errors of fact. The author seems to enjoy categorizing those he disapproves of as [people] and silly people, and while he may have some actual exerience in occult practice, he also seems strangely gullible about things like conspiracies. Probably nearly half the text is filled with quotes from other authors, including, oddly enough, the material from the Church of the Subgenius, which the author seems to take seriously!
If you've already read widely in the occult, and you'd like a laugh, this book might be for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Oh, wow . . . this was strange!
If Jack Nicholson, Sonny Barger, and the Dali Lama decided to stay up all night eating funny mushrooms and typing their ideas about the Black Arts into a laptop computer, you might wind up with something that rivals the rare tone of this weird book.

The author intersperses his colorful digressions with a large numbers of selected quotes from a surprising number of sources. I found it all quite amusing, and am now reading it for the second time. He certainly has a *unique* perspective!

While several extraordinary ideas are eludidated in detail -- and which are well worth reading -- I remain skeptical of certain statements made herein, and was put off a bit by the wildly fluctuating tone, which seemed to vary between manic and condescending. It was funny though, and that appeared to be the author's intent. Depending on your particular mindset, you'll either laugh out loud or else be up all night cowering under the covers with all the lights on. It was a good book -- just don't take it too seriously.

5-0 out of 5 stars SPOOKY STUFF. . .
This was a good book, and surprisingly quick to read (I finished it in 2 nights). It made me nervous. First, I started to think that the author must be insane . . . then, I began to worry that maybe I was insane, because what he was saying started to make sense! Intuitively, I've suspected some of these things for quite some time. He talks a lot about how a number of unseen influences can affect people, and describes how someone who is unaware is defenseless. He also details the many aspects of the dream state, and how to protect yourself from things that would attack you -- whether in a lucid dream or on the astral plane. It's spooky thinking about all the negative and potentially harmful energy out there -- in the physical world, as well as the unseen -- but being aware of it, and being familiar with its nature, makes it less dangerous. A little bit of knowledge is all you need to keep yourself safe, and this book provides it.

3-0 out of 5 stars An interesting, yet vapid anthology of others works
First of all, the actual content written by the author is very small compared to the amount of mostly relevant quotes from varied sources. It gets so bad that some chapters are merely an introductory paragraph to the quotes that follow.

The 'system' presented is undeniably of a shamanistic/wiccan bent. The book contains several glaring contradictions and occasionally takes on almost a Judeo-Christian tone. For example, the author speaks out strongly against committing any of the "seven deadly sins" ...malice being one of them, then a few chapters later describes -in detail- the number of people he would like to shoot with a small caliber weapon. Most of these people, not surprisingly, have views that differ from the authors.

While it seems the numerous quotes are present to lend an air of authenticity to the book, the author frequently passes judgement on an opposing viewpoint after having only exposed himself to a small glimpse of the viewpoint in question. This is most apparent in the chapter where he covers black magic(k) and Satanism which takes on an airy sort of pagan viewpoint and reveals his lack of understanding due to passing off his misguided perceptions as absolute truth.

However, there are some interesting points made here. It's nothing really groundbreaking like it is purported to be, especially if you've read most of the source material he references. In fact, if you have the time and the patience, reading the source material rather than this book would be much better.

Lastly, those looking for a well-outlined 'system' will be disappointed. It's never really coherently presented since the author is too busy quoting things and denigrating others. ... Read more


70. House Of Blood
by Bryan Smith
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71. Exorcist : The Beginning
by Steven Piziks, Caleb Carr, William Wisher
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BASED ON THE FILM FROM THE ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR OF AUTO FOCUS AND AFFLICTION, AND FROM THE WRITER OF THE ALIENIST

In the aftermath of World War II, Lankester Merrin finds himself in the remote Turkana region of Kenya. Haunted by memories of the war, he has taken a sabbatical from the priesthood and journeyed far from his native Holland. He has come to lead the archaeological excavation of a mysterious, Byzantine church, buried in pristine condition as if on the day it was completed. Directly underneath the church, Merrin discovers a much more ancient crypt -- and finds himself face-to-face with unspeakable Evil.

Madness descends on the local villagers and the contingent of British soldiers sent to guard the excavation. Merrin watches helplessly as the atrocities of war are repeated against another innocent village -- atrocities he'd hoped to never see again. The blood of innocents flows freely on the East African plain, but the horror has only just begun.... ... Read more


72. Gay Astrology : The Complete Relationship Guide for Gay Men
by Michael Yawney
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Looking for the right gay partner? Well, you can thank your lucky stars. Here at last is a down-to-earth astrological guide especially for gay men. From dating to mating, from scoring to snoring, and from catching his eye to capturing his heart and keeping it-his volume offers heaven-sent advice on finding love in today's gay world. Whether you're coming out or moving in, settling down or breaking up, raising kids or raising hell, GAY ASTROLOGY can help.

