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161. Blood on the Water (Vampire Files,
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162. Unnatural Selection(Buffy the
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163. Blooded (Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
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164. The Awakening (A Vampire Huntress
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165. Daughters Of Darkness: Night World
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166. Dead Roses for a Blue Lady (Borealis)
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167. Clanbook: Brujah (Vampire: The
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168. Halloween Rain(Buffy the Vampire
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169. Dark Ages Inquisitor Companion
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170. Dark Thirst
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171. To Love a Vampire : Book 2 in
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172. Darksome Thirst
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173. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Haunted
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174. Bound in Blood: The Erotic Journey
175. The Hunted (A Vampire Huntress
176. World of Darkness: Gypsies (Vampire)
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177. Vampire Game, Vol. 9
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178. The Last Vampire : A Novel
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179. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Revised
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180. Ventrue (Dark Ages Vampire, 12)

161. Blood on the Water (Vampire Files, No 6)
by P. N. Elrod
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Asin: 044185947X
Catlog: Book (1992-06-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 99447
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars The Vampire Files Continue to Languish
Blood on the Water is more of the same from the last installment of the Vampire Files. Jack Fleming once again fights the mob, gets his head and body pummeled, and struggles with his vampiric state. That really is the plot. If you've read the last few books, you've read this one too. This series at this point languishes in repetitive plot devices. What kept me reading to this point was I actually like the characters, Charles Escott, Jack Fleming, and Bobbi, Jack's girlfried.

Very disappointing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reviewer in PA.
This book is goood. With Jack's blood thirst getting out of control, and a contract on him Jack has a real problem. Not up to the first book, this is still enjoyable and a read for any Jack Fleming fan. ... Read more

162. Unnatural Selection(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Mel Odom
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Willow's trying to earn a little pocket change by taking the usual teenage part-time job -- baby-sitting the neighbor's kid. But her child-care chores turn into a scene from a horror movie when the baby gives her the evil eye and attacks. Barely escaping the tiny terror, Willow can't forget the missing human child -- or the monstrous thing left in its place. The childish changeling keeps coming back to haunt and taunt her.

Buffy and her posse soon discover a possible connection between Willow's infant interloper and some strange artifacts Giles found at a local archaeological dig. The evil plaguing Willow was once trapped underground. Now that it has been unearthed by new construction on the property, it's ready to cause some major mischief...and worse. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Unnatural Seletion; Willow Fairy
This book was the second i read from the 'Buffy the vampire slayer' bookseries, and it was what inspired me to continue. I found the beginning, the scene in which Willow discovers baby Tad has been abducted, dragged on a bit, it should have gotten straight to the exciting bit a bit quicker. However the description was impecable and the tension mounting was extremely effective. I particulary felt the way that this book focused on Willow more than Buffy, was a nice turn in events as far as the television show is concerned. This book is good for fans of the character Willow, rather than Buffy. The main problem i felt with this book was, it did not explain things very well when it came to the Spring Blowout. This event, which Cordelia was orginising came as a very important factor in the storyline, and i strongly feel more emphasis on the details of this should have been explained. But the final fight made this all worth while, you can really imagine the cave in which the fairies dwelled and feel the concern Oz had for Willow. A wonderful book and well worth reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars This was definitely the BEST BUFFY book written yet!
It was awesome! And not only because the main focus was on my favorite character, Willow. I liked the stuff having to do with faeries and the plot. I though it was kind of similar to the episodes of Buffy on TV "Becoming part 1" and "Becoming part 2" Because of the construction sites that unearthed the evil. But it was definitely the BEST! I started reading it, and by the 4th chapter I was hooked! I couldn't stop! I finished this book in a few hours, Definitely the best! I hope Mel Oden Will write more Buffy books!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Loved it..
To be honest, I ordered this book out of boredom... I didn't expect it to be the best of books, but at least I would have something to read... I don't read often, books usually can't hold my interest long enough for me to finish them... I mostly read BTVS Books and Biographies/Autobiographies.

That said, I LOVED this book... Mel Odom is one of my favorite BTVS Authors, he's incredibly talented... This book had my interest from the beginning and I really couldn't put it down. I started reading it and finished it within a little over an hour, the way that the characters were written was very much like they were on the show... Their reactions to things, the way that they each talked... Very much like the 3rd season version of the characters on BTVS.

And I loved the whole Faery story... I don't want to spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it, which i'll end up doing if I go into it anymore... So i'll just say this if you're a BTVS fan... Read this Book! Even if you haven't read many, or any, of the books and aren't sure if you'd like them.. Read this one.

I really do miss Buffy The Vampire Slayer, I still watch the reruns on FX and on Sunday nights on the WB.

3-0 out of 5 stars fun with faeries
The little baby Willow is sitting turns into a mean faery & warns Willow that if she doesn't help turn around the construction about to begin at a nearby park, her fate will be doomed.

It's an interesting premise- especially considering this book allows for more talk & research than some of the other overly action packed Buffy books. But, like so many Buffy books, once the 40 page action sequences begin- I could care less.

It's just that after watching the show- the action doesn't translate well onto the page, not to mention I never read action books. (Aside from Buffy & I only read the books because i miss the show).

The ending drips with Angel/Buffy cheese, but overall, the narrative does have a lot of fun faery facts & Willow is practically the star of the story (I love Willow).

I wouldn't say don't read it, just don't expect anything too great.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Review
I loved this book. The details are great. Willow is the main character here, which is unusual but good. All Buffy fans should read this one. ... Read more

163. Blooded (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Book 5)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder
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Asin: 0671021346
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Sales Rank: 184876
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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An ancient vampire has arrived in Sunnydale, bent on continuing his reign of terror. But the trail of blood leads straight to Buffy's best friend, Willow. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Reviews

By Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder (1998)

RATING: 3/5 Stakes

SETTING: Season Two or Season Three

CAST APPEARANCES: Buffy, Giles, Xander, Cordelia, Willow, Angel, Oz, Principle Snyder, Sheila Rosenberg

MAJOR ORIGINAL CHARACTERS: King Lear (vampire), Lord Chirayoju (Chinese Demon Sorceror), Sanno (Japanese Mountain King), Kobo (Watcher), Emperor Kammu

BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SUMMARY: "Chirayoju, a vampire of Chinese lore, and Sanno, the legendary Japanese Mountain King, have been locked in deadly battle for centuries. Literally. An ancient curse imprisoned the spirits of these two warriors in an antique sword. Until the sword arrives in Sunnydale. Freed by accident, Chirayoju searches for a host body that will allow him to continue wreaking havoc among the living and the dead. Now Buffy's on the trail of this legendary vampire . . a bloody trail that leads straight through the heart of the Buffy-Xander-Willow triangle."


