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81. What Ho, Magic!
by Tanya Huff, Todd Lockwood
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Asin: 1892065045
Catlog: Book (1999-03-15)
Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.
Sales Rank: 169103
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Short Story Collection!
So far, I haven't read a book by Tanya Huff that I haven't enjoyed, and this collection is no exception. It contains 15 of her short stories, and there's not a bad one in the bunch. Best of all, it contains four short stories involving her Blood series characters Vicki Nelson, Michael Celluci and Henry Fitzroy - always a pleasure to read.

"The Chase Is On" is a space opera, whose characters deserve a book of their own. "Underground" tells the story of what may exist in the Toronto subway system. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is about a mother, her young daughter, and the inheritance that is much more than it appears to be. "Shin Li-Ung" is a story about Chinese tradition, gangs, and unexpected protection. "First Love, Last Love" is the ultimate tale of boys and their toys. "Word of Honor" tells of a woman who discovers her own honor while carrying out a quest for someone else. "The Harder They Fall" is about what happens when fairy tales turn real. "A Debt Unpaid" is a mining story involving personal choices and personal ghosts. "February Thaw" takes the story of Demeter, Persephone, and Hades and turns them into a modern-day dysfunctional family. "Symbols Are A Percussion Instrument" involves an cynic and a pack of tarot cards. "A Midsummer Night's Dream Team" takes High Elves and crosses them with the Olympics. And then "This Town Ain't Big Enough", What Manner of Man", "The Cards Also Say" and "The Vengeful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea" all continue the story of Vicki Nelson (ex-cop, now a vampire PI), her lover Detective-Sargeant Michael Celluci, and Henry Fitzroy (romantic novelist, vampire, and bastard son of King Henry VIII of England).

If you've never read Ms. Huff, this is a great introduction to her writing. And if you're a fan, then this is icing on the cake.

4-0 out of 5 stars Magic, Space Opera, Horror and more!
What Ho, Magic! is the first of what is hopefully several collections of short stories by Tanya Huff. There are stories of quiet, haunting horror; stories of magic and of mystery; and even a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek space opera story. This collection shows the breadth of Huff's skills, and she proves that she is quite capable of delivering a mystery with a private detective turned vampire, or an attack of a foot-and-a-half long dragon, or a tale of ghosts in the subway that will incite feelings of slight claustrophobic for a day or two.

Her characters are strong and entirely human; well, the vampire *was* a human at one point. In the story "Shing Li-Ung," Huff tells a tale of a sister and brother finding their heritage in the melting pot of cultures in modern Toronto. "The Chase is On" tells us of a starship captain, most emphatically *not* a smuggler, but she does occasionally stray on the odd side of the law. Huff even brings magic into the sports arena with the delightful and thought-provoking "A Midsummer Night's Dream Team." High Elves playing basketball? Tolkien would have conniptions--or laugh his head off in approval.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
If you never read a Tanya Huff book this is the one to start with. The stories are amazing in their diversity! I have read just about every Huff book (except one that is out of stock). All her books are awesome! I love the Blood books, the Last Wizard, and the Quartered books. It amazes me that she has such an imagination.

This book just shows there doesn't seem to be anything she can't write about.

Keep up the excellent work Tanya!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection
This was a great read! The stories are all very interesting, with good, different characters.

I'd read some of Huff's novels before, but after reading this collection, I wound up going out and buying the ones I'd missed. Definitely worth reading!

Does anyone know the title of the novel excerpted in the last section, or when it's coming out? It sounds like a fun space opera! All the book says is "New novel coming from DAW in 1999." At this point in 1999, I'd expect DAW's website to have more details... :)

If you know more about it, please email me. ... Read more


82. EVIL THIRST THE LAST VAMPIRE 5 (Last Vampire)
by Christopher Pike
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Asin: 0671550500
Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Sales Rank: 181474
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I love the book-
This book was great I never knew what was to happen next and better yet who would win the battle. I think Christopher Pike did a great job with this and his series. He made a book just how I like one not always rushing to an ending, he made it into another book. I suggest anyone who likes horror mixed with action to read this book and don't rush! My opinion to this book is a great one and a thank-you to Christopher Pike. Any one else who has read this book would probably agree to just about all my words. Now I tell about the characters and the plot of the story. The to main characters are Alisa, a five thousand year old vampire who is going against her very own daughter to stop her from getting her best friend's baby Christ. Alisa can't believe it herself that the world has now a new Missiah. So now Alisa tries best with her power to try and stop her daughter from killing the new Missiah. However, to do this Alisa gets help from a group to help shoot down Kalika. The great thing about that is that it is a war against to equally as powered beings one with knowledge and one with strength.

I know that this book is the best chose for horror and fantasy because has some really gruesome stuff. This book is great for readers at an average reading level and you must read # 4 before #5. If you read this review please read the book, because it only gets better. I hope I gave enough information to be interested in this book

5-0 out of 5 stars Christopher Pike is still the best ever!!!
I started reading Christopher Pike books in the summer before i started 6th grade because I got them as hand me downs from a friend. I started off with Fall into Darkness and right now i have 25 of his books and still collecting and i love every single one of them and ive read them over and over. Last Vampire 5 was the rarest book of the series and it took me 4 months to find it! I got it thanx to Amazon for used yay lol I read the book and it was so gripping how everything balances off another and you know everything from the book before. Never read the last vampire series out of order that would totally mess them up read them 1-6 and you'll go crazy over them! Im a really crazy freak I'll admit it like when i see someone reading it ill immediately jump on it and tell the person stuff to get them interested into christopher pike. I dont even know if christopher pike is still writing or when his last book was but hes still my favorite author ever. Not only do I love his books but they have been helping me write a book of my own because i pretty much have always wanted to be a writer and my friends have told me I would be great for it and thanx to christopher pike i think Im going to chase that dream!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Last Vampire 5
The Last Vampire 5 is an excellent book. It can be grusome at times, but that is what makes it a good book. Buy it or you will regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing Is As It Seems
Loved this book. This book sparked my favorite quote and motto. It is simply profound. The agony of fufilling one's purpose without outside thought interferring with one's ego, is hard! It's also a good read. Sita and Kalika are classic characters. My favorite book in the series.

3-0 out of 5 stars I was confused at some points
I read this book in like 2 days, but got confused between the flash backs and the present day. Once again, super natural being from the past (Egypt God or something like that who is really an alien or something) that she thought she killed (first rule of killing, unless the head comes off the body, it's alive. Then destroy the body to be sure. Then destroy the atoms of the body.) is back and terrorizing people and killing, blah blah blah. Her daughter is supposedly the only hope or something and gets ripped apart by this God/Alien thing. What I find interesting is if the super child of Sita gets the smack down Bruce Lee style, how did Sita defeat the thing to begin with thousands of years ago. Aww well. Maybe it was explained and because I was so bored, I didn't see it. By the time I got to this book I was just reading the series (and flipped to the last page hoping it would be the last book only to scream that it wasn't) because I hate starting a book series and not reading all of it. ... Read more


83. Dusted: The Unauthorized Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer
by Lawrence Miles, Pearson Lars, Dickson Christa, Lars Pearson, Christa Dickson
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Asin: 0972595902
Catlog: Book (2003-11)
Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press
Sales Rank: 51058
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The ultimate guide for every Buffy fan, the unauthorized "Dusted" details and reviews all seven seasons (144 episodes) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in exhaustive detail—with story summaries, reviews, pop culture references, details on magic use, character development, a rolling Slayer Kill-Count and more.

