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81. The Open Channel
by Jill Morrow
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82. Resurrecting Ravana(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Ray Garton
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RAISING THE DEAD

With midterms looming, the students at Sunnydale High are predictably stressed-out. Even super-student Willow is feeling the pressure to succeed. And when her usual study buddies -- Buffy, Xander, and Oz -- decide they don't need her tutorial sessions, Willow wonders if she's really what they don't need. But her hurt feelings don't explain her sudden antagonism toward Buffy -- or the strange dreams they've both been having.

As tensions in the school escalate into brutal acts of violence -- and the perpetrators turn up horribly mutilated -- Buffy and the gang search for a supernatural source. The evidence indicates that someone is attempting to resurrect a powerful Hindu demon. Willow's new con?dante, guidance counselor Promila Daruwalla, becomes the prime suspect...until Giles runs into an old "friend" who is always causing trouble. It will take all of the Slayer's resources...and the help of all her friends...to find the culprit and destroy the key to the demon's resurrection. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very exciting.. thriller on the edge of your seat!
This was a very well written book! Iliked how Garton explained& described everything so well! I think it had a very goodplot.. and seemed like it would be a nice Buffy episode. I iwsh they would convert the books into epsiodes.. especially the Gatekeeper books which i reccomend! But... this is a very good book and i recommend anyone thats a fan of Buffy to read it.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Mediocre Buffy Adaptation
This novel from the superb TV series has Buffy and the Scoobies battling demons called rakshasas, taken from Hindu mythology, who can turn friends violently against each other and are trying to do the same to the Scooby Gang.

It's a good idea, but the exploration of it here isn't compelling. My main problem is exactly what the last reviewer complained of: Garton doesn't seem to have a real command of the show and its characters. The behavior and dialogue just aren't quite right. You could explain that as the effects of the rakshasa magic, but Garton lets slip a few times that he doesn't know enough about Sunnydale. Willow describes a new Sunnydale High guidance counselor created for this story, Ms Daruwalla, as the first real person hired by Sunnydale High since Rupert Giles - ignoring her close friendship with Jenny Calendar. At another point, Willow say she doesn't know anybody who's ever been transformed into an animal, ignoring the transformation of Buffy into a mouse and Xander into a jackal (or was it hyena?). And although the story takes place at a time when Faith is in town, she is never mentioned in the book.

Granted, these little mistakes are only going to upset obsessive Buffy fans like yours truly, but isn't that pretty much the target audience for these books? I really can't see many of them being sold to or read by people who haven't seen the series.

The plot does have some nice twists, and the sections where Buffy is playing detective, trying to track down the source and nature of the latest evil, are pretty good. But overall, I didn't think this one had enough bite.

2-0 out of 5 stars Garton needs to be more aware of his source material
This book is an example of one of my greatest pet peeves. I think it behooves any author of a media tie-in to be well-versed in the show, movie, etc that they are writing about. The story is interesting, and the writing isn't totally horrible (though if I came across one more adverb I was going to scream, he said frustratedly) but the characters and situations are just not what we have come to expect from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I give some leeway for this, because there just isn't anyone with the flair for dialogue that Joss Whedon and the Buffy writers have, but there is no excuse for being unaware of certain basics of the show or the monsters you've chosen to use.First, there is a whole section at the beginning of the book about "hell-hounds". These are NOTHING like the hounds in the show. Given the release date of the book, it's possible that Garton never saw the hell-hounds in the Prom episode. Even at that, however, he describes creatures that are basically identical to werewolves and never explains how they are different. Also, Buffy goes after them with... get this... a silver-tipped stake. Does Garton not realize that Buffy uses weapons aside from stakes? Wouldn't a silver dagger or a silver-tipped crossbow bolt make more sense? Even a silver steak knife?

Then he introduces the raksasha. These are demons from Hindu mythology, and are pretty scary in their own right. But Garton describes them as tiny, while in the myths they are often taking the form of humans and tigers. Paintings show them as being the same size as people. Also, he has them getting into peoples dreams and causing them to murder friends and loved ones and then the rakshasa attack and eat the killer. In the myths they ate the dead body or bodies that were left after the attack. A minor point, but important. Basically, I think it would have been better to create an entirely fictitious monster than to risk offending people by getting their sacred stories wrong.

As for the characters, they are poorly done. Aside from certain over-used catch phrases and occasional glimmers of catchy dialogue, there was almost nothing in these characters that reminded me of the folks in the show. I have had people read lines to me that were cut from episode scripts (lines that I'd never heard in other words) and I have almost always been able to identify what character spoke them without being told. They all have very distinct "voices" which are very recognizable. None of this came across in the book. Also, many of the characters' actions were just... well... out of character. Especially Giles and Joyce.

All this aside, though, I enjoyed the book for the most part. But an interesting story does not make up for ignoring your source material when you are writing a tie-in novel.

But that's just me. I could be wrong.

4-0 out of 5 stars Superior Buffy book
I've been reading (sporadically) the Buffy paperbacks in the order of publication. I'm 2/3 through this one (the 9th) and it's by far the best yet. (Gatekeeper Trilogy would've been up there if it had been condensced into one volume.) Don't know if Ray Garton has penned more Buffys since but I'd stop the reading in order of publication date to read his. And I'll check out other non-Buff novels by Garton as well.
Oh, I'll revise my rating to 5 if the conclusion is on a par with the rest of the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Buffy
One of the stronger entries in the book series, and the most adult. The characters are more believably drawn than usual, true to their T.V. personaes but with an added dimension not often found in the books.

This one reads almost like a murder mystery or detective novel, and has less slam-bang action than usual. Suspense is maintained, red herrings are offered, and the action is refreshingly economical (and more effective for it). The ending is satisfying, but has a slightly rushed quality to it.

My only regret about this author is that he hasn't penned more Buffy books. This is an auspicious debut. Resurrecting Ravana is a good entry to interest the newbies, and will certainly satisfy the fans. ... Read more


83. Darksome Thirst
by Morven Westfield
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Catlog: Book (2003-06)
Publisher: Harvest Shadows Publications
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When Alicia found herself tiring a little too easily, she could have blamed the lateness of the hour - were it not for the tiny marks on her throat. Fledgling witch Matricaria and her coven receive strange dreams and tarot readings. Soon the lives of these very different people intersect. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Real Witches and believable vampires!
Vampires, Witches, and technology... an intriguing combination, and Morven Westfield has put them together in an ingenious and entertaining story. In this, the first in a planned series, we meet Alicia, a computer operator who dreams of becoming a programmer, and Matricaria, a Witch-in-training, in the late 'seventies. Strange things are beginning to happen around the company where Alicia works, and Matricaria has had a vision of terrible evil. Meanwhile, a vampire named Wesley has set up camp in this small central Massachusetts town, and he is looking for a more permanent abode and perhaps even a mate. How will these two women overcome a seemingly unstoppable horror? You'll have to read the book to find out!

Filled with deliciously rounded characters and believable situations, Darksome Thirst is a delight to read. Morven has captured the inner voices of her characters, and the reader can see people they know, and perhaps even something of themselves, in them. Each one has a distinct voice, which remains consistent throughout the book. You really care what happens to them, because they could be your friends or even you.

Full of suspense and surprises right to the very end, you will find yourself looking forward to the next book in the series. Anyone who is a fan of vampire stories and horror that's not over-the-top will enjoy Darksome Thirst.

5-0 out of 5 stars Darksome Thirst really quenches thirst for adventure!
I heartily recommend Morven Westfield's new novel, Darksome Thirst. The plot really grabbed my attention, and the characters were so very lifelife I felt as if I'd met one or two before (maybe in a past life?). This is a real page-turner! There is magick in this book, along with vampires, a real-life coven of witches who work to balance evil, cats with psychic talents, and down-to-earth hard working people in the computer industry. Ms. Westfield manages to avoid excessive gore in favor of true suspense. This is a great read for the summer, or for the fall, or indeed for any other season too!! And, good news -- it looks as if there will be a sequel, so other readers who've fallen in love with this novel can have hope for the future!! Enjoy....

5-0 out of 5 stars Love It
Don't you just love it when you find a book where the Pagans are the heroes?

Stories like these are too few and far between, so here comes Morven Westfield to the rescue. Darksome Thirst is the first in what will be a thrilling series of novels.

The novel is set in southern New England in the 1970's and follows Alicia Anderson who is a hard-working computer operator on the night shift at Theoretic Scientific Devices. Working alone during these shifts, she thinks she is imagining strange things in the shadows until she can no longer deny that she has company - the vampire, Wesley.

Matricaria is a young witch who is on the receiving end of some very disturbing messages, which she and her coven take very seriously. We see the group pulling together to try to solve the mystery and do what they can to help. Of course, the answers aren't obvious, so the two story lines run parallel to each other building the suspense beautifully.

Ms Westfield's lyrical prose and attention to detail make this an enjoyable read. I will have to admit, though, that I preferred to read this page-turner in the afternoon while sitting in the sunlight rather than at night before going to bed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Darksome Thirst ... it is spooky and thrilling, but it is also human and real. Morven Westfield is not just a great vampire storyteller, she is a great storyteller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very impressive debut!
I read this book on a cross-country flight and literally couldn't put it down! A fast-paced read with enough twists to keep me guessing. I'm definitely recommending it, and am looking forward to the next one! ... Read more


84. La Bas (Down There)
by Joris Karl Huysmans
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Catlog: Book (1978-06-01)
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At the novel’s center is Durtal, a writer obsessed with the life of one of the blackest figures in history, Gilles de Rais—child murderer, sadist, necrophile and practitioner of all the black arts. The book’s authentic, extraordinarily detailed descriptions of the Black Mass have never been surpassed.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Difficult but rewarding
This book can be, at times, so wordy your head will nod. Huysmans' typical writing style is florid, enwrapped in detail. Yet the moments of gorgeous writing are deeply worthwhile, and if you're looking for a plunge into the bizarre, this is it. It is the tale of a man who sets out to write about the life of his historical subject, Gils De Rais, the legendary Bluebeard, who was renowned as a Satanist and sadist. To become closer to his subject, the protagonist wrangles his way into the seemier side of Paris life, witnessing Satanic rites. Life imitates art as he finds himself pulled into a world that at once reviles and fascinates him. Yet, delighfully, the reader is left to his or her OWN moral judgements. Ahead of his time, Huysman left morality ambiguous and is never heavy-handed, merely inviting the reader on an erudite and strange jouney that is worth every effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Progress is the Hypocrisy which Refines the Vices"
Amidst the Occult revival & the glory days of Decadence, of all places Paris, 1891, high aloft the bell-tower of Saint-Sulpice, the reader's granted access to the extraordinary conversations of a small group of friends: a famous & capable physician with sincere intellectual occult inclinations; a most reknown ex-court Astrologer; a kindly, aged sage with a rare, profound learning of the lost Art of Bellringing, accompanied by his wife who both occupy the tower making of it intimate & cozy surroundings for their company; and lastly, Durtal--Huysmans himself--who is deep in study & pursuit of placing contemporary Satanism in its proper historical context, revolving all the while round his writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the infamous Black Magician & child murderer reputed to have tortured, killed & raped some 500 children for expressed Satanic purposes, who was also a friend of none other than "Joan of Arc" and who fought at her side as one of France's greatest knights. For this murderer, this monster, is in the process of becoming a saint! Durtal narrates the episodic history of Gilles de Rais throughout the entire book, forming a naturalistic vision as well of Huysmans' the writer going about his daily life in a way Occultist & Artists today might find familiar or enviable for its intrigues & dark fascinations lived & not just dreamt of.

