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121. Night of the Living Rerun (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Book 4)
by Arthur Byron Cover
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Asin: 0671017152
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 335534
Average Customer Review: 3.11 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars It went into the characters and gave them a past.
This book was excellent. I have read every Buffy book up to date, and this was one of my Favorites. Also I enjoyed Child of the hunt very much. The reason I enjoyed Night of the Living Rerun because it showed the characters from a diffrent point of view. This book went into their pasts and showed them together. I think my favorite part of the whole book was when throughout the whole book Willow wasn't having any dreams like the others, and then at the very end of the book Willow has a dream that puts her and Xander together in the past. I think that that was an excellent ending to the book, and it was an exellent book. I have gone back and read it two more times. Out of all the books this one is my favorite, because of history it brings out, also I now know alot more about the Salem witch trials then I did before. I love the movie, I love the show, and I love the books, I'm obssed with BtVS!

3-0 out of 5 stars Night of the Living Rerun
I'm reading this one right now.It is pretty good.I like that it invovles the Salem Witch Trials and Dreams; both things that I'm interested in.I think I have 4 more chapters.I haven't gotten to read it in almost a week now.If your a Buffy fan you will want to check it out.This is one of three Buffy novels I've picked up this summer.It is also cool because it's relating the character's to a past life in the Salem era.The other two will be later on the list.This book wasn't bad;I haven't read any other Buffy books, but based on this one they're pretty good.If your in the mood for a interesting read then check it out. I'd give it a ***1/2 /*****.

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A History Lesson?
As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. one girl in all the world, to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers.As if real life wasn't already overflowing with vampire-staking, now Buffy has begun to dream about slaying! Night after night, it's the same thing. She's back with the Puritans, a Slayer on the trail of a witch. What can it mean?Buffy gets a clue when Xander and Giles start acting like they have ancient alter egos. Now the stage is set for a symbolic replay of the night the Master was accidentally trapped in the other dimension.Only this time, the Master wants a happy ending -- for himself. Buffy and her friends must pervent the Master from rewriting the script and escaping his supernatural prison before Sunnydale becomes history!

4-0 out of 5 stars Rather Cliche
The Salem Witch trials for this genre are cliche. While the plot was more complex than the previous 3 books, I think Giles and Xander, especially were written too out of character to maintain my suspension of disbelief. I kept stopping to think to myself: that's not how so and so would act!

2-0 out of 5 stars Barely amusing
I have got to stop reading these Young Adult books.

The story is based upon the Salem Witch Trials. Buffy, Xander, and Giles have very vivid dreams of Salem in 1692. Buffy dreams of Samantha Kane, Giles of her watcher, and Xander of Sarah Dinsdale. It seems as though the dreams are coming true, and history is set to repeat itself.

Maybe it's just me, but I'm not sure the writer has ever seen an episode of Buffy. Giles telling a man he meets "You must be rich" ? That is so out of character it goes without saying. Then you have Buffy changing clothes to look better BEFORE checking on Xander to make sure he's ok? This books is filled with more horrible slang, and everyone is out of character. It doesn't read like Buffy at all.

The plot is simple, predictable, and boring. I was never interested, and only finished it so I could write the review, and believe me, it was a struggle. There are better books out there, so save your money for something else.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars
Night of the living rerun is a book based on the tv series buffy the vampire slayer. the book is very well written and portrays the charcters of the show well. the best part about the book is that it deals with the gang (minus willow) all of dreams that they are people from the past. the book is great but probably better for the buffy fans who have been there from the start as its based around series 1-2 time. ... Read more

122. Prince Eternal: Sacred Soul (Prince Eternal)
by Monique Mucia
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Writers Club Press
Sales Rank: 804389
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Enter a world of darkness and forbidden love…Vladimir Dracula, born to a gypsy woman who was seduced by Lucifer, returns home to his clan after fourteen years of exile.Upon his return, Vlad discovers his cousin Vashti, with whom he shares a mysterious bond, seeks his death.Vashi struggles against Vlad’s alluring sensuality in order to avenge her father’s death.Once she learns of his taste for the purest of wines blood Vashti discovers how deeply they are bonded.As Prince of Wallachia, Vlad leads an army against the Turks, while he fights to keep his soul from Lucifer’s grasp.To save Vashti from the ensuing darkness, he vows to sacrifice his own life…and his immortal soul.Vashti must convince him that by sacrificing himself, Vlad condemns them both…

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5-0 out of 5 stars great retelling of the Dracula legend
Lucifer impregnates the gypsy woman Falon when she left the haven of her clan.After the rape, Falon returns to Devil's Mountain, Wallachia to give birth to his child before dying in fear of the devil's whelp.The lad Vladimir Dracula struggles with the lure of his patriarchal bloodlines with only his cousin Vashti providing him some peace from his sire.Eventually Vlad leads the army in the fight with the Turks.

Fourteen years later, after imprisonment by the enemy and a thirst for human blood, Vlad returns home to finds Vashti hates him for the death of her father.Vashti locks him up, but releases Vlad only to have him jail her.In the dungeon, Lucifer visits Vashti because he plans to use her to gain his son's cooperation.She concludes that she is the key to who will own Vlad's soul, his devilish father or God.Will Vashti help Vlad follow the light or will she complete her vengeance by sending him into the eternal darkness as her own sister has chosen?

PRINCE ETERNAL: SACRED SOUL is a great retelling of the Dracula legend as the tale is a delightful historical horror novel that brings to life 1430 Eastern Europe but never loses focus of its Dracula theme.Besides the 1430 Wallachia background, some of the key cast members seem human with flaws and frailties while others (like Lucifer and Vashti's fallen sister) make the inhuman feel genuine.Monique Mucia provides a stirring adaptation that will send the audience seeking more dark blood novels in what looks like a superior series.

Harriet Klausner

This books is a MUST. Dracula is given birth to and not just arrived.... he is the product of rape of a gypsey and Lucifer.. He spends must of his youth in torment and ridicule. Vashti his childhood friend she sticks up for him often. Then both their worlds fall apart.. Vlads disappears and Vashti's father and uncle are killed Vashti believe Vlad is the murderer.. However, Vlads suffered at the cruel and depraved hads of Jamel a Turk with evil intentions.He finally gets away from his clutches having spent 14 years of torture.. at the hands of Jamel and henchmen.Vlad once again meets Vashti.. only to find that she is bent on revenge for the murder of her relatives.. Vlad spent most of his life in torment trying to keep away Lucifers influance.... But they still share the bond that was there in their childhood.. This story give birth to a legend and not only from the tale of Dracula but also briefly I believe on the on the story of Vlad the Impala.. that is if Vlad gives in.. to his evil side.. when he lets his guard down.. This story is full of emotion and I spent one day reading this book unable to put it down.... I finally finished reading it at 4.30 am.. in the morning not want to finished reading until I had finished the whole book... Anyone... who love a good solid story full of emotion and depth.. will not be disapointed.. I certainly wasn't I can't wait for the Sequel... Prince Eternal: Sacred Blood...I think.. this is one of the best purchase I have made in the book arena for a longtime.. ITS A KEEPER.. Thanks you Monique for many hours of intriging entertainment..

5-0 out of 5 stars Prince EternalIncredible
It has been a long time since I have read such an involved and fast-paced book.

Monique Mucia lures you in and doesn't give you a chance to get bored.

Read this book, you won't be sorry.

