Coyote Moon by John Vornholt: Absolutely ridiculous. The story was ludicrous (werecoyotes?? …and Giles confirms the past existence of werealligators??) and Vornholt had clearly only ever watched one episode of BtVS, ever… and that episode was probably ‘Go Fish’. The characters most out of whack were Giles and Xander, but Buffy and Willow were not that far behind. This story read like the author had what he thought was a good idea for a YA book, and somehow got the green light on using the Buffy characters and just stuck them in.
Night Of the Living Rerun by Arthur Byron Cover: Slightly less ridiculous, but not by much. It actually starts out rather promising, with Buffy having a very in-depth dream about the Slayer in Salem in 1692 at the height of the witch trials. It’s when Giles also starts having the dreams and Xander dreams that he’s a witch named Sarah that the entire thing falls apart. Cover’s love of and nod to Night Of the Living Dead is completely misplaced and completely derails the entire plot of the story.
Portal Through Time by Alice Henderson: This fine woman can write a BtVS novel. The longest of the three in the collection, it takes up roughly half of the books pages and nearly makes up for the clusterfuck that is the other two stories. The story takes place mid-season two (before Angel turns) and begins with two vampires that have discovered a way to time travel. They keep going back in time to kill Buffy before she is called in an attempt to change the course of events so that the Master rises, instead of being killed by Buffy. When their attempts fail, they decide to go back farther (like ancient Sumeria farther) to kill past slayers to disrupt the slayer lineage in hopes that Buffy will never be called and therefore THEN the Master will prevail. Buffy and the gang are hot on the vamps heels as they whirl their way through not only Sumeria, but also Wales in 60 CE, Tennessee during the Civil War, and finally Paris on the Night Of Terror during the Revolution (where they meet a few unexpected foes). Henderson knows her BtVSAND she knows her history and she blends them splendidly. I couldn’t put the book down during this one.
The book received significant controversy, not just for explicit scenes of child sexualabuse and also prison rape, but for the way it presented the views of the two protagonists in that they believed sex with minors was perfectly acceptable. Defenders of the book argued that it was mostly written from the perspective of the pedophiles and therefore could not help but display their beliefs. (via Wikipedia)
“Suddenly, she doesn’t want to die. She has no real reason not to, no sudden revelation, except that it’s equally pointless to die as not to die. Why doesn’t she die? She lives because she’s meant to live, because she’s already alive and it’s comparatively easy to stay that way. She lives because, even though she doesn’t know what it is, there must be a reason she’s here in the first place. She lives because either she’s not as brave as all the dead girls who’ve gone before her, or she’s actually braver - it’s hard to tell.”—The End Of Alice by A.M. Holmes
and I am extremely disappointed. I know it wasn’t going to be the show or anything, but I guess I just figured since it’s a character with the SAME NAME there would be some similarities. But there are none. She’s annoying and she cries all the time and she’s mean to herself and she understands way too many pop culture references.
And the murder mystery has zero intrigue. I don’t even give a shit who killed those people.