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by L.J. Smith
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Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The bigger picture
This book seemed to switch the night world books into a bigger gear than just soulmates meet, nightworld has rules, two people in love and in trouble. I simply love the history of the nightworld brought forth. You really get to learn a lot and the things about it just seem to come together.

The only negetive I found was that I didn't exactly Hannah the most pleasant character, but for the plot it in in, she's definetly the character Smith needed. She seems a lot older than any of the other characters. I mean, she wasn't all that bad of a character either. Her trying to help out Theiry even in fear really made the book seem all the better. Definetly another good read in this series.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite
This is my favorite Night World Book. It was one of the first Night World books I ever read. I've read it at least 5 times.

Hannah Snow's life was so together, terrific grades, a schloraship to collage, and friends. Then she starts finding notes like "dead before 17" all around, in her handwriting, but she doesn't remember writing them. So she goes to see a therapist, and finds out that she had previous lives. In one of her lives, she was in a prehistoric clan, and was she was killed by a vampire, Thierry, who didn't realize she was his his soulmate until it was too late.

Since then, Thierry had tracked Hannah through the ages, trying to spend as many lives as he could with. But his enemy, the one who made him a vampire so long ago, wants to kill Hannah, because she wants Theirry for herself.

Will Hanah live this lifetime, or is her destiny to die again?

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Heck!!
This was the best book I have read in years. The book was done really well. My oringinal copy is falling apart because I've read it so many times!! Hopefully oneday L.J. Smith will continure the series. She for some reason stopped.

5-0 out of 5 stars The 6th Night World Book - Soulmates - My opinion.
It is my opinion that Hannah and Thierry are basically the poster children for the soulmate principle (hence the title). When you read the book, you will understand why.

Hannah is a normal girl with a normal life and normal friends. She aspires to be a palaeontologist and will be quite content with her life if she dies with nothing but the knowledge that she has discovered the nest of a duckbill platypus.

Then her ENTIRE world is turned upside down when she begins to find notes in places around that only she could put them. Notes in her own handwriting, warning her of a danger, a danger that was coming. Dead Before Seventeen...

She goes to a psychiatrist, who is supposed to help, but he unlocks a Pandora's box of memories when he suggests the idea of hypnotism, and past regression. Hannah is an old soul, someone who has been reincarnated time and again, ever since people lived in caves. A stranger tore her life apart, brutally murdering her tribe out of a madness born of torture and self-denial...until, he finds his soulmate, the one who he is destined to be with, in the eyes of a dying girl.

The stranger's name is Theorn, and he is a witch...or, he was, before he was made into the second vampire to ever cross the face of the earth...full of self hatred, he runs away from his tribe, but cannot contain his hunger for blood for long. He attacks a small human girl, and in return, her tribe torture him. Only one person dares to try to help him. A human girl by the name of Hana.

Unfortunately Theorn goes insane and he regains his mind to late. Almost all of the tribe are dead, including the one person who tried to help him. Stricken with remorse, he realises that this girl, who he has just killed, is the person who is meant to love for evermore. But the Hana is not dead yet. She forgives him, and extracts a promise from him. A promise that he will never kill again.
Now the stranger is back. He has kept his promise, and searched for Hannah throughout the years, trying to make amends, waiting for her to be reborn. Now he is Thierry, the Lord of the Night World -- and nothing in heaven or hell will keep him from his soulmate again. However, Thierry's maker, Maya, the most powerful vampire in the entire world is obsessed with him, and she hates Hannah with a vengeance. She will stop at nothing to destroy her...
So, it Hannah's destiny is death, can even Thierry's love protect her?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Hannah thought she was going crazy. She kept receiving notes, in her own handwriting, that told her she would be dead before her seventeenth birthday.... A great horror series for those aged thirteen and up. Each in this series is a book in itself, but all come together in a greater picture. You see characters of previous books in cameo shots which make the plot even more realistic. Excellent! ... Read more

182. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Script Book Season Two, Vol. 1
by Gertrude Pocket
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Asin: 0743410149
Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
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Angel: "This isn't some fairy tale. When I kiss you, you don't wake up from a deep sleep and live happily ever after."

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

-"Reptile Boy"

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

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

These scripts will knock you dead:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deep Thoughts regarding these episodes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

183. Better in the Dark
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Asin: 0312855044
Catlog: Book (1993-12-01)
Publisher: Tor Books
Sales Rank: 935126
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Here at last is a long-hinted-at chapter in the undead existence of the immortal Count Saint-Germain: the story of Ranegonda of Saxony, one of the three great loves of Saint-Germian's life.

937 A.D. The Saxon fortress of Leosan is under the almost unheard-of rule of a woman. The Gerefa of the fortress has become a monk, leaving his sister, Ranegonda, to rule in his name as best she can--and to deal with his embittered, headstrong wife as well.Into this tense and dire situation comes Saint-Germain. Shipwrecked on the Baltic shore, near the true death, he is found by Ranegonda, whom he will come to love for the gift of blood she gives him, and for her own indomitable spirit.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Better in the Dark a work of art.
My first experience with Chelsea Quin Yarbro's work has me drueling for more. Better in the Dark was a true joy. The central characters were enthralling, origional, and quite realistic (not an easy task as one of them is a vampire). Ranegonda is without a doubt the most compelling character I have read. Yarbro is methodical in her layering of the character, as she balances character development with a story that has plenty of twists and is very heavy on realism as opposed to the supernatural. Saint-Germain, our hero the vampire, is a unique vampire. Laid back, helpful and loyal. Overall this is my favorite book that I have read. I was emotionally exhausted after reading it and have to warn you that it is a heavy read and not in anyway fluffy or trite. It is well worth your wild if you have a liking for smart, sexy, complex storytelling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grabs you by the throat before you know what's happened
Don't let the title, or the awful cover (Who *are* these people? They certainly aren't the characters in the book!), nor the fact that it's a "vampire" novel put you off. This is, quite simply, one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year. Well drawn characters, atmosphere you could cut with a knife, a richly detailed plot, coupled with one of the strongest female leads I've ever encountered in a novel make this for a fantastic read. Add to that a plot which builds to a truly shattering climax and I suspect no purveyor of fine fiction could ever put this book down unsatisfied. While none of Yarbro's Saint-Germain novels are bad, this one stands up and grabs you by the throat, but not in a way so's you'd notice until it's too late. Oh yeah - has one of the most satisfying "just desserts" scenes I've encountered in recent memory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better, Indeed
I'm fairly new to Saint-Germain, and the book that had gotten the most hoopla was Out of the House of Life (which is good, fills in some background on him), but this is better than that, in my opinion. It opens with mere mortals, then introduces the Count, with such perfect physical descriptions that you are truly transported to the flesh of the woman who meets him. The mysteries and sadness that seem to pervade this series are of course present; there is sadness in the ending that one might have liked to see otherwise, but it was still excellent. Plot and descriptions are both strong throughout, not always a trait of historicals or romance. And as a bonus, the reader learns about ergotism (called "blighted grain," I believe, in the book). Fascinating!

5-0 out of 5 stars Saint-Germain in the 10th Century
This is one of the finer novels of Saint-Germain that I've read to date. The immortal Count Saint-Germain washes ashore at the Saxon fortress of Leosan after a shipwreck in 937 A.D. He is rescued and nurtured back to health by Ranegonda, the Gerefa of the fort. Having a women run a fortress was unheard of at the time, however her brother, the original Gerefa, has joined the monks to follow the order of the White Christ and left Ranegonda in charge.

While the overall theme of the book is consistent with other Saint-Germain novels, in this story he does not have his own elaborate household with servants, his athanors, and his wealth. What he does have is a growing romance with Ranegonda as the months go by. From what I have read, she is one of the three great loves of his life. The fortress and surrounding village is at the outskirts of the Saxon empire, ruled by King Otto. They are few in number and struggle simply to survive from starvation, the plague, and the constant threat of outlaws living in the forests and the Danes. The people now also follow the teaching of the White Christ, as opposed to the 'old gods'.

For Saint-Germain fans, this is a must read book. It is very well written, moves quickly, and has one of the more satisfying endings than some of the others I've read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eighth in the Saint-Germain series.
Or ninth, if you include "Out Of The House Of Life", which is primarily a spinoff novel about Madeline de Montalia, a former lover and vampiric "childe" of Saint-Germain, but does include some flashback scenes to Saint-Germain's early life in ancient Egypt.