With wit and warmth it describes the challenges and joys of seventy-eight possible sunsign combos. And it gives specifics on how to court, bed, and wed in a gamut of relationships. The great news is that anything can work. If all signs point to the perfect match but it's a queer romance, then this is the book for you.

GOOD HEAVENS...IRRESISTIBLE FORCES ARE AT WORK!
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN HIS STARS MEET YOURS!
ARIES/SAGITTARIUS

What would it be like if Superman hooked up with Hercules? Cosmic love, cosmic fights, cosmic rescues in the skies over Metropolis. So what if a building gets leveled-neither of these guys meant any harm. It takes the embarrassment of putting their super feet in their super mouths to bring them back to earth.

GEMINI/LEO

Each member of this pair will always think the other is a little ditzy. To Gemini, Leo's single-mindedness and sincerity seem supremely unsavvy. Leo thinks that all of that Gemini flitting and manipulation are distractions from what really matters. So why would a Gemini and Leo come together? It is because they fulfill deep needs for each other. And because ditzy can be cute.

SCORPIO/AQUARIUS

This is a nervous romance. Two men, with little in common other than a mile-wide streak of stubbornness and an inability to color inside the lines, come together to frighten the bejesus out of each other between sudden uncontrollable attacks of sexual passion. If that isn't love... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best book ever!
This book pulls no punches. It tells you exactly everything about your sign and how the signs get along. It is the best book geared to gay men and their relationships. It offers insights and let's you know the challenges that lie in your relationship.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
I realize by all means that pop astrology (the stuff you read in the newspapers), is basically not worth the paper its printed on. This book is cheap, and incredible in every sense of the word. I have had 17 out of 17 people read their apropriate sign, and EVERY single one of them either put it down, or were completely blown away, by how incredibly true this book is.
I never understood why my ex was such a jerk, until I read this book, (He was an Aries), it makes so much sense.
Also,...

5-0 out of 5 stars Gay Astrology - Not Just for Gay People Anymore!
Do the stars care who we love? Only fundamentalists and fools would answer yes. I picked up Yawney's "Gay Astrology" not knowing what to expect, perhaps for a goof... And yet, and yet, in witty, catty, biting and deeply humane prose, Yawney sets himself up as your best friend/confidante, explaining - as all good seers do - people to themselves. I would say it's good psychology and good reading, and your sexual orientation has nothing to do with it. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!
This is it. Finally, an astrology book that isn't full of weak-tea platitudes and tired generalities: Gay Astrology is packed with insight, great turns of phrase, and solid readings. Yawney clearly knows his stuff, and tells it like it is. Refreshingly intelligent. Yet another author I would love to meet... I bet he's a Pisces.

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Witty, and Fun
As a fan of Michael Yawney's wonderfully witty and insightful astrology writing, I was delighted to find this book. And as usual, his work here is hip, sharp, and wildly humorous, but dead on in its analysis. And although this book is specifically focused on the star signs of gay people and gay relationships, you'll be amazed at how accurate its readings are for straight people and relationships as well. I really can't recommend it more highly...buy it! ... Read more


73. Silent Partners
by Geoffery Bent
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Publisher: Flf Press
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SILENT PARTNERS is a comedy about a man who makes love to dead people. His secret ambition in life is to have sex with the Unknown Soldier...which he does. He also has relations with the remains of Washington and Lenin, a dinosaur skeleton, and a side of beef. This may be the most outrageous novel ever written. It is also one with a highly serious side: imagine NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND rewritten by Richard Pryor. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SICK SICK SICK, WONDERFULLY SICK!
This book is beyond sick and distrubing (especially the detailed descriptions of the main character's post mortem [nec]romances). It is also one of the funniest, sharpest, wittiest books I have ever read. Love him or hate him, the main character's observation of the living is just as detailed and on the money as those of the dead. This book is not for the week-stomached. If you like the dark humor of "Six Feet Under", you'll dig this novel. Cannot recommend it enough!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Silent Partners": Eccentrically Hilarious Comedy
Don't let the cover of this book fool you!This COMEDIC novel is the "bizarrest-of-the-bizarre" and is the only book I have ever read that has actually made me LAUGH OUTLOUD.With Warren Piece (pun intended) as the Protagonist, "Silent Partners" is a guaranteed escape from the fast-paced world of our everyday life.Put your nose in it and read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars From a civilized and contented reader!
It is difficult to describe all the reasons one might be taken in by this story about necrophilia, but it is a wonderful read indeed.Insightful and hilarious, creepy and serious all at the same time. The protagonist, Warren Piece (pun intended, like many of the other names, puns and pranks in this book), pushes and pulls the reader in his quest for loving the dead. Imagine a cross between Ignatius O'Reilly from Confederacy of the Dunces, Ben Flesh from The Franchiser, a dash of Dorothy Parker and a frolic through Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents. I love this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars silent partners
Excellent! I couldn't put this book down until it's done. With its dark humor about human nature and their tastes for oddities.
Mr. Bent has hit the spot about a person's shocking love of dead people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dead Men Talking
Wow!As wild as I thought, but funnier than I expected.This book is like nothing else.I tell my friends I really enjoyed reading about a guy who makes love to dead people, and they think I'm crazy.You have to read it to understand what I mean. ... Read more


74. A Chill in the Blood (The Vampire Files)
by P. N. Elrod
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 460835
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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Take a bite out of the newest Vampire Files!

