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141. The Shinma Menace (New Vampire Miyu, Vol. 1)
by Narumi Kakinouchi, Toshihiro Hirano
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-09)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Middle of the Shinma Wars
This is the fourth volume in the New Vampire Miyu manga, and as such, it right in the middle of the action that is going on. New readers are recommended to find the earlier books in this series if possible or at least find out what the backstory is before reading this volume. There is a paragraph in the opening of the manga that gives a summary of what happened in the last volume, but the summary still assumes that the reader knows who Miyu and Larva are and the backstory that surrounds them.

For those new to Vampire Miyu, this series started with Vampire Princess Miyu manga in which an eternally young girl vampire and her shinma servant must return the evil shinma (demons) to the dark. These are bittersweet tales about love, regret and death. The artwork is subtley beautiful and evocative.

New Vampire Miyu is a spin-off from the original works that details Miyu's adventures in the realm of the shinma themselves. There is war brewing between the eastern and western shinma, and Miyu is facing some deadly enemies. There are quite a few more characters to remember and political alliances to keep track of than the original series. There's more action and physical battles than in the original series. Nevertheless, the tone remains decidedly bittersweet and romantic.
The series very serious, without much humor. This probably won't appeal to the manga reader who likes a lot of mecha or violent action. Readers who enjoy this might also like Clover, which is another beautifully poetic manga series. My strongest suggestion with this book is to find the earlier volumes, it will make reading this book much more enjoyable.

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


142. Scenting Hallowed Blood (The Grigori Trilogy #2)
by Storm Constantine, Rick Berry
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Asin: 0965834557
Catlog: Book (1999-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Grigori Trilogy #2

The Grigori are an ancient race. Powerful people, possessing abilities and senses humans do not have. They live among us, their presence clear to those who have eyes to see...

High Crag on Cornwall’s desolate storm-lashed coast is a terrible place with dark secrets. Here the Grigori are preparing for world dominance as the new millennium approaches. Deep beneath the cliffs an ancient power sleeps that holds the secrets of the past, waiting to be rediscovered. Into this mix comes Peverel Othman, the fallen angel Shemyaza, escaping the destruction that he cause in Little Moor. With him are Daniel, now a seer, and the twins Owen and Lily Winter.

Has Peverel arrived to help his fellow Grigori, or to side with his followers on the side of humans, or has he got his own plans to use them both to once again become Shemyaza, an avenging angel of awesome power? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pagan's Rejoice!
This book practically drips with Pagan imagery. The mood and feel of the book is very much derived from where the book takes place, in Cornwall's desolate storm-lashed coast. The sea imagery is amazing, not as good as in Sea Dragon Heir, but that is only because of the locations being different. The landscape reflect the inner conflict of Shemyaza and is very appropriate because of this. This book reads faster that the first book or the trilogy and is even harder to put down because of the descriptive nature of Storm's Writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like being on Neptune whit Aeschylus
This book is wonderful. Mixing ancient mythology whit modern Angst, creating an eerie feeling, when you realize that this uncanny fantasy might really say something on the real history of this world (like I felt whit the Wraeththu series). Shem is the disillusioned idealist, a Prometheus that,once freed,feels betrayed by his own people and by humanity,that he feels has abandoned him. Shemyaza and the Titan (a giant,a god,a...Nephilim?)Prometheus:both givers of forbidden knowledge to humans. Read Aeschilus' Prometheus Enchained, then you will notice some similarity whit Shemyaza's story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect.
I felt a bit let down reading this after _Stalking Tender Prey_, a book which left me with such high expectations. Constantine's talent for textured prose, distinctive characters, and gleefully ambiguous morality (and sexuality) are still evident, yet (to me) the neo-paganish mysticism introduced becomes overbearing to the point of distraction at times. Still, it was an entertaining read, and I plan on buying the third, final novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars True to form - and still one of my favorites!
Finally got my hands on the sequel! The ending to Stalking tender Prey left me hanging a bit - but kept me looking for this one!

Storm's usual intricate character development is accentuated by the story line. Still a little homo-erotic, and appealing to the pagan in all of us.

A good read, and well worth my wait. Now if that third would just make it to the U.S.!!! ... Read more


143. The Burning: The Unseen Trilogy, Book 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel crossover)
by Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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It's summertime in Sunnydale, and Salma de la Navidad, a friend of Buffy's from Sunnydale High, needs help. She and her family immigrated to America, and now she fears her brother, in an attempt to gain social acceptance, has stumbled into supernatural gang warfare. To make matters worse, an unknown creature has been doing a little night stalking. Buffy is certain that this new demonic presence has its roots in L.A. -- Angel's turf. So with the help of the Slayerettes, she heads off to battle demons -- both actual and personal.

Meanwhile, in the City of Angels, Cordelia stumbles upon a vampire-worshiping cult of runaways as Angel investigates an invisible presence wreaking havoc in the local prisons.

Now Buffy and pals must deal with identity crises of their own. Buffy may be the Chosen One, but she is, ultimately, expendable. Angel is unique, yet his particular status isolates him from humanity and monsters alike. So while all wonder -- do I make a difference? -- the humans and demons who surround them answer that question in astonishing ways... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Start
Unseen, The Burning is the first book in a promising new Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel crossover trilogy. Nancy Holder and Jeff Mariotte have created interesting plots for both Buffy and Angel to pursue. Buffy is trying to help Willow's friend while Angel is responding to a summons by the powers that be. When all story lines lead to LA and the same informant, Angel and Buffy collide literally. The novel is set at the end of Buffy's fourth television season and the first season of Angel. The authors are careful to keep the relationships and conflicts intact. They include enough background so anyone could enjoy the book but not too much to bore a TV fan. The cliffhanger ending is frustrating but ripe with promise. Riley, Angel and Buffy forced to work together. Missing girls, gangs, shadow monsters and witchcraft all combine to convince the reader to preorder the next volume. I recommend the series highly

5-0 out of 5 stars A thrilling novel for fans of both Buffy and Angel.
It's the summer following Buffy's freshman year of college, and so far she hasn't run into any major demon or vampire-related incidents. She hopes she can just relax and enjoy the summer with Riley. When a wealthy girl named Salma, who attended a class with Willow, tells Buffy her missing brother's disappearance may have been related to the supernatural, Buffy's carefree summer is put on hold. She fears that a mysterious shadow monster is out to get Salma and her family - and that it may have been summoned by Salma's brother. Meanwhile in LA, Angel is trying to solve the mystery of a poltergeist in one of the local prisons, and Cordelia is trying to help a group of teenage girls who also happen to be vampire wannabes. When Buffy travels to LA to protect Salma, her path inevitably crosses with Angel's, and the two may have to work together to defeat the evil they both face. The first Buffy and Angel crossover books are off to a great start with this thrilling novel that I reccomend to all fans of both television series.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
When I first read the back of this book, I was so excited. It sounded like an excellent read. I waited until all three books came out and then I bought them. And then I read them, and was extremely disappointed.

Nancy Holder is my 2nd favorite Buffy/Angel book writer behind Christopher Golden. I hadnt read a book of hers that I hadnt liked, until this one. I was just so surprised at how poorly they were written. It seemed as if the author had only seen one or two episodes of the show and based their writing on that which confused me because Holder had written so wonderfully in the past.

The characters just didnt seem right. Buffy would say stuff that I just didnt see Buffy saying. All of the characters personalities were just so off. And Faith wasn't really in the series at all until the 3rd book.

I love Nancy Holder and I would recommend that you buy any of her other books, just not this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Burning
"Unseen" is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel crossover triligy focusing on a group of kidnapped teenagers. Salma, a privliged Mexican at Sunnydale Collage, goes to Buffy and Willow to help with her brother who went missing. Meanwhile back in Los Angeles, Angel gets involved with a man who was framed by crooked cops, and his psychic son. Cordelia and Wes track down a bunch of vampire worshiping teenagers. All of these stories do not come together in this book. But there is a lot of conflict; Angel seems at odds with Riley (Buffy's new boyfriend), LAPD detective Kate Lockly, and even Buffy herself. Xander get envious of Spike because of him and Anya having so much in common; Giles and Wesley have a battle of the experts. I liked this book, and I couldn't wait until the next one. One little problem is that the "Unseen" series isn't as good as "The Gatekeeper Triligy" or "The Lost Slayer" series, but still pretty good.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Burning
After reading this book I got hooked on the u.p.n. drama BuffyThe VampireSlayer and you will to. I don''t want to go into detail because I might give away the ending so my advice to you BUY IT...
READ IT...
WATCH IT... ... Read more


144. Vampires and Vampirism : Legends from Around the World (Classics of Preternatural History)
by Dudley Wright
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Lethe Press
Sales Rank: 57549
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Fiends that rise from their graves to prey upon the living have long haunted man. The most notorious of these creatures is the vampire, but the image of the suave, blood-drinking fiend held by contemporary culture is vastly different from the early legends of vampirism found throughout the globe.

