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101. The Cowboy and the Vampire: A
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102. Journey into the Light: The Three
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101. The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance
by Clark Hays, Kathleen McFall
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Asin: 1567184510
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Sales Rank: 340040
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great blend of Romance, Comedy and Horror that works!
Lizzie (Queen of the Vampires) from New York City and Tucker (real life Cowboy) from LonePine, Wyoming meet by chance and fall deeply in love. But to stay together they must deal with scores of Vampires, some good and some bad. A great cast of characters that you won't soon forget. Hey Guys... don't let the Romance scare you away from this book, it's not sappy at all. A very enjoyable read! Highly recommended!!
To the authors Clark Hays & Kathleen Mcfall... Thank you. Please give us more fun reads.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Old West meets the Big City
I picked this book up ... Let me tell you - I would have paid five times as much !!! The title really caught my eye, and the brief backpage description sold me. I fell in love with our cowboy Tucker, his horse Snort, his dog Rex, and even crusty old Dad.

Lizzie ? She ROCKED !!!!

Once I began reading, I could not put the book down. I literally read all night, and enjoyed every page and every minute. The style in which the book is written, alternating chapters written in first person by Tucker and Lizzie, is wonderful. Their unique and colorful personalities are reflected in their descriptive language. The characters are "killer" and the humor is divine.

I equally enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Tucker's childhood buddy Lenny the militia man and expert weapon creator. The plot is great and the story flow is pefect. Not once was I tempted to put this book down or skim a single page. The authors keep the reader in perpetual suspense - never knowing what to expect next.

PLEASE, oh please, let there be a sequel. If not, at least more books in the same "vein". Pun fully intended.

I've passed this book around to various friends and family members who have all loved it as much as I did .

4-0 out of 5 stars A great read
I always tend to take the reviews on here with a grain of salt, either people love them or hate them. And I mean hate with a capital H. There are reviews on this book like that. This books doesn't warrant that type of review. It's a fun book. The character's are interesting. It's definately worth picking up.

1-0 out of 5 stars worst book I ever read
horrible, insulting and major waste of money, Have I left anything out?

5-0 out of 5 stars Ya-Hoooooo
The title of this book is right on the mark, very unusual indeed! This is a great book that combines horror, vampires, mystery and a little romance.

Lizzie, the city girl falls for Tucker, the cowboy while on a literary assignment. As Lizzie heads back to NY to cover another story, she leaves Tucker behind with promises of return. Little does Lizzie know that if people get their way, she will never come back. Searching for Lizzie is a group of vampires that believe she is their "Queen" and want her "royal" blood. If Lizzie doesn't submit to them, she will die. Lizzie runs, Tuckers tries to rescue and a vampire war starts amid love and the end of the world.

It's an interesting concept, and I'm hoping for a sequel. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! ... Read more


102. Journey into the Light: The Three Principles of Man's Awakening
by Isha Schwaller De Lubicz
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Catlog: Book (1984-02-01)
Publisher: Inner Traditions International
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This novel contrasts a modern, scientific mentality against the spiritual intelligence of the ancient mysteries. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Psychic growth
This story confronts the modern mind with a set realities that not only shkae it to its foundations but reveal it to be a trap that enslaves modern man. The revelations are highly elusive and the novel requires study as well and revisiting. Nontheless, the essential message, when the reader is enlightened with it draws the seeker to a profound knowledge of self, the universe and man's place in it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A story for a seeker
A very interesting story where one of the characters which is a scientist discovers his intuitive side but do not want to accept it. The other characters will help him in this journey so he can accept his true nature. This character can be anyone of us in our society where science is overpowered and nothing is true if it has not been proven by science. This book helps the seeker to make some steps in the way with the example of the main character of this book. ... Read more


103. Moon Magic
by Dion Fortune
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Asin: 1578632897
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser
Sales Rank: 325555
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Moon Magic is the sequel to Fortune's excellent "Sea Priestess". Vivianne LeFay Morgan returns, this time using the name Lilith. Through her magickal intervention, Rupert Malcolm, a doctor of great distinction, overcomes some serious psychological problems and realizes his innate psychic talent.

Regretfully, I cannot regard this book as even close to equal to its predecessor. Fortune did not finish this book while she was alive, and it reads like what it probably is: a first draft. The various middle chapters revolve around highly repetitive conversations between Lilith and Malcolm. The two circle around the same two or three themes, never really coming to a perceptible meeting of the minds. There are, however, some intense ritual scenes that are as good as anything in the Sea Priestess.

It's not that I think the book is utterly without worth. I wouldn't be reviewing it if I did. I simply feel it needs a touch up, and a talented author to smooth out some of its rough edges.

The current (2003) Weiser edition does almost the opposite. There are so many typographical errors that I was left wondering whether the Weiser copyeditors were on strike, and the publisher had hired the butchers at Llewellyn. The third section of Moon Magic was completed after Fortune's death. In fact, it was "channeled". Fortune's voice is nonetheless clear, and there is no jarring change between the sections completed by more mundane methods and the final part. Only, the editors seem to have missed the fact that the sixteenth chapter has two sections which describe the same action in two different ways, with no explanation. This is distracting, to say the least. Perhaps those who channeled this section felt too much reverence for Fortune to dare edit her?

The relationship between the two characters does not get resolved satisfactorily. We are left with hints, when the explicit purpose of the final working is to bring the power to earth.

This book left me cold. Still, it's not bad for a first draft. Perhaps one day, someone will finish it, and it will take its place as another of the jewels in Fortune's fictional crown.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE SEA PRIESTESS!
MOON MAGIC is one of several fascinating and beautiful novels written by the renowned Esotericist and Psychologist, Violet Mary Firth, better known to the world as Dion Fortune. Fortune, notorious for her use of the novel format as a vehicle for conveying complex and highly controversial esoteric (and often overtly pagan) secrets, struck pure gold with MOON MAGIC. In the author's own words, "... there are some very curious things if you read between the lines. Writers will put things into a novel that they daren't put in sober prose, where you have to dot the I's and cross the T's." (see THE GOAT FOOT GOD).

On the surface, MOON MAGIC tells the story of a lonely, yet privileged man. A renowned doctor and professor of medicine, he has an uncanny ability to diagnose illness but lacks in capacity to heal. He is trapped in a failed marriage, disliked by associates, students and patients alike for his brusque demeanor and his utter lack of etiquette and social skill. In short, the good Doctor has no bedside manner. With the aid of Lilith Le Fay (last seen in THE SEA PRIESTESS as Vivien Le Fay Morgan), he embarks on a perilous journey toward spiritual enlightenment. Lilith, a thoroughly modern woman trapped in a Victorian world, serves the role of "Initiatrix", as the modern incarnation of the veiled Isis, as Adept and pagan priestess in a re-enactment of ancient rituals designed to free the good Doctor from the jail forged by his own karma. And in the process, Lilith herself achieves transcendence. This novel has everything to make it sell to a modern audience - mystery, action, and even eroticism. But at a deeper level, MOON MAGIC represents a primer for the seeker looking to reclaim lost spiritual knowledge - a "How To" guide that quite eloquently reveals some of the ancient arcane secrets and practices long held sacred by Western secret societies and mystical orders.

MOON MAGIC is an amazing achievement. First, it is quite remarkable that a woman in post WW-I England authored this controversial and thought-provoking novel and succeeded in getting it published. What is nearly unfathomable, however, is that MOON MAGIC, like it's prequel THE SEA PRIETESS, was written at a time when the witchcraft statues still existed on the books in England. Engaging, and deeply philosophical, MOON MAGIC holds value for even the casual seeker of enlightenment. In addition, the book is well written and entertaining. When read with it's companion novel, THE SEA PRIESTESS, the alchemical prerogative is complete. Approach this book like you would approach the Philosopher's Stone. There is much to learn here, but apply what you learn with care. As Fortune reminds us, Nature can destroy as well as create.

5-0 out of 5 stars With occult Moon powers a priestess changes a man's life.
Vivien Le Fay Morgan returns in this novel as Lilith Le Fay,a modern day priestess of the great goddess Nature, and as such claims divine right in the face of all man-made laws.Through telepathy she contacts Malcolm, an unhappy and rather eccentric physician, and they begin working rituals together as priest and priestess of Isis.Malcolm falls in love with Lilith, but she is not interested in physical union.Her aim is a higher union, achieved through the recreation of magical rituals from ancient times. ... Read more


104. Baby of the Family (Harvest Book)
by Tina McElroy Ansa
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Asin: 0156101505
Catlog: Book (1991-05-31)
Publisher: Harvest/HBJ Book
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Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars How to take the long route and still not get there.
BABY OF THE FAMILY read like two seperate novels, and that was a problem for me. The first few chapters dealt with Lena's sixth sense and I was captivated. Then, the book shifted into a coming of age story that took up the majority of the novel. Lena's powers were not addressed anymore until the last three chapters, and by then, I didn't care anymore. Had the novel stayed true to the plot, I am sure it would have been a great read, but because it deviated and didn't jump back on track until the end, the entire novel was a let down.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true gem!!
This book was excellent! Very deep and detailed. I love the way the author talks about the relationship of the whole family. Many people expected this to be more sci-fi than fiction...I think this had the right combonation of both elements. A must read for anyone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Disappointed...
I had read so many great things about the author that I decided to check out all her books starting from the beginning with Baby of the Family. Although I think the author did a great job with imagery and detailed description, I was somewhat slightly disappointed with the plot. It started off great - Lena's birth with the veil over her face, visits from ghosts, and the superstitious undertones set the tone for a juicy plot and then NOTHING for the majority of the book. I was so disappointed; the novel had great potential to be so much better.