A delicious new novel of the The Vampire files--in which our undead detective finds himself caught in the middle of a Chicago gangland war!

"Excellent . . . The story shifts easily between comedy and mystery . . . clever and refreshing!"--Booklist

"Entertaining . . . Echoes of Hammett and Chandler abound, but the novel succeeds in its own right."--Publishers Weekley

"Fun . . . plenty of action [and] quirky characters."--Locus

 A brilliant blend of mystery, horror, comedy, and historical fiction
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4-0 out of 5 stars Vampire and Chicago Mobsters
This book is indeed a fun read. P.N. Elrod continues the sagas of Jack Flemming, Vampire, and his adventures with the mobsters and corrupt polititions during post prohobition in Chicago.

This episode finds Jack caught between several local mob bosses, the boys from New York who are showing their muscle and of course the corrupt arm of the law. The book is very entertaining, funny, a mystery, has good old fashioned Chicagoland gangsters, and a Vampire who does his best to keep the peace.

Jack, as most Vampires nowadays has a conscience and will not feed from humans, but by living in Chicago close to the stockyards always provides him with all the nutrition he needs.

If you're looking for a fast paced, gangster mystery with a good hearted Vampire, then you're going to enjoy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I didn't realize until after I already had it home that this book was the 7th in the series. "Oh great," I thought, "if this is any good, I'm going to have 6 more books to buy!"

I started reading "Chill in the Blood" on Sunday night, and only put it down at 6am Monday morning because I started falling asleep from being up all night. I could not put it down! That afternoon I tried four different bookstores, trying to get the rest of the series. Finally had to order them all online, not to mention ordering the first book from a "Rare, Used and Out-of-Print Books" site. The only reason the Internet was my last stop was that I wanted them NOW, not after having to wait for them to ship!

The only thing I haven't liked about the story (besides Jack being "attached" ) is that I feel like I walked into the middle of the tale, as it obviously picks straight up from the last book.

The first person POV is a wonderful touch, really getting the reader in touch with Jack. And being a fan of the 1930s & 1940s "The Shadow" pulp fiction stories, I was thrilled to find that the book is set in 1937! Jack even mentions "The Shadow"! In my opinion, that gave Ms. Elrod "bonus points." LOL

I could gush all night, but I'm about a hundred pages from finishing the book, so I gotta go read!

3-0 out of 5 stars 7 Vampire Files Novels and Counting
CHILL IN THE BLOOD is the seventh installment of the Vampire Files. While it too is rather repetitive because it uses the same plot devices as the previous stories, it does have some redeeming qualities.

Once again Jack is in a fight with the mob and goes through all kinds of physical abuse. I think in every story so far his head is smashed in by somebody. But at least here we get some more insight on some mobsters Jack befriends, like Shoe Colefield, the black mobster on that side of town. And Bobbi, Jack's lady friend, is always fun to be around.

Not the best of the Vampire Files by far, but not a total waste of time either.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Chill in the Blood
You would think that after this many books the series would be getting a little stale but it's still kicking. The one falt I can think of is fighting with the mob is getting a little repetitive. Other than that this book is another one of those books you don't put down until your done reading it if only just to see how that savy vamp gets out of it now. I think sense I have the whole series any way I'm going to grab the next on for my personal collection too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs
This book defies description, it so bad. The dialogue is trite, the characters shallow, and the writing amateur. Sorry, Elrod, maybe you should go back to your day job.

I'm ashamed I have bought all of Elrod's book on the advice of another author at Uncommon Con in Dallas/Fort Worth last year. I'm beginning to think she was in cahoots with Elrod to sell books for each other. ... Read more


75. Unnatural Selection(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Mel Odom
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 108902
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Willow's trying to earn a little pocket change by taking the usual teenage part-time job -- baby-sitting the neighbor's kid. But her child-care chores turn into a scene from a horror movie when the baby gives her the evil eye and attacks. Barely escaping the tiny terror, Willow can't forget the missing human child -- or the monstrous thing left in its place. The childish changeling keeps coming back to haunt and taunt her.

