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61. Blue Moon (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
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Asin: 0441005748
Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 301513
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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Anita Blake makes a living raising the dead. She also executes rogue vampires and villains among the local were-folk. Marks bind her to Jean-Claude, the Master vampire of St. Louis and her lover, and to her ex-fiancé, a powerful werewolf who heads up the local pack. Anita shares some of their magic, and her own power over the dead keeps growing. But so does the body count and the situations that force Anita to bend or break her own rules.

In Blue Moon, Anita's ex Richard is jailed in Tennessee, accused of rape. When Anita arrives with a lawyer and an entourage of vampires and 'weres' supplied by Jean-Claude, it's clear that something is rotten in Myerton. The local cops are corrupt, and the trolls Richard was studying are threatened. But if she sticks around to investigate, the local Master vampire will attack her and her friends. The local werewolf clan isn't rushing to welcome her either, and her self-control is going to the, um, wolves.

Blue Moon is the eighth book in Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series; newcomers should start with earlier books. The protagonists' development and their relationships to each other and to the large cast of continuing secondary characters are what make these books so compelling. Be warned--there's steamy sex and graphic violence here, though Anita does reflect on her moral position. But if dark urban fantasy featuring those who hunt the night appeals, pounce on this series. --Nona Vero ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I think this addition to the Anita Blake series was GREAT!!
I've read many of the reviews that the public has written.Most of them were negative.Personally,I really admire the author a great deal. She has taken something that she enjoys doing and has become successful at it. Anita Blake and all of her talents, new and old, is a very interesting character. The people that gave this a bad review probably read this and wished or pretended that they were Anita. She's incredible! I wish I had the courage and determination that the author gave her.Not to mention the male following. Oh, about the steamy sex stuff, I thought it was fantastic that Anita and Richard finally got together. Before people start whining about how it should have been written, I think they should try to write a book themselves! That way they can write it however they want to.To Ms.Hamilton;keep up the great work! What is Edward's last name? I love all of your characters. How is your family? It must really be hard to write with a little one running around the house. Thank you for the great books!! I've read the whole set about three times now.Can't wait for the next one!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Blue Moon
Fantastic....I love that her and Richard finally hooked up and would've liked to had seen then a little more together before the end of the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprised to Enjoy It
I didn't expect to truly enjoy this book, as the last two Anita Blake books have been drifting more into erotica than plot. But it actually was a bit interesting, probably because I liked the deeper look into lycanthrope psychology and sociology. I was rather suprised with the Richard/Jean-Claude angst-fest to go forth and enjoy the ending as well, with Anita's crisis of faith.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book.. BAD STYLES!
I loved this book...I'm having a hard time getting past the authors descriptives of the characters though. I don't understand why pretty much EVERY male in the book has LONG woman-like hair? I feel like I'm reading about people from 1986 and every time I hear about another long haired male I can't stop picturing 80's rock stars like Winger, Axel Rose, The Nelsons, Metallica and other hair bands as that specific character! I LOVE the writing and the action and the sensuality of these books but I hope her characters become a little more current with stylings and such (One character even was wearing neon colored biker shorts in a previous book-UGH!)...

5-0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece
As an avid reader of Laurell's book's, all I can say is I haven't read anything of hers I haven't liked. ... Read more


62. The Traveling Vampire Show
by Richard Laymon
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Asin: 0843948507
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Leisure Books
Sales Rank: 96083
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars One show that you shouldn't miss...
Once again Richard Laymon has reinforced his undoubted talent as an excellent and imaginative story teller. " The Travelling Vampire Show " is essentially a " coming of age " story with some small elements of suspense throughout and a good slice of horror as the book nears it's climax. The main character (Dwight) a sixteen year old boy who is going through that transitional period of boyhood to manhood is someone with which I'm sure almost everyone can relate to. You can recognise and understand the wide range of emotions that he is feeling as different events unfold throughout the story. The two other main characters (Slim) a tomboy who is very independent and strong minded and (Rusty) Dwight's best friend who is immature and insecure are also instantly recognisable as people you can relate to. The plot is pretty straight-forward, a vampire show is coming to the small town they live in for one night only and the temptation to go and see it is irresistible, but the show is for adults only and the price of admission is way beyond what the three of them can afford. But one way or another they are determined to see the show and not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. Thus begins the story of Dwight's, Slim's and Rusty's adventure which is one of nolstagia, romance, innocence, suspense, humour and horror which is sure to leave most people loving every step of the journey. One of the finest examples of a "coming of age" story you are ever likely to read. That is the highest compliment I can give to this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars What about Bitsy?
If your expecting to read a good vampire book, this one is not for you. If your already a RL fan than I recommend this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars This isn't a vampire book
Ever seen the film _From Dusk Til Dawn_? In that so-called "vampire" movie, vampires don't enter the picture until the middlish-end, when, from out of nowhere, a hoard of a vampires storm into the plot and attack the characters. That's sort of what _The Traveling Vampire Show_ is like. It's not really a "vampire" book. It's more like _Stand By Me_, except with a girl and a love-sick adolescent main character. The vampire doesn't appear until the very end, and if you're the type of reader who likes suave, romantic Draculas, you will be very disappointed.

As far the writing goes, it's alright. It's not boring. It's just not a vampire book.

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely great book
This book was excellent! The best vampire book I have read in years by far! The plot was orginally, story well written and engaging. Once you start this book you will not put it down until you are finished. I wish more people were writing great vampire literature such as this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vingage Laymon, Very Good Then, Better Now
I suppose "The Traveling Vampire Show" could be called a coming-of-age story, however it's a very differet kind of coming-of-age story. Mr. Laymon has peopled the book with three very horny teenagers. There's shy, sixteen-year-old Dwight, chubby Rusty and the object of the boy's obsession-the cute, smart, independent tomboy Slim (real name Francis), who wields arrows and knives like a pro.

One hot August morning in1963, while Dwight's out mowing the lawn, Rusty and Slim come by with one of the fliers that has been put up all over their little town of Grandville. The flyer advertises a one-night-only performance and Rusty is eager as all get out to get a gander at the featured attraction. Valeria is billed as a gorgeous, bona fide vampire, who'll stalk volunteers from the audience and feast on their blood.

However, they are sixteen and you must be at least eighteen to be admitted to the midnight show. Dwight's attractive young sister-in-law Lee agrees to buy them tickets and accompany them. Since they have the day free, our horny teenagers decide to hike out to Jank's Field where the show will be held and try to get a peek at Valeria.

Jank's Field is strictly off limits to the threesome. It's a barren, flat field which becomes horribly hot and dangerous in the summer. It's littered with glass, jagged rocks and snake holes. It was the burial ground for a serial killer. It was the scene of a violent riot following a boxing match. It's a breeding ground for bullies. And it's chock-a-block full of feral animals.

The teens have several horrific encounters in the field, including a run in with a bully who Slim disables with her bow, a meeting with an evil dog and a run in with kidnapping twins in a black Cadillac. By the novel's end, Slim's body count is at least three, and she wounds several others.

This is a humorous but sad, chilling but sensitive story that will remind you of what it was like to be young and horny. Not many writer's would tackle something like this, but then again, the late Richard Laymon was not like any other writer. He was often quirky, always scary and usually strayed where others fear to tread. He was a wonderful writer and this is a super book. Did I say it was scary? ... Read more


63. The Book of Nod
by Sam Chupp, David D. Gragert, Andrew Greenberg
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Catlog: Book (1994-04-01)
Publisher: White Wolf Games Studio
Sales Rank: 84309
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A definite must read!
This is the best and most accurate up-to-date book about vampire lore. If you've every thought about reading a book about the demons that walk the night this has to be your first pick. It lists all the clans in full detail with the last words of the 2nd generation clan elders to their childer and a very in depth story about the first vampire Caine. Although some of the writing may be hard to read (like the Malkavian clan text) this is still a great book. But the only way to complete it is to read The Erciyes Fragments which will complete the Book of Nod. ENJOY!

5-0 out of 5 stars Black bound book....easier to obfuscate?
When I first read this book, it was in one sitting, and several times I have retuned to it to brush up on my lore. I play live-action Vampire the Masquerade and thoroughly enjoyed this book not only as a great book ITSELF...but as a great supplement. In my opinion...IT and the "sequel book" The Erciyes Fragments create a FULL volume of the Book of Nod. GET BOTH! Whereas the Book of Nod has what I consider to be THE outline of the laws of the clans as dictated by Malkav, Toreador and the others, The Book of Erciyes (which some fellow gamers have affectionatly been calling the COMPLETE version of the Book of Nod) contains more history about Caine's curses HE put on the clans, his exile in the land of Nod as well as a rather interesting bit with Lilith. Why get both? Well I don't feel the story is COMPLETE without both and they're a combination of georgeous art and some of the most creative gothic writing I have seen in a LONG time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome little book.
This little book was made to be a resource for the Vampire Masquerade game but it can definitely be read and enjoyed by fans who have no idea what Vampire Masquerade even is.