Also permeating the whole of the text is a genuine succubus of sorts, an 'idol of perversity', "one of the butcher-girls of Love" who like virtually ALL the charcters is modelled on real-life personages whose actual titles I will not assault any interested persons with, allowing them their own rewarding historical investigations. However, anyone with art-historic or occultic knowledge regarding the turn of the 19th century in France will probably recognize some of the cast from these "Lower Depths"--which is what "La-Bas" means. Such as "Dr. Johannes", a Healer from the mystical center of France, Lyons; in actuality this is the abbe Boullan, successor of the Prophet Eugene Vintras(1807-1875), founder of an apocalyptic cultus prophesizing a great explosion signalling all Hell on Earth. The abbe Boullan was famous/infamous for his sexual magic and Healing techniques such as his curing of diabolical illnesses by spitting in the afflicted's mouths, or rubbing poultices of excreta on their psychic wounds, and compelling the nuns whom he serviced, invested with the titles of the Catholic church, to drink their urine. In 1860 he sacrificially murdered his own child born of his primary voyant, sister Adele Chevalier. Abbe Boullan's own death, so Huysman's believed, was resultant of the curses of another famous Mage. What is important to grasp is that during the fin-de-siecle Art History reached its zenith, its pinnacle, its furthest point culminating after millennia in the Symbolists/Decadents/Aesthetes; and it was in Occultism that the Artist found a definition of their own position & state of being; thus was this the day when born was our modern conception of Art as a religion, and the Artist its high priest or magician. Art will never be the same again, for after this Art seems to come in rising waves of "advanced guards"...

Joris-Karl Huysmans bridges the chasm between the Occult underground & establishment like no other; ultimately, I feel, championing the underground. This is the first book of a trilogy charting Huysman's journey from the brothels of Satanism & decadent Paris to the cloisters of Catholicism & reclusive refuge, where his interests in spirituality & occult/esoteric lore lessen none at all---The second book is titled "En Route" of 1895 & the last "The Cathedral" from 1898---all are available from Dedalus Press and apparently a new translation, the first in over 75 years, of "La-Bas" has been undertaken by one Brendan King.(?) Such could be far superior to Keene Wallace's respective 1928 translation, whose greatest errors lie in its restrictions downplaying Huysman's lyrical tone especially in relating stylized Satanic events, and though it would be difficult to seriously louse up Huysmans'prose, he has suffered omissions and the flattening or simplifying of his poetic gifts due to moral issue in the past.

Huysman's is a journey rewarding for its realism laying bare the psyche of a sensitive, intelligent man, & seductive in its romantic portrayal of the Artist/Occultist risk-taker, willing to go as far as 'the powers that be' will allow him, ever-searching for the highest truths and brutally honest in admitting what's often painful to accept for the religious seeker. I feel Huysman's trilogy is a neglected masterpiece of the Symbolist-Decadent generation, poignant in exemplifying a familiar journey so many braved.

As Huysmans says, "Such Literature has only one excuse for existing; it saves the person who makes it from the disgustingness of life...and charitably, it lessens the distress of us few who still love Art."

2-0 out of 5 stars Down There
Billed as a classic book on satanism, the book turns out to be a bit of a letdown. It is endless chat between characters, who go around talking about how they wish they could live in the Middle Ages, where wickedness wasn't watered down. The Black Mass scene the author was (sort of) building up to at the end is quick and tame; the characters who infiltrated it even comment on how disappointing it is...not that I needed to be told.

Durtal is an occasionally interesting main character, with some rather intriguing views on women and Christianity, mostly negative in both cases, but he has nothing to do in this story, except hang about with friends who talk a lot, and research Gilles de Rais--so that the reader can get a capsule description of said scoundrel.

All in all, a disappointment. It certainly does not qualify as an effective horror novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars FROM THE BROTHEL TO THE CLOISTER
Amidst the Occult revival & the glory days of Decadence, of all places Paris, 1891, high aloft the bell-tower of Saint-Sulpice, far away from where "progress is but the refinement of the vices", the reader's granted access to the extraordinary conversations of a small group of friends: a famous & capable physician with sincere intellectual occult inclinations; a most reknown ex-court Astrologer; a kindly, aged sage with a rare, profound learning of the lost Art of Bellringing, accompanied by his wife who both occupy the tower making of it intimate & cozy surroundings for their company; and lastly, Durtal--Huysmans himself--who is deep in study & pursuit of placing contemporary Satanism in its proper historical context, revolving all the while round his writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the infamous Black Magician & child murderer reputed to have tortured, killed & raped some 500 children for expressed Satanic purposes, who was also a friend of none other than "Joan of Arc" and who fought at her side as one of France's greatest knights. For this murderer, this monster, is in the process of becoming a saint! Durtal narrates the episodic history of Gilles de Rais throughout the entire book, forming a naturalistic vision as well of Huysmans' the writer going about his daily life in a way Occultist & Artists today might find familiar or enviable for its intrigues & dark fascinations lived & not just dreamt of.

Also permeating the whole of the text is a genuine succubus of sorts, an 'idol of perversity', "one of the butcher-girls of Love" who like virtually ALL the charcters is modelled on real-life personages whose actual titles I will not assault any interested persons with, allowing them their own rewarding historical investigations. However, anyone with art-historic or occultic knowledge regarding the turn of the 19th century in France will probably recognize some of the cast from these "Lower Depths"--which is what "La-Bas" means. Such as "Dr. Johannes", a Healer from the mystical center of France, Lyons; in actuality this is the abbe Boullan, successor of the Prophet Eugene Vintras(1807-1875), founder of an apocalyptic cultus prophesizing a great explosion signalling all Hell on Earth. The abbe Boullan was famous/infamous for his sexual magic and Healing techniques such as his curing of diabolical illnesses by spitting in the afflicted's mouths, or rubbing poultices of excreta on their psychic wounds, and compelling the nuns whom he serviced, invested with the titles of the Catholic church, to drink their urine. In 1860 he sacrificially murdered his own child born of his primary voyant, sister Adele Chevalier. Abbe Boullan's own death, so Huysman's believed, was resultant of the curses of another famous Mage. What is important to grasp is that during the fin-de-siecle Art History reached its zenith, its pinnacle, its furthest point culminating after millennia in the Symbolists/Decadents/Aesthetes; and it was in Occultism that the Artist found a definition of their own position & state of being; thus was this the day when born was our modern conception of Art as a religion, and the Artist its high priest or magician. Art will never be the same again, for after this Art seems to come in rising waves of "advanced guards"...

Joris-Karl Huysmans bridges the chasm between the Occult underground & literary establishment like no other; ultimately, I feel, championing the underground. This is the first book of a trilogy charting Huysman's journey from the brothels of Satanism & decadent Paris to the cloisters of Catholicism & reclusive refuge, where his interests in spirituality & occult/esoteric lore lessen none at all---The second book is titled "En Route" of 1895 & the last "The Cathedral" from 1898---all are available from Dedalus Press and apparently a new translation, the first in over 75 years, of "La-Bas" has been undertaken by one Brendan King.(?) Such could be(?)far superior to Keene Wallace's respective 1928 translation, whose greatest errors lie in its restrictions downplaying Huysman's lyrical tone especially in relating stylized Satanic events, and though it would be difficult to seriously louse up Huysmans'prose, he has suffered omissions and the flattening or simplifying of his poetic gifts due to moral issue in the past.

Huysman's is a journey rewarding for its realism laying bare the psyche of a sensitive, intelligent man, & is seductive in its romantic portrayal of the Artist/Occultist risk-taker, willing to go as far as 'the powers that be' will allow him, ever-searching for the highest truths and brutally honest in admitting what's often painful to accept for the religious seeker. I feel Huysman's trilogy is a neglected masterpiece of the Symbolist-Decadent generation, poignant in exemplifying a familiar journey so many braved.

As Huysmans says, "Such Literature has only one excuse for existing; it saves the person who makes it from the disgustingness of life...and charitably, it lessens the distress of us few who still love Art."

2-0 out of 5 stars They could've corrected the 1928 edition's typos...
J. K. Huysmans, La-Bas (Dover, 1891)

Ah, Huysmans, the author who pioneered the novel of "two people spending a whole chapter talking about things that have absolutely nothing to do with the plot, theme, or story." La-Bas (translated, "Down There") is billed by the blurb-writer who did the back cover as "the classic of Satanism" thanks to a description (I warn you, it comes very, very late in the book; those seeking a quick fix of prurience should certainly look elsewhere) of a Black Mass. One thinks that perhaps the blurb writer has been living in a cave for fifty years; Huysmans' black mass is about as scandalous today as a Jennifer Lopez dress. Even Ernest Borgnine got more sacreligious in The Devil's Rain. Sheesh.

