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41. Minion: A Vampire Huntress Legend
by L. A. Banks
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-04)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Average Customer Review: 3.27 out of 5 stars
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In fiction, film, and TV, vampires are a dominant trend of the young millennium. Is it is because the blood-suckers are a perfect metaphor for corrupt politicians and corporate executives? Because alternative sexualities are gaining acceptance? Because the idea of living forever (even if undead) is so alluring? The reasons are unclear. What is clear is that the hottest subgenre (in both popularity and sensuality) is the vampire-huntress subgenre, thanks to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With L.A. Banks's debut novel, Minion, a tough, sexy new vampire huntress challenges the dominance of Anita Blake and Buffy.

Damali Richards is a rising star of Warriors of Light Records--but her fans would never guess that she is also the most important vampire hunter in a millennium. However, unfortunately for the inexperienced young huntress, the vampires and demons have both discovered her existence. An age-old war escalates to unprecedented heights of violence as the dark forces strive to slay Damali before she comes of age and gains her full powers.

Damali is an appealing heroine, the concept is intriguing, and the series is promising. However, the first novel is rocky. Damali is a vampire-killing martial artist, and Minion presents an epic struggle between good and evil, yet the novel neglects to include a climactic battle between Damali and the bad guys (or much of a climax at all; a sequel is obviously forthcoming). Another problem is that Damali's teacher withholds crucial information from not only the huntress, but also her guardians, who should have learned everything many years ago. In contrast, the characters frequently tell each other things they already know. Readers craving the twisted erotic charge of the Anita Blake novels or the Buffy-Spike relationship may be dissatisfied that sexual tension is less important to Minion; and readers seeking Hamiltonian melodrama may also be disappointed. --Cynthia Ward ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on vampires.
I think that this book is better than the first editorial review would lead you to believe. Yes, it is a commercial book but then aren't almost all books written in the hopes that they will be "commercial?" That is the author and publisher want the book to sell well.

I have read lots of other vampire fiction and am a big Buffy fan but this book has an interesting take on vampires; stuff that I haven't seem before but that makes sense within the story.

Also the setting, the hip-hop music world, shouldn't turn anyone off.

There were scenes that I found scary enough that I told myself not to think about them when I went to sleep so I wouldn't have nightmares. :)

In addition there is a good helping of romance with the interaction of Damali and Carlos.

Yes, there are times when the writing seems a bit clunky but that is because I think Ms Banks is trying to set up the start of what is going to be a very involved story.

If I had to put the books in a list I'd say that they were more complex and "adult" than the usual Buffy book, not as light and romantic as Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse, and not as violent as Anita Blake.

I look forward to the next installment.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Female Blade? Not quite.
I was drawn to the premise of this book almost immediately. I also really liked the cover.

Reading Minion was a little hard to do in the beginning. I honestly wasn't prepared for L.A. Banks' writing style, and her use of black slang. This unfortunately turned me off, at least early on. I found myself comparing Damali to a female Blade, albeit a whiney, self-absorbed, bratty Blade.

The story follows the young vampire huntress Damali Richards a week before her 21st birthday. She's surrounded by "guardians" all of who are from various backgrounds. Damali also has a makeshift den mother, whose sole purpose it seems is to make Damali's life all work no play.
The story itself is weak in the beginning. A whole chapter is devoted to the team discussing how they feel weird about what might happen that night. A whole chapter. And it's not as if we learn anything about the team as they're talking, just that they're all on edge for some strange reason. There's a lot of filler in the beginning of the novel, if left out, would have made "minion: more enjoyable and easier to read.

When this guy Carlos enters the picture, the story rakes an interesting turn. Carlos is basically a drug lord with various real-estate holdings, including a trendy club named Vengeance. He and Damali have a shared past, and it's quite interesting.

I won't give too much away, because the second half of the novel was the most enjoyable part.

A couple things bothered me. One was the fact that the entire team hunted vampires by night and were successful spoken word musicians by day. Spoken word? Is that even a nationally accepted form of entertainment? At least, I don't think so.

I know we all think differently than we talk, but Damali's string of slang she uses sometimes is baffling. In her mind, she's an educated young woman with a strong will. When she talks, her IQ lowers drastically and she constantly craves a "soda" and hot barbeque chips." ?!? The whole chips thing was really strange. My only hypothesis is that the author has a thing for them and incorporated them into her character. Banks doesn't write dialogue for a 20 year-old Damali very well. All the other characters whom are close to Banks' age sound believable, but something with Damali doesn't fit.

This wasn't anywhere near the steamiest vamp novel I've ever read, but it has potential. The shower scene is evident of this.

I wasn't going to order the sequel, "Awakening," but after finishing "Minion," I'm curious of Damali's fate.

3-0 out of 5 stars Promising Beginning or Prelude to Disaster?
The version of Minion that I am reviewing is the paperback special edition which boastes to be a slightly rewritten from the tradesized version. Minion is the uneven first book in series that tells the story of the Millenium Neteru Damali Richards, whose destined to be an uber Vampire Huntress. The Vampire Huntress Legend is a series in every sense of the word, because this book is not a complete story arc but a set-up for the rest of the series.
I don't think I've ever changed my feelings about a book as much as I have this one. After reading the prologue and first few chapters, I thought the book sucked but I was going to read it anyways since it was less than 300 pages long. The book would plod along and every know and again I would come across a scene that was just mesmerizing. Then it would plod along again. The only reason I'm giving the book 3 stars is because the last 40 or so pages were when the story finally seemed ready to take off.
The major problem with Minion is that it trying so hard to set the scene for the rest of the story that it forgets to give us readers a real pay-off. As the story ends, most of the characters in Damali's band/slayer group are still sketchily developed, Damali herself is only *just* coming into her awsome powers, and the forces of darkness are just getting ready to act on their plans. Aside from the first chapter and a scene were Damali's Neteru powers compell her to chase after a vampire there is very little action on that front. Most of the time the hunters are holed up in their hide-out waiting for Damali to awaken to her powers. Lots of talking about the mystical mechanics that this world runs on too. Banks definitely could have introduced those elements in a better way than endless chunks of dialogue.
Another thing I wondered about was how wise is it to give these vampire hunters such a visable day job? When the forces of evil want to kill off man-kinds last and best hope, I don't think I'd want our last hope up on a stage for all the world to see.
I don't really think that Damali has a very strong personality or is that compelling a character to carry a whole series. The evil characters like Fallon Nuit and Carlos are much more interesting. Given that Carlos, Damali's ex-boyfriend turned vampire, is slated to play a big part in the series, this could easily turn into a series where the love-interest steals the thunder of the supposedly powerful and strong heroine.
Perhaps, the most troubling plot-turn is the revealation about how the various factions of evil want to impregnate out virginal yet lustful vampire slayer. This plot turn would be quite hokey and silly if Banks hadn't vividly laid out how the stakes were. What has me uneasy is that I'v seen good series go to the dogs when the plot demands that people have sex. Case in point is Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series which Minion will inevitably be compared to. Hamilton put in a plot device that demanded the heroine of that series do all kinds of kinky activities effectively reducing Anita Blake into an avatar for the author to vicariously play out her blood and guts S&M fantasies. Hamilton's work has gotten so ludicrous and distasteful that it would be more merciful for everyone if she just sent her publisher a headless decomposing cat instead of her manuscript. What path Banks will take with this plot element will determine for me if this series tanks or succeeds.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This book was so bad that I couldn't get past the first couple of pages. I tried to give it a shot, but the writing is terrible. I can see where the ideas of the book are wondeful, and even though there are blatant rips off from different vampire myths, this book should be good. It isn't. Within four pages of reading the book, I wanted to put myself out of my misery. It's a great idea to have a more ethnic version of vampire stories, but this one sucks. Sorry.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your time!!!!
This book is nothing more than a rip off of Buffy and Anita Blake, only set in the ghetto. While I thought it would be refreshing to read a vampire novel with a more ethnic feal, this book sits in the dredges of humanity and revels in stereotypical characters and poor writing. Don't waist your time. ... Read more

42. The Forbidden : A Vampire Huntress Legend (Vampire Huntress Legend)
by L. A. Banks
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43. Five Seasons Of Angel: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire (Smart Pop Series)
by Glenn Yeffeth
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The constellation of characters and themes created in Angel, the popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off, are explored in this collection of essays. A vampire author, a sex expert, a TV critic, a science fiction novelist, and Buffy writer Nancy Holder provide essays examining the different issues relating to the series, including Angelus as the prototypical high school bully, Angel as victim, Wesley's many transformations, how Spike fits into Angel, the takeover of Wolfram & Hart, and Lindsey's moral center.
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44. From the Dust Returned: A Novel
by Ray Bradbury
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High on a hill by a forked tree, the House beckons its family homeward, and they come--travelers from the lyrical, lush imagination of Ray Bradbury.

From the Dust Returned chronicles a community of eternal beings: a mummified matriarch who speaks in dust; a sleeping daughter who lives through the eyes and ears of the creatures she visits in her dreams; an uncle with wings like sea-green sails. And there is also the mortal child Timothy, the foundling son who yearns to be like those he loves: to fly, to sleep in daytime, and to live forever. Instead, his task is to witness the family's struggle with the startling possibility of its own end.

Bradbury is deservedly recognized as a master of lyricism and delicate mood. In this novel he weaves together individuals' stories and the overarching family crisis into a softly whispered, seductive tale of longing and loss, death and life in the shadowy places. --Roz Genessee ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars His masterwork
If I could blame one author for my life-long obsession with the printed word, Ray Bradbury would be a likely scapegoat. His strange and sad stories are so braided with my own memories, it's sometimes hard to sort them out. After years of studying and teaching literature, I still maintain that Bradbury is a visionary. Yes, in my studies I've encountered plenty of cynics who would mock him as a sappy crackpot, but my love for his skewed tales has survived. That said, I strongly believe "From The Dust Returned" is his strongest work. A novel even the most screw-faced doubter must grudgingly admit is brilliant. I'm not trying to be grim when I say this, but it strikes me at once as the sort of book which could only be written by a great man near the end of his life. It has a sweeping, elegiac quality and easily meets all the expectations one might have for a novel 50 years in the womb. Of course, it is full of the fantastic, the sad, the phantasmagoric-- all crystalized in the amber of Bradbury's inimitable prose. It is a book of rememberances, through the vivid lense of childhood. It is a novel about everything-- love, death, faith. Above all, it is a novel about imagination and memory, and how through those concepts, it may be possible to, in a small way, cheat fate. I've read it twice already, and repeated readings are not only needed by infinitely pleasing. The writing is at once sparse and simple, but full of infinite secrets.

