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Five Seasons Of Angel: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire (Smart Pop series) Paperback – September 10, 2004
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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.Read more ›
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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I would have like more info on the individual episodes. The book presents more on the background of the show rather than a look at each episode.Published on February 7, 2014 by William Jergensen
If you liked the television series Angel, you'll enjoy reading this book. Part of what made the book interesting to me was being able to use my knowledge of the series to debate... Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Freddie
I worship this book. Even though I didn't agree with everything that was written, I LOVED the intelligent, witty, funny, knowledgeable essays by clear fans of the show and of... Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by You Can Call Me "Books"