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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 #2-3)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,058 ratings  ·  96 reviews
In every generation, there is a Chosen One. A slayer destined to protect the human race. She alone must fight the demons of hell. She alone must risk her life to stop the spread of evil.

Buffy is the Chosen One.

In Coyote Moon, a typical night at the carnival becomes deadly as shape shifters turn the amusement park into their own house of horrors.

Buffy starts having past-
Paperback, 678 pages
Published September 26th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published June 8th 2010)
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Midu Hadi
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Melissa DeGott
I'm not sure why this book got so many negative reviews. What people need to realize: this is a book that is clearly written for the young adult audience. I was a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer t.v. show when I was a teenager. I am still a fan. I thought this book was an easy read and it kept my attention. People need to lighten up with the reviews and take it for what it is. I might even pick up Vol. 2!
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Night of the Living Re-run receives a generous one star. Full review here.

Coyote Moon is a 3.5 star read. Click for full review.

Unfortunately I never got around to a review for the best story in the volume, Portal Through Time, which is a solid four-star read.

Recommend either getting the books used or from the library, $10 seems rather pricy for what there is.
Sandra (thebooktrend)
Finished Coyote Moon and I rate it 4/5 stars. Will continue Night of the Living Rerun and Portal Through Time some other time.
Jim C
This collection contains three stories that take place in the Buffyverse. These stories take place in season 1 and the beginning of season 2. The only reason this collection received three stars was the last story. It was fantastic and could be one of the best Buffy stories I have read. If you are a fan of Buffy, you owe yourself to read the last story.

Coyote Moon: This was an average story. In this one, werecoyotes arrive with a carnival and they are trying to resurrect an old friend. Buffy stu
Lauren Hartley
As a massive fan of the TV show I almost cried when I saw this book in Waterstones and HAD to buy it.


This is a book with short stories within it and I found the first book (Coyote Moon) utterly boring and a trek to get through, probably 1 star. The second was okay, maybe 2.5. I gave up and didn't attempt the third.

However, I will pick this book up and read the last when I'm missing my Buffy fix as they really are only short so with concentration can be read fairly quickly. I've a
I have watched all seasons of Buffy and I was looking forward to reading this book. Especially to see if is as easy to read, as it was easy to watch. And it was. All the familiar characters were there. I didn't remember any of the three stories, yet I found them all quite interesting, especially the last one "Portal through time".

When I picked up this book, I thought that it will closely follow the TV series, but it did not. The stories were random and not in any particular order.

The TV series
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This book is chock full of Buffy wow factor. It was actually quite an odd reading experience because I wasn’t forming the character in my own imagination but rather watching an episode of Buffy in my mind. Sarah Michelle Geller kicking butt left, right and centre. It had me laughing out loud with the teen talk and I have to say this was just such a fun and retro cool book to read. It is a bind-up of three Buffy stories, so I’ll tell you a little about each.

In Coyote Moon the carnival comes to Su
I kind of blame my self for this one I should have known that this was going to be bad simply based on the fact that Joss Whedon was not involved in the construction of this book writing wise, his offices may have approved the book but wheden have said before that he never read a single buffy book completely furthermore wheden knows little of the final product or the quality of such a product

I once read somewhere (in one of those writer guide to writing fiction books, unfortunately I can't reme
So far this rating is for only Coyote Moon and Night of the Living Rerun. I'll read Portal Through Time sometime in the future.

Coyote Moon: 4 stars. This is a very good Buffy novel. It's set during the summer of Season 1. Buffy never left Sunnydale to visit her father in this novel though.

I really enjoyed the shifter aspect and I wish they did something with that on the show.

The relationship between Xander & Buffy is strained, which is a nice continuation of what happened in the finale of s
Well, first let me talk about the "layout" of this book. It is a compilation of three Buffy the Vampire stories by different authors. Which would normally be fine for me, but with the number "1" on the cover, and no other indication that the stories will be out of order, it disappointed me when I started reading and found I was starting somewhere in the middle, and none of the stories following were in any sort of sequence. I got over it though and pretended each was an episode I had flipped to ...more
Jesse Owen
Before I start this review you have to know that I am a Buffy fan (I don’t know many people who aren’t) so please bare with me ;)

It’s good, very good in fact, each of the stories feels like I’m sent back to when the series was first airing (or watching the DVD Box set) and feels exactly like an episode. All of the characters sound and act just like they would in the series. From Xander’s sometimes pointless but witty comments to Buffy’s kill the bad vamp attitude – it’s all there. The voice for
2 stars because of the 3rd story; 1.5 without it...

It's well-known (to Buffy fans at least) that Joss Whedon wrote 'Hush', an entirely silent episode of Buffy, in response to a review that said the only good thing about the show was it's witty dialogue. Sadly, the dialogue in this book is in no way comparable to that of the series. The writing is shocking, and in places downright embarrassing - like a middle-age man trying to pretend he's a teenage girl. All 3 are littered with clumsy references
Although I read the first two books included in this volume earlier this semester [before the blog], I wanted to talk about the third one as I just read it. Portal Through Time by Alice Henderson, I thought, was the best of the three offerings Volume One presented. It had the most complex plot (devotes to the Master were attempting to go back in time to kill slayers in order to change the slayer timeline and prevent Buffy from ever coming into power so as to allow the Master to rise), a deeper m ...more
Amy Beer
Since this book is three stories, I am going to review each story individually.

First, 'Coyote Moon', though reminding me somewhat of the season 1 Buffy episode where the teenagers are turned into hyenas, certainly kept me spooked the entire time. I will say that this story was the most predictable of the three, and had the element of everything seeming to happen too conveniently. I realise this has to happen some time in every story, but the lucky breaks were frequent in this story. The carnival
I didn't get to become a fan of this hit TV series when it was in its prime. That said, I wanted to have a chance to appreciate it with this compendium volume. Unfortunately, I was vastly disappointed. Not only is there no presence of the back story I was hoping for but this volume proved to be in no order whatsoever. It reeks of really bad writing on the part of the authors involved that I can't believe "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" would even deign to be associated with these writers.