If you are a lover of Bradbury, you don't need my recomendation. If you are jaded soldier of the literary battle fields, come home to this wonder-full book and rediscover why you started reading books in the first place.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bradbury at His Finest!
Very few authors can write as deliciously as Bradbury. A long time fan of his, I couldn't wait to begin this read.

Bradbury's command of the English language and his exquisite talent for prose are completely edible. There is such a physical reaction to reading this book, you can hear, taste, smell, and feel what is happening in the story. Similar to Dandelion Wine in that respect, you feel you are in the story.

This is the story of a special Family, a family of undead relatives, and the young, mortal, boy who lives with them. In a way, it is a collection of stories, woven together as a complete novel.

We read of the Homecoming, which takes place on Halloween, when all the relatives come together. We read about Nef, Nefertiti's mother, Grandmere 1000 times over. Cecy, who leaves her body to experience life through other people. Uncle Einar, who is 9 feet tall and has wings. Finally, we read of the crisis that takes place when people no longer believe.

Gorgeous prose, unique characters, and a captivating story make this one of Bradbury's finest.

3-0 out of 5 stars Greatness of a small scale
From the Dust Returned is said to be Ray Bradbury's masterpiece. After all, it did take him fourty years to write it. This very short book (it can barely be called a novel) contains stories Bradbury wrote in the 40s and 50s, linked with more modern pieces from this great author's imagination. And yet, I have to admit that the book didn't much for me.

The story itself concerns a family of monsters and ghosts who assemble from time to time in the great family mansion. The subtitle says it all; this IS a family remembrance. We come to learn about each member of the family; their stories, the sadness, their pain. And some of these stories were quite entertainin. Cecy and uncle Einar have great histories, but many of the other characters don't.

As I read each of these short, short stories (some barely a page long), I couldn't help but feel that the book was getting a little repetitive after a while. But just when I was about to give up, Bradbury comes and delivers a very touching and affecting finale that will bring a smile to your lips.

What saves this book from being just another horror novel is Bradbury's beautiful poetic style. His words flow so smoothly that you'll often find yourself lost in his narrative. But besides that, there isn't much that is greatly memorable about From the Dust Returned. I enjoyed it while it lasted, but that's pretty much it. Is this Bradbury's masterpiece? Not by a long shot. It's midly entertaining, while it lasts.

3-0 out of 5 stars From the Dust Returned
From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury is a Halloween tale of an enchanted house in Illinois and it's peculiar residents.

I found this book to be slow going at first, almost as though the author wasn't sure where he planned to go with the book. It is actually a compiling of many short stories Bradbury has written over the years and often times I felt that the book lacked the flow it would have if it had been written in one go. The writing style is hard to describe, very embellished and relying more on description than events occurring. Still a good book and a main story line does reveal itself by the time the reader finishes the book. I would suggest some of the authors other works before this one although it was fun and a very quick read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bradbury's Written Better
He's done better. I thought it was empty. ... Read more

45. Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show
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This collection of irreverent and surprising essays about the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes pieces by leading science fiction and fantasy authors. Contributors include bestselling legend David Brin, critically acclaimed novelist Scott Westerfield, cult-favorite vampire author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and award-winner Sarah Zettel. The show and its cast are the topics of such critical pieces as Lawrence Watt-Evans's “Matchmaking in Hellmouth” and Sherrilyn Kenyon's “The Search for Spike's Balls.” An informed introduction for those not well acquainted with the show, and a source of further research for Buffy buffs, this book raises interesting questions concerning a much-loved program and future cult classic.
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4-0 out of 5 stars A readable and thought-provoking series of essays
This collection of 23 essays about BtVS has the advantage of being written after the series finale, allowing a wider scope than similar, earlier books. Although these are (mostly) serious, thoughtful essays, they are written in a more readable, accessible style than "BtVS and Philosphy" by James South, which required a PhD in philosophy to understand.

In a book like "Seven Seasons of Buffy," everyone will have their favorites. One of the best was Zettel's piece, where she argues that the real reason the series went downhill after Season Three was - not because the characters were no longer in high school - but because their role had changed from "outsiders" to "insiders." In high school part of the appeal was that they had only a hazy notion of the forces against them (e.g., the mayor's plot); it was more difficult to empathize with the characters when they lost that "outsider" role. I also loved Larbalestier's article because, although not cohesive as an essay, she articulates what an utter disaster Season Seven was. This series went downhill fast. (The episode "Empty Places" gets my personal vote for ultimate low point of the series.)

Another great essay was Carter's article about alternate realities in BtVS. Ever notice that "The Wish" (in which we are led to believe that the alternate reality was extinguished when Anyanka lost her powers) is inconsistent with "Doppelgangland" (the alternate reality continues to exist parallel to the "real" reality)?

One of the weaker essays was Golden's, in which she complains that the presentation of wicca was unauthentic on BtVS. (Hey, anyone want to write an article about how badly Christianity is portrayed on this series?) I was also unimpressed with Harris's complaint about the good-looks bias in casting, and by Watt-Evans' speculation that Buffy and Wesley would be the ideal couple, and by Aloi's over-the-top rhapsodizing about how beautiful Tara was.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed reviews for mixed level of quality of articles
Jennifer Crusie's article I'd say was the best, Sherrilyn Kenyon's the worst. Crusie's article had depth, humor and really gave you a sense of the show. Sherrilyn Kenyon's was a repulsive misogynistic rant of the like of Phyllis Shafley. The hatred Kenyon has for women that aren't airheaded doormats to men was freakish. Now I know why her books are filled with abusive posturing men and vapid wimpy females, aparently that is the only acceptable type of realtionship to her. Ugh, why the heck did the woman even watch Buffy? Buffy was created to counteract repulsive attitudes like hers. Whedon's idea of "girlpower" wasn't always on key- frankly, in seasons 1-4 I found Buffy acting too much a doormat to Angel and Riley for my tastes, while other than the darkest point of season 6 when we got "psycho" Buffy, the Buffy and Spike relationship was a passionate, equalitive, sexy, and in season 7 (my favorite season, particularly the second half) deeply romantic and almost spiritual. A modern Jungian psychologist might even say they were a near perfect Anima/Animus pairing in season 7.

3-0 out of 5 stars So near, yet so far
Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show is very nearly a text I could have recommended to anyone; those who think Buffy was Shakespeare, those who think it was, or turned into, crap, and even those who think it was -- gasp -- "just" a television show. But unfortunately, like Buffy itself, this book loses its way and runs out of good ideas by the end. Let's start with the good stuff; the essays that had me thinking I could finally start a Buffy-related book review with words to the effect of "Now that's what I'm talking about!"

Sarah Zettel adds brilliant depth and a convincing thesis to a not uncommon criticism of the series: That Buffy lost, at the very least, certain cohesion when the characters graduated from high school. And in what I think is the heart of this collection, Justine Larbalestier charts her evolution over the course of Buffy's seven seasons from Champion of All Things Buffy to Horrified ex-true believer. In so doing, Larbalestier reflects the experiences of millions of Buffy watchers who found themselves seduced by a dramatic series for television, convinced themselves it was something more than it could ever be, and eventually hit the wall.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg's essay is devoted to the idea that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer is not 'just' a TV show." but a watershed event for television as literature. I dunno, I think she needs to look at her watch once in a while. In his nearly-brilliant 1992 book Teleliteracy, TV reviewer (and future Buffy fan) David Bianculli devoted an entire chapter to the idea that "Some Television Is Literature -- And Vice Versa," using as examples series (Taxi, St. Elsewhere, others) that pre-date Buffy by at least 15 years.

I am not saying that Buffy, at its best, was not the equal of the shows I've mentioned above at theirs. It was a really good show, when it was a really good show, like a lot of really good shows. It's just not inherently superior to all other shows, as some writers here want us to believe.

Still, as a whole, this book is better written than earlier Buffy-related volumes I've reviewed here on Amazon. It is badly marred, however, by the inclusion of a piece by Kevin Andrew Murphy. His essay digresses into vile, dubious and non-representative portraits of fans of actress Amber Benson, who played Tara on Buffy, as stalkers. It's based on wild speculation and deserves contempt for its intent to smear these fans.

I myself am a fan of the character Tara, and the group Mr. Murphy attacks in this book is one with which I am well acquainted. So let me make something clear: I am not saying that any fan group, much less one with which I have been associated, is above thoughtful criticism, any more than I believe Buffy is. Unfortunately, thoughtful criticism is not what Murphy does here.

5-0 out of 5 stars 23 Writers Contributed
23 writers who have numerous other books available here on amazon contributed to this volume. To decide if you really need to own this book, check them all out -- read what folks say about their other books or read excerpts of their writing. Everyone in this anthology finds something intriguing, interesting, inspiring or curious about Buffy The Vampire Slayer. They're not all totally worshipful of the show, but as professional writers with sharpened critical faculties, they all found something to get deeply involved in thinking about.

That alone tells you something about the quality of Buffy The Vampire Slayer's writing. OK, sorry -- that's a hobby horse of mine. I wrote the article contending that this show is actually drawing television writing another step along the way to becoming Great Literature. Excerpts (with the publisher's special permission) of all the articles are in Writers In Residence at simegen dot com. Here is a list of the contributors. Use Amazon's new Search Inside feature by typing in each author's name without quotes around it. Once you see what they've been writing, you'll want to know what they think of Buffy The Vampire Slayer even if you haven't been watching the show.

Contributors in no particular order:

Peg Aloi, website Witch's Voice and poetry

David Brin, bestselling author of Kiln People

Margaret Carter, academic and author, The Vampire in Literature: A Critical Bibliography plus several novels.

Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, Author, Copper Moon and Bridge of Shadows

Jenny Crusie, bestselling author of Faking It and What the Lady Wants

Christie Golden, contributor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 1 and author, The Last Roundup

Charlaine Harris, author of the acclaimed Dead Until Dark and Club Dead

Nancy Holder, co-author, The Watcher's Guide and Angel: The Case Files

Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of the bestselling Dark Hunter series

Nancy Kilpatrick, Arthur Ellis Award-winner and author, Bloodlover

Marguerite Krause, author, Blind Vision

Justine Larbalestier, academic and author, The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction

Jacqueline Lichtenberg, author of the cult favorite Sime~Gen series

Jean Lorrah, winner of award-winning Blood Will Tell

Carla Montgomery, winner, Writers of the Future

Kevin Andrew Murphy, author of Fanthom: The World Below and Drum Into Silence

Laura Resnick, award-winning author of In Legend Born

Lawrence Watt-Evans, veteran fantasist and author, The Dragon Society

Michelle West, author of Sea of Sorrows

Scott Westerfield, author of the acclaimed Risen Empire

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of popular St. Germain vampire series

Sarah Zettel, author of Fool's War

5-0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the best Buffy anthology that there is
I have read a lot of serious essays on Buffy: all of the essays on, and the entirety of the contents of the collections edited by Kaveney, by South, and by Wilcox and Lavery. But this new collection is far and away the best of the lot. I believe there are two reasons for this. First, the writers of the essays in this volume have the tremendous advantage of being able to look back on all seven seasons of Buffy and speak with some authority on what actually happened. If you read the other collections, there was always constant speculation about what might happen in the future. Now we know what happened. But the second and more important reason this collection is so superb is the fact that it was written almost exclusively by creative writers rather than academics. Although I am an academic myself, too many of the academic essays written on Buffy seem to me transparent attempts to graft unconnected academic interests onto the writers' favorite TV show. The writers here, however, are truly trying to tease out the meaning of the show on its own terms, and not trying to force the themes of the show fit the needs of philosophical, cultural, or feminist theory.

Another advantage of this collection is that just about every selection in the volume is excellent. I might want to differ with a couple, like the one that defends Riley as the best boyfriend for Buffy or the one that lavishes extensive praise on Tara (I don't dislike Tara, and loved her singing in "Once More, With Feeling," but I can't really get excited about her, either; I do, however, really dislike Riley, like a majority of Buffy fans), but even those take up positions that are fun to argue with. Some of the pieces are flat out outstanding, such as an early one that is cast as a essay question on a test in which a demon is asked to explain which is the most powerful force for good in Sunnydale and why (answer: Xander, with an interesting defense). In the other anthologies, there were essays I had to suffer through in order to get to others more to my liking. There isn't a clunker in the bunch here.

If I had a complaint--though I really don't--it would be that too many of the essays are fixated on the romance aspects of Buffy. I would estimate that well over half of the essays primarily are focused on one or more of the romances in the series. My own interests have always focused on the ethical aspects (e.g., did Spike's actions in Seasons 5 and 6 give him something like a soul before the shaman gave him one at the end of Season 6?, or on the extraordinary optimism that pervades the series that people can grow and become more than they are, that leopards can indeed change their spots), but clearly anyone who hates romance is not going to enjoy Buffy for very long. My lone complaint is that there isn't a bit more diversity of subject matter. There are just a few too many articles focusing on romance than I would have liked.

Still and all, this is a great, great book, and although I have frequently noted in other reviews that anthologies by their very nature are inconsistent and uneven, this one breaks that rule. It starts off great and stays that way all the way through. I can't imagine anyone with any interest in Buffy at all, not loving this collection. ... Read more

46. Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat: The Graphic Novel
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Collected for the first time, here are the twelve extraordinary illustrated volumes that form the graphic novel ofThe Vampire Lestat.Evocative full-color paintings and an artful abridgement of the original text capture the inimitable spirit and atmosphere of this passionate, complex, and thrilling tale. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beloved Lestat
Let me begin by telling you how I was introduced to our brat prince. I saw the movie "Interview with the Vampire" about five years ago. I saw the character of Lestat in the movie and was intrigued by him. He was portrayed as the evil type, and was practically hated in the movie. Of course I love evil people, so after reading the novel "Interview with the Vampire", I immediately went to the novel of "The Vampire Lestat". I fell completely in love with Lestat de Lioncourt. I could feel his pain and happiness, everything was so vividly and beautifully described by our wonderful Anne Rice. So then I picked up the graphic novel, and I fell even more in love with Lestat. The graphic novel is so awesome. But, a word of advice. When you pick up TVL, be sure to pick up the Queen of the Damned novel as well, because where TVL leaves you off and craving for more, QOTD picks up and leaves you satisfied. You had better hurry up and pick up the graphic novel because it will soon become an extreme rareity!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible, enchanting book
Wow. Ok. I must start off with the fact anne rice is such an amazing writing. She captures the sensuality and mystery of vampires in the perfect way, she allows to beautiful landscapes to become alive in your mind. This book is my favourite of the vampire chronicles (I have yet to read #5). This characters are vivid as is the background the scenes are set in. It's just a memorising book that any Anne Rice fan should love, along with any fan of gothic literature. I guarantee by the end of the book you will be in love with Lestat too girls :)

2-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but diappointing adaptation.
Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat" is a great book in and of itself, and I definitely reccomend reading it - however, not as a graphic novel. I am a huge fan of Anne Rice, but I'm also not prejudiced against the graphic format either. In fact, I love comics in any form. However, this graphic novel is a huge disappointment. The script is amazing, Faye Perozich manages to convey the wonder and excitement of the original book, but... The art is terrible. Lestat's face in many instances looks ugly and deformed, which directly contradicts the book - in fact Lestat was chosen for vampirism for his good looks. Marius, who was once a proud Roman Senator, wears a mullet. Armand looks all right at first, but when the book revisits the events told in "Interview With The Vampire", he looks positively hiddeous. Do yourself a favor. Don't waste your money on this. If you absolutely must have an Anne Rice graphic novel, buy "The Tale of the Body Thief", which is just as good a story, and much, much better art, which reminds me of P. Craig Russel at times and focuses on the lushness and beauty of Anne Rice's world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lestat: A timeless vampire
If fictional vampire stories are up your ally, then I encourage you to read the novel "The Vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice. Although it is the second book in "The Vampire Chronicles" I strongly urge you to read it BEFORE book one: "Interview With the Vampire." Where do I begin? This book is a phenomonal tale of a vampire who could survive and flourish in any epoch of history, and have a Hell of a good time too! In this autobiography of Lestat de Lioncourt, he will take you to his mortal boyhood in France, to his later luxurious life in New Orleans, and right up to the present when he is in the midst of waking the most ancient of vampires and holding his first ever rock concert in San Francisco! So as you see, one of Lestat's best traits is that the possibilites are endless and he can accomplish anything he desires. I gaurentee that when you're done drinking up this story, you won't have left a drop...

5-0 out of 5 stars In Love with Lestat
Like a lot of people, I was introduced to Anne Rice through the movie "Interview With a Vampire". I never liked Tom Cruise much, but this character he was portraying was unbelievable. A longtime fan of vampire stories, I have never met in my books anyone like Lestat. When I saw this book, I immediatly read it in just 2 days. Is it possible to fall in love with a novel character? If I wasn't in love with Lestat before, I was after reading this book. I felt for him, I felt him, I saw through his eyes. His mortal life, his vampire life, his loves and loses. I wanted to actually reach out to him. I have continued reading the Vampire Chronicles just to get more of him. I have never read a more well written and complex book. Anne Rice goes so deep and I am forever grateful to her imagination for giving me such a wonderful character to love and follow. ... Read more

47. The Quotable Slayer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
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Asin: 0743410173
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 7911
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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"Well, the slayer always says a pun or a witty play on words, and I think it throws vampires off!"-- Willow Rosenberg, "Anne"


"'Her abuse of the English language is such that I understand only every other sentence....'"-- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (quoting Giles) on Buffy, "Bad Girls"


"If I had the Slayer's power, I'd be punning right about now."-- Buffy Summers, "Helpless"
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3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Compilation But Not For Fanatics
Quotable Slayer is a compilation of quotes and memorable dialogue from Buffy Season 1 to Season 7. Its organized into sections such as Buffy On... and Quotable Slayer (about Slayers. Its very well organized and small enough to carry around in your bag where ever you go. The choice of quotes is good. There are a few minor errors. It includes full color photos.

A highlight is the Quotable Intro which is a nice intro to the book. I would recommend this for fans who'd like to remember things about the show, but for die hard fanatics, this book is not a necessity. You'd probably be able to rant of quotes off your mind right now without the book.

Overall, the book is nice but not something that stands out or a necessity for fans at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hope they do one for Angel too.
Fun little book that compiles many of the most memorable quotes for all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The book covers a wide range of quotes from the hilarious to the touching. I really enjoyed this book but I do have a few complaints. I noticed an error, they have the Xander/Andrew talking about Anya's death quote labeled as coming from "End of Days" instead of "Chosen." I think there may have been a few more mistakes but I'd have to check on those. Also, The book didn't have my favorite quote which is; "For God's sake, man, she's eighteen. And you have the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone. Just have at it, would you, and stop fluttering about." ~ Giles to Wesley (The Prom) Still, If you are a die hard Buffy fan I highly recommend this book. It's good for quick Buffy fixes on the go.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quote Book For the Buffy Geek
This book is just so much fun. It has some of the best Buffy the Vampire Slayer quotes.
Well organized because it goes by characters and character status. Could have been more detailed by scenes. However, all , and all. Excellent keep sake.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Quotable Slayer-lets hope for The Quotable Vampire soon
Its every fans dream. 200+ pages of the hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking dialogue of one of the best shows television has ever given us.

With sections including: The Quotable Slayer, The Quotable Watcher, The Quotable Scoobies, The Quotable Other People, and Buffy on..., and 8 pages of Color Photos, you really couldnt expect more, unless of course it was a script book.

Of course it wont have all of your favorites, because that is impossible with all of the great quips on the show, but Ostow and Brazenoff do a great job of compiling this essential quote book.

I love the cover which includes Buffy's gravestone "She Saved the World A Lot". I would definitely recommend this book.

Hopefully we get an Angel Supplement soon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Remember that time...? No, me neither.
This is an interesting concept, and it's not bad for the price. I just wish they'd done a better job editing the book before rushing it out. There's a few quotes that are attributed to the wrong episode. That's not so dire, though. They did that in the Watcher's Guides, too. No big deal.

