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Blackout (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  621 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews

New York City in 1977 is vampire heaven. Serial killer Son of Sam is often blamed for their hits, and a citywide blackout gives them free reign of the streets, allowing them to get away with murder. Spike and his beloved Drusilla are in the Big Apple taking advantage of the situation, as is Vampire Slayer Nikki Wood, who has hunkered down with her

Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Simon Spotlight Entertainment (first published December 23rd 2005)
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Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was something a little off the beaten path for a Buffy novel, as Buffy and most of the rest of the cast from the show doesn't really appear in the main story at all. The novel springs off of a brief story element from one episode of season five (later picked up in one episode of season seven) about Spike fighting an African-American slayer named Nikki Wood in New York in 1977.

Being a book taking place in New York in the late 1970s, and featuring a main character who is black, the book is *
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not bad for a media tie-in novel, particularly one not about the main characters of the series. I thought he handled Spike and Drusilla's characterizations well and I could hear their voice in the story. Some of the dialogue by the Harlem residents seemed a bit stereotyping, but that may also be because just watched Luke Cage which was phenomenal in its Harlem characters.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love me some old time slayer action with Nikki Wood vs Spike

Nice read for any fan of BTVS. Set in the 1970's when Nikki Wood is the slayer. Includes Spike and Drusilla
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Buffy Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Gerri's Gift
Keith DeCandido, from what I see on his profile page, is pretty much exclusively an author of work-for-hire media-tie ins. Generally, I don't see good authors concentrating on that kind of market, but it's notable Buffy's creator Joss Whedon chose to co-write the novelization of Serenity with him, and he's written at least two other Buffy novels. His style is decent, and by and large this Buffyverse novel was entertaining.

The novel is centered on Slayer Nikki Wood, the mother of Principal Wood w
Brent Ecenbarger
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buffy
Honestly, this book didn't seem particularly well written after the last Buffy book I read (Pretty Maids All in a Row), so why am I giving it five stars? It goes back to what a good book based on an tv show or movie should do: it took characters we already knew and told a compelling story that didn't contradict at all with the established universe and made a few lesser known characters much more interesting.

This story basically takes a 90 second scene from a season six episode of Buffy and set t
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This is another enjoyable entry in the various Buffy novels that are available. Blackout has very little to do with Buffy, but instead centers on Spike and his dealings with the Slayer of the 1970's who lived in New York City. This particular Slayer is a young black woman named Nikki, who,against the rules of being a Slayer,has a young son. The title, Blackout, refers to the actual blackout that occured in New York City in 1977. While I enjoyed this novel, I was bothered by the continual "jive t ...more
I loved this book. I have been reading the Tales of Slayer and one of the things that bothered me about them was it was giving the stories of the last fights of the Slayers, but the two slayers I wanted to know about where never included. Those were the two slayers killed by Spike - the first during the Boxer Rebellion in China and the second, Nikki Wood in New York in 1977.

This book gave me what I wanted it was primarily the story of Spike killing the second slayer Nikki Wood but it also gave d
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I really loved this book. My only complaint was in the fact that the author changed the fact that Nikki was pregnant with Robin before she found out she was the slayer... not after. DeCandido did follow the story IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MISSION by Nancy Holder (story is included in TALES OF THE SLAYER Vol. 4) really well other than for changing this one part. It annoyed me every time there was some mention in the book but I still give it 5 stars as it was a great story and the fight scenes were aweso ...more
John Strubhart
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not like most of the Buffy novels, this book takes the reader to July of 1977 and the New York City blackout. The author is a native of the city and the time, which gives credibility to the historical accuracy of the events that occur. Spike and Dru are true to form in this novel. I think that DeCandido does the best job I've seen so far of portraying Dru's precognitive abilities in the creepiest way possible. The back story on Nikki Wood is very satisfying and entertaining in a way that only a ...more
I love Spike. A lot. Instead of following Buffy, Blackout focused on Spike's battle to kill Nikki Wood, the Slayer in the 70s, and Nikki's life. Nikki is one of very few Slayers to have a kid - Robin Wood, who grows up to be the principal of Sunnydale High. The story of Nikki becoming a Slayer an her mission to rid lower-class Manhattan of otherworldly evils was by far the best part of the story, though I did like the outside vamps' perspectives on the insane Drusilla. I like backstory, especial ...more
Eric Garrison
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Nikki the Vampire Slayer!

I don't normally read tie-in fiction, but when I learned about this particular take on the Buffy series, I was intrigued. We only get glimpses of the other Slayers (other than Buffy and Faith). I can understand why the flash we get of Nikki in the series would inspire the author to dig into Nikki's story. New York City in 1977? Tough, streetwise, Slayer? Tons of history (her kid, her jacket, Spike's reputation)... these make great starting ingredients for a tragi
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
Don't normally read movie/tv tie in books find them dissatisfying sketchy on details. At least this book was exploring a minor character from the series so had something new to say. But ultimately knowing the outcome of the story before it happens doesn't help. Would recommend to those only really keen on Spike and the Buffy series in general who read everything that can get their hands on. Me I will stick with the series in future.
Diane Schneider
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
An easy read, which is understandable given the fact that my copy was classified as "Young Adult" by the library I bought it from used. It fleshes out the story of Spike and Nikki Wood, and it stays true to the characters.
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buffy-books
Loved how it tied all the history about Spike, even from other books I have read already (pretty maids in a row) I thought it was weird that Robin's character (who is 4 in the book) talks and acts like my 7year old instead of a 4year old.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire, tv-tie-in
An enjoyable Buffy story, telling more about how Spike killed his second slayer, Nikki Woods --
Oct 16, 2011 added it
Great story!! I loved it.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: buffy fans
interesting fill in the blank from pre-buffy times.
May 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Good background on Nikki! I love Spike and even though a part of me wanted Nikki to live, I liked how ruthless Spike was with her!
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