Or twelfth, if you include "A Flame in Byzantium", "Crusader's Torch", and "A Candle for d'Artagnan", the spinoff series about Atta Olivia Clemens, an earlier lover and vampiric "childe".

The Saint-Germain series is a series centering on the life of Francois, le Compte de Saint-Germain (at least, that's the name he goes by in France; his name always approximates that in a form not incomprehensible to those speaking the language of the land he resides in at the time), a vampire born something on the order of 2000 years BCE. Each book in the series is a historical novel set in a different time period; this one is set in Saxony (part of what is now Germany) in the mid-900s. Saint-Germain is a rather untraditional vampire, in that he is an unequivocal hero and all-around nice guy; he does not kill when drinking blood, but rather gets the most sustenance from the blood of someone who loves him, knowing what he is and accepting it. As such, most of the books in the series are historical romances of one sort or another; this one is no exception.

If you enjoy your vampire fiction fast-paced, brutal, and horrific, this book (and this entire series) are definitely not for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy a powerful novel with fascinating characters and excellently researched historical settings, don't object to a good romance with a few tasteful but very powerful sexual scenes, and can tolerate the concept of a heroic vampire as a main character, you'll love most of the books in this series, and this is one of the best of the lot. ... Read more

184. Vampire The Masquerade Volume 1
by Rafael Nieves
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Asin: 097264430X
Catlog: Book (2003-08)
Publisher: Moonstone
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A thrillogy of emotional, macabre & blood-sucking tales that will leave you breathless! This volume contains the critically acclaimed first three graphic novels based on the White Wolf role-playing game: "Toreador," "Nosferatu," and "Ventrue." A tale of a tempted TV show host, a beauty queen whose masquerade of a mortal life is viewed from the mirror of a forbidden world, and the twisted "who's who" tale of two female friends and a suspicious new boyfriend are but mere tasty morsels of what awaits you between these pages. Things are never quite what they seem like in Vampire the Masquerade... ... Read more

185. Blood Is Thicker Than Water
by Wynette A. Hoffman
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Alien Perspective
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Romance, laughter and gunplay result when Amy Reilly, a rebel without a cause, and her brother Paul Reilly, an occult store owner, discover that there are vampires in the really real world and you can haunt your ancient relatives. Add a meddling goddess, witchcraft, reincarnation, some elitist bloodsuckers and a vampire feud and you have a fast-paced fun read with lots of love, sex, violence and most important of all, family loyalty. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This book would be a great Quentin Tarantino movie.
This author's gigantic imagination breathes new life to the vampire myth. I am not a big fan of "monster" fiction but I have read Anne Rice's vampire and mummy books and didn't really care for them. (Her male characters cry too much)
Wynette Hoffman's vampires are relatably human. Her vampires are more interesting than Anne Rice has dreamed of yet. Wynette Hoffman's male vampires and thralls have thoughts men really think. Her male characters think like men and not what a woman thinks men think. She writes much better male characters than Anne Rice.
But, it's more than that. Hoffman's mind is free of the current vampire myths. Which means she's free to create a whole new set of vampire rules. In this way then the vampire myth is rejuvenated for a whole new generation of readers. She modernizes vampires for the 21st century reader.
I hope someone who knows Quentin Tarantino tells him about this book because I can't wait to see Hoffman's characters brought to life on the silver screen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very surprised, excellent story! Could not put it down!
I am in the process of reading the last page of this book, and I was surprised how much I liked it. I have read the southern vampire series, all the Anita Blake books, Anne Rice, Tanya Huff and many lesser-known authors. I have been reading vampire novels for 19 years, and I have rarely found books that pique my interest as much as this book. And the LENGTH of the book is a definite plus. I love long books that keep up the action and the suspense. It can be hard to pull off. (See Anne Rice's The Witching hour as a long book that was painful to read!)

The characters are fun. The story is entertaining! I wish the cover art could have been better. All in all, I am hoping she writes the second book fast so I can read the continuing adventures of the Reilly family.

I think this story has been swimming inside the head of Wynette for a very long time, and the characters show this depth very well. As another reviewer stated, "Move over Anita!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Avid Reader & Reviewer
Blood Is Thicker Than Water is the first book in the Reilly Vampire Chronicles from Wynette A. Hoffman and it is a story any vampire fan will love.

Amy Reilly has some very dangerous friends. Amy is unable to feel pleasure and as a result, experiences pain as pleasure. This little quirk has brought her to S&M and a very dangerous, degenerate vampire. Through help from an unknown source, Amy survives her encounter, but she is changed. Her sadistic vampire has marked her for death and is not happy she has survived.

Luckily for Amy, fate in the form of a Celtic goddess named Ceredwyn is on her side. Into this mix of characters is Paul, Amy's brother and his pregnant wife Marcie; Lorcan, a 2000-year-old vampire; Jake, his thrall and an ancestor of Amy and Paul's; and Sophia, Amy's best friend.

This intrepid cast of characters is thrust into vampire politics and is hard pressed to survive. Hoffman has created an unforgettable story that will keep readers guessing until the end. Her vampire's are wonderful, lusty creatures that need more then blood to survive. Lorcan is a very intriguing, heroic vampire who doesn't just sweep Amy off her feet. They save each other from certain death. This alone makes the story very intriguing.

This Reader Advisory from the back cover of the book accurately explains all the various references in the book. Read at your own risk.

Reader Advisory - This book contains the following elements which may be considered unsuitable by some readers and literary purists: violence, graphic sex, erotic blood sucking, foul language, gore, angst, questions of morality, reincarnation, guns, S&M, family loyalty, pop culture references, the promotion of anarchy, metaphors, Wiccans, Druids, ancient Celtic goddesses, undead politics and etiquette, thralls, snappy banter and witty retorts, pregnancy & childbirth, bisexuality, talking dogs, car wrecks, torture, romance, sibling rivalry, psychic powers & scenery, and true love. And though promoted as a vampire novel, it may or may not contain vampires within the parameters of any one person's definition of the undead and/or bloodsucking leeches. Pure pulp, read at your own risk.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water is Wynette A. Hoffman's first book. Her second book, Love & Benjamins was published in July, 2003. Life of Reilly, the second book in the Reilly Vampire Chronicles will be published sometime late in 2004. Please visit Wynette A. Hoffman's website for more information:(...)

2-0 out of 5 stars You Expect A Little Proofreading to Help?
The publisher proclaims "Now with proofreading" -- as though correcting a few comma splices is going to make up for shallow characters, mindless gore, and stilted dialogue. If you think "Natural Born Killers" is the height of cinematic excellence, you might enjoy this book. Otherwise, I'd recommend giving it a pass.

A grave disappointment.

3-0 out of 5 stars If only the editing weren't so bad!
Many, many, many sentences had their meaning distorted by leaving out commas, misspelling words (loose when it should be lose, for instance), et cetera. The typesetting is lousy too -- paragraphs don't indent sometimes, there are huge gaps in some lines, et cetera. The writing starts out very amateurish, but gets a little better around the middle. Nobody has to build a relationship; they're all preordained. The vampires are much too easily hurt to live the thousands of years they've supposedly lived. People strain at gnats half the time and swallow camels five minutes later. Amazing. I'd have to rate it better than half the vampire novels out there, but that doesn't say much for the rest of them! ... Read more

186. Elysium (Vampire)
by Daniel Greenberg, Staff, Teeuwynn
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Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: White Wolf Pub
Sales Rank: 564959
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Kindred High Societ
Elysium describes the society of Elder Kindred, with all their philosophy, their intrigues, their squabbles and their struggles for power. It contains new backgrounds, merits&flaws and Gehenna cults. It is well written and provides details about daily life in a Camarilla city (though everything happens behind closed doors). The book claims that every Elder behaves like that, what I guess can't be true. Like in mortal society most people don't want the trouble a leadership brings. And after centuries of "Salon"-affairs Elders could get bored by kindred politics as well. Unlike Sigmund Freud mentioned, not every son wants to kill his father, likewise not every childe wants the final death of her sire. Apart from that, Elysium offers many good facts about vampire high society.

But again, there is absolutely no conjunction between age and generation! On the first pages Elysium even claims that older vampires have a younger appearance, what sounds completely nonsense.

2-0 out of 5 stars Oh! the Temptation!
Tempted by super-vamipres, when I got around to running an Elysium game it was a total disaster. I would suggest this book only to those serious roleplayers who can create monstrously powerful characters and not get into a single barfight with them. You really need to know your stuff to make this one work!