What bothers me is that there are quotes in the book that never made it on air. It seems their only source material was the shooting scripts, instead of actually watching the episodes. I really wasn't ready to see Tara's "Sweetie, I'm a fag." from the 'Dead Things' script be released commercially yet. ... Read more

48. The Awakening: A Vampire Huntress Legend
by L. A. Banks
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-21)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 60755
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress.But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru.A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her.It's just a matter of who will get to her first.Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered and he has allied himself with the deadly Amanrath demons in order to claim her.But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well.And now an unlikely variable has entered into the equation, an ex-lover now turned vampire with an agenda of his own.And she must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Damilia is Back and Even Better
I could not put this book down! Not only does this story have great vampire fight scenes, but the characters' interaction and conflicts are intriguing. Banks knows her occult lore and designs some of her own theories to explain the unexplainable. I love her descriptions of the layers of Hell, and the central idea that what you send out is returned to you. Unlike Anita Blake, who says she is a Christian, but we never see her beliefs as a part of her. Damilia's deeply rooted beliefs are what make her an ideal vampire huntress. She understands evil, because she truly believes in the ultimate good.

I LOVE Carlos. In my opinion, he is the most interesting character. Within him is the ultimate struggle between good and evil. The relationship between Damilia and he, is so moving. I can't wait to read the next book, The Bitten.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic urban fantasy
She is known by many names; Slayer, vampire huntress and Neturu come to mind and she is feared by the forces of darkness who wants to destroy her before she reaches her twenty-first birthday and comes into her full powers. She is protected by seven Guardians and together they battle the creatures of the night. Her one weakness is Carlos who if he traveled another road would have been her guardian but at twenty-three he is a powerful mob boss who makes a fortune dealing drugs.

Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire master wants to control all vampire activity on Earth and to have the slayer killed before her twenty-first birthday. He turns to Carlos but before the transformation is complete he is whisked away to the vampire council who will make him a master vampire if he destroys Fallon Nuit and the Neturu Damali Richards. He accepts the deal without signing any contracts because his own goal is to protect the slayer, even from himself and help her even though she discovers what he has become and rejects him.

Make no mistake, all the vampires in THE AWAKENING are evil beings who think of human beings as cattle. Carlos is different because as he was turned he was praying and so there is hope for him if Damali will give him a chance. This is a fantastic urban fantasy tale and all the loose ends will be tied up in the final book in this series THE HUNTED.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars The Urban Princess Warrior Returns
The Awakening is the second installment of the Vampire Huntress saga authored by L. A. Banks. I enjoyed Minion, but I LOVED The Awakening. The battle between good & evil, laced with the deadly romantic attraction between Neteru and Master Vampire was intoxicating.

Damali, Neteru, is coming into her own. Her birthday is nearing and so is her vulnerability to the master vampires stalking the Earth. Every demonic creature imaginable is aware of this historical event, but only the vampires have the ability to use it to their evil advantage.

Carlos and Damali have always shared a bond, an attraction. Carlos always felt the need to protect Damali...kind of like her guardians. But when opportunity presents itself, can the softhearted drug lord resist. Carlos gets caught up in something that even his arrogant street-wise character can't reverse. The Vampires approach Carlos with a lucrative offer. His decision and actions thereafter can shift the balance between good and evil.

The author delivered constant action, mental stimulation, and tweaked every human sense available. I'm twitching in anticipation for the next book. I sat in awe as I read. I'm a big vampire fan, and the urban spin that Banks weaves into this series mesmerizes me. I wish it were a weekly sitcom. When you pick The Awakening up to read, siphon off enough time to complete it because once you pick it up, you won't put it back down until . . .

4-0 out of 5 stars A new reality.
Fast on the heels of MINION, the predecessor to the vampire huntress
series, is THE AWAKENING...the tale continues. Every one thousand years
a Neteru is born, divinely created and specially anointed, a female
vampire slayer with all the powers of the world of light. And should
she willingly host a vampire seed during her entrance into womanhood,
she will produce a 'day walker', a master vampire who can dwell
topside as a human, with the power to also transform other undead into

day walkers.

Carlos Rivera, a third generation vampire, has been summoned by the
Vampire Council and escorted to the sixth realm of hell. He is elevated
to a master vampire because the Council needs him to bring them the
huntress. Carlos is tormented, Damali Richards is the huntress and he
has had an attraction for her long before any vampire madness occurred.
When they were teenagers he promised to be her protector; now he is
destined to deliver to the world of darkness, the one woman he vowed to

Everyone's awaiting Damali's twenty-first birthday, the day of her
ovulation when she enters fully into womanhood, and the night of
reckoning for the darkside. There is dissention in the vampire ranks,
both The Vampire Council and a master vampire turned rogue, Fallon Nuit
want Damali. Ready and waiting to do battle with both powers is
The Covenant, the guardians sent to protect her. Whichever is victorious
will rule; and Carlos is the catalyst. Because of her love for him,
Damali openly welcomes him across her threshold, into her fortress. And
because of his love for her Carlos compromises himself and reveals that
he too is a master vampire, but he has a plan. He becomes a vampire
double agent and strikes deals with the Council, with Fallon Nuit whom
he now hates, and also with The Covenant. And so the battle begins.
Damali knows that the fate of the world rests on her shoulders and that
Carlos, although she feels in her soul, is the nemesis, or is he? Time
is running out, Carlos and Damali have choices to make.

THE AWAKENING is a masterful tale of hybrids: half demons, half vampires
and half humans, graced with guardian angels. The battle is still the age
old battle of good versus evil, but the players are caught somewhere
between the old world and the new millennium. L.A. Banks creates an
intriguing world of probability, one that invokes eerie inhuman interest
with all the possibilities she ignites.

Reviewed by aNN
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49. Hellsing, Vol. 1
by Kohta Hirano, Duane Johnson, Wilbert Lacuna
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Asin: 159307056X
Catlog: Book (2003-12)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Sales Rank: 20600
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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There's a secret organization somewhere in England created to defend the Queen and country from monsters of all sorts. Yes, it's hard to believe in this day and age...but really, isn't this the true age of monsters? Enter Hellsing, an agency, long in tooth, with the experience, know-how, to handle the problems that arise when vampires, ghouls, and the like take on these dark forces. "What equipment?" you may say. How about another vampire, and a big pistol loaded with special silver bullets? That oughta do the trick. But what really knocks 'em dead is the sharp wit, awesome artwork, and crazy, bloody action that make up the manga. Hellsing the long-awaited manga is finally in America, thanks to Dark Horse Comics and the folks at Digital Manga, and you're gonna love it. Come get some smart-ass gore and action as only Japan seems to produce, in that crazy "non-Western" format the kids seem to love. And nice and thick at a full 200 pages! The night is dark, but at least those wacky anti-heroes from Hellsing can make light of it. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Singing My Tune!
Some folks will already be familiar with the anime; others may be encountering this graphic gothic for the first time. I have to say, as a both a manga and a vampire fan, I was delighted to find, Kohta Hirano's HELLSING volume one published in English. The basics of the plot will sound familiar; a secret organization exists in England for taking on the paranormal baddies that terrorize the country. This organization is called Hellsing, and in their corner they have one unstoppable tool, a generations old super-powerful vampire named Alucard who can stop any of the nasties and make them go Aaargh! Splat! in the night.

Probably on of the best things about the anime is that it never takes itself too seriously. Despite the incredible amounts of violence and gore, the dialog tends to be wickedly funny. Despite the allusions to Bram Stoker's DRACULA (After all, Alucard is Dracula spelled backwards) this manga quite gleefully ignores the Victorian sensibilities of the original tale and keeps the dialogue snappy and contemporary. Fans of Buffy the Vampire slayer may find this manga right up their alley. The story itself introduces readers to the cast of this series, Sir Integral, the head of the Hellsing organization and how she came to inherit the position with the help of Alucard their vampire who takes out the baddies for Hellsing others can't handle, and Seras Victoria, otherwise known as Police Girl who becomes Alucard's half-vampire servant when he saves her from dying. Other than the various zombies, vamps and other paranormal creeps Hellsing must put down, they also face off against the Vatican. Specifically section XIII of the Vatican; it's very own paranormal Special ops squad.

The art is fabulous, deftly shaded shots with plenty of detail and a real sense of motion and power that convey the action adventure drama of the plot. The detail never becomes overwrought or lighthearted-although at times the drawing can be comic-and maintains the gothic flavor that is so essential. Be aware if you are just discovering this series that it depicts a great deal of blood and violence-and if this is not your thing, you may want to try something with less graphic detail. For those of you who like a little carnage with your manga, this will probably suit you just fine. Delightfully action packed, wickedly irreverent, and artistically excellent, it's no surprise fans are already impatiently waiting for the next volume!

Be aware that the 13-episode anime series only loosely follows the manga storyline, so even if you've seen the anime, you won't be getting the exact same story. If you enjoy this series and are looking for some reading, I'd recommend BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL and, in anime, VAMPIRE HUNTER D.

Happy Reading! ^_^ Shanshad

5-0 out of 5 stars Hellsing - a winner
HEllsing was the first anime video that I saw, it was the gateway to my anime viewing experience. Once I finished the series on DVD I was looking around for a "season 2" when I found out that there series was based on comic books. I went to a store and bought vol 1 and read through it really fast. It draws you in and entertains you, and keeps you in suspence with its great illustrations and dialog. The irish and germans in the story are noticed as their accents just jump of the page at you. COnsequently I bought vol 2 + 3 and I am eagerly waiting for volumes 4, 5,6 and however more there might be in the works

If you are new to manga comics this might be a bit of a learning curve (as it was for me) but I did not mind as I was quite entertained.

Kudos to the author and the team that brought it to us in english!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Art with an Original Storyline!
I first came along Hellsing in the anime series, and I absolutely loved it. It was interesting and original, with wonderful animation and drawings. So, naturally, when I heard that the anime was once first a manga, I went out and bought it. The money was well spent. The manga goes a little differently than the anime, but if you've never seen the anime, then there's no problem. Basically, if you like vampires, guns, and cold-hard fighting with no romance, this is definitely for you. It's fast-paced with an interesting storyline, so get comfy and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars This series is great
When I first saw the Hellsing Anime I just had to get the Manga.
Boy was I right. The Manga is 100 times better then the anime and more violent too I might add.

I'm in love with this series. It's got action with style and of course, VAMPIRES! Alucard Rules!

This is one of those mangas that I'll probably read more then 3 times. This series is awesome.

Check it out.....

