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One Thing or Your Mother (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Simon Spotlight)) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Simon Spotlight)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416936327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416936329
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kirsten Beyer is the author of Star Trek: Voyager--Children of the Storm, Unworthy, Full CircleString Theory: Fusion, the APO novel Alias--Once Lost, and contributed the short story "Isabo's Shirt" to the Distant Shores Anthology. In 2006 Kirsten appeared at Hollywood's Unknown Theater in their productions of Johnson over Jordan, This Old Planet, and Harold Pinter's The Hothouse, which the L.A. Times called "unmissable." She also appeared in the Geffen Playhouse's world premiere of Quills and has been seen on General Hospital, Passions, and the indie feature Stomping Grounds. She has also been featured in several commercials.She lives in Los Angeles.

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Kirsten Beyer is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Star Trek Voyager novels Acts of Contrition, Protectors, The Eternal Tide, Children of the Storm, Unworthy, Full Circle and String Theory: Fusion. She also penned the last Buffy book ever, One Thing or Your Mother, the Alias APO novel, Once Lost, and she contributed the short story "Isabo's Shirt" to the Distant Shores anthology as well as the short story "Widow's Weeds" to Space Grunts. She has also written several articles for Star Trek Magazine.

Kirsten appeared in Los Angeles productions of Johnson over Jordan, This Old Planet, and Harold Pinter's The Hothouse, which the L.A. Times called "unmissable." She also appeared in the Geffen Playhouse's world premiere of Quills and has been seen on General Hospital and Passions, among others.

Kirsten has undergraduate degrees in English literature and theater arts, and a master of fine arts from UCLA.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, David, and their daughter.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Nygren on January 14, 2008
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Reading BTVS One Thing or Your Mother is like watching an episode of what I consider "Classic Buffy". The story takes place during the second season of Buffy, after Episode 19 ("I Only Have Eyes for You") and before the season finale (Episode 21 & 22 "Becoming"). Angel has lost his soul, murdered Jenny Calendar, and begun to wage his emotional war against Buffy.

Like a TV episode, there is a main plot (why is everyone in Sunnydale continually falling asleep, how is Principal Snyder connected, and how can Buffy put a stop to it before everyone falls into permanent slumber?), and a small subplot with Angelus, Drusilla & Spike (still in the wheelchair). The theme of the sub-plot also ties in with main plot's theme. There are a few surprises, and there is some foreshadowing of both events in "Becoming" and the Third Season of Buffy.

I really enjoyed the story and recommend it to any Buffy fan looking for a good new story to excite their imagination. Kirsten Beyer has a great feel for both the characters and the story flow, and it's a shame that this is probably the only BTVS story we'll be able to read of hers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jillthethrill on January 8, 2008
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I liked this book. And it is supposedly the last one to be published. It has several twists and turns to it, and sheds light on several of the characters. It really shows that Spike has a heart and yearns for love this early in the series. It sets up several coming events. Cute title, too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Queen Buffy on February 9, 2008
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I loved this book. It takes place during the season 2 time period. Angelus is stalking Buffy and Spike is well......Spike (got to love him). Great story....takes me back to Buffy at her best. If you are a fan......any book about Buffy is rated an A+++++++++!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dsswriter on July 21, 2008
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I enjoyed this book. Kirsten Beyer really captured the voice, the tone, of the show. Plus, I loved her idea of what Principal Snyder's childhood must have been like in order to create the little troll that he becomes as an adult. It's a fun read, and one of the best Buffy books I've read in a long time. I hope she writes more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on September 11, 2008
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One Thing or Your Mother

Kirsten Beyer (2008)

RATING: 4/5 Stakes

SETTING: Season 2

T.V. CHARACTER APPEARANCES: Buffy, Angelus, Drusilla, Spike, Willow, Principal Snyder, Giles, Joyce, Xander, Cordelia, Larry, Johnathan, Oz, Detective Stein, Detective Winslow, The Mayor, Allan

MAJOR ORIGINAL CHARACTERS: Josh Grodin (demon summoner), Paulina Snyder (Principal's mom), Todd Harter (tutor), Callie (child vamp)

BACK-OF-THE-BOOK SUMMARY: "It's tough being a teenage Slayer. On the verge of failing her junior year--thanks to annoying Principal Snyder, who seems to be acting even stranger than usual lately--Buffy agrees to meet with a tutor. Not helping her studies is the fact that lately she's been exhausted, waking up each morning feeling more tired than she did the night before. To make matters worse, she's tasked with investigating the disappearance of a child . . . a little girl who happens to have gone missing mere hours before a child vampire surfaced in Sunnydale, accompanied by a wheelchair-bound male who fits Spike's description perfectly. Fighting off exhaustion and uneasy at the prospect of staking a child vamp, Buffy learns that Principal Snyder is the target of a sleep-deprivation spell that has taken over Sunnydale. Putting aside her fear that her tutor is out to get her, and hoping that the sleeping spell is affecting both humans and demons, Buffy investigates Snyder's off behavior. She follows him to his childhood home to discover that he has arranged to have his abusive mother banished to the demon dimension. Meanwhile, Drusilla, who has been playing mother figure to the child vampire, is learning how difficult it is to be a parent.
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