5-0 out of 5 stars Can you say Methuselah?
Ever wanted to play a Vampires campaign at a "slightly higher" level of power? Or are you just a power gamer? Either way, you'll love this book. It's got rule for creating Vampire characters that are hundreds of years old, and that have all the power that conveys (and all of the problems too. There's nothing like having your arch-enemy be in control of military forces equal to a small country. Oh well, such is the price of power). It's also very useful for GM's creating mentors, Princes, sires, or anyone else that's just damn powerful ... Read more

187. Clanbook: Followers of Set (Vampire: The Masquerade Clanbooks)
by Dean Shomshak
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Asin: 1588462048
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars More than pimps and dealers...
I picked up CB: FoS to help round out a character I was playing in a Vampire LARP, in large part because I had never actually tried to play a real Settite before. All clans are hobbled by excessive stereotyping, but the infrequency of the minor clans and bloodlines makes such stereotypes even more difficult to break out of successfully. The Clanbook helps bust through the "traditional" view of the Followers of Set, barely even mentioning the base pandering that most people would associate with the Clan.

The Revised V:tM books as a whole are a major improvement over the stumbling in first and second edition, and this clanbook is no exception. An updated Path, while less strenuous in it's hierarchy of sins than some, gives much more character to the Followers of Set, while a review of history and pre-history of the world through the eyes of the cult provides a depth that suits so ancient a following.

The updating of the dogma of the Followers of Set does a great job of transforming them from a group of fundamentalists into a vital if dark religion. The style of writing also keeps the message fluid enough that one finds it hard to get locked in to a single interpretation of the message of the Followers of Set, empahiszing once again that their faith is one to be experienced, not simply one of words.

What I would have liked to see more of:
examples of the founding of a temple
more on akhu and specific ritualistic practices

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Revision
Lets face it. The previous clan books were pretty [bad], so the Revised clan books have a lot to make up for. Well this one certainly does an excellent job of making the Followers of Set actually playable. After you read this book, you will actually be able to incorporate Setites into your games without disrupting it.
The opening fiction gives us plenty of hints that what we think about them might not be so accurate after all. And then we get the kicker. The first chapter about history is written by a skeptical Setite! Theres a heavy focus on Egypt, and it looks like the authors really did some homework here. It starts off in pre-dynastic times, with the conflict between Osiris and Set and continues throughout dynastic Egypt into the Persian invasion and Alexander's liberation of Egypt. From then on, we get some stuff on Carthage, Cleopatra, Roman north Africa, the Coptic period and Set's disappearence. Byzantine and Muslim Egypt, along with the Crusades in the Holy Land, are then explored, with lots of juicy little tidbits. It goes on to the Ottoman era and the slow spread into Europe (the "Dark Continent"). We finally get into the modern era, along with some hints at non-Egyptian Setites! And then we are left with a disturbing ending.
The next chapter is the meat, explaining the role of the Setites, Egyptian mythology and the Pah of Typhon-Set. We learn that the Setites are not base corrupters, but religious fanatics, servants of a dark and terrible god who offers freedom and scholars who seek to preserve forbidden lore. Definately a better motivation than undead pimps and drug lords. We get some hints for "Playing a God", a revision of the Path of Typhon (and the new Path of Sutekh), cult structure and some sample temples (mainly in northern Africa). Aside from the stereotypes of other clans and supernaturals, we also get to learn that the Setites are indeed not exclusively Egyptian. Aside from the orthodox cults, other ones exist, drawing from other cultures. We learn of the Norse Setites who revere the great serpent, the African Children of Damballah, the Sabbat's Serpents of Light who follow Voodoo and Santeria, the Shaivite Daitya of India and the Tlacique, ancient Aztec, Mayan and Incan vampires who now challenge the Sabbat.
The chapter closes out with some mechanical stuff. New knowledge called Setite Lore, which draws upon the forbidden lore from ancient Egypt, and some new discipline powers. We get higher level Serpentis powers, along with some Obfuscate, Presence and multi-discipline powers. Plus we finally get a look at the hoary magics of ancient Egypt. The Setites can boast blood magicians just as potent as the Tremere. And not only are there Egyptian blood magics, but also Hindu magics of the Daitya, voodoo and santeria magics from Serpents of Light and the sacrificial magics of Mesoamerica used by the Tlacique.
And of course, it closes out with the standard character templates, signature characters and a Setite specific character sheets. Surprisingly, the character templates are all pretty unique and original, a rarity for a clan book. Things like prophetic artist, business man who sells cheap Egyptian-style art, psychology, techno-mystic and gladiator. Plus we get the non-standard ones: Native rights activist Tlacique, voodoo queen Serpent of Light and debunking scientist Daitya. Pretty cool actually. The signature characters include a brood of Setites who repair other's reputations, as well as the signature character Hesha Ruhadze. More interesting, for me anyway, was the Daitya "devil-Brahmin" Sundervere. From what I've been told, he's going to become a major signature character in the upcoming Victorian Era Vampire. Regardless, hes a cool character.
Check out this book if you want to make Setites with any real depth to them. Its an excellent clan book, and well worth the buy. Afterwards, you will actually be able to run them in your chronicles. The section on Egyptian history was extremely well written, even without the Setites, plus the new non-western bloodlines like the Children of Damballah, Daita and Tlacique were all neat additions too. Check out Blood Sacrifice for more on non-western blood magicians (especially Setites).

5-0 out of 5 stars A more comprehesive veiw
All I can say is way better than the origial Clan Book. This book gives a much better telling of the tenits of the Followers of Set, and a telling of there history, from a realist of the clan. It also for me answered the questions like why do the other cainites put up with the snakes. It plays more on the keeping of "dark secrets" than the first book did, takes a stance of knowlege can bring coruption, and not all favors are payable to the giver.

I think this is good resource if you are a Story Teller, or a player intresed in running a snake, this book realy helped me get what they are all about. It also makes the snakes more playable in any game (MET or Table Top).

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally depth is added to this clan.
This book is a cultural and historical study of one of the darkest of clans. The focus is one the culture and the mindset of the "snakes." This book discards the worn out stereotype of "Servants of Set" and gives them more depth. They are still his servants, but the are more... main stream. They still have thier dark goals, but they are protrayed with more human motivations. They are seen as religious, not mindless fanatical worshipers who cant think about anything beyond Set and snakes. Set colors everything they do, but he no longer appears to dictate everything that they do. If you read the clan novel, you will see that this clan book better describes Hesha, the previous work made it hard for me to imagine how a clan of fanatics could create such subtle schemeing sellers of secrets. This work paints a picture that makes it clear.

The down side is that the list of disciplines is weak. ... Read more

188. Necroscope: Invaders
by Brian Lumley
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Tor Books
Sales Rank: 604524
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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Brian Lumley is the multi-million-copy-selling author of the Necroscope series: Necroscope, Vamphyri!, The Source, Deadspeak, Deadspawn, Necroscope: The Lost Years and Necroscope: Resurgence. His tale of the sons of Harry Keogh and the vampire planet fills three books: Blood Brothers, The Last Aerie, and Bloodwars. At the end of Bloodwars the vampire world was isolated from our own and the vampires destroyed. Harry Keogh, the Necroscope, had sacrificed his wife, his sons, his humanity, and finally his very life to save Earth.

But evil is very hard to stamp out, and before too many years have passed the Gate is open once again. A new cycle of vampire terror is about to begin--a great way for new readers to begin the saga of humankind's battle against the ultimate bloodsuckers!

Necroscope: Invaders

Three great vampires--two Lords and a Lady--fall upon an unsuspecting Earth, a world teeming with defenseless human life. Easy prey for the marauding vampires, mankind will quickly be laid waste, or so they think.

But Earth has defenders. Though the Necroscope is gone, the powerful ESP-powered spy organization he once led still exists. Mentally alert for the slightest sign of vampiric taint, the men and women of E-Branch have already moved against the fringes of the vampire infestation. Destroying minor vampires is all well and good, but the Lords and Lady must be found and eradicated. Without Harry Keogh and his connection to the teeming dead, E-Branch seems crippled, always two steps behind its enemies.

When a young man turns up in the triply locked "Harry's Room" in E-Branch's London HQ, no one quite knows what to make of him--least of all the young man himself. Jake remembers running for his life, thousands of miles from London . . . and then nothing.

Now he feels a curious whispering deep within his mind. And his dreams have become very strange, filled with visitations from dead vampires and dead people and Harry Keogh himself.

