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Tales of the Slayer: v.1: Vol 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) [Paperback]

Nancy Holder , etc.
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5 Nov 2001 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Book 1)
A collection of stories from top genre writers which feature the battles of Slayers both past and present. "Into every generation a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world, to find the vampires where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil..." In our time the Chosen One is Buffy Summers. But Buffy is merely one Slayer in an eternal continuum of warriors for the Powers That Be. Others are known to us: The Primal Slayer, who stalked the earth and the forces of darkness in fiercelyguarded solitude. Nikki, the funky hipster whose death at the hands of Spike lent an urban edge to his wardrobe and a bigger bounce to his swagger. Kendra, called when Buffy briefly drowned in her epic contest with The Master before Xander revived her with CPR, and then murdered by Drusilla with her razor-sharp nails. Slayers by nature have a limited life expectancy. It goes with the job description. And for each one who falls another is summoned at once to take her place. Tales of the Slayer Volume One tells of past Slayers in various times and places from ancient Greece to revolution-era France, and from Hungary in the days of the blood-soaked countess Elizabeth Bathory to the decadent Munich of the 1920s. Each has a personal history, a shared moral code, and a commitment to conquer evil, regardless of the cost. Contributing authors include Nancy Holder, Mel Odom, Yvonne Navarro, Christie Golden, Doranna Durgin and Greg Rucka.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (5 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743400453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743400459
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Holder's Buffy and Angel books have sold more than 630,000 copies. Christie Golden is the author of Star Trek Voyager: Seven of Nine. Greg Rucka is the author of Batman: no Man's Land. Mel Odom and Yvonne Navarro have written several novels for the Buffy and Angel series. Doranna Durgin is a well-known Fantasy and Science Fiction author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb build up to the modern day Slayer 7 Nov 2001
Having read the first story from this collection, i was hooked there and then. You really do notice that some time and thought has gone into the planning and execution of the book, and the times and places that the stories cover are really clever. It was also nice to see a mix of known Buffy associated writers such as Nancy Holder and Christopher Golden, with writers, that i had not heard of. Anybody out there who is either a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan or just likes to read short enjoyable stories, with an edge to them, then you really cant go wrong with this collection. Light reading at its best, it really has outshone a lot of the other Buffy related books that have been released of late. After i fininshed reading it, i read it again!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The varied tales of slayers from the past 12 Dec 2001
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This is a wonderful collection of short stories foucusing on past slayers. Some of the stories focus on their calling, their major fights and alot of them, their deaths. Even though you know that one slayer dies before another is called, some of the deaths are still unexpected and disconcerted. The stories are varied, Germany, Hungary, America, England and France and set in different times - the 1920s, the French Revolution, the time of the disovery of America, 800 years BC - there are many different types of slayers but they all share one common denominator - they hunt vampires. My favourite story would have to be about the French slayer, Marie-Christine who was close to the French Queen Marie-Antionette (who is depicted as also being a demon hunter in this story) during the French revolution. Marie-Christine ponders who she is actually fighting for. This seems to be a coomon thread in all the slayers lifes, finding out who they are and trying to accept this and questioning if any of them can really make a difference in their own respective worlds.
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There have been hundreds of Slayers over thousands of years of human history and this first volume of "Tales of the Slayers" begins to reveal the past. We have seen Lucy Hanover in several of Nancy Holder's books, walking the Ghost Roads and doing what she can to help Buffy and the Scoobies in the here and now, but only "Spike & Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row" by Christopher Golden and Holder's "The Book of the Fours" have dealt with past Slayer in any substantive way. Those were novels and these "Tales of the Slayer" are short stories, a distinction that as I constructed this review.
Like any collection of short stories these tales are a mixed lot and anybody who reads them will like some more than others and visa versa. I liked "Silent Screams" by Mel Odom, set in 1923 Germany, although it, ironically is the story least about a Slayer of the seven tales. At the other end I would put the first tale, "A Good Run" by Greg Rucka, set in 490 B.C.E. Greece, which tells of the Slayer Thessily Thessilonkikki at the Battle of Marathon. While I like the idea of a Slayer obsessed with doing something important and memorable to justify her brief existence, I would have like to have seen something more creative than a footnote to the Greek battle against the Persians, not to mention something dealing with the Greek conception of vampires. But the biggest problem seems to me to be the story is 18 pages long, hardly enough time to set up let alone deliver the payoff. In contrast, Odom's story proceeds at a crisp pace and while it makes an ironic contrast to what Hitler was doing in Munich in 1923 he comes up with an even better twist on the German Expressionistic film movement in general and the classic "Nosferatu" in particular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the Slayer: Volume One. 10 May 2013
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As a literature student, I can be very exacting in terms of what I expect fiction to do. I do not tend to be very impressed with the use of language and the style of what could be called 'popular fiction'. Is this snobbish? Perhaps, but there are always exceptions to the rule. While 'Tales of the Slayer: Volume One' is not, in my opinion, an exception to the rule, I found that the things that would normally make me put a book down don't matter. This is because the volume is fascinating in terms of giving previous slayers a sense of history and explaining some of the holes or gaps that are present in the series. I am therefore writing as a Buffy fan, not a literature student. It is a must-have for any self-respecting Buffy fan or aspiring Buffologist.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but remember the Mission Statement! 23 Dec 2002
By A Customer
An enjoyable read but I found myself wondering if some of the contributors remebered Joss Whedon's words that Buffy is about girl power.
Some of the Slayers and their Watchers described here are barely competent and I couldn't help wondering if we had had a history of such in the Buffyverse then the whole planet would be overrun by vamps by now! The writers also seem to have a perverse desire to finish their Slayer off in one story which is a shame as some of the characters are interesting enough for a second outing.
Also I began to get irritated by the writers consistently pinning their stories to great historical events. I'd like to see them create their own history.
I'll certainly purchase the next volume but here's hoping for a more upbeat approach.
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