5-0 out of 5 stars But first, the manga!
At first, I saw the Hellsing series on DVD. But when I heard it had originated from a mamga, I knew I'd be in for something good. And here's the first volume. It is a combination of funny, witty, bloody and definitely cool. I could stop talkin about it for weeks. Definetly one to buy. ... Read more

50. The Hunted : A Vampire Huntress Legend (Vampire Huntress Legend)
by L. A. Banks
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Asin: 0312320302
Catlog: Book (2004-06-19)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 41989
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A Neteru---a hunter or a huntress---is born every thousand years in favor of the Warriors of Light as they fight against the Dark Realms.But Damali Richards is the Millennium Neteru.The one who will play a pivotal role in the Final War.The Warriors of Light had been waiting for her and the Dark Realms will do anything to either possess or destroy her.What they did not account for was the man who would love her.

Damali Richard has been to hell and back---literally---and she is not eager to repeat the trip.A Vampire civil war has been averted, but there were casualties and she believes that Carlos Rivera, former lover turned master vampire, is one of them. His death has not only shaken her emotions, but weakened her powers as well.But then Damali gets word that horrific killings are taking place in Brazil.The vampire civil war has left a small door to hell open and new and dangerous foes have risen from the Dark Realms. The leader, a deadly female, is set on a path of destruction.However, her blood lust hides a nefarious plan and the newly resurrected Carlos Rivera is at the heart of it. But Damali is not about to lose her man a second time, so she plans to send this old girl right back to hell she came from---no matter who stands in her way.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Protection at any cost, is it possible?
In this third book of the series, THE HUNTED, Damali Richards, the first Neteru in a thousand years, continues her divine mission to rid the world of vampiric evil. The story begins a few days after the battle in the Dark Realms when The Vampire Council and Master Vampire Fallon Nuit's plans are thwarted as they tried to get their hands on a ripening Neteru, for the purposes of producing a "day walker." The battle weary Covenant, the Holy council anointed to protect and guide The Neteru, has dwindled in numbers as a result of the war and is searching for Carlos who has been missing since then. Their search leads them to a desert where they find a severely wounded Carlos. They immediately nurse him back to health and bestow a renewed purpose for protecting Damali. With determination and audacity, Carlos resumes his double agent ways as he is torn by the need to protect Damali while at the same time bargaining for his soul and fighting the pull of being a vampire.

Damali, now a fully matured Neteru, has lost her 'sight' and her faith is wavering. She is in despair over Carlos, as she believes that a terrible tragedy befell him during the war in the Dark Realms. Her Guardian Team is also experiencing reduced powers, and their faith is slipping as they each realize that a chance at a normal life may not be in the cards. There is only one thing that can help Damali, and now that may be lost. Above all, her protectors trying to keep recent stories of bizarre deaths in Brazil from Damali until she fully recovers her 'sight.' Something very evil from the Dark Realms has been released in the Brazilian territory; its target is Carlos and Damali is standing in the way. As this evil entity locks in on Carlos, it becomes hard for him to ignore. Protecting Damali maybe wishful thinking for Carlos, The Guardian Team and The Covenant.

In this continuing saga of good versus evil, L.A. Banks kicks it up a few notches. She weaves into this story a lesson on the power of love as well as some erotic scenes that were enough to make even the straightest Puritan raise an eyebrow or two. Banks incorporates several subplots of evil deeds from realms of hell and topside to keep me riveted to this book. I was on the edge of my seat as I waited to see who the ultimate winner would be. A deeper look inside THE HUNTED reveals not only an excellent tale of good and bad but it also offers an intense look at love, faith and hope on a grander scale. Despite all the faults, pain and suffering, if we truly believe in our mates, hope serves as a beacon at the end of the tunnel. We just have to trust in the love we share and allow faith to sustain us through uncertain times. In my humble opinion, this is by far the best book of the series. I look forward to the next installment in this series with bated breath.

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5-0 out of 5 stars terrific vampire thriller
The Neteru is born once a millennium to give peace to a trouble world. She is gifted with powers that enable her to destroy the supernatural creatures who want to bring Armageddon to the world. Damali Richards is this era's Neteru, a rock singer and leader of a band whose members are Guardians, sworn to help her in the fight against evil. The vampires were planning a grand feast starring the human race as the main course, but Damali and her group stopped them. However, the only man she ever loved, Carlos Rivera, was turned into a master vampire and is believed to be dead.

She doesn't know that he is rescued by a group of monks who are sworn to fight the Dark and believe that Carlos is worth redeeming. He returns to Damali and they have ten beautiful days together before they part in anger. He consolidates his empire while she and her group travel to Brazil where they have to find the creature that is killing and eating scores of humans. The creature lures Carlos down there as well and tries to seduce him but Damali won't let any evil being live who threatens her world and her beloved.

Both Damali and Carlos are fascinating characters who are polar opposites. His love for the Neteru is so pure it can bring about his redemption while she is a powerful mage who needs to battle evil but also wants to be with the vampire she loves. Their love story makes THE HUNTED a horror novel with a twist that will appeal to fans of both genres. L.A. Banks has written a work one can sink their teeth into enjoying every bite.

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51. Phantom of the Opera (Hollywood Archives Series)
by Philip J. Riley
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Asin: 1882127331
Catlog: Book (1996-10-13)
Publisher: Magicimage Filmbooks
Sales Rank: 206906
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Most people think that they are watching the original Phantom of the Opera on home video or in revival houses.The existing print of the film is actually a silent version of a 1929 dubbed sound reissue, which is missing at least 35 minutes of development scenes, opera scenes, titles and some of the best atmospheric photography and set designs in motion picture history.The present unmasking scene is pale compared to the original.In this comprehensive history of this landmark horror film, author Phil Riley presents the complete, complex production of this amazing film.The 320 page book includes:the complete shooting script, the complete press book, rare behind the scenes photos, and recreations of lost scenes.Contributions by Mary Philbin ("Christine"), cinematographer Charles van Enger, Ray Bradbury, Ron Chaney and more! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, horrifying editing
Shame on the editor of this book! The incredible research that went into this book is belittled by the fact that it is not very well written. Spelling and grammatical errors abound in this otherwise-excellent volume. This is the only book I own from this series; I sincerely hope that these problems were absent in other titles.

Other than that, I can say that this is the definitive book about Chaney's Phantom. Facts in this book are repeated in the "ultimate edition" 2-disc DVD, which includes the best-they-could-do of the 1925 original, which eluded the original authors of this book.

Regardless of my own personal pickiness, if you are a fan of silent films and/or Chaney's Phantom, please get this book. It's a wonderfully immersive read.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHY ISN'T THIS BOOK AT NO. 1 in the Phantom Category????
I had thought Riley's work on MagicImage's THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN was the be-all end all coverage of a classic film until I'd picked this up. And just like the other reviews have stated, this is comprehensive and *THE* book on the original Phantom whether for casual interest or serious study. It's like compiling EVERY single article that you've seen or heard of on the film into this one rather large compendium. Forget Famous Monsters (Devil rest its soul) . This ... is serious and you will walk away with a new appreciation for the craft that was involved in creating this and other old films. Yes, the pressbook is here, scripts, interviews and other insights to this film that would otherwise be lost. There's a ton of stills that are quite rare and just as rarely seen. The pressbook is just incredible, being a total movie-promo snapshot of times gone by. It was cool to see, albeit small, a shot of Chaney and his wife (!) showing up at the premiere. There are scene comparisons betweeen the releases via text and pictures (the unmasking scene) as well as visual reconstruction of scenes deleted from the movie premier that none will ever see in moving form (likely) EVER again, but here, we see them sequentially by way of actual stills, adding some understanding as to why the reissue is oftimes a confusing flick. Another really welcome part was the overview of Chaney's changing makeup throughout the film to accomadate the drama. This is the first time I think I've ever seen a commentary (AND with photos) on what I'd noticed while watching the film, at least one this thorough. But here, stills illustrate the changing nose, forehead, cheekbones, and totally puts into perspective Chaney's mastery of the medium that he'd worked in and what he was trying to convey with these changes. If you want in-depth, this is it. If you are a Chaney Phantom geek, this is it. Pick it up, and don't think about it too long, since this will likely go out of print and be a pain to find, much like the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN edition. If you're serious about Chaney, also check out LON OF 1000 FACES, by Forrest J Ackerman, which is a rerelease of the title, that just came out (9/03). It provides a VISUAL/PHOTOGRAPHIC overview of Chaney's films that would be a good companion to Riley's or any other Chaney book. That one draws from Ackerman's massive stills collection, ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent.
This is THE MOST comprehensive book to date on the 1925 film, 'The Phantom of the Opera'. It has countless articles, interviews, facts, newspaper clippings, screencaps, photographs, etc. Amazing. 'Nuff said.

5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on the silent film
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) is one of the most famous silent films ever made, and this book follows the making of the film from beginning to end. Riley starts with the story of the Paris Opera house, Gaston LeRoux, and the novel. Then he follows the complicated production, with problems over Lon Chaney's participation, many rewrites, previews, and re-edited versions. When sound films came along, it was re-cut and opera sequences were added. This book has reprinted the entire pressbook, the original script, plus sections of the different script versions. Riley interviewed heroine Mary Philbin and several of the technical crew-members for this book. If you are a fan of Lon Chaney Sr., you will want this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Movie!
I have always been a fan of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera, and have considered the 1925 movie version the best of all versions. I was highly intriqued and mystified when I heard that the movie actually had been filmed more than once, with the first version filmed forgotten. Then there was this book. Well I must say, Philip Riley has done an EXCELLENT job compiling every bit of information as to all the different versions of this film, and makes it truly an interesting read. With terrific background on Leroux's novel too, this book has instantly become one of my favorites of all time! ... Read more

by Christopher Pike
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Catlog: Book (1996-05-01)
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After five thousand years she was again mortal.

The dead alchemist's experiment has worked. Alisa is no longer a vampire, but a frail and confused human. Not only that -- she is pregnant. The baby grows in her at supernatural speed. As the stranger watches. The stranger from the past.

But what child will Alisa's seed produce?

A demon or an angel? Alisa does not know.

But the stranger does. He knows everything that ever was.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ooh . . . .
I read all the books in this series, but for some reason this one stuck in my mind the most; I don't know why.

Sita, after living 5,000 years as an immortal vampire, has finally reached a dream she never thought would happen; the alchemist's experiment (in book three) worked, and now she is finally a human, mortal. Maybe now, she thinks, she can finally have a daughter, possibly one like Lalita, the daughter she left the night she became a vampire. When Ray, whom she thought dead, shows up, she thinks she can finally achieve that dream, especcially when she becomes pregnant, and finds a new friend, Paula, who also happens to be pregnant. But the baby grows at an unnatural speed, the birth is painful. Sita names the child Kalika, not Lalita "she who plays" but instead "she who kills." And it seems she is right. The child grows fast, and craves blood. Sita returns to her old ways to find blood for her demanding daughter. And Ray seems so . . . different, not the old Ray who cringed at the sight of blood, now he tries to make sure Sita is feeding their daughter.