It went on to become an elongated coming of age story that concentrated on select moments of Lena's adolescence. Interesting characters were sprinkled in the book; but often exited with no closure to their story lines. I actually found myself wanting to know more about other characters, as they were more interesting than the mediocre clips into Lena's teenage years.

I enjoyed the author's style but questioned the delivery of plot. I haven't given up on the author, I hope to jump into Ugly Ways next.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Lena is a special child. This story shows how Lena's childhood is different from that of others. Her "special" gift can sometimes be a source of agony but Lena overcomes it to live a happy childhood. Praises to Tina Ansa for the unique nature of this story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Characters!
I like this quaint little town of Mulberry and its cast of characters. This book is about Lena, the baby of the McPherson family, and her supernatural gifts. Lena was born with a caul over her face. Because her mother didn't believe in superstition, she did not follow the rituals or dispose of the caul properly. Hence, Lena is plagued by ghosts and demons.

I picked this book up after reading about Mudear and the hilarious characters of Mulberry in "Ugly Ways." This author's forte is writing about families with all their flaws and idiosyncrasies. Unlike the ornery Mudear, the mother in this book is loving, and indulgent, even if she is a little high strung. One of my favorite scenes in this book is when she tells her hyper children that they were making her very azzhole quiver. You have to read that in context to get it. I also liked how the patriarch of the family, Jonah McPherson, was a shrewd businessman. He owned "The Place" -- the local watering hole -- and a couple of other businesses.

I'm the youngest of a southern family, so I could relate to a lot of this book. The baby of the family definitely occupies a prized position in the household. And let's face it, most of our older relatives still hold on to some superstitions.

This was a very good book. I passed it along to my sisters, and they enjoyed it as much as I did. ... Read more


105. Chancers: A Novel (Volume 36 in The American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series)
by Gerald Robert Vizenor
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Red River Books
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Centered on the volatile issue of the repatriation of Native American skeletal remains, Chancers follows a group of student Solar Dancers who set out to resurrect Native remains housed in the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. ... Read more


106. In My Dreams
by Monica Jackson
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-05)
Publisher: Dafina Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Just the right amount of horror and romance!
I have to admit, most times I am a genre purist. I like my romance, sci-fi/speculative fiction, and mystery/suspense novels to remain separate but equal. But every once and a while an author comes along and blends two of my favorite genres together with such skill and precision that I put my desire for purity of genre behind and go along for the ride. Monica Jackson is one such author and In My Dreams is one hell of a book. I could not put it down. It gripped me from beginning to end. What I appreciated most about the novel is the way she weaved the history of Africans in America, as well as the cultural elements common to that history and legacy to provide the back drop for a special family of women. The way these women continually relived history reminded me of certain tropes in the Literary fiction of Toni Morrison and Gayle Jones. But of course this is a romance, and the love scenes are hot-hot-hot. And the horror elements will scare the faint of heart. But In My Dreams is worth the temporary fright and will leave readers satisfied.

1-0 out of 5 stars CORRUPT
I amvery disappointed I waitedforagoodromancebut this book was wayoff

Iusuallydonatemyoldbookstothe librarybutthiswasnotoneto donate

sorry

1-0 out of 5 stars No A Great Read
I did not like the book at all.I love Monica Jackson, but this book was off.I was scared to go to sleep!This was not a love story, it was a horror story!I was attracted to the book because it had a full-figured lead character.I was truly disappointed in this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Living Nightmares
Bless Saunderson is a troubled woman haunted by dreams of a baby and a dark stranger. The stranger fills her days and nights with thoughts of lust, love, and passion. The dreams are so real, the residue from their lovemaking lingers after she awakens. The strangest sensation for Bless is, even though she has never physically met this man before, she feels as though there is some sort of connection between them. She is overtaken by a dreadful sense of foreboding, and knows it's time to leave the tiny town of Red Creek, GA and head to the metropolis that is Atlanta. She fears something is wrong with her callous and mean-spirited sister. What Bless discovers once she arrives in Atlanta will shake the core of her spirit.

Rick Jensen, a tough Atlanta cop,is in search of his missing brother,and the search places him in the path of Bless, but it is surrounded by unnatural spirits. Bless and Rick seem drawn to one another, in a surreal way and the passion they share is invigorating and stimulating. In spite of the demonic aura surrounding their persons, they know the power of love and God's grace can conquer anything.

Can Rick and Bless endure? Will good conquer evil? Can love survive demonic forces? Monica Jackson answers these questions and more in her latest novel IN MY DREAMS. This is the most unique Contemporary Romance I have ever read. The presence of evil spirits and vivid dreams made this story a page turner. As I read this story I wondered how bad people could be, but at the same time the raw determination and the pursuit of what's right made me believe that God would always protect us.

Reviewed by Simone A. Hawks
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107. Crow, The: Temple of NIght (Crow)
by S P. Somtow
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Asin: 0061073482
Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 189110
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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The Eternal One

At our human limits, when we've gone as for as flesh and imagination can take us, we meet the Eternal One.

The Crow.

His alabaster delicate features tell of his ivory goddess ancestry. Immemorially old, and inconsolable, he is there only for those who seek both revenge and love, and are willing to go all the way-and beyond.

Temple of Night

Turn-of-the-century Bangkok is a glittering modern city where high-tech industry and ancient mystery meet. It is a powerhouse of international finance by day ... and a playground of depravity by night. The Klong Toey shantytowns are home to shadowy eroticemporiums, where millionaire celebrities act out their darkest sexual fantasies, protected by money, influence, and American diplomacy.

Enter a young American journalist, assigned to expose the latest cover-up. Stephen is about to break the two cardinal rules of journalism: Don't fall in love. And don't get killed....

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
As a fan of the "Dark Fiction" (alright, horror!) genre I have enjoyed the various entries into the Crow universe. I must point out that I truly loved both Poppy Brite's and David Bischoff's entries into the field. Sometow leaves me flat. Flat is the best word to decribe the entire work. I've not read much written by the man, but the reader is left with a distinct sense of distance throughout the thje piece. Perhaps this is an embodiment of the often stated Bhuddist notion that life is illusion, so we should not be overly concerened with what goes on on earth. Unfortunately, this philosophy acrries over in the book and one doesn't really care about the characters, the events, or the settings. Its a great deal of beautiful fluff waiting for plot and characterization to save it.

3-0 out of 5 stars What Was I Thinking?
What was I on with my last review for this book? Anyways, being the 4th book so far in the series, it did manage to add some different elements, like past lives and supernatural forces. I liked the fact that Stephen Lelliot could call upon crows to help him in his journey. What I didn't like though was that the action didn't start until 3/4 of the story. That and the end battle was very confusing and what I could understand, there wasn't enough happening. Also, the villian,"Dirk Temple" seemed like a cousin to the bad guy,"Joseph Lethe" in Lazarus Heart. Too many times for that type of character in my honest opinion. Out of all these books so far, Clash By Night is the best one(in my honest opinion).

3-0 out of 5 stars an alright book
this to me did not seem like a crow book. it was to magical and the crow is only in the book himself for about 15 pages its a alright book but dont read it expecting to see the crow.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
Overall I've enjoyed the storytelling very visual until the end.It just seemed the end was rushed,and was saved for the very last few pages of the book. It left me puzzled I was like "Get out of here, You must be joking all this great storytelling,and it ends in such a tame lame fashion". Did the author have a plane to catch? Too bad all the energy and excitement 3/4 of the book is drained away by the 1/4 ending what a shame.

5-0 out of 5 stars Crow 101 Understanding the Basics
The original comics that started the Crow franchise were well done, an excellent work even if it was cathartic in nature. The first movie was a wonderful adaptation, but every thing that has come out since is garbage. With one exception. Temple of Night actually succeeds where every other "sequel" has failed. It touches your soul. The entire point of the Crow is not about getting revenge, it's about moving beyond the fetters that your anger forces upon you, that chain you to your past life. Somtow takes his familiarity of Egyptian, Native American and Thai mythologies/religions and turns them all inside out while still pointing out the similarities. This book is a perfect example of how and why creativity can overcome the stigma of the usual sequel; and while this is not Somtow's strongest work, it is still pure Somtow. ... Read more


108. The Man in the Moss
by Phil Rickman
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Asin: 033033784X
Catlog: Book (2000-12)
Publisher: Pan Publishing
Sales Rank: 170118
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Perfectly preserved in black peat, the Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century. But for the isolated community of Bridelow, his removal is a sinister sign—a danger to the ancient spiritual tradition. In the weeks approaching the Celtic feast of the dead, tragedy strikes again and again in Bridelow. And, as zealots challenge an older, gentler faith, the village faces a natural disaster unknown since the reign of Henry VII. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book of the supernatural
Just when you think the horror field has been mined of its last gemstone, along comes someone like Phil Rickman with original and interesting ideas. Rickmans' standalone books, such as this one, tend to focus on the supernatural aspects of Celtic tradition, particularly that of the Welsh border country, while his Merrily Watkins series are mystery novels with a supernatural twist.