In "Coyote
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 Bu ...more
It is important to note that this book is not a continuation of the series. If you are interested in reading season eight or nine, that story is told in the comics. These stories are all at least a couple of years old. Coyote Moon and Night of the Living Rerun were written during season one. Portal Through Time was written after the series ended, but takes place during season two.

I have already read a lot of the Buffy novels. I love that they are compiling them into volumes like this, and I look
Feb 20, 2011 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Buffy/Paranormal fans
Shelves: read-2011
These three books have everything: vampires, humour, romance, shapeshifters, zombies, time travel, alternate dimensions and Xander getting possessed by a past-life spirit – a young witch called Sarah. What’s not to love?
The characters in the books are the ones from the series are captured by three different authors, and yet manage to stay the same all the way through. You really can get a sense of them, and know they’re the characters from the show. My favourite is Willow, I think, the strange,
Buffy Summers is the 'chosen one' of her generation, meaning that she has to kill vampires, demons and all sorts of other monsters that she comes up against living over the hellmouth. Buffy, Willow and Xander are enjoying the end of their summer at the carnival when Buffy discovers the carnival owners are more than what they first seem, and they have deadly plans for Sunnydale.

I've just recently finished re-watching the seven seasons of the show, and so really enjoyed reading some of the fiction

I love Buffy, so it was easier to overlook some negatives in this book, but it really could have been much better. The first story, Coyote Moon, had some pretty awful writing. It was very simplistic and felt like a mediocre fanfiction, though the actual story was decent. Not great, but entertaining enough.

The other two stories were better. The stories were more developed and in depth and the writing was an improvement as well. Still not great, but I think that maybe trying to capture the dia
Oh god did this book drag on and on. It took me about two and half months to finish and i was completely disappointed. The actual layout of the book was very strange and there is honestly no reason as to why they should have done it like that. Don't let the #1 on the side fool you, the stories are not in order and are all written by different authors. Even with that, all the stories were equally boring, plain and the writing was so simple that it resembled mine when i was in fifth grade. Xander, ...more
Publisher jumping on vamp craze with this re-issue.
Coyote Moon - definitely a season one filler episode. Not a lot of weight to this one.
Night of the Living Rerun - Much better use of the scooby-gang. Season 2 episode - and zombies!
Portal Through Time - takes place during season two; but it involves time travel (!) so "during" is a little fuzzy here. Great story! good time. This one made the other two worth it.

So... Buffy did it before twilight and is infinitely cooler. take that.
This was a pretty good read. The last two books were more true to the characters and the series.

The author of the first book, protrayed Buffy in an annoying way. Yes, Buffy had her girly moments in the series, but she didn't go on about things like all the protein packs her hair was going to need. She ended up sounding more like Cordy and it just took me right out of the story.
These three stories of Buffy Summers, which occur during and just after the first season, make a girl feel good. Life has never been the same since the series ended, and works such as these allow an addict her fix, as reruns can only go so far.

Each story is enjoyable and fun. Coyote Moon captures the characters' personalities the best and was the most entertaining and well written of the three. Night of the Living Rerun and Portal Through Time gave us some insigt into other slayers, but the scop
Starting this book having watched several series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on television I found that initially the book just didn't live up to the hype that had built up in my mind. But the last story within this volume of three stories; Portal Through Time written by Alice Henderson (which is longer than the previous two) is worth reading, it is by far the strongest of the two and you can really get a sense of each of the characters regardless of whether you have followed the series or never ...more
I like the Buffy series, the clever script writing but these stories, left a lot to be desired. The one thing JK Rowling has shown the world is that young readers can handle big words in a book and big themes. These stories insulted the intelligence of a ten year old with their simplistic writing style. I am sure the repackaged covers are to cash in on the paranormal romance genre but .... really. If we had the Buffy series as a tome that gave greater depth to her character and built the stories ...more
Since I haven't seen the series, I can't really say anything about the accuracy of the characters, though I must admit that they were very well rounded in all the stories included. The plots were entertaining, and I forgot that I was reading fanfiction, in other words I could read without there being constant references to the main plot of the show. Very well thought out - especially the last story.
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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 7
  • One Thing or Your Mother (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, #10)
  • Portal Through Time (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, #6)
  • Door to Alternity (Unseen Trilogy, #2)
  • The Deathless (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, #7)
  • Bad Bargain (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, #5)
  • Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 4 (Tales of the Slayer, #4)
John Vornholt also writes as Caroline Goode.
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Other Books in the Series

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 (4 books)
  • Halloween Rain (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, #1)
  • Night of the Living Rerun (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, #2)
  • Coyote Moon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, #3)
  • How I Survived My Summer Vacation (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, #4)
Coyote Moon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, #3) Masks (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #7) Seven Crows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7-8, #1; Angel: Season 4-5, #1) Contamination (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #16) A Time to Be Born (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time, #1)

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“Six a.m.!" Xander cried. "I know that's a number on my clock, but I've never actually been awake to personally witness it!” 23 likes
“Boys", Buffy hissed through clenched teeth, "being quiet is an important part of sneaking."
"Oh, sorry", Xander said, reducing his voice to a whisper.
"Besides, ritual sacrifice is a religious rite", Giles went on quietly. "They wouldn't sacrifice just anyone at random. It's far more likely they'd suspect you of being a Roman spy scouting for the invasion and just outright kill you".
"Oh great! Great! Way to be encouraging Giles. And I suppose you'll just watch that happen, in your Watchery way.”
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