This short book, which can be read in like 30-60 minutes, shows the origins of the vampires, and their sects, and shows their 'fall from grace' from heaven and why they were shunned by all.

And while the book might be extremely short in length, the build quality easily makes up for that. There are wonderful drawings, indexes, and footnotes litered throughout the book. And the silver lined pages, attached cloth bookmark, and smooth hardcover scream quality like no other.

This book is a must read for any vampire or horror fan who wants to learn a bit more on vampire history and their origin.

5-0 out of 5 stars classic liturature well illustrated
well illustrated version of the classic liturature to those who dont read anything befor the 16th century, informative the parts "left out of the bible" or taken ut. good read tok me less than2 hours
if any one knows of a better version of this book let me know
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great tool for any Vampire game
This is quite an enjoyable book. The Chronicle of Caine is complimented with Beckett's alternate theory of Clan Caine and Clan Abel. The Chronicle of Shadows is full of wonderful quotes a Noddist character could recite. And the Chronicle of Secrets is perfect for bringing about Gehenna. But while this book is worth buying, I just want to point out two problems with it that bothered me.

The first is that "The Tale of the First City" goes from pages 46-55, and has only one footnote throughout it. Some scholarly insights would have been useful. The second is minor, but worth correcting. On page 53, substitute the name Giovanni with Cappadocian. The Giovanni clan came long after the Cappadocian clan, and were not a part of the original Antidiluvians.

Otherwise, this is a wonderful source book and a good read as well. I highly recommend it to storytellers for Vampire: the Masquerade. ... Read more


64. CREATURES OF FOREVER: LAST VAMPIRE #6(PAPERBACK)
by Christopher Pike
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Asin: 0671550527
Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Sales Rank: 145227
Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings about the ending
I started reading The Last Vampire series when it first came out, and I remember checking the bookstore everytime the next installment was going to be available! Although I'm an adult now (although I was wee a preteen when the series started), I've still reread most of the installments. It's truly amazing how Pike manages to flesh out such a complete characterization. Talk about exposition.

Another amazing thing is how each installment ties in so fluidly with each other and yet they stand alone with their own plot, be it her story with Ray or Joel, or her daughter. I do have to say my preference is with the first three, although all were wonderful. I'm just a sucker for the love stories, and the tragedy that comes with it, of course.

I haven't reread this one, Creatures of Forever, in awhile, but I was a bit disappointed at the end. Although it was a very well-written book (although completely obscure at this point unless you've read the entire series, which you should anyway...) I wished it wouldn't have ended the way it did. I don't want to give it away, but I did get the feeling of "she went through all of this then for what?" I wish the last paragraph was left out, basically. Pike probably ended it the way he did because it was the only way *to* end the series without being tempted to continue on. Still, it's great escapism. If you're a young woman, you will identify with Sita, and it's incredibly easy to imagine yourself in her situation.

I love the wit and humor Pike uses. It's very unlike a "YA novel" since most, like R.L. Stine, seem completely ludicrous (dialogue, especially) when you read them over the age of 15. Pike, on the other hand, doesn't pander to the lowest (or youngest) common denominator; the writing is every bit as good as any "adult" novel I've read.

You might be disappointed after reading this, if only because you'll wish there were more to the series. I can't believe they haven't adapted this to a movie or tv series, especially with the success of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (which I highly recommend if you enjoy this genre).

5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable!!! A definate 10!!!
Of all the books I've read, this one probably makes me think the most, but then all of Mr. Pike's books make me think. I agree with Mr. Pike when he says that me believes Sita herself wrote the story and not him. Although you are a talented author, I don't see how you could have come up with so many different twists in this book, but then what do I know?

I cried at the end of this book, like I did with Evil Thirst. Mr. Pike made me question everything I believe in. And I thank him for that. I would like to see another author try and make a believable character as well as Mr. Pike did. I doubt it will ever be done. Sita seems so much a part of life, that you would expect to find her if you looked for her. But I think there is a little bit of her in most people, because she shows human nature: which is to fear and hate what it does not understand. I wish this series was made into a movie, so that we could really see Sita.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars :-)
I love the last vampire series, they are the best books ive ever read. the ending was so good and it made me kind of sad and happy at the same time. the characters were so real and i love the unusual names... sita, lalita and kalika. i love these books and i could read them over and over :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I thought that Pike couldn't have written it better. The whole damn series was absolutley amazing. I loved the ending....even though it was sad. It just closed up the series even though I wished he would have made a 7th and 8th and so on......Thank you Pike for writing these books! I really wish I could hear more adventures of Sita though :(

3-0 out of 5 stars Took me almost 5 years to read this...
I first got hold of this book when I was 13, and did not bother reading it cover to cover until I was 17. I had read the first few chapters of the book and got bored because it got too super natural (hard to believe when its about vampires right?) and returned it to my friend, only to buy it years later. The only thing I liked about the book was the ending, which was kind of sad and depressing, like life. It made you think about stuff in life and all. ... Read more


65. The Vampire Slayers' Field Guide to the Undead
by Shane Macdougall
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Asin: 1932045139
Catlog: Book (2003-10)
Publisher: Strider Nolan Publishing
Sales Rank: 132399
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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The Vampire Slayers’ Field Guide to the Undead is a fully illustrated directory of the deadly fiends who haunt the night in search of blood, the world's most complete encyclopedia of vampire species from around the world and throughout history.Not just the pop culture vampires like Dracula, but the vampires of folklore and myth from all lands.An authoritative examination of vampire legends, complete with essays on detecting and destroying the undead, extensive bibliographies, and information on vampires in literature, poetry, art and film, this is the complete resource for any Vampire Slayer! ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting research! Great art!
I was most pleased with seeing many of my friends and fellows listed in his book, but was somewhat surprised that I was never asked if he could include my name and my work. Nevertheless the book is a wonderful resourse guide and an enjoyable read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Vampire Book A must have
I would have given it a 4.5 star if they had it. The only reason why I would take .5 away from this book, is the sometime silliness of it. There are a couple to things that I wouldn't agree to but over all a good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I just got this book and it's knocking my socks off. It is so complete and insightful...and has a nice, ever-so-slightly dry humor style to the writing. This is going to help me finsih my own horror novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I thought I would go ahead and write a review of this since this is one of those books that you don't necessarily read from front cover to back cover. You're more likely to skip around in a book like this. That's what I've been doing, skipping around, reading what interests me most.

I am a long time fan of anything vampire-related. I read my first vampire book at age 11, and I haven't looked back since. Since then, I have encountered many legends, myths, and beliefs about vampire. This book puts many, if not all, those beliefs in one source. You learn about vampires from different regions of the world from A-to-Z. Vampires aren't the only preternatural presented in this book. You also learn about d'loup garou (werewolf), demons, dhampirs, protective stones, etc.

My only gripe with the book is this. The sections dealing with how vampires are made was a little sparse in my opinion. I did like how he used the lore that different countries believe regarding the making of a vampire, but he only mention in a passing paragraph how a vampire is made due to a bite because there seems to be a lot of different beliefs on how that works as well. All in all, though, this is an excellent book. Very informative and definitely entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars breath taking
I recieved this book from the author the otherday, Its amazing, I have never seen a vampire book that actually gives a full insight on the undead. Its packed full of weird and intricate myths (or maybe true stories). It has everything and more init. The research put into this book most have been vast. I donated one of my artworks to this book, I am so excited that I am apart of it. You will find my painting on pg 489!! Go and buy this its well worth the dosh!!! ... Read more


66. Dark of the Sun : A Novel of Saint-Germain
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Tor Books
Sales Rank: 12230
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It is the 6th century of the common era.The vampire Saint-Germain, known in this time as Sangi-Ragozh, is peacefully doing business in Asia when, unknown to him-or anyone else in most of the world-Krakatoa explodes in a massive volcanic eruption.The island is nearly completely destroyed; tidal waves swamp harbors hundreds of miles away, ravaging trade ships and their cargoes; tons of ash and dirt are flung into the air.

In the months to come, the world grows colder and darker as the massive cloud of dust and ash spreads across the globe, blocking sunlight.Sea trade is ravaged.Crops fail.Livestock, and then people, begin to starve.Disease spreads.Panic rises.

What has caused the sun to go dark?With his scientific bent, Sangi-Ragozh suspects a natural cause, but most people assume a supernatural explanation-and begin to seek supernatural remedies.

As always in times of trouble, foreigners-and the vampire is always a foreigner, wherever he travels-become targets.Fleeing toward the West, where he hopes to find safety and sanity, the vampire travels with a nomadic tribe led by Dukkai, a female shaman who soon becomes Sangi-Ragozh's lover-and main source of sustenance.

But Sangi-Ragozh's problems are far from over.His vampire nature is discovered by an enemy; he is separated from Dukkai and begins to starve; he has lost everything, including his last sack of his native soil.

With death no longer a distant possibility, Sangi-Ragozh desperately tries to reach sanctuary in the one place he truly belongs-his homeland, the country he first left centuries earlier.