Monique Mucia has taken Vladimir Dracula out of the dregs of evil and inhumanity, and placed him among some of the greatest heroes in print. Her characters are vibrant and sensual. The plot is unpredictable, yet enticing. Dracula, himself, is mentally and phisically alluring.

As a self-published author, Monique has proven herself as a capable and talented writer. The bookcover is a work of art that rivals any in the industry.

I am pleased with my purchase of this novel and hope others

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123. In Heaven As on Earth: A Vision of the Afterlife
by M. Scott Peck
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Asin: 078688374X
Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
Publisher: Hyperion Books (Adult Trd Pap)
Sales Rank: 869100
Average Customer Review: 3.53 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Scott Peck's In Heaven as on earth
I respect Scott Peck's authority on psychiatry and faith in the spiritual life. I read both "Road Less Traveled" and "People of the Lies" and both are captivating, the first ending in babble I had trouble relating to and the latter opening my eyes to evil in even the most innocent of us. But "In Heaven as on Earth", I was caught up in a realistic poetic journey filled with images into the life after death, from the mind of a person who has delved into the minds of so many people. I felt somewhat shortchanged in that this book seems to end with a lead-in to another book. Where is it? I hope to find that book one day. Or must I wait for the afterlife to find out what remains to be seen?

5-0 out of 5 stars Yet another masterpiece from the heart of Scott Peck.
The most devoted Scott Peck fan on the face of the earth, I readthe article about him in last years October issue of Rolling Stoneand thought, "it seems Dr. Peck is preparing for the final step of his journey - death. It would be cool if he wrote a book about it". Sure enough, a couple months later my wish came true. Dr. Peck's books have meant so much to me and many others. He has the unusual gift of enlightening people through stories of his own life journey and even works of fiction. This book is no exception. After reading this book, I discovered that the closer I feel to God, the more I realize how little I know about He/She works and thinks. But paradoxically, I also realized even more how much we are loved and that death will only be the beginning of a new and exciting journey. Of all the theories of the afterlife, Dr. Peck introduces one of integrity and credibility. It is a must read for all who will die someday. Thank you, God, for another gift, and thank you, Dr. Peck, for being the messenger.

3-0 out of 5 stars Love?
A (fictional) story of the first few days of one man's death. Although I did enjoy reading it, I found it strangely unemotional, considering the topic. Hey, I'm dead; yup, there's my son; yup, there's my wife...

Looked at as a brief glance at one corner of a possible afterlife, this book is interesting. If it's all like this however, I'd better start getting more exercise - the afterlife as portrayed here is not the kind of place I want to be visiting anytime soon. The only examples of landscapes or nature or beauty of any sort for that matter are shown during the brief forays we make back to Earth. As someone who enjoys the beauty of natural settings, by the end of the book I was starting to feel a bit claustrophobic...

On the plus side, the author's overall themes of continual growth and the attempt to find truth are thought-provoking, though we're not given much of any examples of what our growth might be leading to.

There is one element in this book (the meeting with Satan) that appears to be distinctly Christian - perhaps this is comforting for those whose beliefs match this pattern, but for those who don't (or at least for me), it felt strangely out-of-place in a book that otherwise didn't preach much. On second look however, it appears that the Christian interpretations of this element come only from the protagonist himself. The others he interacts with admittedly do nothing to dissuade him from his assumption, but neither do they actually give him much reinforcement that his interpretation is accurate, which is the impression one gets upon first reading. In other words if it helps him progress in the long run, the helpers in his environment are willing to play toward his prejudices. Looked at in that way, the "Satan" stuff is a bit easier to swallow.

And as it happens the only person we meet in the afterlife who appears to be much more advanced than "fair to middling" (and the only character who actually leads us to a scene out-of-doors!) also turns out to be Satan, for what that's worth. After that it's back to the hallways.

All in all it is honestly worth a read, as long as this isn't the only (or the first) book you read on the subject.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Different Version of the Afterlife
This is the first book by Dr. Peck that I have read, although I have heard of his other books. This is a work of fiction, of Dr. Peck's "imaginary" version of what he thinks the afterlife could be like. I find it hard to objective for the review of this book, as I have read so many books on NDE's and OBE's, that when I finished reading this book, it paled in comparison to the other books that I have read.

Dr. Peck's story revolves around Dr. Daniel Turpin, a psychiatrist, who lies dying from lung cancer with his two children around him. Daniel is able to feel himself leave his body and knows that he has died. While in "heaven" Daniel encounters other spirits, some in purgatory and some in hell. The allegorical "hell" was quite amusing for those souls depicted living in the bottom of trash can, working for Amalgamated Systems!! Daniel is also able to go back to earth to "check-up" on his children and to visit his former residence that he once shared with his beloved wife. Greeters help Daniel with his adjustment to the afterlife and he learns that he cannot interfere with earthly doings, yet he does have freedom of choice.

We experience Daniel's partial review of his life and his thirst to serve God. The Greeters inform Daniel that there are many committees in heaven, if he so wishes to serve. As Daniel comes to terms with the afterlife and his comfort level takes him out of his paradigm, he becomes adventurous and wants to see and experience more.

Even though this is a novel, with all of the information in print and in video of true experiences of the afterlife, this story seemed almost "clinical" to me. It was a very simple story, not at all colorful, and at times boring. Also, when Dr. Peck described Daniel meeting his wife and another son, those meetings, to me, were portrayed as cold, and not at all loving or warm. This lack of love and warmth really bothered me. Dr. Peck's allegorical view was very different, yet he does leave the reader thinking and asking questions. I think also, that readers have to keep in mind that this is a work of fiction.

Dr. Peck does portray love and compassion in the afterlife, with Greeters and others who do assist those souls who are having a hard time adjusting. The patience and love do shine through from those assisting.

This is one of those books where one will either really like it or they won't. It is not a terrible book, just very different with a lack of warmth.

5-0 out of 5 stars loved it!
I loved this book. To me, it is a very happy and "realistic" look at the afterlife. I can imagine that when we leave here, many of us may need a kind of "celestial therapy" before we really move into "Heaven". I was a little disappointed that the protagonist, Daniel, does not actually meet Jesus...and he doesn't seem to be interested in meeting up with his parents. It's a neat vision...I think we (i.e., the whole world) have a lot to look forward to in the next life. I think God created us (I believe in evolution etc.) with only the best intentions for us and all Creation. I would also like to recommend C.S. Lewis The Great of my favorite books of all time. ... Read more

124. My Devilish Scotsman
by Jen Holling
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From acclaimed author Jen Holling comes the second novel in a sensual new trilogy full of passion and intrigue about a trio of sisters with the remarkable gift of witchcraft.

Gillian MacDonell has always felt lacking because, unlike her sisters, she did not inherit any mystical powers. But when her father arranges a match with notorious Nicholas Lyon, Earl of Kincreag -- a Scotsman rumored to have murdered his wife -- strange visions plague her like never before. From Gillian's first moment inside Kincreag Castle, she is filled with foreboding and when attempts are made on her life, she fears the rumors may be true. But their passion burns bright and Nicholas's cold heart starts to melt. Will his desire for her turn to wrath when he learns that she's really a witch after all?

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125. Sisters of the Night
by Martin H. Greenberg, Barbara Hambly
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Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Alluring, Dark, Deadly, Unique
Among my large collection of vampire anthologies, this stands out. It took me a while to get to this one. I was thinking that this would be just another "girl power" anthology with cookie cutter female vampires. I'm glad that I was wrong.

