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The Wisdom of War: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Buffy Adult) Paperback – August 5, 2002

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Sunnydale's shores are invaded by an ancient demonic threat from beneath the waves. The Council of Watchers' immediate response is to kill the creatures - but Buffy the Vampire Slayer is sure that the Council is hiding something and refuses to co-operate.a further dark, hair-raising tale that marks the return of the fan-favourite rogue Slayer, Faith.

About the Author

Christopher Golden is the award-winning author of numerous dark fantasy novels and comic book mini-series for both adults and teens. He lives with his wife and family in Massachusetts. Visit him at www.christophergolden.com

Product Details

  • Series: Buffy Adult
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (August 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743450337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743450331
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,169,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Snowblind, Tin Men, The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, and Of Saints and Shadows. 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.

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

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Christopher Golden is hit and miss, but when he hits, he hits big.
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.
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Two groups of sea creatures the Monch, and Agier have desided to rage war. And they have chosen the waters of Sunnydale as their battleground. Buffy and Co. are in full book mode when people of the town, start becoming sea creatures. Oupon further investgation Buffy has a feeling that solving the problome won't be as simple as just killing Monch, and Agier. However Quiten Travers and the Concill feel it is that simple. When the Slayer refuses to work with them, due to past history. Quiten makes a big mess. Even Bigger! By enlisting the help of Faith. What is the Watchers real intrest in this? Can Buffy figue out who the good guys, and bad guys are? Who will win the monster war of 20002? And what will Faith bring to the table? To find out read the book.
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.
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It sure will be nice when a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" original novel based on the hit TV series created by Joss Whedon comes out and does not have some glaring error on one of the covers. This time around the front cover asks the big question "What happens when the white hats practice black magick?" Good question and an interesting premise for a "BtVS" novel, but it has nothing to do with this one. Of course, if the central theme was a wicca turning to the dark side then we would probably see a picture of them on the front cover, but neither Willow nor Tara is to be found.
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.
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Investigating a series of ... murders in the Docktown area of Sunnydale, Buffy stops in a local low-life bar and finds herself watching one of its patrons suddenly tear off his skin and set about slicing up the rest of the crowd. Buffy managed to put an end to the creature, which was mostly tentacles, mouths, and hunger. It does not take the Scooby gang long, however, to discover that this is one of those monsters that come in more than single quantities.
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.
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