Just like Francesca Lia Block's "Dangerous Angels" changed the way I thought about my world and writing when I was 12, this novel has done the same onJust like Francesca Lia Block's "Dangerous Angels" changed the way I thought about my world and writing when I was 12, this novel has done the same once again at age 24. Magical, dark, beautiful. Absolutely amazing....more
Why do I get the feeling that we're about to get something huge revealed soon? I think that's why Hino did the school break scene, to supply us with iWhy do I get the feeling that we're about to get something huge revealed soon? I think that's why Hino did the school break scene, to supply us with information before revealing something big.
I tried reading 'Tantalize' first but it didn't hook me. This hooked me right away, and didn't let go the entire way. I can't wait for the next book!I tried reading 'Tantalize' first but it didn't hook me. This hooked me right away, and didn't let go the entire way. I can't wait for the next book! And I think I may give 'Tantalize' another try after all....more
Since I’m catching up, I thought I’d do a mass post with 2-4, and a second with 5-8 (or 5-7, and then 8 since it’s the finale). It makes things easierSince I’m catching up, I thought I’d do a mass post with 2-4, and a second with 5-8 (or 5-7, and then 8 since it’s the finale). It makes things easier. So if you see this review posted multiple times in multiple places, that’s why. Anyway, I’m a rather late “Buffy” convert (but a longtime Whedon fan), and I’ve had a LOT of catching up to do. But now that I’m up to season 8 (which has been split between fans as awesome and awful), I think I’m finally prepared to tackle things.
Ever since I read the first book in 2008 for the eighth season, I was wondering “wtf, how is Buffy suddenly gay?”. Not that I have anything against that, but it was just kind of a drastic jump. Volume 3 answers that question, kind of, in true Joss Whedon fashion. Keyword here being ‘kind of’, as Buffy evades the question when asked. Only after Willow’s talk with Satsu do we kind of learn what motivated Buffy to start going into the arms of girls (well, only Satsu so far, but you get the idea), and it’s an angle that I hadn’t really considered. It’s not romance-driven, but survival-driven, and I think that Whedon & Co. deserve some credit for talking about this kind of unpleasant reality that a lot of people take advantage of (think of fuck buddies and the like, and then multiply the stress on you times a thousand at least, and then you’ll get why Buffy’s running to the gals). I love that the “Buffy” franchise has always been LGBTQ-friendly, and hell, was one of the first on primetime television to really talk about it once Willow came out in the late ’90s, and it’s good to see that they’re continuing the trend, even if it’s not all about romance. And Buffy redeems herself again for apologizing to Satsu in terms of what might be called leading her on. I really loved that.
I have to say, the issues with Dracula and Xander together were some of the best Whedon-related interaction material I’ve ever read – I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a long time. I mean, I was actually crying I was laughing so hard. Dracula’s continual comments about Xander’s “moor” were hilarious. And I like that there are characters of color being featured in positions of power, and then again, this was always something that Buffy did even when it was on the air. It’s been so long that I’ve started to take that for granted in terms of my television viewing, even if it hasn’t come too very far from what shows like “Buffy”, “Ellen”, and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” started promoting when I was still a kid.
And I’m so glad they brought Fray into the mix with volume 4 – I was wondering if they were going to do that after I read Fray before I read volume one of season eight of Buffy back in 2008. They’re so similar, and I remember wondering “well, what if those two were put in the same room – what would happen?”. Now we have our answer, along with why there are no slayers aside from Fray in that future. I really enjoyed volume 4 the most out of the lot so far, though three wasn’t too far behind. A slow start to the season, but still really great. Loved it!
(Crossposted to librarything, shelfari, and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com)...more