The 14 stories featured in this anthology is full of unique, engaging female vampires. Not all the vampires are your typical Dracula cape and fang types. Some want a bit of your soul instead, some harvest the dead, and some aren't even easily recognizable as women, actually.

Most of the stories will have you hungering for more. The only one I really was bored with was Song of the Night People by Larry Niven. This is actually the first part of a novel and should have been left out of this anthology. It's 50 pages and doesn't really have any ending at all, so you don't know what happens unless you buy the book.

Still, if you want something different than the "normal" Dracula vampires and feel like reading something smart, funny, and original, than pick up a copy of this classic anthology.

2-0 out of 5 stars
You have to try pretty hard to convince me that anything new or interesting can be done with vampires.

SISTERS OF THE NIGHT is a collection of fifteen stories concerning female vampires, and for the most part, it doesn't try hard enough. Contained within are stories of vampires among the homeless, a dying elderly man who is visited by the vampire lover who left him decades before, a couple old world vampire tales and a detective story. There is also an excerpt from one of Larry Niven's RINGWORLD novels -- a questionable practice, as it invariably ends up looking like an advertisement for another book, as well as making it seem like the editor couldn't find enough new material to fill the page count.

There may be variety to an extent, but few of the stories are original enough or good enough to be memorable afterward. I often found myself bored as I paged through most of them. One exception is Tanith Lee's "La Dame," which offers something truly different by broadening the definitions of both "vampire" and "female." The other is Steve and Melanie Tem's "Mama," which is the type of perverse familial horror story at which both authors always excel.

If vampires in any form still fascinate you, you'll probably want to pick up this volume as you'll surely enjoy it. If, like me, you think the vampire subgenre should be laid to rest at last, pass on it or check out the above mentioned entries only. Note: Lee's story also appears in Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling's YEAR'S BEST anthology for 1995. Unfortunately, the Tems didn't make it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating collection.
If you are one of the vast number of people who are fascinated by vampire fiction, and do not have a particular prejudice against female lead characters, you will almost certainly find this an excellent read. There are a wide range of different concepts here, from the relatively traditional vampire in Barbara Hambly's "Madeline" and M. John Harrison's "Empty", to the very offbeat and high-tech "Song of the Night People" by Larry Niven. Along the way, we meet tormented souls struggling against their nature ("In the Blood", by Michael Kurland), kind and loving immortals little different from humans save for the fact that they don't age ("Tumbling Down The Nighttime", by Dean Wesley Smith), a light-hearted spoof ("Survival Skills", by Deborah Wheeler), and even a vampiric ship ("La Dame", by Tanith Lee). All of the stories are extremely well-written, and the collection as a whole is well-edited (I found only one copyediting mistake in the entire book, almost unheard-of these days).

Highly recommended for anyone with a liking (or even a lack of antipathy) for the subject matter. Some of the best vampire fiction I've read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something for every taste
Fourteen original short stories by award-winning authors such as Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, Larry Niven and Barbara Hambly explore a dark sisterhood of blood. The past, the present and the future are all stalking grounds for these women who hunt the night. Hambly and Greenberg have taken a rather simple subject - female vampires - and collected fourteen tales from a diverse group of authors, which seek to illuminate the life, if it can be called life, of the female of a deadly, and sensual species.

As Hambly says in her introduction, there was no way to know in advance what she would find. Would the stories sent by men be dramatically different in focus and treatment from those of the women writers? And in the end, it seems to me that for the most part, there is a kind of unity of thought expressed in these stories which are at the same time, all quite different from each other. That unity - a real sense of what it means to be female first and foremost - is the thread that truly makes this volume fascinating. These creatures are women first, and vampires second.

In this volume you'll find all manner of vampire. Michael Kurland checks in with the most familiar take on the subject in his old-world, but deliciously perverse "In the Blood." Diana Paxson gives us a myth with the feel of a Norse saga and Pat Cadigan scrapes nerve endings raw with a contemporary tale of life and death on the trash-heap in "Sometimes Salvation." Tanith Lee offers her special brand of slow, languid, gorgeous horror in "La Dame" and George Alec Effinger even manages to work in a little cyberpunk with "Marid and the Trail of Blood. To my way of thinking, though, the true stand-out in this book is the last, shortest story, a powerful, stark, wrenching piece entitled "Sister Death" by Jane Yolen. If any of the stories have you in tears by the end, it will be this one.

If you're a fan of vampires or of horror, this book is a good bet. There's something for every taste here, and the over-all theme is well served by the editorial choices. Buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The woman's vampire legend rewritten
Amazing tales of th vampire legend which examine everything from lesbian relationships, the vampire mother, ethnic vampires, and basis of origin for the myth. A must for any vampire book collectors shelf. ... Read more

126. Romance of Two Worlds
by Marie Corelli
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Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
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Contents: An artist's studio; Mysterious potion; Three visions; A dance and a promise; Cellini's story; Hotel Mars and its owner; Zara and Prince Ivan; A symphony in the air; An electric shock; My strange departure; A miniature creation; Secrets of the sun and moon; Sociable converse; Electric creed; Death by lightning; A struggle for the mastery. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A woman who wrote from the heart
Marie wrote stories that were vivid and very moving. She creates characters who are very real and who we come to care about very much. She clearly had mystical leanings, but it's not a treatise on philosophy people! Hello? It's like... FICTION! So what if she didn't have a masters in philosophy and may not have presented her ideas with seamless logic to be proof against all philosophical contenders. It's fiction, so she doesn't have to! That doesn't mean that what she had to say wasn't very important for some people to hear! Clearly her books wouldn't have sold so well the last couple of centuries if that weren't so. I doubt any of her critics living or dead could make such a claim. Regardless Marie wrote about what she was passionate about. That's the right of a fiction writer. She wrote with a great authenticity and love for her subject that comes across just as clear and strong in this century.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely occult . . . and extremely beautiful
To which literary genre does "Romance of Two Worlds" belong? It has sci-fi, fantasy, and occult elements. It offers some adventure, some romance, and some mystery. What is most striking, however, is that the plot is about a spiritual quest--the kind everyone feels the need to begin, sooner or later, when the world's answers no longer satisfy one's questions.

Marie Corelli's nameless narrator represents the seeking soul in all of us. Yet, at the beginning of the story, she appears to have given up the search. Unlike those who have never bothered to search and do not mind being in the dark, she is wasting away in mind, body and spirit. Then she meets a mysterious painter who asks to do her portrait. It is in his studio that she has her first supernatural experience, which rejuvenates her body and rekindles her need to find the answers.

Her first teacher is another mysterious figure, a Chaldean named Heliobas. (It is hinted in some chapters that he may be one of the identities of the Avatar known as the Comte de St. Germaine. I'm keeping an open mind.) Naturally, most of the world sees him as eccentric and frightening: his strange experiments with electricity and his radical takes on everything (including the books of the bible) make him a fascinating teacher to those who have "eyes to see and ears to hear," but a threat to society to those who remain in the dark.

Here is how Corelli's writing can be so off-putting. Nobody likes thinking that he or she is in the dark about anything; yet Corelli stoutly implies that this must be so for those who do not believe in her blatantly occult themes. Then she goes on to combine occult and Christian elements, creating a bizarre form of esoteric Christianity that she presents as TRUTH.

Yet let's not quibble over terminology. So what if Corelli believes that the soul is literally electric and that Heaven is a great electric circle? Other writers have made similar guesses about the soul and about Heaven, using safe words like "love" or "light." When we read that Jesus' body was electrically charged, which was why he could heal through touch, we can at least be impressed by the spunk it took to say such a thing in Victorian England.