Also included: Loads of behind-the-scenes information, detailed coverage of the "Buffy" comic book series, appendices to the "Buffy" novels, the music performed on Buffy and much, much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dusted Is Awesome
I picked Dusted up because I always like to have reference books available to go along with any show I collect. One of the main reasons I picked this book up is the fact that it deals with the 7th Season..The book breaks every aspect of each episode down and is a great reference book...Get it you won't be sorry......

4-0 out of 5 stars Another good Buffy episode guide
This is a good Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode guide. Like Keith Topping's excellent Slayer books (also available from Amazon and still the best books about the series) the authors express their personal opinions about each episode as well as providing interesting notes about characters, trivia, etc.

I have one nitpick about the book. We're informed on the spine and front and back covers that the book is unauthorised...and then again inside the book at the bottom of every second page. It's barely distracting, but it does seem like overkill.

I definitely recommend this to Buffy fans who are looking for a well written book that covers the entire series as well as the various spin-off novels and comics based on the series. I did find myself disagreeing with many of the opinions expressed about the last couple of seasons, but I see that as a positive as I enjoy having my views challenged. ... Read more


84. Gehenna, the Final Night: The Final Night (Vampire the Masquerade)
by Ari Marmell
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: World of Darkness
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Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but flawed
This was only the 2nd WOD novel I've read. I've played the game a few times, but am not a fan of Role-playing. The world itself is interesting, though, and so I bought this book.
It was good, but could have used a little tighter editing. Also, a lot of characters were introduced, and I think most of them have been around a while. This might be good for people who've followed the whole series, but it made it hard to figure out motivations we (it seemed) were assumed to already know.
I'd say this is worth reading if you want to know how it all ends (for now) and you might like it more if you know who all the characters are.

4-0 out of 5 stars Poignant, hopeful, mysterious, enlightening...
I have read most (if not all) of the narrative fiction produced for the Vampire line and this is another well-written addition to my collection.

Cainite society begins to unravel as elders grow weak and begin to feed on neonates, while thin-bloods rise to power in cities once held by the Sabbat and Camarilla. Ancient powers awaken and stalk the night, leaving behind piles of dust and stories of a scourging desert wind and a roaming darkness from the Abyss.

Certain signature characters from previous stories are brought back to face the coming Apocalypse together. Beckett, Theo Bell, Lucita, and even Anatole figure prominently throughout the book. Other notable characters are given cameos, which help to further the plot and add a bit of flavour. The rise of the Thin-bloods is interesting, in that they provide hope that there could possibly be a remnant that survives Gehenna to rebuild from the ashes of the old. This is something spoken of by Beckett, to Jenna Cross, the Last Daughter - leader of the Thinbloods.

There is one character that is introduced early in the story, who is unfamiliar, but ultimately someone very important. The process of this discovery is executed well, so it isn't until you're close to the end that the realization hits you between the eyes!

I have to agree with some of the other reviewers, in that I too, wish the story could've been expanded on and potentially stretched out into a trilogy or series (like the Eastcoast Camarilla/Sabbat War).

I recently finished reading the Brujah Trilogy, which appeared to be a prelude to this book - so I half expected to see some of the plotline and characters from the end of that story to carry over to this one - but that did not happen. It left at least ONE question left unanswered for me. That isn't necessarily bad.

Certain characters from other Gehenna-Prophecy novels were noticeably absent here too. The Nosferatu, Kli Kodesh would've been an interesting character to have at end. The Cappadocian Archmage, Lameth would've been another enjoyable tie-in as well.

Anyhow, like I've often said before about these novels - the well-written stories can easily be taken out of the "vampire" context and dropped in the middle of a mundane, blunted world of normalcy and still pack just as much relevancy and interest. This is one of those stories. In truth, it's a collection of numerous short stories, all bound within the larger story about a mythical individual who travels in the company of one of his own descendants and learns that there are still redeemable qualities within his line and there is still more to learn and live through.

5-0 out of 5 stars My first love affair with the signature characters and more!
I love this book, mostly because I love the slick, clever characteristics Marmell applies to the characters. In truth, this is the first V:tM novel I've read, being a fan of the game. Anyhow, the story and its end were satisfying and the plot shifts were less-than-subtle which also helped in alot of the action scenes. The one thing that itched at the back of my mind was how much Marmell alludes to the fact that they're vampires, comparing them more than once in a chapter to the mortals. I'm not going to make examples and it was the VERY least of problems I found in the book. Great book, plot, characters, and action sequences. A must-read for those who love the Dark Fantasy genre or players of V:tM or ToJ!

4-0 out of 5 stars An engaging read...
I think this book will satisfy the curious who are fans of White Wolf's novel series. Who survives, who doesn't, what's left? I really enjoyed the directions that Ari Marmell took familiar characters, though it left me asking about other individual who were sadly, not mentioned. Though it was somewhat predictable, "Gehenna, The Final Night" was a very entertaining read and fun to curl up with on a cold winter night.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much, too soon
First, I try to use a realistic rating system. Three stars is not bad it is average. If every book gets five stars, then there is no constructive rating.

I gave this book three stars because the writing is adequate and the story is engaging ... to a point. The author may have been given too momentous of a task. To handle all of Gehenna in one novel is ridiculous. Each clan deserves its own novel. Many of the characters that we have read about over the years are not even mentioned in this book. And some of the big ones who are mentioned are little more than foot notes (see Jan Pieterzoon and Victoria Ash). Even if we accept the premise that this is the end of the world and that all of these vampires are propably dead, it would be nice to read about their final deaths and more importantly how each character reacted to their fate. Did they accept their fate with grace, disdain, despair etc. ?

Finally, though the book tries to give a glimpse as to how the end of the world begins and more importantly the final truth about being a vampire, the length of the novel prohibits the writer from ever generating enough momentum to draw the reader into caring about the characters. Even the final revelation seems to be a little lackluster and succinct. I would have preferred to have waited another year or so and had more material to digest with an in depth look at those characters who have captured the imagination in former WOD books. ... Read more


85. The Night Inside
by NANCY BAKER
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Asin: 0449909042
Catlog: Book (1994-01-03)
Publisher: Fawcett
Sales Rank: 633399
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vampire Story
I am a collector of vampire novels, and after reading a few recommendations, I picked up Nancy Baker's "The Night Inside" (which by the way is also "Kiss of the Vampire)." Do not make the mistake of picking up both books like I did. It is the exact same story.

Ardeth is a graduate student living at college. She just finished a project with two of her friends (also graduate students). She is saddened when one of her friends and ex-lover dies, but that sadness also becomes wariness when the second person she was working on the project with also dies. Also, she felt at one point that she was being followed.

Her fears become reality, when while jogging on campus one morning, she is literally snatched by two men, thrown in a van, and knocked out. When Ardeth recovers she finds herself locked in a cell, with a vampire in another cell next door named Dimitri Rozokov. She finds out that she has been kidnapped to be his food source. She is terrified of the vampire, but as time passes, she realizes she is even more horrified by her sadistic kidnappers (who are making x-rated, snuff films for profit using the vampire).

As the days pass, Ardeth begins to see the vampire Dimitri as a person, and as they get closer, she realizes her and Dimitri will have to come up with a plan to outsmart the kidnappers. But just how far is she willing to go to live?

I don't want to give too much away, but this is an excellent, excellent story. I really enjoyed all of the characters. I would highly recommend.

(Also as this is an out of print book, you can find used copies on amazon.com, half.com and even abebooks.com.).

5-0 out of 5 stars great!
I really loved this book. It is not the usual type of vampire book and kept me guessing about what new and interesting things I would learn about vampires. Although the plot is a little weak this book is definitely for all you vampire fans!

