Authors: John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson
Release date: This edition September 2010 UK
Genre: TV Novelisation, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Simon Pulse
This book is chock full of Buffy wow factor. It was actually quite an odd reading experience because I wasn’t forming the character in my own imagination but rather watching an episode of Buffy in my mind. Sarah Michelle Geller kicking butt left, right and centre. It had me laughing out loud with the teen talk and I have to say this was just such a fun and retro cool book to read. It is a bind-up of three Buffy stories, so I’ll tell you a little about each.
In Coyote Moon the carnival comes to Sunnydale and Buffy, Willow and Xander decide to make the most of the opportunity to be teenage and free of school for just a little while longer. They decide to go wild. Okay, so they go on a few rides, eat some unhealthy snacks and try their hand at the side shows. But this is X and it is lives on the Hellmouth so obviously things are not as they seem. Buffy gets a prickly feeling of unease when she comes eye to eye with a pack of coyotes but it isn’t until she finds a dog collar in the litter bin that things really start to seem weird.
Full of everything you’d expect from The Slayer, Buffy goes hunting for the truth behind the weirdness that encapsulates the carnival. Reading this story really made me feel nostalgic and reminded me why Buffy really is AWESOME.
Night of the Living Rerun sees Buffy getting up close and personal with Samantha Kane – a Slayer from the time of the Salem Witch trials. There are strange goings on in Sunnydale as Buffy begins to dream about Samantha’s life in vivid detail. Xander, Willow and Giles are never far from the action as they try to help Buffy understand a prophecy that tells of the Master’s ascension.
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of Night of the Living Rerun. Seeing the experiences of a past Slayer added a depth to this story and an interesting twist. There are plenty of action scenes which include everything from mass zombie attacks to a rip in the space time continuum.
The third and final story in the bind-up is Portal Through Time which unsurprisingly has the theme of time travel. Victor – a vampire – has managed to create a device to go back in time and he plans to go and assassinate Buffy before she becomes the Slayer. Victor takes a couple of vampire goons with him on his mission but time travel and changing the course of history isn’t an easy thing to predict. Buffy is soon on to his plan and she is ready with her team of Scoobies to go back and save the day.
Overall, this is a fun read which may lack plausibility but makes up for it with great wit and humour. All three stories are very plot-driven so if you’re interested in deep character motivations then this isn’t the book for you. On the other hand, if you love action scenes, witty dialogue and a huge dose of retro then Buffy The Vampire Slayer 1 is for you.
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