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Blood and Fog [Mass Market Paperback]

Nancy Holder
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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May 1 2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Pocket Paperback Unnumbered)
The strongest magick ever distilled, and the deadliest butcher England has ever known...Buffy Summers is on the trail of a killer demon in Sunnydale, and reluctantly accepts the help of Spike. Anything's better than his moping around. But Spike -- as usual -- has his own agenda, and it involves something the demon is carrying: a vial of pure magickal power. Spike knows plenty of people and demons who will pay top dollar for this vial: Doc, Rack...and an ancient evil known as The First.Spike has encountered The First before. In the good old days in Victorian London, when Spike, Drusilla, Angelus, and Darla ran through the night in pursuit of dark fun, another evil being was stalking the streets, dispatching young women with brutal efficiency. But when the so-called "Jack the Ripper" struck too close to their twisted "family," the vampires found themselves on the same side as the Slayer of that time. Working to bring down Jack, and running afoul of The First, Spike and the Slayer formed an uneasy alliance, which followed Spike all through the twentieth century to present day Sunnydale, now blanketed in a mysterious fog....

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About the Author

Nancy Holder has published sixty books and more than two hundred short stories. She has received four Bram Stoker awards for fiction from the Horror Writers Association, and her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. She has written or cowritten twenty Buffy and Angel projects. Her books from Simon Pulse include the New York Times bestselling series Wicked and the novel Spirited. A graduate of the University of California at San Diego, Nancy is currently a writing teacher at the school. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, and their growing assortment of pets. Visit her at nancyholder.com.

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covering her head with her hands, and did a quick warding spell to save her dry-clean-only top. Stupid, only go for the washables when one is on patrol with the Slayer. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Aug. 3 2011
By Charmed
Format:Paperback
The book did not take as long as I thought to get here.
Not damaged at all.
Will order from this company again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has it all! July 11 2004
By romy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has it all: action-mystery-flash backs and more! It's about Jack the Ripper wanting to get back to this dimension, and maybe it will work! Spike has a big role in this book. When you begin reading, you don't wanna stop till the last page!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! July 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This if by far Nancy's best book. I liked the flashbacks and it's always fun to see the Angel/Darla and Spike/Dru. Plus, as a fan of Buffy/Spike I liked their scenes. It's obvious there is a lot of passion between them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! July 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Blood and Fog" is the best Nancy Holder book that I have read. I think "Blood and Fog" does an excellent job of dealing with the very complex issues of Season Six.
All of the characters in this book were written very well. I loved the flashbacks to Spike and Dru, but I am very glad that the majority of the story was current day. The Spike/Buffy relationship was written very well.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Blood and Fog." I loved Jack the Ripper's story.
I strongly recommend this book to all fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I hope to read more books by Nancy Holder in the future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because the premise, I thought, sounded kind of cool. Plus, it seemed to be one of the all-too-few Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off novels that focused (more or less) on Spike, who I often found to be the most interesting character in the series. Unfortunately, it quickly became evident, as I began to read the book, that the blurb was an almost entirely false summary of the book's actual content. Added to the sum, the characterisations were off and the writing sub-par. I don't generally have very high hopes for the Buffy novels, most of them are pretty awful as literature goes, and very few of them hold a candle to the writing on the actual show, but I did have some high hopes for this one. Sadly, yet again, they were pretty much dashed.
I guess the book could've been worse, but for the most part it was nonsensical, badly written, badly researched, and dredged up (and unimaginatively rehashed) some of the stupidest parts of the television show.
I wouldn't recommend this book. I do wish there were more Spike-centric BtVS novels out there, though. He was a fascinating character.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Blood and Fog" is bloody awful June 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel was horrible for reasons I can only begin to describe. The characters didn't sound anything close to the way they do on the show, nor did they act like it, and they sure weren't funny. Significant chunks of the book were wasted on bland flashbacks concerning Spike, Drusilla, and a cowardly nineteenth-century slayer named Elizabeth, and more of the book is wasted on Anya and Xander, who ultimately play very minor roles in the plot and yet for some reason garnish pages and pages of material. The endless fog that the main villain utilizes gets boring after about two minutes, and you can top off all that awfulness with the fact that Holder apparently forgot to explain certain details of her B-stories, like how on earth Anya got from the car accident to a cliff on the edge of town while she was unconscious. Oh, and Holder's brief quip about ancient Romans having nothing better to do but persecute Christians was beyond pathetic. Any student of classics could tell you that it was the Jews who instigated most of the early Christian persecutions, not the Romans, since the Romans were an incredibly tolerant, live-and-let-live sort of people. That information may not be very politically correct, but it's true.
There probably are good Buffy books out there, but this isn't one of them. I've read three books in the Buffy series by Holder now (Immortal, The Book of Fours, and this one), and this was by far the worse. Joss really needs to quit letting Holder write for the series.
Please, don't waste your money (...).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this one April 25 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this on a whim...and loved it. the characters are spot on, and the plot is interesting. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read and a good buffy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 23 2004
By Missy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Buffy the Vampire Slayer book I ever read. And let me tell you, it did not dissapoint! This book got me started on my obsession with Buffy books. I just really liked the story and I thought the ending was really good too! Anyway, give some hours of your time and pick up Blood and Fog. And I agree with that other reviewer. "He's Evil. I want him." Was one of my fave lines!
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