Buffy and her posse soon discover a possible connection between Willow's infant interloper and some strange artifacts Giles found at a local archaeological dig. The evil plaguing Willow was once trapped underground. Now that it has been unearthed by new construction on the property, it's ready to cause some major mischief...and worse. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Unnatural Seletion; Willow Fairy
This book was the second i read from the 'Buffy the vampire slayer' bookseries, and it was what inspired me to continue. I found the beginning, the scene in which Willow discovers baby Tad has been abducted, dragged on a bit, it should have gotten straight to the exciting bit a bit quicker. However the description was impecable and the tension mounting was extremely effective. I particulary felt the way that this book focused on Willow more than Buffy, was a nice turn in events as far as the television show is concerned. This book is good for fans of the character Willow, rather than Buffy. The main problem i felt with this book was, it did not explain things very well when it came to the Spring Blowout. This event, which Cordelia was orginising came as a very important factor in the storyline, and i strongly feel more emphasis on the details of this should have been explained. But the final fight made this all worth while, you can really imagine the cave in which the fairies dwelled and feel the concern Oz had for Willow. A wonderful book and well worth reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars This was definitely the BEST BUFFY book written yet!
It was awesome! And not only because the main focus was on my favorite character, Willow. I liked the stuff having to do with faeries and the plot. I though it was kind of similar to the episodes of Buffy on TV "Becoming part 1" and "Becoming part 2" Because of the construction sites that unearthed the evil. But it was definitely the BEST! I started reading it, and by the 4th chapter I was hooked! I couldn't stop! I finished this book in a few hours, Definitely the best! I hope Mel Oden Will write more Buffy books!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Loved it..
To be honest, I ordered this book out of boredom... I didn't expect it to be the best of books, but at least I would have something to read... I don't read often, books usually can't hold my interest long enough for me to finish them... I mostly read BTVS Books and Biographies/Autobiographies.

That said, I LOVED this book... Mel Odom is one of my favorite BTVS Authors, he's incredibly talented... This book had my interest from the beginning and I really couldn't put it down. I started reading it and finished it within a little over an hour, the way that the characters were written was very much like they were on the show... Their reactions to things, the way that they each talked... Very much like the 3rd season version of the characters on BTVS.

And I loved the whole Faery story... I don't want to spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it, which i'll end up doing if I go into it anymore... So i'll just say this if you're a BTVS fan... Read this Book! Even if you haven't read many, or any, of the books and aren't sure if you'd like them.. Read this one.

I really do miss Buffy The Vampire Slayer, I still watch the reruns on FX and on Sunday nights on the WB.

3-0 out of 5 stars fun with faeries
The little baby Willow is sitting turns into a mean faery & warns Willow that if she doesn't help turn around the construction about to begin at a nearby park, her fate will be doomed.

It's an interesting premise- especially considering this book allows for more talk & research than some of the other overly action packed Buffy books. But, like so many Buffy books, once the 40 page action sequences begin- I could care less.

It's just that after watching the show- the action doesn't translate well onto the page, not to mention I never read action books. (Aside from Buffy & I only read the books because i miss the show).

The ending drips with Angel/Buffy cheese, but overall, the narrative does have a lot of fun faery facts & Willow is practically the star of the story (I love Willow).

I wouldn't say don't read it, just don't expect anything too great.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Review
I loved this book. The details are great. Willow is the main character here, which is unusual but good. All Buffy fans should read this one. ... Read more


76. Blooded (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Book 5)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder
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An ancient vampire has arrived in Sunnydale, bent on continuing his reign of terror. But the trail of blood leads straight to Buffy's best friend, Willow. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Reviews
BLOODED

By Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder (1998)

RATING: 3/5 Stakes

SETTING: Season Two or Season Three

CAST APPEARANCES: Buffy, Giles, Xander, Cordelia, Willow, Angel, Oz, Principle Snyder, Sheila Rosenberg

MAJOR ORIGINAL CHARACTERS: King Lear (vampire), Lord Chirayoju (Chinese Demon Sorceror), Sanno (Japanese Mountain King), Kobo (Watcher), Emperor Kammu

BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SUMMARY: "Chirayoju, a vampire of Chinese lore, and Sanno, the legendary Japanese Mountain King, have been locked in deadly battle for centuries. Literally. An ancient curse imprisoned the spirits of these two warriors in an antique sword. Until the sword arrives in Sunnydale. Freed by accident, Chirayoju searches for a host body that will allow him to continue wreaking havoc among the living and the dead. Now Buffy's on the trail of this legendary vampire . . a bloody trail that leads straight through the heart of the Buffy-Xander-Willow triangle."

REVIEW

The fourth original Buffy novel, Blooded opens quickly with a fun and rousing battle between the Scoobies and a vampire who fancies himself King Lear. Soon after the Whitehats' success, Willow accidentally pricks her finger on an ancient sword while visiting the museum. Not surprisingly, havoc ensues as Willow is slowly possessed by an ancient Chinese vampire named Chirayoju--only things become even more complicated as Chirayoju's ancient enemy, Sanno, decides to possess Xander in order to fight Chirayoju, with Buffy caught in the middle. Golden and Holder worked hard to draw upon Japanese and Chinese mythology, and incorporated several elements into the novel's backstory.