The story (what there is of it) revolves around a young French writer named Durtal and his best friend, Des Hermies. Durtal is working on a sensationalized biography of Gilles de Rais, Joan of Arc's main lieutenant who later inspired the Bluebeard legend (or so common wisdom has it; Durtal counters that argument at one point in the book). Des Hermies suggests that Durtal's research might go better if he uncovered various occult sciences still extant in fin-de-siecle Paris, and the two of them, aided unwittingly by a monastic bell-ringer named Carhaix and an ancient astrologer named Gevingey, set out to do so. They are also helped along by Durtal's rather odd relationship with a fan (anonymous in her first letters to him in the book, and so not revealed here) who has indirect connections with some practicing Satanists in the Catholic church (hmm, a bit of anti-Catholic bias in Paris in the 1890s? Who'd'athunk?).

All of it could have made for a fine adventure story, the kind of thing A. Merritt and G. A. Henty were writing a few years after this; unfortunately, Huysmans turns it into endless conversations. A few fast-moving scenes where Durtal is imagining pieces of Rais' life as he's writing save the book from utter despair, but ultimately, the fact that La-Bas is Huysmans' best-known novel these days is a disservice to the man; other books would be a better starting point for him (especially Against the Grain). ** ... Read more


85. The Hunger
by Whitley Strieber
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Pocket
Sales Rank: 197917
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Eternal youth is a wonderful thing for the few who have it, but for Miriam Blaylock, it is a curse -- an existence marred by death and sorrow. Because for the everlasting Miriam, everyone she loves withers and dies. Now, haunted by signs of her adoring husband's imminent demise, Miriam sets out in serach of a new partner, one who can quench her thirst for love and withstand the test of time. She finds it in the beautiful Sarah Roberts, a brilliant young scientist who may hold the secret to immortality. But one thing stands between the intoxicating Miriam Blaylock and the object of her desire: Dr. Tom Haver...and he's about to realize that love and death to hand in hand. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror
This book is the best of the genre. It was around long before Anne Rice became a household name, and inspired one of the biggest cult films of the 80's. The story is supurb, and the plot shifts between the eternal life of Miriam Blaylock and her quickly dying present love, John. Underneath the horror is a love story. What does it mean to live forever? What does it mean to taste eternity, but never have it? What is life, and what is death...? If you have read Rice's mainstream vampire stories with any interest, you should love The Hunger.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I found this on an "Impulse" rack at the grocery store. I am so glad that I did. It is an excellent book. I can't wait to read The Last Vampire (just ordered it). This is a different sort of vampire story. Even though Miriam is a vampire there is some sort of a sentimental quality she has regarding the ones she loves. You almost feel sorry for her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and Mesmerizing
The Hunger is a mesmerizing tale of a Vampire that has existed for thousands of years. Miriam Blaylock's thirst of the Hunger and the love of suitable companion is largely what drives her through the centuries. She offers her chosen mate immortality, and all of the powers that come with the transfusion of her blood. What her mates do not know is that they are not truly immortal, but will last only several centuries. After that they will age extremely fast and although they cannot die, they will suffer in a coma like state until the end of time; a horrible existence. Mariam is now preparing for a new companion; a doctor who has been doing research on the aging process. Things begin to get complicated and Mariam's life is in jeopardy.

This is a very well written book and captures both you attention and imagination. While Mariam is considered evil, it's hard not to cheer for her cause. The writing style is fast paced with alot of suspense and danger. As with many of the vampire novels available, this one also has it's own rules for Vampires with regard to their powers, strengths, and limitations. Vampire and horror readers should not pass this one up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, unique, fresh approach to an ancient species
Vampire tales can get mundane and boring, but this is a unique and eternally creepier approach to a predatory species who walks among us. Miriam Blaylock is a Vampire, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, and very lonely. Centuries old, she is forever seeking one who will be her companion throughout time. Her current lover and companion is John Blaylock, only a couple hundred years old when he starts to age rapidly, showing the signs of degeneration Miriam has seen so many times before. As John deteriorates, Miriam prepares her next companion for the transformation, but John consumes her before she's ready. Desperate, Miriam impulsively chooses Dr. Sarah Roberts to be her next, for Dr. Roberts has been intensively researching aging and the human biological clock. Sarah's boyfriend is suspicious, and ultimately pays the price for investigating Sarah's strange behavior, but Sarah is not cut to fit the mold that Miriam plots for her.
An incredibly great tale of Vampires, who Sleep (with a capitol S) for about six hours a day, a coma like state where they are entirely vulnerable, but are able to walk about during the day and appear normal except for their hair and eyes, which the modern world covers up with contact lenses and wigs. Strieber brings Miriam's flashbacks to life, going back as far as ancient Egypt when Miriam was young, and bringing us the horrifying fact that Miriam keeps her lovers with her always, for they cannot ever die once they have been "transformed" for her.
A definite read for any Vampire fan, and recommended even if you are not.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sorry, But Not This Time
Okay no offense, Strieber can write. His creative genious is envious. But this book really sunk. The sequel to this book was really much better.

This one left me confused and wanting backstory like crazy. I was only able to understand what happened in THIS one because I read the sequel FIRST. Although, if you want to spend time inside the mad, self-righteous mind of the vampire Miriam Blaylock (I highly recommend it!) you'll be fascinated and horrified all at once. She's the kind of villain you'll love to hate, and she makes Lestat look like a sweet angel by comparison.

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86. The Last Vampire : A Novel
by Whitley Strieber
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She lives.

Miriam Blaylock's insatiable hunger has never ceased. Her incomparable beauty has made her a legend among the Keepers. Her many lovers have come and gone, crumbling into ash and nothingness. She knows the secrets of civilization, and the mysteries of life. In the hollow soul of her mother she has witnessed the agony of undeath.

For centuries she has gained the wisdom of God and the wit of the Devil. For centuries she has traveled the world undetected. For centuries she has felt safe. Until now.

For Miriam Blaylock, immortality is a thing of the past.

He watches.

Vampires. Interpol agent Paul Ward knows of them: he has battled and cleansed continents of their exquisite poison. He orchestrated the extermination of an ancient lair in Bangkok, obtained their sacred Book of Names, and knows where they hide and when they feast. He knows their weaknesses. And what's more, he knows his own...it's Miriam Blaylock. Elusive and toxic, she has escaped his complex network of hunters for years. Seductive and cunning, she has become his obsession.

And now each has set a trap for the other.

Now, predator is about to become prey. Killer to become lover. Good and evil will become inexorably entwined. The endgame begins for the last vampire.

The eternal heroine of Whitley Strieber's classic novel The Hunger, Miriam Blaylock returns in The Last Vampire -- a new tale of stunning invention and mounting suspense that goes as deep into the dark as a nightmare. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Really Fine Book
Miriam Blaylock is one of the legendary vampire creations of our time, and Whitley Strieber more than does her justice in this book. It's more than a simple vampire novel; it's a rich, complex literary journey with all kinds of different levels. As we move through Miriam's exotic world, we also experience a retelling of the whole history of the human race. Strieber is one of our country's most underrated writers, but he really delivers here. This is fun, but it's also as fine a work of literature as you are going to read. He makes a powerful feminist statement with his female vampire, . . . . And the story is really cool.

5-0 out of 5 stars You can sink your teeth into this book...
"The Last Vampire," Whitley Strieber's first work of fiction in almost a decade (1993's "The Forbidden Zone" was his last non-alien-encounter book) proves well worth the wait, and makes the reader hunger for more.

A sequal to Strieber's popular vampire novel "The Hunger," "The Last Vampire" takes up with that novel's bad-one, Miriam Blaylock, and follows her as she stumbles, almost pitiably, through a modern world that in many ways has evolved, with the aid of technology, beyond the threat of the once ferocious vampires, or the Keepers, as they are known here.

Miriam travels the world, from Asia, to Europe, looking for more of her kind, but soon finds she has a few unpleasant surprises in store. As she attempts to blend her anachronistic self into the modern world, she soon discovers she has become the hunted rather than the hunter.

For a good portion of the book, the chapters alternate between Miriam's bloody adventures and those of Interpol agent Paul Ward and his team of mere-mortals as they attempt to capture the femme fatale in question.

The book is paced very well, and manages to carve out a pleasingly original channel in the often-overtrod continent of vampire lore.

What impressed me most about this novel, however, was the quality of the writing. Strieber writes with a wonderfully light, and at times witty, finesse, that is just a pleasure on the eyes. It's a treat to read this kind of skilled prose, no matter what the genre, but especially in the horror field, where it's something of a rarety.

Whitley Strieber should be welcomed back to what he does best with open and grateful arms. If you've been looking for a good, intelligent horror novel, look no further. Strieber's your man.

4-0 out of 5 stars Trilogy Please!
Miriam is an enduring character. I was delighted to read this sequel to "The Hunger." Apart from the fact that the film version of "The Hunger" did not at all do the book justice, the performances of Catherine Deneuve (Miriam), Susan Sarandon (Sarah), and David Bowie (John) made the film, and even after all of these years, the book, a tremendous cult success.

I'm reading "The Last Vampire," and loving every page. Strieber's creative ideas of human herds and his own spin on vampire history and behavior are compelling and throught provoking. I can't help but notice that the character Miriam in "The Last Vampire" appears to be precisely and deliciously written for Deneuve. I'm chalking this up to character visualization, since so many people liken Miriam to Deneuve. This gets me to thinking that there might be a film in the works, or at least the beginnings thereof. A little net searching turns up the fact that the movie rights have been sold. But, and here's the kicker, Deneuve and Sarandon, who made "The Hunger" movie adaptation a MAJOR success, aren't being considered for the movie adaptation of "The Last Vampire"? Miriam Blaylock is over 3000 years old, but Catherine Deneuve, born in 1943, is too old to play her? Miriam's youth is supposed to be timeless. In case Hollywood hasn't noticed, Deneuve is timeless. What is the problem with Hollywood and older actresses? I can't imagine why the film industry would fail to consider the cult fan base for this project.