Ardeth Alexander finds herself the victim of a kidnapping, but not just any regular kidnapping, she was kidnapped by a band of men housing an ancient vampire. She is there to be his food for the next few days. But the vampire is not as he seems(well he is tall pale and handsome but that is not what I mean), he is sensitive and not as savage as he appears. Ardeth soon realizes that the only way to live is to make friends with this vampire, the only way to escape lies within their friendship.
Before she story progresses very far Ardeth finds herself a vampire roaming the streets, all alone, looking for revenge and a lost love.
At the risk of giving anything more away I will stop, leave the reading to all of you.

P.S. this is my first review so it is a little weak, I hope it at least helped some.

4-0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable vampire novel
This was an enjoyable vampire novel. Baker does a good job of building up an empathy with Ardith, the novel's central character. Via a set of nasty circumstances she goes from being a conventional-contientious student to a wild-child vampire and sets out for revenge on the people who did this to her. This is the last thing she had ever expected to happen to her - and would never have happened when she was "good". This is a novel I'm glad I've read and I'm looking forward to the sequel "blood and chrysanthemums".

4-0 out of 5 stars good, dark, romantic Vamping
This is just an early version of Nancy Baker's Kiss of the Vampire. If you can't get this one, you should try the later version. Baker does a great job of showing the slow transition from meek, well-mannered human to vampirism. She really lets you get inside Ardith's head as she makes the transition. ... Read more


86. Raiser of Gales (Vampire Hunter D, Vol. 2)
by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshitaka Amano
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Asin: 1595820140
Catlog: Book (2005-09-09)
Publisher: DH Press
Sales Rank: 87900
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Produced in conjunction with Digital Manga Publishing, the second volume of the popular Japanese series Vampire Hunter D comes to America in Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales. In the year 12090 A.D., vampires stalk humans, feeding off their blood. Fearful of daytime, the vampires have ruled the night for 300 years—but now they may have discovered how to become immune to sunlight. Near Tsepech, a village imprisoned by the shadow of an abandoned vampire castle, four human children went missing for ten years. When the children returned, they were followed by vampires that could hunt in the daylight. After years of dread the humans now turn to the vampire hunter known only as D to unravel the mystery and banish the vampires to the night. What he uncovers is more horrifying than any could have imagined. Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales is packed with Japanese horror-master Hideyuki Kikuchi's heart-pounding prose and tumultuous twists. Beautiful illustrations by video game and comics veteran Yoshitaka Amano complete the volume, accenting the book's lively story. ... Read more


87. The Vampire's Kiss
by Cynthia Eden
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Catlog: Book (2005-03)
Publisher: Imajinn Books
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88. Bite Club : A West Hollywood Vampire Novel
by Hal Bodner
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Catlog: Book (2005-06-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 24925
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The bars of West Hollywood, California, have always played host to a fair share of life-sucking monsters, but until now that's been mostly metaphoric. After three prime cuts of gay male beef turn up filleted and drained of blood, Sheriff Clive Anderson, Coroner Becky O'Brien and City Manager Pamela Burman are forced to the realization that something possibly not human has taken up residence in Boys' Town- something with more than the usual taste for male flesh. Fortunately, Becky's college pal Chris Driscoll is something of an expert on serial killers, but when she calls him in for a consult, she is startled to find that he hasn't aged a day in 10 years. When she accidentally stumbles over him napping in his coffin, he lets her in on his little secret: "Yep, I'm a vampire!"

He also informs her that the serial killer is a rogue vampire and that she and Sheriff Anderson are going to need to think about some unorthodox crime-fighting techniques. Exciting and very, very funny, Bite Club is a rollicking black comedy in which the crime-fighting community and the undead community create an uneasy alliance to stop a monster!

Hal Bodner is a businessperson living in West Hollywood, California. This is his first novel.

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5-0 out of 5 stars ....And A Good Story Too !!
OK...here's what I think about this book:

1. ....outrageous
2. ....tongue in cheek...so to speak
3. ....marvelously wicked
4. ....capitalizes upon every gay cliché and stereo-type
5. ....hilariously funny
6. ....absurdly audacious
7. ....high camp
8. ....laugh out-loud situations
9. ....depicts PERFECT chaos
10. .....insanely entertaining and funny
11. ....delightfully ghoulish
12. ....cleverly caustic
13. ......metaphoric...but I can't figure out for what
14. ......one of the funniest things I've read since AUNTIE MAME
15. ......A MUST READ.
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89. Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Willow & Tara
by Amber Benson, Christopher Golden, Terry Moore
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Asin: 1569719055
Catlog: Book (2003-05-14)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Sales Rank: 141278
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer's own Amber "Tara" Benson takes up scripting duties on these collected stories of everyone's favorite Wiccan couple with the help of writer Christopher Golden (Angel, Buffy TVS: The Watcher's Guide, BPRD). This volume will collect the Willow and Tara one-shot "WannaBlessedBe" drawn by Terry Moore, the two-part Willow and Tara: "Wilderness" story and Andi Watson's two- part Willow and Tara comic strip featured in Dark Horse Extra! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection
This collection contains three stories , "WannaBlessedBe", "Wilderness" and "Demonology Menagerie".

The first one, "WannaBlessedBe" is five by five! This story is written by two of my favorite people, Chris Golden & Amber Benson. I loved the way they handled Willow & Tara's relationship, very subtle, very BtVS 4th/ fifth season.(This story takes place in the fifth season.) What I also loved about this story was the way it was drawn (done by Terry Moore, Strangers in Paradise genius).Beautifully done.5/5
Oh, and check out Tara reading "Strangers in Paradise"!

The second story, "Wilderness" was awesome! It takes place in the sixth season. I love this action-packed story of Willow, Tara and Dawn taking a fieldtrip. Also written by Amber Benson and Chris Golden. The graphics aren't as beautifully done as in the previous story, but it totally suits the story. 5/5

The third instalment is a short story written by Andi Watson. It's a cute story that takes place in the fifth season. 3.5/5

I recommend this collection to any Buffy fan or comics fan, especially if you're a fan of Willow and Tara.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection!
This collection contains three stories , "WannaBlessedBe", "Wilderness" and "Demonology Menagerie".

The first one, "WannaBlessedBe" is five by five! This story is written by two of my favorite people, Chris Golden & Amber Benson. I loved the way they handled Willow & Tara's relationship, very subtle, very BtVS 4th/ fifth season.(This story takes place in the fifth season.) What I also loved about this story was the way it was drawn (done by Terry Moore, Strangers in Paradise genius).Beautifully done.5/5
Oh, and check out Tara reading "Strangers in Paradise"!

The second story, "Wilderness" was awesome! It takes place in the sixth season. I love this action-packed story of Willow, Tara and Dawn taking a fieldtrip. Also written by Amber Benson and Chris Golden. The graphics aren't as beautifully done as in the previous story, but it totally suits the story. 5/5

The third instalment is a short story written by Andi Watson. It's a cute story that takes place in the fifth season. 3.5/5

I recommend this collection to any Buffy fan or comics fan, especially if you're a fan of Willow and Tara. ... Read more


90. Dracula : The Connoisseur's Guide
by LEONARD WOLF
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Asin: 0553069071
Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
Publisher: Broadway Books
Sales Rank: 445484
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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This odd assortment of exploratory essays circles around Dracula's neighborhood by looking at the philosophy of blood, the wonders of the vampire bat, the cryptic life of Bram Stoker, Dracula's movie lineage, and seven other vampiric topics.Author Leonard Wolf conveys his enthusiasm for the Dracula myth and its many resonances without sounding like either a drooling fan-boy or a lifeless academic. Bringing in his personal experiences with English students in the late '60s (Wolf taught at San Francisco State University) Wolf is able to connect the Dracula myth to the meanings of modern lives in a way that is playful, free from presumption, readable, and rigorous. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Guide a Good Read
A well-written, well-researched, enjoyable outing from the author of the annotated Dracula. Anyone with a more-than-casual interest in Dracula will be well-rewarded with a read of this book. (And if your interest in Vampiredom's most famous son comes from the movies, don't hesitate to read Stoker's "Dracula" itself ... once you get past the possibly unfamiliar epistolary style, there's a real corker of a story there that too few lately have read!)