In this solid novel, the village of Bridelow has been protected by isolation - and perhaps something more - for centuries. The discovery of a bog man - three times killed - together with the removal of his protective presence from the bog - are the twin sparks that start a series of changes in Bridelow. Murder, desecration, and possibly the very destruction of Bridelow are threatened. The climax is explosive, literally, building up to a satisfying ending.

Rickman fans will be pleased to see Moira Cairns, a character familiar to readers of _December_.

The suspense carries through very well. This is an intelligent and well-written book from an author that deserves to be better known.

5-0 out of 5 stars It came from beneath the bog
"The Man in the Moss (1994)" is one of Phil Rickman's non-Merrily-Watkins-series novels, and my new favorite Celtic-themed horror story. This is a big, complex, scary read with Rickman's usual cast of likeable characters, including an Anglican vicar who turns a blind eye on some not-so-Christian rites that are performed in his church, and a doughty pub owner whose husband seems to have returned from the dead.

Folksinger Moira Cairns, who shows up in multiple Rickman novels, plays a prominent role in "The Man in the Moss," along with a band of white magicians called the Bridelow Mother's League.

The title character himself has been dead for roughly two thousand years--the man in the moss, who I believe Rickman modeled after the Lindlow bogman. At any rate, both fictional and non-fictional bogmen were victims of a Celtic triple sacrifice.

According to the Roman historian, Lucan (AD 39 - AD 65), the Celts sometimes sacrificed one person to please all three aspects of their triple god: first, death by three blows to the skull; second, death by strangulation and/or throat cutting; and third, death by drowning (in this case, drowning in a peat bog.)

Again, following the research that was done on the Lindlow man, Rickman's characters believe that the Man in the Moss sacrificed himself willingly to thwart a Roman invasion. His willingness to die and his 'displeasure' at being dug up out of the bog are a dark, steady undertow that drags more than one character in this book to his or her doom. The people of the isolated Pennine village of Bridelow want their bogman returned to the grave in order to keep some unspecified supernatural evil at bay---and they figure that they need to get him reburied before Samhain (November 1), the Celtic Feast of the Dead.

Two major obstacles prevent the villagers from reinterring the Man in the Moss:

•the scientific johnnies are horrified by the thought of giving up their find to a pack of superstitious villagers, and they have him locked away in a climate-controlled room at the University;

•an evil sorcerer wants to steal the bogman and use him in a satanic rite that will destroy the village of Bridelow and its Mothers' Union of white magicians.

Death is a repeated visitor to the village on the Moss in the weeks leading up to Samhain. Rickman builds to a slow, sinister climax and this reader at least was never really sure who was dead and who was alive, and which of the two conditions was the most desirable--at least in Bridelow.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Man in the Moss" one of Rickman's best!!
Fans of supernatural thrillers have to be excited to see Phil Rickman return to form in "The Man in the Moss." Though I enjoy his Merrily Watkins books, one can see that in them Rickman has chosen to rely more on traditional murder-mystery elements, concentrating on the evil men (and women) do. When the paranormal entered those novels, it was as set dressing--just background atmospherics--as if Rickman didn't believe any longer that it could carry a novel. Of course, Rickman has the right to create any kind of novel he wishes--it's just that he is SO good at crafting supernatural thrillers (and is one of the ONLY writers who is), it's disappointing when he abandons them for a genre that is already well-represented.
Anyway, in "Moss," the supernatural returns with a vengeance, and this fan couldn't be happier. As usual, his work here is stylistically impeccable, and filled with richly varied, dimensional human beings. And best of all, it is truly SCARY. It is his best novel since "Curfew!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Intelligent horror
Phil Rickman writes intelligent horror stories that that bring Celtic myth to life in modern communities in Britain. This is one his best as visitors and townspeople in an isolated community deal face a clash between those who seek to abuse power and those who contain it. Fast moving, creepy and fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rickman and His Mosses
As a longtime Rickman reader, I enjoyed the return of Moira Cairns, a character from the novel, December, who Rickman weaves seamlessly into this text, which is a skillfully written, nested narrative in the true Gothic tradition. The landscape and history of the town of "Bridelow" provide the framework for a realistically mythic tale, told alternately by the main narrator and by town historian and retired teacher Ernie Dawber, the keeper of "Dawber's Book of Bridelow." The story unfolds as workmen discover a body in Bridelow's peat bog. The "bogman" turns out to be an ancient victim of "the triple death," a highborn sacrifce made to maintain the balance of nature and insure prosperity. Trouble begins when an ambitious university professor and a former musician friend of Moira's both become obsessed with "the Man." As revealed by Ernie's commentary in "The Secret Book of Bridelow," the town elders know the bogman must be returned to the same earth that had embraced him for hundreds of years, but this proves to be no simple task. Rickman weaves a text rich in Celtic myth and tradition, patterned by layers of related intrigues and unspeakable acts perpetrated by characters motivated by human greed and religious fanaticism. The result is a novel that I was as reluctant to put down as a warm, painstakingly-woven woolen wrap on a cold, December night. ... Read more


109. Tea and Witchery
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Asin: 0759947600
Catlog: Book (2005-03)
Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Expect the Unexpected
In "Tea and Witchery," Marie Dees not only intriduces the reader to a myriad of interesting and unusual characters, but also to a small town unlike any other in America.This page-turner is hard to put down as newcommer Lynn has to not only interact with people unlike any she's ever met before, but also help find a murderer while trying to stay alive.Readers will love the uniqueness of Dees' characters as well as enjoy the subtle humor and sarcastic wit that interlace through this spellbinding mystery, all the way up to the exciting conclusion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great characters, entertaining plot, unique setting!
I loved the characters in this book. One of the things the author does best is develop not just the main characters, but the supporting cast as well.Each participant, from Lisle (who communes with the angels) to the irritating but engaging psychic-hopeful George, is well drawn and fully realized.I could go on about each but encourage you to "meet" them for yourself. The plot moves right along, making the book difficult to put down.When I wasn't reading, I found myself thinking about the characters and the plot and wishing I could get back to it.In addition, since I've visited Cassadega, FL where the book is set, I was interested to see how the author handled putting a real place in a fiction book, and I'm pleased to say it was almost like returning in person!Overall, I was sorry to see it end and hope to see the second book in the Cassadega series very soon!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fictionwise best selling mystery!
In Cassadaga, Florida, the paranormal is normal and chats with the dead are an everyday occurrence. Lynn is unaware of the town's psychic connection when she drives into town for a visit with her aunt. But strangeness turns dangerous when the president of the Psychic Society is murdered after being cursed by a coven of witches. Now Lynn has to keep her aunt from being accused of concocting a poisonous brew while discovering who the real murder is. Should she be suspicious of quiet, reserved Alex who doesn't seem to fit in the town or young, gentle, Patrick who is in danger of being restricted from giving his tarot readings? Are the Society member's attempts to solve the murder through psychic methods going to yield results or just more victims?

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110. Chinese Astrology : Ancient Secrets for Modern Life
by Sabrina Liao
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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For 5,000 years, the Chinese have used a system of astrology based on a person's birth year to predict personal prosperity and discover compatibility with lovers, family members, and friends. Now, in the most authentic and up-to-date guide available, renowned Chinese astrologist Sabrina Liao-creator of one of themost popular Chinese astrology Web sites-unveils the unseen forces shaping your personality...which mate will attract you and fulfill you...and even what the future portends.With this easy-to-use guide, you will find the animal sign that matches your birth year. Whether you are an imperial Dragon, a born leader...a merry Monkey, generous and creative...or a charismatic Tiger, charming and passionate, you'll discover your:· MOST COMPATIBLE LOVERS · BEST AND WORST PERSONALITY TRAITS· BEST AND WORST CAREER CHOICES· WEALTH-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIESUnlike most other guides, CHINESE ASTROLOGY is written by a Chinese expert using the true principles that have endured for thousands of years. With her deep knowledge of this ancient art of divination and prediction, Sabrina Liao gives you an accurate, eye-opening reading of your personal sign. In addition, she tells you:· The history and legends of Chinese astrology· How the five elements--metal, wood, water, fire, earth--further determine your fate. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
If you are interested in Chinese Astrology, I recommend this book. It gives you a ton of info about all the the zodiac signs, including a detailed description of the history and legend behind Chinese Astrology and the zodiac calendar. I personally found out, that I wasn't really a snake due to the starting and end dates of the year I was born. I'm actually a dragon. It's more accurate for me than a snake. Very, very good book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not too happy with my first purchase of an e-book.
I guess it may have been written somewhere before I downloaded my first e-book, but I hate the fact that I can't print it.
I thougt I'd be getting a quicker turnaround for shipping by downloading it, printing the chapters that interest me and going in the living room to read them as I watched TV. Nope.. No printing..
That's my last e-book purchase.

