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Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 1

(Tales of the Slayer #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,968 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A collection of original short stories based on the hit TV series created by Joss Whedon.

Into every generation, a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world, to find the vampires where they gather, and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. In our time, that girl is Buffy Summers. But Buffy is merely one Slayer in an eternal continuum of warriors f
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 2nd 2001 by Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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Overall, a good book. Seems like there were a lot of stories about death. Poor Slayers. Sad that most of them had short lives.
Tesia Lewis
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
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Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Buffy fans, supernatural/horror fans
I'm a huge fan of the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm also a huge fan of historical fiction. So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon these short story collections. My love of historical fiction mashed up with my endless fascination with Buffy mythology? I was sold. There are seven stories, each depicting a snippet of Slayer life during various historical periods, from a countless Slayer realizing class difficulty during the French Revolution, to a girl bravely entering the service of ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I like this short story history of each slayer before buffy's time most of them irritates me and ended badly rip.Altho I only watched an episode mayhaps I'll revisit this show soon.
Jamie White
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Buffy is one of my favorite TV shows from the 90's. I still remember watching the premiere and thinking "wow- this is SO much better than the movie." One year, I was given this short story collection as a gift and I couldn't put it down.

I enjoyed reading the stories of Slayers that came before Buffy. It starts back in the days of ancient Greece and goes all the way until the 1950's. Here are some of my personal favorites...

"The White Doe" - This tale follows the life of a slayer named White Do
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm trying to find something in common with how each girl died and what I've come up with is that they are all very impulsive and belive they are invincible. Most of them rush off to fight without any help. But I guess thats part of being a slayer. They fight alone and they die alone.

p.s. Die Blutgrafin(very disturbing) and Mornglom Dreaming(liked her relationship with watcher and she faced the most interesting demon) were the best stories. But I have to also give a shout out to Silent Screams(w
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this may be cheesy but I must say that I couldn't put down the book. As a die hard Buffy fan, this book was nothing about Buffy but about what it was to be a Slayer and human. The stories were exciting! I can't wait to read volumes 2-4.
Lorna Barrett
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Doranna Durgin's story was the stand out!
Hyrum Sutton
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Finally made it through this bad boy. This is the first full collection of short stories I've read, and I think that was why it took me so long to get through it. Most books make you attached to the story and characters, and that's what keeps you turning the pages. But with short stories, not only do you not get as attached to any particular characters, but you also start fresh with new characters every 40 pages or so.

I'd say the collection was "pretty good". The concept is wickedly cool, and c
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm generally not the biggest fan of short stories. I find them...short. This anthology jumps from slayer to slayer, and moves through two centuries. Some of the stories are brilliant, some are OK. While it was nice to meet other slayers, none of these stories significantly increased my understanding of the slayers, or the watchers. It was entertaining, but a bit shallow.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant collection of tales from the Buffyverse. Highlights the short, often lonely lives the Slayers go through. I felt particularly bad for Britta and in a sense, Mollie.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-challenge
Enjoyable stories about previous slayers.
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Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it

Anyone who wants to maintain a clear idea of the Buffy universe should know that none of these stories are considered canon.

A Good Run by Greg Rucka
I'll be honest that I struggled to stay awake while reading this. However, I don't think it was the fault of the story because it had many interesting elements to it. It was a bit info-heavy and the timeline a little confusing. I really loved how it painted a picture of a strong woman able to succeed in the psychically demanding, heroic tasks facing
Sarah Crawford
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a series of stories about previous slayers. I bought the book with some concern, figuring that the entire book would simply dwell on how various slayers died. Fortunately, the book turned out to be much more than that.

There are stories, of course, of slayers dying, but the stories mainly deal with the psychology of the times, the slayer herself, and sometimes her Watcher.

The first story deals with a slayer in ancient Greece and is probably the weakest story in the book.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Buffy and nearly everything that springs from its creative and addicting nucleus.
Therefore speaking, I completely adored this book. While it's not about Buffy per say, it's more about slayers of the past and how they met their untimely ends. Comprising of several short stories Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 1 brings a lot of historics and badass slayers to the table. What happened at Roanoke? Vampires. Was Elizabeth Bathory a vampire? Who knows? This novel sheds an interesting ligh
aahh yes, I really really enjoyed reading this book! I would definitely recommend it for all fans of Buffy. 'Tales of the Salyer' is a collection of short stories, each telling the story - or a brief extract - of the lives of the slayers. And all those stories are so different!

1. A Good Run (Greece 490 BCE): 1/5 stars
I have to admit, the first story is not exactly a good start into these short stories and I did not really like it (neither plot nor writing style). It deals a lot with running... a
Jim C
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a collection of short stories based on the myth of the slayer from the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. None of these stories has any of the characters from the show and each story reflects different historical time periods.