Note: a 3 star ranking from me is actually pretty good; I reserve 4 stars for tremendously good works, and 5 only for the rare few that are or ought to be classic; unfortunately most books published are 2 or less.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific collection
It's curious to note, however, that the movie-spawned error of calling Dracula's key London residence "Carfax Abbey" and not "Carfax" extends even to Wolf's canny writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars TELLS A LOT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF DRACULA AND VAMPIRES
I have just recently bought this book (from Amazon) and have found it very interesting. Wolf explains vampire lore, the importance of blood, the vampire bat, and find out about the real Dracula, Vlad the Impaler. Dracula; The Connoisseur's Guide also includes the history of horror in ficton and the precursors of Bram Stoker in vampire ficton. A brief biography of Bram Stoker is in this book, followed by another chapter with a over 30-page "summary" of the original Dracula story. The next part Wolf discusses the vampires tales of 1898-to the present. Leonard then has another chapter in his book about all the Dracula films, from Nosferatu, to Bram Stoker's Dracula.

This book is a wonderful addition to all the books on Dracula and vampires.

In addition to all the great writing, there are loads of pictures, including stunning illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. Also there are maps, film stills, photographs, and drawings.

This is a great book for vampire and Dracula fans everywhere. ... Read more


91. Blood Memories
by Barb Hendee
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Vampires have lived among Mankind for countless millenia, hiding in the darkness, hunting, feeding and killing Mortals.They live lives of utter secrecy, scattered far apart, always aware that the surging tide of Humanity could crush them if they became truly aware of their presence.For Eleisha, a young vampire who has remained hidden since the 19th Century, things are about to change. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars More like 3.5 stars
Barb Hendee said that this was her 'first novel and it shows' and well... it shows.

While this book handled some great, and scarcely used, things like vampire suicide and senile vampires it didnt work in other areas.

The main villain, Julian, was never really talked about throughout the novel and then in the last 20 pages we are given the reason why he is evil. It seemed overly rushed and i never got the feeling of 'wow, he is one mean guy.' Plus the name Julian? Come on, i have read 6 different vampire authors use that name. Find some other names for bad vampires!
Also, i didnt quite care for the telepathic and psychometry (huh?) humans. Vampires make it fantasy enough but all the 'special' humans made it seem sci-fi too.

There are also some pretty obvious and bad grammatical errors for a book of this size. And the cover and back make this book look like a comic graphic novel when it is surprisingly mature with some minor sexual scenes and graphic violence. Dont let the comic book cover and back fool you into thinking this is a childrens romp...

But in the end i read this book in one day and enjoyed it pretty well. It has a decent storyline and keeps you interested. And i loved that comment on vampires not using elevators, in case it gets stuck and theyre trapped until the sun rises. Very witty!

I also recommend Dhampir by the Hendee's as it is a wonderful read. But i must admit that Barb plucked many names and instances from Blood Memories for use in that book...

5-0 out of 5 stars Glittering Tapestry Tale
I started with 'Dhampir' and then had to get anything else Barb Hendee wrote. Im only sorry that there are only two books so far. A bit different then your average vampire tale. These are neither the good vampires, nor the naughty vampires. Perhaps the lost vampire might become a new genre. In Dhampire we play the human side, mostly. Or at least, mostly human. But a glimpse of the undead there reveals a great variation in vampires and the sides are drawn not between good and evil but simply for survival. In this book we go full scale on the vampire side, through the eyes of vampires who are yet ignorant of themselves and what they are. While in some books one becomes somewhat emeshed with the characters, Barb Hendee has the ability to bring you totally codenpendent on them. As with some authors, BH can use detail and description to bring the characters and their emotions alive without distracting the reader. In this case I was not just disapointed when the book ended, but actually rather annoyed. It's only in the hope of more books that I can recommend these

4-0 out of 5 stars A great story on a great topic
"Blood Memories" is a a great book that demonstrates that being a vampire would be a tradgy. Barb Hendee's inturpritation of the vampire condition is wounderful, and though it has little violence, it makes up for it in a killer plot. I would definently recomend this book to anyone who likes books in the vampire gendre.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good effort, although it's nothing to Anne Rice.
recently, i found this book while browsing through a local bookstore, the title was what cought my eye. Blood Memories was a fairly easy book to read. the writting of it wasn't wonderful, but i couldn't put it down :) you'll be surprized what happens to Eleisha in this book. I recommend this book to anyone whom loves to sit down for a day, relax on a big comfy couch and read. :) ... Read more


92. Dark Secret
by ChristineFeehan
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Christine Feehan has thrilled legions of fans with her seductive, sensual Carpathian tales. Now, she presents the enthralling story of Rafael, a savage hunter from the darkest jungles, and the beautiful prey he would never let escape. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not her best
After reading the various reviews here, I was very hesitant to pick up this book.I have read this entire series, multiple times.After reading about how agressive and even brutal Rafael was, well, I wasn't looking forward to reading this new addition.However, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.I can see how some would think that Rafael was too forceful, too aggressive; however, I do not think Rafael's character is any less dominant than Gregori's (Dark Magic).While some reviews indicated Rafael basically raped Colby, I do not think that is true.I thought the book dealt well with both characters and their struggles to understand their feelings and how their lives were changing.CF did focus on Rafael's struggle to understand why Colby repeatedly withdrew from him emotionally.He recognized that he was the dominant in their sexual relationship but that he had to come to an understanding regarding the independent, intelligent woman Colby was.A woman who was used to making her own decisions in all aspects of her life.Whereas some of the other Dark books dealt strongly with the vampire conflicts, this book really focused more on the two characters and the conflict between emotions and independence.I would highly recommend reading the series from the beginning before reading this one as it is darker and the male is more dominant than in other books.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too dark for me
I do not like this series.I have read 3 of the books in the DARK series and I just cannot get into romance of the Carpathian men.The men are selfish and secretive and yet they always seem to get their way.I am not sure any of their once mortal lifemates get much out of the relationships.The women become immortal, but they are vampires and have to give up sunlight, feed on human blood, and sleep in the ground.Plus, they do not need to eat and lose all desire for food.And they will have difficulty conceiving a Carpathian child, and it will have difficulty surviving until puberty.Yet the women seem to willingly bond with these men with very little thought about the future.The men all seem tortured and more than half crazy.Why would anyone want to make a forever commitment to this family?

I found the stories too dark and disturbing to the point that I could not sustain the romantic fantasy. There is no laughter in these stories.No joy, no fun.Reading one of these books might be okay but after 3 I was almost ready to bury myself in the dirt.I much preferred Feehan's MIND GAME series.The men and the women are more evenly matched and better able to give and take from each other.I do not have much hope for the Carpathians.