When Kalika is physically twenty, Sita slowly begins to understand who her daughter is. And just what Kalika wants with Paula's child, the strange boy with pale blue eyes whose blood has the power to heal . . .

I know that most people say this book isn't as good as the rest, but I think it is. It just stuck in my mind, and I've read it over and over. It is good, but is a little confusing at parts. But, read it if you've read the first three.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Last Vampire 4: The Phantom
I really liked this series, and this book was one of the highlights in reading the whole series. I didn't read the series in the order that you are supposed to. I read the third book first then the first then the fourth then the second then the fifth and the sixth. I enjoyed this particular book in the series because it had more of a twist to it and a huge change in events. I loved the way that she wasn't a vampire anymore and that she had a little girl. I liked the way that it sort of cut off at the end but not in an incomplete way. It was just kind of more like a story that when it ended lkeft it at a point where there could be another book. I also enjoyed how Christopher Pike made Kalika something other human. That was my favorite part of the book. I like how he makes special women in his books. The book is like a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat not wanting to miss a single line. Instead you just wish that you read faster so that you could read what was going to happen next sooner. I thought that it was great, and it left me dying to read more.

3-0 out of 5 stars I felt this was the downfall of the series
I stated in a review of one of the other books that the books, in my opinion, got dumber with each one. This I feel is the downfall of the series. Its interesting in a sense, yet not entirely. The only kicker I find to this book (that prevented me from giving it 2 stars) was the ending when it is revealed what the child is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, yet confusing
This book was great,except i didn't read the first 3, since they weren't in the library. This made the book confusing, but i still read it & couldn't put the book down, till i finished. I hope i can read the others, real soon. Plus I am a huge fan of PIKE'S. He is an inspiration to me & i hope someday I too can follow in the same direction, but not the exact same path as him.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is book #4 in the vampire series. I own all of them as well as the collectors editions. I would highly recommend these to all readers of Christoper Pike as well as readers who have any fascination with the supernatural. Christopher Pike has really written a keeper here. ... Read more

53. Tales Of The Vampires
by Joss Whedon, Ben Edlund, Jane Espenson
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Tales of the Vampires presents stories ranging from medieval times to the Depression to today, all intricatelywoven around Joss Whedon's central story about a group of young Watchers in training. Not to be missed is Buffy's rematch with Dracula and Angel's ongoing battle with his own demons.Wrapped in a haunting cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, these diverse tales flesh out the history and the world of Joss Whedon's unforgettable creations and fill the void left by the Buffy TV show better than any other writers ever could. ... Read more

54. Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires)
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Anne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.

The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.

Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Don't count Anne Rice back in the game just yet.....
Contrary to what appears to be popular opinion by many others who have added their comments here on Amazon, this latest installation in the Vampire Chronicles is not the harbinger of Anne Rice's return as a great writer. Indeed, not. She's still floundering.

As one other person mentioned already, I can't understand why Rice chose to focus so heavily on Pandora's human existence when this woman lived as a vampire for a couple of millenia. Not that Pandora's human history wasn't entertaining (even though, at times, I felt like I was being lectured to about ancient civilizations (why did I need to know that "garum" is Roman ketchup???)), but what happened in between her rebirth as a vampire and the Pandora we met in Queen of the Damned? How did she get hooked up with the Asian vampire who ended up combusting in the Himalayas? Are we to assume that Pandora simply decided to take up needlepoint after a while and just didn't have much to tell about her vampiric years? Reads like a half-written book to me. Actually, all of Rice's books are starting to read that way, so I don't know that I'm really surprised.

And, of course, Rice has once again fallen back on her old standby of making every notable character in the story unbelievably beautiful, even before they got their vampire makeovers. Heavens forbid that any of Rice's hero(ine)s should suffer a pimple or (gasp!) split ends.

The only truly interesting items I pulled from this story had to do with two vampires other than Pandora and Marius - those being Lestat and Armand. According to Pandora, Lestat is lying in a catatonic state somewhere in New Orleans (to which I'm sure many who have visited N.O. can relate...). And, she also mentions that "one who was believed gone from us is now apparently known to have survived." Sounds like Armand didn't manage to put himself entirely out of commission when he decided to sunbathe on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Here's hoping that Rice manages to lose the pedantic tone and finds some more gripping inspiration by the time she finishes the last rewrite of Armand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pandora Is A Nice Break
Don't get me wrong. I love Anne Rice, and the Vampire Chronicles are among my favorite books ever. However, in reading the other vampire books, one is ever re-reading things we already knew. When you read Lestat, Armand, Marius, and Louis, the tales are so intertwined that sometimes, it gets a little redundant. Pandora is a nice change. We don't know much about Pandora from the other books aside from the fact that she is old, and she is Marius' fledgling. When she recounts her life story for David Talbot in this book, it is refreshing in that sense, because it is entirely new, but it is also refreshing in the sense that Pandora is not as wimpy as her male counterparts. No, no, not the homoerotic thing. The weeping thing. How often do the male vampires weep at the sight of a Botticelli, or at the sound of a musical piece? They cry and lament over everything! Not Pandora. Pandora is made of tougher stuff. She has a backbone. Sure, she has a sensitive side. A very sensitive side. However, we know that she is not going to stain her dress with blood tears because she is lost in artwork or music. As usual, Rice makes you feel as though you are living in Ancient Rome, and her grip on historical accuracy is forever impressive to me. The story is not focused on how Pandora became a vampire so much as the events leading up to it, which is also a nice change because that story has been told before a number of times. The only reason that Pandora gets a 4 in my review is because it just seems that more could have been said. This is rarely a complaint I have about Anne Rice, but I wanted to know more details about her life between Marius and the modern era.

5-0 out of 5 stars From an Anne Rice fanatic......
When someone coined the phrase "Get a life" they may have been referring to us Rice fans. Or, maybe it's an "afterlife"....At any rate, I started the series backwards, first off. I was recommended Blackwood Farm here, on AMAZON . That was great,so I moved to the others in the series, paying no mind to the order they were to be read in. Guess what ? It really didnt matter. Any one could could pick up anywhere in the series and still love these tales. Pandora, one of the few really strong women of the night, takes us from our modern times, to the love of her human life, Marius (of Blood and Gold) You get a history of an age long gone, of Romans, pagen beliefs, the constrictions placed and freedoms allowed women of that era. The imagery is wonderful, descriptions lush without becoming boring. Pandora looses all she loves to start all over again, in a strange city, followed by a strange male figure, who is both her protector and maker. We meet Flavius, her servant, love ,and future fledgling. This book, I had it read in 3 nights, did not want to put it down. Unlike Vittorio, this is a story worth telling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional historical novel.
The "autobiography" of the Vampire Pandora, who has appeared in "The Vampire Lestat" and "Queen of the Damned" as a minor character, is a fascinating look at the life of a woman in ancient Rome. It bears some stylistic similarities, and some similarities of plot and character, to the "Cynthia, Witch of Syracuse" stories of Dorothy J. Heydt that appear in Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Sword and Sorceress" series, but it is hardly derivative. There are also some similarities between the character of Pandora and that of Olivia, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's vampiric "childe" of Saint Germain. This book is delightfully well-written, and is a pleasure to read on many levels: powerfully moving story, interesting historical perspective, compelling philosophical insights, and fascinating characters. One of Anne Rice's best-written vampire novels.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
My grandmother handed me this book and told me to read it. She said she didn't like it, but thought I might. I was skeptical at first, for I had never read anything by Anne Rice before. Let's just say this book is perfectly told with a voice that pulls you in. You can see what Pandora sees as you read. I am now on the hunt for anything by Anne Rice. ^_^ ... Read more

55. 'Salem's Lot
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Catlog: Book (1990-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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Stephen King's second novel,'Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart -- and the insular evils of small-town America. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beats the Hell out of Anne Rice.
It makes sense that in his second book, frightmeister Stephen King would take on the big kahuna of the horror genre, vampires. What might not have been expected though is that he would turn out the best bloodsucker tale since Bram Stoker. The gritty, modern, vicious attitude of 'salems Lot is worth ten of the fey, frilly, victorian boredom cranked out by Anne Rice, Inc. With this novel King thoroughly establishes himself as the master of the fantastic made completely plausible, through his total creation of a living, breathing location populated with people you see going about their business around you every day; with the same wants, needs, habits, jokes, meaningless thoughts, concise observations...which he then, in his own words, "throws into the pressure cooker". Ben Mears has come back to his home town of Jerusalems Lot, Maine, to write a book exercising the inner-demons he's carried around ever since a frightening episode from his youth with the old, abandoned Marsten house. But someone has moved in, and the town slowly starts evaporating as people go missing...only to turn up when the sun goes down. King's early novels are some of the best reads around, but only 'salems Lot is the one that really gets under my skin and creeps me out, reaching that much-cliched point where sleep is hard to come by for fear of something lurking in a darkened corner. It's Stephen King at his young, ferocious best, and it's not to be missed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vampires and small-town evil
Stephen King's second book, Salem's Lot, focuses on the life of a small Maine town and its downfall as a vampire starts munching on the populace. It twists Bram Stoker's "Dracula" by sending a group of average, under-equipped heroes against a horde of vampires, rather than the brave Van Helsing and company methodically hunting a single vampire.
This book is also a preview of future King works, including the small, decaying town in New England, a writer character, a precocious child, a haunted house. He adds plenty of spice-of-life detail, and though this adds color, it also adds to the page count, often unnecessarily so. The prose is strong but not great, and the story occasionally drags. The first hundred or so pages are a slog through the everyday life of the town, but it's a necessary slog as we are introduced to important characters and settings, and the story picks up after that. It also brings out what I think was the strongest and scariest part of the book: the small evils in the town itself.
While the vampires provide plenty of creepy scenes, I did not find them frightening. The regular characters and their sins, however, were disturbing. King shows a knack for creating average, believable characters and settings, and the everyday deprivations of life and what bad things people are willing to do to themselves and each other. Are people really like this? The answer is probably yes. In one section King specifically addresses this, as a Catholic priest muses on everyday evil, instead of monolithic EVIL. All in all, I'm adding this to my must-read list, but more as a good example of how the writer's craft is done than because it's a really fantastic story.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest novel of all time!!
Salem's Lot is not only the best novel Stephen King has written but, it is simply the best novel ever written period. Everything works perfectly in this book. The plot is not only about vampires in modern times, (with The 1970s being modern times) but, it's also about the good and evil in the human heart.