The fourth original Buffy novel, Blooded opens quickly with a fun and rousing battle between the Scoobies and a vampire who fancies himself King Lear. Soon after the Whitehats' success, Willow accidentally pricks her finger on an ancient sword while visiting the museum. Not surprisingly, havoc ensues as Willow is slowly possessed by an ancient Chinese vampire named Chirayoju--only things become even more complicated as Chirayoju's ancient enemy, Sanno, decides to possess Xander in order to fight Chirayoju, with Buffy caught in the middle. Golden and Holder worked hard to draw upon Japanese and Chinese mythology, and incorporated several elements into the novel's backstory.

Overall, Blooded is an average Buffy novel. The dialogue is okay with a few good laughs sprinkled in. Perhaps the best part of the novel concerns Willow (pre-possession) where she deals with her sense of vulnerability and inferiority to Buffy after being mugged by some street thugs. Other good moments include Cordelia and Xander's constant bantering, and demon-possessed Willow beating Xander savagely. Unfortunately, the idea of one of the Scoobies being possessed by some sort of demon isn't exactly unique in the Buffy mythos, and the novel has an overly long and melodramatic ending. Blooded isn't a terrible novel, but with better ones to choose from should probably be of interest only to completists.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great characterization, if obviously a bridge book.
Well, I really enjoyed this book. The characterizations are dead on, and as far as I'm concerned, this book could easily be squeezed in there after Angels' gotten back to normal and the Willow/Xander cheating thing was resolved, probably right before Giles gets fired. 'Course, there are many more familiar with the episodes than me, so it may not work out that way. I figure they just didn't mention Faith; God knows there are plenty of episodes this season which didn't include her, except in passing. I thought some of the "emotional" scenes were written, well, a bit too oversimplistically, but if this is suposed to be a bridge between the adult and young adult novels, that makes a certain amount of sense. I'm behind in my Buffy reading, and so can't wait to see how the adult Buffy books go. Overall, as I said, this book fulfilled my expectations and then some. It certainly was better than "Night of the Living Rerun," and I agree that nobody has quite the handle on the characters (other than the show's writers, obviously) that Golden and Holder have.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun, but Lacking
I have to say, this book is pretty low on my list right now. The premise on which this book is based is okay, but no more than okay. The characters were written not as well as i'd expect, and the plot itself seemed to wobble. Humor is scarce and i wuld expect much more from Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder.
If you're looking for a good buffy read(...).

3-0 out of 5 stars Bodacious Buffy
Golden and Holder have done it again. Well, technically, they did it *before* in Blooded, but as I read The Gatekeeper first . . . . Golden and Holder are masters at capturing the personalities of the Buffy characters. Almost without exception, the reader can *hear* the lines being spoken Sarah Michelle Gellar, et al. (Sometimes they are *too* successful, in fact; reading, "Um, yes, of course" from Giles over and over and over again can be tiring.) The plot is an interesting one, involving the importation of medieval spirits from China and Japan; flashbacks to the Far East flesh out these spirits and give the final conflict between them more resonance than a simple "evil dudes, use stake" battle.

Blooded is not, by any means, a perfect tie-in. The story drags at times and other reviewers have been justified in noting that the dynamic between the characters does not seem quite right. In fairness to the authors, we really do not know how much information was available to them when they wrote the novel. It appears they knew that Angel killed Jenny Calendar, but not the circumstances surrounding Angel's "resurrection." So, while *we* know that there remained a great deal of distrust between the Scooby Gang and Angel, and that Angel and Buffy themselves no longer slept together (literally slept!) to avoid temptation, the authors probably did not. And so they have Willow, Xander, et al., constantly thinking about how Angel tried to kill them, "but he was Angelus then, so that's okay." Golden and Holder should not have been expected to exactly predict the direction the series was going to go in.

Blooded is, however, an enjoyable, quick and painless read, one which should be enjoyable to all Buffy fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good Buffy
This was the title that taught me you can't judge a Buffy book by its cover. Golden and Holder write better here than in many of their supposedly more adult titles.

Willow's emotional vulnerability is preyed upon by the spirit of a powerful Oriental demon, which gains gradually greater possession of her after she is accidentally cut on a ceremonial sword at the museum. Xander similarly becomes possessed by an equally nasty opposing demon, and the two reenact King Kong Vs. Godzilla in Sunnydale. Buffy has her work cut out for her, because she can't stop the clash of the titans without harming her two best friends.

Golden and Holder are in top form here, not diluting their primary plot and briskly keeping the story rolling along. The characters are examined in more mature light than usual. A bit bloody for the younger readers, though tame enough not to worry about. The dialogue crackles with the best kind of wit seen in the series, and there are a few in-jokes the fans will enjoy. ... Read more

164. The Awakening (A Vampire Huntress Legend)
by L. A. Banks
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-28)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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A battle is brewing in the underworld, and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and vampire huntress. But she is not just any huntress; she is the millennium Neteru, a woman so powerful that the vampire world is about to start a war-one that threatens to spread onto her streets-in order to possess her...

Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire who is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered, has allied himself with the deadly Amanthra demons in order to claim her. But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well. And now an unlikely variable has entered the equation: an ex-lover turned master vampire with an agenda of his own. Damali must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.
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165. Daughters Of Darkness: Night World 2 (Daughters of Darkness)
by L.J. Smith
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Catlog: Book (1996-08-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another awesome book from LJ Smith!
Daughters of Darkness, the second book in LJ Smith's Night World series, is probably the best book in the series.
Mary-Lynette is the intellectual heroine in this book. She's a human obsessed with astromomy who's stumbled across a strange, supernatural secret about the new girls next door. Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade are beautiful vampire sisters who have escaped from their strict home across the country. Mary Lynette and her brother, Mark, become quick friends with the sisters, but someone doesn't want them to live in harmony.
And then there's the slight problem that the girls' brother, Ash (who appeared in the first Night World book, Secret Vampire), who has come to bring his sisters back. Ash is icy cold and ruthless, but Mary Lynette might just be the person to melt his heart.
This book is so awesome that you won't want to put it down until you've finished. But I would definitely recommend reading the Night World series in order, since the characters reappear and the events link together, so if you haven't read Secret Vampire yet, do that first. But if you have, definitely read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars It is the best book in the series.
This book was the best out of the whole series. The book was pretty much about Rowan, Jade, and Kestrel, three girl vampires that just had enough of the Night World. Mary-Lynnette is a small town girl who loves to look at the stars, but has nobody to look at the stars with her. Ash is a tall, lanky, and elegant vampire that has to find his sisters and bing them back home. But of course his sisters had told Mary-Lynnette and her brother, Mark, bout the Night World. Another twist in the story is that Ash and Mary-Lynnette are soulmates. If this story couldn't get anymore exciting there is a vampire killer running around town. All six of them has to figure out who this vampire killer is and stop him. Meanwhile Ash and Mary-Lynnette has to figure out what to do about each other. If you like or are obsess with vampires (Like me!)you should read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER!!
This is 1 of da bst books dat i have EVER read! @ my school, we are doing a play on this & im playin Mary-Lynette. i cant wait 2 get to the last chapters when they finally give in 2 each other! Gr8 books!

5-0 out of 5 stars Second Book in the Night World Series
Set in Briar Creek, Oregon, "Daughters of Darkness" primarily follows 17-year-old Mary-Lynnette Carter, though the book is supposedly about her new neighbors, three vampire sisters: Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade Redfern. The book does start off that way, following these three runaways on their way to their aunt's house. There they discover that their aunt has been killed--staked through the heart by a possible vampire hunter who wants to punish them for breaking the laws of the Night World, which all vampires, werewolves, and witches must abide by in this series. In an attempt to cover their tracks, the sisters bury the old woman in their backyard, but Mary-Lynnette sees them doing this--and again, later on, in the company of her younger brother, Mark, when they transfer the body into the woods.

To make a long story short, Mary-Lynnette and Mark are befriended by these vampires in a blood-tie ceremony and promise to help find the killer running loose in Briar Creek. Like all of L. J. Smith's books, there's an added bit of romance to the paranormal/horror base of the story, for both Mary-Lynnette and Mark. (They meet their respective soulmates: Ash and Jade.) Even though I haven't read any of the other books in this series and can't compare this one to the others, I really liked "Daughters of Darkness." It was fast-paced, well-written, and ideal for teens who are into paranormal romances.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best night world books!!!!
first of all i thought that this was one of lj smith's best books she has written adn also the funniest. i love all the characters but my fave one in the book is Ash. he's really a hottie and a babe i just love him 4 trying 2 be real. so far ash and thierry are my 2 most fave male characters in the night world series. anyways this book is about 3 sisters who are fugitives from the night world trying to live normal lives with humans but finding out that theyre brother Ash wants them back home. and meets up with mary- lynnette who turns out to be his soulmate but doesnt want it as much as she doesnt want it either. anyways i thought Ash was a much better character in daughters of darkness than in secret vampire i thought he acted like a jerk in the 1st night wortld book. it tells me that he has gotten better and that not all humans are bad to live by. i would love to have a guy like Ash for a bf. he's a total babe. funny 2. well g2g also if anyone is waiting for strange fate 2 come out it wont be coming out til 2004. ... Read more

166. Dead Roses for a Blue Lady (Borealis)
by Nancy A. Collins
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The continuing adventures of Sonja Blue.-
"When you keep the hours that I do, you often find yourself in other people's stories."

-Sonja Blue

With the exception of "Knifepoint," which takes place before she was "born," and "Cold Turkey," which provides telling insight into her "otherness," the words above perfectly capture the tenor of the remaining stories in this collection, which feature Nancy Collins' vampiric vampire killer, Sonja Blue, as a cynical, world weary adventurer, who, when she's not hunting her own kind, is cleaning up her little corner of the world, a la Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name." In "Tender Tigers," she rescues a child from her abusive stepmother, an ogre; In "Vampire King of the Goth Chicks," she gives a vampire wannabe his comeuppance; "Variations on a Theme" finds her in James O'Barr's "Crow" universe; "Some Velvet Morning" features her in her "angel of vengeance" mode, hunting down one of the oldest of her kind; finally, in "The Nonesuch Horror," she teams up with the werewolf sheriff of a remote western town to rid the hamlet of an unwelcome visitor.

Always the pro, Collins makes each of these pieces work, milking her themes and situations for all they're worth. Doing so, she delivers a handful of solid entertainments that should inspire longstanding fans to revisit her worthy Sonja Blue novels, and those new to her work to sample them for the first time. ... Read more

167. Clanbook: Brujah (Vampire: The Masquerade Clanbooks)
by Justin Achilli, Deird're Brooks
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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best (Revised) Clanbooks
This is the clanbook I enjoyed reading the most (even long after I knew that I should go to sleep).

- The clan's history covers some parts of the world that are either glossed-over or overlooked entirely in other clanbooks. An...intriguing attempt is made at explaining the Brujah/Troile mess
- The book explains the three main pseudo-factions of Brujah (Iconoclasts, Idealists and Independents), and the Brujah antitribu and True Brujah get a mention (albeit a minor one). The typical Brujah social gatherings (various kinds of rants and raves) are explained and sound like chaotic, fun, potentially violent affairs. They're not all like that though, of course, as it's rather silly to try to categorize anything to do with Brujah. (Some "rants" catering to elders sound like they could very well be mistaken for high-society dinner parties without the food.)
- Reading the relatively-informed opinions of a studious Brujah (mistaken for a Toreador by one prince) who discusses the other clans is very amusing (I find some of his statements about the Assamites and the Baali questionable, however)
- The character templates are relatively good (Confederate, Harpy-to-Be and Anarch Ringleader, who seems to have been inspired by the character Tyler in Fight Club)
- Quite a few notable Brujah are detailed (or at least elaborated on) in the back

- Besides a few typos and word omnissions here and there, not much other than some of the art being a bit drab

On a side note, I was surprised to see that Christof Romuald (in the Vampire: the Masquerade - Redemption computer game) is mentioned among other prolific Brujah.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Evolution of the Revolution Continues
Back in the days when VtM's atmosphere was first described (and trademarked) as "gothic-punk", the job of upholding the "punk" part fell largely to the anarchic and rebellious Brujah. Quickly, however, there came to be more to the Brujah than mohawks and frenzied head-banging. The clan turned out to have a noble heritage of humanitarianism, philosophy and even a lost utopia. The original CLANBOOK: BRUJAH did a lot to develop this more diverse clan concept as did VAMPIRE: DARK AGES.

