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The Wisdom of War: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Buffy Adult) Paperback – August 5, 2002
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Golden co-wrote the illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which became the launching pad for the cult favorite comics series Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, The New Dead, and The Monster's Corner, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, a BBC radio play, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson), and a network television pilot.
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
Top Customer Reviews
Sunnydale's beaches are cluttered with sea lions, seeking refuge from something disturbing their natural oceanic habitat. The local fishing community, Docktown, is besieged by people transforming into homicidal fish-men, and numerous trawlers are coming back devoid of their crews. Things are so bad, even the vampires have left town - all but Spike, who smells something fishily familiar in these goings-on from his centuries of world travels.
The Watcher's Council has sent representatives to Sunnydale, and so has one of its longstanding rival factions, the Order of Sages. Buffy, who isn't feeling terribly cooperative toward the Council, is excluded from their investigation in favor of a more cooperative Slayer - Faith, who they spring from prison on special dispensation.
It isn't long before Buffy discovers that there isn't an aquatic menace at work - there are two. A Lovecraftian civil war, of sorts, is in progress, and Sunnydale is caught in the middle of it. Worse, the Watcher's Council knows more about it all than they're letting on, and their hidden agenda may well be the deciding factor in whether or not there is a world left for humanity to live on, after the Old Ones are through rocking and rolling over it.
Golden's plotting and pacing are perfect on this one. He understands the characters extremely well, and does a fine job mixing them together. Dawn is mostly in the background, and Spike's involvement is kept to what knowledge he can contribute toward dealing with the humanoids from the deep. Quentin Travers, the manipulative Council bureaucrat responsible for many of the past woes of Buffy, Giles and Faith, has a part to play.Read more ›
Golden did a fine job with this one. The book did get off to a slow start but once I got to chapter four I was hooked. Dawn semmed somewhat off, but everyone else was spot on. The backstory on the sea monsters was very intresting. The scences were Buffy was at the funny farm were eriee. Goldrn did a fine job of putting Faith on the page. Although I think Nacy Holder and Jeff Meraitte did better with her in Unseen. But a fine job nonetheless. Can't wait for Golden's Buffy Angel crossover novel Monster Island in the spring.
The back cover makes reference to the "Creature from the Black Lagoon's less attractive cousin," which is still off base but in the general ballpark. This is because Christopher Golden is not simply doing some riff off of tacky 1950s black & white science fiction movies this time around. Golden is going for one of the mother lodes of supernatural horror in American literature, namely the work of H. P. Lovecraft (I kept waiting for somebody to quote the "Necromonican" at some point in this novel). Even if "The Wisdom of War" fails to explicitly merge with the Cthulhu Mythos, Golden's epic battle involving eldritch forces is certainly in the spirit of Lovecraft's best work ("At the Mountains of Madness" was always my personal favorite).
Golden achieves an almost perfect sense of pacing to the story this time around. This is a 400-page novel and we never get the sense he is rushing the story or throwing in too many details. If anything, Golden takes his time, a point that is best evidenced by the little narratives he builds around each of the victims in the story.Read more ›
Buffy heads for the hospital to interview one of the surviving bar patrons who seemed to know more than he was telling, only to discover that he too is in the middle of changing. Even as he changes into Mr. Tentacles, he starts yelling that 'The Moruach are coming.' Buffy hardly gets to wonder how to spell that before they show up as well, four eyed creatures that look like a cross between a sea slug and a very hungry shark. The two species seem to be mortal enemies, but woe to the Slayer who gets between them.
The only good news is that every vampire in Sunnydale (except for Spike, of course) has suddenly decided to leave town. Good news, that is, unless you mind having to deal with whatever could terrify the undead population enough to flee the hellmouth. If this is not enough, Quentin Travers, the watcher that once tried to get Buffy killed, arrives in town to work on his own agenda. When Buffy and Giles make it clear they are not cooperating, Travers springs Faith from prison and add considerably to Buffy's problems.
And the fun is just beginning. There are things even more monstrous waiting in the shadows, a member of yet another new occult organization shows up, and Spike's sex life is about to take an entirely new twist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came on time, and in very good condition, as far as I know: the book binding wasn't damaged, it didn't have any missing pages, and the product is in very good condition, so I'm... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Carmody
The book is in very good condition and the story does not disappoint! This is one of Christopher Golden's better reads. This could have been a real episode. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephanie Lekowski
Golden hits it out of the park with "The Wisdom of War". Whether you're a Buffy fan or not, this novel had in-depth characterization, mature vocabulary, suspense, humor, horror... Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Summer40
As it is with most Buffy novels it isn't the monster that you are battling its the internal conflicts with the group. Read morePublished on October 4, 2003 by Becca
This book was quite good. I LOVE how the author was very familliar with the show, and made the B and Faith relationship what it should be. Read morePublished on April 16, 2003
Wow I couldnt put the book down, this is one of the best Buffy books written so far. The story line is amazing.Published on February 22, 2003 by Alla Beyn
This book has the good(Buffy and the scoobs), the bad(Aegirie or the Mourach), the dumb(the council of course), the smart(Faith) and the strict(Order Of Sages). Read morePublished on January 5, 2003 by bryhil_04
The Wisdom of War, is the best Buffy book I have ever read. It has all the characters from Season Six, and they throw in Faith for good measure. Read morePublished on December 21, 2002 by Pergram