As for the book content, it's the regular run-of-the-mill Chinese Astrology book. Interesting for someone very new to this subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is SOOOOOOO' cool!
I am really glad I got this one! If you're interested in finding out about "YOU", then this is just what you want! I always thought that with a January birthday in 1977...I was born in the year of the "Snake"; surprisingly, I was wrong. The changing of signs actually take place during the Chinese New Year which happens several weeks after the normal Jan-Dec calendar year begins! Many Chinese Zodiac recsources contain this error! I was born in the year of the "Dragon"...and now the descriptions are matching up with my characteristics. I was really amazed with the details shared... really accurate or unreal coincidence! ... Read more


111. The House
by Bentley Little
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Average Customer Review: 3.23 out of 5 stars
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If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bentley Little, thenThe House will give you the perfect opportunity to get to know this fine sorcerer of horror. Haunted houses are an endless source of fascination for writers of the macabre--Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Henry James's classic The Turn of the Screw are excellent examples. But Bentley Little still manages to add something new to this well-trodden territory--and The House will scare your socks off.

Five strangers simultaneously experience terrifying nightmares and strange hallucinations. These unnerving events reacquaint each of the individuals with a childhood they would rather forget and memories long repressed. It soon becomes apparent that each of these four men and one woman once lived in identical houses--right down to the arrangement of the furniture. Each character must return to that childhood home to confront the demons of the past and liberate their souls from the shackles of despair. Reading this battle of good versus evil is a nail-biting experience. For more of the same by this author, try The Store and The Ignored. --Naomi Gesinger ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A nice twist on the haunted house
I'm already a big fan of Bentley Little's works and with The House he doesn't disappoint. Five complete strangers from different corners of the U.S. have similar erotic, violent dreams. Supernatural occurences plague each character's hometown. The only connection, unbeknownst to them, is the houses of their childhood, which somehow is the same for each. A large house, ominouse and forboding...

This was a pretty good, original spin on the haunted house tale. Bentley Little knows how to write a fast paced, gore filled story that screams of B-movie. The house and everything else supernatural had a Lovecraftian quality and every action sequence was aptly detailed in Little's trademark, unflinching way. This book reminded me somewhat of William Hope Hodgson's "The House on the Borderland" which is also a great read. The use of dolls was a nice, creepy touch, especially when used as a murder weapon. Grisly, original death scenes kept the story moving. The only snags were in characters lacking dimension (which, in some way, is good) that may annoy readers. This is horror as it is meant to be, laughable, offensive, disturbing, under no circumstances to be taken seriously. The ending wasn't as good as I would have liked, but overall I was entertained. For serious horror fans only.

2-0 out of 5 stars This House Should Be Condemned
I bought this novel hoping for a modern update of Shirley Jackson. Instead I got killer leprechauns (in a non-sequitur preface), little emotional depth or development in the main characters and finally a sadistic demon who masquerades as an eleven year old girl. Little's writing is pretty stale except when he is describing pedophiliac sex, which I found to be repugnant rather than horrific. The ending was---considering the build-up---incredibly rushed and unsatisfying (especially Little's addle-brained exoneration of a creepy school-teacher who happens to be an unabashed pedophile). Some of the dialogue makes one cringe---especially the part where ghosts inform their loved ones that they have "unresolved issues" they must settle---leading to "Dad, you never gave me the love I needed"-type dreck. Horror fans: this is not good writing. If you want to be scared not in your gut but your soul---if you want to THINK---don't read this junk food. Wait for something to break the mold of Stephen King---or perhaps, more realistically, just re-read The Haunting of Hill House.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just terrible!
The only reason I finished this book at all was in the ridiculous hope that there might be some sort of redeeming ending. Not so! The beginning was bizarre and patched together with events that were never explained or even referred to again. Unless I missed a paragraph somewhere. The story line jumped around way to much. There were too many main characters. And the characters were drawn in an unconvincing manner that made it impossible to have any symphathy for them or their so called predicament. The use of a little girl as the "evil" character is not new and would have been an acceptable part of the story if not for the disturbing number of sexual references to her. Although on some level I understood what the author was trying to portray; the overt sexuality of this particular character, especially in addition to Nortons obsession seemed more sickening that supernaturally spooky. The only chills this book gave me was a feeling of nausea from those sorts of scenes. The ending seemed to be slapped together in a haphazard manner with no sense of completion or resolution. I've been a long time fan of any books dealing with the supernatural, especially those having to do with haunted houses. As long as they're well written! I'm only happy I borrowed this book from the library, rather than actually wasting my money on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Little's Best Novel Yet
"The House" is quite possibly the best horror novel I have ever read. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys the psychological horror genre. This book is unique in that it doesn't deal with the traditional horror scene, which is part of what makes it so scary. It does however involve homosexuality and pedophilia, so if you're someone who finds that sort of thing 'distasteful' you might want to avoid this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars good read
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112. The Crown Rose
by Fiona Avery
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The Crown Rose tells the story of Isabelle of France, born heir to the throne: her life from childhood to her later years; a life of turmoil and strife and longing....

The year is 1240. It is the reign of King Louis IX. Knighthood is still honored, though the traditions are beginning to fade.This will be the last generation of knights, as we understand them. It is a time of intense chivalry and faith; religious orders such as the Templars, the Franciscans, Dominicans, and the Knights of Malta are springing up everywhere.And it is a time of conflict between nations struggling and warring to form their own identities and their own destinies.

The Crown Rose portrays the mystery of one man who enters Isabelle's life at several key moments, becoming her icon, her soul's other half, and her destiny...a man, who may, in fact, be much more than an ordinary man. His bloodline goes back to the Holy Land, and he is far, far older than he appears.

The Crown Rose weaves its tale around the actual events of the time, blending historical realism with a hint of the fantastic, drawing upon extensive research to make the story as accurate as possible. It is a tale of chivalry, knighthood, romance, and war; of lost secrets and hidden mysteries; of honor, duty and sacrifice; and the power of a few dedicated people to change the face of the world itself. ... Read more


113. Rabid Growth
by James A. Moore
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
Publisher: Leisure Books
Sales Rank: 478185
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
let me start by saying i am a huge fan of Mr.Moore. i have spoken with him before and i truly think he is a good guy and a great writer however i was not satisfied with the rabid growth. for those who don't know this is a sequel to his previous novel possessions.

this book deals with the consequnces of what happened in the first novel and if you haven't read it you should. this story take's place around chris corin and his sister and friends and how they are recovering from what happened at the end of possessions. apparently not very well because chris still hasn't gotten his lottery money and his sister is a nympho at the age of 14.

apparently there are still thing's out there that don't like chris very much and he spends the novel being stalked and fighting them off. what these things are and where they come from is not really explained which is a big complaint of mine. i like to know why thing's are happening maybe that is just being too picky.

my main complaint is just that...i dont know what the thing's chasing chris are and what there motivations were in the first book i thought things would be explained in this book but they weren't.the ending of possessions promised so much but i ont think it came through with many answers. this book is action packed and exciting but ultimately a let down in the end. i can only hope for another sequel to explain things.

i suggest people who want to read good horror read james moores under the overtree and it's sequel serenity falls which are great and have one of the best hero's ever to grace the pages of a novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent horrorthriller
Eighteen year old Chris Corin is having a very bad year.After his mother's death, he became the legal guardian for his fifteen year old sister Brittany who is going through puberty and challenging his authority every chance she can.His maternal grandmother, who he has never met and who his mother never talked about, challenges him for custody of Brittany.He is the winner of millions of dollars in the lottery but with al the paperwork that has to be taken care of, he barely has enough money to buy food.

There has been an enormous increase in the homeless population and the men are violent.One of the men who became extremely violent is taken to jail where he dies.The police lose the body and later Chris sees him walking the streets.Chris' friend Jerry, as well as other people in town, who were affected by the events that took place last year (see POSSESSIONS) are changing, becoming something other than human.Chris tries to help his friend while trying to prevent being killed or worse by the others that have changed into something alien.

James A. Moore is one of the best new horror writers of the twenty first century as he can hold his own wilt the greats including Clive Barker, Bentley Little, Stephen King and Robert Mccammon.Be advised that this book should be read with all the lights on and they should not be turned off even when the reader goes to sleep.The story starts off in a mundane fashion but changes so subtly readers will feel they are in the Twilight Zone without an idea of how they got there.