This is further developed here. In this new edition of CLANBOOK: BRUJAH, the clan's history has been expanded including recent developments in the Anarch Free States. An insider's view is provided from the perspective of an independent-minded, articulate Brujah ancilla who both states and defies the stereotypes about his clan. (You've got to like a guy who dismisses the Tremere with "Whatever, Gandalf.")

In general, just as the new CLANBOOK: NOSFERATU seemed to make that clan more monsterous, this book seems to portary the Brujah as more humane and rational. The emphasis now seems to be on presenting the clan as the unsung backbone of vampiric society- individualistic, skeptical of rules and authority, often volatile but willing to do the heavy lifting that the more refined and aristocratic clans won't and gifted with an adaptability that enables them to survive when others don't. There is still room left, however, for the more rebellious Brujah we've come to love. The Iconclast/Idealist/Individualist camps presented in the original book are maintained here but made less rigid.

Indeed, despite more conventional graphic design and artwork, this new edition is an improvement over the old one. There are new merits and flaws, new discipline variations (and some old ones), an expanded section on notable Brujah (bigger than in NOSFERATU) and even a sample Brujah coterie. MIND'S EYE THEATRE stats are given for much material. There are all new character templates as well- no more dated pop-music figures and no more white supremacist. (If players want to play one of those, they'll have to think of it themselves.)

3-0 out of 5 stars An adequate update
While this newest clanbook makes a good attempt at explaining how this clan can attempt to hold power in the world of darkness, ultimately it fails at really making a case on how a clan so lacking in planners or diplomats can hold its own against more unified, well liked clans. Yes, individually, they may be more physically powerful then other clans. But the "V:tM" game has already established how little this matters on the grand scale of things. More illustration of Brujah 'long term' thinking should have been presented. Sadly, this clan is still portrayed as the shortest term thinkers of all the clans, and therefore the least formidable. Despite this, an entertaining read and an adequate update.

5-0 out of 5 stars So much better than the previous Clan Book
Welp, If you are looking for reasons to get the book even though you have the old clanbook there are only a couple. First the back of the book has more distinct characters (with stats and all) for you to use in stories. Second, the antitribute are given some examples in the sample concepts of characters. Third the old powers in the old clanbook are modified and made better, plus a couple added more. There is a lot more literature and background for people to read. And I even think it's done better than the revised Nosferatu Clanbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
It started with the revised Nosferatu clanbook and continues with Brujah. New information for the clan that expands our perception of these rebels. This book is a must. I cannot wait for the rest of the revised clanbooks! ... Read more

168. Halloween Rain(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Joss Whedon
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Asin: 0671017136
Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
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As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in the all the world, to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers.

Around Sunnydale, they say a scarecrow saturated with Halloween rain will come alive and slaughter anyone in sight. (Lovely place, Sunnydale.) Buffy's best friends, Xander and Willow, used to think the tale was nonsense -- but after a few adventures with Buffy, they're not so sure.

Even without a maniacal scarecrow, a Sunnydale Halloween is a truly horrific happening. There are enough zombies and vampires about, ready to party hearty and eat some brains, to keep the Slayer and her friends up all night.

And then rain starts to fall.... ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Reviews
Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder (1997)

RATING: 3/5 Stakes

SETTING: First Season

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

MAJOR ORIGINAL CHARACTERS: Samhain (Pumpkin King); Glenn O'Leary (town nutcase); Claire Bellamy (Bronze manager); Nick Daniels (Bronze assistant manager)


"Around Sunnydale, they say a scarecrow saturated with Halloween rain will come alive and slaughter anyone in sight. (Lovely place, Sunnydale.) Buffy's best friends, Xander and Willow, used to think the tale was nonsense-but after a few adventures with Buffy, they're not so sure. Even without a maniacal scarecrow, a Sunnydale Halloween is a truly horrific happening. There are enough zombies and vampires about, ready to party hearty and eat some brains, to keep the Slayer and her friends up all night. And then the rain starts to fall . . ."


The first original Buffy novel sticks closely to the style of early first season episodes. All the basic elements are here: a fight against vampires near the Bronze; Giles in full research mode at the library; patrols and battles at a cemetery, etc. The main plot of Halloween Rain is the emergence of Samhain, the Pumpkin King, a powerful demon that inhabits the body of a scarecrow on Halloween. After disrupting a vampire attack in the basement of the Bronze, Buffy learns of Samhain's existence from Sunnydale's resident madman, Glenn O'Leary. She ends up near a cemetery when legions of zombies attack, and manages to escape them only by running into a cornfield-and there, of course, Samhain makes his move.

The novel is clearly written with a young adult audience in mind, as it's slim and straightforward. Most of the characters are written well, but without the witty dialogue of the television show. Some good moments include a Halloween party with Xander as Indiana Jones, Willow as the X-Files' Scully, and Buffy as a pirate; Giles telling of the 17th Century Irish Slayer Erin Randall; and a scene where Samhain manages to scare Buffy almost to death.

Overall, Halloween Rain is a simple but solid Buffy novel, more of interest now for its nostalgia appeal than for anything else, though it would serve as a good introduction for adolescents unfamiliar with the Buffyverse

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the scariest
The legend is that when it rains on Hallowe'en a scarecrow will come alive and slaughter anyone in sight. Of course Buffy doesn't believe it, but this is Sunnydale and legends have a nasty habit of coming true. Soon Giles uncovers the story of a past slayer who encountered the demon Samhain and lost. Now Buffy must face the Lord of Samhuinn and destroy his spirit forever...

