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Night World: The Ultimate Fan Guide Kindle Edition

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—This entertaining compendium is loaded with everything anyone would want to know about the popular series (S & S). Smith offers an insightful introduction, discussing her mindset in writing it and expectations of the characters and their relationships. Chock-full of "Night World" history, the chapters offer plenty of juicy tidbits about dragons, werewolves, witches, ghouls, shape-shifters, and, of course, vampires. Quizzes test readers' knowledge of the series. The book ends with an excerpt from the new Strange Fate. Recommended for libraries with die-hard "Night World" fans or with a strong occult following.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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"This entertaining compendium is loaded with everything anyone would want to know about the popular series." – School Library Journal, April 1, 2010

Product Details

  • File Size: 2222 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2009
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TS77VG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lisa Jane Smith is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in the Bay Area of California, with a backyard that is full of flowers, which she adores, especially with many different shades of roses.

She loves to visit a friend's little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. Once, while hiking, she saw a snow-white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile. She also likes to collect things: angels (they remind her of her late mother), tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, nineteenth century children's literature, and books about quantum physics--especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe. A militant optimist, she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood (a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters), and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East. The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.

Her favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, for its wild and witty satires on life, death, war, love, assassins, coppers, and Australia. Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen. Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar (analyze that!). She doesn't have a favorite TV show, because she doesn't have time to watch TV (and only owns one for playing movies).

Her favorite people are her readers, each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lexie VINE VOICE on April 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a fan guide this falls short on several fronts. Other then being a concise location for Night World facts and some insights into the novels themselves from the creator (a lot of which can be read on her website) there isn't a whole lot of *new* information. This is basically like having the Night World wikipedia in book form (except, of course, with better editing and fact checking).

There's brief accounting of each of the 9 Night World books currently avail (at time of publication), character descriptions for the 'major' players and interesting notations on when characters overlap into each book (such as the fact Ash Redfern pops up in 3 novels) and the trivia questions could be fun for Night World fans to quiz each other with.

However, when the words "Ultimate Fan Guide" are used, more is expected. Better insight, more detailed histories and character breakdowns, deleted scenes or plot lines, what it took to update the books form their original late 90's release to the recent re-release (since the original novels cited the year 2000 as the day of the big event, because the books were more or less contemporary to their publishing dates, but when Strange Fate was finally announced as being publish Smith mentioned having to update the other books to coincide with the near year in Strange Fate).

This 'fan guide' doesn't deliver enough for the longtime fans. For new fans, who only recently came into the series, this may be enough. For those of us who have spent the last decade (and more) discussing what will happen in the mythical tenth book, getting excited over new short stories and blurbs on Smith's website, hopeful the half a dozen times a rumored release date for Strange Fate surfaced...its not up to par.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dee on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised that no one reviewed this yet. I read it earlier today, and it came as a surprise that it was actually quite enjoyable. The guide book comes with all that you need to know as far as the history of the Night World and its' members are concerned. There is also a couple of quizzes included in the book, and also a foreword written by none other than L.J. Smith herself, and while you're at it, there are a few pages also where she answers the readers' question. There's pages of tidbits of what you need to know about witches, ghouls, shape shifters, and vampires, their origins, and more pages dedicated to a bit of a Q and A session.

To top it off, the Night World guide book also includes a chapter except from the upcoming NW book, Strange Fate. As being a long-time reader of L.J. Smith, I absolute recommend this book to all those who want to brush up on their Night World history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is such a tease, but it makes me really excited to HOPE that STRANGE FATE will be out soon... Has a good amount of info to help you remember things from the series if you haven't read the books in awhile. I love the whole Night World series - some of the best books with my all time favorite characters that I've read. I read the books from the Night World series when they first came out when I was a teen and now I'm ~ 30 yrs old but STILL waiting on STRANGE FATE. Love LJ Smith but am extremely annoyed that it's taking so long for her to write this story... Anyway... Hopefully I'm not in a nursing home before she finishes. :( I recommend these books, but it's a big letdown that there is no finish (yet) after all these years...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Like many of you, I'm on tenterhooks waiting for the release of Night World: Strange Fate, and so this Ultimate Fan Guide naturally caught my eye at the local department store. Whilst waiting for my little sister to try on clothes, I'd read it cover-to-cover.

There are some interesting insights here from L.J. Smith as to the inspiration behind several of her heroines (such as her fear that Poppy was too much like Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries), as well as some hints as to what to look forward to in "Strange Fate" (such as the fact that the Wild Powers Jez and Delos may not get along), but apart from that, it really is a rather pointless book.

There are quizzes, images of old book covers, and basic information on characters, books and species - nothing that you couldn't get from the books themselves, or from the average fan website. It all just seems filler in order to get a respectable page count, and the giant font doesn't help matters either. When I first picked it up, I honestly thought it was a "large print" version for the elderly. And of course, the fact that this is the "ultimate" guide will become obsolete once "Strange Fate" comes out.

Needless to say, it is also far too overpriced. If this were an entree to the larger course of "Strange Fate," then it barely whets the appetite.

There is a chapter from "Strange Fate" at the end of the book, but then, there's one at the end of Night World No. 3 as well. I've waited over ten years for the finale to the Night World series. I can wait a little longer...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leeanna Chetsko VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Night World: The Ultimate Fan Guide, by L. J. Smith

I would recommend you buy this book only if you are a die-hard, can't live without it, Night World fan. It's overpriced in my opinion, and doesn't really contain anything that new. The best parts were L. J. Smith's insights into her writing process, thoughts behind the Night World, and insights into some of the characters, but I would say you could easily read those flipping through it in a bookstore.

The quizzes and answers that take up some of the book are a bit silly in my opinion, but might be good for a girl in the 10 - 14 range. Some of the things, such as a gallery of book covers, seem to be included just to take up page space; I don't think they add to the guide. There is some useful information if you're new to Night World, but 95% of it you would get from reading the books.

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