Vampires and Vampirism is part of the canon of works on the folklore of vampires. Inside these pages are many accounts of the presence of nocturnal creatures with an unnatural hunger. Readers will discover that tales of vampires are whispered not only in the sleepy villages of eastern and central Europe but also in the Middle East, the Asian sub-continent, and the isles of Great Britain. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I sunk my teeth into this...
This was a cool read even though the book is originally pretty old. I like how the author seriously relates some folktales and stories about vampirism around the world; some I had read before but a lot were new to me. Worth the price!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for vampire....fans...
Vampires & Vampirism was first published in 1914. While the style of writing might be a tad outdated and it even talks about the Kaiser's dominions this just adds flavor to this collection of stories and folklore from Europe, Asia, Middle East and even Great Britain. There is even a chapter on vampires in literature which is a great source for early vampire novels. Over 200 pages of great fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Gem of A Book - a must have for the vampire enthusiast
Vampires and Vampirism : Legends from Around the World (Classics of Preternatural History) by Dudley Wright is a book that will forever remain on my bookshelf.

Wright has compiled the legends of the vampire worldwide from the beginning of recorded word until the early 20th century. While slightly dated in language usage (this was first written in 19l4), the book is a throughly good read.

It is a must have for anyone interested in the vampire legend - whether you are just curious or an author looking for a new twist on the vampire myth.

As you read, you have to wonder how many of these stories Bram Stoker heard before he wrote his famous "Dracula". While not necessarily in historical order, all the stories are tied by region. Some are so silly as to be humorous, others will just make you wonder.

I would recommend this book to anyone who even has a passing interest in how the legends began.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unlife Before Buffy
I remember discovering monster movies, bag in the days when 50 cents got you into the Saturday show with a bag of popcorn as well. After watching all the ghoulishness on the screen I would search the used book stores for scary stories, and anything that said mummy or vampire in the title. Back in those days books like "Vampires & Vampirism" were making their last rounds - worn volumes on the dusty shelves in the back of the store.

Written first in 1914, and reprinted in 1924, "Vampires & Vampirism" is a classic example of its type. The author, a folklorist and specialist in ancient religions and occult beliefs has compiled out of obscure references and records a huge number of legends about vampire behavior. The book is a confection of such stories, compiled and retold, with the author providing the bare bones framework needed to organize the material and ensure an orderly progression from one to another.

Dudley Wright organizes his reports primarily by country or region. One gets to read of the ancient vampires of Babylonia and Greece, then the scene shifts to Britain, Germany, Hungary, the Balkans, Russia, and the Oriental realms. He even comes up with some modern material in the U.S. Wright is less well organized from a historical viewpoint, but his material covers a period from several millennia B.C. to 1923. Additional chapters discuss the power of excommunication (which is apparently how Vlad the Impaler became Dracula the vampire), living vampires, literary references and a somewhat tedious discussion of whether (or how) vampires existed.

While not a great academic study, the book is more like a compost heap of imaginings waiting for the delectation of the curious, or to feed the fertile imaginations of both readers and authors alike. In digesting it one must keep in mind that, up to the period in which this book was written, vampire literature was still quite scarce. Whether Dudley Wright and his kind are responsible for the resurgence of the vampire tale as an entire genre I cannot say, but it is a tempting to draw that conclusion. "Vampires & Vampirism" is full of interesting little facts and twists and is easy, pleasant reading. For the vampirophile this is one of those volumes without which one's library would be incomplete. In other words, great fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort
I'm a huge fan of vampire fiction and movies and found this book listed on some websites. When I sat down to read it, I discovered it was a reprint of one of the first serious books on vampirism, so the style and type is old fashioned. Still, it's definitely worth the read. After all, vampires are the most fascinating of all creatures in folklore. I think that it is a very good book for first time vampire readers, and will help dispel the misconception that vampires are all from Central Europe. It was cool to read about British fiends and Persian ghouls. ... Read more


145. Coyote Moon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Book 3)
by John Vornholt
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 78479
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Of Shapeshifters and Skinwalkers....

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.

The seedy carnival looks like just the thing to give Buffy and her best buds, Xander and Willow, a break from staking bloodsuckers. Some greasy food, a few cheap thrills -- what more could a Slayer ask for?

But then Buffy senses something evil behind this carnival. Xander and Willow aren't so sure. They don't buy Buffy's notion that the carneys are somehow connected to the corpes turning up around Sunnydale. It doesn't help that her two best friends are each interested in someone at the carnival. Which puts the burden ofproof on Buffy.

Can she find out what's going on in time to save her friends?

Or has the Slayer become the prey? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent suspense through the whole book.
John Vornholt really impressed me with this first rate teen thriller based on the tv show. This book didn't take me that long to read - thats only because I couldn't put it down. I strongly reccommend this to teens and Buffy fans.

It is about Buffy, Willow and Xander eager to take a break from slaying vampires and what-not so they take a trip to the carnival that's come to Sunnydale, only to find out the two sexiest carnies are actually werecoyotes!

Awesome book - don't let this fly by!

5-0 out of 5 stars Coyote Moon
This book is probably one of the best book I've read of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series. It's filled with suspense and keeps you reading til the end. It is a very good book for Buffy fans. So read it!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Skinwalkers Come to Sunnydale
COYOTE MOON by John Vornholt is the third Buffy The Vampire Slayer book and the second all-new adventure. Like the previous volumes this was a very well-done book. I don't know if the series has a better bible than others but so far all of the characters act just as they would be expected to on the show.

At the end of Summer a carnival comes to Sunnydale. Shortly after that, coyotes are seen closer to town than usual. Buffy starts to get the wiggins about the carnival and finds some minor evidence that they are involved in something not normal. Eventually a plot involving werecoyotes and skinwalkers is revealed. Unfortunately for the townsfolk the plot involves the carnies seducing and slaughtering a number of Sunnydale's young folk. In the end Buffy triumphs and curses are lifted.

While this volume is quite good it is not canonical. The events take place at a time that we now know Buffy was not in Sunnydale. This puts it in a class with many of the Star Trek books. So if you consider this an old episode you missed then it works out quite well. Unfortunately these books are a little hard to find because they are being marketed towards young adults (hah, my 78 year-old father is one of the show's biggest fans).

5-0 out of 5 stars Tony Hillerman lite
I savored this book a little longer than the previous 2. I loved the scene where Willow was playing poker. This book is Tony Hillerman lite. If you've read any of his mysteries, you'll know what I mean.

3-0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Review
COYOTE MOON
BY JOHN VORNHOLT (1998)

RATING: 3/5 Stakes

SETTING: First Season (summer)

CAST APPEARANCES: Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Cordelia

ORIGINAL CHARACTERS: Rose, Lonnie, Hopscotch (werecoyotes); Dr. Henshaw (friendly doctor); Spurs Hardaway (villian)

BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SUMMARY

"The seedy carnival looks like just the thing to give Buffy and her best buds, Xander and Willow, a break from staking bloodsuckers. Some greasy food, a few cheap thrills--what more could a Slayer ask for? But then Buffy senses something evil behind this carnival. Xander and Willow aren't so sure. They don't buy Buffy's notion that the carneys are somehow connected to the corposes turning up around Sunnydale. It doesn't help that her two best friends are each interested in someone at the carnival. Which puts the burden of proof on Buffy. Can she find out what's going on in time to save her friends? Or has the Slayer become the prey?"