This was one of the scariest Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels I have read so far. The characterisation was very good and the plot was suspenseful and absorbing, although it did take a while to get going. The darkness and the rain creates a creepy, tense atmosphere that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. The second half of the book is far superior to the first and the battle between Buffy and Samhain provides a worthwhile climax. Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder have produced what are arguably some of the best Buffy books, and their other works include the Gatekeeper Trilogy, Immortal and Child of the Hunt. I recommend "Halloween Rain" to all fans of the series.


5-0 out of 5 stars Completely New Story
I enjoyed this book more because it's a completely new story. It takes place where the first season Halloween episode would have been if one had been made. It's interesting to see what the authors do to play within the limitations of first season while making sure to not spoil the character's lack of knowledge about other aspects of Halloween that become important plot points for the season 2 episode.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Effort by Golden and Holder
The story centers around Samhain, the spirit of Halloween. Legend has it that on Halloween night, if a Scarecrow is soaked with Halloween Rain, he will slaughter anyone who tresspasses on his field. This is considered a myth, but upon further research it's found to have some truth.

Let me start off by saying Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder are great writers, and have a solid handle on the Buffy characters. The plot is interesting, dialogue good, and ending is exciting, if someone predictable.

My problem with the books is that it's a Young Adult book, which really isn't a problem. Being a college student, I've come to expect more out of my books. But the writers cannot be blamed, because this is the audience to which they are writing. Some of the slang gets really annoying, and I do mean REALLY annoying. The dialouge sometimes resembles the movie Clueless. I think they went a bit far on the slang. Granted, this book does take place in the first season, where there was a bit more of this. But the writers of the show have wisely moved away from it.

Overall this is a solid book, though it's very short. The plot, although interesting, is really a bit simplistic. I'd recommend it to any casual or die-hard Buffy fan. ...

4-0 out of 5 stars Buffy Books are GreatT

169. Dark Ages Inquisitor Companion (Dark Ages Vampire)
by Kraig Blackwelder, Myranda Kalis, Jonathan L. Shepherd, Adam Tinworth
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4-0 out of 5 stars A great companian book
Kraig Blackwelder and his colleagues have put together an indispensible supplement for players wanting to find a home in the world of Dark Ages Inquisitor. Kudos to Blackwelder for bringing in one of the field's heavy hitters, Jonny Shepherd, to offer his own unique perspective and clever writing. The play samples in this book are interesting, and explained well. And the parallels raised between the mythos of the Buffyverse and Dark Ages are compelling; both use the structure and symbols of Christian legend and rituals, but by subverting/reinventing their contexts, they imbue them with a bizarre new relevance. ... Read more

170. Dark Thirst
by Omar Tyree, Donna Hill, Monica Jackson, Kevin S. Brockenbrough, Linda Addison
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A haunting anthology of vampire fiction -- one that brings a colorful new dimension to one of the world's most erotic and enduring myths.



writing as The Urban Griot

The Old South falls prey to a handsome young vampire with a real taste for the ladies. Love at first bite never hurt so good.


The mafia is no match for the wicked charms of a beautiful young vampire once she's let loose on the New York City streets.


Can a pair of fangs help a sister burn more calories? A full-figured woman goes on a thirst-quenching search for the perfect low-carb diet.


It's a matter of life and the living dead for a half-vampire whose greatest wish is to save lives...and become human again.


A sensuous vampire thirsts for something more...but can she find it without getting a dagger in her own heart?


A vengeful vampire pushes one woman to the edge, unaware that her family secret gives her the power to fight back.

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171. To Love a Vampire : Book 2 in the Guardian of the Night Vampire Series
by Jody Offen
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Kayla backed up for every step he advanced. Her heart pounded painfully against her chest. She swore she saw flames flickering behind the vibrant colors in his eyes. She had never felt so afraid, so...alive? When she realized she couldn't escape him, she stood her ground, lifting her head defiantly in challenge. Tray didn't move, standing over her like a warlord about to pass judgment. He had read her thoughts as if she had shouted them at him. He looked over the perfection of her body, missing nothing, not one line, not one curve, not one freckle. He then stared into her eyes till she met and held his gaze. He saw many emotions in their blue depths; there it was, fear. Good, she should be afraid of him. ... Read more

172. Darksome Thirst
by Morven Westfield
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When Alicia found herself tiring a little too easily, she could have blamed the lateness of the hour - were it not for the tiny marks on her throat. Fledgling witch Matricaria and her coven receive strange dreams and tarot readings. Soon the lives of these very different people intersect. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Real Witches and believable vampires!
Vampires, Witches, and technology... an intriguing combination, and Morven Westfield has put them together in an ingenious and entertaining story. In this, the first in a planned series, we meet Alicia, a computer operator who dreams of becoming a programmer, and Matricaria, a Witch-in-training, in the late 'seventies. Strange things are beginning to happen around the company where Alicia works, and Matricaria has had a vision of terrible evil. Meanwhile, a vampire named Wesley has set up camp in this small central Massachusetts town, and he is looking for a more permanent abode and perhaps even a mate. How will these two women overcome a seemingly unstoppable horror? You'll have to read the book to find out!

Filled with deliciously rounded characters and believable situations, Darksome Thirst is a delight to read. Morven has captured the inner voices of her characters, and the reader can see people they know, and perhaps even something of themselves, in them. Each one has a distinct voice, which remains consistent throughout the book. You really care what happens to them, because they could be your friends or even you.

Full of suspense and surprises right to the very end, you will find yourself looking forward to the next book in the series. Anyone who is a fan of vampire stories and horror that's not over-the-top will enjoy Darksome Thirst.

5-0 out of 5 stars Darksome Thirst really quenches thirst for adventure!
I heartily recommend Morven Westfield's new novel, Darksome Thirst. The plot really grabbed my attention, and the characters were so very lifelife I felt as if I'd met one or two before (maybe in a past life?). This is a real page-turner! There is magick in this book, along with vampires, a real-life coven of witches who work to balance evil, cats with psychic talents, and down-to-earth hard working people in the computer industry. Ms. Westfield manages to avoid excessive gore in favor of true suspense. This is a great read for the summer, or for the fall, or indeed for any other season too!! And, good news -- it looks as if there will be a sequel, so other readers who've fallen in love with this novel can have hope for the future!! Enjoy....

