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Blooded (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Book 5) (edizione 1998)

di Christopher Golden (Autore)

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Chirayoju, a legendary Chinese vampire, is freed by accident from an ancient curse that imprisoned him in an antique sword. He emerges in Sunnydale, and embarks upon his search for a host body that will allow him to continue wreaking havoc among the living and the dead. But Buffy is on his trail.
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Titolo:Blooded (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Book 5)
Autori:Christopher Golden (Autore)
Info:Simon Spotlight Entertainment (1998), Edition: Reissue, 288 pages
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Warning: This review assumes that you have watched the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer –at least up until Season 3.

The pleasure of these novelizations based on the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that if one thinks of them as “episodes” of the show, then there are some as yet “unwatched”; there is new territory to discover and delight in with our favorite characters. The failing of some of these is that they retread areas already explored on the show, or that the dialogue is trying too hard to mimic “Buffy-speak” and does not capture the convention completely. Also, it is sometimes difficult for written fight scenes to deliver the same action-y suspense as those in the visual medium. Fortunately for this episode, the failings are few and the successes great.

First, the bad: the book supposedly takes place early in the third season of Buffy. Angel has returned from hell, he’s back to “normal” and everyone is aware of that. Xander and Cordelia are in a relationship (of sorts), so this is prior to the events of “Lover’s Walk” but after “Revelations.” These two episodes aired back-to-back, a week apart, and at this point (in the show) Xander and Willow were already sneaking around together, which decidedly not the case in the book. Also, Faith does not appear at all in the novel. This bothered me a little while reading, even though I haven’t watched through the show in some time and it took some research to pin down the timing. Someone who had viewed Season 3 a little more recently might have been more bothered than I was. (Update: Apparently, this book was written before much of Season 3 aired, so it appears the authors were given some clues as to what was to come, but not all the information. In that case, well done.)

The good: Well, it’s bonus Buffy. Also, the characters remain true to type. The motivations, attitudes and personalities are spot-on. This is not always the case with these novelizations, so kudos to Holder and Golden on that. These two authors are the most prolific BtVS tie-in writers, so they absolutely should have the characters down, but this was written in 1998, while the show was still airing, so presumably pretty early in their careers.

Props should also be given for developing a completely new, yet still plausible storyline. The Scooby Gang takes a field trip to Sunnydale Museum, which is hosting an exhibit of ancient Japan. Willow becomes mysteriously infected with the spirit of an ancient Chinese vampire who had been battling a Japanese god when both were trapped inside a sword. There are some super-neat flashbacks to the original Japanese battle (which could have been labeled as such; it was not always obvious we were entering flashback mode. Just sayin’), and some satisfying contact with other Watchers as well as excerpts from a former Watcher’s journals. I like encountering those things in the novelizations, as flashbacks were some of my favorite parts of both Buffy and Angel. The history and richness of its mythology and background is part of what makes it great. Also, even though Spike killed a Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion, the show did not delve much into the fertile garden of Eastern mythology and demonology; there is much material there to explore.

Any Buffy fan would probably enjoy this book, if not too hung up on chronology and continuity and just took it for it was. An additional romp in the world of the Greatest Show Ever to Air. ( )
  EmScape | Oct 23, 2012 |
I liked this one because it had a legitimate amount of action and great dialogue. ( )
  Poemyhero | Jan 11, 2011 |
I used to read Buffy novels specifically searching for the parts with Angel in it. As a result, the only parts of this novel that I actually remember are the parts with Angel. And one part towards the beginning in the museum. I did enjoy it as a book though, for sure. ( )
  laurscartelli | Oct 8, 2009 |
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Holder, Nancyautore principaletutte le edizioniconfermato
Whedon, Jossautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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To Tom.

I'm sorry there are no monkeys.

—C.G.
To the memory of my father, Kenneth Paul Jones, and the happy memories of our years in Japan.

—N.H.
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Chirayoju, a legendary Chinese vampire, is freed by accident from an ancient curse that imprisoned him in an antique sword. He emerges in Sunnydale, and embarks upon his search for a host body that will allow him to continue wreaking havoc among the living and the dead. But Buffy is on his trail.

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