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114. Incredible Adventures
by Algernon Blackwood, Tim Lebbon
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-27)
Publisher: Stark House Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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These are stories steeped in the majesty and mystery of nature.You don't read them--you fall into them, as into a dream.Lulled into a false sense of security, you discover you are no longer within comfortable boundaries.Your eyes have been opened to a larger world.You are about to embark on an incredible adventure. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK IN A TERRIBLY MESSY EDITION
This collection was first released in book form in 1914, and is comprised of three novellas and two short stories. The literary critic and scholar S.T. Joshi has called this book "perhaps the greatest weird collection of all time," and while I do not pretend to be well read enough to concur in that evaluation, I will say that the book is beautifully written...and certainly weird, in Blackwood's best manner. The five pieces in "Incredible Adventures" are almost impossible to categorize. They're not exactly horror or fantasy tales, but they all share one thing in common: In all of them, Algernon Blackwood--lover of Nature (with a capital "N") and ever one to seek for the ultimate reality behind the surfaces of what we seem to know--gives us characters who are bettered for their glimpses behind "reality's" curtain. This is not an easy book to write about, nor are the stories in it by any means light reading. Blackwood was trying to elucidate important points with these tales; to help readers understand their true relation to Nature, and time and space. Sounds like heavy going, I know, but for all lovers of finely crafted albeit unusual tales, this book will be a godsend.
The collection starts off with a bang with one of the novellas, "The Regeneration of Lord Ernie." In this tale, a tutor tries to breathe some much-needed spirit into his young ward by exposing him to a pagan ceremony in the Jura Mountains. But things get a little out of control in this very atmospheric tale. Next up is "The Sacrifice," one of the shorter pieces, in which a mountaineer who has just undergone some severe life setbacks goes climbing. This story is the most symbolic, surrealistic and ambiguous of the bunch. I don't want to ruin the tale for any prospective readers, so just let me say that I have never read a story quite like it. "The Damned" is next up, and it is the longest novella in the collection. At first glance a traditional haunted-house story, the tale is soon revealed to go much deeper than that. As the author tells us repeatedly, "nothing happens" in this tale per se; atmosphere is everything, and nobody conveys atmosphere better than Blackwood (as a reading of his classic tale "The Willows" will surely demonstrate). But it really is remarkable how Blackwood maintains and magnifies this ominous atmosphere over the length of this novella; a really bravura performance. The last of the three long tales, "A Descent Into Egypt," immediately follows. In this tale, a group of men in modern-day Egypt find themselves being helplessly drawn back in time (spiritually, at least) by the glamour of that ancient land. This tale just keeps getting weirder and weirder. It is hallucinatory in the extreme; so much so that it makes me wonder why Blackwood was never championed in the 1960s by the same hippie college kids who took so wholeheartedly to Carlos Castaneda and P.K. Dick. Like Dick, Blackwood was very concerned with the reality that underlies our so-called reality. In this Egyptian tale, the land and time of the ancients is the reality; the present day is only the skin on the surface. This really is some amazing work. The book ends on a lovely note with the short story entitled "Wayfarers." Here, a man awakens after an auto accident and finds himself in bed a full hundred years earlier! It is a tale of eternal love and reincarnation; the type of tale that H. Rider Haggard would probably have loved, and another beautifully written winner. I should add here that these stories are probably best read and savored slowly, both for their exquisite atmospheres as well as for their deeper meanings. There is a lady here at amazon.com who, at the moment, is the #1 reviewer. She claims to be a speed reader who goes through two books a day! Well, I would like to advise her, and anyone else lucky enough to read this collection, to SLOW DOWN! Savor the language that Blackwood commands, and lines such as this one: "The stars turned a shade less brilliant, a softness in them as of human eyes that say farewell." You can't sprint through a botanical garden and expect to appreciate all the wonders therein!
I should also mention that, while I am grateful to Stark House for making this classic, long-out-of-print collection available again, I deplore the sloppiness with which this edition has been put together. I have never read a book with more typographical errors of every description. Besides the run-of-the-mill typos, hyphens and M dashes are routinely intermixed throughout; margins are fouled up; words are omitted from sentences; changes in font size occur; British pound symbols are substituted for the letter "f"; words are repeated; boldface words appear for no reason; accent marks are at times used for apostrophes; and on and on. I myself am a copy editor and proofreader, and find it amazing that this edition was proofed at all. And yet, uncommonly enough, a credit for the proofreader is given at the front of the book!!! If it were me, I would have had my name deleted, out of professional pride! Stark House has a lot of chutzpah charging $17 for this remarkably messy work. Still, the book IS a collection of wonders, and Blackwood's vision does shine through. But potential readers would be well advised to do themselves a favor and splurge for an older copy! ... Read more


115. Midnight Enchantment
by Nancy Gideon
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Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
Publisher: Imajinn Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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After a 400 year existence as a vampire, Gerard Pasquale wants only to be left alone to shadow the midnight streets of turn of the century New Orleans . . . until blackmail binds him to a mortal bride who throws his dark world into an upheaval. Certain he can escape the unwanted bargain through the treacherous terms he makes, Gerard discovers his new wife may not be as helpless to resist his will as he at first believes!

Haunted by a whispered past of witchcraft and voodoo, Laure Cristobel became a bride out of necessity; to protect herself and the unborn child she carries. Though alarmed to find herself wed to a monster, she's dangerously close to falling in love with the man he once was . . . the man she hopes she can make him once again through her own magic skills.  ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Midnight Enchantment
Gerard has been living in New Orleans to recover from the damage done by Bianca, which you can read about in Midnight Surrender. Gerard is approached by Percy who threatens to expose the fact that he is a vampire if Gerard doesn't marry Laure, Percys' sister. Not only does he have to marry her he has to make Percy his financial handler. Gerard agrees and they are wed. He thinks Laure knows and is an accomplice to all of this. Little does he know that she had been tricked into marrying him not knowing she was marrying a vampire. Percy has a deep and hidden hatred for his sister, whom he professes to care about. Laure comes from a family that is known for practicing voodoo. There are quite a few misunderstandings during her marriage to Gerard. Gerard slowly ends up falling in love with Laure, but due to the fact that he still thinks she is trying to trick him he fights that love. Gerard also thinks he is beyond feelings of love or anything else other then the urge to kill and drink blood, but he is sadly mistaken. Laure and Gerard end up at Nicole and Marchands' house hiding from the voodoo woman who wants to kill them. The woman also happens to be Laure's aunt and the head of the voodoo cult in the area. She wants to kill Gerard and absorb his power. There are quite a few good twists and turns in this book of which I will refrain from telling. Let me say if you liked the first three books of the Midnight series then you will love this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes vampires and romance in the same book.

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST!
I have read all of Nancy Gideon's books in the Midnight series. I have to say this book, Midnight Enchantment, is her best to date. This story is about Gerard Pasquale who had tormented poor Louis Radman for centuries. After 400 years of existing as a vampire, all Gerard wants is to be left alone. He is in New Orleans, weak - merely existing. His powers at an all time low. His recovery is slow because he had lost his will to go on. It is here that his existence as a vampire is discovered and in danger of being disclosed. He is blackmailed into marrying a mortal woman, Laure Cristobel. She does not know with whom she has tied herself with. She believes Gerard to be ailing and in need of companionship until the truth slowly begins to unravel before her very eyes. Even though she is fearful of being married to a vampire, she begins to fall in love with him. But treacherous times await the couple as a dangerous plot draws ever closer. As a secret enemy awaits the precise moment in which to strike . . . Gerard Pasquale is still the "naughty" vampire. He is brooding, handsome and very, very dangerous. Laure's love has the power to overcome her fear, to see behind Gerard's unemotional facade to the man he used to be. A man who longs for acceptance and love. Midnight Enchantment is an awesome read and definitely a KEEPER.

3-0 out of 5 stars So How Does a Vampire Watch Her Weight?
Midnight Enchantment is probably a 2 1/2 when it comes to casual fiction, but it's better written than the average romance so I gave it a 3.

Gerard Pasquale is hanging out in an unfurnished, overgrown mansion in New Orleans. Unfortunately he has left his fortune in the hands of a law firm that has just been bought out by an ambitious young shyster named Percy. Said young shyster climbs the gate to Gerard's mansion, tells Gerard that he had used Gerard's power of attorney to put his fortune in an account unreachable by anyone but himself and tells Gerard that his only way of escaping exposure and loss of his forturne is to marry the Shyster's sister, Laure.

The first thing to remember is that none of these characters would test very high on a WAIS-3. In order to foil the blackmail scheme all Gerard would have to do is revoke the power of attorney, have the young shyster charged with theft by conversion and let the law take care of him.

And the blackmail plot is soooo unnecessary. Young shyster is in complete control of the cases of the firm including all of Gerard's fabulous fortune, and has been busy rifling the accounts, evidently not considering that he could earn substantial funds and prestige by doing what every law firm does-- billing for work done. A few years of industry and he could legally transfer quite a bit of Gerard's money into his own pocket. However, maybe he missed that day at law school.

Finally, the heroine. I just wanted to smack some smarts into that girl. Her step brother finds one beau for her. Alain savages her, breaking her arm and some ribs. Now her brother has found another suitor for her, a man that her brother lets her think is elderly, ill and lonely. When she finds out Gerard is none of these things, does she realize that her brother does not have her best interests at heart? No, she continues to blab every stray thought that crosses her mind to her brother. Even after she has had plenty of opportunity to find out what a dastardly fellow her brother is, she still trusts him. Of course if she didn't there would go the rest of the plot....

