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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972595902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972595902
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,588,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence Miles (Faction Paradox), Lars Pearson (Wizard magazine) and Christa Dickson (Metaphorce Designs) remain utterly haunted by their high school experiences. Only one of them attended an institution where students blew up the chemistry lab trying to make homemade rocket fuel.

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This is a good Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode guide.
Sean Brady
There are blatent typing errors all over the place, and even the basic sentence structure is so bad it's distracting from the text.
G. Simons
If I knew then what I know now, I would never of gotten this book.
Barry

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sean Brady on January 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a good Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode guide. Like Keith Topping's excellent Slayer books (also available from Amazon and still the best books about the series) the authors express their personal opinions about each episode as well as providing interesting notes about characters, trivia, etc.
I have one nitpick about the book. We're informed on the spine and front and back covers that the book is unauthorised...and then again inside the book at the bottom of every second page. It's barely distracting, but it does seem like overkill.
I definitely recommend this to Buffy fans who are looking for a well written book that covers the entire series as well as the various spin-off novels and comics based on the series. I did find myself disagreeing with many of the opinions expressed about the last couple of seasons, but I see that as a positive as I enjoy having my views challenged.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G. Simons on January 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think this book is horrible. To start with, it's a poorly written book. There are blatent typing errors all over the place, and even the basic sentence structure is so bad it's distracting from the text. The guide reads like someone without any basic grammatical knowledge trying really hard to impress readers. And the worst part is that there are three authors. I remember in grade school being reminded to proof read papers before handing them in. You'd think one of the three of them would have thought to do this.

My second problem is that the authors' biases actually get in the way of the information they are presenting. The sections on the first three seasons are tolerable, because the authors liked seasons one through three. But there is no point in reading past that. The authors basically argue themselves into a corner after they decide that "Fool for Love" ep. 5.07 is the last good episode in the series. For the remainder of the book, the focus of the "episode guide" becomes the authors justifying their position, and the behind the scenes information and such (that should make up the majority of this book) suffers for it. They suddenly become unable to find the real meaning behind any episode and actively downplay any positives in any of the episodes from halfway through season five to the end of the series. By season seven, the authors are reduced to arguing, I didn't see any meaning in that episode...it must be about nothing...it was bad. The old, I didn't get it, it sucks approach to criticism. If you want to be taken seriously as a critic, prove to me that you understood something first, then tell me why it wasn't good, otherwise don't waste my time with poorly supported opinions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By saskatoonguy on September 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Fans looking for a guide that covers all seven seasons of the series have either this book or Keith Topping's guide to choose from. In their introduction, these authors take a nasty swipe at their fellow Brit, Keith Topping (although not using his name), in saying that they won't mention trivial continuity glitches or list every pop reference. Instead, these authors like to discuss how an episode contributes to character development and fits into larger story arcs, and the underlying moral or lesson of each episode.

Overall, this guide is awfully negative, and the downbeat tone gets irritating after awhile. I can agree with Miles that the series went downhill after Season Three (high school angst is more traumatic than postsecondary angst). But whereas I loved the Trioka, at least in their earlier appearances, and the evil-Willow arc, this guide is utterly scathing toward those story elements. I was curious how these authors would react to my favorite episodes, and very often they loathed them, such as "Fear Itself," "Superstar" ("extremely stupid"), "Gone," and "Grave" ("genuinely awful"). Nonetheless it's interesting to read another perspective, and a book can still be fun even if I disagree with the authors.

There are one or two pages per episode - actually quite a bit because each page is large and the book uses a fairly small font - plus numerous sidebars and material covering novels, comics, music, etc. The overuse of brackets is quite irritating; the authors seem incapable of writing more than ten words without putting a tangential thought in brackets.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cannotlogon on November 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Dusted" is definitely the best Buffy episode guide I've read thus far. Compared with Keith Topping's inane "The Complete Slayer", "Dusted" is funnier, more insightful, more informative and MUCH more accurate than Topping's boring, trite and remarkably inaccurate guide.

Like all episode guides, "Dusted" offers an episode synopsis and employs several "subsections" in its account of all 144 episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." What separates it from other guides is these subsections are well organized and well thought out. The subsections include "Character notes" (explaining new things that are revealed about the main and secondary characters over the course of each episode), "Glitches" (which points out mistakes and/or illogical occurences), "Demonology" (offering insights into the demon/vampire world in which Buffy must battle), "Best lines" (in which the authors pick their favorite quips from each episode...and, unlike Topping, the ones "Dusted"'s authors choose are actually funny!), and "It's Really About..." (a section that discusses what each show's subtext and metaphors are really addressing). Also, there is an amusing running death count, that tabulates the number of Sunnydale humans who buy the farm, as well as the number of vampires and demons Buffy dispatches from this earthly dimension. Finally, each episode discussion ends with a "Did you know...?" section that reveals interesting trivia about the cast, writers, producers and crew culled from various sources. Included are frequent discussions of the show's pedigree, history and background, as well as sections devoted to Buffy novels and the terrific music used in the show.
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