If Jake is the new Necroscope, he has to learn--fast!--how to control his powers and speak to the dead. E-Branch, with the reluctant Jake along for the ride, is about to go head-to-head with Malinari the Mind, a vampire Lord whose psychic abilities are second to none.

But the dead don't trust Jake, not like they once trusted Harry. Jake's spending too much time talking to a dead vampire, and too much time on personal revenge. He's got to start thinking about the future--or he won't have one! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lumley at his best
Brian Lumley is a wildly uneven writer, but when he's at the top of his form, he's extradordinarily entertaining. NECROSCOPE and its sequels are most likely what will constitute his literary reputation, not the gawdawful Lovecraft pastiches (or, more properly, Derlethian pastiches) and the even worse pseudo-Robert E. Howard stuff set in HPL's Dreamlands.

I won't discuss the plot (plenty of other reviewers have covered that), so I'll restrict my remarks to a few of the high points. The Necroscope vs. Necromancer angle was fresh and innovative, allowing the dead to take a part in their own story (they also take their enemies apart while losing some of their own body parts, but that's enough lousy puns for one review). Lumley's vampires are fascinating, developed throughout the series. I won't give away any secrets; all I can do is urge you to read the entire series to gain the full effect of his vampire mythology (as well as following the further exploits of some highly interesting characters).

And the central conflict --- Harry Keogh (anybody have an idea of how Harry's surname should be pronounced? Koag? Kayg? Keeg? Kee-ogg? I admit I'm pretty ignorant here) vs. the Faustian Dragosani provides enough fireworks to carry the reader through this long (but never dull) novel. Harry has to dig up some of his own buried evil to fight the Necromancer, an ironic twist given his fate in the sequels (read them and see!) And his fate is echoed and amplified as Boris D. deals with the long-buried Thibor Ferenczy and allows his own soul to be blackened past all human comparisons. Great stuff, Mr. Lumley!

In short there's something here for everybody: horror story, love story, espionage thriller, metaphysical treatise, all wrapped up in a rattling good adventure yarn.

5-0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book.
Brian Lumley's "Necroscope is the first in a series of books that is both innovative and exceptional. You, the reader, are not fed the usual, and often recycled vampire gore-fest. It offers a clever combination of espionage, parapsychology, and an interesting twist on the vampire legend.

The book is fast moving due to the fact that you can't wait to turn the page to reveal what happens next. There are times when it becomes slightly confusing because there is a myriad cast of characters and the story alternates between the United Kingdom, the USSR, and Romania.

The novel begins with an introduction to a man named Alec Kyle and the clandestine branch of the British government he works for known as E-Branch, or ESP-ionage Branch. The Branch employs people who are endowed with various mental powers, such as telekinesis.

The protagonist of the story is an E-Branch operative named Harry Keogh, the Necroscope. He is the only known person in the world who can converse with the legions of the deceased. To the brimming population of the dead Harry is a hero. He provides them with a chance to finish in death what they could not in life. For this reason, they worry about his safety and will undoubtedly do anything to protect him, including their own resurrection.

The villain and vampire of the tale is a Romanian named Boris Dragosani. He also has the power of a necromancer. Unlike Harry, he is feared and detested by the dead, for even they can feel all the pain he inflicts.

There are many suspenseful and gruesome confrontations throughout this book. Furthermore, it supplies an intelligently written tale for anyone with a thirst (no pun intended) for vampires; the mystical powers of the mind; and government espionage.

The finale is an explosive battle waged between a mighty vampire and an all-powerful Necroscope with the entire deceased population on his side. The ending is very surprising. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I finished the book and then purchased the rest in the series. I am now on the sixth book in the series and let me tell you, they only get better. From the first book to the sixth i haven't been able to put it down. I can't help but reading until my eyes close.

5-0 out of 5 stars a comment on the book and the reviews
For anyone who is reading this book expecting Tolstoy or Dickens all I have to say is don't read it. While I found this book and several others in the series quite enjoyable they are what I call brain candy. These are not meant to provoke deep thought they are to be read and enjoyed for the story. They are not to be critiqued for the quality of the writing unless it is absolutely horrible, which it is not. It is written at a fairly typical reading level for books of this type. One can enjoy this book if one keeps these things in mind, and remembers it is an entertaining story no more no less. Much as with movies (e.g if you expect a classic drama instead of comedy when walking into a wayans brothers film) if you expect the wrong things from this book you will be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real review coming soon; please do not rate this one.
I am immensely enjoying this novel, and am currently almost done with it. Highly engrossing and very unusual, complex, original, this is one of the most unique novels I've ever read.

One thing that I'd like people to keep in mind: a necroSCOPE and a necroMANCER are two ENTIRELY different things. This book features ONE of EACH, not two of the same, so to Benjamin D and Scott Rachui, please edit your reviews.

Real review coming soon! ... Read more

189. Encounters (Vampire Princess Miyu, Vol. 2)
by Narumi Kakinouchi, Toshihiro Hirano
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-18)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Miyu Experience
The first thing that you'll think upon opening this graphic novel is, "oooh...Pretty..." And it is. The flowing lines of the drawings make them seem like they really move. The characters all have pretty doll-like faces that are nothing but eye candy for the reader. The stories can get a little awkward if you don't read them closely, it may take a second reading to get everything straight, but just to look at the pictures is reason enough to buy this graphic novel. Even prettier than Yu Watase, and much darker and more surreal. Even those who aren't fans of the series will love this novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vampire Princess Miyu Volume II
For the sake of clarity, the techies have decided to post my review of Volume one of Vampire Princess Miyu on all editions of the series. This review is specifically relevant to Volume II and should be read as such.

"In a world of dark cold night they are sleeping . . . a land which knows no time of peace. Beckoned by human shouls in chaos, they slip from the darkness. I hunt these stray Shinma. And I am the guardian of their sleep."

Bittersweet and thought provoking, Vampire Miyu is not your typical gothic vampire. This eternally young girl is cursed by her destiny to send stray shinma (demons) back to the dark. To the humans on which she must feed she grants eternal happiness. Her only companion in this destiny is Larva, a shinma who is bound to her by blood as her servant.

These graphic novels are like poetry, rich in imagery and metaphor, meant to be read several times over before the layers of meanings are grasped. The lush art style is darkly beautiful, and complements the story well. Ironcat studios has done English-speaking fans a great service by translating Miyu's story for a whole new set of readers.

Having accepted her past in volume one, Volume two deals with Miyu's hunt of stray shinma. The title: Encounters, is appropriate, as Miyu encounters the bizarre and extraordinary, even in the universe of the vampire girl. These encounters will strike readers as right off the pages of a fairy tale, only these are dark fairy tales, and few have happy endings. Mermaids summon handsome young men down to a strange aquarium, the myth of the doll forest and Pinocchio come to life, and men with wings seek to keep their little birds in cages. I've reread this volume about four times and I've yet to discover all the layers at work.

One complaint with Ironcat's production here, it seems like the artwork was not fit as exactly to page as the first Volume and at times the text and pictures are slightly cut off at the bottom of the page. It's a bit of a flaw in an otherwise shining work.

Please note that this review is for the second book in the series: Vampire Princess Miyu: Encounters specifically.

Happy reading! ^_^ shanshad ... Read more

190. Vampire Dreams
by Cheyenne McCray, Anne Windsor
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191. Ghouls: Fatal Addiction (Vampire: The Masquerade Novels)
by Ronni Radner
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Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: White Wolf Games Studio
Sales Rank: 450844
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great but scary, perhaps a bit too scary.
I love ghouls. When I'm the storyteller, I make sure we have ghouls in our games and I love when players are willing to take on ghouls as characters. Why? They are an interesting combination of vampire and human, a mixture of emotions, and far more powerful that most storytellers and players would like to believe. This book gives you some insights into ghouls though I've seen other passages in other "world of darkness" books which should have been included here. I was expecting a read guide to all ghouls you see so that did disappoint me greatly. The pictures are probably some of the scariest in the series and in fact have turned off one really great player from being a ghoul -- very sad because he was so talented and he had such potential as this character. I think another ghoul book perhaps modeled on the "Children of the Night" book would be a great aid. Surely there are very powerful and very important ghouls in the world of darkness too.