A land we now call Transylvania.
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67. The Book of Renfield : A Gospel of Dracula
by Tim Lucas
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-24)
Publisher: Touchstone
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When we first meet Renfield in Dracula, he is a tortured soul in decline, a fly-gobbling, Scripture-quoting lunatic who acts as a haunted harbinger of Dracula's arrival in England. At the novel's climax, readers discover that Renfield, under restraint in the asylum of Dr. John Seward, has been in psychic communication with Dracula all along, acting as his eyes and ears in expectation of unspeakable rewards.

Now, in an ingenious work of fiction, author Tim Lucas at last brings Renfield's own story to light. The Book of Renfield is a collection of the long-lost private diaries, professional journals, and wax-cylinder recordings that comprise Dr. Seward's obsessive study of Renfield. Featuring appearances by many of the characters from the original Dracula, Lucas's novel takes on the frighteningly realistic tone of a textual documentary as it illuminates the warped consciousness of Renfield and reveals, through a series of stories from his childhood, how this poor unfortunate was predisposed to become the ideal portal for evil. ... Read more


68. Guide to the Camarilla (Vampire, the Masquerade)
by Richard E. Dansky
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Asin: 1565042611
Catlog: Book (1999-02-01)
Publisher: White Wolf Games Studio
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential in the Final Nights
To any fan of White Wolf products and avid player of Vampire, Guide to the Camerilla is essential for any GM. Saying one can run a Cammerilla campaign without it like saying you can get an understanding of Les Misérables by reading cliffnotes. I hope that thought can highlight the fact that understanding and appreciation are mutually exclusive concepts.

With the final nights close at hand this book highlights the signifigance of the Gangrels departure from the Camerilla and the problems that have arisen since Xaviar of Clan Gangrel left the Inner Council. In fact, in GttC all of the clans are signifigantly fleshed out to improve any chronicle.

Other additions include tips on playing Independants with the Camerilla (confusing until now), new paths and rituals for the Tremere, advanced Disciplines for elders and methusulas, and suggestions on how to run a Conclave. Everything from boons to warfare is covered within. The artwork is on par with some of White Wolf's best and might even lend itself to your imagination.

I reccomend this book to all GMs running Camarilla campaigns. If you use the ideas within you will make the Final Nights quite memorable for your players.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful information, not essential though
I liked Guide to the Sabbat, the core Vampire book covers the Camarilla well enough but it leaves the Sabbat out their. So I've always liked that. Suprisingly though, Guide to the Camarilla was good also. Even though alot about these guys is covered they at first seemed weak when compared to the Sabbat but then you see how these guys get stuff done.

The Guide to the Camarilla is like the polar opposite of Guide to the Sabbat. The opening fictions in both books synch up and you wonder who really wins. The first chapter goes into more detail about the Camarilla traditions and laws. The next chapters cover other important information like the Gangrel leaving the Camarilla. It also details the Caitiff, Gargoyles(which are Vampires) and Lasombra Antitribu.

The rules chapter is very long. It details not only Vampire powers but has a long list of merits and flaws, abilities and backgrounds. It is very useful, especially considering it gives quite a few thaumaturgy paths.

The book ends with Character templates and a few bits on the Anarchs, Elders and Innocu, but not much on the Innocu.

All in all, the book is well worth the price for anyone who wants to run a strong Camarilla game but I'd still recommend Guide to the Sabbat first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get a better inside view
Most Vampire players are aligned with the Camarilla. This book helps the storyteller and players understand their world a whole lot better.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too much fluff in the pillow
"Trivial" would be the best way to sum up the Guide to the Camarilla. While White Wolf employs some skillful writers and paints some lavishly detailed portraits of the World of Darkness and its inhabitants, as seems to be the case with a good number of its supplement books, the Guide to the Camarilla does little more than shuffle around things that were already said. Unlike the Guide to the Sabbat (an organization left much more mysterious in the core rulebook), the Guide to the Camarilla takes everything already said about the Camarilla in the main book and repeats it. It seems as though entire sections of pages are devoted to reiterating the exact same point. Were some of the redundancy cut down, this would amount to little more than a handbook. The added clans seem completely inexplicable, as well as equally redundant (ANOTHER Appearance 0 clan? Ohh, and ANOTHER one? Boy, the Nosferatu must be jealous by now). Only the references to the Salubri and the gargoyles are at all new or relevant, and the latter is somewhat ill explained. The only conceivable useful portions cover Camarilla politics, which again have already been gone over fairly effectively in the main book, and the points that the Guide expands upon could already be inferred by anyone with a healthy amount of common sense.
All in all, this guide is like the excess stuffing that manages to make your pillow lumpy and uncomfortably instead of additionally soft. At worst, the whole piece smacks of wallet-gouging.

2-0 out of 5 stars Something of a Disappointment
It has been my experience over the past several years of buying and reading White Wolf's various World of Darkness books, that the core rulebooks get most of the talent that White Wolf possesses on its staff. They have by far the best artwork, and more importantly, best editing. They are finely balanced and intricate, as well as always thought-provoking. They are written as stand alones, which brings me to the White Wolf supplement books like Guide to the Camarilla. The supplement books from White Wolf are usually not even close to the quality standard of the core books. This is true in the case of Guide to the Camarilla. This book is essentially a catch-all for much of the miscellaneous material from earlier editions of Vampire the Masquerade that failed to make it into the Revised core rulebook. I do not find that the material in this Guide adds much of anything to the Camarilla material in the core book, which is very well presented. In fact, it undoes much of what the Revised rules tried to do to re-make the game as a more streamlined and elegant roleplayer. More is not necessarily better, and that maxim is certainly true of this supplement. ... Read more


69. Lord of the Vampires : The Diaries of the Family Dracul
by JEANNE KALOGRIDIS
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Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars lord of the vampires
This was beyond a doubt my favorite book in the series.With an ending that left me in tears. I love the characters and am so sad that there will be no more of them(the books) in the future. I definantly urge you to read it!

5-0 out of 5 stars An exellently written book!
Of all of the fiction stories of or about vampires, none has kept me glued to it like this trilogy has done, I enjoyed it very much, Great detail, Storyline and everything else was magnificant, I think Jeanne Kalogridis is my favorite author of any I have ever read anything by.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read - You'll Enjoy!
"Lord of the vampires" is the last of the trilogy of "The Diaries of the Family Dracul". The first book is "Covenant With the Vampire" and the second is "Children of the Vampire. The reason I mentioned the other novels is because they really should be read before reading this one. All are highly engrossing and interesting. How Ms Kalogridis thought up all this is beyond me - but she is obviously talented. Although all the books are wonderful reads - be prepared - there are strange situations in the books - among them are incest and homosexuality. The books don't go into to much "intimate" details on these subjects - and they're not something that carries on into the complete story. So the squeamish should tolerate them just fine. Therefore, I would advise anyone who likes vampire novels to purchase all three of them.

2-0 out of 5 stars WHY do people like this book?
This is quite possibly the most dissapointing novel I have ever read, horror or otherwise. After two GREAT books in the series, the final book is rushed and features every two-bit hackneyed method the author could come up with. It starts off great for the first 200 pages, don't get me wrong. The parts with Elizabeth, Vlad, Harker, and Zsusanna are absoulutely perfect. But once we get to England...it's formula all the way, with some 'twists' thrown in to attempt to keep the reader guessing. This book is deservingly spoiled when I say that the ending to the entire series is cobbled together from the last ten pages of the book, and everything beforehand is utterly pointless.

But if you want a good read, you can always just read the first 200 pages and then make up your own ending. That's what I wish I had done before I had unfortunetly kept reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jeanne Kalogridis, you're my hero!
This book was really a great prequel to Dracula considering that it runs right into that book/movie by Bram Stoker. Jeanne really knows how to use history and the myths of vampires to her advantage and weave them into a tale that anyone interested in this type of genre would want to read. ... Read more


70. The Way of the Wolf (The Vampire Earth, Book 1)
by E. E. Knight
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Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of human souls. They rule the planet. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come.