Overall, Blooded is an average Buffy novel. The dialogue is okay with a few good laughs sprinkled in. Perhaps the best part of the novel concerns Willow (pre-possession) where she deals with her sense of vulnerability and inferiority to Buffy after being mugged by some street thugs. Other good moments include Cordelia and Xander's constant bantering, and demon-possessed Willow beating Xander savagely. Unfortunately, the idea of one of the Scoobies being possessed by some sort of demon isn't exactly unique in the Buffy mythos, and the novel has an overly long and melodramatic ending. Blooded isn't a terrible novel, but with better ones to choose from should probably be of interest only to completists.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great characterization, if obviously a bridge book.
Well, I really enjoyed this book. The characterizations are dead on, and as far as I'm concerned, this book could easily be squeezed in there after Angels' gotten back to normal and the Willow/Xander cheating thing was resolved, probably right before Giles gets fired. 'Course, there are many more familiar with the episodes than me, so it may not work out that way. I figure they just didn't mention Faith; God knows there are plenty of episodes this season which didn't include her, except in passing. I thought some of the "emotional" scenes were written, well, a bit too oversimplistically, but if this is suposed to be a bridge between the adult and young adult novels, that makes a certain amount of sense. I'm behind in my Buffy reading, and so can't wait to see how the adult Buffy books go. Overall, as I said, this book fulfilled my expectations and then some. It certainly was better than "Night of the Living Rerun," and I agree that nobody has quite the handle on the characters (other than the show's writers, obviously) that Golden and Holder have.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun, but Lacking
I have to say, this book is pretty low on my list right now. The premise on which this book is based is okay, but no more than okay. The characters were written not as well as i'd expect, and the plot itself seemed to wobble. Humor is scarce and i wuld expect much more from Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder.
If you're looking for a good buffy read(...).

3-0 out of 5 stars Bodacious Buffy
Golden and Holder have done it again. Well, technically, they did it *before* in Blooded, but as I read The Gatekeeper first . . . . Golden and Holder are masters at capturing the personalities of the Buffy characters. Almost without exception, the reader can *hear* the lines being spoken Sarah Michelle Gellar, et al. (Sometimes they are *too* successful, in fact; reading, "Um, yes, of course" from Giles over and over and over again can be tiring.) The plot is an interesting one, involving the importation of medieval spirits from China and Japan; flashbacks to the Far East flesh out these spirits and give the final conflict between them more resonance than a simple "evil dudes, use stake" battle.

Blooded is not, by any means, a perfect tie-in. The story drags at times and other reviewers have been justified in noting that the dynamic between the characters does not seem quite right. In fairness to the authors, we really do not know how much information was available to them when they wrote the novel. It appears they knew that Angel killed Jenny Calendar, but not the circumstances surrounding Angel's "resurrection." So, while *we* know that there remained a great deal of distrust between the Scooby Gang and Angel, and that Angel and Buffy themselves no longer slept together (literally slept!) to avoid temptation, the authors probably did not. And so they have Willow, Xander, et al., constantly thinking about how Angel tried to kill them, "but he was Angelus then, so that's okay." Golden and Holder should not have been expected to exactly predict the direction the series was going to go in.

Blooded is, however, an enjoyable, quick and painless read, one which should be enjoyable to all Buffy fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good Buffy
This was the title that taught me you can't judge a Buffy book by its cover. Golden and Holder write better here than in many of their supposedly more adult titles.

Willow's emotional vulnerability is preyed upon by the spirit of a powerful Oriental demon, which gains gradually greater possession of her after she is accidentally cut on a ceremonial sword at the museum. Xander similarly becomes possessed by an equally nasty opposing demon, and the two reenact King Kong Vs. Godzilla in Sunnydale. Buffy has her work cut out for her, because she can't stop the clash of the titans without harming her two best friends.

Golden and Holder are in top form here, not diluting their primary plot and briskly keeping the story rolling along. The characters are examined in more mature light than usual. A bit bloody for the younger readers, though tame enough not to worry about. The dialogue crackles with the best kind of wit seen in the series, and there are a few in-jokes the fans will enjoy. ... Read more


77. Last Call
by Tim Powers
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Enchantingly dark and compellingly real, the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Last Call is a masterpiece of magic realism from critically acclaimed author Tim Powers.

Set in the gritty, dazzling underworld known as Las Vegas, Last Call tells the story of a one-eyed professional gambler who discovers that he was not the big winner in a long-ago poker game . . . and now must play for the highest stakes ever as he searches for a way to win back his soul.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow...
When I go to Vegas, I'm definitely going to have to pay attention to the cigarette smoke. Not that I expect things in real life to happen like the events and magic in this book, but it's so good, I expect it to.