3-0 out of 5 stars They love, they hate you, they are deadly.
Ghouls Fatal Addiction focuses the social interactions between ghouls and their respective domitors (masters), with special consideration of the various clan habits and the roles ghouls can play within and outside of kindred society. Unfortunately some chapters appear twice, first in the subjective view of an ghoul or vampire then described in an objective rules-style. This seems rather odd and makes reading a bit boring.
Though the book has many details about the ghouls' anatomy, it lacks information on the perception of ghouls via disciplines such as Auspex, Thaumaturgy etc. Can you 'see' only her or ever her domitor? Etc.
If you are a vampire, always remind every ghoul, even if she loves you, might be a threat and kill you one day without warning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scary? Adult? I don't think so...
This is a great book, but I wanted to comment that a lot of people read it and were scared by it. Some of it deals with rather adult content, but this is White Wolf we're talking about here: almost EVERYTHING in the World Of Darkness is adult, mature, scary, and...well, dark.

I didn't find it frightening at all. Then again, this comes from a guy who read Clanbook: Baali without batting an eyelid.

So if I had to "warn" others about the adult content of this book, I'd honestly say that it's nothing out of the ordinary in the World Of Darkness.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Darkest World of 'Darkness' Supplement yet
This book, moreso than any other recently released WoD product places emphasis on just how sick, twisted ,and screwed up the World of Darkness is. Ghouls have always gotten the shaft, but now, the storyteller has the materials at hand to properly motivate that unrepetant bloodjunkie,or some smug Ghoul player who cops a quick fix,'lives forever', and moves along. Addiction, what happens to a ghoul feeding off Malkavians or Nosferatsu, Blood Bonds, Revanents, it's all covered. If you're a newer storyteller and are choosing books to purchase, pick up the two core books and Ghouls. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECCOMENDATION.

2-0 out of 5 stars A different point of view..., i hear everyone here extolling the virtues of this book as a great addition for you if you're a *real* roleplayer. Well, I am, and have been for a dozen years. making real chronicles for real characters, many games without a dice roll to be found. And I *hated* the premise of this book.


Because they tried to take away my freedom. They've been doing this a lot with official supplements. In the original supplements, they gave you a flavor for ghouls, just a taste, and several different suggestions. One of them was the blood junkie mentality, one was the stubborn independent, one was the loyal but stupid slave,etc. And left it to you to define your ghouls.

Now they're telling me how each clan treats its ghouls. Not how some older members treat them, not how the majority treats them. Basically, every Kindred in existence treats their ghouls like dirt on the bottom of their shoes if they're not dissecting them for the amusement of their friends and the ghouls take this treatment willingly because they're *all* essentially heroin junkies needing their next fix. Great. Thanks for taking away the variety. I've played ghouls like this. But what made them stand out was their uniqueness, their difference from other ghouls the PCs run into. One of these days White Wolf is gonna stop telling me how to play. Their supplements are supposed to enable me to make a chronicle to hold my players attention, be it horror, action, intrigue, whatever. I was really looking forward to this adding to the shadings of my world. Instead, I haven't used it once, since all it does is flatten everything to yet another shade of boring grey. ... Read more

by Christopher Pike
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Asin: 0671872664
Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Sales Rank: 70255
Average Customer Review: 4.96 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing read for any Pike fans.
Ok, first of all, let me point out the very well known fact that Christopher Pike, as talented as he is, does not have that much respect from the critics, much like the Horn Book review of this novel. But that's because of a couple of reasons: First of all, you have to have patience with his books. What I mean by that is, I mean that in order for you to like it, you have to read the entire book of his. And, in the entire last vampire series, I think the entire series is one book, telling one story of the same character with a bunch of unique plot twists intertwining. It's a great book, and so is the rest of the series. Sita grows from a cold blooded creature to a character that You later learn to love if you read the rest of the series. The entire series is good, buy it, read it, enjoy it. you'll like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars It was the best book ever!
All of the Last Vampire series just knocked me off my seat. I loved Seymour, I loved Sita, Ray, and even Kalika in the next few books. I've read all of them about 4 or 5 times and then I bought the collectors edition because I know that these books will be worth a lot of money in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book.
This book is great. It's a nice sequel to #1, though it does become boring in some points.. There's small sub-stories that get told inside by the characters that dont really seem like they need to be there, but nonetheless, they add to the overall effectiveness of the plot.

I read this whole book last night. I just couldn't put it down! It was about a 3 1/2 hour read without too many breaks.. I found it took me 4 chapters to realize i had to go to the restroom and to actually get up to go.

The bad guy's mother is a bit off her rocker, being as old as she is.. Really sick minded, its no wonder that the boy turned out the way he was.

Anyway, it was a good book and i just couldnt put it down. I reccommend this read to anyone who is a fan of Christopher Pike. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here
There was nothing really new in this book, basically reminded me of the previous book (other than her boy toy is a vampire). The evil demon vampire who created Sita is alive and kicking (bad pun) and now some new creepy psycho who found his body got his power and is turning people into vampires. What I find corny is a vampire who has walked the Earth for 5,000 years is getting totally owned by a vampire who has been a vampire for 5 days.

5-0 out of 5 stars EvErYoNe ReAd ThIs BoOk!!...
this book was the best ever written. christopher pike shows that sita isn't one of those all-american heroes that you see every day. shes not some superhero, but she is the protagonist; which lends a nice twist to the plot. she goes off, knowing that she might lose her life and willingly puts it on the line to save a race (humans) even though they mean nothing to her. ... Read more

193. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Script Book Season One Vol. 2
by Joss Whedon, Pulse
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Asin: 0743419359
Catlog: Book (2000-11-28)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 238415
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"I may be dead, but I'm still pretty. Which is more than I can say for you."
-- Buffy, to the Master, in "Prophecy Girl"

A hip fan knows that when it comes to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the dialogue is as entertaining as the action. Buffy-speak is a unique, pop-culture savvy creation that's as much fun to read as it is to hear.

Collected here in one complete volume is the exciting conclusion to Season One. These six scripts track the conclusion of Buffy's first year as a Sunnydale resident-including the revelation of Angel's true nature, Willow's disastrous first relationship, and the manifestations of the gang's most terrifying dreams, as well as the dramatic season finale featuring Buffy's historic, prophesized showdown with the Master and her (brief) death. Best of all, these scripts represent the most complete source for the writers' and creators' vision-with production notes, dialogue, and scenes that never made it to the television screen.

Sink your teeth into "Angel," "I Robot, You Jane," "The Puppet Show," "Nightmares," "Out of Mind, Out of Sight," and "Prophecy Girl" ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Buffy finds out about Angel, dies and takes out the Master
The good news is that original shooting scripts of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" are available, as in this volume offering up the last six episodes of Season One. But the bad news, relatively speaking, is that we just get the scripts without any extras. The pages are your traditional Courier style font (including the title page), and while the pages are not in blue, pink, green, yellow, goldenrod and salmon to reflect the various revisions, if you follow the revision dates on the top of the pages you can figure that part out. Therefore, while I appreciate having the original scripts in front of my while watching the episodes so I can see what has been deleted/added/changed (these are not transcripts; big difference), I would have really liked to have a bit more such as introductions by the writers talking about the genesis of the script ideas or problems they had to overcoming in putting the script into production, beyond the production notes and stage directions. Certainly some of what I am looking for can be found in "The Watcher's Guide," which covers the show's first two seasons, but given how first-rate the BtVS companion volumes have been I am rather surprised this is a comparatively bare bones effort.

Included in this volume for those of you who do not have the first 100 episodes totally memorized are "Angel" written by David Greenwalt, "I Robot, You Jane" by Ashley Gable and Tom Swyden, "The Puppet Show" by Rob Des Hotel and Dan Batali, and a trio of scripts by series creator Joss Whedon, "Nightmares," "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" and "Prophecy Girl." These are the episodes where BtVS kicks into high gear, starting with Buffy's discovery that Angel is a vampire and ending with the Slayer's return from the dead top finish off the Master. The emphasis in the second half of season one was a bit more on the Buffy mythos, but still attention is bad to the idea that high school is a living hell when you are a teenager.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not much has changed.
If you like Buffy, you will like the scripts. This is my self fulfilling prophecy to you.