But on this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of man still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine. And his mission is to win back Earth...
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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb military/horror book, can't wait for the next one!
This book is an awesome mix of genres -- horror, sci-fi, military, suspense and action-adventure. The hero, David Valentine, is drawn into the violent world of The Wolves, an elite Special Forces outfit in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are little more than cattle. The author slowly spins a convincing tale of an apocalypse that's been brewing for thousands of years, and drops you into that tale 40 years after all hell breaks loose. The author has a way of taking vampire legends, twisting them slightly, and presenting you with a fully believable, realistic explanation for all vampiric powers (super strength, invulnerability, bloodlust, etc). Just but this, you'll love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mad Max plus Frankenstein plus an Indie publisher!!!
This is one of those books that makes you look up and say "damn, it's two o'clock in the morning and I just can't stop reading this book,oh well I'll just finish this chapter." E. E. Knight weaves an incredibly detailed tapestry of science fiction, horror, and extremely lifelike action! If you like sci-fi, or just plain action, then this is the book that will make you get fired because you are late for work the third time this week. Yes, it is that good. The author is able to transport the reader to a bizarre, almost Lovecraftian, future that is chock full of alien vampires, their human lackeys, and the resistance, an alien "tuned up" group of humans who has been enhanced by the alien invaders arch nemesis, their brother aliens, who object to their life-sucking lifestyle. The mission of the resistance is to regain control of earth, one piece at a time, while holding on to the small patches of "free" land that the alien vampires don't control. One word of warning, once you start reading this book, you will be hooked until the bitter end. This book stays focused on a central character who lost his family to the "quisling" human lackeys of the aliens, and follows in his fathers footsteps to become a "Wolf", and take the battle to the enemy. Great character developement, and a solid plot that gallops along at a fast pace throughout the entire book. I finished this book in two days, and I would trade my brass ring for the next book in the series. I can say without reservation that this is the best book I have read in the last 5 years and one of my all time favourites. Bravo E. E. Knight. More, More, More!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Gates Have Been Opened...
On an impressively well-written new series. At the heart of this apocalyptic saga is David Valentine, a boy from backwoods Minnesota who begins a bloody journey to avenge his family's brutal demise at the hands of Quislings, human servants of the Kur, a race of galactic soul-suckers who've overthrown Earth and turned mankind into livestock. David becomes an officer of the Wolves, a unit of warriors whose senses have been honed by Lifeweavers, cosmic cousins of the Kur. The Wolves battle a variety of foes, the worst of which are Reapers, black-fanged vampy bastards who glut themselves on blood while doing the dirty work of funneling life-force back to Kur masters who control them by psychic bond.

What impresses me most about E.E. Knight is his style: He writes with a dry wit, a florid descriptive eye, magnificent metaphors and perfect pacing. This book encompasses the best of just about every genre. His work has been compared to Heinlein, Lovecraft, even Crane. But if you read this book, you'll see -- it's a brand new Knight.

P.S. Check out the author's website, www.vampireearth.com.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hungry Like The Wolf
Simply stated, this is a great book and I look forward to the rest of the series. Although a little shaken at first that the vamps are not your typical ones, (these are from space) the book grabbed my attention and I raced through it. The ending was disappointing only because I didn't want it to end. It was a little difficult investing in the life of Valentine but as the story progressed I found myself liking him more and more. In the end, when love motivates him to heroic deeds, he becomes more human and thus, the ultimate warrior against the hordes of galactic vamps. Grab this book and suck the marrow out of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Vampire Fantasy
All that needs to be said is that this is the best book since LOTR!!! And that is saying a lot.

I wish someone would make this into a 3 hour and 30 min move that would be great!!! ... Read more


71. Midnight Mass (Wilson, F Paul)
by F. Paul Wilson
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-17)
Publisher: Tor Books
Sales Rank: 137020
Average Customer Review: 3.31 out of 5 stars
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Vampires have always lived in Eastern Europe. But with the fall of the Soviet Union, they began to spread across the continent, then the world, turning whole populations into vampires--or human cattle. Having overrun India, the far East, and the great cities of North and South America, the forces of Night are now spreading into the countryside to consolidate their conquest.

In a town on the New Jersey shore, the vampires have just arrived, along with their human henchmen, the cowboys, who round up human cattle for the overlords in return for the promise of eternal life---later. For the vampires wish only a few of their own kind to rule, and feed. The rest of humanity are to be helpless herds, the source of the blood of life.

Falsely accused of abuse, Father Dan is drunk in a basement waiting for the end. His superior has betrayed the local Catholic congregation and become a vampire. Sister Carolyn has become a formidable killer of cowboys and vampires. Dan's niece, escaped from the conquest of New York, has made her way south to find him. Brought together by Rabbi Zev Wolpin, who is shaken by the vampires' fear of the cross and holy water, they plan their resistance. Against all odds, they discover that there just might be a way for humanity to really fight back. But first they will have to kill the vampire king of New York.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Oustanding non-Repairman Jack book
It's good to see that F Paul Wilson can still write an engaging novel that is "outside" his Adversary Cycle/Repairman Jack novels. PLEASE NOTE: I am a HUGE fan of F Paul Wilson, so I may be biased in this review. I generally don't read vampire-related books, because I never really liked the whole "rock-star, erotic, super-goth, monster warrior, super-vampire" types that have been popular over the last few years. I enjoyed this book immensly.

Mr Wilson brings back the more "traditional" vampire (can't see reflection in mirror, garlic-holy water-crosses hurt them etc) and entwines them into a great story. I wouldn't exactly call this book "scary"...more eerie and disturbing.

I gave this FOUR stars because the plot is wrapped up very quick (the last 20 pages or so) and the ending is a little flat.

Good book overall

2-0 out of 5 stars And then?
In his introduction to Midnight Mass, F. Paul Wilson explains that this story came to him in order to bring the vampire genre back to its horror roots (ie, away from the Anne Rice type and closer to King's Salems' Lot). But is the novel worth reading? I really had to trudge through this one. The story is filled with unsympathetic characters, predictable plot lines and pages after pages of boring exposition. In the end, Midnight Mass doesn't rejuvenate the vampire genre, it just makes it feel even more tired.

Father Joe Cahill is one of the few survivors of the Apocalypse. Vampires have taken over the earth and very few humans are left alive. And the ones who are are too terrified to try and stand against the new terror. When Joe returns to his parish after a long absence, he joins Sister Carol and his niece Lacey in trying to build a rebellion against the figures of the night.

It doesn't help at all that these characters feel like cardboard cutouts of better, more fleshed out people. If only Wilson could have given these characters a real history and purpose, this story would have been much stronger. We need to care for at least one character in order to make a story successful and engrossing for the reader.

Halfway through the novel, a plot twist occurs that is supposed to shock the reader and drive the story in a completely new direction. But none of it really surprised me. In fact, this plot twist was so obvious that I was disappointed to see Wilson make use of it.

And the vampires are also unoriginal and uninteresting. They are protected during the daytime by groups of men dressed in cowboy outfits. These men are supposed to be terrifying, but they drop quicker than flies. The vampires, on their part, aren't a big threat either; they all seem tame even if Wilson tries hard to make them terrifying.

In the end, Midnight Mass was a big disappointment. Wilson is capable of much better. I am a fast reader, but it took me a great deal to finish this one. I really hope that, one of these days, an author WILL write a vampire novel that WILL bring us back to the greatness of Salem's Lot, where the horrors seem to jump right off the page. As it stands, Midnight Mass isn't even close to that kind of greatness. Very little scare and very little originality makes a dud in my book. I guess I'll just have to go back to the Repairman Jack novels to remind myself of what Wilson is really capable.

1-0 out of 5 stars Muddled Mess
The first chapter, printed at the end of _The Haunted Air_, is crisp vintage Wilson. On the strength of that, I bought the hardcover! The mildly offensive "Author's Note" sets the tone for a novel that seems to be awkwardly and unwisely resurrected from the author's back files. In Stephen King's words, "Sometimes dead is better."

Every imaginable cliche and stereotype appear. A rabbi wavers between stage Yiddish and standard English. A whiskey priest is, of course, Irish American, and infatuated with a religious sister. His late 20s niece, cutely and improbably baptized Lacey, calls him "Unk." Adorable. Lacey is a remarkably boring militant feminist lesbian atheist with lots of corny Celtic tattoos and bulging biceps. Her "anarchist" hero is, of all people, Madelyn Murray O'Hair! The religious Sister of Mercy (a la Leonard Cohen?) is Carole, and her best buddy is a stage Irish Sister Bernadette, with an accent to make Barry Fitzgerald vomit. Even the vampires seem as wooden as if already impaled.

In _The Tomb_ and other "Adversary" novels, Wilson shows regrettable ignorant and juvenile religious prejudice. Sheer story-telling ability makes the reader forgive this. Not here! He has 5 year old altar boys, and adolescent fantasies of an empty Pepsi can used for a chalice -- no one in New Jersey could find a drinking glass or coffee mug? Not even the woman who bakes bread and heats up stew?

At a guess, this was written in the early 1970s, rejected for everything from bad writing to tasteless bigotry, and finally published based on later success. Wilson is now a fine writer, and this book is terribly unfair to his present skill. Don't read this, but do buy the "Repairman Jack" and most of his other excellent novels!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Vampire Novel
The first time I ever read F. Paul Wilson, in the early eighties, it was the quasi Vampire novel, The Keep. Although the antagonist of that book wasn't truly a Vampire, The Keep read like a vampire novel.(and a very good one at that)

Well Wilson decided he would write another Vampire novel and Midnight Mass is the result of that endeavor. Now Wilson thinks there aren't any redeeming qualities in Vampires, citing the fact that some authors romanticize even glorify the bloodsuckers in their recitals. With that in mind Wilson has written a book about Vampires as the merciless, venal, malevolent creatures they are supposed to be.