REVIEW

Coyote Moon, the second original Buffy novel, is a solid if unspectacular story about the arrival of werecoyotes in Sunnydale (disguised as a carnival) and their attempt to resurrect their long-dead leader. Buffy spends most of the novel attempting to gain proof of the carneys' true nature (with Giles' help), while Xander and Willow are seduced by two of the carneys. Xander's terribly luck with the ladies holds out, as his new girlfriend Rose simply wants him and Willow to be the human sacrifices necessary to resurrect Spurs Hardaway, a Buffalo Bill Cody type of Western performer who died exactly a century ago and discovered the secrets of "skinwalking" from an unnamed plains Indian tribe, which allowed him and the other performers to become an animal by donning its skin. After being captured by the werecoyotes, Buffy manages to escape with the aid of Hopscotch, a renegade werecoyote who wants her to stop the resurrection because he was the one who secretly killed Spurs Hardaway to begin with. In her own inimitable style, Buffy manages to arrive at the resurrection just in time to drive a silver knife through Spur Hardaway's werebear form and save the day.
The novel has some strong elements. Xander's teen lust for Rose is depicted well, as are the feelings of love and hurt that Willow feels everytime Xander fails to notice how much she loves him. Also well played is a scene where Buffy interrupts a Xander-and-Rose makeup session, prompting Xander to tell Buffy off. Other highpoints include Xander trying to grow a goatee (failing miserably) and some interesting use of Native skinwalker stories.
Overall, Coyote Moon is a competent addition to the Buffy line and has the feel of a first season episode. It's by no means a page turner, but it also doesn't prompt groans of dismay like some other books in the series. ... Read more


146. Tremere Dark Ages Clan Novel (Dark Ages Vampire, 10)
by White Wolf, Sarah Roark
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars map needed
Have a map of Eastern Europe handy when reading this book as it tends to jump around from locale to locale with few reference points. Why one wasn't included, as has been done with previous volumes in this series, is beyond me. The book is well-written but tends to leave out standard storytelling "glue" like "she walked over to" or "he went upstairs." If you're not careful, you'll often find yourself in a new paragraph unaware that the characters have done something, moved somewhere, or completed an interim action that drives what's happening now. ... Read more


147. Fire in the Blood (Vampire Files, No 5)
by P.N. Elrod
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2-0 out of 5 stars Reptitive from Previous Books, Mostly
Book Review by C. Douglas Baker

FIRE IN THE BLOOD is somewhat disappointing. For those who have read the previous four books in the series, it will get quite boring. Jack is such a clumsy and sometimes stupid guy, he can't seem to keep his head from getting smashed in over and over again, despite his super human strengths and abilities.

The book does introduce us to Jack struggling with the morality of being a vampire and his need to feed on blood. Elrod begins to explore this inner struggle as Jack loses controls of his actions. But the novel leaves the resolution of these problems to future books. If Elrod can get out of the rut of writing repetitive plots that read just like the last book, and further explore Jack's struggles as a vampire, good things will happen.

(And since I've now read every single one, I can tell you indeed, this does happen.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Jack starts acting like a real vampire; this can not be good
After struggling through "Art in the Blood," the previous novel in the Vampire Files, I was starting to have the same problems with "Fire in the Blood," the fifth novel by P. N. Elrod in this series. Again the story was more in the vein of Raymond Chandler than Bram Stoker, and while I have read my share of mystery novels I do not think I have read one where there are such long stretches of dialogue as Jack and Charles investigate the disappearance of a rich guy's jewel bracelet. Then it dawned on me that part of the problem here is that Jack Fleming being a vampire detective presents some major problems to Elrod as a writer. After all, any time he wants to Jack can use his invisibility, strength and/or hypnotic eyes to solve the crime. The things that keep him from doing so at any given time usually come across as contrivances. But then the title of this book kicks in and Jack puts the bite on a woman other than Bobbi, almost going too far in drinking her blood. When he finally takes off the kid gloves and goes after the bad guys, Jack suddenly turns into the Shadow, revealing a new vicious streak that shakes both him and Charles. There is something going on with our hero and it does not look good. This twist in the tale is a turn for the better. I am actually looking forward to reading the next volume when halfway through "Fire in the Blood" I was going to give up on the series. The important thing is that the vampire angle has to be more prominent than the detective stuff.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not so Bad
Unlike the other reviewer, *sheesh what a vicious writeup* I never thought Elrods books were that bad. Fleming isn't her best series, her other is actualy better, but that doesn't mean that this one isn't somewhat entertaining. I partly like it because I found some of it's triteness to be funny, and I like it better than some books because of it's 'vampire theory' where you don't nessisarily become a vampire just because you were bitten. So if you're looking for an easy read and a desent laugh, this book is ok. Otherwise, I'd say L.K. Hamilton. She's pretty good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yuck!
This book defies description, it so bad. The dialogue is trite, the characters shallow, and the writing amateur. Sorry, Elrod, maybe you should go back to your day job. I'm ashamed I have bought all of Elrod's book on the advice of another author at Uncommon Con in Dallas/Fort Worth last year. I'm beginning to think she was in cahoots with Elrod to sell books for each other. ... Read more


148. Vampire Storytellers Handbook
by White Wolf
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Asin: 1565042646
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: White Wolf Games Studio
Sales Rank: 474419
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars how to be a GM
If you like to play vampire and like to play often you will eventually run into the problem of the GM and other veteran players getting into fights, moving, getting bored with the game, or getting married. This leads to the break up of groups and then it is necessary to find another group.... or make your own. Some times its hard enough to find other experienced players, much less match up everyones schedule. I think the next best thing to do is teach new people. This is more true to the game anyways. When first embraced the vampires know nothing about kindred society and the powers that vampires wield. This sets you up for a very realistic game.

You know all the times you were playing in someone elses game and thought "I could have done that so much better" here is your chance. BTW Its harder than you ever imagined, but also rewarding when you do a good job. If you just want hack-and-slash vampire campaigns, though, the players handbook has all the info you need. This book is almost too much information but if you want a very complex and detailed story it is highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Gamemaster Guide out There
I have been reading gaming books since I was nine and gaming and gamemastering since I was in Junior High School (I am now a senior in sollege). In that time, I have read dozens of gamemaster guides for different sci-fi and fantasy worlds. The Vampire guide is the best of all of them, and it is one that everyone running a campaign, Vampire or otherwise, should read.
Most gamemaster guides are the same thing as all of the others: they have the same campaign generation and adventure writing advice, the same NPC advice, just with the flavor text appropriate to the game in question added in. The Vampire guide is different. In addition to providing all of the behind-the-shield knowledge relevant to Vampire and its storylines, it also has sections on topics like 'How to deal with Problem Players.' It touches on the interpersonal aspects of gaming in a very blunt manner that all other gaming guides seem too squeamish to handle. Included herein are sereotypical 'problem players' that most of us have seen (or been) at some point and advice on how to deal with each of them.
Three clans new to this edition (the Baali, Nagaraja and True Brujah), new advantages (age, military force, arcane) and new disciplines related to the new clans (all with powers detailed up to ten dots) are provided, as well as Vampire history and the like. In the history section, there are tips for gaming in any era from prehistoric to the present. In true White Wolf spirit, there is a good bit of humor in the book. The 'Problem Player' section in particular provided great entertainment.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great confidence builder for storytellers
Until many other role playing games, "The Worlds of Darkness" are story based. Thus the storyteller is the single most important person in the group and players will often join or leave a group based on the personality of the storyteller and their ability to create an intriquing journey. But it is also very challenging to be a storyteller, especially if you are used to the less story-focused role-playing games where the DM or guide focuses on technical matters over characters or plot. This is a great book because it makes a lot of good suggestions, gives some needed guidelines, and also spends a good deal of time being honest about the storyteller's role, power, authority and the dynamics of players in this system. Does it answer every question? No, but it will help you become a better storyteller and everyone in your group will benefit.

4-0 out of 5 stars IT'S ALL HERE!...mostly...somewhere....
This helpful book includes information on elders and their society (from ELYSIUM mostly), mechanics for century-spanning chronicles (scattered and without as much detail as in other sources, unfortunately), an informative FAQ section, a section on how vampires interact with other World of Darkness creatures, advice on creating short (tournament size) games and possible alternative settings. There is a discussion about bloodlines including the modern Baali and the Daimonion discipline and material salvaged from SECRETS OF THE BLACK HAND- True Brujah, Nagaraja and their unique disciplines. A chapter covers the Hand's secret history and recent demise as an independent sect. The book offers suggestions for using free-form techniques to make the chronicle less numbers driven and more story driven- alternatives to merits and flaws, game balance treated as giving player characters equal story attention rather than equal powers, etc.

Unfortunately, some material seemed organized in a haphazard way. For example, elder society was in the chapter on vampiric existence but vampiric authority structures and power wielding techniques were over in the storytelling chapter. Things like this made it difficult to get an overall sense of where things were without reference to the index.

In places, it seemed overly long on theory and short on specifics. After reading the section on theme, concept and mood I was thankful that there wasn't going to be a quiz and wondered if this is really something you can learn from a book- especially with only broad suggestions about using music, props and (what'll they think of next!) descriptions. Specific suggetions for darkening a chronicle that seems too "nice" (and the reverse) might also have been more helpful than all the sidebar reminders to keep it cynical.