It is the second half of Season One, so if you are a latecomer to the Buffy franchise, this will give you a great opportunity to catch with the crowd until the DVD comes out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun
What a great idea. The writing on Buffy has always been its greatest asset. These scripts just sparkle. I was especially pleased to read the scripts of episodes I missed. The writing is so good -- and the actors have done such terrific jobs establishing their characters -- that I felt like I was watching the show, not reading about it. These two volumes have some wonderful hidden gems, too -- such as dialogue and scenes left on the cutting room floor. (Good decision, by the way. The omitted scenes tend to be dull.) The only dud in the collection is "I Robot, You Jane." I remember enjoying this episode when it was on television. On paper, though, the dialogue falls flat. In general, a real treat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Just as with the first volume of scripts from season one, this second volume gives you the writers insight, deleted scenes and production notes. It is a must if you have the first volume as it wraps up the first season. It is interesting to see how the writing improves as the year went along. The characters start building deeper personalities and we get to know them better. That is always the key with successful TV shows, the ability to connect and relate to the characters and caring about how their "lives" turn out. Just like volume one, a great and funny read. ... Read more

194. Dead on My Feet
by Wm. Mark Simmons, James Baen
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Dead On My Feet" Is A Lively Read
Fans of Wm. Mark Simmon's semi-vampire hero Chris Csejthe are rejoicing in the long-awaited sequel to "One Foot In The Grave", and you can count me among them. Everything I loved about the first book - the wit, the weirdness, the deft hand with snappy dialogue and 12-out-of-10 storytelling - is back and brought friends. A thoroughly enjoyable book. Can't wait for the next one.

5-0 out of 5 stars From the Publisher
A year ago, Chris Csejthe (pronounced "Chay-tay") was completely human - then a blood transfusion from the Lord of the Undead changed everything. Now he is a hunted man, sought by human and vampire alike for the secrets he knows and the powers that his mutated blood may bestow. So far he's dodged undead assassins, werewolves, a 6,000-year-old Egyptian necromancer, and Vlad Dracula himself. But now he's really got problems.

The dead are turning up on his doorstep after dark to ask for justice and the police want to know where all those corpses are coming from. Undead terrorists are testing a doomsday virus on his new hometown and he's caught in the crossfire between a white supremacist militia and the resurrected Civil War dead. His werewolf lover, jealous of his dead wife's ghost, has left him. And the centuries-old and still very beautiful (and very deadly) Countess Bathory is determined to have his uniquely transformed blood for her own dark purposes.

Now, more than ever, life sucks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark humor with a bite
Dark humor with biting sarcasm, Wm. Mark Simmons has poked fun and taken a bite out of almost everybody from Goth enthusiasts to Star Wars to Marilyn Manson. Sly dry wit keeps the book on a fast pace but some of his writing makes you stop and think. The book is full of laughs and wonderful visualization. So sit back and enjoy a good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Provocative
The only other vampire book I have read was Bram Stoker's. Mark Simmons has updated the genre in technogy and world view. Both books raise issues of life and death. Simmons challenges the reader to think.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vampire stories have been done, but not like this!
Chris is half vampire and in hidding from the demesnes in a little town not likely to draw much attention. Believe me, I lived in Monroe and it is a lovely place, but not a destination for the savy traveler or worldly vampire. The low profile is blown to hell and back when a fortune teller spills the beans and corpses start showing up on Chris Csejthe's door step. The plot thickens and the cast of characters expands to include full tilt vampires, corpses, zombies, ghosts, werewolves, and more. Every page is packed with humor and intrigue as the sub-plots are weaved intricately through the story line. Mark Simmons has a unique style that sets him apart from the pack and will likely move him toward the top. Vampire stories have been done but not like this! I give this read a 5 star rating. ... Read more

195. Redeemer Of Shadows: Tribes Of The Vampire
by Michelle M. Pillow
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Dark Fantasy Romance

Hathor Vinceti does not feel as if she completely belongs in the world around her, yet she never imagines that more could be waiting for her. She decides to move to London to help Georgia run her seasonal upscale bed-and-breakfast home. But in London Hathor finds more than just an exotic city that captures the mind—she finds a thriving underworld seething with wickedly bored vampires. And what could be worse than immortal beings with nothing to do and forever to do it?

Rating: Contains graphic sexual content, adult language, and violence. ... Read more

196. Three Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, The Vampyre
by Horace Walpole, William Beckford, John Polidori
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4-0 out of 5 stars Early Gothic Novels by Walpole, Beckford, and Polidori
I had little familiarity with the Gothic genre when I encountered this Dover publication some years ago. The plot for The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole seemed farfetched, almost ludicrous. The mystical Oriental tale, Vathek (1782), by William Beckford seemed endless. Only the short story titled The Vampyre (1819, by John Polidori) met my expectations.

With some reluctance I recently returned to this collection. However, this time I was fascinated by all three stories from both a literary and historical perspective. I have gradually become acquainted with early Gothic literature and I now appreciate how these three innovative tales significantly influenced later writers.

The eighteenth century was a period of philosophical and scientific progress and I find it surprising that so many readers were intrigued and entertained by the supernatural, bizarre elements in The Castle of Otranto. Hundreds of authors subsequently imitated Walpole's Gothic style. Although many of these later stories had little literary merit, the Gothic novel remained immensely popular for most of the following century.

Today, the supernatural aspects in The Castle of Otranto seem overworked, the dialogue is stilted, and the plot relies too much on coincidences. Nonetheless, the story remains entertaining and suspenseful. This collection includes a lengthy introduction by Sir Walter Scott for the 1811 edition of "this new species of literary composition".

William Beckford's Vathek is so original that it hardly fits even the Gothic genre. Beckford, a noted scholar of early Arabian literature, provided more than fifty pages of explanatory end notes. For some reason he first published Vathek in French. Later it was translated and published in English without his approval. I still find Vathek to be overly long, but this time I was intrigued with its mystical Arabian Nights motif, its chilling characters, and its vivid portrayal of evil.

In an introduction to The Vampyre the author John Polidori claimed (possibly to increase sales) that Lord Byron had created the plot at the same literary soiree in Geneva in which Mary Shelley produced Frankenstein. Lord Byron disputed Polidori's claim and produced his own notes from that famous gathering. Regardless, The Vampyre is fascinating short story.

E. F. Bleiler edited this collection and provided a lengthy, interesting introduction to three authors that were instrumental in developing the Gothic novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gothick Terror, Oriental Decadence, Romantic Vampyres...
This volume is an excellent introduction to four
works of the Gothic mindset, which hit England at
the end of the 1700s and lasted on into the early
Romantic period, all the way up to the late decadence
of the 1890s, winding up in Robert Louis Stevenson's
Oscar Wilde's THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1891), and
Bram Stoker's DRACULA (1897).
These are four of the earliest of this Gothic genre.
The volume includes Horace Walpole's THE CASTLE OF
OTRANTO (Christmas Eve, 1764); William Beckford's
VATHEK (1786); John Polidori's VAMPYRE (1819); and
a Vampire Fragment by Lord Byron (1819), "which was
published at the end of MAZEPPA in 1819."
The list of Gothic NOVELS (rather than stories)
in chronological order which make the grade are:
Horace Walpole's CASTLE OF OTRANTO (1764), Clara
Reeve's THE CHAMPION OF VIRTUE (1777), William
Beckford's VATHEK (1786), Ann Radcliffe's THE
MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO (1794), Matthew Gregory Lewis's
THE MONK (1795), Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN (1818),
John Polidori's VAMPYRE (1819), Charles R. Maturin's
There are excellent introductions to each of the
writers and their works at the beginning of the book.
In speaking of THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO, Bleiler says:
"This novel has been called one of the half-dozen
historically most important novels in English. The
founder of a school of fiction, the so-called Gothic
novel, it served as the direct model for an enormous
quantity of novels written up through the first
quarter of the 19th century.... It was probably
the most important source for enthusiasm for the
Middle Ages that suddenly swept Europe in the later
18th century, and many of the trappings of the early
19th century Romantic movement have been traced to
it. It embodied the spirit of an age."
There is included a series of impressive "Notes"
to the novel VATHEK: An Arabian Tale. The novel
begins in an interesting fashion: "Vathek, ninth
caliph of the race of the Abassides, was the son
of Motassem, and the grandson of Haroun al Raschid.
From an early accession to the throne, and the talents
he possessed to adorn it, his subjects were induced to
expect that his reign would be long and happy. His
figure was pleasing and majestic: but when he was
angry, one of his eyes became so terrible, that no
person could bear to behold it; and the wretch upon
whom it was fixed instantly fell backward, and
sometimes expired. For fear, however, of depopulating
his dominions and making his palace desolate, he but
rarely gave way to his anger."
And here is a sample bite from John Polidori's
VAMPYRE: "There was no colour upon her cheek, not
even upon her lip; yet there was a stillness about
her face that seemed almost as attaching as the life
that once dwelt there: --upon her neck and breast
was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth
having opened the vein: -- to this the men pointed,
crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "A
Vampyre! a Vampyre!"