5-0 out of 5 stars Love It
Don't you just love it when you find a book where the Pagans are the heroes?

Stories like these are too few and far between, so here comes Morven Westfield to the rescue. Darksome Thirst is the first in what will be a thrilling series of novels.

The novel is set in southern New England in the 1970's and follows Alicia Anderson who is a hard-working computer operator on the night shift at Theoretic Scientific Devices. Working alone during these shifts, she thinks she is imagining strange things in the shadows until she can no longer deny that she has company - the vampire, Wesley.

Matricaria is a young witch who is on the receiving end of some very disturbing messages, which she and her coven take very seriously. We see the group pulling together to try to solve the mystery and do what they can to help. Of course, the answers aren't obvious, so the two story lines run parallel to each other building the suspense beautifully.

Ms Westfield's lyrical prose and attention to detail make this an enjoyable read. I will have to admit, though, that I preferred to read this page-turner in the afternoon while sitting in the sunlight rather than at night before going to bed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Darksome Thirst ... it is spooky and thrilling, but it is also human and real. Morven Westfield is not just a great vampire storyteller, she is a great storyteller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very impressive debut!
I read this book on a cross-country flight and literally couldn't put it down! A fast-paced read with enough twists to keep me guessing. I'm definitely recommending it, and am looking forward to the next one! ... Read more

173. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Haunted
by Jane Espenson, Cliff Richards, Jane Espenson
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A sinister presence stirs among the charred rubble of what used to be Sunnydale High. It seems that the ghost of Sunnydale’s former Mayor has a bone to pick with Buffy. Now, on top of dealing with her nightmares about a certain raven-haired, trash-talking former Slayer, she’s got a body-snatching, blood-sucking, poltergeist stalking her every moment she’s awake. Buffy’s left to face the thing without knowing whose hand guides it, armed only with an enigmatic message from Faith: "You’re already dead." Fans of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show should not pass up the most Faithful collection of Buffy comics ever! Jane Espenson, long-time writer for the Buffy TV series, brings you the first and only appearance of Faith in comics, picking up directly from the Season Three finale! ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not very good
I checked this book out of my local library, and boy was I glad I hadn't bought it because after the fourth chapter i wanted to stop reading. It really is a boring book compared to other buffy books, such as child of the hunt, or note from underground.I would recemend not buying this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Well, Gosh!"
You just can't keep a bad Slayer down - not in Sunnydale, at least!

Buffy finds herself up against a body-hopping nightmare with attitude - a single intelligence animating all sorts of evil undead nasties, with a special taste specifically for her and her Scooby Gang. What - or who - could it be? Buffy's best clue should probably be who is suddenly haunting her dreams: Faith the Fallen, still in coma in the hospital, but active as hell on Buffy's psychic psyche. Every time the battle-weary Slayer falls asleep, her arch-nemesis combats Buffy in "Dreamland" - a place Faith has learned to navigate especially well, given the several months she's been in that netherworld between life and death. Which raises the old question as to whether or not, if one dies in a dream, they will also die in real life - but then (so Faith informs her), Buffy is already dead...

Veteran Buffy series writer Jane Espenson penned this little goodie, which heralds the welcome arrival of that great diabolical duo, Faith and the Mayor - yes, the discarnate intelligence stalking the Scoobies is, of course, the Mayor (which is revealed in the opening panels, so I'm not spoiling anything) - to Buffy's comic book adventures. The artwork, in common with all the Buffy graphic novel series, is spotty - sometimes good, sometimes not so good - but the story is strong, and the writing of Faith and especially the Mayor is fabulous. There are also some nice tie-ins between the third and fourth season of the show (when this story is set), bridging the demise of Sunnydale High and Buffy's discovery of the military underground Initiative.

Given that the evil Mayor Wilkins is such a nerd, there's as much humor as horror to this particular story, making it one of the most entertaining the series has to offer. Perhaps his own exit line from Season Three - the best ever, in the show - sums "Haunted" up best: "Well, gosh!" ... Read more

174. Bound in Blood: The Erotic Journey of a Vampire
by David Thomas Lord
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars New Millenium Vampire
I read most of these other reviews before I read BOUND IN BLOOD. I'm glad I did. It was because of the weak reviews that I picked it up.

The book's a shocker.

For many year's we've been treated to humanized vampires who have retained their human emotions and with them cluttering displays of pathos and bathos. David Thomas Lord did none of that. His vampire, Jean-Luc, is the second most evil monster I've ever come across. His mother, Noel, comes in first!

This novel comes closer to true art than any horror novel ever has, and it's his first book! Horror literature! Who'd have thought it! If it is to become a series (as was hinted at), I can't wait.

In a time when horror has become either splatter-punk, gangsta nonsense or simply horrified romance novels, BOUND IN BLOOD soars above the pack. Lord's characters, notably Jack, Noel, Claude and Laura, are timeless. Their commentaries on the mortal world around them are bitingly true and murderously satiric.

Lord's prose is absolutely top-notch. No contemporary horror writer can touch him. The book is a marvel of information. Lessons on art, music, theater and fashion only add dimension to the underlying story of betrayal and revenge between lovers and between mother and son.

It is a violent book. Violence in the most cruel and most surprising ways. It is full of sex too. Some readers may not be up for the amount of sex and violence in this book. But it's not gratuitous. Jack lures his victims with his sexuality. Or, perhaps, with theirs. As for the violence? Well, it's a horror story involving a creature who drinks the blood of mortals. He's not Mary Poppins, or for that matter, Lestat.

I've been a lifelong fan of horror stories and horror writers. David Thomas Lord has more than justified my addiction. I only wish that there were more stars to give this guy.

5-0 out of 5 stars SHARP & BITING
David Thomas Lord does a sensational job on his debut novel. Sexy and violent, it's the best vampire book I've read in many, many years. The central character, the vampire Jack, is a cold-hearted monster, a handsome sex-machine and also glib and witty. Unlike the current vogue of humanizing vampires, Lord unleashes a true monster on the mean streets of New York City, one without pity and remorse. It's great to see that somebody remembered what vampires were supposed to be about! While tearing down some of the overused elements of the traditional vampire legend, Lord creates lots of new lore and new ways of looking at vampires. Alternately sexy, funny and horrifying, you'll want to keep the lights on for this one. I've heard that it's the first in a series. Can't wait for his new one! If you like your horror hot and chilling, you'll want to read this one too.