Ultimately, everyone gets to write the story of his or her soul's search for God and to discover that the many different stories are just retellings of the same one. This retelling is particularly lovely, due to Corelli's descriptive and reverent style. It is with great passion that the heroine declares: "I desire to know why this world, this universe exists; and I also wish to prove, if possible, the truth and necessity of religion. And I think I would give my life, if it were worth anything, to be certain of the truth of Christianity."

I don't want to reveal the reason why the novel's title is "Romance of Two Worlds", because behind it is a fascinating twist that I think all readers should discover on their own. Don't worry that the book is all dialogue and teaching, however, as the plot takes many unexpected turns.

Other books in what has been called the "Heliobas triology" are "Ardath" and "The Soul of Lilith". However, it is "The Life Everlasting" that is the proper continuation of "Romance of Two Worlds", as it leads our heroine to a romance of her very own.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful spiritual adventure!
I was compelled to read from cover to cover and the left the Romance inspired with renewed hope....renewed spirit. You might also like ANGELES IN HARSH WORLD, by Don Bradley. Another wonderful, mystical adventure.

I read Marie Corelli's first mystical novel The Romance of Two Worlds after being told that it was the favorite novel of Queen Victoria and Italy's Queen Margherita. I thought the language was beautiful and, alas, majestic. Marie Corelli possessed a brilliant mind, she spoke so cleverly about everything. Every logician would agree that The Romance of two Worlds is a convincing long argument in which Marie Corelli tries to convince the public of her beliefs. However, the problem with her argument is that it contains every one of The Major Informal Fallacies. Especially the appeal to force (argument ad baculum), for example: believe in God, or forever be condemned. Indeed, this is what makes the novel (or argument) faulty; at the prologue of the novel she disputes the fallacies of different theorists, and yet makes fallacies of her own throughout the book! This book is very creative and descriptive - a very beautiful picture of England during an age of universal inquiry and universal skepticism - but utterly unbelievable. The reader, unless ignorant, won't believe a word Corelli says - and shouldn't.

5-0 out of 5 stars This magnificent piece of work changed my life...
You have probably already read all about how wonderfully Madame Corelli writes, and thus, I shall not elaborate on that. All that I can say is that this heavenly-sent book has changed my life. I had always been turned off from Christianity because of all the things that I knew of the church, and of the bleak end that awaited all who didn't belive in the church. But Marie opened up my eyes and my heart. I came across this book by "chance" and am now sure that it was all ordained by God. Thanks to this book opening up my senses, I now have found my twin soul and we are eternally grateful to God for the gifts he has given us. I highly recommend this book to both those who feel that they have already begun upon thier own spiritual journey, and those who feel alienated from God. "The Life Everlasting", a later book by also written by this earthly angel is another book that I belive we all need to read. Just give it 30 pages and you will most certainly agree with me. Thank you ! and God be with you! ... Read more

127. My Shadow Warrior
by Jen Holling
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128. Cainite Heresy (Year of the Reckoning Series)
by Ken Hite, R. Sean Bergstrom, Jason Langlois
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book uses a lot of real information from the period. Being interested in real religious studies, I can vouce that many of the religious heresies listed were historically real. I own some of the religious texts this book makes reference too. It's grasp of the gnostic movements and their many Dark Ages spawns is amazing.

The Merits/Flaws and fictional heresies in this book are equally excellent. This book adds a mature, dark feel for an already bleak game.

It is one of the best mood books ever released under the White Wolf/Black Dog title.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is what Dark Medieval horror is all about.
When I saw the mention of the Cainite Heresy in the Dark Ages core book, I thought, "what a good idea. Nice touch."

After reading this book, I thought, "sweet mother of God."

It's not simply about vampires manipulating the kine's Church. It's a tale of spiritual corruption and madness, a Gothic masterpiece from the elegantly twisted imagination of Kenneth Hite.

The book unveils the repulsive heart of the Cainite Heresy; its history (this part is a true lesson on heresiology), its leaders, their enemies, and their plans for the future (if there is a future...), and, of course, its dark doctrine.

If you're into Vampire for the "tragically hip" thing, never mind. But if you want to grasp the soul of the game, to know what it is all about, pick up this book. ... Read more

129. The Angel Chronicles, Volume 1
by Nancy Holder
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BORN: Ireland DIED: Ireland
AGE: 242 years and counting

"Things used to be pretty simple. Hundred years, just hanging out, feeling guilty. Really honed my brooding skills. Then she comes along."

After a century of killing without a care, the vampire Angelus was cursed with a conscience and eventually fled to Sunnydale, where he restricted his feeding to blood banks.

Until 16-year-old Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer, arrived in town to battle vampires, demons and the Forces of Darkness. First, he has to convince her not to kill him. Then, he has to convince himself not to fall in love with her.

Now, collected for the first time, are three stories from the cult-hit TV series chronicling the beginning of this star crossed love story.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Ricardo's The Angel Chronicles vol 1 Review
This book is great for Buffy/Angel shippers. It is a novelization of 3 Buffy episode. "Angel" Season 1 episode 7, "Reptile Boy" Season 2 episode 5, "Lie to Me" Season 2 episode 7. I loved reading this book. Nancy Holder did a great job of putting these episode on pager. Even after seening the episodes I still ejoyed the book. My favorite of the stories is "Lie To Me" mainly cause Spike and Dru. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars mainly cause to get a five the book would have to be a great as some of Nancy Holder's other books with co-wrighter Christopher Golden. (Child of the Hunt and The Gatekeeper Trilogy) This book is a for every fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars In the Beginning there was Angel
A delightful novelization of three episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each story, 'Angel', 'Reptile Boy' and 'Lie to Me' is a step in the poetic romance between the slayer and the vampire.They fall in love. They try to kill each other.They try to have a normal relationship and they struggle with the results of his past deeds. Nancy Holden does a lovely job of connecting the stories. I recommend this to all who love danger and action with a good romance. Even if you have never watched the TV show you will enjoy this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Review
Angel Chronicles v. 1
Nancy Holder (1998), based on teleplays "Angel" and "Reptile Boy" by David Greenwalt and "Lie to Me" by Joss Whedon

RATING: 3/5 Stakes

SETTING: Season One ("Angel") and Season Two ("Reptile Boy" and "Lie to Me")

CAST APPEARANCES: Angel, Buffy, Giles, Xander, Willow, Cordelia, The Master, The Annointed One, Darla, Joyce, The Three, Richard Anderson, Tom Warner, Machida, Spike, Drusilla, Ford, Marvin, Chantarelle, Lucius

BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SUMMARY: "After a century of killing without a care, the vampire Angelus was cursed with a conscience and eventually fled to Sunnydale, where he restricted his feeding to blood banks. Until 16-year-old Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer, arrived in town to battle vampires, demons, and the Forces of Darkness. First, he has to convince her not to kill him. Then, he has to convince himself not to fall in love with her. Now, collected for the first time, are three stories from the cult-hit TV series chronicling the beginning of this star-crossed love story. Can Buffy and Angel survive life, death . . . and beyond?"

Volume One of the three-volume Angel Chronicles novelizes two strong Buffy episodes and one average episode.
The episode "Angel" from Season One is memorable for the dusting of Darla and the revelation that Angel is actually a vampire. The novelization does a good job of incorporating the humor and characterization of the script, and is especially adept at handling Buffy and Angel's first kiss.