4-0 out of 5 stars A great primer for those interested in early Gothic fiction
This is a fabulous collection representing the beginning of Gothic fiction. Otronto is the very first such work, and is a perfect illustration of the basic themes and plotlines predominant in Gothic. Although not the most polished work of fiction, it's often so bad it's funny, and definitely worth reading. The other stories are much more professional, albeit a bit drier reading. I'm especially fond of Vathek, as it more clearly represents fear fiction as it was to become. Dr. Polidori's piece is particularly intersting as he was a physician and present at the famous ghost-story-telling session(s) of Byron and the Shelley couple.

On the whole, this collection is the ideal glimpse into the genre at its rudimentary level. ... Read more

197. Lady Crymsyn (The Vampire Files)
by P. N. Elrod
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Spiked with "a flavor of the supernatural" (Science Fiction Chronicle), P. N. Elrod's series, The Vampire Files, goes one step beyond detective noir. Its hero is Jack Fleming, a private detective on the right side of the law-but on the wrong side of the living-in post-prohibition Chicago. This vampire-turned-gumshoe will take on mobsters, monsters, and everything in between. Now, in Lady Crymsyn, Fleming tries to find a good-time girl gone bad, who may have been the victim of a premature burial...

Praise for The Vampire Files series:

"Elrod's treatment of the practical aspects of vampirism is clever and refreshing."-Booklist

"Echoes of Hammett and Chandler entertaining exercise in supernatural noir."-Publishers Weekly

"Plenty of action, full of twists and betrayals, and the quirky characters and many touches of period flavor keep things amusing."-Locus

"Snappy vampire-with-a-conscience yarn, laced with blackish humor."-Kirkus Reviews
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5-0 out of 5 stars Miss Elrod you are breathtaking!
"lady crymsyn" is just another one in a series of absolute perfection! The whole Vampire files is collectively addictive! The characters are alive and vivid, and As I have just finished reading this book, I am sad.....I want MORE! In this story Jack gets his UNlife long wish, and then some! He gets an ugly , terrible mystery, and it will take all his skills to solve the problems he faces, but no fear Jack is on the job.............I couldnt put it down! I hate to sound like a cliche-machine, but this has more twists and turns, than any roller-coaster ride..........I hope I have enough tickets to get back on again, because I want to ride it again! I shouldnt have to tell you this book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Elrod Strikes Again!!
I've been reading this series for a very long time, and have enjoyed each one. Jack Fleming is a somewhat traditional vampire who is also one of the good guys. Don't expect to encounter all the anguish and soul searching that Angel goes thru. Jack is hardly supernatural, instead, he is simply an all American boy with a 'condition.'

I enjoyed Jack's adventures in night club ownership so much that I went back and reread most of the series. This was a mixed blessing. I realised that there was a long period where the plots were very much the same. It's post-prohibition Chicago, guys-gals-gansters, and one gregarious and somewhat inept vampire. Considering the Jack can vanish, walk thru walls, see in the dark and tear people in half, it is amazing how many times he overestimates his abilities and gets beaten to near death with a stick (or an end table, etc.)

Jack seems to have acquires some intelligence in Lady Crymsyn, and that adds some depth to him and his story which make this one of the most pleasant volumes in the series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Character development more interesting than plot.
Like the rest of the books in this series, "Lady Crymsyn" was written in a unique style of writing that evokes a person from the 1920s speaking directly to the reader. As usual, the main character Jack- a former reporter turned vampire and private detective- has to solve a mystery, in this case who killed the woman found walled up in the basement of his new nightclub.

However, this book is different from previous books in some key ways. The main character, Jack, is changing. He does a few things in this story that he would never have done a few books back, and at times I wanted to whack him for being stupid and immoral at the same time. The changes are subtle, though, and Jack is still usually a good person. Although I enjoyed the book less because of the changes in Jack, I can not rate it poorly because it is clear that this is simply the author's decision, and the writing is nonetheless excellent.

Personally, I was not very interested in the plot of this book. The complex, twisting plot did not hold my attention as much as it could have. Also, the story was darker than previous tales, and I found the ending rather depressing.

I was pleased that mob boss Gordy was featured in this book, althought unfortunately Shoe Coldfield made only a few brief appearances.

All in all, it was an entertaining book, worth the [money]. Despite the darker aspects of the book, it had many humorous moments as well. And it is a sign of a healthy book series when the characters change, rather than becoming fossilized in recycled plots. I recommend this book highly, and only gave it 4 stars because at times the plot seemed a little convoluted and in one scene I thought that the author was trying a little too hard to make Jack seem like a good person.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Effort by Elrod
It's been interesting watching P.N. Elrod grow as a writer. The first six books of her Vampire Files were decent, but quickly fell into formulaic and uninspired writing. With A DARK SLEEP, and now LADY CRYMSYN, she has produced two first rate mysteries, with familiar, comfortable, and interesting characters that follower's of the series will relish.

In LADY CRYMSYN we find Jack Fleming - vampire, nightclub owner thrown into a mystery when he finds the remains of a woman who has been walled up in the basement of his nightclub. There are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises along the way. Thumbs up.

5-0 out of 5 stars gumshoes in the supernatural
This is the eighth in Elrod's Vampire Files series. Like all the others, it is a very good and very quick read. The hero is a mild-mannered reporter turned private investigator in post-Prohibition Chicago. And, oh by the way, he's a vampire.

I really enjoy this series. The characters are believable, the plot is engaging and the style is right out of the old gumshoe pulps. To me, the best part of the series is that the hero's vampirism is almost an afterthought. He has real ambitions and real concerns. And some supernatural abilities (and limitations) that both help and hinder him. If you like the old detective magazines, you'll love this twist. ... Read more

198. Sweet Sixteen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Scott Ciencin
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
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Buffy's younger sister, Dawn, knows how it feels to be different. So when she overhears her classmates teasing a new girl, Arianna, she steps in, and the two become friends. But when Buffy comes home one afternoon to find her sister and Arianna hanging out, she's surprised -- she encountered Arianna one night on patrol. A demon had been attacking her, but Arianna fought back on her own.What's that about?

The more the gang gets to know Arianna, the more puzzled they are. She has superstrength and accelerated healing power, just like a slayer. But what she also has is a dark secret and an unusual past -- and a dangerous legacy that is primed to reveal itself, just as soon as she turns sweet sixteen.... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Plot with Great Twists...but...a line is out of place.
What I mean by that is in this book the author takes a quote from the episode 'The Gift' from Season 5 and twists it. The original quote from Spike to Buffy in the episode went, 'I know I'm a monster, but you treat me like a man.' It was one of the most emotional moments of the season and showed us how Spike had evolved from something evil and hateful to something good and promising. It was a defining comment from him and was a preview of what was to come in the 6th and 7th seasons.
The author butchered the moment and morphed it into a new one he created himself of Spike telling Buffy in this book, 'I know I'm a monster, but your mom treated me like a man.' I mean, why would he do something like that? It didn't even make sense! Ugh, that being the only thing that ruined a 5 star rating, the rest of the book was pretty well written.

Dawn overhears a girl in school being mistreated by the infamous 'sweater mafia', or in other words, the popular girls and steps in.
Dawn becomes a target for the group as they seek revenge and Dawn begins to discover weird things about her new friend Arianna. For one, she can lift a thousand pounds without breaking a sweat and can take on her big sis The Slayer with no problem.
The more the gang tries to fing out about the mysterious girl the more they become confused. With unusual superstrength and healing power unknown to a Slayer, Arianna is harboring a dark secret and a dangerous legacy that could destroy soon as she becomes 16....

Written after Joyce's death and Dawn's revelation of being The Key, somewhere in the middle of the 5th season. Good portrayal of Buffy's struggle to deal with her mom's death and her guardianship of Dawn and her fear of the season's villian, the hellgod Glory finding Dawn finally. The author also touches on Spike's deep love for Buffy and his struggle to protect her and Dawn and how Buffy doesn't seem to want any of it.
Extremely good plot, just get rid of the twisted moment with Spike and Buffy.....