I liked this concept of telling the stories of different slayers and their respective time periods. I especially liked how some of the stories tied in with actual historical events or figures. All of the stories did an excellent job at conveying the atmospher
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ever since Kendra appeared in the TV series, quickly followed by Faith, fans have been fascinated by the slayers who came before. Clues and hints are given occasionally and through the series we learn about the two slayers Spike kills and the first slayer but there are so many more out there. This mini-series of books tells short stories of slayers past. For some it's how they became the slayer, for other's the story of their death. Each is written by those familiar familiar with the Buffyverse, ...more
Brent Ecenbarger
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buffy, short-stories
A nice selection of short stories about slayers from different eras. My favorite stories were:

The White Doe by Christie Holden - Tons of references to early colonial America events and people; the Native American element felt similar to the type of fantasy you'd find in a Conan story.

Unholy Madness by Nancy Holder - This one took awhile for me to warm up to, but the overlapping elements with the French Revolution were great at the end.

Silent Screams by Mel Odom - This was the best written story,
Shannon McGee
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
This book is connected to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Its tales feature the slayers before Buffy became the vampire slayer. There is 7 stories in the volume, most of which are only okay and not memorable. Pretty much all of the stories were about the last days and battle of the former slayers.

There were 2 stories I enjoyed. First was The White Doe by Christie Golden (actually, I think this is a misprint, I believe it is Christopher Golden) about a Native American tribe with a slayer kn
Meri Elena
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is fascinating, not just for Buffy fans but for anybody interested in history and vampires. Whedon's knack for combining the paranormal and the well-known is what allows Tales of the Slayer to work. The short stories included in this volume take historical events and figures that most of us are familiar with, and then put a spin on them by integrating Slayers and the undead. As a North Carolinian, I was particularly interested in the Slayerized version of the Lost Colony mystery. I sup ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a massive fan of the Buffyverse I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories.
I especially enjoyed the way some writers tied in the Slayer mythology to historical events, giving it an interesting spin.
I actually find it hard to pick just one story from this collection that I would mark as a stand-out because they are all so good in their own ways... I particularily enjoyed the stories following the Greek Slayer, the Slayer fated to be alone with her powers at Roanoke and the story foc
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it
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I haven't finished the book yet but from what i've read soo far it's a good book. I'm in love with anything that has to do with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise. The tales of the slayer are split up into mini stories basically. Each story is an account of a different slayer from a different era of time, and different part of the world. I think the most interesting ones was by a slayer from russia, new england, and one that worked for Marie Antionette. I haven't finished yet because i don't ...more
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of the Buffy series and graphic novels/comics. Having said that, I actually bought this selection accidentally while trying out my new Kindle. I'm glad it was a gift certificate I used rather than my own money because I would've never bought this. The stories were cute at best but I did lose interest quickly with 2 or 3 of them. I must say, my favorite story had to be the very last one, however sad it was. The selection written by Nancy Holder was pretty good as well. It was a plea ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent collection of seven Slayer stories. If you've ever wondered who the Slayers were who preceded Buffy,then dig in. We learn about Slayers from ancient Greece up to Florida in the 1950's. There isn't a weak tale in the collection.I found it so clever how each author was able to fit the Slayers into each historical period. I loved this collection so much that I'll be searching the net and used book stores for the other Tales of the Slayer collections.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this short story collection. For some fans of the show it will be exactly what you've been waiting for, interesting tidbits of the lives of other slayers. Other fans will find frustration in the fact that (and this is mentioned numerous times in the television show) most slayers didn't survive long enough to become experienced, so a tidbit of their lives as slayer is all that there is.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Really good book if your into the history of the past slayers, very hard to get into the book due to the writers changing between the stories. Would have been better to stick with one writer (instead of several writers) as the style of the writing changing almost takes you out of the book.
Otherwise good plots and twists to keep you entertained, very good book if you're a fan of Buffy.
Osbian Night
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was just ok. Made me feel suitably depressed for Slayers and some of the twists on historic events/people was interesting ..... but I didn't feel any connection to the characters and a couple of historical inaccuracies annoyed me slightly, but that could just be that that I enjoy history and one of the specific time periods shown here
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Doranna Durgin is an award-winning author (the Compton Crook for Best First SF/F/H novel) whose quirky spirit has led to an extensive and eclectic publishing journey across genres, publishers, and publishing lines. Beyond that, she hangs around outside her Southwest mountain home with horse and highly accomplished competition dogs. She doesn't believe in mastering the beast within, but in channeli ...more

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