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Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2: Halloween Rain; Bad Bargain; Afterimage Paperback – 10 Aug 2010

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  • Paperback: 633 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (10 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442412100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442412101
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having reviewed the original Buffy rerelease, we just couldn't wait to get our hands on this title to see if any of the problems that we'd had had been corrected. Whilst the paper quality was still the same, what we did get was what felt like a better class of writer as the simplistic style seemed to have disappeared to be replaced by authors with a better understanding of the characters, hardly surprising when authors like Christopher Golden are involved. All in a better title than the original and with some seriously good action, a good dollop of omnibus magic and of course a seriously competitive price this title is one that gave us a lot of pure reading pleasure.
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Great book!
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Any fan of Buffy will love this!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f0b66b4) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x8f0b593c) out of 5 stars Buffy Volume 2 Treat 18 Sept. 2010
By Summer40 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2 presses three novels together in one neat package: "Halloween Rain", "Bad Bargain" and "Afterimage". These stories coincides with Season One of "Buffy" and the beginning of Season Two, before "Angel" becomes everyone's nightmare. The three stories tie in nicely together with similiar themes: Giles' relationship with Buffy. He doesn't understand her teenage, American ways, but he has complete trust in her ability to get the job done when a crisis arrives. Willow and Xander are her devoted friends. Even Cordelia is woven nicely into each story with her trademark coldness with a hint of tenderness underneath. "Halloween Rain" is a story written so that the reader could visualize Buffy making warm pie out of Pumpkinhead. My problem starts with Gallagher's characterization of Cordelia and Buffy. Cordelia is written like a one note mean girl and Buffy seems humorless and unsure of herself. Johnathan and Andrew were never friends in high school. Why did Gallagher choose to create that friendship dynamic? "Afterimage" is a story that could have been bought to life on the small screen with the intriguing stranger going to the Magic Box and Buffy and the gang battling beings from the movie screen.
HASH(0x8db324ec) out of 5 stars For reading in the beach 8 Sept. 2015
By Yuzuru I. Abreu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All three stars are kinda of interesting, but not very well constructed.

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.
By Kellie - Published on Amazon.com
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It was like brand new! I was highly impressed!
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HASH(0x8d503b04) out of 5 stars Lack of canon with show is bothersome. 7 May 2013
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by complementing the authors on great use of grammar and a pretty firm grasp on the snarky, mid-90s banter the character's employ. I think they did a fairly good job capturing Buffy's power, Gile's intelligence, Xander's aloof state, Willow's meek-yet-feisty approach to life- but they totally missed some VERY canon plot lines!
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.
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HASH(0x8f0b5ea0) out of 5 stars Steve's Review 20 Feb. 2014
By Steven Epley - Published on Amazon.com
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First I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show which is kind of how I got into these novelizations. I was actually curious to see if the writers could really capture the characters as one comes to know them on the series and the answer is yes, reading these stories is kind of like watching a typical Buffy episode except with a little more background and depth. The writers do a great job placing these stories in the context of the series and make numerous references to events that occurred in the series. This is actually the second book of a three book series that I have now read completely and if you are a Buffy fan then I highly recommend these books, they are fast paced and again it's kind of like watching an episode! Check it out, I know you won't be disappointed!
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