MIDNIGHT MASS

Plot

They came out of the East, starting shortly after the fall of the Iron Curtain. They were unstoppable overrunning country after country killing millions, no billions or converting people into nocturnal monsters. Now they were entrenched in the East coast of America. They had a method, convert the religious and secular leadership, convert them and make resistance seem hopeless, they had a plan, transform all humans at first to a point of saturation, then using them only as food or breeding, harvesting at will. The Vampires also had allies, they left some of the lowlives and dreck alive to watch over them and seek out new victims during daylight, this unholy vanguard are called the "cowboys but, the Vampires the have a vulnerability.

The Story

The Vampires certainly seem invincible but in a small New Jersey town an unlikely cadre of citizens are fighting back, a pinprick at first but gradually a ripple. Meet Father Joe - a disgraced priest, Sister Carole - a one woman vigilante, Rabbi Zev - a rabbi with a cross, and Lacey - the feisty niece of Father Joe. Together and with the help of the congregation, they take back Father Joe's church, St Anthony, which the vampires, and cowboys, had taken over and made into a grisly, macabre, killing Temple.

In addition cowboys are being killed and displayed upside down from trees or telephone poles and even a couple Vampires including one of the strongest has been dispatched

In the overall plan of the Vampires, this little rebellion seems insignificant but they thrive on fear and no dissension can be tolerated, so help is sent from New York Vampire headquarters to stem the unrest.

Conclusion

I'll admit I'm a little ambivalent about Midnight Mass. F. Paul Wilson is one of probably my three or four favorite authors. I have read every book he has written including the inscrutable end of the Adversary series, Nightworld - which is mysteriously not in publication - so I tend to be favorably inclined toward the good doctor but I do have some issues with this book.

Good

The Wilson writing style is still there, so the story is very accessible and understandable. His writing is also fluid and a pleasure to read. There are no unnecessary use of large words which the average Joe would have to look up. The story as a whole flows well and is fast paced. The book itself, at three hundred and thirty-two pages is short in this day and age of word processing and there are no dead or boring chapters.

Bad

Where I thought the book fell short was the premise of the book itself. I found it a little incredulous why or how legions of malevolent creatures would descend on the West from the East, as Gengis Khan or Tamerlane did centuries prior, merely because of the collapse of the Soviet Empire.

There was no explanation of how this event precipitated such an invasion nor of what was keeping them from doing so sooner. It was like they were hibernating or metamophosing. Any reasonable explanation would have been welcome.

Another thing I didn't like was, the Vampires were ruthless, yet their servants, the cowboys, from whom they depended on for daytime protection, seemed less than efficient, in some cases screw ups.

Overall

First, this is a good book and if you can discount my aversion to origin of the plot, I think you might like Midnight Mass. No it's not a classic but it is enjoyable, nonetheless, for fans of tongue in cheek horror plus a sequel may be forthcoming. I found the book to be innovative and the Vampires vulnerability well thought out. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, therefore it is deserving of a Final Rating of low four stars / high three stars rounded to four stars because of the author.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Strong Entry
Again Wilson wrote a novel that calls to me. Unfortunately, like so many readers who have the time to read a book in one sitting I must read in 10-15 minute increments. So, a book must immediately transport me to another world. Wilson always delivers and Midnight Mass is no exception. ... Read more


72. States of Grace (St. Germain)
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Catlog: Book (2005-09-01)
Publisher: Tor Books
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It is the time of the Reformation.Henry VIII's England moves toward schism; Luther's precepts spread through Europe even as the Inquisition strives to wipe out any hint of heresy.
Franzicco Ragoczy di Santo-Germano-the vampire Saint-Germain-is a successful merchant based in Venice.His lavish lifestyle and rumored cache of magnificent jewels have attracted the wrong sort of attention, and without Santo-Germano's noble-and papal-connections, he might be imprisoned, his property confiscated.Also under surveillance is his mistress, the lovely and talented musician Pier-Ariana Salier.

In the Spanish Netherlands, Ragoczy's publishing business is being investigated by the Inquisition.Coming to the aid of his employees, Ragoczy becomes tarred with the brush of heresy, as does Erneste van Amsteljaxter, a writer whose intelligence Ragoczy finds attractive.Ragoczy does what he can to help her, but must return to Venice when he learns that his fortune there has been embezzled away and that Pier-Ariana has disappeared.

In Venice, things are worse than Santo-Germano expected.Not only has his money disappeared, so has a young man who had been spying on the vampire and his mistress.Santo-Germano is accused of kidnapping and perhaps murder.Another spy has discovered Santo-Germano's true nature and intends to kill him before he can feast on all of Venice!
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73. The Last Aerie (Necroscope: Vampire World Trilogy)
by Brian Lumley
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Asin: 0812520629
Catlog: Book (1994-10-15)
Publisher: Tor Books
Sales Rank: 51372
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Nestor and Nathan Kiklu are the twin sons of Harry Keogh, the Necroscope. United by blood, they also share some of their father's awesome powers--but what they do with those gifts cannot be more different!

Nathan takes up the struggle against the metamorphic vampires, while Nestor, fascinated by the vampires' eerie evil, has become his twin's worst nightmare: a Wamphyri Lord!

Harry Keogh's sons have become the bitterest of enemies, each determined to destroy the other. When next they meet, one will surely die!
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5-0 out of 5 stars LUMLEY-THE KING
THIS INSTALLMENT OF THE BLOODBROTHERS TRILOGY ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE NECROSCOPE SERIES ARE VAMPIRES AT THEIR BEST.THIS STORY GIVES A GREAT LOOK AT THE HELL THAT IS STARSIDE/SUNSIDE.YOU CAN FEEL THE EVIL OF STARSIDES VAMPIRES AND THEIR RAGING LUSTS ANDTHE FEAR THAT IT INSTILLS IN THE TRAVELLERS (OR GYPSYS) OF SUNSIDE.THE DEVELOPMENT OF BOTH NATHAN AND NESTOR ,TWIN SONS OF THE NECROSCOPE,THE HABITATION OF THE LAST AERIE BY THE EXILES FROM TURGOSHEIM AND THE PRESENCE OF THE BRITISH E-BRANCH MAKE THIS A HARD BOOK TO PUT DOWN.LUMLEY WRITES A STORY THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO END.BY FAR THE BEST VAMPIRE SERIES GOING.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real head spinner with a twist (rivals Ann Rice by far)
This second novle in the blood son trilogy is one out of many Brian Lumleys' necroscope books that will get inside your head and literaly vamperize your brain and haunt your dreams! This book(in my opinion)rivals Ann Rices' vampire novles by far, and will never let you down!

5-0 out of 5 stars A NIGHTMARE WORLD OF WONDERS!
This 2nd installment is just as good if not better than its predecessor. Lumley again triumphs in this novel of vampires and werewolves who don't get along with anyone or anything- including themselves! That makes for tons of conflict and great reading. The monsters come out at night and hunt the human travelers whom must keep on moving continually because of this nightmare world in which they live. But don't be fooled, these humans can take care of themselves pretty darn well. This is some of the best reading I have ever had the privilige of reading. And I read a lot of different kinds of books and I say this is up there with the best of them in my 30-plus years in reading. Keep up the good work Mr. Lumley!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good
I thought this books was quite good, but the large print pissed me off, and the first half of the book was a retelling of blood brothers.

5-0 out of 5 stars One word..... Lumley
Not many authors can keep a reader coming back book after book(aside from King,Koontz,and the likes) but Lumley captures your jugular and doesnt release it!, I have read all of the Necroscope series and loved them. This is for readers familiar with the books.... 2 Wamphyri's up! ... Read more


74. The Watcher's Guide : Volume 3 (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
by Paul Ruditis
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 7043
Average Customer Review: 2.08 out of 5 stars
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As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in all the world, to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers.

From the first vampire staking to the last glimpse of Sunnydale, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a genre-busting hit, attracting millions of fans worldwide. The last three seasons ran the gamut from an episode without music to a musical episode, from the arrival of a teenage sister to the death of Buffy (again).

Now the third volume in this best-selling series of companions will break down every episode of seasons five, six, and seven -- from the villains and the victims to quotables and love bytes -- as well as take a wide-ranging look back at the entire run of the show.

Additional features:

• Flashback Foreshadowing: A line-by-line deconstruction of the portents in the season four finale, "Restless"

• "Lost" lines of dialogue, stage directions, and descriptions cut from the original teleplays

• The Trio's Pop-Culture Explosion: Mastering the references of Geek Speak

• Critical (and not-so) essays from a variety of contributors on topics from Buffy's romantic optimism to Dawn's unfulfilled potential

Seven years, 144 episodes, 3 Slayers, 3 principals, 2 networks, 2 vampires with souls, 2 Watchers, 2 pigs, 1 Master, 1 Mayor, and 1 hit show (with tons of Potentials): It all adds up to one must-have volume! ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Put A Stake Through Volume III
I should have known...Volume III of the television series companion for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, was written by Paul Ruditis, who also wrote the rather bland Star Trek: Voyager episode guide.