4-0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE SEQUEL
I loved this book.. I don't have anything bad to say about it.. The end did make me stress a bit.. but It will all be okay if there is a Sequel.. and I've HEARD it's out of print already.. but it was only just released.. which irritates me..
I encourage anyone to read this book who's in for a good 'gay' vampire story... it hot, and a great read that keeps you interested.. He's a different 'more hip' version of Lestat..
I WANT THE SEQUEL.. I hate that I can't know what happens next..

2-0 out of 5 stars Where's the sex and action???
This book would fall into the same category as many movies I have seen. It COULD had been a great book if they just would have developed it more and gave more detail into the parts people want to read. For on thing, the author spends 2 pages, max, describing what is suppose to be an erotic "kiss of death" from the vampire yet spends half a chapter describing some theater in the book. Let's be real people! I bought this book to be scared, intrigued, and turned on. Not to get tips on home decor'.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great til the end...
I picked up this book in anticipation of a long plane trip. I was completely enthralled in the book, loved the characters, the plot, everything. Until I read the last two chapters. I had been rooting for "Jack" (the vampiristic protagonist) and Claude (the one who seemed like a perfect lifetime partner for Jack) throughout the whole book. Unfortunately, Jack's untimely demise hit me about like the book hit the far wall of the room only seconds later. I would still buy and read the next book, if indeed this turns out to be series, if nothing else, only to see what happens next.

Bound in Blood is a wonderfully written book. Even the ending is well-written. It just didn't follow the story-line that I wanted it to follow. This is not the Author's fault by any means, but I feel that the ending may hinder one's enjoyment of the completion of the story. Just be forewarned... ... Read more

175. The Hunted (A Vampire Huntress Legend)
by L. A. Banks
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Each millennium brings a new Neteru, a vampire huntress whose mission is to vanquish evil from the world. This millennium's savior has come in the form of Damali Richards, a hip-hop diva with the heart of a warrior and an attitude to match. But a war in Hell has cost Damali both her powers and her past love, Carlos Rivera. Still, Damali can't let her grief stand in her way. Several gruesome deaths, starting with an American research team, have come to Damali's attention in Brazil. The nature of the deaths leads Damali to believe that the killer is anything but human...

Unknown to Damali, the life of Master Vampire Carlos Rivera was saved by a most unlikely group: a band of monks also dedicated to fighting the Dark Realm. In exchange, they want Carlos to help stop the inhuman murders plaguing Brazil-and they will use Damali as bait if they have to. Reunited, Damali and Carlos give in to the erotic passion they have fought for so long. Together, they are a powerful force. But Damali has made a terrifying enemy who won't rest until the beautiful Neteru is dead...
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176. World of Darkness: Gypsies (Vampire)
by Staff
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Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is great
I loved this book. It has so much stuff about Gypsies and their powers I recommend it to anyone. The world of darkness just isn't complete without these characters and I think anybody playing a Gangrel or Ravnos is nuts if they don't first make their character a Gypsy with these rules and then Embrace their character (I think it's a 2 point merit on the Ravnos web site, WELL worth it). The Evil Eye is particularly nasty, especially used in a group of Gypsies.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful concept...
I had high hopes for this book and although it truly didn't live up to my expectations I'm still glad that I got it before it vanished from the shelves. If you like the World of Darkness genre this is a classic giving you information on a group of mortals (though partially awakened ones) that often seem to know more than the supernaturals (Kindred, Garou, Mages, etc.) put together. It's nice to see the humans get the upper hand occasionally. It also give some info about the Ravnos vampires, and Silent Strider werewolves so if you're into these factions it warrants a look. The major drawback is the absence of an experience chart and a few inconsistancies in the rules (but, hey, it's White Wolf we're talking about here). Gypsies are a great way to add mystery and mysticism to a game without having to add a good deal of power. Let's hope White Wolf puts out a second edition...or at least reprints this one. ... Read more

177. Vampire Game, Vol. 9
by Judal
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178. The Last Vampire : A Novel
by Whitley Strieber
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She lives.

Miriam Blaylock's insatiable hunger has never ceased. Her incomparable beauty has made her a legend among the Keepers. Her many lovers have come and gone, crumbling into ash and nothingness. She knows the secrets of civilization, and the mysteries of life. In the hollow soul of her mother she has witnessed the agony of undeath.

For centuries she has gained the wisdom of God and the wit of the Devil. For centuries she has traveled the world undetected. For centuries she has felt safe. Until now.

For Miriam Blaylock, immortality is a thing of the past.

He watches.

Vampires. Interpol agent Paul Ward knows of them: he has battled and cleansed continents of their exquisite poison. He orchestrated the extermination of an ancient lair in Bangkok, obtained their sacred Book of Names, and knows where they hide and when they feast. He knows their weaknesses. And what's more, he knows his's Miriam Blaylock. Elusive and toxic, she has escaped his complex network of hunters for years. Seductive and cunning, she has become his obsession.

And now each has set a trap for the other.

Now, predator is about to become prey. Killer to become lover. Good and evil will become inexorably entwined. The endgame begins for the last vampire.

The eternal heroine of Whitley Strieber's classic novel The Hunger, Miriam Blaylock returns in The Last Vampire -- a new tale of stunning invention and mounting suspense that goes as deep into the dark as a nightmare. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Really Fine Book
Miriam Blaylock is one of the legendary vampire creations of our time, and Whitley Strieber more than does her justice in this book. It's more than a simple vampire novel; it's a rich, complex literary journey with all kinds of different levels. As we move through Miriam's exotic world, we also experience a retelling of the whole history of the human race. Strieber is one of our country's most underrated writers, but he really delivers here. This is fun, but it's also as fine a work of literature as you are going to read. He makes a powerful feminist statement with his female vampire, . . . . And the story is really cool.

