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Blood and Fog [Mass Market Paperback]

Nancy Holder
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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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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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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
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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 bloody brilliant March 8 2004
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although it has an odd plot idea, blood and fog mixes in very well with season six. The buffy and spike relationship is explored for the only time in any of the books, and nancy Holder does it very well. Willow is shown exceptionally well struggling with her addiction to magic, and there is a good clue to the end of the series. The idea of Jack the Ripper in Sunnydale is far fetched, and even more when he is a fairy, but the charcter relationships and emtions more than make up for the bad plot.
The flashbacks to london are very interesting and you find out about Elizabeth, a slayer with which spike struck his first deal. The main characters in the book are Spike and willow, as they are in the season. The book is worth buying for Spikes comment on taras choice of underwear alone!
The finale is well written with Buffy being put in a very uncomfortable position. Her relationship and feelings for spike are explored in a way never before shown on tv and Nancy does what she does best in this interesting, unusual book. The epilogue is extremely sad, as you see a side to Giles you haven't seen since season four, and realise just how much he, Buffy and everyone around them has given up to save the world.
This makes you think more than the usual books, and is really enjoyable. I would defineately recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kinda Fun but not consistent on some parts Oct. 31 2003
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It's kinda fun to read this book but some parts are off the consistency with the character development. Spike wanted to sell the vial which in turn directly will hurt Nibblet.. that doesn't work with Spike who wanted to die to protect Dawn in Season 5. He was still feeling guilty for his failure to protect Nib and Buffy (who died and resurrected after 147 days) so that's no way he will ally with Doc even for profit.. Unless he is the Doctor himself by selling the demon's eggs. I still think he is doing that to make money for Buffy because he offered financial help to Buffy before the blowing Spike's crypt happened.
This is not-so important facts that make this book doesn't look
like "Based on the popular tv series... blah blah blah.."
Spike met the First? That's no way either because he should have already told Buffy in the episode "Sleeper" in season 7. I guess this is written before season 7.
Jack the Ripper or The Reaper in ATS season 5? I think in ATS S5 episode 4, is trying to imply that The Reaper is the same person/monster as Jack the Ripper.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Just Foggy Oct. 24 2003
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Nancy Holder, a long time Buffy writer, pits Jack the Ripper against Buffy in a complete reinvention of the Whitechapel horror, conveniently uprooted to Sunnydale. The timing is pre evil Willow post Xander engagement. This should have been an interesting story, including as it does a host of mythical nasties, the Buffy and Spike relationship, and the entire scooby gang, old and new. But is just doesn't come together the way it should.
The story proceeds in parallel grooves, one about Elizabeth, the Slayer doomed to meet up with Jack in Whitechapel, and the other about modern times, where Buffy has to discover how to close a portal for the umpteenth time. The common personality is Spike who was lurking about with Drusilla when Jack made his debut performance. Other than this link the stories have little in common, and Holder never quite succeeds in blending them together.
I have no clue why Holder siezed on the word Banshee, the word for woman fairy, to use as the name of the king of the Tuatha de Danann. It is one of those little distractions that can mar the effect of a story, and Holder creates several in this one volume. Redefining Jack the Ripper as a dark elf cross-breed doesn't rings false, since it creates the need for one distortion after another in both British history or legend. This is a shame, since there is nothing wrong with the basic plot idea of having Buffy meet a historical monster. Nor should there be anything wrong with a story that lands her in the midst of at ancient conflict between the Fay races. but the two together just don't gel.
Holder tries to anticipate the events to come in the TV series, but only succeeds in drawing an excruciating picture of Willow's inner turmoil and anguish at her seperation from Tara.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The book did not take as long as I thought to get here.
Not damaged at all.
Will order from this company again!
Published on Aug. 3 2011 by Charmed
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has it all!
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! Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by romy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
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. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
"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. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Catherine Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this one
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.
Published on April 25 2004 by Joe Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
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. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Missy
4.0 out of 5 stars ok but a bit of character confusion
Fans of Buffy the Vampire slayer... will enjoy this book but be annoyed with the changes and mis representation of the characters. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Carla Eagle
4.0 out of 5 stars I was surpried
I really enjoyed this book. It plays well on Willow's magic addiction and the Spuffy relationship. It's very entertaining because it switches from Spike's past with Dru and the... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
I am a Buffy fan but didn't expect the books to be so good. This book gives a major point in the whole Buffy scenario.
1. tells Spike's history with slayers
2. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Laura B. Woodall
5.0 out of 5 stars BUFFY THE VASMPIRE SLAYER "BLOOD AND FOG"
I have this book, too. It is a really really great book to read. I know that Buffy was after this bad guy called "Jack the Ripper"....and forgotten what it was all about. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Tanya Janwatanagool
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