5-0 out of 5 stars I found it very useful
Welp, this book is like a combination of the dirty secrets of the blackhand and the elysium. I found it really helpful in making elder vampires and dealing with the new changes produced ever since the 3rd edition came out. They had little detail ruling, e.g. does a vampire have fingerprints? Plus some inside information on the changes happening. It describe _a lot_ of the bloodlines and what happened to them, including Baali, True Brujah and Nagaraja. I recommend this book to storytellers, not players. ... Read more


149. The London Vampire Panic
by MICHAEL ROMKEY
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A DARK, UNHOLY COVENANT
In an ancient monastery, far from the bustling streets of London, an order of monks celebrates the glories of art and music. Separate from the world, they conceal a secret. For within the sheltered walls, a beautiful woman makes a horrifying promise--and a boy receives a life-saving gift.

BLEEDS INTO A HELLISH CURSE
Soon a monster is preying upon the people of Victorian London. A fiend who thrives on darkness and blood. Victim after victim falls to the beast. No one is safe. The murders are indiscriminate, ruthless. Only the same violent death links them--the torn throat and the bloodless corpse left behind.

THE LONDON VAMPIRE PANIC
Lead by the famous vampire hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, six men set out to track down and unmask the killer--and bring the nightmare gripping the city to a blessed end. If they can stay alive. . . .

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun & Refreshing
Just as my title suggests, this new book is both fun and a refreshing addition to the genre. While most vampire books are a silly rehash of everything you've already read (essential two camps - Stoker or Rice), this add some nice twists and quirks. The characters were also interesting and enjoyable to follow.

The only reason I removed one star (I'd rather just removed a 1/2 star) was that I felt the ending was a little stupid. This observation is purely personal and I doubt many other readers will feel the same. I won't spoil the ending, but let's say I wasn't particularly satisfied on their explanation of vampires. Perhaps I am too partial to the Stoker camp.

This is a fine read. Pick up a copy; I think you'll enjoy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Library Rental
I have been reading books about vampires for years, starting as far back as Bram Stroker's "Dracula" and as current as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". They have all have one thing in common, they all tried to give the reader the illusion that vampires walk among us. Some stories worked while others failed. "The London Vampire Pinic" failed. What Romkey did was introduce familiar historical characters in his book to give us the illusion that a vampire could be anyone, including a great composer. It reminded me of a movie I watched years ago called "Death Becomes Her" with Bruce Willis. Just because the story wasn't interesting doesn't mean the book wasn't good. It had it's high points when it came to horror and suspense.

3-0 out of 5 stars Vampires in London
Michael Romkey is the kind of writer that you really want to see succeed. Having read all of his books to date, I think he is two thirds of the way there; in that his style of writing is very good and he does introduce fresh and unique scenarios and concepts into his novels. However, other than "I, Vampire", there seems to be a lack of captivation with the books. By that I mean that at any point in his books, I could put it down and never pick it up again. To be fair though, I have never done that.

In this novel, the story unfolds when there are numerous victims showing up dead, drained of blood with two bite marks in their necks. This happens in London, in and around the time of Jack the Ripper. Although Jack;s name comes up on several occasions, it is clear to everyone that these murders are quite different. When the murders hit close to home on the British government, the Prime Minister authorizes a formation of a secret committee to find the killer and put an end to the panic. Members include a variety of individuals with different backgrounds, and of course some are Vampire believers and others are not. The most interesting of the group is Dr. Van Helsing himself. Plans are made, investigations are performed and as they say ' the chase is afoot'.

There are several endings to this story, both of which take up the last 100 pages of the book. The take on Van Helsing is one of the more interesting ones I've read and we are also finally introduced to more detail on the Illuminati. All in all, this is a good book ... not a great book, but better than some of his previous novels.

2-0 out of 5 stars Strong start but fails in the end.
Okay, here's the reason why I rarely read any vampire novels...it seems that most authors feel some compelling need to make "a fresh new twist on the vampire genre" as a reviewer put it, and that's what Romkey does with this book.

Without giving away too much (for the benefit of those who still want to read this), Romkey strips away pretty much everything that makes a vampire a vampire with the exception of the need to drink blood. Even sunlight is a minor inconvenience that can be gotten used to.

The book start off strong and I was egaged by it through the midway point. Unfortunately after that it stops dead in its tracks, filling out the rest of the book with pure exposition. Although the "Panic" is taken care of, it's by no means an exciting conclusion and the reader only hears about it second hand from the novel's characters. At one point I only finished the book because I had gotten so far along it it that it seemed a waste of time not to follow through.

A plea to future authors: Would someone please write a vampire novel that doesn't change the basic vampire fundamentals? And for pete's sake stop trying to make vampires into sympathetic characters who are "appaled by what they've become and struggling to come to terms with it."

3-0 out of 5 stars The more he writes, the worse he gets
I think it is safe to say that Romkey has pretty well mined his vampire stories for all he can get out of them. Don't get me wrong, he started strong. I, Vampire is one of the finest books I'v read--I might be the only person to place it way up on my list of literature. He followed with two pretty good book, The Vampire Papers and The Vampire Princess, both well-written novels, though not of the caliber of I, Vampire. Then came two weak editions to his series, The Vampire Virus and Vampire Hunter. And now we have The London Vampire Panic, another weak edition to his work. It seems Romkey is running out of ideas. The first and last thirds of the book drag. The middle gets pretty good. There is the nice addition of Van Helsing--not the first time he's appeared in someone else's fiction, but Romkey throws a nice twist on the character (well done Mr. Romkey). But overall the book drags. And you can see where Romkey wants the reader to think of Stoker's Dracula. Roughly same time period, set in London, similar style, and Romkey tells the story through various letters and journal entries. But Romkey is no Stoker. I say stick with what you do best-- I, Vampire. But I think it might be time for Romkey to move on to new subject material. ... Read more


150. New York by Night (Vampire: The Masquerade Novels)
by Justin Achilli
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1-0 out of 5 stars dull and uninteresting
This book skipped all of the interesting things I was looking forward too in a New York book. You'd be better to invest in a travel guide of the city. There was so much opportunity to make this book come alive with faction feuds, garou tie ins (did they forget they already published a new york book? 'Rage across New York") or maybe even an interesting character of two.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another good sourcebook from white-wolf
This book is what you need to run a good chronicle in NYC.
It covers all you need to know about the city through the eyes of the kindred, including:
a brief history of the city as the kindred know it, a full guide to new yorks "hot spots" (including maps of the boroughs and even the subway!), a big section dedicated to the storyteller characters, including some surprisingly familiar faces ;)
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I recomend this book with all my heart, VIVA NEW YORK! ... Read more


151. I, Strahd : The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft)
by P. N. Elrod
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Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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...Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for three hundred years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history.

He turned to the first page and read:

I, Strahd, Lord of Barovia, well aware certain events of my reign have been desperately misunderstood by those who are better at garbling history than recording it, hereby set down an exact record of those events, that the truth may at last be known . . . .

He caught his breath. By all the good gods, a personal journal?
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3-0 out of 5 stars It's a good read but don't get carried away!
I really liked P.N. Elrod's style and well developed imagination and intelligence. Strahd is not some stupid archetypal vampire (re: his portrayal in Knight of the Black Rose). Despite the slow start, the novel picked up as emotions raged in Strahd. Elrod's linguistics are very developed: fluid, rich and demanding. I haven't read many Ravenloft novels (four), but this and it's sequel are probably the best you'll find. But I can't agree with the five stars flying all around about this book. There are some very good authors out there and you should give them a shot over a novel that was designed over a campaign world the author had no hand in shaping outside of this novel. Elrod has done her best, writing as good as anyone else I'm sure, but she was doomed at the start (although I'm not sure she could have written anything better), because she wasn't given a freedom that may have brought this novel to a deserved 5-star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gatta love it!
Well, what can I say, I just loved this book! Sinse I don't usually like reading books based on vilains I was abit tentative to read this one but Elrod sure proved my Vilain phobia to be false in this case. I really enjoyed this book becasue after reading Vampire of The Mists I really got to hate Strahd and I like getting to see the gentler, if only alittle, parts of a vilain. It also gave a better more realistic version of Strahd's transformation then Christie had(no offense of course). I also liked the slight likeness this book had to Bran Stoker's Dracula(one of my favorites). I can't really think of anything else to say without giving away the story, so just read it yourself.

1-0 out of 5 stars an unfortunate disapointment
after all the hearings from the readers around me, I got the book and read. But from the beginning I was out of the world of the book, and the way the story was told confused me totally... The characters are not really established and they were like being observed by total strangers...
it could be written better.. something is missing..