This novel is very scary. It is also very moody. Stephen King slowly builds a feeling of coming doom as only he can. Once the action and actual confrontational scares start in earnest, they just keep on coming and never stop.

Throughout the novel Stephen King gives enough attention to every day life detail that the horrific events that happen in this novel really do seem like they could take place. This is one of Mr. King's greatest strengths. The unbelievable becomes the believable in this book.

In closing, Salem's Lot is simply "The Masterpiece"! If anyone enjoys great horror, Read this novel!! You will not be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for Those who Romanticize Vampires!
The trend in modern vampire literature is to make vampires somehow romantic or sexy (thank you Anne Rice), but it should be remembered that vampires did not always have such a refined image. Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is the story of a sickening monster, and the classic German film "Nosferatu" certainly does little for the vampiric image.

Stephen King's stab at the vampire story hearkens back to these classics. His vampires generate disgust in those who see them; they look ill, and they smell bad. This is definitely not a book for those who think vampires are sexy.

That said, "'Salem's Lot" is a justifiable classic in the field of vampire literature. King is not apologetic or even romantic regarding the vampires, but rather treats them in the classic Stoker tradition, as foul monsters. However it is not his treatment of the vampires themselves that makes this a good book.

What makes King's book stand out is his talent for portraying ordinary people in extraordinary situations. The town of Jerusalem's Lot is full of the petty little conflicts and foibles that most small towns have, and King explores tham very well. The vampires find all of these weaknesses and exploit them to tear the town apart. The inevitable conclusion of the book is disturbing, not because of what it says about vampires, but because of what it says about how easily people are corrupted.

Also of note: this book marks the original appearance of Father Callahan, who has taken on a prominent role in the recent volumes of King's Dark Tower series.

This book has been adapted to the small screen twice (one of them very recently), but both attempts pretty much missed the mark. Though both adaptations have their good points, the book has more depth and more meaning than either TV-movie version managed to capture.

This is a great vampire novel (though not for the vampire apologist), and one of King's best books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally a true horror novel!,
I think this has to be one of the best books I have ever read. It has great characters, great Villains and is truly Suspenseful. The beginning, the fist 80 pages or so, it is a bit dry. But once you get past that the remaining 300 or so pages are truly nail bitters. If you like horror this book is an absolute must read. ... Read more

56. Vampire Hunter D
by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshitaka Amano, Kevin Leahy
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Publisher: DH Press
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It's the year 12090, a dark time for the world. After being dominated for 300 years by a race of Vampires known as "the Nobility," humanity is beginning to fight back. Yet as the humans struggle against the Vampires, they also struggle against themselves - cities lie in ruin, and nations are fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms. Every village must have a Hunter, a warrior that eradicates the Nobility and their genetically manufactured demons one vile night stalker at a time. But some of the Hunters are dangerous to more than just the Vampires. Some of them are not friends of humanity at all. Previously unavailable in the United States, Vampire Hunter D combines gripping narration and beautiful interior art by one of Japan's most renowned artists to bring forth a fright-filled futuristic thrill ride. ... Read more

57. Mortal Companion: an erotic tale of love and vegeance
by Patrick Califia
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For Ulric, a pagan warrior who was turned into a vampire by a Christian crusader in the 14th century, immortality has come at the price of a deep and abiding loneliness. He cannot seek companionship from one of his own kind, because vampires—like many other predators—cannot tolerate one another's presence. The only person who shares his memories of home is his half-sister Adulfa, but she has spent the centuries sharpening her hatred of Ulric, for it was he who forced her to become a blood-drinker. It matters not to Adulfa that Ulric was also under duress when this tragedy occurred.

Now Ulric has found his soulmate, a woman who loves him despite her own turmoil about the things that he must do to survive. Their passion for one another is tragically heightened by the fact that she cannot live forever. And she refuses to accept life everlasting, because becoming a vampire herself will force her to leave Ulric's side to establish her own hunting ground, where she would reign supreme, but alone.

If anything makes Adulfa angrier than the prospect of Ulric being happy, if only for a few short years, it is his effrontery in raising a piece of prey to the status of his peer. Lost in a frenzied attempt to satisfy their desire for one another, Ulric and his lover, Lilith, do not realize that they are being stalked by a sadistic and amoral Valkyrie who has had centuries to plot her revenge. In Adulfa's eyes, Lilith may be nothing more than food, but her submissive charms are not lost upon Ulric's sister. Like a great cat, once she pounces, she plans to toy with her captive, if only because this will speed Ulric to his beloved's rescue. When brother and sister clash over the possession of Lilith, none of them will emerge unscathed.

There are far worse fates than death. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Avid Reviewer and Reader
Mortal Companion is not for the easily offended or those who are not comfortable with explicit sex. Subtitled as "an erotic tale of love and vengeance" like no other, Mortal Companion delivers. Patrick Califia has created a world where everything is possible and nothing is taboo. This world is opened up to the reader layer by layer - chapter by chapter - until the final climatic end which leaves us panting and waiting for the sequel.

Mortal Companion introduces us to Ulric, a very depressed vampire. Life, as he experiences it has become drudgery. Nothing gives him pleasure - even feeding leaves him wanting. One evening, in an unknown small town, Mary Beth Wolcott reveals herself. Ulric is immediately smitten and begins a sensual assault that Mary Beth is unable to resist. Ulric wins her heart and soul and makes her his mortal companion, renamed Lilith.

Lilith and Ulric begin a journey to San Francisco and to Ulric's past. Lilith learns how Ulric was the victim of the Germanic Knights of the Sepulcher. He was made a vampire by rape of the mind, body, and soul. This horrific beginning culminated in the rape and a feeding from Adulfa, Ulric's own half-sister. Adulfa swore vengeance on Ulric for his rape and forcing vampirism on her.

Adulfa is more then just a vampire. She began life as a shapeshifter. She is a reckless woman bent on seeking pleasure through domination of the body and mind. She has been planning her revenge against Ulric for hundreds of years and nothing will stop her. Lilith is her ticket to making Ulric pay for violating her.

Lilith and Ulric are aware of Adulfa's rage, but are so caught up within their insulated world they have a false sense of security. Ulric introduces Lilith to the BDSM community and a sex slave is born. Lilith gives herself over completely to Ulric. This trust is pivotal in what is to come.

Mortal Companion is an interesting and entertaining book. While the sex is explicit and violent at times, it has a purpose. Lilith and Ulric continuously switch roles. Neither is completely dominate over the other. It is clear that complete domination is not love, but sharing roles gives Lilith and Ulric a true, heart wrenching, undying love. While it can be argued this their undoing, it is beautiful to read of that kind of bonding. Each chapter switches character point of view effortlessly, giving the reader a voyeuristic journey. Each perspective - male/female - top/bottom - draws the reader further into a San Francisco most have only heard of.

My favorite characters by far are the vampire cats; Luna, Anastasia, Charley, and Hecate. These cats guard Ulric's house in San Francisco and play a very important role in the ending of the book. Califia has created the cats with individual personalities and separates voices. Luna speaks so eloquently that her words are like poems within the book.

Parts of Mortal Companion have appeared is various anthologies. Author Patrick Califia has written many different short stories and books on sexuality and Lesbian issues. He currently suffers from fibromyalgia and lives in San Francisco. When he is not reading other people's vampire stories, Patrick is spoiling his kitty cat or disciplining deserving masochists. He says, "Cats, unlike people, are innocent."

5-0 out of 5 stars Move over, Lestat. Adulfa and Ulric are here!
I must confess I was more of a fan of the vampire sagas that camped up the vampire myth (Buffy forever!)--that was until I read Patrick Califia's Mortal Companion.

Califia has fleshed out and sexed up all the smoldering passion that simmered (and languished at times) in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Ulric and Adulfa, the feuding vampire siblings in this first book of the series, are (omni)sexual predators. (And wonderfully so.) Califia also takes the violence, even S/M scenes and themes found in Laurell K. Hamilton, and gives them new fangs.

There are also many revisions and refinements to the age-old cosmology of vampires. Califia introduces us to The Elders, vampires who guide and protect the lives of their mortal tribes. Even amazing vampire cats. And new villians: the awesome and awesomely wronged lesbian vampire fury known as Adulfa, Sir Hilbert and his Germanic Knights, and a very frightening ubervillian known as The Adversary.

I'd reveal more, but I don't want to give the plot away. Instead, I'll say that once you finish this book, you'll be craving book two. I can't wait.

(Also fans of other Califia characters, like Patrick Kelly and Davy from No Mercy, will not be disappointed. They make a wonderful cameo appearance here.) ... Read more

58. Hollywood Vampire: The Apocalypse - An Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To The Final Season Of Angel
by Keith Topping
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59. The Master of Rampling Gate: A Graphic Tale of Unspeakable Horror by the Author of the Vampire
by Anne Rice
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Catlog: Book (1991-10-01)
Publisher: Innovative
Sales Rank: 194840
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A rehashed ghost story
A short story that Rice wrote a few years back, this is the first time it's been published in audio
format. It's a lot like something a writer from the 19th century would have written, old-fashioned,
yet oddly compelling.

A woman and her brother inherit an estate when their father dies, but are given a stern order in
his will: Burn Rampling Gate to the ground; destroy it! Curious, the siblings travel to the estate
and instantly fall in love with it. They can't figure out why in the world no one has lived in the
400-year-old mansion except for the housekeeper. They begin to think their father was a bit nuts
when he went on about some unspeakable horror that lived in the house - that was why it needed
to be destroyed.

But neither of them find any horrors and thoroughly enjoy themselves in the mansion and on the
grounds. They can't bear to tear the building down. They even visited the nearby village to ask if
there were any ghost stories or legends associated with the estate and no one has heard of any and
say nothing but good things about the mansion - to the villagers, it's a part of their lives and they
love it as much as the siblings.

Then one night, the sister awakens in the middle of the night after an odd dream. She wanders
downstairs and sees the fire is still going in the drawing room. As she enters, she realizes there is
a man in the chair, and he's not her brother. When he notices her and stands, papers fall from his
hands - a story she was writing. She recognizes him as the horror her father spoke of, the
mysterious thing that haunts the mansion and she screams. He disappears and of course, her
brother think she's as nuts at their father supposedly was.

