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Biting the dust
on 2 July 2003
While this novelization claims to contain the entirety of season 7, large portions of the book are best read only after you have seen the episodes. Large amounts of descriptive work is missing, leaving things unclear as to what exactly is happening in some areas, this was taken from the shooting scripts, it seems to read like it also. Half the time you expect to read the words "whoever reacts", trust me, it feels like that. Thankfully I had seen all of season 7 prior to reading this book and was glad I had. All 22 episodes are present, in addition to this some bonus material that was cut form the show for length, which is a nice bonus, but only little one.
Season 7 read better than it was to watch in my opinion, the show fell flat for more than half the final season, thankfully all these dull moments are condensed. However, unfortunately, all the good bits are condensed as well. Much of the charm of the show is lost in the book, partly due to the author's skill I feel, Nancy Holder has always lacked something when I have read her work. Though she isn't any Christopher Golden, she can pull her own weight.
I recommend that this book is bught only if yo uare a completist, a true die hard BtVS enthusiast or just short of anything better to read. While a disappointment, it is a nice way to pass the time, just don't expect anything special.
The Lost Slayer, Pretty Maids all in a Row, Doomsday Deck, the Unseen Trilogy and the Gatekeeper Trilogy all leave this one dusted and wanting. If yo ureally want to read something BtVS related, go for those first.