"Reptile Boy" focuses on Buffy and Cordelia's involvement in a snake-worshipping cult of fraternity brothers. It's not an episode particularly worthy of novelization and doesn't actually contain a whole lot of Angel.

The theme of "Lie to Me" is, as the title implies, about lying: Angel, Willow, and former-sweetheart Ford all lie to Buffy at one point or another in the episode, and their actions have repercussions. One of the best of the Season Two episodes, the plot centers around a group of vampire wannabees trying to convince Spike to make them into the real thing. We're also treated to Buffy's first encounter--from a distance--with Drusilla.

It's hard to say much else about Volume One. Angel is only a subplot in two of the three episodes, so this probably isn't the best place to start for fans of the brooding vampire-with-a-soul. The novelizations are all straightforward with very little variance from the scripts and they do a good job of conveying the feel of the show.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mystery Man
In another book about the dashing vampire that stole Buffy's heart, Angel is attempting to let go, and not doing a very good job about it! He stalks Buffy everywhere she goes, but convinces her he doesn't love her. Now he's working on convincing himself.
This book is great so if you're a major fan of Buffy, you should get to know the mystery man that Buffy so dearly treasures!

5-0 out of 5 stars Slayergirl2001
The Angel Chronicles Volume 3 was great! It was obvioulsy about when Angel reverts to Angelus. I liked how they charcterized Angelus because to me the two personalities were really seperated much better than in the series by their thoughts. I especially liked (in how it was written) and hated (in the general sense) about the thoughts and the actions surronding Angelus killing Jenny Calander. Definently a must for any Buffy/Angel fan. ... Read more

130. Murder at Witches Bluff: A Novel of Suspense and Magick
by Silver Ravenwolf
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5-0 out of 5 stars Silver Has done it again!!
I loved this book.I could not put it down.I saw the magickal techniques used throughout the book,such as the Altar Devotion used in Sirens initiation ceremony.I particulary liked the character Nana Lorretta the best and her struggle to keep her Clan alive.I also saw things that were in common to Silvers own life,such as the golden pitchfork that was held in the Harvest parade by Tanner Thorn.I cant wait to read more of her fiction! Blessed Be.

4-0 out of 5 stars Neat fiction
I enjoy reading Pagan and Wiccan fiction. I am not a big fan of Silver's non-fiction, but I enjoy her relaxed writing style in her fiction books. Spooky!

1-0 out of 5 stars Could have used a good editor
With food and books, I don't tend to be the pickiest of consumers. I kept asking myself what bothered me so much about this book and I think it's just that I expected so much from Silver. I've read her nonfiction and found it coherent and well-written.

I would definitely try to read Silver's fiction again, but I suggest she ask someone to give her some critical feedback. I found the dialog not very believable and I found it odd that hereditary witches would be using terms and props that came out of the Gardnerian/Alexandrian era. I found some of the metaphors odd and kept hearing early writing teachers correcting them. Maybe that's my problem: instead of enjoying it for what it was, I kept letting those critical voices play in my head. (Bad voices!)

There were some spots where she really developed the tension, so I know she's got the talent. I'm looking forward to future tries.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Ruled! :D
Murder At Witches Bluff iz a really good book! Silver Ravnwolf did a really good job writing it... its suspensful, mysteric, romantic and really intresting.. its about a women named Siren who just left the city after being accquitted for murdering her boyfriend, to come back to her home town to set up her hypnotherepy buisness. She meets a guy named Tanner Thorn who is the town fire cheif with a grandmother that is a witch and is trying to get him to believe in witch craft again. It is a really good book and i hope she writes a sequel! I would reccomend this book 2 all my friends!:D

3-0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Mystery But...
This should actually be a 3 1/2 star rating.

Being non-Wiccan, I just read this story as a mystery not as a potential introduction to a new religion. I have to agree with a previous reviewer who said that Ms. Ravenwolf was ill-served by her publishing house regarding the editing of this book. Some words were simply in the wrong place, and then there's that whole scene at the end where Tanner throws down the golden pitchfork in the town, and then it miraculously appears in his hands when he goes to save Siren (no magick involved - just bad editing).

I have to say, though, that I did enjoy the book. I wasn't looking for great literature and I'll cut authors a lot of slack in my ratings if the book intrigues me, and this one did. There were a lot of interesting characters, some sterotypical and some not, but at least there were plenty to keep it interesting. I think Ms. Ravenwolf managed to get across the feeling of the time and place - both the gloriousness and dreariness of autumn in Pennsylvania. Siren's awakening to her "calling" was interesting. I liked the main characters, though I think that more could have been done to give them more depth rather than just labelling them ("murderess", "drunk", "jilted husband", etc.). I would have liked a little more in-depth discussion of motivations - what caused the evil three to come up with their plan, why did Siren take the life path she did (and what actually did happen in her childhood to make her block out meeting Tanner earlier), why was it so important for Tanner to appear "normal" in a community with a long history of witchcraft?

For those of you who may be hesitant for religious reasons about reading fiction by an avowed practioner of the Craft, be easy and read this book. It was an interesting and painless introduction to another belief system and a pretty good mystery. Your own beliefs will remain intact. ... Read more

131. The Dark Sleep (Vampire Files (Paperback))
by P. N. Elrod
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The novel that vampire fans have been thirsting for...the newest addition to P.N. Elrod's popular series The Vampire Files.Called "fast...intriguing,"by Science Fiction Review, and "good-natured fun" by Locus, P.N. Elrod's series The Vampire Files has captured the imaginations of vampire fans and mystery readers alike.Jack Fleming, a vampire detective, makes his "living" on the mean streets of post-prohibition Chicago.As he struggles to fight the gangsters at large, he is also trying to sustain an ordinary life.At least, as ordinary as it can get when you're a vampire... Death hasn't ended Jack Fleming's problems.His girlfriend Bobbi has caught the attention of a famous radio star, who promises to open doors for the lovely singer-including the one to his bedroom.His current case-retrieving incriminating letters from the ex-lover of a rich, foolish young socialite, looks simple until bullets start flying.Now Jack's mortal partner is in the hospital.Who's behind the gun?The ex-lover?The radio star's goons? An old enemy?Jack has to find out the truth-before the lives of those he loves are put at risk...

"Well done...original.You won't want to miss this series."-Cemetery Dance
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5-0 out of 5 stars Meet Charles Escott!
I love P.N. Elrod's "The Vampire Files" series (beginning with Bloodlist and most recently, Lady Crymsyn) mainly because they contain one of the most fascinating characters I've ever encountered--Charles Escott.

The series in a nutshell: It's 1930's Chicago. Private agent Escott has joined forces with vampire Jack Fleming to rid the world (or at least, Chicago) of evil. The story moves along at a quick pace, and Elrod's characters are wonderful. My only complaint is that before The Dark Sleep, there simply wasn't enough Escott! I know, I know! It's the VAMPIRE files, not the Escott Files, but still!

Charles Escott is, well, basically Sherlock Holmes of 1930's Chicago! The steely gray eyes, the brilliant feats of deduction, complete with Sherlockian habits and characteristics are here--even the insomnia! In the first five books of the series, Elrod drops hints here and there about Escott's background, but we never really find out what he's all about. Why is he in Chicago? Why did he become a private agent? He's an enigma. In The Dark Sleep, we finally get an entire novel focusing on the mystery behind this man and his motives. You won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better Jack Fleming/Vampire Files novels
Jack Fleming works a lot better when the focus on his detective work is a lot narrower. Unlike "A Chill in the Blood," where he tries to stop a gang war, this time around our Vampire Detective is involved in a more traditional mystery involving a young socialite. Meanwhile, Jack's gal pal is trying to advance her career through a slick radio star. Just because Jack is dead does not mean he doesn't have feelings. As always, Elrod does a nice job of combining genres. Why are we surprised that vampires and noir go so well together?