She is determined to prove this man is real and instead becomes spellbound, not by the house,
but by this mysterious man. And he's not alive. Nor is he dead.

(The Master of Rampling Gate was originally published in Redbook magazine in 1984.)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Master of Rampling Gate
Loved the book. Glad I found it for less then the price here. 131. used when new it was 6.95???
Do yourself a favor if you are seeking this very hard to find peice by Ms. Rice don't spend so much for it here. It is true it is in limited print and also that it is hard to find, yet I had no trouble purchasing it through another book store, well known and online. I paid Retail price for the book or 6.95
The book fantastic, the price here outragous!

4-0 out of 5 stars Master Of Rampling Gate
If you are an Anne Rice fan this is a must have. Originally signed and numbered up to 850 as well as released on a small scale to comic book retailers. this is also now available for the first time in 11 years on a Book On Tape. This is a short story about a vampire (of course) who dwells in the home of the remaining Rampling family. Mystery and intrigue lead the young Ms. Julie Rampling to this man of darkness who is afraid his home will be torn down. It's a nice tale of Romance and old fashioned Anne Rice. Very rare and a true collector's item who has to read everything by this author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling author deluxe!
Rice never fails to entice me into buying her books no matter what my financial situation!! I am somewhat biased when singing her praises, she and I are born on the same day, though me a decade or two younger!! I am a collector of her works, she's a true artiste, she takes me to another planet and I love that from an author.

5-0 out of 5 stars tale of a body thief
ann rice is encredible i dont know what i would do or think if she desided to stop writing about lestat see is so compeling! she draws me in and before i know it the book is finished then i am lost until the next.and the next. I feel the story deep into my soul. I could almost swear I was part of the story! the power of her words (WOW) it takes you to the very edge of your seat. ann please believe me when i say you are the best and i think i speak of most who love to read your novels i've tried reading.... or i should say I tried comparing alot of books to yours but there are none. thank you for bieng a great part of my life and thank you for giving us lastat,and Louis,and who could forget claudia. again thank you ann. ... Read more

60. Choice of the Cat (The Vampire Earth, Book 2)
by E. E. Knight
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Asin: 0451459733
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Roc
Sales Rank: 41721
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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The alien Reapers have ruled Earth for forty-five years. David Valentine is a member of the human resistance, who is now being trained as a Cat-an elite stealth warrior. His first mission is to investigate the threat of the Twisted Cross, a mysterious new force under Reaper control. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Avid Reader & Reviewer
In 2022, the world as we know it comes to an end. With the introduction of the Kurians and their deadly Reapers, mankind reverts to its roots. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there and no one is safe from the Reapers. Each Kurian lord controls a group of Reapers, a vampire-like being that kills by absorbing a person's life force or aura. The Kurians use the auras that the Reapers steal as a means to achieve immortality. Humankind is now a farm animal for the Kurians. Hope is not lost. Lifewavers, enemies of the Kurians, have come to Earth to recruit humanity to fight their war with the Kurians. The Lifeweavers have a process of enhancement for humans referred to as "turning up the volume." These enhancements give humanity the ability to fight back and reclaim Earth.

Choice of the Cat is E.E. Knight's second book in the Vampire Earth series. The book opens with Lt. David Valentine commanding a group of Wolves, a military designation for his unit, on a reconnaissance mission. Valentine has gained a great deal of maturity since Way of the Wolf. The young man, part Sioux, with a chip on his shoulder struggles to make a difference. Valentine has become a true officer who puts his men first. No one, not even the commanding officer, is going to use Valentine's men as cannon fodder. Of course, this attitude is not conducive to advancement with Southern Command or with his commanding officer.

With the help of Alessa Duvalier, a Cat or spy, Valentine embarks on a new journey. From the Ozarks to Denver with a final showdown in Omaha, a city devastated by nuclear war, Valentine and Duvalier set out to find the Twisted Cross. Valentine will need all his skills as a warrior and his innate ability to sense Reapers to survive.

Choice of the Cat is not burdened with the creation of the Vampire Earth world introduced in Way of the Wolf. Action starts immediately and does not stop until the last line of the book. In Way of the Wolf, Valentine started on a journey originated by his father. The young man comes into his own in Choice of the Cat. Valentine is a killing machine with a conscience and a moral identity. He will not leave anyone behind, no matter what the cost to himself. Through all the betrayals of his fellow man, David Valentine is able to be a true hero. I found myself rooting for him on page one.

The episodic nature of this series reminds me of anime. Each twist in the plot deepens our understanding of Valentine and his world. This world created by E.E. Knight will be the source for many more adventures to come and many hours of enjoyable reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait For The Next One
What can I say about this book that hasn't been said yet?

E.E. Knight fleshes out a hero that you aren't forced to like, but are helpless not to.

David Valentine is human, he's got his faults and he has his doubts. He questions himself constantly. The thing is...he has this unending resolve to do the 'right thing' that keep him going and keep us flipping the pages to see how he acts.

I actually kind of prefer the transformation to the Cat better than the Wolf myself, it allows for a lot more options and solo missions. Hopefully we'll be treated to more of his part of David's "evolution". (I think of the Cats more as Ninjas or Samurais as the Wolf class would be closer to the Native American warriors from the Frontier Days. I'm interested to see if the Bear class will be compared to.)

I picked the first book up because the cover looked cool (seriously!) but I can honestly say that if the books stay at this quality of writing, I will stick with it to the end.

Can't wait for the next one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vampire Earth developing into a good series
Choice of the Cat, the second book by EE Knight in the Vampire Earth series continues the development of David Valentine as he continues his crusade against the ruling Kurians and the Twisted Cross.

I enjoyed the book as the writing and dialogue moved well and the battle scenes are descriptive and flowing. Certain plot points resolve too quickly and neat, but on the whole the story does well in keeping the reader involved and interested.

I was really intrigued by the change and gain of almost superhero powers that Valentine undergoes to become a "Cat".

Knight does not pull any punches and his world is grim and savage where strength and brutality rule the day. Characters bleed, die, and are beset by doubts.

It's been an interesting series so far and I would recommend this book. The best compliment I can give is that I wish it had been 100 pages longer.

It's going to be interesting how and when Knight makes Valentine into a Bear. I hope not soon as I can see more books in this series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Second Effort Keeps Cookin'
Just enough rehash to leave a pleasant aftertaste. Add a liberal amount of Western to the plethora of genres he's already expertly encompassed. Stir it up with a sassy Cat and a golden Grog. Boil it over gun-totin' Reapers led by a Nazi-esque General and you won't be able to stop eating it up.

E.E. Knight's second in the saga of David Valentine keeps up the pace of heart-pounding action, charismatic characterization and perspicacious plotting so prevalent in his first book. I could elaborate on the storyline, but I won't deprive you of the pleasure of reading it yourself.

Once again, E.E. Knight has shone like a new blade with his inimitable style.

5-0 out of 5 stars Way of the Wolf was great; Choice of the Cat is even better
Way of the Wolf was a bold, exciting beginning to what is definitely shaping up to be an innovative, compelling dark fantasy series from the pen of E.E. Knight. Choice of the Cat takes the heroic journey of protagonist David Valentine in an entirely new direction, one conducive to even more suspenseful action than before. Many a young writer finds it difficult to recreate the magic of a successful first novel, but E.E. Knight has come through with an impressive follow-up sure to delight all fans of dark fantasy and hair-raising heroic adventure.

The setting for The Vampire Earth series is a post-apocalyptic earth of the mid- to late-twenty-first century. Back in 2022, up to 90% of the human population perished as a result of the terrible Ravies plague, but this was just the beginning of Earth's struggle. The Kur, an alien civilization made up of vampiric creatures who feed on the life aura of others, quickly subjugated large portions of the earth. The Kur's most deadly weapons are the Reapers, terrifying, alien beasts through whom the Kur absorb the auras of their victims. Three types of human beings emerged from the apocalypse: those who betray their species and assist the Kur, those who are outwardly ambivalent to the Kur and just try to stay out of trouble, and those willing to fight and die for humanity. David Valentine is one of the latter. After the massacre of his family, the young boy went on to follow in his father's footsteps by becoming a Wolf, a member of the military first line of defense of the Ozark Free Zone. As this novel opens, Valentine is assigned to a new unit of soldiers and forced to hold off an enemy attack on orders of his superior officer; when that officer is injured, command falls to Valentine, who oversees a retreat by his outnumbered men based on his own informed decision and the intelligence he receives from a Cat (a warrior spy). Much to Valentine's (and my own) surprise, he soon finds himself facing a court-martial for disobeying orders. A tough choice between leaving the Wolves and staying to fight the military justice system is made a good bit easier when the Cat he met in battle offers him a chance to become a Cat himself.

Soon, Valentine is off to partake of some incredibly demanding training with his mentor Alessa Duvalier (code name: Smoke) as well as an intense initiation into the order; this induction into the Cats increases his senses and abilities many times over. For some time, Valentine has been deeply interested in a mysterious group of enemies identified by a Twisted Cross, but his reports and inquiries have not seemed to generate much attention in Southern Command. His first mission as a Cat, working alongside his new mentor and friend, involves going into the Kurian zone and gathering intelligence on this seemingly specialized group of enemies. Before he's done, he gets an up-close and personal look at the whole nefarious organization.

There is a great deal of action in this novel. Whereas Wolves act in concert with one another, Cats basically work alone (unless they are training a new recruit such as Valentine). Valentine has always been a fighter, and there is still a good bit of Wolf left in this young Cat; even though his mission is to listen and learn, he cannot abandon innocents when he thinks he can save them. There are lots of skirmishes and one humdinger of a fight before the novel draws to a close, and the addition of the most unlikely of allies further energizes this gripping story about two-thirds of the way through. This novel does end, but I feel as if the writer has just taken a moment to catch his breath, and I eagerly await the chance to sink my teeth into Book 3 of The Vampire Earth series when it is published.

Don't let the word Vampire in the book series name throw you; this is in no way a "vampire novel," for the Kur are unlike any vampires you have ever encountered. Knight is adept at creating living, breathing characters that will captivate your spirit and engulf you in their dangerous and heroic feats. This is a unique and wonderfully entertaining novel that truly delivers while promising even greater things to come. ... Read more

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