The book covers seasons 5 through 7 of the show. First, I don't know why the publisher decided to change the format of the book. Volumes 1 and 2 were clearly written with the fan in mind. Packed with fun, the previous installments had a zippy text that covered, not only what happened in front of the camera, but also gave readers a peek behind the scenes. Ruditis, just as he did in the Voyager book, keeps that to a minimum. Sure, we get excerpts of dialogue cut from every episode and a diconstruction of the script for season 4's "Restless", which forshadowed events that occured throughout the rest of the series--but most of this comes across as filler. The songs section is totally excised in favor of a series of essays written as tributes to the show by various contributors. While the essays work in theory, they still seem out of place, like they belong elsewhere in another book. Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, and the other contributors for the other guides, matched the show's hip style easily. Here though, volume III is a lot like how Buffy was when she came back from the dead. Comming off the paradise of the other guides, this book is cold, distant, and removed.

The 359 page book has dozens of black and white photos as well as 12 pages of color photos. I wish Ruditis had given readers, at least a glimse of what it was like on the set as the final episode took shape. I will put the book on my shelf for complete-ness sake. But what a letdown...

2-0 out of 5 stars Where was the Slayer when this book was made?
I had looked forward to the third installment of the series Watcher's Guides for quite sometime and when it came out I ordered it right away...BIG MISTAKE!

Quite on the contrary to the first 2 Watcher's Guide Volumes, this book has NO CHARACTER GUIDE or Bio Guide, my 2 favorite parts! The "Restless" episode teleplay is interesting but, i would have given that up in a second for the character giude.

The Episode Guide is done well but I expect a well done episode guide, that's why i'm buying this book. I could easily live without the essays wich are basically there to take up room, and speaking of room, the Watcher's Guide Volume 2 (containing two seasons) is thicker than The Watcher's Guide Volume 3 (containing THREE SEASONS! ~what's up with that?)

A big let-down for all Buffy Fans and the end of the series. I just hope that the new Angel Casefiles will be better, which is sadly also going to be done by Paul Ruditis who I am ashamed of.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Poor
I strongly recommend that you buy Keith Topping's unofficial guide instead of this. "Slayer: The Last Days of Sunnydale" is much more accurate because Mr. Topping bases his opinions on interviews from Joss Whedon and other writers of the show.

"The Watcher's Guide" is just the opinion of the author and is completely inconsistent with what Joss Whedon has stated in multiple interviews.

The sloppiness of this book is shocking.

4-0 out of 5 stars More of the same for the final Watcher's Guide but also less
First, for those who were wondering, this is the third and final volume in "The Watcher's Guide," the official companion to the late and lamented television cult show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Whereas the first two volumes dealt with a pair of seasons of the series, Volume 3 covers the final three seasons of "BtVS." Again you will find each episode covered in terms of writer(s) and director, complete cast list of guest stars and co-stars, Plot Summary, Quote of the Week, Love in Vein (keeping track of the complicated and often disastrous love lives of the Scooby gang), Pop-Culture IQ (explaining the popular pop-culture references embedded in the episode), Continuity (covering the twists and turns in the Buffyverse), Dramatis Personae (tracking the key personality traits in the main characters), and From the Original Teleplay (dialogue and humorous stage directions cut from the episode). At the start of each season there are a page of freeze frames from all twenty-two episodes; a list of episode numbers, names and original U.S. airdates, and the stars listed in the opening credits. In between seasons six and seven you will find a section devoted to the "Pop Culture Explosion" in season six when the Trio worked in all those references to movies, television, comic books, "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and anything else that came into their warped little minds.

However, fans of the first two volumes of "The Watcher's Guide" are probably going to be disappointed by what else is in this volume. In comparison to what we have seen before, the information about "BtVS" is considerably less. There are neither character guides nor cast profiles, or sections by the writers or crew (and the spine is blue rather than black, as long as we are talking about differences). The rest is that by the standard established by the previous volumes of "The Watcher's Guide" this third one will suffer in comparison and long time fans are going to be disappointed. However, that does not stop "The Watcher's Guide, Volume 3" from being a necessary part of our "BtVS" library.

Volume 3 is put together by Paul Ruditis, who previously put together a "Star Trek: Voyager Companion" and has written novels for the television shows "Enterprise," "Charmed," and "Sabrina." Ruditis does the duty alone, which may explain why the second half of the book comes off in a new direction. The second half of the book consists of a series of essays devoted to the series as whole and not just on the final trio of seasons: Ginger Buchanan's "The Journey of Joanathan Levenson: From Scenery to Sacrifice" covers the interesting transformation of a recurring minor character into a "Superstar" and much more. Hank Wagner's The Family Hour" talks about how he shared watching "BtVS" with his children and finds deep thoughts in the series with regards to parenting.

Rob Francis' "London Calling: 'Buffy' from a British Perspective" explains the show's popularity in the U.K. despite having some American actors playing some of the Brits. Maryelizabeth Hart, who helped out on Volume 2, contributes "Slaying the Big Lies: Love Conquers All and Other Monstrous Myths," which looks at how love never seems to work out in the Buffyverse. Allie Costa's "A Part of Something: Or, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer': My First Long-Term Relationship," is a fan's recollection of being a fan. Scott and Denise Ciencin, "I Know You Are, But Who Am I?" provides an analysis of how Dawn fit into the show over this period. In "Why I Like 'Buffy'" Charles de Lint provides a justification for liking a show with such a weird title, which is certainly something those of us in academia can relate to in terms of trying to foist the show off on students and colleagues. James Moore's "Monsters Made to Order" briefly looks at the similar themes behind key monsters in the show's history.

The chief attraction in the back of the book is "'Restless': A Path to Premonitions," which has Joss Whedon's teleplay for the finale episode of the fourth season with commentary by Ruditis focusing on how Whedon set the stage for some key developments in what followed. For those of us who have figured out most of the connections, Ruditis does a nice job of filling in the gaps in our deconstruction of the episode. The final offering is Micol Ostow's "'Chosen': A Postmodern Postmortem of 'Buffy' as Contemporary Icon" looks at how well Whedon fulfilled his purpose of establishing a pop culture icon by flipping the horror movie standard of the blonde girl being slain by the monster in the dark alley.

Given all the academic collections being published about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" these essays are relatively light reading. Buchanan's essay connects all the dots with regards to Jonathan as do the Ciencins with Dawn, and Francis uses interviews with cast members to provide more of what we expect to find in the back of a "Watcher's Guide." So overall the essays occupy a sort of dead zone in between the musings of doctors of philosophy that are out there and the behind the scenes information we were used to in the previous pair of volumes. Again, the only complain here is that there is less here than what we expected. This is probably our payback for suggesting maybe there was too much in Volume 2. That would teach us except that the series and these guides are obviously both over.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly done
The first hint that this was not a well conceived book is that it's shorter than the Watcher's Guides 1 and 2, which each deal with only two seasons. Considering this current books is suppose to cover the last three years of the show, which contained some of the most controversial and dark plotlines, you'd expect a much thicker book.

The essays are lackluster, the episode commentary sparse and the picture selection disappointing.

This manual might be called the "official" guide but there is no input from Joss or the other writers.

I'd recommend Keith Toppings new book about the series. Much more indepth and interesting. ... Read more


75. The Watchers Guide Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
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One of TV's best shows now has a superb tie-in book--and this watcher's guide is even better than the one for The Simpsons. For novices, the title is a pun: Buffy, an ordinary high school girl with all the normal problems, also must spend her nights battling vampires and demons, supervised by her "Watcher," who poses as the school's librarian.

But the book serves novices and obsessive Buffy fans equally well. Each episode of the first two seasons gets a snappy yet learned summary, including a "Quote of the Week," a quick recap of each love entanglement and relationship switcheroo (and no soap opera is tanglier than Buffy), a "Pop-Culture IQ" guide (when Oz hunts for Buffy--who's been turned into a rat--that's Michael Jackson's "Ben" he's singing), countless pop-up balloons of fun facts (Buffy was turned into a rat in order to free up her schedule to host Saturday Night Live), and a catalog of "Buffy's Bag of Tricks"--her weapons, plus all the spells, chants, incantations, and previously incomprehensible rock-band lyrics on the show.

There's way more than we can list here. Not only do we get an ample sample of dialogue nearly as clever as Seinfeld's, there are scenes from the original scripts that were cut for length and cast interviews. Every single vampire, demon, witch, zombie, mummy, werewolf, shape shifter, ghost, reanimated cadaver, invisible killer, prehistoric parasite, monster puppet, and psychotic robot on Buffy's acrobatic dance card gets its due.