Drag in some of the vampires from the other books by the author, including the one who advises the heroine that pregnancy is wonderful because a woman doesn't have to watch her figure. ( How does a vampire watch her figure? Dine on anaemics?) Stir in some vodun, a little witchcraft and some sex and there you are-- a vampire romance.

Some things I liked about this book: the author is really good at describing Gerard as a vampire. High points for not making him a goody two shoes like some other vampires I could mention. I also loved Gerard's temper tantrum after he gives into the blackmailing young shyster. This could be effectively done on screen. In fact, I liked Gerard in general even if he doesn't make very good choices. He was about the only thing I found more than mediocre in this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Extremely underdeveloped.....
...is how I would describe this plot. There seems to be a lot to work with here---but the end falls so short of its possibilities.

The action takes place in the span of a few days---making it difficult to believe the "eternal" love that manifests suddenly in the last chapter.

There are far too many questions unanswered about these characters to develop any attachment to them--- and as a result the choices they make seem arbitrary and disjointed.

There may be great potential in the series if the characters are "fleshed out" a bit---but I withold judgment until further reading in the series.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Be careful when you first purchase this book. The copy I received was missing pages 65 - 96. Of the first part that I read I would have like to see Laure (the heroine)be stronger and smarter with regards to her step brother. I have read many other vampire/romance novels and I think more depth could have been put into the characters in this book. ... Read more


116. Lilith (Heeley, D. a. Darkness and Light, Bk. 1.)
by D. A. Heeley
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Asin: 1567183557
Catlog: Book (1996-03-01)
Publisher: Llewellyn Pubns
Sales Rank: 382278
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Educating and entertaining, a truly wonderful book!
Althogh it has some grammatical fallicies, this book is perhaps the best I have read in the past five years. The author has an extensive knowledge of hand-to-hand combat and many insights on religion. The vocabulary is not commonly known, however, a glossary is included in the back of the book. The story is greatly entertaining, yet the best aspect of the book is that it has immense educational value. I learned more about other beliefs from this book than any I have ever read, moreover it inspired me to do research on my own. What Heely lacks in grammatical knowledge is more than compensated by creativity and thought-provoking concepts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This is one of the best books I have ever read.If you haven't read this book you should read it. Plus it's part of a triligy,and the other two books are extremely good as well.The book has a very good plot and it's exciting from the start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!
A friend at work insisted that I *must* read Lilith & Ronin, going so far as bringing them to work and leaving them on my desk. At first, I was skeptical, but when I actually sat down to read them, I was hooked. They're great fantasy and get away from the traditional Tolkienesque style that we all know and love and delve into myths that were, at least to me, new and unknown. If the publishers don't release the third book, they are INSANE!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!
DA Heeley has wrote a gem here. The action is very detailed, the emotions are very human. Heeley clearly has a fluent understanding of occult theory and practice and she implements it flawlessly in this story.

Unfortunatley, the third book in this trilogy was never published. I would very much like to see how the main character fared in his final adventures.

5-0 out of 5 stars i dont believe it
i just read a review that said they are not releasing the third book. i dont believe it! these stories were so intense and so incredibly written, why wouldn't they give us an ending. i have to say, if you are thinking about reading these 2 books, DON'T! i would recommend them but if there is no ending there is no point. ... Read more


117. The Harvest (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Joss Whedon
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Asin: 0671017128
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 203490
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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NEW SCHOOL.
SAME ASSIGNMENT.

Something's wrong in Sunnydale, California...something more than the usual bad hair day. As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in all the world to find them where they gather and stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. In this generation, she is Buffy Summers, 16 years old and a new student at Sunnydale High. Her experiences at her last school persuaded Buffy to try to resume the life of a normal teenager. But it is no coincidence that Buffy has come to this town at this time. The area is a center of mystical energy, and all the signs point to an iminent, crucial upheaval. Once in a century comes The Harvest: a night when the Master Vampire can draw enough power to break free and open the portal between his world and ours...unleashing havoc. With the help of new friends and a new Watcher, Buffy's back in business.... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The pilot episode of Buffy in downloadable form
If you are going to download "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" books you might as well start with the first one. "The Harvest" is a novelization by Richie Tankersley Cusick of the two-part pilot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer written by series creator JossWhedon. Buffy Summers arrives in Sunnydale and discovers not only a new Watcher and new friends, but a Master Vampire just begging to be slayed. The first ten chapters of the novel cover Episode 1 "Welcome to the Hellmouth," with the rest of the book covering Episode 2, "The Harvest," which is just fine since it really is just one giant story.

Since Cusick's did the novelization of the original Buffy film he is obviously the ideal writer for this initial Buffy television book and he does an adequate job. If you read the film novelization it is fascinating to see how the Buffy idea was revamped for the television series. In addition to toning down the film's campy style, Buffy is given a much better supporting cast with the Scooby gang, an elegant counterpoint with Giles the new Watcher, and a vampire with a soul for the character twist that would give the show its greatest pathos. The various chronicles collected under the names of the characters (Angel, Xander, Willow and Faith) continue to provide novelizations of the show's episodes, these chronicles are neither chronologically organized nor complete. However, they can be rather useful in filling in the gaps in your viewing record of the hit show that is no longer on the WB (who would have imagined it would last this long?).

4-0 out of 5 stars A Novelization of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot episode
"The Harvest" is a novelization by Richie Tankersley Cusick of the two-part pilot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer written by series creator JossWhedon. Buffy Summers arrives in Sunnydale and discovers not only a new Watcher and new friends, but a Master Vampire just begging to be slayed. The first ten chapters of the novel cover Episode 1 "Welcome to the Hellmouth," with the rest of the book covering Episode 2, "The Harvest," which is just fine since it really is just one giant story.

Since Cusick's did the novelization of the original Buffy film he is obviously the ideal writer for this initial Buffy television book and he does an adequate job. If you read the film novelization it is fascinating to see how the Buffy idea was revamped for the television series. In addition to toning down the film's ... style, Buffy is given a much better supporting cast with the Scooby gang, an elegant counterpoint with Giles the new Watcher, and a vampire with a soul for the character twist that would give the show its greatest pathos. Note: You should also be aware that while the various chronicles collected under the names of the characters (Angel, Xander and Willow) continue to provide novelizations of the show's episodes, these chronicles are neither chronologically organized nor complete. However, they can be rather useful in filling in the gaps in your viewing record.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Joss
It takes about an hour to read this book, which isn't any great feat giving it's a straight up rendition of the show's pilot. It was good, mindless fun.

The dialogue is pure Joss. The novelization comes in the description of the actions, some of the backstory and in how the writer describes the characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars the pilot for buffy
buffy is new at sunnydale. she just wants to fit in. make new
friends, date boys and try to survive school. but what even her
own mother does not know is that she is a special girl picked to
fight the evil that lurks just around the corner. how can a girl
like this with superhuman powers blend in with her lifestyle that
is anything but normal? this makes for a fascinating book but not
as good as the tv show. for all who have not caught the buffy bug
this is a great place to start. at the beginning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good buy
A year earlier, when I was going through my Buffy obsession, I picked up as many books as I could with my birthday money - The Harvest being one of them. I read it, but since I had already rented the first episode, I put it down. Then I lost interest in Buffy but came back to it again a couple months ago. I picked up The Harvest and was surprised at how much I had missed in the episode, but I found myself knowing what witty remark the characters were going to say next. It was great to follow along and read the book again - especially since I had seen Welcome to the Hellmouth and The Harvest - because I could see the episode happening in my head. (It didn't help that I was listening to my Buffy soundtrack at the time. :) ) Anyway, this book earned its rating. ... Read more


118. The Angel Chronicles, Volume 2
by Richie Tankersley
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Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
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"I wish we could be like regular kids.Just a regular kid and her 200-year-old, creature-of-the-night boyfriend."

The course of love in Sunnydale never runs smoothly, especially for Buffy Summers the Vampire Slayer and her boyfriend, Angel the vampire.They're going through the usual early stages of a romantic relationship -- dressing to impress, going on coffee dates, and saving the world.

When Buffy tries to be more like the girls from Angel's distant past, she succeeds a little too well -- becoming helpless in the face of real evil.

Career week at school finds Buffy questioning her future as the Slayer -- and all the relationship baggage that title comes with -- until an unexpected ally gives new insight into her calling. And when Angel is taken hostage by an old acquaintance with sinister plans, Buffy realizes she must draw on all her passion to save the one she loves.