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. A *must* read.
Strahd, you got to love him. He was the "bad guy" in the first Ravenloft book, "Vampire of the Mists", but comes accross in a much different light this time around. I absolutely recommend this book. I've read 10 Ravenloft books so far and this is easily one of the very best, if not thee best. If you read "Vampire of the Mists" or "Knight of the Black Rose" and liked either of those, you will love this one as much or more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
This was the first book that I read in the Ravenloft series: the pretense was so intriguing that I had to read it and see what it was all about, though I abhor horror and was not much for fantasy, either. The Memoirs of a Vampire? Spanning centuries, no doubt. One who had managed to be in power instead of hiding so no one figured out his true age? These questions and more are what led me to buy this book.

At the beginning it does kind of seem to last forever, with a slow start hitherto noted as necessary for the development of the characters. But once that was accomplished, Elrod and Strahd just whirled me away to another land, another conception of reality so completely that I wish the book lasted forever! And that superior writing style and plot is what made me buy another Ravenloft, and another...

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152. Deja Vu (Vampire Princess Miyu, Vol. 3)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars this is to melissa
um...you haven't read part one or two, and haven't seen the movies- logically, these would be very confusing. Maybe you could try reading these or watching the anime first, and then rate this book what it's worth.

2-0 out of 5 stars argh...pretty, but very confusing
When I say it's confusing, I'm not talking about the fact that it's in the Japanese right-to-left format (meaning that you have to read everything in the book from right to left, starting with what would be the last page in an American book and starting with the speech bubbles on the right side of the page rather than the left). That can be pretty confusing, if you're not used to it, but it gets easier to deal with after a while. No, my problems are with the story itself: I had problems following what was going on a lot of the time. This could be because I haven't read volume one or two yet, and I've never seen any of the anime. Still, most of the time I was reading this, I felt like the writer wanted to make things seem mysterious and ended up making things incomprehensible instead. I would've appreciated it if there had at least been a little section at the beginning explaining who the characters were. I think I figured that out okay after a while, but I still got confused a lot. I think it was all the really big panels with no dialogue but a lot of really pretty art - they were lovely, but they didn't always seem to show too clearly what was going on. ... Read more


153. Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Note from the Underground (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, Cliff Richards
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Publisher: Dark Horse
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This volume collects Buffy newcomer Scott Lobdell's (X-men, Highroads) debut story arc along side veteran Buffy scribe Fabian Nicieza! Joining established Buffy artist Cliff Richards, Lobdell and Nicieza begin their run by wrapping up four years worth of stories, featuring many returning faces. This story paves the way for a whole new direction for the Buffy comics. Collecting issues #47-50 of the ongoing Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. ... Read more


154. The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories
by Alan Ryan
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Catlog: Book (1990-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, scary stuff
This book is especially good reading during those late fall and winter evenings when dark comes early and the nights grow long. Even before Bram Stoker penned his classic horror novel, vampires were the stuff of lore and legend, guaranteed to scare the pants off people: evil bloodsucking monsters without souls or morals, looking to recruit innocent victims into their unholy ranks. Almost every country in Europe had its own vampire stories. But it was Stoker's "Dracula" that unleashed the widespread popularity of vampire tales and novels that has continued unabated.

This anthology includes vampire stories from 1816 (a fragment of a novel by Lord Byron) to 1984. Even Ole Drac himself makes a reappearance in Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest", a self-contained chapter initially written as part of "Dracula" but omitted to shorten the novel to its current length. Some modern-day gems include "Pages From a Young Girl's Journal" by Robert Aickman, in which a bored and lonely teenage girl meets her demon lover and eagerly awaits her passage into the ranks of the Undead, and "Bite-Me-Not" by Tanith Lee, a beguiling combination of love story and horror tale. The one glaring omission in this otherwise fine compendium is Stephen King's short story "One For the Road", in which Salem's Lot is revisited with calamitous results. I would have given this book five stars if it had been included here. There is also an appendix of selected vampire novels and vampire films. There are enough good, shivery reads in here to satisfy the most insatiable fan of vampire literature. Lock the doors, turn up the lights, and enjoy the fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aunt Wendy bought a book like this one for Sarah
This isn't the exact same book that Aunt Wendy bought for Sarah, my friend in Baltimore, but it's close. They dont have the one she has on here, so I chose to review this one which has lots of stories, both helpful and scary too.
The one Sarah has is very good, because the writing is terrible. Its tragic, really. But its so much fun to read. The guy who wrote it clearly hates women. Which is pretty cool. Because a lot of times I do too. Especially some of the ones I work with. More about that later.
Back to vampires... they're super scary because of the immortality and the blood sucking. I dont want to give too much away. Just buy this book, or better yet, the one that Aunt Wendy sent to Sarah!

5-0 out of 5 stars A lovely, entertaining read
I seem to go for gothic when I'm in need of a nice, therapeutic read (Edgar Allan Poe when under stress last summer, that sort of thing) and this does the trick beautifully. Whether you're just looking for a good story to make you shiver, or are interested in the historical progression of the vampire myth and the ways different writers have used it symbolically, it's great fun to read. The stories range from deeply chilling, traditional vampire tales to the ridiculously melodramatic penny-dreadfuls of the 1800s to thoughtful modern sci-fi variations, and don't miss the hilarious account of the new werewolf who meets a rather nice vampire and is taken home to meet her parents...

4-0 out of 5 stars A good vampire anthology
I had to get this for school and ended up keeping it for my personal collection. Some of the stories are a little poorly written, but most present a very entertaining cross-section of vampire stories from the eighteen-hundreds up through the end of the twentieth. As an intoduction to Western vampire myth, I found it very enlightening and entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Vampire Stories
This is one of the best collection of vampire stories i've ever read. This book combines traditional vampire tales with those having more psychological or sci-fi elements. I especially recommand reading Shambleau by C.L.Moore, The Girl w/ the Hungry Eyes - F. Leiber, Bite-Me-Not - T. Lee and Unicorn Tapestry -S. M. Charnes. However, all the stories defenetly deserve to be read. ... Read more


155. A Hunger Like Fire (Vampire the Requiem)
by Greg Stolze
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
Publisher: World of Darkness
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars VERY SLOW AND DULL
This was the first book I've read in the World of Darkness Vampire The Requiem series and it may be the last.The beginning starts off well enough with a guy named Bruce waking up dishevled and unawared of his surroundings.He returns home and eventually attacks his wife and daughter.Turns out Bruce was turned into a vampire and the vampire hierarchy is none to happy about it.They meet in an audience with Prince Maxwell, airing their grieviances and wanting to know who turned Bruce and what to do about the rebellious group that Bruce had found himself in league with.Unfortunately that's about all that happens in this book...a lot of talking and not much action.I was looking fora page-turner and instead got a sleep inducer.More than that I found myself not caring about any of the characters in the book.Not even the ones they tried to build sympathy for like Bruce.Add to that the book uses among the smallest typefaces ever seen in a novel and it makes for one very difficult read.It's not a dictionary...USE A BIGGER FONT!

Sorry I just could not get into it at all.Very disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good start
A good start to the new World of Darkness. While I was initially uncertain as to a semblance of an overall plot to this book, the conclusion left me pleasantly surprised. I'm looking forward to seeing these characters in the upcoming White Wolf titles.

5-0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT intro to the new World of Darkness
First and foremost, A Hunger Like Fire is a fantastic novel! The writing portrays each character very well and provides just enough information so that the reader can inhabit the world without drowning in rpg-speak.

Every main character is very well drawn out, as are most of the peripheral characters. Stolze is quite adept at storytelling and his use of first person and change of POV seems neither contrived nor forced. I got a very good sense of each individual character.

The story is pure World of Darkness. Mood is everything and this book is dark and creepy. You get a very good sense of the pain Bruise feels after he drains a human and is left with the aftermath. Persephone is a hoot, but you also get the feeling at novel's end that she may have bitten off more than she can chew, so to speak. Solomon is a monster, pure and simple, yet truly does care for his best friend, Prince Maxwell, even as he plots the man's downfall. Religious zealotry must be fun to write! The rest of the characters, from Loki, to Bella to Scratch, are all well plotted. Most have little to do with advancing the story, but their inclusion adds to the world we are just now begining to explore through fiction...and does so gracefully and thoughtfully.

