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Chaos Bleeds (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5 #7)

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Favourite villain Ethan Rayne is back in town -- along with the ancient evil known only as The First.
Paperback, First edition, 324 pages
Published August 2003 by Pocket Books
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Julie_ian_curtis
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I used to own every buffy novel ever published. I sold them all and kept only this one. Kick ass.
Robert
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The game was pretty fun, but I've learned that game novelizations can sometimes be better than the game itself... So far that's not the case here. It's boring to read page after page of action. So far there's not enough fun or character moments.
Alanna
Aug 25, 2016 added it
Shelves: owned, tie-in
Strong parallels to Silent Hill. A bit too strong for my tastes, actually.
Karen Ford
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the tv series, then you will enjoy this installment of the Buffy series of novels. Based on a video game, it's a non stop action ride through alternate dimensions and brings back a host of villains who have plagued Buffy and the Scooby gang in the past. Set in the series ' sixth season, Buffy, Willow, Xander, Tara, Anya, Spike and the recently released from prison Faith do battle with Ethan Rayne, who has struck a deal with the First Evil that will reward him with unlimited p ...more
SHR
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tv-tie-in
Weakest Buffy book I have read to date. I have no doubt other people will love it.
It is based on a video game and it shows: very little plot, no character development, light on descriptions, the action moves from one fight scene to the next, with pages and pages (a mind numbing number of pages) of (excruciatingly) detailed descriptions of the battles, culminating in a weak ending.
Jeff
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
While I quite enjoyed playing the game of Chaos Bleeds, I found the book to be quite lacking. Obviously books and movies based off of video games are often cheesy, lack true plot development, and have two (if not one) dimensional characters. What bothered me with this book was the fact that the author was working with such a well established set of characters and had the potential to go so much further with it. First off, the beginning dragged. Too much time was set up in Sunnydale, making the " ...more
Jim C
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is based on the television series. This takes place before season seven and uses the character The First. Basically everything that happens in season seven is not pertinent in this novel. In this one, The First selects several warriors and challenges Buffy and her friends to a death match in an alternate dimension.

This is actually the novelization of a video game and it reads like it. The reader can basically tell when the next "level" must happen in the game because in this book there is a
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Janet Morris
I understand that this book was based on a game, so I want to give it some credit for not being amazingly bad, but it wasn't actually very good. It was tolerable.

The storyline could have been better developed. Again, I understand this was based on a game, but that doesn't mean it has to only go by what happens in the game. The author could have gotten a little more creative with it.

There were points where the story was confusing and complicated in the beginning, but it got too rushed towards the
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Emma
Jun 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Novels written from screenplays are one thing, and often sound a bit 'clunky' in the delivery, but novels written from computer games.... I was not impressed. I appreciate that, in the game, the whole point is to push characters from one fight to the next and that a thorough explanation of why is not always needed, but in the book it didn't work for me. I wanted more explanation, more interaction between the characters, and less of the ending one battle only to be thrown into another with no tim ...more
Rebecca
As far as Buffy adaptations go it was okay, but not great. Apparently it is a tie to a video game I never did so maybe that is why it did not work for me like some of the other books. The characters were done right and the storyline was good it was just overall mediocre. The main thing i did not like was the overly long chapters some were nearly 50 pages long and you wondered when you would get to the end of them which isn't a good sign. Also it took me over a 100 pages to get into it. Before 15 ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Not a bad book, but suffers from a terrible pacing problem, dealing with Kakistos instead of the actual threat for 200 pages, leaving 100 to condense half of the video game into one chapter, and the final battle into three or four pages. Plus the author has some strange fixation with referring to all of the characters by their full names, which gets a bit grating.

I did enjoy the Willow commentary however, with some very good links to her downward spiral in Season 6, and Spike's inner monologue i
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Bear
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Buffy Holics
This book was actually an aawesome enterpretation of the video game, which is not an easy accomplishment. It was gory, far more so than the game, but it was worth it.
Bringing the Buffy-verse alive in print is not easy, and yet the author did just that!
Luke
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buffy-angel
I have played the video game, which this book is based on, and I love the game. Like Tempted Champions, it has been a while since I'd read this, so I'll have to re-read it.
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