Tracy Talley~@

5-0 out of 5 stars happy sweet 16th
when dawn comes home with a new friend, buffy is shocked. she had
seen this girl on patrol a few nights before. the girl has amazing speed and power like a slayer but obviously is not one.
the scooby gang take the girl under their wing and try to find
out the source of her ability. the more they dig, the more
sinister the plot is. because on her sixteenth birthday she will
come into her destiny which also includes killing the slayer. this book is very intriguing and leaves you waiting to the end
to find the outcome. highly recommend.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sub-par Buffy
Buffy and friends become involved with Arianna, a troubled young woman on the cusp of sixteen whose abilities rival those of Buffy herself. They try to befriend her and discover the truth about her. Scott Ciencin knows how to write the characters and has a good grasp of the show's vernacular, but he is less successful at crafting a compelling story. Most annoying, he gives Arianna an ability that would allow her to easily resolve the tension and uncertainty that torments her, yet provides an excuse for not exercising it that is very flimsy and contrived. The humor leans toward the cute and lacks the bite that characterizes the best writing of the series. If this is the type of story that had appeared on air, Buffy would not have lasted seven seasons.

3-0 out of 5 stars This is an okay read.
I love Buffy books, and when I read the back cover to this book, I was really excited to read it. When I was done, I felt that something was missing. Perhaps it could have used more plot twists.

On night when Buffy was on patrol, she comes across some demons, and to Buffy's suprise, she sees a girl that could handle herself aganist demons. The next day, Dawn befriends a girl that's picked on. Dawn quickly becomes her friend, but wonders why she won't stand up to those who are picking on her. Dawn brings the girl homes, and to Buffy's suprise, the girl that Dawn brought home is the same girl that could hold her own aganist demons. Buffy and the scooby gang set out to find out who this mysterious stranger is. When they find out who she is.....will any of them be safe. This is the coming of age for a demon.

The style of writing is okay. I feel it could have used a bit more of a plot twist.

Over is it was okay. If you're a Buffy fan, go ahead and read it. I read better Buffy books, but then, I also read worse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent story with some fresh twists
I took a while getting around to "Sweet Sixteen" since it was a YA, but found it definitely worth the visit. Ciencin's witty prose has the Buffy vernacular down cold, and he knows how to write a story that hooks you from page one. Excellent set-up in Chapter 1, and it just gets better from there. His mastery of the familiar personalities shows he is a fellow fan, and the emphasis on new characters gives the book a freshness that is invigorating. I'm amazed to see that this is Ciencin's Buffy debut; let's hope he'll be persuaded to do more. ... Read more

199. Clanbook: Lasombra
by Bruce Baugh
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4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
- The prelude is pretty entertaining and exemplifies the general attitude of many young Lasombra
- The clan's history is delivered in sessions narrated by various Lasombra (concluded by a Lasombra antitribu's suicide note, strangely enough)
- Details how the majority of Lasombra go about observing, testing and training recruits
- Briefly desribes Lasombra culture and its many, many unofficial "factions" as well as official ones and the supposedly non-existant Lasombra antitribu
- The basic break-down of procedures for dealing with the Courts of Blood is rather helpful
- The Lasombra's comments on the Sabbat bloodlines and the other clans are more informed than average (but, perhaps unsurprisingly, there's nothing of consenquence said about the Kiasyd)
- Takes a closer look at the basic Obtenebration powers and provides more advanced ones as well as interesting suggestions of ways to approach peculiarities of a Lasombra's manifestation of Obtenebration
- Explains a little about the occult and Abyss mysticism
- There are actually a few appealing Merits and Flaws (Controllable Night Sight, Death's Reflection)
- There are several pseudo-templates of variations of the Path of Night as it's presented in the core rulebook and some of them look like they'd be very interesting to adopt
- There are some great character templates (the Accuser, Angry Young Man, Successful Mass-Embracee, Harpy, Student of the Abyss)
- The sample brood of mentally-unbalanced Lasombra computer hackers is quite interesting

- There's relatively not that many notable Lasombra mentioned
- The book's formatting oversights do not make finding specific entries any easier

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Resource
I developed an interest in the Lasombra clan from reading about them in various works of fiction by White Wolf authors. This book was wonderful in providing more background on the beginnings, history, and beliefs of the clan known as 'The Keepers'. It is a good resource for getting into the mindset of a Lasombra character. I am not a role-player, but if I were I would recommend this book based on the many templates provided. They start with mortals from all walks of life and give you something substantial with which to begin to build your character as it enters the World of Darkness. The material is interesting, the artwork supports the material, and overall - it's easy to understand. If you want to learn more about the clan, then this is a book you will want to add to your library of resources.

4-0 out of 5 stars Be Afraid of the Dark!!!
The new CLANBOOK LASOMBRA offers wonderfully details- clan factions (including antitribu), Lasombra skepticism of origin legends, Chinese bloodlines, Embrace traditions, how the Occult rating relates to Obtenebration, and a better sense of Montano and Gratiano. It has many standard series features- MET statistics, character templates, merits and flaws, a discussion of clan disciplines, a sample pack (Lasombra computer hackers!), and noted Lasombra (less basic but more multicultural than the original).

It's also the first new CLANBOOK on the Sabbat. It emphasizes Humanity over Paths of Enlightenment but gives extensive treatment to the distinctively Lasombra Path of Night. (Other VtM books assign important Lasombra to the Path of Power and the Inner Voice- not even mentioned here, unfortunately.) It describes Path of Night variations (the Path isn't written out here so you must refer back to VtM's basic rules) and introduces Abyss Mysticism, a practice by which Lasombra merge with darkness.

An improvement in the new CLANBOOK: LASOMBRA is the emphasis on young Lasombra instead of elders, making the clan seem less cartoonishly pompous. It features Asian, African and Northern European Lasombra not the usual Spanish Lasombra. Rather than being traditionalistic, the Lasombra seem cut off from their own history because so many elders died during the Anarch Revolt.

A minor problem is that there's almost too much introduced for atmosphere and basic themes to fully develop and not enough follow-up on earlier material- characters like Medina and Lopez, for example. Also, the original CLANBOOK series was more interesting visually than the new one. The original LASOMBRA featured white type on (appropriately) black pages. (LIBELLUS SANGUINIS I's Lasombra chapter also does this in places.) Darkness oozed over the page from the pictures illustrating Obtenebration. The new CLANBOOK: LASOMBRA uses only conventional white pages and the art loses impact because of this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adds fresh depth and dimension to the Keepers
Packed to the brim with in-depth information about the Lasombra, there is simply an astounding volume of knowledge in this book: Everything from why the Lasombra behave in such hideous fashion to why they love the sea. The motivations of the clan are revealed- the Lasombra are no longer cardboard cutouts, but are shown to have believable drives and goals. They may be monsters, but they are monsters possessed of dark nobility and great dedication.

For example, some Lasombra believe that God created vampires to serve Him by tormenting mortal sinners; these vampires believe they are carrying out God's will by inflicting pain and suffering. Other Keepers seek to discern the secrets of the Abyss, the primordial essence of darkness. Some few even see themselves as the driving force behind mankind- the shepherds that keep the mortal sheep in line and productively occupied (from a Cainite point of view, that is).

New Lasombra secrets are also divulged in this book. Several variants of the Path of Night are given, and the mystical importance of the Abyss is detailed. Further, the book looks at the Lasombra clan Disciplines from the Keepers' perspective, and explores the uses and significance of Obtenebration. A detailed history of the Lasombra clan is given, from the ancient legacy of the Antediluvian to the modern nights.

All told, this is an outstanding piece of work. Before reading this book, I knew next to nothing about the Lasombra clan. Their brief write-up in the core rulebook portrays them as little more than generic masters of EEEE-vil, and I always thought the Lasombra were rather dull. That changed when I read the new Clanbook: Lasombra. The writing is excellent- in particular, I loved the narrative history of the clan- and there's something in this book for everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars FEEL THE DARKNESS....
This is a great clanbook ,when I finally got it I expected some of the flaws the other clanbooks had,but MAN....this is GREAT!! there is a lot of info about the lasombra antediluvian after the second city and even speculations about his strange final death ,some tips about the antitribu and even a description about clan relations whith the other sabbat members. The art is great (shy and trabbold are fantastic man.)even if I would like to have the traits of moncada and lucita on the book,but at least they appear,some mayor disciplines could have been added too ,but y''s white wolf man (I had written another review abut this book but amazon did'nt printed it,I wonder why dude???) ... Read more

200. Pursuit (Vampire Princess Miyu, Book 4)
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Publisher: Studio Ironcat
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