Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2: Halloween Rain; Bad Bargain; Afterimage Paperback – 10 Aug 2010
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Halloween has a good beginning, but then when it begins the fight, and the author misses the mark in how to transform the usual fighting that we see in tv into a story, where we can't see the punches. So the pacing slows down very much, and you can skip entire pages without anything really happening.
Bargain is to me the best one, at least the concept is original and there are enough movement until the end. There are small problems with pacing, for instance, the scenes where a more experienced author would change the scene for adding suspense, but in general is the best one to convey suspense, as so many characters are about to die. But I have to say that sometimes her prose was close to fanfiction.
The last story is the worst one and the most boring. In the back cover we are informed that movie characters are coming back to life, and this is ALL that happen in the story. The reader have to slowly see the characters got to this conclusion, even thought the reader already know the culprit and the plot in the first 10 pages. For instance, one of the characters got a summer job in a drive in, and next to the end the great ¨reveal¨, is that his boss is the culprit! How could anybody see this comming!
Overall the prose is only average, all the three authors made a good job trying to show the ¨voice¨ of the main characters and is good for a fast, uncompromised reading, but not much more.
In season two, the episode "Halloween", even Angel attests that there is NO demonic activity on Halloween. "it's too Hollywood," says Spike, when Drusilla senses an evil coming.
So, when Halloween rolls around in the book, how is there a big bad Angel and Spike had never heard of? Plus, there were vampires that seemed useless once we got to the zombies... it was al very strange and not tied together well.
The demons who escape the Hellmouth in the second story made for an interesting plot, but in season 7, Andrew and Jonathan dig up and try to open the Seal of Danzalthar. Once opened, there is a slew of demonic energy all at once that blows up a students head and makes some kids violent, but I'm not sure how I feel about them becoming parasites.
A fun read, but I'd rather something that sticks more strictly to the Buffyverse.