It starts being about people playing poker. It ends up being about a battle for the Kingship of the West, with a immensely powerful Tarot deck as the weapon.

Beyond that, you'll have to read the book. I highly recommend it, both because it's a really good story, and because Mr. Powers' writing is very well done.

In the event you're a role-player, I have a definite feeling this is one of the roots for Unknown Armies, and it has a major influence on Kenneth Hite's writing (in the Suppressed Transmission). It makes me want to play a UA game so bad, it isn't funny.

Read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Monument to Imagination
"Last Call" is a book about loss, death, redemption, tarot cards and the Fisher King. It plays out in a vast and mythical Las Vegas that only marginally resembles the one that sits in the Nevada desert.

Scott Crane is a man who loses. As a child, he lost an eye. As a young man, he lost his soul in a card game. As an adult, is wife dies and he loses his will to survive. Until he is drawn to Las Vegas, where the last Fisher King died, and learns his is one of four Jacks vying for the right to assume the King's place.

It sounds wacky and ridiculous and I'm sure it would fall flat in any hands but those of Tim Powers. But Powers is a master of Urban Magic, at finding mystery in the oridinary and in drawing conclusions from history that might only be inferred by a madman. But once he has cast his eye on a subject and explained it to us, it all makes sense. We wonder why we never saw it before.

In typical fashion, Powers has selected Eliot's "The Waste Land" as a sort of working illustration of the story, writing elements that make you stop and think "Oh, ho! Eliot was in on it, too!". Powers uses the poem to good effect, as he has with the Romantic poets in "The Stress of Her Regard" and other works.

I don't get excited about many books or many authors, but this is one of the best. Powers is an amazing talent, always satisfying, always fresh and always jaw-droppingly unique.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
This book is indescribable. I have attempted on many occasions to explain the plot of this book to people, but how can you explain that the main tenet is that luck can be won or lost playing poker? It helps if you know a little of the history and origin of tarot and card games, but honestly, how many people (other than me) have that as a hobby? Which makes this a difficult book to sell to others. But in all honesty, you don't need to understand all of the mythology references to enjoy this book. It is a compelling and fascinating look into a world that coexists with our own, just under the surface, but which few can see. I loved that Tim Powers took european myths/archtypes such as the Fisher King and Dianna and moved them to the American West.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantasy noir?
OK, I'll admit that I'm biased. I went to school with Tim: truly! Hey, every celebrity was a kid, once, and went to school and had friends :-) That being said, I've read most of Tim's books, but haven't enjoyed them all. This is one that I *did* like, a lot. It grabbed me almost from the beginning, in much the same way that "On Stranger Tides" did; that's my favorite of Tim's books, BTW. While it definitely helps to know something of the legends of King Arthur and the Fisher King, of Percival/Parsifal and Taliesin, of the Tarot and the Holy Grail, it isn't necessary. This story holds together very well as a modern fantasy-thriller, of something we might call "fantasy noir", perhaps, although not of the same sort that Glen Cook (another favorite author of mine) writes. Still, there is something of a 40s detective story in here: who really *is* the hero, and who the villian? What are their motivations? As with all of Tim's books, though, the layers are much thicker than that, and if you can take the time to re-read some passages, you'll come away with a greater appreciation for how much care he has put into weaving all the threads together. This is *not* a casual "summer read"! If you are not willing or able to take the time to read this book word for word, do yourself a favor and don't buy it! But if you savor well-written stories, whether you like fantasy or not, you should give this, and all of Tim Powers' books, a read; you are not likely to be disappointed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for non-sci-fi fans
I can't stand most science fiction, but I tried this because it seemed more literary than sci-fi, and I'm a poker player. It's an interesting book, but the literary part does not outweigh the sci-fi, and there really isn't much said about poker. ... Read more


78. Halloween Rain(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Joss Whedon
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As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in the all the world, to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers.

Around Sunnydale, they say a scarecrow saturated with Halloween rain will come alive and slaughter anyone in sight. (Lovely place, Sunnydale.) Buffy's best friends, Xander and Willow, used to think the tale was nonsense -- but after a few adventures with Buffy, they're not so sure.