4-0 out of 5 stars Strieber returns to the thriller, and returns to form.
The Last Vampire begins twenty or so years after the ending of Strieber's cult novel The Hunger (to which TLV is a continuation of) with Miriam Blaylock seeking a mate so she may not lose her last chance to have a child. Instead of finding a mate, she finds a nightmare. Humans, which are considered by all vampires but her to be nothing but mindless cattle upon which to feed, have become aware of their blood drinking Keepers and are now waging a fierce war to kill them off. It seems that, in Asia at least, the humans have been successful. Miriam flees, stopping only long enough to feed, but makes a terrible mistake. A terrible mistake that allows CIA Agent and Vampire Hunter Paul Ward to pick up her trail and the chase is on. Quite a merry chase it turns out to be, from Bangkok to Paris to New York. Strieber reinvents his horror novel to an epic supporting universe and manages to bring back Sarah Roberts, the guilt ridden victim of Miriam's seduction in The Hunger, as well. Most of the novel is an enlongated chase sequence, Strieber showing a welcome dexterity in both characterization and world building while his characters either flee or pursue. There is no shortage of bloodletting and even some nice tongue-in-cheek references to some of Strieber's other works, not to mention a nice twist on the sometimes insane level of Political Correctness in the world. The only downside that readers should be forewarned about is that The Last Vampire does appear to be a chapter in a much larger body of work and it will leave most with a hunger for more. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Miriam, last of the Vampires
The Last Vampire is an admirable sequel to The Hunger, published seven years earlier. The story follows Miriam Blaylock from Tailand to Paris and back to New York where she had intended to visit the once a century Conclaves where the Keepers convene. Mariam is considered quite a rebel in the eyes of other Keepers since she lives her life in the mainstream, flaunts money, technology, and is up to date with all of the latest marvels of modern time. During her visits, something goes seriously wrong and the old Keepers are being killed, removed from the face of the earth. Miriam, now also on the run for her life, return to the sanctity and protection of her New York home, and nightclub.

The book retains the style of it's predecessor, The Hunger, of seven years ago. The same colorful writing style, amusing descriptions, and suspense is consistent in both books. Surprising turn of events and an intriguing storyline continue to develop throughout. I read them back to back and could barely tell that there was such a span between the two books.

Based on the apparent outcome of the book, I would have liked to have more of a history of the Keepers and how they originated and developed throughout time. Perhaps Mr. Strieber will provide additional books at some later time. If you liked The Hunger, then you should read this sequel. ... Read more


87. The Book of Shadows
by James Reese
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3-0 out of 5 stars Dark and Delicious!
"The Book of Shadows" is a creepy tale of witchcraft and mayhem, told with a master's talent. The story is deep, dark, and delicious! As a Wiccan practitioner, I found this arcane story to be an excellent read, except...and here I may be the only one who found this to be true...except for the annoying places where names and dates were left out. While realizing this is a plot device designed to add mystery and intrigue to an already beguiling story, it only served to be repetitive and without seeming consistency. I did not understand WHY certain names and dates were "blanked out", and others were not. By the time I'd finished the book, I was so irritated by this ploy, I closed the book in disgust. The author might've concentrated more on telling his wonderful story than attempting to lure the reader in such a manner. Hence the rating I've logged.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut novel
James Reese has melded a tale of Anne Rice(ish) gothic and sensual erotica which serves as the base for a small cast of brilliantly shocking and overwhelmingly stinging characters. The Book of Shadows is skillfully set in 19thc Brittany, yet its chronicle takes the reader into era's past exploding with legends of witches and trials, familiars and spells!
Herculine, a child so very different from others is brought up in the convent of C_____, orphaned due to the strange death of her mother. As she matures she leads an academic yet cloistered life leaving her ignorant of the very traits she posesses that bring about a charge of witchcraft.
And the reader is left in no doubt that Herculine is a witch! Reese's new witch is saved from the mortal *salvation* by an unlikely threesome, Madeline and Father Louis, damned spirits of breathtaking dimension and Sebastiana, a sister witch/mentor. It is Sebastiana who tells Herculine the spellbinding history of the craft of witchery and gives her, her own book of shadows (a journal kept by every witch) of blank pages soon to be filled with the lovingly dark tales Reese weaves and knits that fit so grandly with Herucline's it flows like the steady ebb of a stream.
The Book of Shadows leaves no stone unturned, no page skimmed over, for Reese in his tremendous debut novel never skips a beat or cheats his readers in the telling of this shadowy distressing yet compassionate saga.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully written, historical gothic fiction novel
Most books on Witchcraft today (be they fiction or non) tend to stick to either the actual Wiccan/Pagan religions, or rely on the most characteristic 'Hollywood Witch'- the beautiful woman with a broomstick who flies, is instantly powerful, etc. This book surprised me in many ways- most of all the main character's...interesting state. That and the authors' identification of a 'true Witch' by a certain mark in the eyes. This book is written with a very historical idea of Witches in mind- the wild sex of a Sabbat (which Reese terms an esbat, but I'm not complaining, fiction has a certain amount of allowance for poetic changes), the accompaniment of an incubus and succubus, the shape changing familiar, and most of all, the superstitions and spells/charms that were passed between the sisters were all of historical note. =) Take this from a modern day, real Witch- this is an excellent fictional read, and may educate you into France's, and some of Witchcraft's more bloody side of history. My hat's off to James Reese. I want a sequel, now, please....

2-0 out of 5 stars Where's my climax?
This book tended to ramble on a lot about facts that only a devout history buff would care about. I didn't want to finish it because of the overload of history facts. But, I wanted to know how the story ended. I feel a little let down at the end. I spent all this time reading only to find the ending anticlimatic. As much time as I spent going through all those history facts, the author could have given me a little more umph at the end!

1-0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish, at page 400 simply couldn't take anymore
Well. Herculine is orphaned after watching her mother bleed to death, manages to be taken into a convent where she receives an unparalleled education to which I still am unsure had any purpose other than namedropping by the author. She's ashamed of her body, I decide she's got to be a boy long before (gasp!) we discover she's really a hermaphrodite.
At the point where I left the book, I still hadn't figured out how in the heck other witches even knew she was there.. face it, she'd been cloistered all her life and though she was educated, she was also an unpaid servant. We had met other witches, and were at the point of discussing potions where body parts seemed to play a major ingredient, before moving on to what was supposed to be an erotic orgy of an initiation ceremony. Yawn.
The tale rambled and rambled and simply felt directionless. I adore Anne Rice, and Diana Gabaldon who both wrote positive reviews on the cover, and the author was felt by some reviewers to be much like Anne Rice in his style. But he never achieved the richness or the depth to even come close.
I am so glad I wasn't stuck on a plane with this book.. and I nearly was. ... Read more


88. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Script Book Season Two, Vol. 1
by Gertrude Pocket
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Angel: "This isn't some fairy tale. When I kiss you, you don't wake up from a deep sleep and live happily ever after."

Buffy: "No. When you kiss me, I want to die."

-"Reptile Boy"

You've seen each episode and you've got them all on tape. You can practically recite each line by heart. But if you're any kind of fan, you'll want to get your hands on the actual scripts.

Here, collected in one volume, are the original scripts of the first six episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Two. Read along as Buffy returns to Sunnydale after a relaxing summer to find that her penultimate foe, The Master, may be on the rise; as she first encounters The Big Bad, Spike, on the inauspicious parent-teacher night; and as her relationship with the ever soulful Angel continues to unfold. Complete with production notes, cut dialogue, and inside jokes!

These scripts will knock you dead:

"When She Was Bad," "Some Assembly Required," "School Hard," "Inca Mummy Girl," "Reptile Boy," and "Halloween."
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5-0 out of 5 stars A mixed group of scripts kicks off a phenomenal season
As fine as Season One of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER had been, it was nonetheless at the start of Season Two merely a very good show. During the second season, however, Joss Whedon and his stable of crack writers would transform the show into something truly great. Nonetheless, it took some time for Season Two to achieve the greatness that it ended up being. So, in a sense, the scripts in this volume represent the last shows where Buffy was struggling to realize its enormous potential. Not that they aren't very good, or even in a couple of instances quite exceptional; they simply aren't as stellar as what immediately followed.

"Lie to Me" is, like many season openers, the product of Joss Whedon. As fine as other writers on the show are, I don't think anyone would question that Whedon always remained the King of the Hill. This script provides a marvelous transition from "Prophecy Girl," the Season One finale. Buffy returns to Sunnydale after spending the summer in L.A., and she is obviously reexperiences the trauma of her encounter with and death by the Master. She completely supplants Cordelia as the Queen [word that rhymes with "witch"] of Sunnydale high. Not only is she indifferent to almost everything, she is positively nasty to Cordelia, and engages in an over-the-top sexy dance with Xander that both unmercifully steams him up only to dash him with cold water, and cruelly makes Angel jealous. As Xander and Willow agree, Buffy has always been different, but she had never been mean before. But when vampires kidnap Willow, Giles, Jenny, and Cordelia to perform a ritual to resurrect the Master, Buffy not only saves her friends, but as Xander puts it "works out her issues" by killing all the vampires.

"Some Assembly Required" is one of the weakest episodes in the entire run of the show. When fans are polled on the worst episodes ever, it usually garners one of the highest vote totals. As a rule, Buffy is a highly nonderivative show, but this episode is a fairly lame updating of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. It does contain one of my all time favorite exchanges. Upon seeing Giles, who is trying to work up the nerve to ask out Jenny Calendar, Xander says: XANDER: And speaking of love . . . WILLOW: We were talking about the reanimation of dead tissue. XANDER: Do I deconstruct your segues?

"School Hard," written by David Greenwalt, is a very good episode, with several memorable moments. I don't think it is quite up to the level of the better scripts later in the year, but it is still extremely fine. Two things make it especially memorable. First, we meet Spike and Druscilla for the first time. Spike's part is especially well written, but reading the script demonstrates just how much James Marster's brings to the role. All the performers bring a great deal, but I believe he adds more to his part than any other performer. The second great thing in the episode is Spike's killing "the Annoying One" near the end of the episode. The episode is also crucial for reemphasizing the nontraditional nature of our heroine. Most heroes are loners, bereft of friends and family, but Buffy is great because of her friends and family. As Spike remarks, "A Slayer with family and friends. That sure as hell wasn't in the brochure."

"Inca Mummy Girl," written by Matt Kiene and Joe Reinkemeyer, continues the pattern of the first season and a half of Buffy, of one very strong script followed by a fairly weak one. This episode isn't as bad as "Some Assembly Required," but it is one of the weakest of the season.