Now, collected for the first time, are three stories from the hit-TV series chronicling Buffy and Angel's growing romantic relationship. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Download three stories about Buffy the Non-Vampire Slayer
Actually the most memorable character in the three episodes selected for novelization in the first volume of "The Angel Chronicles" is Kendra the Vampire Slayer. In "Halloween" Buffy does not remember she is the Slayer, which puts the emphasis on Willow (now a ghost) and Xander (now a soldier). "What's My Line" is the two-parter that introduced Kendra and finds the second Slayer arriving in Sunnydale just when Buffy is wigging out over what she is going to be when she grows up (Career day in high school will do that to you). We also have Spike and Dru running around causing fun. So what these three episodes have in common is that they deal with Buffy NOT being the Slayer. All of these episodes are from the second season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and if you missed them or what to enjoy them again in albeit a slightly different form, you can now download them through the wonders of modern technology to read at your own convenience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Angel novels are as good as the tv episodes-honest!
When I first bought this book, I was bummed because I didn't realize that it was a novelization of Buffy episodes rather than an original novel. However, I soon realized it was fun to read about the shows I had seen because the dialogue still rang true in black and white and some lines I might have forgotten, I could look up. The best part is the author chose some of the best Buffy episodes from the second season of the show including one of my favorite episodes to date: "Halloween." Since the three episodes chosen follow each other almost choronologically in the sequence of the Buffy show, (The others are "What's my line part 1" and "What's my line part 2") you can read this book from cover to cover and derive much enjoyment. Another bonus is that these episodes include two of Buffy's most engaging baddies: Of course I am referring to Spike and Drusilla. "Halloween" is the best of the lot. If you never saw this classic episode, here's a synopsis: It's Halloween at the Hellmouth-this is a traditionally slow time for vamps. Principal Snyder ropes the students including Buffy and her friends into chaparoning kids while they trick or treat. This episode also marks the debut of Ethan Rayne, an old adversary of Giles. He owns a mystical costume shop and he sells many people in town their halloween garb including Buffy and friends. Buffy dresses up like a noble woman to impress Angel. Rayne invokes the Roman god Janus and casts a spell which transforms everyone wearing one of his costumes into whatever they are dressed as. Good for Xander who becomes an soldier, but bad for Buffy who is turned into a meek and powerless maiden, prompting Willow to lament, "She couldn't have dressed up like Xena?" Spike discovers Buffy's predicament and relishes in the bedlam. Giles confrontation with the mysterious Ethan Rayne is one of the highlights of this spectacular show and book. The "Angel Chronicles Vol.2" doesn't disappoint. Buy it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Review
ANGEL CHRONICLES VOL. 2
Richie Tankersley (1999), based on teleplays "Halloween" by Carl Ellsworth, "What's My Line, Part 1" by Howard Gordon & Marti Noxon, and "What's My Line, Part 2" by Marti Noxon

RATING: 3/5 Stakes

SETTING: Season Two

CAST APPEARANCES: Angel, Buffy, Cordelia, Spike, Xander, Willow, Giles, Principal Snyder, Larry, Ethan Rayne, Drusilla, Oz, Dalton, Kendra, Willy

BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SUMMARY: "The course of love in Sunnydale never runs smoothly, especially for Buffy Summers the Vampire Slayer and her boyfriend, Angel the vampire. They're going through the usual early stages of a romantic relationship--dressing to impress, going on coffee dates, and saving the world. When Buffy tries to be more like the girls from Angel's distant past, she succeeds a little too well--becoming helpless in the face of real evil.
Career week at school finds Buffy questioning her future as the Slayer--and all the relationship baggage that title comes with--until an unexpected ally gives new insight into her calling. And when Angel is taken hostage by an old aquaintance [sic] with sinister plans, Buffy realizes she must draw on all her passion to save the one she loves. Now, collected for the first time, are three stories from the hit-TV series chronicling Buffy and Angel's growing romantic relationship."

REVIEW

Volume 2 of the Angel Chronicles novelizes three strong Second Season episodes. The novelizations stick very close to the scripts, with the only original material being a new prologue and a new epilogue.

In "Halloween," Buffy and her friends are transformed into the people they've dressed up as for Halloween--thus, Willow becomes a real ghost, Xander becomes a soldier, and Buffy turns into a simpering eighteenth century noblewoman. A good example of how the show can be humorous without becoming stupid and silly (contrast some season four episodes) makes "Halloween" a good read.

"What's My Line" parts 1 and 2 introduce Kendra the Vampire Slayer and sees Buffy attempting to survive a trio of assassins while facing teen career-fair angst. These episodes have some fun action sequences, introduce a whole new dimension to Cordelia and Xander's relationship, and provide more insight into how Buffy views her life. Spike and Drusilla play a major role in part 2.

Much like Volume 1 of the Chronicles, Angel fans should note that their gel-haired favorite is mostly on the sideline in the first story, although "Halloween" does have a few touching scenes involving Buffy and Angel's failed first date.
The "What's My Line" stories contain more Angel, as his presence is a major plot point in Spike and Drusilla's plans.

Overall, Richie Tankersley delivers a smooth, straightforward adaptation of all three episodes with no surprises.

4-0 out of 5 stars Actually, this one is more like the Kendra Khronicles
Actually the most memorable character in the three episodes selected for novelization in the second volume of "The Angel Chronicles" is Kendra the Vampire Slayer. In "Halloween" Buffy does not remember she is the Slayer, which puts the emphasis on Willow (now a ghost) and Xander (now a soldier) to save the day when Spike decides Buffy is ripe for the slaying. "What's My Line" is the two-parter that introduced Kendra and finds the second Slayer arriving in Sunnydale just when Buffy is wigging out over what she is going to be when she grows up (Career day in high school will do that to you). We also have Spike and Dru running around causing fun along with a very strange trio of assassins. So obviously what these three episodes have in common is that they deal with Buffy NOT being the Slayer. Maybe they are the Angel chronicles because dead boy is pretty much of the sidelines watching the proceedings (except when Kendra tries to waste him). All of these episodes are from the second season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and if you missed them or what to enjoy them again in albeit a slightly different form, you can now download them through the wonders of modern technology to read at your own convenience and fill in any existing gaps in your Slayer history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Second Season Eps make a great book ...
Whether or not you have seen the episodes "Halloween," and "What's My Line" parts 1 and 2, this book is a must have for all Buffy and Angel fans. Tankersley takes you into the minds of the characters, and gives you a glimpse of the motives for the action we see on television.

"Halloween" is one of the funiest episodes in the BTVS series. All hell breakes loose when the population of Sunnydale is transformed into their halloween costumes. And who is there to fight the children turned demons? Not the slayer, who unfortunately believes herself to be a noblewoman from the 18th century! There is a serious side to the episode, however. The appearance of an old friend reveals secrets Giles would rather have remain hidden.

"What's my Line" is an emportant episode in the Buffy mythology. Besides bringing up the possibility of there being two slayers in one time, we also see the beginings of a beautiful relationship between Willow and Oz!

A good read, and definately worth the buy! ... Read more


119. City of Masks : A Cree Black Thriller (Cree Black Thrillers (Hardcover))
by Daniel Hecht
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-08)
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Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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If it's New Orleans and the novel's main characters have been dead foryears but are still walking around terrorizing people, it must be an Anne Riceadventure. But it isn't--it's the first in a new series starring a fascinatingheroine, Seattle parapsychologist Cree Black, whose own murky past and specialgifts make her the perfect choice to investigate a haunted house in the GardenDistrict and the family that's slowly being scared to death. Lila Beauforte hasmoved back into her ancestral home, now inhabited by ghosts who seem bent ondriving her out. Cree, her senses more attuned to the presence of revenants thanflesh-and-blood bad guys, shakes enough closets in Beauforte House to bring theskeletons out, solve mysteries of the past as well as the present, and fall inlove with an equally appealing if more traditional investigator of theunconscious who may be able to help her free herself from her own emotionalprison. She's a smart, vulnerable, and attractive character in an unearthly andunusual thriller that starts off a promising new series with a howl and presagesa long run on the bestseller list. --Jane Adams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A new direction
Daniel Hecht isn't capable of writing a bad book or of writing badly. With an imagination as fertile as his, and with superior writing/narrative skill, whatever he tackles is never less than intriguing. City of Masks is no exception. Hecht tackles the world of the paranormal via engaging heroine Cree Black--a thoroughly believable, fully dimensional woman who just happens to be a ghost-hunting psychologist.

Hecht flirts perilously close to dubious territory in having his characters posit the possibilities of recovered/repressed memory (discredited by courts and by the APA) and multiple personality disorder (discredited universally--but so beloved by its supposed victims that it's been renamed DID) and satantic ritual abuse (again, discredited.) Despite these flirtations with discredibted syndromes, it is a credit to the author that he never goes all the way down any of those roads and, in fact, builds a viable case for sad, haunted Lila--whose ghosts Cree has come to New Orleans to "bust."

The characters are so well drawn and so believably driven/tormented/haunted that they come across as entirely sympathetic. And the author's research into the city of New Orleans is seamlessly woven into the narrative so that we see the city through Cree's eyes, rather than through the author's--no small feat.