5-0 out of 5 stars Kept me glued to the book as usual
Can't seem to put her books down once I start.

3-0 out of 5 stars Finally -- More Vampire Files
The Dark Sleep is indeed an excellent addition to The Vampire Files. I've read them all and really thought the last few before The Dark Sleep were getting a little stale -- they seemed to have the same story line over and over. Now we get to learn a good deal more about Escott and see the friendship between the somewhat bumbling Jack and Escott grow deeper. Escott has a big secret and something terrible to live with from his past and it all comes out here.

And lots not forget Bobbi!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner
Another good read from PN Elrod. Fans of "lighter" vampire reading will enjoy this entry to the series. I look forward to the next. ... Read more

132. Strangers on the Heights
by Manly Wade Wellman
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133. The Age of the Antichrist
by Jonathan R. Cash
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'The Age of the Antichrist' is a fast-paced novel guaranteed to open your eyes to the unseen battles raging for your very soul. The story follows a television news anchor who is more concerned with fame and fortune than with the God who created him. He becomes entangled in the Antichrist's web of deceit and trickery.

Not since Frank Peretti's 'This Present Darkness', has a novel so clearly opened a window into the unseen world of spiritual warfare. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting Read!
I am reading the left behind series, which I believe are very well written, and I have read Mr. Cash's book and am very impressed with it. The beginning is a little slow, but once you get past the first 50 pages the book flies through your hands. The Left Behind series and this book have highlights in there own rights. In left behind you get to really know a set of people over a long period of time. Antichrist covers things very quickly and concisely. The action is non-stop and leaves you breathless at times. I missed a fair amout of sleep reading this book. The bottom line is that this book brings Revelation to life in a very entertaining and readable format. I recommend it to fellow christians for the theology found within, and to non-believers for the way it presents the end times in an easy to understand format.

4-0 out of 5 stars You will enjoy this
This is the first book that I have not put down after the 1st chapter. " The Age of the Antichrist " had me turn page after page and not wanting to put it down. Most books take me about three months to get through, this one only a week. It is written so that it is very easy to read. I don't agree with the angels crying and being afraid, but everything else is wonderful about it. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes and or is interested in end-times work.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring
For spiritual warfare fiction read Frank Peretti. The Left Behind Series is head and shoulders above this book. Angela Hunt and Grant Jefferies series on the end times is also better than this. Poor character development and poor dialogue. I was disappointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars a constant struggle to finish
I am the type of person that loves a good fictional account of Biblical material but this does not qualify. I've read several End-Times novels (Left Behind, Christ Clone, Fire Of Heaven, etc)that I've enjoyed but this is not one of them. Peretti did spiritual warfare much much better; I found Cash's spiritual warfare narratives absurd. I will try to finish this book eventually because I hate to leave a book unfinished but I expect it will take many weeks to do so.

Save your money and buy something else!

1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME

134. Dogwitch: Direct to Video : Season One
by Daniel Schaffer
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135. Orion's Oracle
by Gary B Allison
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Orion’s Oracle walked around, looking at each student intently and studying every one of them. When she stood before each individual, she smiled and focused her gaze into their eyes. Each student received a powerful surge of energy and would sometimes sit bolt upright immediately. The instructor would then smile again and walk on to the next student until she had connected with each one. While she was doing this, she was also taking note of the other children's reactions. The students felt some kind of energy exchange was occurring but could not explain or understand it at the time.

After an evening out on the town, Ohio State philosophy professor Sandra Sawyer magically slips into a dreamlike state and is transported to Alnilam, one of the stars on the “belt” of the constellation Orion. There, she becomes a student of Cassandra, a radiant and omnipotent oracle who has experienced life on many different dimensions and planes.

Knowledgeable about all religious and spiritual beliefs, Cassandra’s purpose as Orion’s Oracle is to offer her students the answers to life’s most perplexing questions. As Cassandra prepares for another rebirth on earth, she and Sandra discover that they are dramatically intertwined.

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136. The Arcanum
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3-0 out of 5 stars A bit of fluff
I got this book from the library expecting an easy and fun read, and that's what I got. I think it's a mistake to expect anything else from it.

It wasn't the best written book in the world, but certainly not the worst and it was just a bit of fluff for me to read between more serious books.

I don't recommend buying this book, but if you see it at the library and you're interested in the period or concept, give it a read.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Arcanum
Thomas Wheeler's The Arcanum is an ambitious novel by a competent novelist.Regrettably, a story this ambitious requires more than mere competence.It requires vision, talent, skill and imagination, features that are in short supply here.

The first indication that this was going to be a substandard read was right on the cover - the back of the dustjacket was lined with praise from primarily mediocre writers like Christopher Golden and Robert Doherty.The second clue is the cast of characters, a group of historical figures so overused as to have become a crutch for authors of little imagination.How many times have Doyle and Houdini been paired as erstwhile detectives?How many times has Doyle been cast as a hero of Holmesian intellect?How many times has Lovecraft come face to face with the Old Ones of his Cthulu mythos, having thought they were merely figments of his imagination?The only fresh character here is Marie Laveau, but even she had to be shoehorned into place from across space and time, seeing as she never left New Orleans and died years before 1919, when this book takes place.

Wheeler comes up with half a dozen clever ideas that he tosses casually into a paragraph, magical explanations for such events as the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the murder of the Romanoff family, but the cleverness of these tossed-off concepts pales beneath the ineptitude of the rest of the novel.It appears Wheeler did very little research into the time period about which he wrote, or the characters with which he elected to populate The Arcanum.Lovecraft is portrayed as a sniveling madman and Marie Laveau is characterized only with dropped g's at the end of gerunds and a few "cheres" thrown in to remind us all that she is from the south.Never mind that she was an intelligent Creole woman, not a Cajun.

The story itself is a ridiculous mash.The chief badman is intent on destroying the world, a pretty ridiculous proposition for anyone.Think about it - where would he live, and with whom?There are angels, demons, lost tribes and ancient artifacts.Aleister Crowley appears as a menacing mage, instead of the fusty old milquetoast fraud he truly was.Other historical figures wander wanly through the narrative without convincing us of their veracity.

This is a moderately entertaining book for those who prefer their historical fantasy fiction without all that messy "history", but if you are a stickler for research, plot and characterization, move on to anything by the sublime Tim Powers and pass on The Arcanum.