4-0 out of 5 stars Captivating.................
Now let me say this book is the very first book that I have read from Christine Feehan. I fell in love with the whole concept of the Carpathian life style. It came to a point that I am hunting down the books relating to this seris right now....It was hard for me to keep this book down but I had no choice due to the chores that I had to do and the tending of my kids but it did take me three days to finish it.
Colby is a type of person you would love and strangle at the same time due to to her courage, love of her family and the understanding of things that goes on around her.
Rafael to me is very strong,loving, possessive and demanding at the same time which you will grow to understand once you have read the book. Some reviewers think he was insensitive, rapist and probrably didn't deserve Colby. I do have to admitte Rafael is to head strong and smoldering at times but what man is perfect.
I belive you would love this book but it will be up to you as a reader of her seris to think if it is one of her best .......to me so far I just think it's good base on the books that I had read so far. I have lots to catch up on and can't wait to learn more of the carpathian seris..aka Dark novels.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but offensive bits in the beginning
"Dark Secret" is set in modern day, on a ranch run by the leading lady & her two young siblings. The leading man's brother & allies offend her mightily before the main couple meet, much of which turns out to be a misunderstanding.These allies want to take her younger siblings into their custody & move to another country.She is offended & appalled & just can't calm down enough to talk clearly to them.

The leading man is a 1700 (or so) year old vampire. He meets the her and instantly recognizes as the woman who can complete him; the light of his life. She distrusts him (due to his brother & allies' actions) but finds him physically irresistable.Meanwhile, her trusted friend is murdered and some evil vampires show up to threaten everyone.I suggest you let the rest of the plot be a surprise.

I wouldn't call "Dark Secret" light entertainment, but it is an enjoyable casual read filled with action and romance. The plot is romatic, exactly as promised, and the physical attraction between the couple is certainly well portrayed. In my opinion, the book's major faults are all in the first third.The leading man's wooing strategy is to tell her that she will be his wife, an ultimatum that is not softened even by a "hi, you're cute."This is pretty offensive and doesn't exactly leave the reader liking him!The leading woman is also pretty offensive here.She's wildly attracted to him, has sex with him, and then turns around and accuses him of raping her!Oh, please.This is as bad as that lame "joke" about the woman who says "Don't!... Stop! ... Don't stop!"Personally, I think this doesn't fit the definition of rape, but I can sympathise with other reviewers who did.Anyway, once you are past that, there aren't any more obnoxious plot elements.

Overall, "Dark Secret" was enjoyable but not memorable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not earth shattering
I did like the book, but I did not think there was a whole lot of romance.However, there was a lot of sex scenes, but without the romance, that just does not work real well for me.Colby was frightened and usure of her feelings throughout the whole book.I was okay with Rafeal's dominant character, but I wish he would have let her decide whether she loved him before he started to turn her.I realize that he needed his lifemate, but I think it would have been more romantic if he would have let her fall in love with him first, and then let her made the decision to be turned.The book kept me interested, and I plan to read more of her books. ... Read more


93. Ghost Roads(Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gatekeeper Trilogy, Book 2)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder
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PASSPORT TO HELL

Buffy, Oz, and Angel are Europe-bound, only they're not flying any airlines. They're traveling limbo's "ghost roads" in search of Jacques Regnier. Jacques is the sole heir of the dying Gatekeeper whose Boston mansion is the supernatural barrier restraining thousands of the world's monsters. The evil Sons of Entropy will do anything to destroy the gate -- even if it meanstrading the power-laden Spear of Longinus to the wicked vampires holding Jacques.

Back home, the ghost ship Flying Dutchman has set sail for Sunnydale, determined to shanghai new crewmen -- dead or alive. For Willow, Xander, Cordelia, and Giles, it's an ocean of trouble, especially when the monstrous Kraken reemerges with a vengeance.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ghosts Roads are excellent reading for any age.
C. Golden & N. Holder have once again captured the magic of Buffy's world. This novel is in no way only for young adults. It deals with the dynamics of the slayerettes and the growth of evil in the world in a mature yet action-packed novel. While the continunity line is different than the BTVS show it in no way takes away from the story line. BUFFY ROCKS! As does all of the books written by C. Golden and N. Holder for this series. Good slaying. LOVED BUFFY? Read the Laurell K. Hamilton series about Anita Blake vampire executioner. It starts with Guilty Pleasures. 8 books so far in the series. Also L. Hamilton has a web site with ties to the Buffy sites. Check it out! Also read the Vicki Nelson series by Tayna Huff 1st book is Blood Price. 5 books so far in series. Also read Brian Lumley's Necroscope series. Approx. 10 books is series. They Thirst by Robert McCammon% stakes also Under the Fang edt. By same author is amazing. By for now fellow fans

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
The second book in the Gatekeeper's Trilogy, Ghost Roads is an interesting installment. While Giles, Xander, Cordelia and Willow fight demons at home. Buffy, Oz and Angel take the Ghost Roads to Europe to seek the young heir. An overseas trip is always difficult but traveling with a werewolf and a vampire has a whole new set of challenges. Of course, the closeness of Angel and Buffy brings a new torture to their non relationship. An excellent read. As usual Mr Golden and Ms Holder have written an excellent novel.

3-0 out of 5 stars run, buffy, run!
Ghost Roads is a heck of a lot better than Out of the Madhouse- there are actual conversations in this novel & not just a bunch of action sequences piled up on one another.

The plot gets more interesting as Oz, Angel & Buffy follow the ghost roads in search of the heir to the Gatekeeper. Willow, Giles, Cordelia & Xander try to keep things in check back home in Sunnydale. Of course, the Sons of Entropy are out in full force & as a refreshing change of pace Spike & Dru are thrown into the mix.

Typical of the Buffy books, this one is fast & easy to read & 100% avoidable if you haven't seen every episode of Buffy a gazillion times already. I only read them because I'm Buffy deprived- purely a guilty pleasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent part for a great trilogy
The Buffy books aimed for adults have always been good and this trilogy is no exception. If you are a fan of the show, you will appreciate how authentic the story line is. Nancy Holder does it again and truly captures buffy and the gang in full action. You cannot stop reading until you have finished all 3 books. Please start with the first book ,"Out of the Madhouse" and continue the books in order. (Ghostroads is book #2) The story will make sense and i promise that you will be fully satisfied at the end. I only wish that this and other buffy books had a chance to be added as shows for the tv series!

4-0 out of 5 stars An essential book for your BtVS library!
"Ghost Roads" is the second installment in one of the best BtVS trilogies out there, "The Gatekeeper Trilogy". Set in early season 3 of BtVS, this book makes use of all the Scoobs (OMG! Even XANDER! How crazy is that?!?), introduces new villains and heroes (like the Gatekeeper and Il Maestro) and brings back old favorites (Spike and Dru, back when Spike was HER lapdog instead of Buffy's). The Scoobs split into two teams to try and stop Il Maestro from bringing forth choas with parallel storylines that eventually interwine at the climax and then leave you hanging. Although a bit boring and slow-paced at first, "Ghost Roads" quickly takes off in the middle with Giles, Xander, Oz and yes, even Joyce getting into tons of wacky misadventures. A must have even for a so-so BtVS fan. ... Read more


94. Night Witch
by Jack Priest
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Alone in bed Carolina plays with her locket, a gift from her dad. She doesn’t know he stole it from an evil woman in Trinidad. She hears a noise outside her window, looks up and sees red eyes staring in at her. Something horrible is outside. The Night Witch is a soucouyant, Southern Caribbean cousin to the vampire and werewolf. She is a never aging shape shifter born of a mixture of Voodoo and European folklore. She lives forever because she wears a locket that contains a magic potion. Her locket has been stolen and she wants it back. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One Shouldn't Mess with the Night Witch
Carolina is on her way to school when an old woman peers out at her from behind her curtains. Arty, the fat kid of the class, meets her and carries her books. Bullies push Arty around, Carolina tries to defend him. The bullies promise to deal with Carolina and Arty after school. Such is the stuff of children in junior high school, but young Carolina and Arty have much bigger problems on their hands than a handful of bullies. That old woman for example. She is a soucouyant, loosely related to the vampire. A bloodsucking shape-changer that hunts and kills in the Southern Caribbean. She wears a locket which allows her to live forever. Unknown to Carolina, when her father, a petty thief, was in Trinidad on vacation, he stole the locket on a routine burglary, because he thought it would make a good gift for her.