Five stars to Greg Stolze for this wonderful novel. The typeface was somewaht difficult to deal with at first, but became inconsequential once the story drew me in (almost immediately). The cover art is awesome. I'm glad to have the chance to be with this new World of Darkness from the beginning and Greg Stolze has certainly set the bar high for future writers.
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156. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Script Book Season 2, Vol. 3
by Joss Whedon
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
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Angel: "You still haven't told me what you want for your birthday."
Buffy: "Surprise me."
-- "Surprise"


Buffy the Vampire Slayer knew that her love of Angel, the vampire cursed with a soul, was ironic at best. But against all better judgment, the two were drawn to each other. And on Buffy's seventeenth birthday, that love pushed Angel over the edge. Now Buffy's worst enemy is her ex-boyfriend, onetime dorkus maximus Xander Harris is an unparalleled ladies' man, and her best friend Willow is having serious dating -- with a werewolf!

You've seen the episodes, sure. But what better way to cement your fanaticism than with the scripts themselves? Read along as Angel says, "I love you,"...and as Buffy later vows to destroy him. Best of all -- these shooting scripts contain never-aired dialogue, inside jokes, and production notes for the true Buffy-phile! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Who imagined that television writing could be this good?
Television writing is simply not supposed to be this good. Or at least we have become acclimated to a good deal less even in very good shows. But I am not sure that any other show in the history of television has put together five shows with scripts this strong. In the history of Buffy, these are the episodes in which the show moved to an entirely different plane from all other contemporary shows. Not since TWIN PEAKS had TV seen anything this well written. Seeing these episodes for the first time, I was in complete awe that the Neanderthals running the WB had actually allowed anything this good to hit the screen. These are also significant episodes because in them Buffy started becoming a show that appealed as much to adults as to teens, as the themes and issues became progressively more complex and darker.

"Surprise" was written by Marti Noxon, who had very quickly in her first season on Buffy established herself as one of the best writers on the show. She was not merely good; she was prolific. This is one of the more interesting scripts to compare to the actual show produced. These collections compile the shooting scripts; they are not transcripts of the final product. Usually, one will find slight wording alterations, or small scenes that got excised in the final shooting. Often shooting instructions provide a great deal of insight into what is happening in the scenes. But in this script, there are significant differences between the final result and the script, especially scenes involving Cordy and Xander. The script was much, much too long for the time slot, and heavy editing took place. The story itself, of how Buffy came to lose her virginity to Angel, resulting in his losing his soul, provides the foundation for everything that happens thereafter in both BUFFY and ANGEL. We'll leave aside the fact that the gypsy curse-that because he has a soul Angel lives in torment for his past crimes, but if he achieves a moment of perfect happiness he loses his soul and reverts to the evil Angelus-is a bald and rather dumb plot device. It makes no sense as a curse, and his potentially becoming evil again makes the curse profoundly self-defeating. But so much else is tremendous, I and apparently everyone else cut them some slack on this one.

Joss Whedon himself wrote "Innocence," in which we learn that Angel, after having made love to Buffy, has lost his soul. If the show had been a teen series before, it was not after we see Buffy's boyfriend literally transformed into a monster on the morning after. It's an old adage that bad characters are more interesting than good ones, and it is reproven in the transformation of Angel into Angelus. But not just Angel, but Buffy is transformed as well. I believe the title in part is a reference to Blake's SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. Buffy loses her innocence as she gains in experience. Willow also struggles with new pain when she catches Xander and Cordelia kissing in the stacks. (By the way, part of the joy of the scripts is reading the directions. As Xander and Cordy begin to kiss we read: "They haben der big smootchen." And when Willow sees them she "has pain on her face like a blush.") In an episode of many awesome moments, one of my favorites is the freshly reborn Angelus killing a streetwalker smoking a cigarette, and then him expelling her smoke out of his lungs after he kills her. That was shot precisely as written.

"Phases" was written by the team of Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali, who were also the final script editors on the show until they left for THAT SEVENTIES SHOW. Often in Buffy episodes as strong as "Surprise" and "Innocence" are followed by relatively weak episodes, as if they are trying to create a balance between weak and strong scripts. But "Phases" is a fun, fascinating, and tragic episode in its own right, although it provides a break from the emotional roller coaster of the previous two shows. Buffy never deals with potentially hackneyed subject like werewolves in unoriginal fashion, and that is true here.

Well, others start noticing Cordy and Xander's not-terribly-well-hidden relationship, so Cordy dumps Xander to salvage her social reputation. Marti Noxon produced yet another stellar script in "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered," in one of the funniest shows ever in the series. Because Cordy dumped Xander, he wants revenge by having Amy the school witch (from the first season) created a love potion that would make her love him, allowing him to then dump her. But it backfires and every girl in the school EXCEPT for Cordelia falls her him. After the emotional stress of the previous episodes, the show provides a great deal of comic relief. Great moment: Xander demands that Cordy give back the necklace he gave her as a Valentine's present. She goes to her locker to get it, but discretely takes it from around her neck.

"Passion" by Ty King is simply stunning. The show had often proven it could be funny, and sometimes scary, but there is gothic horror in this episode that can bring a tear to the most hard-hearted. Angel's voiceovers would work perfectly in the final shooting, giving a structure to what is one of the most tragic episodes in the run of the show. The episode also served as a warning to its fans: anything can happen on this show. On other shows, the main characters are safe, but here they can die, and proved it by having Angel murder Jenny Calendar. But her death was not as horrific as the macabre scene where Angel has rearranged Giles's apartment to make it seem like Jenny had staged a romantic tryst, only for a romantically touched and excited Giles to ascend his stairs to find Jenny's body in his bed.

This is by far the best single collection of scripts yet published in this series. One writer in the early nineties stated that television had a greater potential for excellence than cinema, and that eventually a series could come along to prove this. I believe that it was in these five episodes that BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER did precisely that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Contains three of the greatest Buffy's scripts ever written
This collection of shooting scripts contains three of the greatest scripts ever produced for the show, as well as one of the weakest. The two-part "Becoming" solidified the emergence of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER as one of if not the best-written shows in the history of television. Although the season as a whole was remarkable, earlier in the season with "Surprise" and "Innocence," the show moved beyond being merely one of the finest shows on television to one of the finest ever produced. The emotional depth and complexity of those two episodes, and later of "Passion," signaled that this truly was a remarkable series.

The question as the second season began winding down was whether the season ending could match the highpoints of the season.

"Killed by Death" didn't bode well for the end, being the second weakest show of the season (following "Some Assembly Required"). It was not a flat out dreadful show, but it failed to match the inventiveness and passion of earlier episodes. Whenever fans vote for the weakest episodes in the history of the show, "Killed by Death" usually receives a significant number of votes, though it never rivals such shows like "Some Assembly Required" or "Beer Bad" for the top (bottom?) slot. The episode provides some opportunities for some funny lines, such as Xander's "My whole life just flashed before my eyes. I've got to get me a life."

If one had any idea that the show might be slipping at all, "I Only Have Eyes for You," put any fears to rest. Marti Noxon's final script for her first year with the show, is arguably her best in the superb way she blends a wonderful ghost story about a female teacher who had been murdered by a student with whom she had been having an affair, with Buffy's feelings about her relationship with Angel. Although the scene between the dead lovers is played out twice earlier in the episode, the force and power when the two ghosts reenact the scene near the end is almost overwhelming in its power, not least because the ghost of the murdering male enters Buffy, and Angel speaks the lines of the school teacher. When it was filmed, an actress I have always loved but have too rarely seen, Meredith Salinger, plays the schoolteacher. I'm baffled why she hasn't been in more roles in her career.

"Go Fish" is not an episode that I like very much. It doesn't do much in carrying forward the story arc, though it was probably helpful to have a tiny bit of a break before the emotionally overwhelming end to the season. The episode provides a few laughs at the expense of Xander, but I just couldn't get into the story of a high school coach who biochemically alters his swimmers to enhance their performance.

Joss Whedon saved the final two episodes of the season, "Becoming," for himself. I am not sure that anyone not named Joss Whedon has ever written two better scripts for a television series than these, and in non-series perhaps only Rod Serling. Whedon is like a juggler with eight or nine balls in the air at once while riding about on a unicycle. The balance between all the elements in these two shows, as Angelus gradually brings the crisis to a head, Kendra returns to Sunnydale and is killed by Druscilla, and Buffy is separated from all her friends and mother is nothing short of astonishing. Every few seconds in the show brings forth some gem, either a new shock (like Kendra dying or Joyce learning that her daughter is the slayer) or line (as when Joyce asks "Have you ever tried not being the Slayer?") or comic moment (such as Joyce and Spike sitting silently in the Summers's living room, and her asking whether they had met before) or jolt (such as Angel recovering his soul only to have Buffy kill him a few seconds later) or even introducing a new character (the extraordinary and mysterious Whistler, who tragically did not become an occasional visitor on the show, but who at least managed some utterly memorable lines), all of it culminating in that one heartbreakingly awful moment when Buffy finishes kissing Angel, and whispers to him, "Close your eyes." For me this remains the two most emotionally devastating hours in the history of television.