2-0 out of 5 stars Obvious attempt at selling a novel to the movies
I wish writers who attempt to write "historical" thrillers would take the time to READ a book that was actually written and published in their chosen era.This is an awfully contemporary 1919."Don't blow my cover" one of the cops says at one point in the book.When Wheeler attempts to write period dialogue he resorts to bad clich├ęs or catch phrases that belong to the 21st century.Lazy writing, I'd say.And unimaginative to boot. The book is filled with laughable anachronisms and outright errors (for example: Lady Doyle was an occult -- she was a practitioner of automatic writing and a book was even published about her talks with her "contact"). Wheeler obviously is having fun with all real personalities of the period, but I was getting tired of the overpopulation of real people and how they all seemed to have interchangeable personalities and their contemporary attitudes were increasingly annoying.It seemed like he couldn't create any fictional characters of his own.He fails miserably as a novelist.The book is really screenplay disguised as a novel - plenty of snappy and "hip" dialogue, an overabundance of action sequences, lots and lots of gore and violence.But a novel?No. There have been countless books using Doyle and Houdini as detectives of sorts."The List of Seven" is far better than this book.And the novels of Daniel Stashower that feature Houdini and his brother Hardeen are immensely better.Wheeler really doesn't know much about his subjects but slides in so many references he thinks he does and he thinks he can fool his readers as well.However, anyone who has read in-depth biographies and/or the letters of these people (Doyle, Lovecraft, and Houdini) knows that these men are much more interesting and colorful than the caricatures to which Wheeler has reduced them.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too bad, Mr. Wheeler
I usually love books set in this time period.Not this one.
With a cast of characters including Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini, I thought it would be great!Turned into a boring read.Oh, well, I'll look forward to the next Holmes novel.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lacks something
I bought this book because of its interesting cast of characters and also plot. However, although the book does start off rather promisingly, it kind of loses steam abt halfway through, and just meanders along after that. The characters, who comprise such real-life notables like Arthur Conan Doyle, HP Lovecraft, Marie Leveau, and Houdini, don't really bond together as the secret society known as the Arcanum, and makes you what brought them together in the first place. The strange demons that are mentioned in the book arent really fleshed out either, in terms of characterisation and motivation. I feel the author has potential, but needs to sharpen his skills in order to make his stories more compelling. ... Read more

137. Body of Intuition
by Claire Daniels
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Alternative healer Cally Lazar's sensory skills help her sooth her clients' auras. But once in a while, what she finds will make her jump out of her skin. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars I want to like this...
I really want to like this book, but I'm torn between recommending it and throwing it through a window. The main character is interesting and sympathetic, the setting believable, and the mystery and resulting cast of suspects were compelling enough to keep me reading through the moments-of-serious-wincing.

Oh, but what moments they were. I agree with a previous reviewer, the made-up words need to go. In fact, I'd like to remove Cally's entire family and all of their history because it detracts from the plot instead of adding to it. The protagonist's family are constantly mentioned, and after the umpteenth reference to "the Lazars" in a chapter, one begins to wonder if they're a family or a species. The worst moments are when all of Cally's siblings descend en masse to the coastal inn where Cally is busy solving the crime, as this seems to be little more than a flimsy excuse to work in all of those quirky personalities that the author clearly spent an abundance of time coming up with. Unfortunately, the Lazars are more annoying than entertaining, especially when they all begin completing each other's sentences. The same goes for Trica, the catalyst character who should win the prize for "most annoying name." While the story behind the name is amusing, it looks too much like a misspelling of Tricia and kept jerking me out of the story. Ditto for the elements that were interesting the first time and grew annoying with the number of times they were mentioned-- especially the "forces of darkness" surrounding Cally's ex-boyfriend and the "cane-fu" sparring between Cally and her lawyer friend.

Cally the energy worker is an interesting premise, and I will read this author again. I just hope that further books in this series are a bit more even in writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars good escape
I recently finished Body of Intuition, a mystery
about a body-mind workshop in Marin County,
California, a place famous for spiritual/body classes and
seminars. I gratefully flipped to a front list many times
to keep the numerous characters straight and it was
a big help. Body of Intuition kept me page-turning
(and laughing) through the last page with the whimsical
doings of Cally Lazar. This book was light and
funny. I think I've discovered a new escape from
reality--a Claire Daniels book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dack & Criminy Got to Go
I enjoyed the books throughly and Ms. Daniels is a gifted writer. I agree with all of the other comments. Ms. Daniels if you're listening, please get rid of those made up words. They don't add anything to the plot and had kind of a negative effect on the flow of the words. I hope you make this a series.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Kind of Whodunit
Body of Intuition by Claire Daniels (Berkley Prime Crime) is my kind of whodunit. The plot was intriguing, the clues fair (not too easy, not too hard), the charcters wonderfully developed and unique. And then there is the protagonist, Cally Lazar. If she wasn't fictional, I'd marry her myself. She is a witty, lively, smart, and good-hearted alternative healer who uses all of her skills to find a murderer at an ill-fated and sometimes hysterically funny intimacy seminar. I read the book in one sitting. And now I want to see the sequel. I rate both Cally and Body of Intuition five-star delights.

5-0 out of 5 stars creative New Age psychic
Cally Lazar is a recovering lawyer who joined a twelve-step recovery program to make sure she doesn't fall back into practicing jurisprudence. After she quit the legal profession, she became a masseuse. With some of her patients, she sees auras that enable her to know what is wrong and how to heal the patient.

Cally works with Tricia Snell, whose deceased husband insists he did not commit suicide but was murdered. Tricia convinces Cally to attend an intimacy workshop at the Inn at Fiebre where the same attendees will be present. She agrees to go and her friends Warren Kapp and Dee Dee Lee accompany her. When they arrive and start questioning people, it seems everyone disliked Seager Snell and had a reason to kill him, but the murderer intends to make Cally the next victim if she doesn't stop snooping around.

Claire Daniels has written a creative New Age psychic mystery staring a heroine that it is impossible not to like. The author writes in a breezy easy going and humorous manner so that readers don't feel overwhelmed from the complex plot with numerous viable suspects. This is the first installment in what looks to be a unique hit series. Let's hope in the next book, the author clues the reader in to why the protagonist quit practicing law though perhaps Cally was simply ahead of her time and just frustrated by judges Determining No to Aura-ology as supporting evidence.

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138. The Crow: Quoth the Crow (Crow (Turtleback))
by David Bischoff
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Asin: 0061058254
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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William Blessing is obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe.Like Poe, he is a writer of dark fantasy.And like Poe, he has powerful enemies.One of them pretends to be a friend, even as he plots to murder William and steal his wife.Blessing's only hope is to learn the truth about his "friend" before...

But this is the realm of the Crow, where the grave is the doorway to the truth.William must walk through it to discover Poe's final secret.Then, and only then, with the help of a dark-winged "Raven," can he return to feed on the human carrion who raped his wife and slaughtered his soul. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Quoth the Crow review
A brief synopsis: William Blessing is a famed horror writer, surpassing the likes of Stephen King and Dean Koontz (who says he isn't a horror writer), and he is also the foremost expert on Edgar Allan Poe. Blessing offers a helping hand to a fellow aspiring writer who apparently never paid heed to the phrase "Don't bite the hand that feeds you". Blessing is murdered and plans are made to exploit Blessing's name by this ambitious writer (who's in cahoots with a local goth gang, if you will, called the Gothetiques). This man also has plans to marry Blessing's beautiful widow, Amy.

This book was such a treat for me. As a long time lover of the film "The Crow", the comics, and the television series, I've been longing to get my hands some of the books written by various authors. So, this was my introduction into the world of Crow fiction, and I wasn't disappointed in what I read. I enjoyed this story thoroughly. I never went into this story hoping to make Shrek's analysis, but I did go into this story hoping to be entertained. The characters were interesting. Though, I wasn't sure whether to like Blessing or dislike him at first, which made him all the more "real" because I feel the same mixed feelings about people in my read life. It didn't have the strongest of storylines, some might say it was contrite, but it was solid, giving it a good read.