Very bad things are about to happen in the small Northern Californian town of Palma. People are going to die as the soucouyant vents her ancient wrath. However there is a secret to her destruction, not a stake in the heart, something more chilling, and our young friends are going to have to find what it is pretty darned quick, because they are on the evil old witch's list and the Night Witch is certainly not someone or something to be trifled with.

Mr. Priest has delivered a chilling, sometimes violent, sometimes uplifting, horror story that will have you on the edge of your seat. A super, bad, vampire-like, evil old witch of a character that will have your heart racing to a voodoo beat as you eagerly read though the pages to see what comes next. I couldn't put it down. You won't be able to either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jack Priest's best
This book was one of three sent to me by Jack Priest with the request that I read and review them all: Gecko, Ragged Man and Night Witch. I enjoyed reading all three, but I considered Night Witch the best in plot, character development and pure imagination.

Supernatural creatures of the Jack Priest universe aren't contained by the fences of traditional boundaries. They slip through and explode into new and unexpected avenues of the mind, the dark closet and the sounds just outside the bedroom window. Priest combines human thriller-drama with hand grenades of outrageous (but almost believable) nightmare creatures in a way that will keep you reading until you finish (even if you have to get up early in the morning and really need to put this down and get some shuteye).

Night Witch is Priest's best to date. Read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spookie Soukie as Real as any Vampire
I was up all night at a friend's cabin in the mountains reading this story and I was captivated by the soucouyant, this Caribbean cousin to the European vampire that Mr. Priest writes about. She is a great and spooky character, but I must admit that I was convinced from the start that she was wholly a product of Mr. Priest's imagination. However, four days later, vacation over, home again in the land of the DSL internet connection, I did a Google search and imagine my surprise when I found out she actually exists.

Well, she doesn't really exist, not unless you believe in vampires. She's as real as one of them and there is a ton of stuff about her on the World Wide Web. I read a lot, thrillers and horror stories. I love mysteries, police stories, ghost stories and I devour vampire stories, so it really hit me that I'd missed out on Spooky Soukie. She is one mean cookie. However I think the author fudged the soucouyant legend a little bit with the magic locket business. I couldn't find anything about that in what I read, but that seems to be the only part of Soukie's story that I couldn't substantiate. But then the book is fiction and a storyteller should be allowed a little license. Besides, who knows, perhaps after NIGHT WITCH has been out for awhile, the longevity locket will become part of the folklore.

I also liked the running battle the soucouyant had going with John Coffee, a certified tough guy. As you know, if you've read the reviews, Coffee is little Carolina's father and he stole the locket when he was on vacation in Trinidad, brought it to California and gave it to his daughter. Soukie wants it back and that's the thrust of the story and a powerful thrust it is. Just when you think things are gonna calm down a bit, Soukie is on the spot to wake you right up.

But the real gems in NIGHT WITCH are the two children, Carolina and her overweight friend Arty. Carolina has the locket, doesn't know Soukie wants it. Soukie is coming after her and Arty is determined to protect her. This is one fine story, one that will get your blood pumping, frighten you and in the end leave you smiling. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Stephanie Sane

5-0 out of 5 stars Caribbean Bloodsucker Comes to California
Young Carolina Coffee has a locket that a soucouyant needs to stay immortal. A soucouyant is a vampire-like, bloodsucking creature found in the Caribbean. By day she's an old hag, but by night she sheds her skin and can be whatever she wants, anything from a ball of fire to a man-eating tiger.

Carolina knows her father is a sneak thief, it's why her parents are divorced, but she doesn't know that he stole the locket he'd brought back from Trinidad and given her. The soucouyant has traveled to California to get it back, will stop at nothing, but first she has to find it.

John Coffee, Carolina's father, knows he's put his daughter in danger and he does battle with the old hag several times, trying to draw her away, but the bloodsucking fiend isn't easily put off.

Carolina senses something is after her and she turns to her classmate, chubby Arty for help. Together the children find out what it is they are up against and even how to kill it, but the task is great and they are just children, however they have to try, because to fail is to die.

I don't know if my brief synopsis has done justice to this spellbinding thriller, I hope it has, because I believe Mr. Priest is going to have quite a future in writing horror fiction. His antagonists are always so fascinating, and I like how he gives us normal good guys who have to get it together and get up to speed quickly or they'll perish.

NIGHT WITCH Mr. Priest's third five star book had me reading the night away and as soon as I finished, I started it over again. He just seems to keep getting better. I can't wait for the next one.

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95. Blood Brothers (Necroscope: Vampire World Trilogy)
by Brian Lumley
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Catlog: Book (1993-09-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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The vampires have been vanquished! Harry Keogh and the armies of the dead have destroyed the evil that once plagued the world. Nathan and Nestor, secret twin sons of the Necroscope and a proud gypsy woman, were children when their father, his humanity poisoned by his fearsome struggles, sacrificed himself to save mankind.

Yet there are vampires still, vampires crueler and stranger than any the Necroscope had faced.When these new, merciless killers swoop out of the sky, Nathan and Nestor are men--but they have few of Harry Keogh's miraculous powers.

Torn from each other by battle, the sons of the Necroscope journey across the vampire world, exploring its mysteries, each seeking the powerful, terrible vampires, his missing brother...and the woman they both love!
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4-0 out of 5 stars Parallel dimensions, vampire societies, spies, great read!
Stumbled on Lumley's trilogy while searching for something else. Became intrigued with Blood Brother's synopsis so carried it home for a read. Finished the book in two days and moved on to number 2 and 3 in the trilogy in short order. It has been 2 1/2 weeks and all three are done and I wonder who will take me on another quest with Noah and friends??..or one like it...Never read Necroscope series so am headed there now..hope it ranks up there with this series though I do not know how Mr. Lumley can expand my horizons any further or give me more pleasure than he already has.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great start to an AMAZING trilogy.
This first book, "Blood Brothers," is an amazing start to my favorite Brian Lumley trilogy, "The Vampire World." You are introduced to Harry Keogh's talented son, and from then on the story unfolds...

Don't let me tell you what happens, read it for yourself, you'll love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars blood brothers
i've never been a type of person who like to read books, but i've allways liked vampires and when i read the book i was toatlly amazed! the words were soo vivid and i felt like i was in the story.....i could picture the characters in my head as they were happening.....

5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a great Trilogy!
Anne Rice vampires, beware. The vampires are poetic, yet savages, brutal savages. And sorry to say Rice fans, the vampires here are scarier. This book begins right were the last book left off in the vampire world. With the original Necroscope dead, all hope is lost. But left through his legacy are his twin sons. This book will smash emotions through you with excitment, horror, and relief. Lumley's writing has progessed to nothing but perfect, far better then his original necroscope serises. Buy it, and be pleased.