Even without a maniacal scarecrow, a Sunnydale Halloween is a truly horrific happening. There are enough zombies and vampires about, ready to party hearty and eat some brains, to keep the Slayer and her friends up all night.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Reviews
HALLOWEEN RAIN
Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder (1997)

RATING: 3/5 Stakes

SETTING: First Season

CAST APPEARANCES: Buffy, Giles, Xander, Willow, Cordelia, Joyce, Aphrodesia

MAJOR ORIGINAL CHARACTERS: Samhain (Pumpkin King); Glenn O'Leary (town nutcase); Claire Bellamy (Bronze manager); Nick Daniels (Bronze assistant manager)

BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SUMMARY

"Around Sunnydale, they say a scarecrow saturated with Halloween rain will come alive and slaughter anyone in sight. (Lovely place, Sunnydale.) Buffy's best friends, Xander and Willow, used to think the tale was nonsense-but after a few adventures with Buffy, they're not so sure. Even without a maniacal scarecrow, a Sunnydale Halloween is a truly horrific happening. There are enough zombies and vampires about, ready to party hearty and eat some brains, to keep the Slayer and her friends up all night. And then the rain starts to fall . . ."

REVIEW

The first original Buffy novel sticks closely to the style of early first season episodes. All the basic elements are here: a fight against vampires near the Bronze; Giles in full research mode at the library; patrols and battles at a cemetery, etc. The main plot of Halloween Rain is the emergence of Samhain, the Pumpkin King, a powerful demon that inhabits the body of a scarecrow on Halloween. After disrupting a vampire attack in the basement of the Bronze, Buffy learns of Samhain's existence from Sunnydale's resident madman, Glenn O'Leary. She ends up near a cemetery when legions of zombies attack, and manages to escape them only by running into a cornfield-and there, of course, Samhain makes his move.

The novel is clearly written with a young adult audience in mind, as it's slim and straightforward. Most of the characters are written well, but without the witty dialogue of the television show. Some good moments include a Halloween party with Xander as Indiana Jones, Willow as the X-Files' Scully, and Buffy as a pirate; Giles telling of the 17th Century Irish Slayer Erin Randall; and a scene where Samhain manages to scare Buffy almost to death.

Overall, Halloween Rain is a simple but solid Buffy novel, more of interest now for its nostalgia appeal than for anything else, though it would serve as a good introduction for adolescents unfamiliar with the Buffyverse

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the scariest
The legend is that when it rains on Hallowe'en a scarecrow will come alive and slaughter anyone in sight. Of course Buffy doesn't believe it, but this is Sunnydale and legends have a nasty habit of coming true. Soon Giles uncovers the story of a past slayer who encountered the demon Samhain and lost. Now Buffy must face the Lord of Samhuinn and destroy his spirit forever...

This was one of the scariest Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels I have read so far. The characterisation was very good and the plot was suspenseful and absorbing, although it did take a while to get going. The darkness and the rain creates a creepy, tense atmosphere that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. The second half of the book is far superior to the first and the battle between Buffy and Samhain provides a worthwhile climax. Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder have produced what are arguably some of the best Buffy books, and their other works include the Gatekeeper Trilogy, Immortal and Child of the Hunt. I recommend "Halloween Rain" to all fans of the series.

~Jenna~

5-0 out of 5 stars Completely New Story
I enjoyed this book more because it's a completely new story. It takes place where the first season Halloween episode would have been if one had been made. It's interesting to see what the authors do to play within the limitations of first season while making sure to not spoil the character's lack of knowledge about other aspects of Halloween that become important plot points for the season 2 episode.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Effort by Golden and Holder
The story centers around Samhain, the spirit of Halloween. Legend has it that on Halloween night, if a Scarecrow is soaked with Halloween Rain, he will slaughter anyone who tresspasses on his field. This is considered a myth, but upon further research it's found to have some truth.

Let me start off by saying Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder are great writers, and have a solid handle on the Buffy characters. The plot is interesting, dialogue good, and ending is exciting, if someone predictable.

My problem with the books is that it's a Young Adult book, which really isn't a problem. Being a college student, I've come to expect more out of my books. But the writers cannot be blamed, because this is the audience to which they are writing. Some of the slang gets really annoying, and I do mean REALLY annoying. The dialouge sometimes resembles the movie Clueless. I think they went a bit far on the slang. Granted, this book does take place in the first season, where there was a bit more of this. But the writers of the show have wisely moved away from it.

Overall this is a solid book, though it's very short. The plot, although interesting, is really a bit simplistic. I'd recommend it to any casual or die-hard Buffy fan. ...

4-0 out of 5 stars Buffy Books are GreatT
I LOVE ALL THE BUFFY BOOKS. I STARTED READING THEM A COUPLE YEARS AGO WHEN I STARTED WATCHING THE SHOW ON [local channel]. IF YOU LIKE ADVENTURE AND COMEDY AND SEEING PEOPLE GET THEIR [rear] KICKED BY OTHER PEOPLE YOU WILL LOVE THE BOOKS AND THE TV SHOWS. I REALLY THINK THIS BOOK IS A GREAT BOOK. I WILL READ IT OVER AND OVER. ... Read more