Get this book, then send one as a gift. Friends don't let friends miss out on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
You want thorough! 298 pages all of Buffy. Featuring exclusive everything on Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy), Nicholas Brendon (Xander), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), David Boreanaz (Angel), Robia La Morte (Jenny), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce), John Ritter (Ted), James Marsters (Spike), Armin Shimmerman (Principal Snyder), Juliet Landua (Drusilla), Julie Benz (Darla), Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy), Ara Celi (Ampata), and Bianca Lawson (Kendra). From exclusive pictures, interviews, trivia, episode guides, etc. This book covers the whole two seasons, including a special interview with Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt (along with the producers of Buffy). Also it has cast wardrobe and tons of stuff. You can pick it up and just go on and on. It's full of everything and anything you need to know about the show. Definitely a great buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Watcher's Guide in a Must Have Series for Buffy Fans
In "The Watcher's Guide," authors Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, along with Keith R. A. DeCandido, have put together an "Official Companion" for the first two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that is a template of how such books should be done. Golden and Holder have already cut their teeth on the series, writing novelizations of episodes as well as original books individually and together, so they are perfect candidates for the job. This book is not one of those attempts to cash in on the success of the television show, thrown together as quick as possible and slapped with a cute title before appearing in a bookstore near you. This is a thoughtful effort by and for people who celebrate one of the best shows on television, a series that combines exciting action sequences with caustic wit and exquisite teenage pathos.

Buffy episodes are covered in a very comprehensive but quite user friendly format. The plot summaries are fairly brief, serving more as reminders for those who have seen that particular episode rather than a more detailed description of what has happened for those who had the misfortune of missing the program (but if you need more you can certainly find it on-line at several excellent Buffy sites). However, there are several running categories for each episode: Quote of the Week with the episode's most memorable line; Love, Slayer Style which keeps track on the romantic developments in the series; Pop-Culture I.Q. to translate the arcane references; and Continuity to cover references to past episodes or highlight what is down the road. Sometimes we are treated to scenes/dialogue cut from the original teleplay and/or Buffy's Bag of Tricks, which keeps track of her expanding repertoire of weaponry. You will usually find a couple of trivia boxes containing interesting tidbits about a particular episode.

The other significant strength of this collection is the hundred pages of Behind the Scenes material, consisting mostly of in-depth interviews with Joss Whedon along with the entire cast and crew. Other choice items dispersed throughout the pages are the Song Lists for the first two seasons; a list of spells, chants, and incantations not to try at home; and quips and quotations organized on a thematic basis. What impresses me is that every step of the way this book provides something more. There are the expected color photographs of the cast, but there are also color costume drawings. Along with the interview with stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt there are sample story boards for several fight sequences.

"The Watcher's Guide" is obviously the first in a series of must have referenced materials for Buffy devotees. The Monster Guide section has been expanded in the recently released Buffy the Vampire "Monster Book" and this Halloween the second Watcher's Guide, covering the third and fourth seasons of the show, is being released. It should not be surprising that as much care and effort has gone into these volumes as has gone into the production of the show. I am sure that next year we will be treated to the first such book for the Angel series as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but a must have for any avid fan
This isnt the best book if you're looking for a behind the scenes one. But it is great when it comes to quotes. Behind the Scenes is more in the 2nd volume.

This has an excellent array of quotes from seasons 1 and 2(which is what this book covers). It also has pretty good episode reviews, with some deleted scenes usually showing up along with some unknown facts.

But it also has some information that I found boring, which included a tour of Sunnydale.

But on the whole, not to bad of a book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty interesting though a bit lightweight
I like the books by Kenneth Topping a lot more than the official guides. They are more fun, more informative, and because they aren't "official" can be fans more than authors maintaining an official relationship with the show. But having said that, this and its companion volume are both really informative. And although I knew all the quotes anyway, it was a lot of fun reading them all. The best part of the book is the interviews with people you normally don't hear as much about, like set designers and associate producers and such.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few essential Buffy books for the serious fan
Any serious fan of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER will want this book on their shelf, along with its sequel THE WATCHER'S GUIDE II. The first volume contains a wealth of information about the first two seasons, while the second does the same for Seasons Three and Four. Unfortunately, there has not yet appeared a volume for the last three seasons. Hopefully that will be forthcoming.

These volumes are valuable for a variety of reasons. First, the early sections give a summation of each major character along with a collection of humorous quotations. It then proceeds to an episode-by-episode summation, which is great because it provides a lot of information that is otherwise not that easy to obtain. But far and away the best part of the book--for me, anyway--is the final section, which contains a host of great and informative interviews with actors, directors, writers, and technical folk. This final section is great because while Joss Whedon is widely acknowledged to be the main creative force behind BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, he has always ruled with a light hand. BUFFY is clearly a team effort, and it is great to see the roles the various team players play in the construction of the series.

Although the final episode of BUFFY has been shot, I hope this won't dissuade the publishers from producing a final WATCHER'S GUIDE to cover the final three seasons. I ardently believe that BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the new STAR TREK. Just as STAR TREK managed to attract more and more new fans over the decades, I believe that BUFFY will have an ever expanding fan base, as more and more people are persuaded to give it a try. The shows of the seven seasons will be in syndication for years, each season will be available on DVD within the next year and a half, and spin offs like ANGEL and the other projects that have been mentioned will keep the interest in BUFFY alive for years. ... Read more


76. Vampire Storytellers Companion (Vampire: The Masquerade Companions)
by White Wolf Games Studio
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Catlog: Book (1998-12)
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Sales Rank: 380287
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Some very new information, a bit rather useless
As a storyteller who has run the same "game" for the past four summers, I tend to create big plots the sweep across the years and tackle questions of good and evil, right and wrong, survival and control so I like new books to help me out. In this very short book we learn about 3 new clans of Kindred, their disciplines, a whole butch of specialized skills, talents, and knowledges, along with weapons and armor specifics. Still the combat book covers most of what is covered here and how useful are "specialized" abilities? At almost [$$$] for only 67 pages, I say buy it used.

3-0 out of 5 stars Handy, but not Necessary
Good for supplementals, interesting weapons and unusal rolls. Has info on Salubri, Samedi, and Daughters of Cacaphony in the modern nights, but overall something you can live without.

3-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but a bit disorganized
Let me say first that this is a VERY helpful book for Vampire: The Masquerade players and storytellers. But this book seems to be more of a player's companion than a storyteller's. The information is helpful, but it could either have been included in the main rulebook or could have been done better.

-Introduction: How To Use This Book. The intro is short, simple, and completely unnecessary. Admire the artwork of Vincent Locke and then move on. All in all, very helpful book but some stuff could be taken out or moved around. Although technically a storyteller's companion, I encourage any and all storytellers to let your players have access to this book (or at least let them use chapters 2 and 4) in the character creation process.

5-0 out of 5 stars You really, really, REALLY, really NEED THIS
This book is NOT to be confused with VAMPIRE: STORYTELLERS HANDBOOK. (That's the book with the obscure, exotic stuff from SECRETS OF THE BLACKHAND and the sundry practical and philosophical advice for the storyteller.) This book is far less creative but far more essential. My high rating is intended to convey just how essential not any particular profundity or innovation.

It's a rather slight looking paperback. DON'T BE FOOLED. This, folks, is where they now keep the information on the Salubri, Samedi and Daughters of Cacophany blood lines and the disciplines Obeah and Thanatosis. This is where they have all the game mechanics for specific weapons- shotguns, handguns, swords, whips, armor ancient and modern, millitary equipment, etc. The optional secondary abilities include things like ride, archery, pilot, area knowledge, Camarilla lore and Sabbat lore. Unlike STORYTELLERS HANDBOOK, I can't imagine a storyteller for VtM running a chronicle without the info here, frankly. It's all organized in a clear, straight-forward way, too. A BONUS: Lawrence Snelly was art director and he compiled some really fine pictures from folks like Leif Jones, Vince Locke, Guy Davis, Christopher Shy, John Cobb (signed work from the last two but not mentioned in credits).

5-0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the Vampire universe
White Wolf has outdone themselves again. Not only they gave us the great and now classic Vampire Revised, but now this Storytellers Companion helps even the most expert storyteller into their adventure of gameguiding. The content is great, and sheds some light on lost bloodlines, updates the True Black Hand info and is a VERY useful guide to deal with any kind of gamer. Not to get rid of them, but to help them to get into the mood and feeling of the game. The Guide is a great companion for player and storyteller alike. In short: A great book. ... Read more


77. Midnight Siege
by Gavin Bennett, Darren MacLennan, Jon Wilkie, Robert Hatch, Michael Mearls
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Catlog: Book (2001-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Well Done.
This book was well written, and it gave a lot of good ideas for conflicts and storylines in times of war. It also focused on the types of goals that each group has (Camarilla, Sabbat, and Independent) as well as common actions they would take and when. Not only that, but there were some very interesting surprises, as well. All told, it was well written.

Unfortunately, it was not quite perfect. For example, the editing was done poorly in some places. Misspelled words should never make it into a publication. The other reviewer is right, as well, about the art. Much of it is too dark to make anything useful out. I like the trend away from the lame cartoony art, but the noir is not much better.

Good for a storyteller, probably extraneous for others.
Harkius

4-0 out of 5 stars Wanna really play up the Sabbat/Camarilla conflict?
This book really helps to give a storyteller ideas about what steps the Camarilla and tbe Sabbat take when either side decides to beseige and take a city. While much of it would seem logical, White Wolf goes into some depth here, and examines all sides of any potential conflict: Camarilla, Sabbat, Anarchs, Independent clans... And it looks at what they do when they are defending or attacking.

