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Product Details

  • Series: Angel (Pocket) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074342414X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743424141
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Best-selling author Nancy Holder has published sixty books and more than two hundred short stories. She has received four Bram Stoker awards for fiction from the Horror Writers Association, and her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. She has written or cowritten twenty Buffy and Angel projects. A graduate of the University of California at San Diego, Nancy is currently a writing teacher at the school. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, and their growing assortment of pets.

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Great pictures, very cool book!
Amy
Every episode is covered, with comprehensive plot summaries, quotes, edited scenes, technical details, cast lists.
D. Bell
Ostensibly, the book is comprised of the episode synopses for the first two seasons.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Harrison on June 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
The equivalent of the Watcher's Guides has come out for Angel and how does it stack up? Casefiles is much more well organized than the Watcher's Guides, while at the same time it is more streamlined.
Unlike the Watcher's Guides, the Casefiles is basically only 2 sections: a character guide and bio, and an episode guide. There are actor bios in the back, but they are small and seem somewhat unimportant.
While it, like the Watcher's Guides, includes interviews with the cast and crew, it includes the relevant portions of each interview with the episode it relates to. This means that the interviews no longer go quite in depth about the general process of making an Angel episode, and instead focus on the difficulty in making each episode.
The episode guide, however, goes in far greater depth than in the Watcher's Guide, often devoting 2 to 3 pages to each episode description. Like the Watcher's Guide, it also includes a few interesting facts about each episode.
The character bios, also like the Watcher's Guide, are simply recaps of what that character has been through. While nice to read, if you've seen the episodes, they don't provide any new information.
If you're interested in a lot of behind the scene information about the show, this probably isn't your book. It does have some, but by and large it is simply an expanded and comprehensive episode guide of the first two seasons. This doesn't mean that it isn't worthwhile. Any Angel fan who wishes to relive memories of the uneven first season and interesting second season will relish this guide.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 26, 2002
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Despite top notch acting and a fair share of interesting plots and story arcs 'Angel' is often treated as BTVS's poor cousin. Of course, the network shift hasn't helped either. Every year I'm surprised and delighted that the show is continued, and I keep hoping that Angel too will eventually come out on DVD. In the meantime, the team of Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte, and Maryelizabeth Hart have managed to produce the ultimate Angel memory aid, aptly called 'The Casefiles.'
Ostensibly, the book is comprised of the episode synopses for the first two seasons. But it offers far more than just the story line. Action and resolution are there, of course, but there are also short descriptions of new characters, some info in how each episode relates to others in BTVS and Angel, and expense repost, lists of weapons used, quotes, vampire rules, location details, scenes that were cut, interviewlets and.... You get the idea, enough detailed info to help you become the closest thing to an Angel trivia maven. Did I mention a character guide and actor profiles and scads of pictures?
Yes, it is possible to overdose on Angel info, but this book is a mine of data with many surprises. For one inch of shelf space, I can check on the episodes I missed and look things up when I'm indulging my compulsion to read and review Angel books. If you are a fan, this book is almost everything you ever wanted to know about the show. The writing team has done a super job of creating and enjoyable, well-organized and designed reference book about Los Angeles' oddest detective team. I only my college textbooks were half this much fun.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barry on June 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
After countless books on it's sister show "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", including two 'Watcher's Guides' by the author of this very book, the show 'Angel' finally gets it's own due. Anyone who calls themselves a fan will snatch this book up and devour every page. It's well written and nicely designed. Like the Buffy guide books, this one has two sections of colored pictures that have some real good pictures. Although this book doesn't delve into the day to day making of an episode like Buffy's last guide book, it's still good. Every episode for the first two seasons of the show are here in great detail. The sections seem even longer than they were in "The Watcher's Guide". Each section also comes with little categories like quotes and all that stuff that you have come to expect. The book is designed like, hence the title, a casefile. Every episode summary comes with a section telling you who the clients were in a particular episode and what became of them. It tells you if the Angel team received outside help from anyone. It also gives you the expenses that were used in every episode. The weapons they used, and the music heard in the episode. At the end of every summary, it tells you if the case was closed or not. The beginning of the books goes into great detail for every character on the show or has been on the show at one time or another. The end of the book deals with the bios of the actual actors themselves. If you are a fan, you probably pretty much already know their bios and history and all that. The book and it's designs inside are well done. More than the Buffy guides. The show has proven itself to be it's own being from "Buffy". It is a little darker and seedier than Buffy.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
First off, "Angel: The Casefiles, Volume 1" is a bit different from the two volumes of "The Watcher's Guide" that serve as the Official Companion volumes to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Over 90% of the book is structured around the specific episodes from the first two seasons of "Angel." There is an introductory Character Guide that tries to provide a bit of background on the main characters as well as the recurring villains and supporting characters (Fred is listen high up, which clearly indicates they knew she was going to be joining the cast for Season 3). In the back of the book you will find actor profiles that includes even more familiar faces.
Each episode includes a detailed synopsis ("Action Taken"), which includes choice dialogue and quotes (e.g., the "How can I thank you, you mysterious black-clad hunk of a night thing?" commentary provided by Spike in the prologue of "In the Dark"), with a specific section working out the "Resolution." Then you will find "Dossiers" on things like Clients, Civilian Support, Informants, and Suspects; "Continuity" on significant ways in which this particular episode fits into the overall series; "Quote of the Week"; "The Devil Is In the Details," which covers things like Expenses, Weaponry, and The Plan appearing in the episode; "Demons, Demons, Demons" covers the rules of the Angel mythos, such as Vampire Rules or The Powers That Be, ; "As Scene in L.A." details locations for the show; "The Pen Is Mightier" includes Final Cut, humorous stage directions from the actual scripts, and an explanation for all those Pop Culture references; "Our Heroes" offers interview comments from David Boreanaz and the other cast members; "Six Degrees Of..." relates where actors pop up from; and "Tracks" lets you know who wrote the music in the episode (e.g.
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Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the multiple award-winning author of more than forty-five novels, including dark thriller EMPTY ROOMS, original supernatural thrillers SEASON OF THE WOLF, COLD BLACK HEARTS, RIVER RUNS RED and MISSING WHITE GIRL, horror epic THE SLAB, thriller THE DEVIL'S BAIT, and the Bram Stoker-Award nominated teen horror quartet DARK VENGEANCE, as well as books set in the universes of Supernatural, CSI, Star Trek, Spider-Man, Superman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Conan the Barbarian, 30 Days of Night, and more. His occasional nonfiction includes the true crime book CRIMINAL MINDS: SERIAL KILLERS, SOCIOPATHS & OTHER DEVIANTS. Some of his short horror fiction has been collected in NINE FRIGHTS.

He is also the author of more comic books than he has time to count, including the horror graphic novels FADE TO BLACK and ZOMBIE COP, the original Western series DESPERADOES (some of which have been nominated for Stoker and International Horror Guild awards) and the bestselling PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL: BARACK OBAMA.

With writing partner Marsheila Rockwell, he has published an original fantasy novella called "A Soul in the Hand," in the NEVERLAND'S LIBRARY anthology and dark fantasy "John Barleycorn Must Die" in OUT OF TUNE. Much more is on the way.

He lives in Arizona's high desert. More information than you would ever want to know about him is at jeffmariotte.com, where you'll also find a link to his blog.

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