David Greenwalt's "Reptile Boy" is an odd bird: unpleasant story with a bevy of absolutely great lines. If you focus on the story, this isn't a very good episode, but if you focus on the lines, it is great. The opening bit with Buff, Will, and Xander watching TV is a stitch. The episode contains one of the greatest of all Angel/Buffy exchanges: ANGEL: This isn't some Fairy Tale: when I kiss you you don't wake up from a deep sleep and live happily ever after. BUFFY: No. When you kiss me, I want to die.

"Halloween" was the only script that Carl Ellsworth wrote for Buffy, and while it isn't an especially great one, it is definitely a lot of fun. The idea of people becoming who or what they dress up as on Halloween seems a tad familiar, but it is all done in fun fashion. One of the great things about the show is the continuity from one episode to another. On several occasions in the future, Xander's having been a soldier briefly plays a crucial role in plotlines.

So, overall, not nearly as strong a group of scripts as we would see later in the season. Season Two is unquestionably great, but it is on the basis of what came after what we find here. In fact, the greatness would start with the very next script that follows these: "Lie to Me."

5-0 out of 5 stars Joss Whedon kicks Buffy into high gear to start Season 2
As I sit down to watch Season Two of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" on DVD (again), I have my copy of "The Script Book: Season Two, Volume 1" in hand so can compare the original shooting scripts of the first six episodes with what ended up being aired. Half the fun is finding lines and scenes that have been cut (or added); the other half of the fun are the wicked stage directions that Joss Whedon and the other writers like to toss our way from time to time as we go our merry way. Of course, that experience ends with episode 12 because after Season Two, Volume 2, we hit a dead end. Maybe there is a one volume, 10 script collection down the road doing the entire Angelus story arc from the last half of Season Two; maybe not.

Deep Thoughts regarding these episodes:

"When She Was Bad" (written by Joss Whedon) is one of those pivotal episodes in the history of a show when it basically learns from past mistakes and starts over. The key scene here is when Buffy dances with Xander at the Bronze as Sarah Michelle Gellar injects a mondo dose of sexuality into the series. Reading how Whedon sketched out the scene makes you respect him as a director as well, given what ended up on the screen.

"Some Assembly Required" (written by Ty King) is basically the Frankenstein approach, in terms of both the doctor and the monster, to high school dating in yet another in a long series of Cordy in peril episodes.

"School Hard" (written by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt) reminds us how often little things on BtVS have a tendency to grow once they catch our fancy. This is the episode that introduces Spike and Drusilla while suddenly (and surprisingly) jettisons the "Annoying" One. Read over this one carefully and notice how much had to be abandoned or revised in terms of character histories as Spike moved in for the long haul.

"Inca Mummy Girl" (written by Matt Kiene and Joe Reinkemyer) is another of those episodes where the bad news is that Xander has a girlfriend. But how could they ever cut out the line where Ampata praises Xander for making the milk come out of her nose?

"Reptile Boy" (written by David Greeenwalt) is yet another Coredlia in jeopardy episode, only this time Buffy is along for the ride. However, the rampant symbolism of the Machida just does not really come across on the printed page...

"Halloween" (written by Carl Ellsowrth) is the second best episode in this sextet. I am surprised that it was not written by one of the show's "name" writers, because not only does it give the cast a chance to play against type (Buffy is a frail maiden, Xander is soldier boy), but it introduces the "Ripper" aspect of the history of Rupert Giles, which will save him from more than a few bouts of unconsciousness down the road because he never goes back to being the meek little librarian (very often). Watch out for the great line from Angel about why he eats that was cut.

Ironically, of course, the fans of the show likely to buy these script collections are also those who pretty much have all 122 episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" committed to memory. Consequently, they will not need to follow along on DVD or videotape to spot the changes, additions, and deletions. I just cannot believe anybody would read these scripts without having seen the episodes in question.

5-0 out of 5 stars As fun to read as to watch, thanks to the clever writing
In what is apparently the first of four books with the scripts from Season Two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the one-liners come fast and furious with a liberal dose of drama.

The book begins with "When She Was Bad." At the end of Season One, Buffy was killed by the evil vampire known as the Master (albeit just for a minute) and this episode deals with the aftermath of that trauma. Buffy's friends try to find out why she's being such a...er, witch...to them while a group of vampires tries to revive the Master.

The second episode is "Some Assembly Required." Although well-written, it's probably one of the less impressive episodes in the book. It features Buffy and gang trying to find the secret behind grave robbers who now have their sights set on a living person...acerbic queen Cordelia.

"School Hard" introduces Spike and Drusilla, two of the series' mainstay villains (and sometimes hero, in Spike's case). Parent-Teacher Night at Sunnydale High happens to correspond with the Night of St. Vigeous, the day when vampires' power is at its peak. Needless to say, things get a little hairy in what is probably the best episode of the bunch.

Regular guy Xander gets a showcase in "Inca Mummy Girl". He's finally found a girl he likes (who isn't a giant praying mantis). Unfortunately, she's an ancient mummy who must survive by draining people's life force. Is it any surprise that it doesn't end well?

"Reptile Boy" is probably the worst episode in the book. It's still good, but not up to par with the other five. In it, evil frat boys are planning to sacrifice Buffy and Cordelia to a gigantic snake.

And finally, in "Halloween" one of Giles' old friends comes to town, and as a result everyone turns into their costumes - Willow becomes a ghost, Xander becomes a military private, and Buffy becomes a helpless aristocrat from the eighteenth century. It drops hints of Giles' past, which will come back to haunt him later in the season.

Without a doubt, a good buy for anyone who enjoys Buffy or wants to see what the fuss is all about (although newcomers might want to start with the Season One scripts).

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
The writing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Television series is much celebrated by fans and critics alike. This book is a collection of the original shooting scripts for the first 6 episodes of season two. Included are When She Was Bad, Some Assembly Required, School Hard, Inca Mummy Girl, Reptile Boy and Halloween. Some of these scripts contain dialogue or scenes which were cut due to time or other concerns. This volume is a must for the Buffy collector and wonderful for anyone that appreciates quality television. ... Read more


89. The Scent Of Magic
by Jay Seaborg
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-07)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Scent of Magic is a tale of magic and intrigue as a young boy discovers his special gift. Forced from his home, he embarks on an adventure with a powerful magician and a girl with her own powers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Should Be A Movie
This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read.It is a story that really develops the characters, and the action just sizzles.I could not put it down-it just grabbed me and wouldn't let go.You really get inside the character's heads, and Seaborg has put some really unique twists into his story.Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, he changes directions, but so smoothly that you can only admire the work.This would make an awesome movie!! It's not your typical fantasy novel, but has a combination of fantasy, adventure, romance, even touches of what could be considered spiritual aspects.I don't even know how to categorize it.If you enjoy good storytelling, with a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this is the book for you.And the best news is that it's only the first book in the series.I've read the next two, The Price of Magic, and Journey's End, and they are even better.Hopefully, there are even more in the works.I can hardly wait to read them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down!
The Scent of Magic was given to me as a gift for Christmas. What I didn't realize was just how much I'd enjoy the story. The author intertwines an exciting and suspenseful plot with great, in depth character development that makes the book hard to put down. The world that is created is special, because it has many aspects of fantasy and several aspects of the real world that makes the reader relate to the story even more than a pure fantasy book. What makes this book stand out from other fantasy books I've read is the unusual twist the author adds to the magical elements. I've read several books about magic and fantasy, but the use of "scent" and politics and blending of spells is very unique to this novel. It adds and element of interest. The story's character development is great and I found myself reading late into the night, wondering whether Ponticar would find a weakness in the Charian army, whether Rolf and Elena would expres their love, whether Lothar would catch Rolf, and wondering just who is Dark anyway. The story incorporates elements from several places and they are brought together in a perfect blend to keep the reader's interest. I reccomend this book if you like to read about politics, fantasy, mystery, love, or adventure. The Scent of Magic is packed with elements many readers will love!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
The title above describes it as best as I can.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Magical Ride!
It's always a pleasure to discover a brand new writer who can entertain you and Seaborg definitely does that.His plot is wonderfully laid out, complex enough to be interesting without being so convoluted that it loses the reader in the process.There are a few surprises along the way and the characters are believable and engaging.Seaborg has a gift for dialog and his story moves along from scene to scene with a seamlessness that many more well-known authors would be advised to copy. I loved the way in which magic was treated in the book, not as something mystical and unreachable, but as a skill that could be developed for those with the talent for it.It was refreshing to see magicians who were real people instead of some eccentric hermit or power-mad fiend who wants to take over the world.Here they are rare enough to be respected without all the baggage so often thrown on for "effect".The story itself is a real page-turner. It's nice to read an adventure that actually has a plot to it rather than the standard "wizard wants to take over the world or save it".Here the magicians are intimately involved in the day-to-day life around them.I can hardly wait for more books by Seaborg.

4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Magical
I found tThe Scent of Magic to be filled with the kind of edge-of-your seat adventure so often missing from fantasy novels.The book grabs your attention from the first page and leaves you wanting more.Interesting characters and surprising plot twists make The Scent of Magic a thouroughly enjoyable ride.Seaborg created a land where magic is part and parcel of everyday life, from the highest levels of government to street magicians that really use magic.This is part one and I can hardly wait for the sequel later this year.I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy novels.Anyone new to the genre could do no better than to start with The Scent of Magic. ... Read more


90. Realm of Shadows
by Shannon Drake
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3-0 out of 5 stars Average Story
I have to admit, I love vampire novels, but I am not the biggest fan of Ms. Drake, and it may be because this was the first Drake novel I read. The characters in this novel were not very developed, and in fact the main heroine, Tara, I found to be annoying. Tara goes to Paris to visit her grandfather who may or may not be going senile. He asks her to go and check on an archeological dig, and even though she just arrived, she decides to go to make her grandfather happy. While there of course archeologists dig up a vampire and the killings began. At this point Tara meets Brent, who may or may not be the killer. Tara is not sure if she should trust Brent but at the same time she is attracted to him. This story has many other characters and many other mini plots, but the book never seems to come together. It was an "average" story and I can only give it three stars.