5-0 out of 5 stars You can sink your teeth into this book...
"The Last Vampire," Whitley Strieber's first work of fiction in almost a decade (1993's "The Forbidden Zone" was his last non-alien-encounter book) proves well worth the wait, and makes the reader hunger for more.

A sequal to Strieber's popular vampire novel "The Hunger," "The Last Vampire" takes up with that novel's bad-one, Miriam Blaylock, and follows her as she stumbles, almost pitiably, through a modern world that in many ways has evolved, with the aid of technology, beyond the threat of the once ferocious vampires, or the Keepers, as they are known here.

Miriam travels the world, from Asia, to Europe, looking for more of her kind, but soon finds she has a few unpleasant surprises in store. As she attempts to blend her anachronistic self into the modern world, she soon discovers she has become the hunted rather than the hunter.

For a good portion of the book, the chapters alternate between Miriam's bloody adventures and those of Interpol agent Paul Ward and his team of mere-mortals as they attempt to capture the femme fatale in question.

The book is paced very well, and manages to carve out a pleasingly original channel in the often-overtrod continent of vampire lore.

What impressed me most about this novel, however, was the quality of the writing. Strieber writes with a wonderfully light, and at times witty, finesse, that is just a pleasure on the eyes. It's a treat to read this kind of skilled prose, no matter what the genre, but especially in the horror field, where it's something of a rarety.

Whitley Strieber should be welcomed back to what he does best with open and grateful arms. If you've been looking for a good, intelligent horror novel, look no further. Strieber's your man.

4-0 out of 5 stars Trilogy Please!
Miriam is an enduring character. I was delighted to read this sequel to "The Hunger." Apart from the fact that the film version of "The Hunger" did not at all do the book justice, the performances of Catherine Deneuve (Miriam), Susan Sarandon (Sarah), and David Bowie (John) made the film, and even after all of these years, the book, a tremendous cult success.

I'm reading "The Last Vampire," and loving every page. Strieber's creative ideas of human herds and his own spin on vampire history and behavior are compelling and throught provoking. I can't help but notice that the character Miriam in "The Last Vampire" appears to be precisely and deliciously written for Deneuve. I'm chalking this up to character visualization, since so many people liken Miriam to Deneuve. This gets me to thinking that there might be a film in the works, or at least the beginnings thereof. A little net searching turns up the fact that the movie rights have been sold. But, and here's the kicker, Deneuve and Sarandon, who made "The Hunger" movie adaptation a MAJOR success, aren't being considered for the movie adaptation of "The Last Vampire"? Miriam Blaylock is over 3000 years old, but Catherine Deneuve, born in 1943, is too old to play her? Miriam's youth is supposed to be timeless. In case Hollywood hasn't noticed, Deneuve is timeless. What is the problem with Hollywood and older actresses? I can't imagine why the film industry would fail to consider the cult fan base for this project.

4-0 out of 5 stars Strieber returns to the thriller, and returns to form.
The Last Vampire begins twenty or so years after the ending of Strieber's cult novel The Hunger (to which TLV is a continuation of) with Miriam Blaylock seeking a mate so she may not lose her last chance to have a child. Instead of finding a mate, she finds a nightmare. Humans, which are considered by all vampires but her to be nothing but mindless cattle upon which to feed, have become aware of their blood drinking Keepers and are now waging a fierce war to kill them off. It seems that, in Asia at least, the humans have been successful. Miriam flees, stopping only long enough to feed, but makes a terrible mistake. A terrible mistake that allows CIA Agent and Vampire Hunter Paul Ward to pick up her trail and the chase is on. Quite a merry chase it turns out to be, from Bangkok to Paris to New York. Strieber reinvents his horror novel to an epic supporting universe and manages to bring back Sarah Roberts, the guilt ridden victim of Miriam's seduction in The Hunger, as well. Most of the novel is an enlongated chase sequence, Strieber showing a welcome dexterity in both characterization and world building while his characters either flee or pursue. There is no shortage of bloodletting and even some nice tongue-in-cheek references to some of Strieber's other works, not to mention a nice twist on the sometimes insane level of Political Correctness in the world. The only downside that readers should be forewarned about is that The Last Vampire does appear to be a chapter in a much larger body of work and it will leave most with a hunger for more. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Miriam, last of the Vampires
The Last Vampire is an admirable sequel to The Hunger, published seven years earlier. The story follows Miriam Blaylock from Tailand to Paris and back to New York where she had intended to visit the once a century Conclaves where the Keepers convene. Mariam is considered quite a rebel in the eyes of other Keepers since she lives her life in the mainstream, flaunts money, technology, and is up to date with all of the latest marvels of modern time. During her visits, something goes seriously wrong and the old Keepers are being killed, removed from the face of the earth. Miriam, now also on the run for her life, return to the sanctity and protection of her New York home, and nightclub.

The book retains the style of it's predecessor, The Hunger, of seven years ago. The same colorful writing style, amusing descriptions, and suspense is consistent in both books. Surprising turn of events and an intriguing storyline continue to develop throughout. I read them back to back and could barely tell that there was such a span between the two books.

Based on the apparent outcome of the book, I would have liked to have more of a history of the Keepers and how they originated and developed throughout time. Perhaps Mr. Strieber will provide additional books at some later time. If you liked The Hunger, then you should read this sequel. ... Read more

179. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Revised Corebook
by C. J. Carella
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Asin: 1933105100
Catlog: Book (2005-08-30)
Publisher: Eden Studios, Inc.
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The graveyard is cold and still. Bright moonlight deepens the shadows. The silence is disturbed by a throaty moan. Breaking through the soft, recently packed earth, a claw extends, sharp and grasping. A sickly sweet stench rises with the corpse. Desperate hunger is etched on it s cadaverous face - a hunger for your blood! Now you can join the Slayer's world! Inside these lustrous covers, you will find: an introduction to roleplaying and the Buffyverse; a role-playing guide to all seven season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; detailed character creation (including pre-constructed Heroes and White Hats for your quick-play pleasure); role-playing specifics for the entire Original Cast; from Buffy to Dawn, including their wild and wacky changes; the Buffy Unisystem; a guide to Buffyspeak to add sparkle to your dialogue; and much, much more! ... Read more

180. Ventrue (Dark Ages Vampire, 12)
by Matthew McFarland
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: World of Darkness
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