At the end of the first season, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER had established itself as an absolutely first rate, funny, and exceedingly hip show, but one wouldn't after the first twelve episodes have been able to describe it as truly great. But Season Two changed that. Buffy became a genuinely great show this season, one of the high-water marks in the history of the medium. And the foundation for that was the writing. It isn't an accident that the scripts of this show are being reproduced: it is a demonstration of what truly great writing grounded the whole show.

5-0 out of 5 stars Published at last: Joss Whedon's scripts for "Becoming"
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Script Book, Season Two, Volume 4" finally provides in print Joss Whedon's scripts for the two part of "Becoming." It was the second season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" that established the show as being operatic television, in which case "Becoming" is the grand aria in which Whedon hits the highest note on the scale. "Becoming, Part 2," in which Buffy has to kill Angel and send him to a demon dimension to save the world, is still one of the ten best television episodes I have ever seen in my life. Having a copy of the script in my hands puts the final touches on my enjoyment of these episodes, not because it is a question of finding differences between what is in the final shooting script and what got aired on television, but simply because I finally get to see Whedon's stage directions. For example, after Joyce has learned Buffy is a vampire slayer there is a scene in Buffy's living room. There is no dialogue, just the shot, which is described as follows: Joyce sits in the living room with Spike. They both are silent and uncomfortable, like it's Sunday and he's come a 'courtin'. Joyce has a glass of bourbon in her hands, which shakes only slightly.

For such small gems of insight into the mind of Joss Whedon picking up this collection of scripts is going to be worthwhile for "BtVS" fans. Completing the Angelus story arc that covered the second half of Season Two begun in Volume 3, you will find in Volume 4 "Killed by Death," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Go Fish," "Becoming, Part One," and "Becoming, Part Two." Actually, I enjoyed "Go Fish" a lot more being able to read the inside jokes, production notes, and cut dialogue than I did actually watching that rather [weak] episode. Overall I think it was a good move to have divide the scripts for Season Two this way, so that the first two volumes do the Spike-Dru story arc and the last two the Angelus story arc. I was going to point out that all six of the episodes for the "BtVS" Season Two video tape set are from this latter arc, but now that we are in the world of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" on DVD this is no longer a concern.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not the same as before...
Though the quality is not as great as the previous script books, Volume 3 of Season 2 does have some of the best scripts of the season!
The book is slightly smaller than the previous 4, yet holds as many scripts. The pictures of the side and cover are smaller as well. Still, it holds the scripts that are the main point. Nice otherwise for any Buffy fan! ... Read more


157. Dark Ages: Vampire (Vampire: The Dark Ages (Hardcover))
by White Wolf Staff, Bruce Baugh, Michael Butler, Chris Hartford, Jim Kiley, Adam Tinworth
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Asin: 1588462765
Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: White Wolf Games Studio
Sales Rank: 127234
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book is a wonderful introduction to the revised Dark Ages line. I approach every single book less like a player and more like an afficionado of the World of Darkness product line. I like the background and "fluff" more than the mechanics and how it applies to the roleplaying. In this regard, the book is rich in information about each of the clans and how they fit into Medieval times. The art work is visually appealing, which is something I cannot say about some of the clanbooks. If you acquire this book and like it, I would recommend collecting the follow-up volumes 'Guide to the Low Clans' & 'Guide to the High Clans', each of which "flesh-out" each clan and their identity during that period of time.

If you were looking for a review on the mechanics and how this applies to roleplaying, et cetera ad infinitum ... I apologize because I only look that over for ideas I can use in an entirely different genre of game play ;)

But from what I did look over, it is well written and easy enough to understand for someone who isn't a bonafide roleplayer (let alone a diehard gamer).

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
A stand alone game, this setting (medieval) offers limitless possibilities of role playing vampires in a setting uniquely suited to the genre of horror and the supernatural. Of all the White Wolf historical settings this is the most researched, the most playable and the best in terms of mood and themes. Imagine playing an immortal vampire who begins his existance into the world of the damned in the age lit by fire to progress to the modern nights of neon and electricity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Stunning new edition to WoD line up stopped just short
From the get go, White Wolf shows why they are on top of this industry with their intial revamp of the Dark Ags line. DA: Vampire hammers a home run with the artistic layouts and eye catching images found within. New and interesting spins are offered that were either barely touched on in the original incarnation or non existant to begin with. Some rules are updated and others expanded upon (like Mortis and the Road paths).

However, what keeps this book from being a 5 star knock out is it's stunning lack of future premonitions that were prevalent in the earlier edition. Leaving some of those key elements up to the previous book to cover was bad form on the writers part and it's exclusion kills much of the depth the original DA book had.

Ending summary:

The good: New information and new spins on the clans, roads, and disciplines. Compelling artwork and layouts.

The bad: The way the previous book was largely written off. Key elements from the old book would have enhanced this DA product immensely. It wouldn't have hurt to have some definative "set in stone" issues resolved like the origins of the Tremere (hinted at being servants to the Tzmisce) and the final fate of the Cappadocians. While White Wolf is known for their contradictory storylines and comments within their own books, at least previous books took a stance. The notable lack thereof in this one is fairly glaring.

All in all though, a top notch book. A definate replacement to it's predessesor. Just don't throw the old book away as the two can work well together in a main book/companion type of role.

5-0 out of 5 stars White Wolf Does It Again
Once again, White Wolf has made its previous output on the Vampire franchise obsolete! Dark Ages: Vampire is that good.

It incorporates the best changes from Vampire the Masquerade since that title was re-edited several years ago and expands upon it. The vampires in Dark Ages have much more potential than those in the Gothic Punk setting: you can choose from several viable moral systems rather than be restricted to one. Vampires are more powerful since disciplines can be brought up to six rather than five. The Dark Ages feel is much better represented here than in the previous Vampire: the Dark Ages book, and the artwork is superb.

I was a big fan of the latest edition of Vampire: the Masquerade, but I have to admit that I think that title has been topped by the Dark Ages: Vampire core book. It remains to be seen whether the supporting books to follow will be as good.

4-0 out of 5 stars At Last, the War of Princes is at Hand
I must admit that I am a Vampire: The Masquerade fan, at least I was for a long time before White Wolf started printing all of the Clan Novels that seemed to take the entire setting in a different direction that I preferred. You see, I am the kind of vampire fan that prefers personal horror over nifty powers any day of the week (scary powers... ok, yeah, I love those too). At any rate, back in the day I purchased Vampire: The Dark Ages, the historical counterpoint to their modern game. Now, at long last, not only is the modern game returning to it's horrific roots, but they have restructured the rules to finally oust the whining, power gamers that turned Vampire into a joke, so many nights ago. This game does the same thing, only for the medieval period. While advancing the timeline (to 1230) and stirring up a War of Princes, the game actually sets a real (dark) religious tone with the newly redone look at Roads or the Via of the Dark Medieval. I love this new game. The book does crack when you open it, though I'm not sure if that means the pages will fall out, mine have not. If you like vampires, but don't want to fuss with the modern nights, take a good look at the new Dark Ages: Vampire game. Oh yeah, Dark Ages: Mage comes out soon, as well as Dark Ages: Inquisitor, and a number of other related works that are sure to make this game just as good if not better than The Masquerade. ... Read more


158. Dark Challenge (Wheeler Large Print Hardcover Series)
by Christine Feehan
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Asin: 1587245310
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
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Sales Rank: 699379
Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars WAS WORTH IT...
I have found "Dark Challenge" different from the other Dark series.The story was great,new characters were involved,i loved the idea of having found Gregori the dark one lost brother (Darius) and sister (Desari). The love between Julian and Desari was wonderful,after suffering for centuries being alone,isolated and carrying the dark shadow within him he finally sees the light,Desari was a good match with her enchanting voice and powers.What touched my heart was the "family unit" how they had survived all these centuries staying together under the protection of Darius.I hope there would be a story on Darius,he certainly got me curious. I couldn't help but wonder if there would be a story on Gabriel and Lucian i think it would be great.I loved the tension between the new introduced Carpathian male Barack and Syndil, they appear to be life mates but Barack is so hurt and angry from what happened to Syndil that he won't admit it or simply doesn't know. As always Christine Feehan's work is more than fantastic,i truly recommend this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not up to the rest of the series
If I were reviewing this book in isolation, I would have given it more than three stars. However, after comparing it to the four incredible novels that come before it, I have to agree with other reviewers who feel that "Dark Challenge" comes up short.