2-0 out of 5 stars Realm of Shadows by Shannon Drake
The story plot started out very good.The first couple of chapters had mystery and excitement. I was looking foreward to seeing how these two indviduals were going to get together and solve the mystery. But it started slowing down and the connection just wasn't there. The Characters started out good,but she left them all hanging with no real meaning.
The only real mystery in this book was how all the characters were related to each other.
The love story in the book, if you can call it a love story, was short...you would miss it.( I am not sure if this book was meant as a vampire love story or just a vampire story) The story all together was chopppy. The heroine in this book, if you want to call her that, was not a very good one. The ending of the book had a lot to be desired. This book had potential but got lost somewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This was one of the best books I've ever read!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Is there a point?
I consider myself an avid reader and love the vampire genre. I'm also a fan of historical romance and romance in general. This book was so confusing. I could never tell who was having what dream or what thoughts. I kept with it though, thinking it had to get better and that some questions should get answered soon. Well, you practically have to wait until the last chapter - the epilouge. And then things are wrapped up so fast. It's almost like the author didn't know how the book was going to be from one chapter to the next. I've read other Shannon Drake novels and this is the first I've been disappointed in. Save your money and choose another book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Even Homer Nods
That lovely maximum, 'even Homer nods' (even the best author occasionally falls asleep at the wheel) is the only explanation I have for this book. Shannon Drake is an excellent writer, that being said, you'd never know it by reading REALM OF SHADOWS. Why?

Well for one thing, the female lead in the story is an annoying little snot named Legion--er, I mean Tara who has a bad habit of hanging out with American vampires in France. Now I understand why Tara is skeptical about the whole, supernatural world being real, thing. Really. But there is a difference between cynical and tedious and it took Satan THREE HUNDRED PAGES before she stopped saying: "No... it can't be. This isn't real! It's not happening, blah-blah-blah." Mind you, she was cool with the fact that her boyfriend (Trent) can read minds and hypnotize with his eyes, because--can't everyone? But the minute he tries protecting her, returning her stuff, saving her life or warning her of danger and suddenly tall-dark-and-furry is just a BIG JERK.

M'kaay.

The freakiest part of the book, I think, wasn't the werewolves, vampires, and mad scientists though. It was Tara turning into Buffy the Vampire Slayer going on 'killing spree' in the last 50 pages. What was up with that? Suddenly her usual diatribe of, "You're lying, this isn't happening, its not real!" gets turned into, "You talk'n to me? Are YOU talk'n to ME?" and things just went down hill from there. For those of you are new to Shannon Drake's work, my recommendation is to just pretend this book doesn't exist. (Realm of what? Nope, never heard of it.) Then go read Deep Midnight or any of her others because she really is a great writer--usually--but, yes, even Shannon Drake nods. ... Read more


91. The Boys Are Back in Town
by CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of characters, little substance
By the time you'll be able to keep track of all the characters' names it's too late to care very much about them in this nostalgia-ridden tale of time-travelling, magick-wielding teens turned adults, trying to figure out who's messing with their pasts on the eve of their high school reunion. The book starts off cruising on an endless stream of pop culture references, slides into flashbacks and time travel, only to come to a halt with a couple of fight scenes and plea for forgiveness. There's a lot of detail here, but not a lot of depth--the boys may be back in town, but I hardly felt that any of these main characters really cared about what they came back for. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for high school nostalgia, but this reads more like the Cliff Notes version of true feeling and memory.

5-0 out of 5 stars I had to put it down
I literally had to set the book down. I found myself so engrossed in the main character and his predicament that I was too tense to continue. Prying myself away, I took a moment and realized, with a big smile, that I had gotten sucked in much like how Will was drawn into his plight. For him, what seemed to be a typical start to a reunion weekend suddenly had turned frightening and confusing. And before the first few chapters ended, that is exactly how I felt.

The setting, the characters, the action and suspense all flowed well together to make this a real page turner. (when I could pick it back up again) I dove through it wanting to see how it would all end and who would be left standing.

It was entertaining, it was suspenseful, it held my attention, and I was thrilled with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking... thank you Mr. Golden
What starts as a normal day quickly turns into a whirlwind of events that will drag you along into the wee morning hours - just couldn't put it down! First you read because you're confused and you 'must' find out what's going on. Then you must continue to see what they're going to do about it!

The style and story are so perfectly matched that you don't even think about it, it flows like a well directed episode of Twilight Zone, with no commercial breaks! The atmosphere puts you solidly in the center of the action. You can easily imagine Will's confusion, frustration, pain, and fear. The characters quickly find a home among your own friends, likeable and understandable they carry the story well. And the pace? If you really wanted to, you could 'stop for the night' up until about chapter 3, after that just plan on staying up until you've finished!

It's difficult to discuss it without giving anything away, you'll just have to read it for yourself! I don't know if it was intended or not, but I caught this interesting aesthetic - the chapter titles are done in a blurred font, makes you want to rub your eyes... and is the perfect compliment to Will's fuzzy memory - nice touch!

I definately give this one a five!

-Horrorwench

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Horror
The Boys are back in town is a truly exceptional horror novel. The villains aren't doing things because they are evil the heroes aren't just fighting the villains to stay alive or because they are evil. Unlike so many books in this genre the characters in this book actually have motivations for their actions. Along with a story that incorporates consequences, regrets, revenge, redemption and forgiveness, which resolves satisfactorily with out breaking it's own rules (also very rear in this genre). Even though this is a book that you can, and will want to read quickly it will give you a lot to think about for a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars golden is good
Will cames to his high school reunion thinking that he is somewhat of a loser. But that all soon changes when he told that one of his friends died in high school, which is odd because he knows his friend just e-mailed him a couple of days ago. Will though is the only one that remember his friend living past high school. Soon other horrifing changes start to happen, and he the only the knows the true past. A great book to read. ... Read more


92. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things
by Ted Naifeh
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5-0 out of 5 stars spooky and magical
This series was the first series I ever bought in comic book form and it was a great way to start off too. Ted Naifeh, who has done illustrations for Gloomcookie and the Nocturnals, started his own series.
Courtney Crumrin moves to her great uncle's house with her parents. The house is located in a suburb, which gives Naifeh the opportunity to mock suburban life through clever writing and very well done illustrations.

There are four stories in this volume,
the first is our introduction to Courtney, her great-uncle, and parents and the neighborhood.
the second, Courtney secretly begins to practice magic
the third, Courtney has her first babysitting job and her first journey into Faerie
the fourth, maybe a story that would make more sense after reading the first three

Looking back on what I've written, I don't know if I've really conveyed what I liked about this miniseries. The writing is good, the illustrations are good. Courtney starts out not being the most sympathetic of characters, she's sharp tongued and generally pretty grumpy and doesn't much like people. However, as the plot progresses you grow to like her which sets this series apart. The stories are told with genuine heart, and there is emotion, danger and character development.

As in any good fairy tale, there's also the hint of violence beneath the surface. And there are a few people who do get eaten, Naifeh's world is dangerous as well as magical. On the whole it's one of my favorite series. Check out Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics, which is even better. ... Read more


93. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai : Across the Eighth Dimension
by Earl Mac Rauch
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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"I speak Spanish to God, French to women, English to men, and Japanese to my horse."
-- Buckaroo Banzai

Buckaroo Banzai. A strange, elusive figure, his name whispered in barrooms and boardrooms, his advice sought by pashas and presidents, his exploits recounted in movies, novels, and comic books that seem somehow more real than life itself.

Buckaroo Banzai. First and foremost an extraordinary brain surgeon. In his spare time designer and driver of the electrifying Jet Car, a speed machine faster than sound! Buckaroo Banzai. A happy man whose life has been marked by great tragedy, who speaks a dozen languages and writes songs in all of them. His musical sidekicks the Hong Kong Cavaliersó Rawhide, Reno, the Swede, Perfect Tommy, Flyboy, Big Norse, Pecosóare one of the toughest, most popular hard-rocking bar bands in east Texas.

Join Team Banzai on their two-fisted, action-packed assault against the evil red Lectroids from Planet 10! Experience the horrors of the Shock Tower and the Pitt deep within the walls of Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems as Buckaroo Banzai fights against impossible odds to rescue Penny Priddy from the clutches of Dr. Emilio Lizardo, the diabolically alien dictator. Pray that Buckaroo will succeed, knowing only too well that if he fails the Earth itself will be blown to dust!

For the first time in nearly twenty years, Pocket Books is proud to present The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. This special edition features a new introduction by the author and a color insert featuring photos and illustration seen here for the very first time!

No matter where you go, there you are. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Will the real Buckaroo Banzai...
This is a fun book, and makes a worthy companion to the great cult film of the same name. That being said, there are some differences to consider, though none that warrant staying away from either the book or the film. The characters in the book are more developed, as is the plot, but they are different in some ways too. There is more violence overall from both good and evil, and there are characters who are not in the film. Hmm, it's tough to write a review without spoilers. Suffice to say if you like the film at all get the book...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is one of my favorite books, it's hilarious!
That being said Earl Mac Rauch's work is a fun filled romp through the Universe of the famous Dr. Banzai, emanate brain surgeon, physicist, and rock star whose band doubles as a science team and tactical strike force. I have to say the book is a masterpiece; this book is up there with the Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy (Douglas Adams). Just read it for yourself, you won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fills in the blanks
Great book. Fills in quite a few of the blanks left by the movie - adds some color and depth to the Hong Kong Cavaliers. Written from the point of view of Reno, B.B.'s historian. A quick and enjoyable read.

Oh, and the picture of Jeff Goldblum (New Jersey) wearing mohair chaps is priceless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Earl Mac Rauch is a genius
I love this book. It's so much more than the film, it's amazing. It creates a whole little world with the conceit that this is just another story in a whole series of adventures that Buckaroo Banzai has had. I loved it and I'm not even a sci-fi reader! Did Mr. Rauch (or is it MacRauch?) write anything else? If you know, tell me.