Taken side by side with "Gilded Cage" this book helps to redefine Vampire: The Masquerade away from the brutal ultra-violence and more into the environmental-spanning manipulations necessary to run a political campaign.

Some of the graphics (one or two full-page ones, and most of the NPC templates) are way too dark, though (I can barely see any detail). But beyond that, there's definitely something for everyone here. ... Read more


78. Children of the Vampire (Diaries of the Family Dracul)
by JEANNE KALOGRIDIS
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-02)
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Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not excellent
Children of the Vampire is, with no doubt, a good horror book, telling with a subject that perhaps is somehow abused; anyway J.Kalogridis was able to capture the reader's interest thank to her skill of describing vivid, almost real scenes. If you read it, you won't dislike it, even if, in my humble opinion Covenant with the Vampire was far better than this one; in fact I think the plot of Children of Vampire does not match the expectations of the most of readers because it seems a bit too...weak, as if the author had been compelled to write extra-pages for economic reasons and so she had not payed enough attention to the general framework of her book. In a few words, a good work, as to style and atmosphere, but not fantastic just like the first of the trilogy.

3-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST, BUT A COUPLE OF FLAWS
Jeanne continues the trilogy with the this second book CHILDREN OF THE VAMPIRE. The book has every aspect of horror and suspence, every vampire lovers quality, but it lacks in structure of the story. Even though it entertaining, you could sometimes get confused. Another thing it doesn't take to long to read, and some of the events will make you ask questions, that will be answer in LORD OF THE VAMPIRES. Well, over all the book is great, the sex and horror makes up for the flaws, and anybody who loves vampires should get it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The masterpiece continues...
The magnificent continuation to the previous masterpiece, Covenant With The Vampire. Arkady & Mary's childe has grown up, & Stephan, now in Amsterdam, has a brother, who has a hard time accepting the shadow world of the Vampire, & eventually comes to learn the horrible truth of it all, in the most personal manner. The psychological twists will set you reeling, as the twisted labyrinths Vlad has constructed unfolds. Zsusannah continues to improve & evolve in her new & glorious afterlife, & has come to realize her new abilities more intimately, & employs wicked trickeries taught to her by Vlad, & a secret society of Vampire Magicians.

The creative genius of Jeanne Kalogridis continues to delight & astound the Children of Darkness everywhere. She is the best new talent to creep forth from the recesses of the catacombes of horror-writers in quite awhile. She has become the Dark Goddess of this strange & compelling world where we long to be, & would swear upon our black souls, we have been. She has spread her black wings, & swiftly ascends unto the ranks of Anne Rice & Clive Barker.

The series, The Diaries of the Family Dracul, is truly an ingenious work, & bears boldly, The Draconian Seal of Approval. I do wish a movie lies in the future...

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than the first -- in my opinion.
This is the 2nd part in "The Diaries of the Family Dracul" trilogy, which is written in the same format as Bram Stoker's Dracula. This story takes place 25 years after the first novel. Arkady is still trying to find a way to destroy his uncle, Vlad, and release his family from an age-old covenant/curse.

I thought this book was great, better than the first. While I found myself wishing something interesting would hurry and happen in the first book, I didn't have that problem with this book. The action was fast-paced and tinged with a dark urgency, and I couldn't put it down because I was so anxious to see what happened next.

My only real gripe with this book was the "twist" it takes in the end. I thought that was somewhat contrived. It seemed to come right out of left field as if the author was really only putting it for a shock value -- especially considering that vampires supposedly taste the "truth" in the blood. However, it didn't hinder the story, and it definitely does give you a bit of a shock.

Anyhow, I thought the book was better than a 4-star rating, but not quite a five. Definitely another good addition to any vampire lover's collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars A little askew...
Well the majority of this book was breathtaking, awesome, and just plain great. Arkady has matured, you are given an insight to his brain and his emotions like never before concerning his wife, Mary and his son as well as his ties to Vlad and his sister. He is tortured, heroic and beautiful in this book, a character of pity and beauty at the same time. Smooth and caring and almost human at times, Arkady is the highlight of the novel.

After Arkady leaves the story, however, the book takes a somber note, just lilting down towards the end of the installment itself. If this were my work, i would have seperated it into two installments instead of three... i think thematic and drama-wise, it would have worked better.

I am not complaining at all, but although the first book was better as a whole, i am giving this one 4 stars instead of 5. I was so heartbroken when Arkady left the story (trying not to give away anything here) and the book just seemed to fall through after that. I will have to find the third one and read it to get the complete story though i guess! ... Read more


79. Out of the Madhouse(Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gatekeeper Trilogy, Book 1)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder
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Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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KNOCKIN' ON EVIL'S DOOR

Werewolves. Trolls. Sea Monsters. Rain of toads. Skyquakes. Sunnydale is being besieged by dark forces. But even with Buffy providing her unique style of damage control while Giles is hospitalized out of town, it's more than one Slayer can handle -- especially since the abominations are coming from a centuries-old portal through time and space.

Somehow, the hell-hole must be found and corked at its source. For Buffy, Angel, and the rest of her gang, that means a road trip to Boston where an ailing Gatekeeper resides over a supernatural mansion that has been, until recently, holding the world's worst monsters at bay. Once there, Buffy discovers the catastrophic truth: the magical structurehouses thousands of rooms, all of which are doorways to limbo's "ghost roads," and all of which may bring her face-to-face with the most nefarious forces in hell and on earth -- forces bent on horrific plans far worse than the Slayer ever imagined. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Read In Ages
Being a big fan of Buffy, when I heard about this book I decided it it was a must have. I was proved right. Golden and Holder have written a book that combines all the esentials of Buffy, monsters, love, despair to name but a few. I love this book because it not only provides a good plot, but also lets us see how the characters have developed. These books are all based after the second or third series. If you live outside the UK then you'll know that Buffy's mum has already found out she's the Slayer. This carries on from there. There are some new faces in these books, but as they go on a few familiar faces appear.

These books are so gripping, that you never want to put them down. I've just finished the second one Ghost Roads and I have to say it's better than the first. It continues to tell the story and also brings the characters together more than they have ever been. I can't wait to buy the third and find out if the Gatekeeper's son ever reaches Boston.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true Buffy epic
Chris Golden and Nancy Holder prove themselves once again to be true Buffy fans with this novel. While they can't advance the characters further than what we've seen on TV, they explore their thoughts and personalities in detail and with a depth not usually found in licensed fiction. This is a well-written full-fledged horror/adventure novel that just happens to feature characters who originated on TV instead of on the page. Freed from bugetary restraints, the authors craft a continent- (and in later books, apparently globe-) spanning adventure with a cast of hundreds, and monsters that would push the show's resources to the limits. Buffy fans should love this story. Can't wait to read the second part!

2-0 out of 5 stars punch! kick! punch!
One of the things I love most about Buffy as a whole, is character development. This book was so busy with endless action sequences, that the character's personalities were largely ignored.

When the book stops for emotional moments it's hard to care, because the character's have all become cardboard cut-out's of themselves.

I'll go ahead & read the next one- I'm hoping that Golden & Holder will let up a bit on the constant barrage of battle- it gets tedious after awhile.

Proceed with caution.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1st Book is a tad confusing and slow
Like I said above, the first book is slow and confusing. However near the end of the book things really REALLY picked up, and I finished it and the other 2 in less than a week and a half!! The series rocks!! Guess what happens to Xander?? ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best...
Really. The Gatekeeper Trilogy books are the best Buffy novels to date. The characterization is dead-on accurate, the writing perfect and descriptive. Well worth reading. ... Read more


80. Three Vampire Tales: Dracula, Carmilla, and The Vampyre (New Riverside Editions)
by John William Polidori, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker
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Three classic works of vampire literature come together for the first time in one volume. Complementing the complete texts are background essays as well as additional selections by the three authors and others. Because the vampire novel has proven so influential in film, an extensive filmography is included.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great compilation.
Dracula is a classic that is worth the price of admission by itself. But when you add Carmilla, Vampyre, and the other little extras then it becomes a must buy for any fantasy or vampire fan. Pick it up. You wont be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars An unprecedented resource
A note from the editor (Anne Williams): This volume brings together the texts needed to follow the evolution of the vampire through the nineteenth century. The vampire first appears in Lord Byron's "The Giaour," a bit of folklore he picked up when traveling in Greece. The first vampire tale in English emerges from the ghost-story-writing contest in 1816 that also produced "Frankenstein." Sheridan LeFanu's novella, "Carmilla" describes the dangers of a female vampire, a story which in turned influenced Bram Stoker, whose "Dracula" provided the archetype of the monster that has influenced countless movies and novels. This edition also contains an introduction speculating about the enduring appeal of this monster, a filmography, and critical and literary excerpts establishing the cultural context out of which the fantasy emerged. ... Read more


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