While the villain of the piece was obvious to me very early on, it was nevertheless fascinating to see how the author was going to take us there and to learn what surprises were in store. And, indeed, there are some unexpected twists. The achievement of this book is the author's ability to make us care about his central characters, thereby making us willing to travel with them into territory where suspension of disbelief might not otherwise be possible. Most of us are willing to entertain the possibility that there might be ghosts; Hecht extrapolates on the possibilities in convincing fashion.
Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Foray into the Supernatural
As a History major with a concentration in New Orleans history, I approached this book with some skepticism as many authors stereotype the city. However, I found a refreshing change in City of Masks in which Daniel Hecht paints a very accurate picture of New Orleans from the rich suburbs of the Lakefront to the seemy underbelly of Bourbon Street.

In the novel, Hecht introduces us to Cree Black, a parapsychologist with a penchant for dealing with ghosts on an emotional level. Her method of ghost busting relies on dealing with the emotional cause of the haunting and helping the spirit to move on past its unresolved issues. It was a good change from the standard apparition or ghost that has come to inhabit most horror tales. While Hecht does explore the science and psychology of hauntings, I found that the book did occasionally get bogged down in description.

Cree's first assignment takes her to New Orleans where she is hired to rid Beauforte House of an evil presence. An interesting cast of characters awaits ranging from Lila Beauforte, the plagued victim of the hauntings, to Dr. Paul Fitzpatrick, the psychologist of Lila and the "love-interest" of Cree, to Ronald Beauforte, the eccentric and spoiled brother of the Lila.

Throw into the mix voodoo and hoodoo, two ghostly entities possessing Beauforte house, a closet full of skeletons, the mystery of Mardi Gras and the mystique of New Orleans and its rich culture and you have a wonderful tale. All of these things make a rich gumbo to savor.

Hecht has done an excellent job in creating Cree Black. She is a well-rounded character that plays well off of the other characters in the book. She is self sufficient, smart and resourceful while showing her feminine side. Everything that one could want in a heroine.

In all, Hecht does an excellent job of keeping the story fast paced and interesting and through his development shows just why New Orleans can be called a City of Masks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Self Help for Ghosts....
Freud look out! City of Masks is the story of Cree Black, troubled parapsychologists who uses her empathic talent to commune with ghosts and banish them. Unfortunately, her talent is emotionally dangerous and risky, and when she is called by a wealthy client to investigate a haunted house in New Orleans, she is soon sucked into an almost soap-operatic level of drama, deceit and betrayal.

I listened to the unabridged audio version of City of Masks narrated by Anna Fields. I must say, that Anna Fields is not my favorite narrator. She has sort of a drowsy emotionless voice which /really/ grates on my nerves. She does female characters well. But the male characters sound drunk and crude. Not the best choice of narrators.

The story? At first I liked Cree Black. But I felt she had way too much baggage. Everyone has issues. The nurse, the doctor, her partner, the family. Enough already. I wanted to read about the ghosts and the paranormal stuff... Instead we have to hear about Cree's problems. Her whining, psychoanalysis hand wringing, guilt, psychobabble just got old. If anyone needs a psychiatrist, its Cree Black! The heroine was dysfunctional and unprofessional. Tiresome.

Also? It kind of icked me out that Cree was having a romance right in the middle of a case which should have required her full attention. Also, that the love interest was another shrink boyfriend who was constantly analyzing her, LIED to her, and then spends half the book thinking she's crazy. Not romantic. Not even close.

Finally, I got the impression that the author was trying too hard with the 'dynasty-style' southern family. Perhaps its different in the south, but I found the attitudes expressed by Lila and her mother and Ro-Ro antiquated and difficult to relate too.

I give City of Masks 3 stars. I didn't like Cree's lack of professionalism, or her relationship to the psychiatrist which seemed unhealthy and tedious.

5-0 out of 5 stars read this before land of echoes
super interesting. a bit of new orleans mystery - a good read or listen if you like ghosts - paranormal stories. Cree and her associates are wonderful, Joyce and Edgar - and her new interest Paul!

1-0 out of 5 stars MiddleSchoolLevel
I will never pick up a book by this author again. If one can typify a 'female' writing style, it would be Hecht (although the author purports to be male). Overly descriptive of places, clothing, psychological states. Does she love him/does she not quandries. Why should we care? Less tension than your typical teenaged romance. I expected to, perhaps, learn a bit of voodoo/hoodoo lore. Nada! If it were the first book of it's sort that I had read, perhaps it would be fine - 'nice' might be the better word, but for anyone who has lived a bit and had some small contact with the 'unexplained' world, this is BORING. Get the feeling, by the author's style, that she/he is trying to attract a movie deal - being rich on visuals and lacking in depth. Gimmee a break. ... Read more


120. Power of Persuasion (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Elizabeth Massie
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When the female population of Sunnydale starts strutting its girl power, the push for gender equality seems like a normal expression of '90s feminism. After all, a girl trying out for the football team isn't usually a sign of imminent danger. But when the guys start acting like powerless pawns and a few even turn up dead, Buffy Summers notices that the local womyn's movement has reached a feverish -- and probably unnatural -- pitch.

The Slayer is the only one who can see straight during the ultimate battle of the sexes. Her friends -- including Giles -- are spellbound by the malignant muses permeating the school. Even the local vampires are acting strange. Alone in her search for answers, Buffy must figure out who's behind the sinister sisterhood...and close the gender gap before the feminist revolution goes too far. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Enthralling!
Myself being a huge fan of the Buffy TV series, I was eager to read the books. This was the first book I read in the novel series, and boy did it intrigue me. I couldn't put this book down, I wanted to find out what happened, I wanted to see how the characters either died or recovered and I wanted to see the climax of the movie, how it finished and why the story even came about in the first place. The title Power of Perusasion is very good, I think it means many different things: the power of the Buffy books and their sense of persuasion that makes you want to read more Buffster stories. The power of persuasion, the power of the villains, how they persuade the regular Buffy characters to become almost unearthly. And finally, the power of the intrigue of this book. I was seriously enthralled in the plot, and had a sense of persuasion to keep reading. If there is a flaw its that the way the villains die is not exactly clear enough, but this is still a highly recommended read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Girl Power at it's Worst!
This is a great original Buffy novel.This time,she and the gang are up against two new girls,Calli and Polly Moon and their mother who have just arrived in Sunnydale.Everyone seems to love them,and want to be in their gang,so much so,that all the girls start to want everything their own way,challenging all the rules that are usually in favour of all the male students of the school, encouraged by the two new girls.Things start to take a very nasty turn,when a few of the male students are found dead,in very strange circumstances.Buffy seems to be the only one who isn't under the Moons' spell.Even Giles doesn't seem to see anything strange going on,so it's up to Buffy alone to find out what they want,and how to stop them.I really enjoyed Power of Persuasion,and I think it is a great book for fans of all horror,sci-fi fiction

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fast-Paced Buffy Book!
I didn't read this one until now, even though it's been out a while. I'm trying to catch up on Buffy reading, since I'm sort of new (just two years) to the Buffy universe and want to catch all I can, on t.v. and off! This book is great! The characters in this book are just like they should be, full of fun, quirkiness, curiosity, courage, and determination. I love their quips and their quarrels even as the danger grows around town. I think the Muses (wow, were they irritating and nasty!) as antagonists are a great idea (I see that was used later in the show), and it sure does put up a major problem. How does Buffy kill creatures who cannot die? I've read at least 15 Buffy novels so far and this is a favorite. I hope Massie does more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Persuasion.
This is one of the best Buffy books out there (along with "Coyote Moon") I really enjoyed it. A new team of Buffy, Oz and Cordelia is formed to sort out the problem while the others fall to be helpless. I would have liked it a little more if the enemy didnt turn out to be what it was, but it was still great.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Buffiest Buffy
Ye gods! Buffy Vs. Mount Olympus, a full year before goddess Glory challenged the Slayer for an entire season on T.V.! Power of Persuasion had to be, at least in part, the inspiration for Buffy's fifth season on the air: not only are Buffy's POP nemeses all-but-unkillable goddesses, but - like Glory - they consume the brains of men, as well.

In general, the best of the Buffy books. Unlike many others - and the T.V. series, of late - Buffy is not a bit player in her own show, in this piece. She is the star from start to finish, and has never been cleverer or more resourceful. The core group are emphasized throughout, with Angel missing and Buffy's closest friends and helpmeets subsumed, one by one, until she and (nice to see) Oz are left on their own to somehow dispatch a trio of lethal lesser Amazonian deities inadvertently summoned to Sunnydale.

The monstrous muses are, without doubt, the most unique challenge Buffy has ever faced. Her sheer brute force and fighting finesse are useless to her. The Olympian lassies merely laugh at all her efforts to defeat them, shrugging, smiling, and saying, "When you get tired of beating your head against the wall, little girl, we'll be happy to enlist you among our ranks." They don't even bother to fight back. Why should they? They can't die. They can't even be significantly injured. Against opponents that superior, what's a Slayer to do?

Along with Diana Gallagher's better efforts, Power of Persuasion is the best-written book of the series. The level of the actual writing is easy enough for the younger readers without being condescending to them at all, but sophisticated enough to satisfy adults. POP's plot is streamlined, its one suplot fully complements the main action, the dialogue is sharp, witty and spry, and, best of all, Buffy really is the star, from Frame One to Frame Last. ... Read more


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