Christine Feehan is an extremely gifted writer who has invented a race and a world that are original and fascinating. Julian had been a minor, but intriguing presence throughout the Dark Series, and I was thrilled when he got his own story.

Unfortunately, anticipation quickly turned into exasperation. The main problem with "Dark Challenge" is that there are two heroes fighting for attention and, frankly, Julian loses. The problem is especially irritating when it interferes with the relationship between Julian and Desari. In previous novels, the developing relationships between hero and heroine are dark and intense, absolutely compulsive reading. In "Dark Challenge", so much attention is focused on other characters, it makes the relationship between Julian and Desari seem like an afterthought.

Although "Dark Challenge" is good when compared to other books in the genre, it just doesn't reach the level of perfection that Ms. Feehan achieved in her previous books.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great read!
From the back of the book...

Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone, always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect...

When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. And a dark hunger to posses her flooded his loins, blinding him to the danger stalking him. And even as Desari enflamed him, she dared to defy him-with mysterious, unparalleled femine powers. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness...or save his soul?

4-0 out of 5 stars better book in the series
an earlier book in the series, well worth the money, lots of tension and gruesome choices, good romance

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Christine Feehan's world of Carpathians enthralled me from the start, and Dark Challenge was no exception. While the story line takes on a far different tone than the other books, the wit and sarcasm of Julian adds a new dimension to the Carpathian men not previously seen. I will agree with other reviewers that the inclusion of other characters makes this a more intricate read, however I felt they only added to the lure of the series.

The building rivalry between Julian and Darius further informs the reader about the dominant/possessive tendencies of the Carpathian men. All in all I found this one of the most enjoyable books in the serious. Go ahead, delve into the world of Carpathians... You'll never look at vampires the same way again! ... Read more


159. A Chill in the Blood (The Vampire Files)
by P. N. Elrod
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Asin: 0441006272
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 460835
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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Take a bite out of the newest Vampire Files!

A delicious new novel of the The Vampire files--in which our undead detective finds himself caught in the middle of a Chicago gangland war!

"Excellent . . . The story shifts easily between comedy and mystery . . . clever and refreshing!"--Booklist

"Entertaining . . . Echoes of Hammett and Chandler abound, but the novel succeeds in its own right."--Publishers Weekley

"Fun . . . plenty of action [and] quirky characters."--Locus

 A brilliant blend of mystery, horror, comedy, and historical fiction
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4-0 out of 5 stars Vampire and Chicago Mobsters
This book is indeed a fun read. P.N. Elrod continues the sagas of Jack Flemming, Vampire, and his adventures with the mobsters and corrupt polititions during post prohobition in Chicago.

This episode finds Jack caught between several local mob bosses, the boys from New York who are showing their muscle and of course the corrupt arm of the law. The book is very entertaining, funny, a mystery, has good old fashioned Chicagoland gangsters, and a Vampire who does his best to keep the peace.

Jack, as most Vampires nowadays has a conscience and will not feed from humans, but by living in Chicago close to the stockyards always provides him with all the nutrition he needs.

If you're looking for a fast paced, gangster mystery with a good hearted Vampire, then you're going to enjoy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I didn't realize until after I already had it home that this book was the 7th in the series. "Oh great," I thought, "if this is any good, I'm going to have 6 more books to buy!"

I started reading "Chill in the Blood" on Sunday night, and only put it down at 6am Monday morning because I started falling asleep from being up all night. I could not put it down! That afternoon I tried four different bookstores, trying to get the rest of the series. Finally had to order them all online, not to mention ordering the first book from a "Rare, Used and Out-of-Print Books" site. The only reason the Internet was my last stop was that I wanted them NOW, not after having to wait for them to ship!

The only thing I haven't liked about the story (besides Jack being "attached" ) is that I feel like I walked into the middle of the tale, as it obviously picks straight up from the last book.

The first person POV is a wonderful touch, really getting the reader in touch with Jack. And being a fan of the 1930s & 1940s "The Shadow" pulp fiction stories, I was thrilled to find that the book is set in 1937! Jack even mentions "The Shadow"! In my opinion, that gave Ms. Elrod "bonus points." LOL

I could gush all night, but I'm about a hundred pages from finishing the book, so I gotta go read!

3-0 out of 5 stars 7 Vampire Files Novels and Counting
CHILL IN THE BLOOD is the seventh installment of the Vampire Files. While it too is rather repetitive because it uses the same plot devices as the previous stories, it does have some redeeming qualities.

Once again Jack is in a fight with the mob and goes through all kinds of physical abuse. I think in every story so far his head is smashed in by somebody. But at least here we get some more insight on some mobsters Jack befriends, like Shoe Colefield, the black mobster on that side of town. And Bobbi, Jack's lady friend, is always fun to be around.

Not the best of the Vampire Files by far, but not a total waste of time either.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Chill in the Blood
You would think that after this many books the series would be getting a little stale but it's still kicking. The one falt I can think of is fighting with the mob is getting a little repetitive. Other than that this book is another one of those books you don't put down until your done reading it if only just to see how that savy vamp gets out of it now. I think sense I have the whole series any way I'm going to grab the next on for my personal collection too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs
This book defies description, it so bad. The dialogue is trite, the characters shallow, and the writing amateur. Sorry, Elrod, maybe you should go back to your day job.

I'm ashamed I have bought all of Elrod's book on the advice of another author at Uncommon Con in Dallas/Fort Worth last year. I'm beginning to think she was in cahoots with Elrod to sell books for each other. ... Read more


160. Vampires Anonymous
by Jeffrey N. McMahan
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Asin: 1555831834
Catlog: Book (1991-05-01)
Publisher: Alyson Pubns
Sales Rank: 721238
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars author's purpose??
I was extremely disapointed in this book. The author's sole purpose for writing this novel appears to be striking back at members of society that disagree with a certain lifestyle. I bought this book to be entertained with a story of vampires and not to get drug down into a debate on morality or social choices. If you have a differing social opinion than the author you might very well find the novel unreadable. Please read everything writen on this page about this book before you buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice, eat your heart out
Better yet, let Andrew do it for you. Not knowing exactly what to expect, I bought this book just looking for an entertaining read and a few laughs. What I found was so much more engrossing, and I'm now well into reading the book for a third time.

VA picks up where McMahan's last book leaves off. Previously we had only seen glimpses of Andrew (the book's anti-hero) through short stories, little more than an introduction. But in VA, we get to explore Andrew's existence eight years after having been brought into the vampiric fold... and never was Lestat half as sharp with his tongue.

I hesitate to compare McMahan's style with Rice's, but it's the most commonly known reference I can think of. The prose in VA isn't as "pretty" as Rice's, instead it tends towards relatively clipped phrases, both harsh and poignant. Yet it's meant to be. Coming from a 1st person perspective, one is immersed not only in Andrew's world, but in his mind (as messed up and twisted as it might be.)

Additionally, the story provides an interesting metaphore for the so called Ex-Gay movement and conversion efforts through exploring the attempts of the Vampire's Anonymous "twelve-step" group to lead vampires back to a more "normal" unlife. McMahan doesn't allow himself to get caught up in a political statement, but the effect is still there, lurking in the background.

The book is an engrossing read, and I highly recommend it to fans of the vampire genre, whether the reader is gay or not.

5-0 out of 5 stars Original, good read.
McMahan has done a wonder job with this gay vampire story, I just hate the story to end. Let's hope Mr. McMahan writes another real soon. Although, those that are looking for gore vampire, will find little of it here, this one is a bit more humorous, but still a very excellent read.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book puts the life back in death!
If you squint your third eye a little bit, you can read this book as using "vampire" as a metaphor for "gay." Andrew, our undead hero, is unabashedly both of these, and takes us on a romp through his 'unlife' -- not as sensual as Lestat's merry band of neck-biters, and a little more disco. Nevertheless, the characters are well drawn--and you'll laugh, cry, fly and die with them. Great fun and highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Bloodsuckers unite!
I read "Vampires Anonymous" for the first time about four years ago, and it spoiled me for just about every other vampire story. I have never laughed so much in all my life! Andrew is utterly impossible to describe - for a character who should, in the normal order of things, be the disfunctional misfit in society, you simply cannot help wondering how he retains his sanity as friends, enemies and acquaintances around him redefine what "abnormality" really means. And yet he somehow manages to remain perfectly debonair and beautifully dressed, with ready and acid wit to hand, as his colleagues (sometimes literally) lose their heads. You don't have to be gay to read this book, and you can't help but love this vampire. My only question, which I have been asking for the past four years - where's the sequel, Mr. McMahan? Please? ... Read more


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