1-0 out of 5 stars yawn
I picked up Brian Lumley in hopes of finding a good series in the horror genre. Instead I found that Lumley is one of the worst horror writers I have ever read. I tried to read this series, but i could not make it throught the 2nd book. I put him in the same category as Dean Koontz, although Lumley's work has less entertainment value. If you are searching for quality, try Clive Barker or H.P. Lovecraft. Do not waste your time on Brian Lumley. ... Read more


96. Dark Ages Companion: A Sourcebook for Vampire : The Dark Ages (Vampire - the Dark Ages)
by Robert Hatch, Fred Yelk, Leif Jones
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4-0 out of 5 stars And the Core is expanded.
If you have just purchased Vampire: The Dark Ages, then you will want to look deeply into this book. This book contains information to help make vampire chronicles even more dynamic than before. This volume contains a detailed section outlining the various actions and reactions of different religious organizations. I state organizations because too often the word Church is assumed to mean the Holy Roman, or Catholic Church. Although it was a major power in Europe, there were still plenty of other religions in the world; each religion had its own agenda and these are illustrated in the Companion. Now a Storyteller can be sure throw a massive curve into a Chronicle when Cainites are now confronted by not only Catholic clergy, but also pagan and followers of even more remote religions. What basis of belief do the Assamites follow? It is most assuredly not catholicism. With this book, you can get a slight taste for their beliefs, or the beliefs of those in their homelands.

So that is the church, but what about Cainites themselves? The Companion carries the higher level disciplines for the one listed in the Dark Ages core book. The authors have also included more Thaumaturgical paths as well as power to make better Infernalists. This book carries a wide selection of Dark Thaumaturgical paths and rituals. It also carries a few new disciplines altogether. Wait! New disciplines? Who wield them? This volume also adds four new clans/bloodlines. The Laibon, Lhiannan, and Lamia make their possible First Appearances in the White Wolf canon. Their chapters contain information on their origins, structure, beliefs, and discipline just as it does for all others. The one exception is that it also spells out each bloodline's fate. These Cainites do not survive into the modern days, and now you know why. But, I only mention three, who is the fourth?
The Dark ages are a strange time. Not only does it see the "birth" of a new clan, but also the genocidal hunting of another. Yes, the Salubri are still alive at this time and the Companion provides both a clan overview as well as a long listing of Valeren, the Salubri principle power. For all you veterans, Valeren is not the same as Obeah. Now we have the actual power the Unicorns wielded long ago in Enoch, the very power that is said to have temporarily soothed Malkav of his madness. This alone makes the book worth its cost, but the authors have included so much more.

In summary, coupling this book with Vampire: The Dark Ages will only enhance a chronicle. If players feel they done this before, add a few new religious antagonists, or just drop one of the unknown clans into he story to add danger, intrigue, and a huge new enigma to solve. Do not forget to spice the game with the upper levels of Disicplines. You may have a Brujah or a Nosferatu with a ton of Fortitude, but what good is that when you opponent can strike you from across the room without moving? What good is a ton of Potence and Celerity when your weapons shatter upon impacting another Cainite and not leaving the slightest mark? Who said the "things-that-go-bump-in-the-night" in the night do not have their "things-that-go-bump-in-the-night" as well? Can we say Methusala? Sleep well, childer. Sleep well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Dark ages
If a chronicle is hard to build, it is a dark ages chronicle, not because of lack of plot, but excess of it, there's too much going on with the church, also there's chivalry and clan differences begin to break the vampire society. Certainly it is a good time to have a companion to give you few details.

It expands existing disciplines providing new ones, with even new rituals. The blood lines also prove to be interesting characters that players might enjoy, and storytellers trying to run the dark ages chronicle will find this book quite useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars DA Companion: Absolutely Essential
While Vampire: The Dark Ages is infinitely resourceful, the Dark Ages Companion is infinitely more so. It has detailed information on aspects of the dark ages which will help any chronicle. Included are several new bloodlines, plenty of new disciplines and new powers for old disciplines, and details on several religions. Possibly the most valuable resource is the new data on combat, including the mass-combat for the armies of the day.

All in all, this product is essential to run a complex chronicle, and well-worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Details Details Details
Great book filled with lots of info on different religions, really helps form backgrounds for npc's. On top of that I also have a pc who is a salubri and It REALLY helps, thank god I found a book that has the discipline of Valeren in it. Anyway overall this book was very helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for fleshing out any dark ages chronicle.
This book goes into great detail of dark ages, from cultures, of which it does a wonderful job detailing, ancient combat, religous faiths, up to 3 new bloodlines, the Lhiannon, Liabon, and Lamia, as well as detailing more on the Salubri, and giving a great amount of information on Baali, including their history and possible connections to other clans, as well as detailing the Infernal and showing many new Discplines and discpline levels, a great Vampire the Masquerade book. ... Read more


97. The Darkangel: The Darkangel Trilogy, Volume I
by Meredith Ann Pierce
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Asin: 0152017682
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Magic Carpet Books
Sales Rank: 11963
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm 25 and LOVED this story!
I didn't realize at first when I bought this book it was a young adult book! Why do all the young adults get some of the best stories these days? Anyway, this has to be my favorite book so far. I'm a Harry Potter fan and love this book as much as I love HP. I'm reading into the 2nd book now and have the third and can't put it down! I even got my best friend a copy to read. The Dark Angel's lure is also felt with readers. Along with the Dark Angel, all of the characters are enduring and quick to get to your heart. You feel for Pierce's characters and even feel all the emotions Aeriel is feeling. The ending was my favorite part, the Wraiths/13 Brides are truely funny and how the characters change and grow in this book just amazes me. I LOVE IT! I haven't read a good fantasy novel like this in a long time, the good ones are hard to find and I just simply ate it up. You will not be able to put it down, trust me!

5-0 out of 5 stars READ THIS SERIES! It's absolutely MAGICAL.
Not only is this books series captivating and realistic, it has everything that makes up a classic; a great plot, a great villain--and a MAGINIFICENT heroine. You get caught up in the reading and you're really sorry when it ends...I hope that Meredith Ann Pierce plans to write another book for all our sakes, and that the story doesn't stop here...the ending in "The Pearl of the Soul of the World" really gets to you, and you'll need a box of kleenex. You'll laugh, cry, and never forget this marvelous masterpiece in young adult fantasy/science fiction. This is my all-time favorite book series, and if you read it and it doesn't become your favorite, I guarantee you'll still have memories from it when your ninety. "The Darkangel Trilogy" will bring out the many sides of you as it catches you and suspends you in it's lyrical telling.

4-0 out of 5 stars A childhood favorite
I read this when I was twelve and fell in love with it. I love the characters, especially Ariel. She's so flawed in the beginning: an insecure, frightened slave. In the end, she has grown into a strong, beautiful woman, and she's no longer enchanted by the vampire who once held her captive. Yet she sacrafices a part of herself in order to help him become human again. The _Darkangel_ is a beautifully written story for young adults, though it's not as fast-paced or as funny as Harry Potter. (It's still pretty good, though.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Young Adult
By reading the description of this book, I had no idea it was for young adults. So, needless to say, for an adult, i found it very slow and unable to hold a reader. For young adult, I though the array of characters was pretty cool and the storyline itself was interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fey and enchanting
I re-read this trilogy (The Darkangel, A Gathering of Gargoyles, and The Pearl of the Soul of the World) every so often and even though I know exactly what's going to happen, every time I find myself enchanted all over again. However, Meredith Ann Pierce doesn't explain everything to the nth degree. Instead, you have to listen to her language and figure things out for yourself. This trilogy isn't for your run-of-the-mill fantasy reader who looks only for a thinly disguised re-hash of Tolkien. It's startling and original, fey and luminous, absolutely enchanting.