5-0 out of 5 stars watch out for slimy brain creatures sticking under your car
I'm a sucker for nostalgia. During the 80s, a lot of us in our early teens were bombarded by things that were both great and horrible and being teens, we were unable to distinguish between the two most of the time. I did not understand most of what was going on in Buckaroo Banzai when I saw it back then but it had a lot of what I liked. Weird science, cool hardware, eccentric characters, memorable lines.... Really, thinking back, B.B. sort of fit into an 80s movie mini-genre- Rock n' Roll Scientists. That would include let's see... Back To The Future, Weird Science, Real Genius, My Science Project... I'm sure there's more I can't remember... but it was wittier, more subtle AND more over-the-top than the rest. It gave me the feeling that there was a whole lot more to these character's world than what we saw during the movie. Anyway, this is a stand-out movie from my past that really captivated me the first time around and I'm glad to see it's been given the glossy treatment to carry it into the future. ... Read more


94. The Law of Three: A Rowan Gant Investigation
by M. R. Sellars
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: E.M.A. Mysteries
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Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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Installment number four in the acclaimed Rowan Gant Investigations suspense-thriller series. The Law Of Three is a no holds barred follow up to Harm None, Never Burn A Witch, and Perfect Trust. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery from Sellars
I was in the middle of one of Patricia Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta mysteries when I picked up "Never Burn a Witch," the second book in the Rowan Gant series. After only a few pages, I put Cornwall aside until I finished it - and didn't go back to it until I'd finished "Perfect Trust" and "The Law of Three."

With each book, the stakes grow higher for Rowan Gant. There is a real sense of place in the St. Louis setting. The positive portrayal of pagan religion makes it a fascinating read, but Sellars never lets the religious aspect overshadow the mystery. Particularly in this book, Gant's antagonists are not only the killers, but prejudice against his religion - a prejudice that is all too real.

I cannot recommend the Rowan Gant series highly enough. After "The Law of Three," I can't wait for the next book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good mystery read for those upcoming stormy nights
Rowan Gant returns in this novel to take on his old antagonist and serial killer Eldon Porter. Porter is a self styled and self proclaimed witch hunter and executioner and Rowan is still his prime target.

There is much suspense, sit on the edge of your chair thrills, and a few loose ends which seem to dangle at the end of this book to be left as cliff hangers for his next book.

The usual list of characters are here: Felicity his wife, Ben Storm, his friend and St. Louis PD Detective, and a few others with whom we are familiar. Also we find a few new players who really do keep us guessing.

As a mystery writer, Mr. Sellars has presented us with well thought out, well researched and developed stories with excellent character development and first-class story plot. There is believable interaction between his characters and they are not always predictable, which provides good 'keep you wondering' material. He also provides a first-rate level of thrill and chill, so necessary to make these kinds of books work. This book is no exception. He continues to provide outstanding entertainment in this installment of the Rowan Gant series and has not 'worn out' the players or the medium.

Will Rowan track down Eldon Porter before he kills again? Will Porter finally be caught or will Rowan kill him to save his friend from Porters insanity? Who did launch that grenade?

Pick up this latest installment in the Rowan Gant investigations and wait for a dark, cold, windy night in front of the fire place for an evening of suspense and thrills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't answer the phone!
What a roller coaster of a book - I literally could not put it down until the very last page. Good plot, great characters and the witches are the GOOD guys for once. A must read, but only with the lights on!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is a great series of mystery books that deal with Witchcraft in a very respectable way. The main characters are witches who help the law decipher occult symbols found at a St.Louis murder site. It's a fairly realistic portrayal of wiccans. Christians won't approve, but the book gets heavily into the craft and it's tenants.

Check this one out, it was a rollercoaster ride.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Scary Read
I have just finished this book and really loved it! Once again, M.R. Sellars has scared me silly. I think the thing that makes the Rowan Gant series so good a read is that unlike some books that have fantastical bad guys, trolls, and wizards (oh my) he gives us rather ordinary folks and completely plausiable bad guys. There really are crazy fanatics in the world, we all know it. Sellars just shows us what they are capable of doing. Read it with the lights on! ... Read more


95. What Rough Beast (Leisure Horror)
by H. R. Knight
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: Leisure Books
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Harry Houdini asks Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to help him expose Maximillian Cairo—a spiritualist medium. But the two men underestimate Cairo. He's a master of the occult and the most debauched man in London. Conan Doyle and Houdini get more than they bargained for when they interrupt a magic ritual and accidentally set loose a force for ecstasy and chaos on an unsuspecting Edwardian London.

Soon one of their friends is falsely accused of a grisly murder. Conan Doyle and Houdini are sure the real killer was at the ritual with them. They're faced with a locked-room homicide that baffles even Houdini.

One by one, people in the little group who attended the ceremony feel an insidious influence creep over them. Each succumbs to a burst of creativity, shortly followed by an act of uncontrollable madness.

The proper Victorian gentleman and the ebullient New Yorker must team up to solve the murder and stop the thing they set loose before it completely unravels their ordered world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent Edwardian England terror
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's wife is dying of consumption and needing a respite from nursing her he and his son Kingston travel to London to watch Harry Houdini perform.Doyle and his son meet the magician who invites the writer to come with him the next night to debunk the medium Max Cairo.Conan Doyle accepts and goes to the séance where Cairo is exposed as a fraud.He invites the eight members of the séance to come back the next day to see real magic being performed

The octet returns and Cairo draws a septagon and warns everyone not to step over it while he brings Dionysus to Earth.He succeeds but Harry walks into the septagon and Dionysus escapes.Members of the séance are struck by a boost of creative genius and give into their basest desires because Dionysius' magic touches each of them.Harry and Conan team up to find a way to send Dionysus, who wears the form of a monster back where he came from before all of England is infected by the madness he spreads.

H.R. Knight is a bright and welcome new voice that horror fans will greatly appreciate.Edwardian England comes to life in WHAT ROUGH BEAST and the atmosphere definitely has a gothic feel to it.The team up of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini is a brilliant plot device and it would be fantastic if these two men are featured in future novels.Dionysus appears as a hideous monster to the humans who are unfortunate enough to encounter to him and he brings out the beast that resides in all of us.Mr. Knight has a unique voice that provides a refreshingly original storyline.

Harriet Klausner
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96. Wither's Legacy : A Wendy Ward Novel (Wendy Ward Novels)
by John Passarella
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She came to life on Halloween. She cast a wicked spell upon the residents of Windale, Massachusetts. And then she was destroyed...but Elizabeth Wither, the leader of an ill-fated coven of witches, still haunts the one human powerful enough to dispel her ancient curse: the supernaturally gifted Wendy Ward.

Hers was the name on the dying Wither's lips -- the time will come. And now that Windale's "little witch girl" is all grown up she, along with her friends Kayla, Abby, and Hannah, must face a demon like none the world's ever known -- an unseen evil that bides its time. A yellow-eyed, seven-foot beast whose blind allegiance to Wither fuels its hunger -- captive to the urge to find its special prey.... ... Read more


97. The Lost Scrolls of King Solomon: Discovering the Treasure
by Richard Behrens
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The Lost Scrolls of King Solomon follows the physical and spiritual journeys of Benjamin Stein, an orthodox Jew, who chose to study history rather than become a rabbi.

While a martial-arts discipline helps satisfy the yearnings cultivated in Stein as a youth, he is increasingly plagued by bizarre nightmares. His sensei encourages him to seek his roots--his boyhood religion in Israel.

Stein is immersed in a dangerous quest for relics hidden by King Solomon for the Messiah who would come at the end time. He is accompanied in this quest by a Jewish Rabbi and an Arab family.

Author Richard Behrens manages to work most of the standard quest motifs into this fast-paced tale. The artifact retrieved in the first outing is critical to successfully beginning the second. Riddles make appearances in several locations--one time in the form of a contest. One outing produces an artifact whose only purpose is to test Stein's resolve, and another produces nothing other than its impact on Stein's character. Like other authors who have depicted tours of Hell and Heaven (the obvious Dante, and the Niven and Pournelle version Inferno likely familiar to Behrens's readers), swipes are taken at contemporary figures along with men, women, and demons from ancient tales.

Throughout, Stein receives instruction from an array of otherwordly creatures. Their names are familiar to readers of sacred texts such as the Tanakh, the Christian Bible, and the Koran, but their characters prove to be rather different than fundamentalists of any stripe typically depicted. A lot of the fun is in seeing how that is made to fit with the received texts.

While any level of familiary with Kabbalah probably would help to understand the worldview informing this novel, it's not really necessary. Whether raised Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, you'll get enough of the references to get a bang out of this tale. Great literature? Not really, and it probably won't attract the sort of dedicated following that Robert Anton Wilson's efforts have, but it's a fun little romp through blasphemous territory. There's even an appendix at the back so you can try the breathing exercises used by the protagonist throughout the book to succeed in his quest.--Rebecca Allen ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the most interesting book I have ever read
This book is not only interesting but very inciteful and full of step-by-step instructions on how to deepen ones spiritual experiences. Richard has outdone himself as an author! This book opened up new horizons for me and made me look at passages from the bible i already knew in a new and different light. He stretched my level of understanding to new heights! Richard.....a job well done!

5-0 out of 5 stars Frightening
This book is probably the most frightening I have ever read because it seems to me that it isn't a work of fiction at all! The author is the real deal as far as martial arts goes. This is extremely obvious to anyone who knows anything at all about martial arts and reads his other book. Also, several of his students still teach. At least one that I know of has a web page with avi clips on it. The technique displayed is VERY advanced. The meditation techniques in this book, do exactly what he says they do and lend authority to everything else he has written. I, for one, am in the habit of believing those that know correct technique and take those that don't with a grain of salt. That is the real test of anyone that would write anything about spiritual issues. Do they know correct technique that is immediately effective and becomes more effective the more you use them? This author meets that criteria. I have experienced this for myself. But don't take my word for it. Try it and see for yourself.

3-0 out of 5 stars Novel in service of a message
While this novel is adequately written, it is not enhanced by extremely gifted writing or an intriguing plot line. The adventure is somewhat predictable, the romance even more predictable, and the spiritual insights derivative of New Age sensibilities put forth as teaching devices through the mouths of several of the characters. Although the descriptions of hell and heaven are at times interesting, if I had it to do over, I would skip the story and head straight for the appendix where there is a summary of the spiritual exercises mentioned in the novel. They alone are probably the most valuable part of this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars The King and I
Well I must say that I am quite disappointed in this book. Knowing the author very well I had different expectations. I will leave the rest of my comments for the author himself. Are you ready to talk? ... Mila ( VFOXXXaol.com )

4-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds in the dungheap
Most of the people who reviewed this book have obviously not understood it. Mr Behrens knows his stuff. I don't agree with it all but that doesn't matter a damn as far as I'm concerned. How brain dead does a person have to be not to realise what the author is doing here? If the smart know it alls who whine about how poor this book is want a peice of advice then they should go and read "The Magus" by Francis Barret, because obviously they are_SO_ inteligent that anything else is beneath them NOT. Why? because the'd cream their breeches if they read anything with actual content. The irony is that this book has a great deal of VERY valuable content, they just can't see it. The caliber this work is aimed at is obvious as soon as you look at the cover. So why whine when you don't get what you want from it.