Now, for my grievances with this story. The author is a compulsive name dropper. It's nice to know that he did his research in horror films and "Goth" music, but the mentioning of nearly 20 groups and 15 "prominent" stars and writer on one page is far too much. I think the author got a little too enamored by what he things the Goth culture is like. Some of the things he described the Gothetiques doing were just borderline corny. I think the way that he dealt with the characters Mick and Theodore was a bit contrived. However, those were minor things that I could look over.

This will definitely continue to be a part of my library for some time to come.

1-0 out of 5 stars FOR THE FIRST NEW CROW NOVEL, VERY POOR....
Upon reading this book again(my first review back in 2000 and btw..thats my mother's ID is Deaderman)., I find myself with a dislike for the story now. I applaud the originality of linking the crow with Edgar Allen Poe. I would say that i dislike the story for the simple fact of the Batlimore Goths and the seemingly forced love of Amy and William Blessing. I would not recommend this book to a new crow fan wanting to get into these. Most fans would say that the bad guys in CoA were poorly written and just plain crappy. Well, these guys are far worse. Makes you want to get the story over with just to get away from these poorly executed characters. I would very much agree with all of these negative reviews and in fact join them. Now, onto reading the Lazarus Heart..

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
This book was not at all enjoyable to me. I honestly hope that this author does not look upon "Baltimore Goths" the way he portrayed him in the book. They were corny, along with most of the other characters. He tries to put together "thugs" and "goths" throughout the book. Honestly, if I pick up a book about 'Gothiques' and Poe, I dont wish to be reading about drug trafficing and hits on the Baltimore gangs.
His development of local color is sad too, mindlessly throwing around locations and names and such.
Also, the authors lack of research really shows when he brings up Anton Lavey. He not only spells his name wrong, but brings up animal sacrifice, which is NOT an Anton Lavey/Satanic practice.
If you wish to read something good in the way of The Crow or horror, check out Poppy Z. Brite. She's not the absolute best, but she does make for some good reading, better than this ...

4-0 out of 5 stars Like your revenge kicked up a notch?
First time reader (I've seen the movies) of The Crow series, and I'm certainly glad I picked this as my first book. I've now started collecting some of the others as well. I'm that hooked. For me, this was like The Count of Monte Cristo meets Edgar Allan Poe. I thoroughly enjoyed the Poe references and how the revenge theme was woven into the story line. Talk about your avenging angel! More sinister than Monte Cristo, though. I'd love to see another Crow movie come out soon. You'll be sorry if you haven't read this one yet or, like me, are new to the genre and aren't sure where to start. Start with this one.

The graphic novels are cool as well and are easy reads. Great art work. They help flesh out The Crow in my mind.

Very very well written and enjoyable. A must read for sure again and again. The Poe angle added a very wicked touch. All I can say is, that the crow(the man),and crow(the bird)make a awesome tagteam! Revenge is a dish best served cold,and man its north pole SUB-ZERO COLD! I knew I would love this book,once I saw the bird do more that just flap,fly and caw.It didn't take long for the action,and the tone to be set. The characters are well defined,and storyline has a few twists and turns,which only enhances this tale even more! This book would have made a great movie,not crap like the city of angles is. READ THIS BOOK! I qouth ; ) ... Read more

139. Lilith's Dream : A Tale of the Vampire Life
by Whitley Strieber
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Asin: 0743451538
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Pocket Star
Sales Rank: 127315
Average Customer Review: 3.22 out of 5 stars
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An ancient vampire, beautiful beyond words.

A young man drawn to her by a power beyond his understanding.

A father searching for his lost son.

New York Times bestselling author Whitley Strieber continues the legacy he began with The Hunger and The Last Vampire in an extraordinary new novel of everlasting life, undying love, and Lilith -- first wife to Adam in the Garden of Eden, and matriarch of the vampire race.... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars still some life left in vampire saga
I enjoyed this novel a lot more than other vampire novels, chiefly because Strieber is such a good writer. This novel may not be terribly original, but it has some of the most vivid writing I have ever read, especially in the descriptions of Lilith's attempts to deal with the modern world; not only that, it doesn;t rely on gore to deliver the thrills, though it does have its horrific moments. On the minus side, it is, like I've said, not terribly original, there is some pointless name-dropping, and there is a glaring mistake in chapter 10 in which a woman throws her empty gun away, but then still has it two pages later. An A for effort, but a B (at best) for results.

2-0 out of 5 stars I've read good vamp books & I can only say "huh" about this
I tried really hard to get into this book, and I am an avid reader of several different genres. Typically when I read a book I like, I pick up everything I can find from the author...after reading this my first thought was...ok - well thank goodness that's over...I can honestly say that I have absolutely no intention of buying any more of Strieber's books.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Worst Movie Script I've Ever Read
It is a shame, because this man CAN write. He DOES have enviable imagingation. But Strieber has sold his soul to Hollywood. His second book in the series, "The Last Vampire" was pretty good, and he sold the rights for movie production (see the book's back flap.) Apparently, "Lillith" is an attempt at a sequel to that. It was filled with enough action-horror-film elements to impress a 14 year old boy. One can see the author's struggle to tell a passionate story colliding with his desire to make a cheap-**s movie script.

The first two books in the series describe his vampire (Miriam) as a horrifying thing to be loved and feared, but she had dignity. She had an agenda that never slipped. This Lillith chick is just that--a chick with fangs. She doesn't know whether to enjoy her food or feel sorry for it. She doesn't know whether she is a creator or a monster. By the end of the book, neither do I!

2-0 out of 5 stars why can't some things stay gold?
I loved the Hunger, frankly I thought it was one of the most innovative and fleshed out vamp books to come out in the last thirty years (and believe me I know-I've read nearly everything on the subject) and I have to say this was a horrible and completely unnecessary book. The Last Vampire was bad enough, but this? Strieber's writing and attention to detail and plausibility have taken a steady decline. While Miriam was introduced as lonely and alien, and I will say this for the record, one of the only thoroughly believable ancient characters in vampire literature, she had become more and more ineffectual and trite as the "series" has progressed. I really thought the first book stood perfectly well on its own, the vampiric society left a lot to the imagination. Sigh. It's readable and you may even like it, but if it was up to me I'd say read the first and pretend like there weren't even two more.

4-0 out of 5 stars How odd...but still delicious
I love Whitley Strieber's books. I've ready them all, even the hard-to-find ones, and I can safely say this is one surprised me. It's just as good as the book's two predecessors (The Hunger and The Last Vampire), but it blows the whole thing wide open by giving us the vampire's point of view. You can't help but fall in love with Lilith. But amazingly, you love her because she, too, is a living, complicated being.

If you're looking for the fantastic action and sexy mystique Whitley's books are famous for, you won't be disappointed. But this particular book goes down paths no other book in the genre has travelled before. It's an odd path, but it works. And it just may open you mind a bit, too. ... Read more

140. The Great Secret: Or Occultism Unveiled
by Eliphas Levi
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Asin: 0877289387
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Weiser Books
Sales Rank: 405692
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well named!
Pay attention when he says that the dark path is a mirror image of the light and then he tells you a horror story. Flip it and you will see what others miss. This also works for all the rest of Levi, he seems to feel that the "unworthy" will respond emotionally and miss the "secret." Perhaps he is right. But the unworthy now-a-days will never read something as superstitious as this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too Much Bragging About Catholicism
Eliphas brags about Catholicism being a true religion. While this book does provide a view of some of his ideas on magick, the information is rather limited and thus not very useful. His other work "Transcendental Magic" is a much more informative book. ... Read more

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