As for the negative reviews: (1) those of you who find these books "boring" must have no ear for language or no sense of the numinous, or your ideal fantasy is something of the "sword and sorcery" genre; (2) a whole lot of you don't seem to get that this trilogy takes place in the *way far* future ON THE MOON!!! That's what the "daymonth" and "earthlight" things are about. Re-read it if you don't believe me -- particularly the parts about the ancients "who had first fallen from the sky in fire to quicken this, a then-dead world, the moon of Oceanus, into life.." then returned whence they came, back to Oceanus (the Earth). "Oceanus hung, a swirl of blue and white, almost directly ahead of her..." Doesn't that put you in mind of that famous photograph (I think it's called "Earthrise") taken of the Earth by one of the astronauts? ... Read more


98. Broken Sunrise(Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wicked Willow, Book 3)
by Yvonne Navarro
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The Ghost of Tara has disappeared. At first Willow thought it was because of something she'd done -- or worse, that the universe was again conspiring to hurt her. But it's almost impossible to keep secrets from a witch, especially one as powerful as Willow, and ultimately she learns that Buffy and the gang are the culprits.

Willow desperately wants Tara back. Not only does she miss her immensely, the spirit's presence is necessary to perform the resurrection spell Willow's been working on. Though her first impulse is to charge off and bring her wrath down upon the heads of her old friends, her coven reminds her that in the past, when Willow has allowed anger to control her, she has failed. Willow must develop an alternate plan to regain Tara's spirit and perform the spell.

Buffy and the Scoobies hope to drain Willow's power, and release Spike and Oz from their enslavement. But Willow's anger is endless, and it seems she'll stop at nothing in her fight to bring Tara back, no matter what the cost.... ... Read more


99. Sons of Entropy(Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gatekeeper Trilogy, Book 3)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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All Hell is Breaking Loose

Led by the fanatical Il Maestro, the Sons of Entropy are assaulting the supernatural Boston mansion that holds back the realm of monsters, and stealing the life force from the besieged Gatekeeper. In limbo, the Ghost Roads are crumbling, becoming weak and unstable where Hell and the Otherworld have begun seeping in, blurring the passages that lead to the human world. And Xander lies mortally wounded from a failed attempt to free Joyce Summers from the clutches of the zealots who hold her hostage.

With the Gatekeeper rapidly weakening, Buffy sends Willow and Cordelia to escort Xander along the Ghost Roads to the Gatehouse, which may hold his only hope of survival. Meanwhile, she, Giles, and an unlikely band of allies take their fight to the very mouth of Hell itself, desperately hoping to save Joyce and repel the evil spawn before Sunnydale becomes a demonic ground zero. Only then can Buffy safeguard the Gatekeeper's eleven-year-old heir, the only one able to prevent the ultimate destruction of humanity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!! BEST TRILOGY!!
This was the best books I've read in such along time!! I'm glad that the rest of the Scooby Gang got noticed more in this book! Most of the show's ep's & Books are about Buffy. But they focused this one more on Xander,Cordelia,Willow,Oz, & Angel!! So that was more of a twist! I really liked these 3 books, and everyone who is a fan should read!!

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BUFFY BOOKS YET!!!
Oh, my gosh! The Gatekeeper Trilogy is the most entertaining series of books of all the Buffy books!!! I love the way the authors included all the characters instead of just focusing on Buffy all the time. I thought it was cool how, in the last book they brought Belphegor, Il Maestro,and The Sons Of Entropy together at the end and finished them off. It was just totally entertaining. I loved how they had Xander become the Gatekeeper, I never expected that, I really thought he was gonna die! This trilogy is definetely a MUST for all Buffy fans!!! It will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning 'til end!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great Buffy the Vampire Slayer trilogy
You know how many times you get suckered into buying a bunch of paperbacks because it is some giant continued story? Well, trust me, this one is well worth the investment in time and cash. Golden and Holder are far and away the best writers working on Buffy books and in this entire series they get free reign with the characters and their imagination. There is also a respect for Buffy and her friends you do not always get in such books. Let me put it another way: you know how good this series is? I went out and got a hardback edition because this is a keeper (even if you do not have a gate).

5-0 out of 5 stars The concluding book in an epic Buffy trilogy
The Gatekeeper Trilogy is far and away the best of the Buffy books. Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder are far and away the best writers working on the books. Since they are also the main authors of the Watcher Guides they certainly have the requisite knowledge of the characters and the Buffy mythos. In retrospect I ended up feeling about these three books pretty much the way I did about the original Star Wars trilogy where the second one is the best and the finale has a bit of trouble living up to your expectations because what has gone before has been so great. However, put them together and they simply set the bar higher for everyone who comes in their wake.

Ironically, in this particular book Buffy has less to do that most of the other characters. It was certainly nice to see that Xander have a bright shinning moment as the substitute Gatekeeper. His character has been the comic relief for the Scooby Gang for so long that you forget he brought Buffy back from the dead at the end of season one. They also do a nice job of getting to what Cordelia is thinking behind her tactless remarks, but Oz is back to quipping a bit too much as he was in Book One and Willow is much more of a successful little spellcaster than she has yet to be in the television episodes. Still, I feel they are on the right track with most of these character developments. However, the character who really shines in this volume is Joyce Summers, dealing with being the mother of the Slayer as best she can.

After including Spike and Drusilla in the previous volume as a minor plot complication (I really was expecting more from them), the authors have Ethan Rayne makes a much more substantive guest appearance in this concluding volume, although he is really just a plot contrivance. The truly tragic figure that emerges from this trilogy is Jacques Regnier, the young boy who has to become the Gatekeeper following the death of his father. His fate is different from that of Buffy as the Slayer, but he is also a Chosen One and there is a certain pathos to his having too grow up too quickly. The creation of the Gatekeeper and the Gatehouse are the best ideas I have come across in the Buffy books so far, and are worthy of being included in the mythos of the television series. I was surprised to see that the historical flashbacks on the story of Giacomo Fulcanelli, Il Maestro, were substantially less than in the previous volumes, although his back story is concluded.

The resolution to the Gatekeeper storyline in "Sons of Entropy" works pretty well, more so with the Gatekeeper's part of the battle than with Buff's final confrontation with the demon Belphegor. I have never really liked the idea that the Achilles heel of the bad guys is that they all lie to their stupid minions who tend to betray them at the right moment. I would much rather see the good guys rise to the occasion and do so without the old chestnut of figuring out the meaning of the key clue at the last moment. The idea of the Gatekeeper and the Gatehouse merging in a new way was a very credible solution. Again, I know that my expectations were so high that Joss Whedon himself would have problems coming up with a conclusion that would truly top the marvelous set up. If you have read and enjoyed any of the original Buffy novels, you have to treat yourself to the Gatekeeper Trilogy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Final Chapter
The Sons of Entropy is the third and final installment in the Gatekeeper Trilogy. Xander is near death. Joyce is kidnapped. Divided the team struggles to save their friends and family, while saving the world from a hellish outbreak of all things evil. The action is non-stop. The peril is real. The danger is heart stopping. As always in the midst of this whirlwind Mr.Golden and Ms. Holder take time to give the reader wonderful moments. For example the gatekeeper granting Angel a magic dream of Buffy so real he can smell her lavender and vanilla fragrance or Joyce proving that she is worthy to be a slayer's mother. I have given copies of the Trilogy to several of my friends and they all love it as I do. I highly recommend this series. It is excellent horror fiction. Please do yourself a favor. Read this book. ... Read more


100. Blood Red Dawn: The Vampire Legacy
by Karen E. Taylor
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Asin: 0786014725
Catlog: Book (2004-09-05)
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Sales Rank: 173240
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