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  • Series: Smart Pop series
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop; 1st BenBella Books Ed edition (September 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932100334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100334
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angel, the spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, never attained the popularity of its parent show but was every bit as beloved by its die-hard fans. Similar to The Seven Seasons of Buffy [BKL S 1 03], this book gathers essays about Angel and its characters by popular sf and fantasy writers such as Peter S. Beagle, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Nancy Holder. In "That Angel Doesn't Live Here Anymore," Laura Resnick writes about how different the brooding vampire was on Angel compared to the romantic ideal he was on Buffy (which was, of course, before he went evil). Chief Lighting Technician Dan Kearns gives fans some behind-the-scenes info in his essay, while Roxanne Longstreet Conrad offers a humorous guide to the evil law firm, Wolfram & Hart. Several essayists celebrate such individual characters as Lorne, the genial green demon; Doyle, the noble half-demon; and Lindsay, the sexy lawyer who skirted the line between good and evil. This intelligent, wide-ranging collection is a must read for any fan who still misses Angel and his comrades. Kristine Huntley
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Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy, Seven Seasons of Buffy, and Taking the Red Pill. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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This book will make a good read for even a casual Angel fan.
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This book is based on the cancelled WB series by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt.
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I hesitate to start mentioning specific essays, for most are quite good.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2004
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Although BUFFY THE VAMPIRE has already received the anthology treatment four different times (with at least one more on the way), ANGEL has been singularly ignored by publishers. Sure, there are official viewing guides, some of them (especially the one by Kenneth Topping) excellent, but this isn't the same as getting a host of unofficial takes on the show. And to judge by the collections of essays, the folks who do the best job of writing about the show are writers, not academics or scholars (even though my own background is aggressively scholarly and oppressively academic). It isn't surprising that the best anthology on BUFFY is SEVEN SEASONS OF BUFFY, edited by the same Glenn Yeffeth who edited this new ANGEL collection, nor surprising that this volume happily comes up to the same high standards of that volume.

The great problem with anthologies is that they are of necessity uneven. Some essays are simply going to be better than others. Luckily, there are virtually no truly weak essays in FIVE SEASONS OF ANGEL, and a number of very strong ones. The twenty-one essays overlap to some degree, conflict with one another from time to time, sometimes cover subjects that I would have preferred left uncovered, and take up most, if not all, of the potential themes of the show. No one who loves ANGEL can fail to find this collection utterly fascinating, and no fan will fail to gain new insights into the show's characters and storylines.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on December 21, 2004
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As a fan of Buffy and Angel, I try to keep my distance from conventions, fan clubs, and books like "The Watcher Diaries" in order to not appear obsessed with the shows. However, when I found out about this book and its "sister" Seven Seasons of Buffy, I broke down and got them. The reason I was so interested was that the essays in this anthology were written by many different types of fans; some of them hold PhDs, while one essay is written by a crew member from the show, so he had some pretty interesting stories to tell. I must say that some of these people's interpretations of the show are pretty interesting. A lot of them made me take a step back and look at certain episodes again to see what they were talking about. This book will make a good read for even a casual Angel fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Packard on June 13, 2005
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This book was the first book I've ever read about a television show. I really enjoyed watching the Angel DVDs and discussing them with other equally insightful friends, but eventually our discussions ran out of juice. I mean, Lorne's sweet and all, but really, what is his purpose on the show? And what was the thought behind bringing Lindsay back in the final season? The authors of the essays in Five Seasons of Angel have a wide variety of backgrounds and are often quite insightful - others hit the mark dead-on. (Why, why, Doyle, did you have to die??) After having read this, I look forward to many more books about television shows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Hyland on May 1, 2008
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Wow. A book. About "Angel". But not some media tie-in novel, more of that sanctioned fan fiction from Pocket Books. Oh, no. This is a book where people -- talented, interesting people, for the most part -- are actually discussing in quite serious depth all-things "Angel". Who wouldn't want to buy that?

First, the bad news: not every essay in this collection is worthy of your time. Josepha Sherman (co-author of some not-bad "Buffy" books) goes on and on -- and on -- about mythology in the series; Nancy Holder (author of a few quite brilliant, and a lot of quite blech, "Buffy" and "Angel" novels) is beyond-words tedious while talking Spike (unforgivable!); and Candace Havens (who?) is just plain odd as she (mis-)rates Angel's various love-interests.

However, other efforts are simply inspired. Don DeBrant (another "Angel" author) visits with Angelus, and makes us love/hate him all over again; Marguerite Kraus waxes lyrical on Gypsy incompetence in her wonderfully named treatise "It's a Stupid Curse"; Steven Harper contends "Jasmine: Scariest Villain Ever" (and backs it up nicely); and "Angel" lighting guy Dan Kerns gives us a fascinating glimpse behind the glamour in his delightful memoir "'Angel' by the Numbers".

There are other hits (but not many other misses) in the collection. (Though, I will add, editor Glenn Yeffeth's non sequitur-style intros struck me as a trifle self-indulgent.)

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book hugely, and highly recommend it to any fan who misses the days when the very minutia of "Angel" was hotly debated on Posting Boards everywhere.

Those discussions aren't dead! You just have to pay for them now.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Kok on November 2, 2004
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Five seasons of Angel is an awsome book! This book is based on the cancelled WB series by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt. The book has many science fiction and fantasy essays based on the TV show, Angel! Each of the science fiction and fantasy authors give their own perspective and point of view on Joss Whedon's series. I like this book because it focus on my favorite Angel characters like Angel (David Boreanaz), Spike (James Marsters), Lorne (Andy Harlett), Wesly Wydham-Price (Alexis Denisof), Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), Darla (Julie Benz), Fred Burkle/Illirya (Amy Acker) and many other Angel characters. Angel in Season 5 is the best season! Angel (David Boreanaz) and his team take over the evil Law firm, Wolfram and Hart! The essays are well written and are very enjoyable,if you are a fan of Angel, I recommeded this book. Five seasons of Angel is a great book! Highly recommended!
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