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

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,335 Ratings  ·  122 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, 704 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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Midu Hadi
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Melissa Nestor
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
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.
Crymsyn Hart
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one. Also picked this up at a second hand store. It was great just like watching a Buffy episode.
Finished Coyote Moon and I rate it 4/5 stars. Will continue Night of the Living Rerun and Portal Through Time some other time.
it's not by Joss Whedon and unfortunately, that fact is SO OBVIOUS.
I'm a die hard Buffy fan, but I didn't enjoy these stories at all. In fact, I had to drop it after 2/3 of the second story, so I can't tell you how the last story is or if it is slightly better than the first two.
I feel like the characters were horribly written, highly stereotypical, their character traits way too exaggerated, it felt so forced and nothing like the characters of the show. Things like "the pretty librarian with hi
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
It was okay. Not the best thing I've read. Maybe the TV show is better.
Trisha FreakShow
Absolutely love the Buffy books, I highly recommend them. It follows the t.v series closely which is awesome and has all of the much beloved characters from the show
Sera Whatarau
Bloody awesome!
Sam Hellebrand
This book was like the episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The only downfall I had with this book is that the stories in it didn't connect at all with each other. Plus the plot was really thin, there was only basic information. I loved the actual movie and the show, but the book not so much. The characters act like how they do in the shows which I liked about the book. I just wished that it was written in more detail and that the stories connected.
Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
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
Aug 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
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
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
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lorelai Botelho
This Buffy the Vampire Slayer book was very intriguing. Its genre was a mix of fantasy and mystery, with small hints of romance. This book was split into 3 different stories. The first story, Coyote Moon, written by John Vorholt, was a spectacular representation of a story that would happen in Buffy's life, compared to the television show. The characters were very carefully developed, but just enough to where sometimes you wonder of their choices and actions. This story was based on Buffy and he ...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
Jesse Owen
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jim C
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Miranda Moore
My cousin gave me the whole set of this Buffy trilogy for Christmas. I just hope the other two prove to be better than the first. I was originally set to give this book 2/5 stars, but the last story of the three is what earned the book its extra star.

The way this trilogy is set up is that each book has different stories written by different authors. The three stories are Coyote Moon, Night of the Living Rerun, and Portal Through Time.

Coyote Moon: This story is okay, not great, but not horrible.
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
Jun 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, vampire, hated-it
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
Rebecca Sneade
Finally i have finished this bind up. I took a break from reading this after i finished the night of the living rerun. i was just not connecting with any of the characters and i didnt feel like any of the characters were true to how they were in the television series. I am a huge Buffy fan and i did want to love all of the books in this bind up but i cant say that i did.
Coyote Moon by John Vornholt is the first book in this bind up and for me the worst. The writing and how the characters were p
Dec 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 2 (BTVS Collection #2)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 3 (BTVS Collection #3)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 6
  • Portal Through Time (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, #6)
  • One Thing or Your Mother (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, #10)
  • Door to Alternity (Unseen Trilogy, #2)
  • The Angel Chronicles, Vol. 2  (The Angel Chronicles, #2)
  • Bad Bargain (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, #5)
  • Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 4 (Tales of the Slayer, #4)
  • The Deathless (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, #7)
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)

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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!” 27 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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