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About the Author

Nikki Stafford is the author of "Bite Me! An Unofficial Guide to the World of Buffy the Vampire Slayer." She is the editor of "How Xena Changed Our Lives" and "Trekkers: True Stories by Fans for Fans." She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550226541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550226546
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another year, and another companion book to the Buffy/Angel/Joss Whedon universe. But when they are as good, fun, and interesting as Nikki Stafford's book on the subject are, they are a most welcomed treat. When she released the Buffy book, "Bite Me", a few years back, it was a refreshing read since it was from a fan. It was well written and researched, and although I had some questions with some of her ongoing nitpicks, it was a fantastic book. The problems I had with it?. Basically, season 4. Most fans were turned off and grossed out with the Cordelia/Connor thing, and the stuff Cordelia did. And Stafford even keeps referring to it as being Cordelia. The thing is, it is not Cordelia. She isn't doing these things. Charisma didn't change everything she built for the character as Stafford writes, because this is a whole other person using her. People didn't distiguish the two, and I think it made for some of the fabulous, brilliant stuff that season 4 had going for it to be overlooked and not given the proper treatment. This wasn't Cordelia. If the real Cordelia had heard of what happened, she would of been just as grossed out as everyone else. Probably even more so. Stafford keeps up the momentum with this latest release on the history and series run of Buffy's sister show, "Angel". Stafford keeps the fun and interest high all through the well made book, and her own personal thoughts and nitpicks are still there, and while some may annoy some people, are still interesting and fun to read. They are also not important enough to give a low grade to this book. That's forgetting the great stuff inside and giving it a low mark because you don't like the cover. The recent "Watcher's Guide Vol. 3" was such a disappointing affair, that it makes one happy for a Whedonverse book like this one to come along.Read more ›
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By M. Wilson on November 21, 2004
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While this episode guide isn't terrible, it is often quite irritating. Whereas in Stafford's Buffy guide, Bite Me, her nitpicks are often justified and her commentary is insightful and eloquent, most of the commentary and nitpicks in this guide are not. For example, in her nitpicks about the season one episode "Parting Gifts," Stafford goes off on a tirade about how Barney is an empath demon but does not look like Lorne. This complaint was completely mind-boggling to me, since it seems really naive to assume that all demons with empathic abilities must be from Pylea. Another one of her inane nitpicks based on assumptions about demons is in the season one episode "The Bachelor Party" where she complains that divorce would not have been part of ancient rituals since it was not common a long time ago. I thought we established a long time ago that humans and demons have different rituals. <rolling eyes> Nevertheless, this guide isn't horrible and can at times be very entertaining. Just don't expect it be as good as Bite Me.
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While I don't really enjoy criticizing another's work when I can't write a book myself, this book deserves reviewing. I have not read the book "Bite Me" also by this author, but judging by this volume, I won't.

If you enjoy being irritated with a book you, as a reader, spent roughly $15.00- $20.00 on, please, go forth and buy this book; if not, spend your hard earned cash elsewhere ("Angel: The Casefiles" might be a better choice).

The first irritation of this book is although it is "supposed" to be about "Angel," Stafford seems to be writing a sequel to "Bite Me;" she talks about Buffy more than Angel. Don't get me wrong, I'm personally an avid fan of both shows. However, "Angel," whilst being a spin-off, stood on it's own two feet, following "Buffy"s storyline minimally, and Stafford attempts to make parallels between the two shows that just aren't there. It becomes a fly in the reader's ear after a while.

The second major irritation in this book are the menial episode summaries. Having seen every "Angel" episode, at least once, I know the basic plot of each episode and only need a refresher. However, Stafford leaves out MAJOR plot points. If one was trying to find a certain episode he/she missed, one may get a "ballpark" idea of which episode he/she i looking for, especially in Season 4, when the season is basically one long story arc, and if you miss one episode, you're clueless and confused. In my opinion, a plot summary should be like a Cliff's Notes version of the episode, and Stafford only writes about PART of an episode, usually the part I'm figuring that she find pleasing.

And finally, the last bit of annoyance... Nitpicks. Almost anyone who has read this book does not like the "Nitpick" section.
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this is a good sequel to the Buffy book before it. It also gives you an overview of Buffy's last season and any ties between Angel episodes and Buffy episodes. I wish it had better episodes synopsis. Spends too much time analyzing.
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Once Bitten by Nikki Stafford is a great book! This book is about the popular Buffy The Vampire Salyer spin-off, Angel! Angel (David Boreanaz) is a about 25O year old Vampire with Soul who Fights for the good and the helpless in Los Angeles, California! This book contains many interesting facts and Trivia about this series! This series has an episode guide to all five seasons of Angel! The book also has information about the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire slayer! This book has an interview with Alexis Desinof, Angel's Wesley Wydham-Price and well as other interviews with cast and crew of Angel! This book has both color photographs and black and white pictures of the cast and crew of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel! I like this book by Nikki Stafford! It's a very good read if you like both series by Joss Whedon! Highly Recommended!
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