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In this thoughtful, witty look at the acclaimed "Buffy" spin-off, five science fiction and fantasy writers discuss their favorite vampire.


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In this thoughtful, witty look at the acclaimed "Buffy" spin-off, five science fiction and fantasy writers discuss their favorite vampire.

30 review for Five Seasons of Angel: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book, as a whole, delighted me. Considering I've watched this whole series through twice, once in its initial run and once via DVD, and rewatched many episodes many more times than that, I thought I knew the series and Angel's story arc in it pretty well. But, in fact, this book taught me some things about the show, pointing out nuances I hadn't noticed, and was generally as informative as it was enjoyable. My favorite essays were: "Angelus Populi" by Don DeBrandt "That Angel Doesn't Live Here This book, as a whole, delighted me. Considering I've watched this whole series through twice, once in its initial run and once via DVD, and rewatched many episodes many more times than that, I thought I knew the series and Angel's story arc in it pretty well. But, in fact, this book taught me some things about the show, pointing out nuances I hadn't noticed, and was generally as informative as it was enjoyable. My favorite essays were: "Angelus Populi" by Don DeBrandt "That Angel Doesn't Live Here Anymore" by Laura Resnick "A World Without Love: The Failure of Family in Angel" by Jean Lorrah "It's Not Easy being Green and Nonjudgmental" by Abbie Bernstein "Why We Love Lindsey" by Michelle Sagara West "The Good Vampire: Angel and Spike" by Peter S. Beagle "Victim Triumphant" by Jacqueline Lichtenberg "Death Becomes Him: Blondie Bear 5.0" by Nancy Holder "True Shanshu" by Laura Anne Gilman "There's My Boy..." by Joy Davidson Um, yes, that's like half the essays. There were SO MANY excellent ones! If you're a fan of this series, definitely find yourself a copy of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Isblue

    Some strong essays on the show and it's the characters. Failed, IMHO by not including one on either Fred or Gunn. To which, I can only say, WTF editor, WTF?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    Definitely made me rethink some of the episodes as well as the character dynamics. A good read that, of course, makes me want to re-watch the show.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sybill Shepard

    It could be a bit pedantic at times but it was interesting and made me want to rewatch Angel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gaijinmama

    What can I say? Intelligent discussion and analysis of a really cool TV show? Right up my alley. I am an intelligent, educated person who reads books but is also unrepentantly addicted to TV. I couldn't put this down. I'm pleased that several of the essays even talk about why the writer didn't like the show. It's not just gushing...really though-provoking and balanced. Please check out the other offerings in the Smart Pop Series at http://www.smartpopbooks.com If Angel wasn't your thing, they also h What can I say? Intelligent discussion and analysis of a really cool TV show? Right up my alley. I am an intelligent, educated person who reads books but is also unrepentantly addicted to TV. I couldn't put this down. I'm pleased that several of the essays even talk about why the writer didn't like the show. It's not just gushing...really though-provoking and balanced. Please check out the other offerings in the Smart Pop Series at http://www.smartpopbooks.com If Angel wasn't your thing, they also have books on House, Lost, Firefly, Gilmore Girls and many others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Michaelides

    I've read a number of Buffyverse books, and this is by far one of the best. The essays are smart, diverse, and engaging. Within the pages you will find well-thought out character studies, examinations of genre, as well as bloody good time. Some of my favorite essays include: "The Assassination of Cordelia Chase" (which perfectly stated everything I loathed about what they did to her in S4), "There's My Boy," and "Jasmine:Scariest Villain Ever." If you're looking for a smart book about a smart sho I've read a number of Buffyverse books, and this is by far one of the best. The essays are smart, diverse, and engaging. Within the pages you will find well-thought out character studies, examinations of genre, as well as bloody good time. Some of my favorite essays include: "The Assassination of Cordelia Chase" (which perfectly stated everything I loathed about what they did to her in S4), "There's My Boy," and "Jasmine:Scariest Villain Ever." If you're looking for a smart book about a smart show, this is it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Hayward

    Enjoyable series of essays about the series and characters of Angel. Good overall but with one or two exceptional pieces. For behind the scenes fans..."Angel By the Numbers" and for a humors look at Angel's love life "To All the Girls He Loved Banged and Maimed Before"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leah (Jane Speare)

    Not quite as good as the Buffy collection...but there were some worthwhile essays.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    4.5 stars. As always, some entries were better than others, but overall there were plenty of insights and new perspectives.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Another fun and insightful anthology from SmartPop.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A fun and eclectic collection of essays. I loved the freedom of the writers to write about whatever interested them. It made for a really interesting array of topics, formats, and opinions.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    A great academic look at a show that has more depth than people give it credit for.

  13. 5 out of 5

    William Herbst

    Good light academic/popular essays on the show.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    3.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Hinkinson

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sammantha

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Lamb

  19. 4 out of 5

    James

  20. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Punger

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindig

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dalton Mortimer

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Phillips

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Monge

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nick Nafpliotis

  27. 5 out of 5

    Remi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alison

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