79. The Anne Rice Collection: Mayfair Witches
by ANNE RICE
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3-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful books, but lousy version
This abridged audio version is good in some select parts, but laughable in many places. The way they've cut things is just pathetic. Read the books or find an unabridged version, please! These tapes are good if you've read the books and just want to listen to something familiar on a long drive or something, but not if you want to understand the characters. The tapes skip most of the family's history and the beautiful historic descriptions of locations, especially the house (which is SO important), and also skips most of the sex scenes (which I actually didn't mind too much, but I thought it was hysterical). Please, please, please, PLEASE find a better version than these tapes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easily..
Easily these books are my favorite of Anne Rice. With the exception of a few others. The way they are written takes you where they are... its takes you inside their minds and you can understand exactly what they feel. The witching hour is the best i think because its more of the the history of the witches.. the rest are more about the taltos.. but they are still excellent. I've grown to love the characters and I want to read more. lol. cant wait for more witch books. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Mayfair Witches
I have truely enjoyed the witch series, and do look forward to the next book to come out in this series. Both the witch series, and the vampire series are so spell binding that you feel like you are actually there, and living life or unlife with them. You are caught up in the spells, romance, and love of they're lives as they are. I want to thank Anne Rice for each of these series, they are as masterly written from the first word, as they are to the last one, and from book to book. Again I Thank you, and do look forward to the next books to come out in either of your series. Respectfully A Devoted Fan Marianne Alderson ... Read more


80. Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter (Paperback))
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent guilty pleasure!
Having read and loved A Kiss of Shadows, I decided that it was time I gave the Anita Blake vampire series a whirl. Guilty Pleasures is a fast-paced, enthralling horror novel that kept me turning the pages until the wee hours of the night. The series starts out when Anita, a professional vampire executioner, is forced to investigate the recent murder of various vampires. But Anita's job is to execute vampires, not help them, but the master vampire Nikolaos is not someone you can turn down. There are various twists throughout the novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat...

I love Anita's narration and the story's steady motion. There isn't a single boring moment in this novel. I can see why so many people have become addicted to this series. Laurell K. Hamilton is a great talent of paranormal fiction. There is plenty of horror and suspense throughout the novel, but there isn't a trace of romantica. That's the only thing I didn't like about the first installment. But I was told that the romance and erotica come along later in the series (and I hope that Jean-Claude, a dark and sensual vampire in the story, will be part of said romance and erotica). Even though I prefer vampires as sex gods rather than evil, this is one series that I intend to read from cover to cover. A great start to the Anita Blake series! This novel is definitely a guilty pleasure...

4-0 out of 5 stars Buffy of the Literary World
The paralells between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Anita Blake series are virtually infinite. Both are tough, slim, short hot girls whose main goal in life is to free the world from the baddies. Both seem to have more than their fair share of relationships with some of these supernatural "baddies". Both of them love weapons. And both of them kick major .... while cracking tongue in cheek jokes.
I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And I love these books.
I read several reviews pertaining to the lack of sex in this first book. Well if you want sex, read on....the series soon becomes permeated with it. Ms. Hamilton seems to either give us too much or too little. Personally I prefer too little. I'm more on the ride for the action and plots, not the sex. If I want sexual satisfaction from a book I'll read a romance novel. This is not a romance novel.
In the same way Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become more and more "sexual", so do Hamilton's books. Since it is a series, some of the books are more for setting the scene and creating sexual tension than supplying a release for it. I would say on the whole though this series (taken as a whole) has something for everyone. Humour, Horror, and lust.
An easy writing style and a killer character make this book a must read for anyone who likes things along the line of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

5-0 out of 5 stars GUILTY PLEASURES
HAVE L.K.HAMILTON'S COMPLETE SERIES ON "ANITA BLAKE VAMPIRE HUNTER' HER BOOKS WERE VERY BLOODY READS. BUT I STUCK WITH THE
SERIES, FOR I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT ANITA IS DOING NOW. I WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST PERSONS TO BUY CERULEAN SINS. JEAN CLAUDE, RICHARD ARE THE FAVORITES IN ALL THE SET. THESE ARE KEEPERS.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time
This book was slow-moving and had way to many pop references.

2-0 out of 5 stars I will agree to disagree
As the starting novel in the Anita Blake series, it was pretty good. Although, I couldn't get over the fact that she was scared all the time. I mean if you're scared of someone, then I don't think that you should crack stupid jokes. Nikolaos is the wrong one to piss off. For a thousand year-old vampire, she does not have a sense of humor. The dialog, however, was a lot better than the other books. Aubrey and Theresa are really well thought out characters and I like that. I also liked the scenes between Anita and Jean Claude, they brought a little romance to the book. The end has a nice twist to it that I wasn't expecting. What I didn't expect was for the next book to be so SORRY, but enough about that. If you like vampires, ghouls, and zombie's, then this is a good book to start with. It's not an excellent book, but it'll get you through the weekend. ... Read more


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