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Product Details

  • Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Pb Unnumbered)
  • School & Library Binding: 278 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613633288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613633284
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,891,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, Of Saints and Shadows, and the Body of Evidence thriller series. He has cowritten a number of novels and comic books set in the worlds of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. There are more than eight million copies of his books in print. He lives in Massachusetts with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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And, oh yeah, the book was awful.
Patrick Burnett
A little more internal time in Oz's thoughts could have fixed the characterization, and, in my opinion, been a lot more interesting than yet another battle.
Erana Zeitler
Christopher Golden presents us with an interesting view of the life of one of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"'s more well loved characters.
frankschildiner

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Erana Zeitler on October 1, 2002
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I love Christopher Golden, let me just say that right off the bat. I adore his work, and in fact this has been the first novel of his that has seriously disappointed me. I'm in the minority on this, judging by the other reviews, but, oh well. I can understand why. This was a good *story*. It just wasn't a good story about *Oz*. I didn't believe in the characterization, not in the least.
Why?
I think Christopher Golden, while writing this novel, forgot one major aspect of Oz's character: he's not a typical guy. And while I did believe in the dialogue, the thought processes were completely off. See Buffy ep: 'Earshot' if you wonder why. Someone who idly wonders if telepathy means he'll cease to exist as himself and instead exist only in the one who can read his thoughts does *not* spend all his time thinking about the surface problem. Yet not once did Oz's thoughts wander to anything more than missing Willow and solving his werewolf issues.
And that's just not who Oz is.
I did have one other problem with this novel besides that -- the obligatory 'serious battle'. Oz's journey was an inner one as well as an outer one, and I think Golden underestimated his readers by assuming he had to throw in several enemies to be defeated, when the more interesting story was Oz himself. A little more internal time in Oz's thoughts could have fixed the characterization, and, in my opinion, been a lot more interesting than yet another battle.
A story about what Oz was up to between when he left and when he returned in 'New Moon Rising' is a damned good idea.
I just wish someone who could have done the story justice had had it first.
~Erana
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By frankschildiner on April 17, 2002
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Christopher Golden presents us with an interesting view of the life of one of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"'s more well loved characters. It's filled with adventure as well as painfully touching scenes in the character's life. A real find for all Buffy fans!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 23, 2002
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Did you ever wonder where Oz went when he left Sunnydale? Or how he managed to gain control of his changes? Here, issuing from the fertile mind of Chris Golden (one of Buffy lit's best writers) is as good an explanation as one could ever want. With the help of Giles, Oz makes his way from Sunnydale to the frozen Himalayas, where there are rumours of a master who can give him back his self control. But to accomplish thathe must face his own demons and battle a few others who have different plans for him.
First he goes to Los Angeles, and then by boat to Fiji and Sidney, Australia. A plane takes him to Hong Kong where he meets Qing, the butcher, and his family. They are Kaohsiang fire demons, and friends of Giles. They are able (barely) to keep Oz locked up during the full moon. Then Oz heads off for magic transport to Tibet and discovers he has an unexpected companion. Qing's beautiful daughter, Jinan, also wants to study under Master Shantou, who is a great mage as well as the world's only werewolf therapist.
Even as Oz struggles to deal with his inner beast, he also finds himself hunted by Gib Cain, the werewolf hunter from Phases (BTVS - Season 2). And everyone is locked in a life and death struggle with Lord Muztag, a demon who makes grim a household word. "Patience is a virtue," Muztag exclaims, "And I don't have any of those." Count on a lot of seat of your pants excitement as Oz struggles with both his insides and his outsides.
This book is unusual (at least for me) because it is a novelization of a graphic novel, which was a compilation of a series of comic books. All written by Chris Golden, naturally. In the book, Golden spends considerable time filling in the originally sketchy beginning. This includes the entire trip to Fiji, and the Gib Cain subplot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Litwolf on April 3, 2004
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A Buffy book that I actually liked, which I think is saying a lot because I dont like a lot of the Buffy books out there. Its a shame that you knew what would happen to Oz, but this book is still really good and kept me hooked the whole time!
Summary: After the Veruca incident, Oz goes on a search to find a way to tame his inner wolf. As he searches, he goes to new places, makes new friends, and is forced to doge both old and new enemies. Will Oz ever be able to find the peace and balance he needs to come to terms with the animal inside him and with himself?
I will admit that Oz is sometimes out of character with the cursing and all, but this is still an awesome book! I wish that Oz and Jinian hooked up, but you cant always get what you want. I think Christopher Golden is one of the best Buffy and Angel authors ever!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Burnett on November 24, 2003
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I try to write balanced reviews. I try to delineate what an author does well and where he screwed up in even doses whenever possible. Well, that's just not going to be possible with this book, because Christopher Golden did nothing right with "Into the Wild". This book is a disappointment from beginning to end.
Let's start with Oz himself, our favorite cold-blooded jelly donut. Oz is an intense presence, a sponge who soaks up everything around him, cogitates and usually returns a thoughtful gem of truth. The guy in this novel was fairly chatty, never insightful and kind of dorky.
The story: novels about self-discovery have rules, one of the most important being, the person must discover HIMSELF. Oz does not truly come to know himself during the course of the story. he hops a ship, chats with some folks, meets some demons, gets chased by a werewolf hunter. But he never approaches the elusive self, the animal within. Twice Christopher Golden uses the hoary old werewolf plot device, the full moon countdown..."Dateline: Two Days until full moon". If used properly, this can be an effective suspense builder; we know Oz is a good guy and, in the past, the Scooby Gang has always been there to make sure his honor stays intact and he doesn't kill any innocents. But here, alone, without friends, what will the animal inside do? How will he cope? How will we deal with seeing our boy Oz as a savage killer, remorseful and even more driven to curb his wild side? Well, we won't. Because Golden cheaps out and Oz manages to find someone to lock him up JUST IN TIME! It's a copout the first time Golden does this to us; it's insulting the second.
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CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London.

A lifelong fan of the "team-up," Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. In addition to his recent work with Tim Lebbon, he co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of the book series OutCast and The Menagerie, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent, currently in development as a feature film. With Amber Benson, Golden co-created the online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name.
As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead and British Invasion, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson) and a network television pilot.

The author is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at www.christophergolden.com