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Impressions (Angel (Simon Pulse)) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2003

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Doranna Durgin is the author of seven fantasy novels the first of which, Dun Lady's Jess, received the 1995 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for the best first novel in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Angel (Simon Pulse)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743427580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743427586
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doranna responded to all early injunctions to "put down that book/notebook and go outside and play" by climbing trees to read & write.

Such quirkiness of spirit has created a wandering path through the publishing world, spanning genres and form to include nearly 40 novels and counting--mystery, SF/F, action-romance, and franchise, including the Compton Crook-winning Dun Lady's Jess--and a slew of essays and short stories. She also co-manages the Backlist eBooks collective of traditional authors presenting their backlist.

But after all that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside with the animals. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 10, 2003
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With the TV Buffy-verse in turmoil, and plots getting more and more complicated, it is almost a relief to pick up an Angel novel set in what now feel like calmer times. 'Impressions' is set in from the post-Darla period, with everyone moved back into the Hyperion Hotel. The group hasn't quite come together yet, but working relationships are calm. Even if Gunn jumps every time Angel moves too quickly around him.
In a far off pocket dimension an apprentice demon sneezes - really sneezes - and precipitates an artifact into Los Angeles that could cause the great demon riots of 2002 and end the world. Naturally the stone falls into the wrong hands, a group of demon priests appear to recapture the stone, and the Angel team gets caught between demons, bad guys, and a rock that threatens to change Angel back into Angelus.
The result is an extended chase scene with distractions like an Angel imitator and the occupation of Caritas but a large number of terrified demons to break up the pace. Angel struggles against the influence of the stone, Gunn worries about the new neighborhood defense force he is training, and Cordelia starts having a vision an hour. There is a lot going on here, both in the Los Angeles and inside the members of the team.
As you can see Doranna Durgin is a writer who likes to keep the readers attention, and she does a very good job of it. Durgin very much captures the personalities of the players and lets them unfold a but as we read. Even if Angel is really formula fiction, she shakes out the cobwebs a bit and creates something that feels a bit new. I hope she gets an opportunity to write more about Angel before the sun finally rises on my favorite vampire horse opera.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fjmcmm on February 22, 2003
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Not the best of the Angel novels, but it held my interest. Anytime I get to read about Angel fighting to keep his evil alter-ego at bay, makes for an interesting story. Not that the story was gripping, but I always enjoy the camaraderie between Angel and friends. Especially when it's tense and strained as displayed in this novel.
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By Summer40 on August 1, 2012
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If you are a big fan of the character, "Cordelia" (from BUFFY and ANGEL), you are in luck. This novel showcases Cordelia's attributes (brave, insightful, witty and the ultimate friend to Angel). IMPRESSIONS highlights the friendship that exists between Cordelia and Angel. The show didn't do a good enough job of explaining how Angel could fall for Cordelia, but the novel made the reader aware that feelings can turn tender when you have a solid understanding of each other. Durgin did an awesome job with Cordelia and every line of dialogue was on the mark.
Unfortunately, the novel was so choppy. The villains were underdeveloped and boring. The young man who tried to impersonate Angel was beyond patheic and this reader couldn't get beyond caring for his plight. ANGEL and BUFFY novels are more enthralling when you have a demon that has a clear purpose and bits of humanity may leak (not enough to feel upset when they are defeated). Most of the villains were shown in shades of grey (boring). Gunn's gang of misfits take center stage, but it was out of place, because by season three, Gunn wasn't ruling the demon butt-kicking gang like a dictator. His character was off-putting in this novel. If you are a fan of Wesley or Fred, you will be disappointed. Their characterizations were not insightful and not inspiring.
The plot was promising, but having Angel whine endlessly about his struggle to hold on to his humanity was exasperating. Durgin struggled to write a cohesive novel and I couldn't recommend this novel.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Czerneda on February 20, 2003
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Durgin knows these characters inside and out -- you can tell from the moment you start reading. Every move, every voice is perfect. Add a fast, exciting plot, a nice touch of mystery (with delightfully gruesome demons), and wonderful moments of humor to the mix and you have a book I highly recommend to every Angel fan.
I hope she writes more!
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