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Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Paperback – 2003

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Adult/High School-Short stories featuring the Vampire Slayer in different times and places, framed by two tales of the most recent incarnation, the valiant and irreverent Buffy Summers of Sunnydale, CA. If Buffy finds it difficult to carry out her mission, it is even more of a challenge to lead the double life of a Slayer within the conventions of court life in Japan in the year 980, in a small village in Brittany in 1320, or on a pirate ship in the Caribbean in 1661. Other stories take place in London, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. These "heroic girls" sometimes doubly defy convention, as when the pirate and the Civil War soldier pass as men, or the villager falls in love with her Watcher and has a forbidden baby. In one deceptively simple tale of North versus South set in flapper times, the Slayer takes a narrative backseat to an unbeatable vamp of a human sort. Some of the authors, such as Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Kara Dalkey, will be familiar to fantasy readers; those writing of present-day Sunnydale worked on this series and bring dialogue and characters vividly to life; all offer intriguing, authentic-feeling, and mostly well-crafted takes on the Slayer legend. While Buffy's appeal to teens is obvious, enterprising teachers might also find some of these tales useful in sparking the imaginations of reluctant readers or history students.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; 1st edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743427440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743427449
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 5, 2003
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By the time I was halfway through "Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2" I knew that my main comment was going to be that these stories were basically gimmicks, where the execution either is not up to the idea or the story fails to take advantage of it. Still, there are definitely some bright spots within these pages. Just remember going into this one that it saves the best for last, so do not get too disheartened:
"All That You Do Comes Back Unto Thee, Sunnydale, California, 2000," by Todd A. McIntosh is about a Sunnydale boy who messes with the dark arts. This is set more recently but it really reminds me of the spirit of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" back in the first couple of seasons when the gang was back in high school. It does establish a sort of baseline for the stories in this book at 3 Stakes.
"Lady Shobu, Sagami Province, Japan, 980," by Kara Dalkey is the story of a Slayer who must function within the Japanese court. This is a problem because ladies at court are not supposed to be out and about staking vampires. The vampire situation she encounters is pretty good, and Dalkey provides excellent period detail, but I did have a problem with this Slayer being dumped into this situation with minimal explanation (although there is a reason for that in terms of the ending). 4 Stakes.
"Abomination, Beauport, Brittany, France, 1320," by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Mertz is about a Slayer who is not only a mother she refuses to obey the Council until her husband is returned to her. She had the kids BEFORE she became the Slayer, which begs a lot of interesting questions (I always had an idea that if Buffy became pregnant she would not be the Slayer anymore, i.e., a way of getting her out of the series alive).
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J.B. on March 7, 2003
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In my review of the first Tales of the Slayer compilation, I stated that the stories involved were uneven. The same thing is wrong with this book, but it still manages to entertain. Like any collection of short stories, this novel is bound to have its high and low points. What follow are mini-reviews of each story:
"All That You Do Comes Back Unto Thee" - The first story in this book tells a story about Buffy. It's written (sometimes poorly) by series makeup artist Todd A. McIntosh, and it's about a boy who dabbles in the black arts and awakens the spirit of an ancient Egyptian mummy. It is slowly paced and actually boring at times.
"Lady Shobu" - This is one of the better stories in the book. It tells the tale of a warrior woman in Japan who is called to the home of the Great Lady. She learns of her calling as the Slayer and sets out to find the place on the Lady's grounds where the demons are gathering. A very well-written piece of work... hopefully we will see more of Kara Dalkey in future Buffy novels.
"Abomination" - Another good story, though not great. This tale is of a young potential Slayer who falls in love with her Watcher. She bears his children, and is then called as the Slayer. The Council finds out about this and proceeds to handle things, leaving the Slayer in a bit of a mess with a demon. The first few pages had me hooked, but it tended to drag a bit in the middle. It picks up nicely and the end, though, and left me feeling satisfied.
"Blood and Brine" - I didn't particularly like this story. It tells of a Slayer who sails the seas disguised as a man... and is it just me, or does it seem like a ship isn't the best place to slay vampires? Anyway, this story bored me until the end, when one of my favorite mythological creatures made an appearance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Bell on February 3, 2003
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Although some of the stories in this book are outstanding, there are a few that I did not think were up to the rest. A truly excellent story was Lady Shobu, set in 10th century Japan; a lot of research went into this very well-written and exciting tale. Another is a hard-boiled detective story of a married slayer and gangster Frank Nitti entitled Stakeout on Rush Street; I loved it. I did not like Blood and Brine, partiallly because I'm not particularly fond of the time period, but primarily because I do not like dialect stories; however, I did like seeing the mention of the "doxy, Darla." Two stories, to remain nameless here, deal with slayers who must pose as men because of the particular conditions of the times. Another features a stubborn slayer who just wants a normal life and an equally stubborn Watcher's Council, who denies it to her, with truly disastrous results; this story left a very bad taste in my mouth. I found the homage to A Christmas Carol to be a little [poor], and The War Between the States badly titled and confusing, but, in the end, quite good. But there are two good Buffy stories as well. All in all, it's a good addition to the basic Buffy library. Perhaps a third volume might deal with the two slayers Spike has killed in the past or with a slayer who has encountered Darla, Angelus, and/or Drusilla, and may or may not have lived to tell the tale. Writers, just a humble suggestion!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "azteca_indio" on January 3, 2003
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I was very pleased with the book but at the same time a little dissapointed. The plots and time periods were absolutly fantasic. I loved all the stories, but at the same time, I would have loved to seen a slayer set in the ancient Eygpt or a Hispanic Slayer at least. I hope that they will release Tales of the Slayer Volume III...
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