Anybody who knows what they want reads the cover first. If you buy the book without doing that you can't complain if you don't like it.

This book teaches you the following: How to quickly and easily calm your thoughts How to stimulate your heart chakra in order to shift your conciousness to be more in tune with your higher self. How to access the records of your past How to combine awareness of physical reality and "God" into one

The book is not intended as a "story". The book is a teaching tool.This book easily tops 99% of new age books for real useful content.

I don't agree with some of his philosophy, but I accept it as being a part of what he belives. Though who's to say he even believes it. The book is there. Take what you will from it when and as you choose.

Also check out his martial arts book "teachings of a grand master" which details many esoteric techniques (straight, simple, practical, effewctive, devoid of human acretions of tradion/dogma -well mostly-) ... Read more


98. Little Things (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Rebecca Moesta
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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THE BIG BAD

Since her mother's death, Buffy Summers has had a hard time keeping her chin up. Suddenly finding herself alone and in charge of Dawn is certainly daunting, and being responsible, at the same time, for saving the world...well, it's pressure. And lately the Slayer is feeling bogged down by the little things.

Buffy has a toothache, but no dental insurance...as if her financial problems weren't overwhelming enough already. And Anya and Xander are being held hostage in their own home by a plague of ants. Everyone is determined not to sweat the small stuff -- until Spike discovers economy-sized evil wreaking havoc in Weatherly Park. Mini-monsters are perfectly capable of mega-trouble, and in order to stop them, the Slayer's going to have to think...small! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars True to Character...Would've Been a Great Episode....
I am a HUGE fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and had never read a book on the series and tried one out. Am I glad I did! Wow! Just like watching the show itself! The characters were true to form and came off genuine. I could just hear their unique quips and voices while I read. This one in particular is somewhere in the 5th Season, I am guessing near the middle more or less.
For those of you who are fans of the show, it's after Buffy's mom dies, during the height of Xander and Anaya's romance, after Spike's declaration of love but before Dawn's capture as the 'Key' and during Willow and Tara's affair, albiet when Tara began telling Willow she shouldn't be doing so much magick. My guess, near the middle to end of the 5th Season(the HellGod Glory Season).

The plot here? Big baddies that come in little packages. Should've been an episode. A troupe of winged sprites come to Sunnydale to create chaos.
Buffy is having a hard time dealing with her mother's death and the responisbility of raising and protecting her 15 year old sister Dawn, not to mention being the Slayer and having to save the world too many times to count. More problems arise when Spike discovers mini-demons wreaking havoc in Weatherly Park. Not just that, but she realizes she has no dental insurance and her toothache is interfering in her Slayer duties! How to combat the problem? Think small...very small.
The Scoobies are doing there best to help her, but Anaya and Xander are being held hostage by a plague of ants, Willow is determined to fix everything with magick, Giles is fixated on a parking ticket, Dawn is desperately trying to fit in somewhere and the smitten vampire Spike is trying to impress the Slayer.
Thinking things can't get worse, they do, this is Sunnydale afterall. Buffy must stop the winged menaces, save the Scoobs, take care of her tooth and keep a lovesick vampire at bay all in a weekend's time. Too much for the Slayer? Not at all...just don't sweat the small stuff...literally.

Hysterical, creative and action-packed. True to form. Fans of the Scoobie gang with Spike as a side-kick will love this one as I did. I love when Spike came into the scene and became part of the group even though a lot of fans missed Angel, I thought Spike was a breath of fresh air and enticed me to watch every week and I became addicted. He is true to character in this book, with all the witty lines and 'Spike moments' intact. All the characters were very well written and I couldn't ask for better. Ms. Moesta did a fine job of bringing the show to book form and kept all the characters intact and even giving us a more detailed look into their thoughts and minds. I will definately look into the rest of the books!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
This was my first time reading a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel, and I wasn't disappointed. Normally, I cringe when I see "based on the hit TV series" at the bottom of the front of a novel. Ick. They might as well just put, "Don't bother reading this, ..." However, four things actually inspired me to pick up this book and read it: 1) My recently renewed interest in the TV series. 2) My extreme boredom at work [I work at a bookstore and this book just happened to be sitting on the shelf, looking un-boring]. 3) My growing interest in anything having to do with fairies. And finally, 4) My infatuation with Spike, who appears on the cover. Of course, the reading level is considered "young adult" which my reading level, well, isn't, but hey it made for a very quick read (I got most of it done during my 8-hour shift.). I actually liked the story - a troop of "vampire fairies" that comes to Sunnydale to bleed everyone dry. Sure, it's not the same as watching the show, but it did supply me with a couple hours of entertainment. It certainly didn't turn me off to reading other Buffy "based on the hit TV series" books. (Especially if Spike is on the cover. Hehe.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Wow - That basically sums it up. Wow.
Wow. What an amazing novel. It was probably the first Buffy book I have read and probably what got me hooked on the books. The author did a real good job summing up the characters emotions and it was a brilliant plot. I think "Wow - amazing book" sums it up. Definetly read it, its great!

4-0 out of 5 stars better than Holder and Golden
This novel is better than the other so called "Based on Television Hit Series" novels by Holder and Golden. Unlike Holder and Golden, this author does not add some excessive weird modifications of the original character from the tv series. Spike is just acting like he is in the TV. It is really cool that Spike like in the tv series is willing to help Buffy (he is always willing to die for her and lit'bit). I am not sure about Holder but I know Golden doesn't like Spike. For Holder she is either doesn't watch the tv series or just like Golden loves to bash Spike character. Fox should banned their novels from being published!! I love this author and I am hoping Moesta can come up with more of her BTVS books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vampires, Fairies and Slayers...Oh My!
Okay, so years ago Anya tossed a vampire demon into a group of forest fairies. Said fairies are suddenly tiny little vampires who after many years become LOTS of little vampire fairies. Years later they wind up in Sunnydale with revenge on their mind and looking to hunt down Anya. Best way to do this is to take her boyfriend, so Xander is suddenly captive of a bunch of Tom Thumb vampires and the Scoobies and Spike are having to hunt him down.

Each of the Scoobies are having their own small problems from parking tickets to toothaches, making a group of rather bothered heroes. Spike is still chipped and snarking at everyone and the whole gang is cutting up like always. The action is fast paced and the book is a good addition to the Buffy genre, even if there aren't any big revelations or deep content to it. It's a light hearted bit of fluff that teenagers will enjoy and that I enjoyed for the Spike content. ... Read more


99. Sleep No More AMS
by GregIles
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Asin: 0451216024
Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
Publisher: NAL Trade
Sales Rank: 224627
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Eve Sumner has an uncanny resemblance to a long-dead woman with whomJohn Waters was once obsessively in love. The successful Mississippi oilman'scollege affair with Mallory Candler ended long before she was killed, but themysterious Eve knows things about that affair that only Mallory could haveknown. That's more than a coincidence, since Eve is actually Mallory'sreincarnation—or, at least, she's the corporeal body into which Mallory'srestless soul seems to have migrated. Long before the bizarre denouement of thissupernatural thriller--a departure for Iles, whose previous thrillers have beenmuch more straightforward--the reader's sympathies have been engaged by Waters,a decent man whose best friend may be his worst enemy and whose past may destroyhis future. Iles has many gifts as a storyteller, including ingenious plottingand solid pacing, both of which are on display here, but this foray into theoccult doesn't show them off to best advantage. --Jane Adams ... Read more


100. Visitors (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Laura Anne Gilman, Josepha Sherman
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Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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Average Customer Review: 2.73 out of 5 stars
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The paranormal forces centered in Sunnydale attract the vilest kinds of evil: vamps, demons...and student teachers? An invasion of collegians testing their teaching prowess on Buffy and her peers coincides with the arrival of a supernatural stalker. The Slayer feels the evil entity watching her every move, and she's not the only one. But researching the beast is going to be problematic with the student teachers setting up shop in Giles's home turf -- the school library.

When the stalker starts to take his malicious game to the next level, Buffy finds herself face to face with a being unlike any she's ever encountered. But can she figure out its weakness before she is forced to participate in its dance of death? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars THROUGHLY ENJOYABLE.
Contrary to what other reviewers have written about this book i liked it. I found it very entertaining and i dont know what all the talk of no plot line is as i definately read one. True Ethan Rayne was thrown in for no reason at all but that did not make the book bad. I liked the fact that this one didnt fully focus on Buffy killing creatures from the dark side, but focused somewhat on her life with her friends. This is one of the best "Buffy" books that i have read, and i recomend it to all who like the show.

2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing...
Well, I am a BIG buffy fan, and i try to read every buffy book i can find, which is not the easiest thing since i live in japan, which also means that i can't watch the TV series. I think that the authors tried a little too hard in this book. I mean, i think they really knew their stuff, but everything in this book was so... not real. The plot and everything was good, and i think- as another reviewer mentioned- that it could've made a really great story if they had some more space to work on. From most of the buffy books i've read, i think that they all have some kind of message under the whole story. 'visitors' doesn't really have a point. I considered not reading this book after reading some of the reviews, but i bought it anyways, and u know what? It was a waste of money. Do not read it, even though it is short, it just drags on and on.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good little book
I like this book a lot more than most of the other reviewers did. It was fun. The dialogue is good. The plot is a bit thin, though. Also, it's a bit short for the price. Try reading "Deep Water" first. It's a Buffy book by the same authors. If you like it, read this one too.

2-0 out of 5 stars One of the Worst I've Read
I kept hoping and hoping this book would get better, but it didn't. The threat to the Scoobies was not intriguing, the characters, while not terribly written were also not at their most accurate, and the ending was quite anticlimactic. I found myself skimming most of this dull novel. Only read if you're a huge Buffy fan, and do not make this your first Buffy novel.

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst Buffy book ever!
Where I can I begin? It was boring, it dragged the story on, and I don't know why half the people were in the story. It was very confusing. I almost didn't finish the book because it was that boring. This is the only Buffy book that I would recommend that people shouldn't read. ... Read more


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